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Patrick Sweeney

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  • Birthday 08/02/1953

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    High-tech guns, cameras, fast cars and sharp knives. Happily married, so the days of fast women are behind me.

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  1. Question: does someone make a large-head safety button for the SLP?
  2. The 2019 Pin Shoot will be the third of the renewed series. While many of the events are much like the old days, there have been changes, so be ready for new challenges if you shot in the old days. And new shooters, pin shooting can peg the fun meter.
  3. OK, a bit of updating. I haven't shot in a match-match in a while, who has time to practice? But it seems at every gun company PR event, or gun writer get-together, someone in charge has the same "Hey, kids, let's put on a show" thought. Let's have a shooting contest. When I started going to these things, I thought "OK, this could be interesting." Then I found out that most gun writers then (and now) can't shoot. Oh, hunters can hunt, and they can hit what they shoot at, but think about it: there's not much time pressure. They can stalk and get into a solid position, and take the shot they need. Any hit that pokes a hole through a basketball-sized sphere gets the job done. Put a timer on them, or an audience behind them, and for a lot of them it is meltdown time. After a while, the "Let's have a contest" produces a sea of faces turned towards me. I loved the prizes, but it got old. At the last one I did, the contest was break a single clay bird on the hill at 75 yards or so, with a handgun. Me, I was busy with other things. Well, when my boss's boss's boss reminds me, for the third time "We have a shooting match going on at the other end of the range" I figured I can't avoid it. The pistol is a polymer-framed striker-fired 9mm with a suppressor on it. No-one has hit anything but the backstop. Soon after, the company receptionist hits the clay bird. Then I do. (Hey, I may have to be roped into it, but I'm not going to throw a match.) She and I go back and forth until I hit and she doesn't. Was it luck? Yes. Were there congratulations? Not really. next time, i'm going to break a leg if I have to, walking to the range where the match is. Except The Pin Shoot, of course, which is back on, and I have been to, twice.
  4. Print out the regs and carry a copy. Nothing like a printout with the TSA logo on it to show the Supervisor to solve your disagreement.
  5. Good point on lead not being absorbed. I once almost got into a fistfight with an FBI trainer when I corrected him on that. I guess he didn't like my comment that "Your degree is in Accounting, mine is in Chemistry." I have to have an annual BLL test, and I've hovered between 5 and 6 for something like a decade now. This, with my pro-level ammo consumption, and summers spent teaching on rifle ranges. I don't smoke, I don't eat on the range unless I've washed my hands (and keep my food out of the range dust) and wash on an almost OCD level. When the testing started, I was still reloading, and I had only recently given up casting, so that first test would have shown a problem, if there had been one. Nope, 6.
  6. Oh, and why do ROs follow shooters, but not directly behind them? (the smart ones, anyway.) Because someone figured out that if they suddenly stopped and backed-up, they would bump into the RO and get a re-shoot.
  7. Winning the Nationals (any) and not winning a stage is not that big a deal, statistically. Once, just because I was bored at PASA after a match, I toted up the 10th place stage score across the match. The total of the 10th place finishers was so much greater than the actual winning score, that it would have been embarrassing to have placed second to it. You're more likely to crash and burn, trying to win every stage, than win by staying close enough to each stage winner that you don't get singed.
  8. OK, back to the era of trucker hats, trimmed beards, and post-1980s. That's a Steel Challenge 12th shirt I'm wearing, so clearly this is later than 1992. but not much, since the range at Second Chance isn't covered. Those who were there can tell you the names of the two people we can see. Those who weren't, can't.
  9. Doing some more cleaning, and I came across a letter from Nyle Leatham. A form letter. Nyle had the bright idea of setting up a camera on a tripod, and getting aciton photos of each shooter. Then, sending out letters with the frames from teh contact sheets, and letting you know you caould have your own full-szied action shots, as if you had been featured in the pages of American Handgunner. I had intended to send off for a pritn, but one thing led to another, and I didn't. This was the 1992 Steel Challenge, the third one run by Kerby Smith, and by then it had moved to Bakersfield, I believe.
  10. Bob shuttles back and forth to AZ. I'm still an LGC member, it's where I get my work done.
  11. You can also try abebooks I've foudn some really rare stuff there, and even in this day and age,not everyone knwos what rare stuff is worth.
  12. Worn out long ago, and besides, I have no hope of fitting into pants with a 28" waist any more. Don't have the hat, either, just the guns, the patches the loot and the memories.
  13. And finally, some rolling thuinder, three-man team action. Closest to the camera is Paul Askew, with a comped .45 and eight assigned pins. In the middle is Bob Gerak, with an 870, and eight assigned pins. I'm the guy furthest away, with my Remington Model 11, my eight pins, and we have a plan; the idea is teamwork, not spectacular demonstrations of shooting skills. And, we are all trying our best to shoot at about 85% of max throttle. Three-man teams needed a clean run from all three, on the same run. In 1986, a winning time for the five-pin was just under four seconds a table, or 20 seconds total. A winning time for 3-man was anything under five-and-a-half seconds. At 85% throttle, we're playing the percentages. The plan was to post a time good enough to get on the prize table, then come back and do better. You could enter a dozen times in 1986, later years, entries were unlimited.
  14. The five-pin event in 1986 was still done on the flat-eight tables. That is, they were stands that supported a 4'X8' sheet of steel. eight pins, you had to knock them off, and time was a ticking. And no "New York Reload" allowed. You had to dump the empty six and reload the same wheelgun. This would have been the faux 25-2 I built, on an M-28 frame, with a barrel from a gun show and a cylinder from S&W.
  15. The true tale of the HK 21, and the range set on fire? Here's the gun in question. Yes, that's me, smiling like a maniac, and yes, that's my beard. I was bearded like a pirate before it was tacticool to be bearded.
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