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  1. Alan550

    My goals are simple...

    "When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. When I thinks, I falls asleep!"
  2. Alan550

    Bianchi 2018

    I've waited this long to respond so I could calm down from the news from Bianchi this year. Not sorry I missed it by all indications and anecdotal evidence. Next year will be interesting on the numbers attending......or not. In Virginia this year, we're running our annual events without NRA sanction to see how things turn out. So far, we've lost a couple of shooters over this strategy who are only interested in National Records and Distinguished Points that the NRA doesn't recognize it seems. We have also gained a couple more shooters who are new here, so it's a "break-even" situation at this point and we're over 1/2 full with 3 weeks to go to deadline for entries. We were the first in the US to have a mover on rails, home-built at that, thanks to our friends in NZ who sent blueprints. Ours is the 3rd largest AP match in the country so far, behind Bianchi and Crawfish for numbers. Pennsylvania held their annual Regional & State Championship AP matches in July and participation was down over 30% for both days from last year. We'll see how this ends up, but at this time, I think that NRA sanction is not necessary to have successful AP events. We've sent many thousands for dollars to them in the last few years and there has been no update on National Records or Distinguished Points since 2015 with a few exceptions. After our 2016 Regional & State Championships we submitted 30 new NRs and one tie. None have been acknowledged or posted on the web site, so in 2017 we didn't submit either of those since there were no accurate records to use for comparison As mentioned before, the NRA is only interested in the MONEY with no thought to the fulfillment of their obligation to keep current records and points listings for the shooters involved. If I pay someone to perform a task for me and they quit, I stop paying them! So it is with NRA and the only AP range in Virginia! We have donations of over $7,000 in merchandise so far and plan to spend another $2,000 for the prize tables since we can spend the NRA money on the shooters. Everyone gets at least 2 trips to the prize tables at our matches so far. There are large AP events held every year at Michigan, Missouri, Louisiana, Virginia, Wyoming and Pennsylvania along with many monthly matches that aren't listed with NRA bringing shooters from all over the country and Canada. So far, we're the only event of any size to pull out of NRA sanctioning as an experiment on the viability of holding these matches on our own. I even got an email from one of the top shooters in the country offering what I consider a bribe offering to pay the NRA fees for all our shooters if we'd get the events sanctioned! I respectfully declined so they declined to shoot here! As I understand it, the Bianchi/NRA contract with GV has expired, so maybe there is hope that the sport can continue without the NRA being involved.
  3. We're 3 weeks out from the entry deadline and over 1/2 full. Get those entries in NOW since we filled up last year and had to turn away shooters! I hate doing that, but it has to be done because of the time constraints created by the Mover. See you next month, and THANKS for the early entries! Alan~^~
  4. Warren, It's people and companies like you who will keep the AP sport alive. Thank you SO MUCH for your support!! Alan~^~
  5. This is to announce the 2018 Overlord Memorial Cup and Cardinal Cup matches at Bedford, VA. {bedfordrrc.org/matches} These matches will be held on 29-30 September 2018 with some changes in procedures from the past. These will NOT be NRA sanctioned events, so consequently there will be no score reports to NRA for classification purposes, no National Record reporting and no Distinguished Points awarded from the NRA for the following reasons: 1. In 2016 at these events there were 31 National Records set and 1 tied that were not recorded or recognized by NRA in any way. No listings have been put on the web site of the records involved at this time, 20 months later. 2. In the past, National Records set at the Overlord on Saturday would be recognized, as would be the ones set at the Cardinal Cup on Sunday. This has ceased to happen. 3. By the time of the 2016 season, there had been added a new course of fire: the Barricade (Modified). These records were not recognized and I was informed that they would wait until all the match scores were sent in at the end of 2017 before awarding any NRs in that event at the end of the year. This has not happened. 4. Over the 2-year span of 2016-2017 the NRA received nearly $2,000 in match fees from our club. In return, NRA sent the Medals (Gold, Silver and Bronze) both years along with the “Regional Pins” to be given to each shooter. Our club realized a net of less than $500.00 over those 2 years after awarding over $4,000 in cash at the matches and spending another $4,000 on the prize tables. 5. In past years NRA has sent discounted entries for the Bianchi Cup Championships to be given to the winners in Open, Metallic Sight and Production. This practice has ceased. 6. Our goal is to give back to the shooters, so any excess money that we take in goes to the prize tables. We were the first facility in the US to have a Moving Target system on rails. Our members include from novice shooters up to a former Bianchi Cup Winner. We have sent as many as 6 shooters to the Bianchi Cup in some years. Money is not our goal. Building the AP sport is our main intention, but the NRA has let us down in their quest for more money and little support. With all that said, our thoughts are to spend the money that NRA has been taking while giving us so little in return so that we can enhance the prize tables for the shooters. In the last 2 years we spent thousands of dollars from entry fees to purchase prizes for the 2 day matches and have had tens-of-thousands in donated merchandise for the prize tables. There has been over $3,000 spent on trophies and plaques to be awarded to the top shooters in the different categories along with shooter “goody-bags stuff” and the cash awarded to the top shooters. We are not in the business of making a profit, simply having enjoyable matches that are well-run with great prizes for the shooters. Our thoughts are that the NRA doesn’t share our goals in this sense. Match expenses aren’t small, and the NRA has let it be known that their main interest is in the money that they receive from the events, not in contributing to the shooters or keeping the sport alive. Therefore we are forgoing NRA sanction this year to see how it turns out. The prize tables will be a bit larger due to the money that won’t be sent to NRA. If the events are a success, we will continue in this fashion in future years. If not, we may reconsider this process. With all that said, I have already received confirmation and/or entries from shooters from Canada, Missouri, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina and the USAMU that they will participate this year. Thank you for your support of the shooting sports and we look forward to seeing you in September! Alan Strawn Match Director Bedford Rifle & Revolver Club, Inc.
  6. Alan550

    Bianchi 2018

    To keep on top of the current standings, go to: gvshoot.com and click on the link. After the first day and 2 events so far, Doug is in 2nd place behind Michael Gasser (USAMU) by 3 X's! Go ARMY!
  7. Alan550

    Quote for today

    Love makes the world go around, but.........................money greases the wheels!
  8. Alan550

    Andy Krantz

    Andy Krantz from Bedford, VA died just after midnight into November 10th after a year-long battle with cancer. His wife, Ginger, and his son Nathan were holding his hands when he died. He was one of the original 28 members of Bedford Rifle & Revolver Club that formed in November of 2001, serving on the Board of Directors and in several officer positions including President. For the last 10-12 years the so-called Range Committee at the club consisted of only 2 people, Andy and me. I remember once after an AP match at the club I walked up to him and announced that “The range committee meeting is called to order!” He sorta snapped to attention and I said “I make a motion that we order more AP targets”. He seconded the motion, we voted and it was a done deal! That’s pretty much how our small club has been run over the years. Only a small contingent keeping it going. He was one of the most positive people I ever met. The harshest word I ever heard him use to describe someone he didn’t like was to call that person a TOAD when others would have used an obscenity much more descriptive and colorful! Andy got into NRA Action Pistol shooting in 2001 and was “hooked”, shooting his first official match in April of that year at Hinton, WV. He was the best all-around shooter in the club no matter what he picked up to shoot. Over time his accomplishments included winning Senior by a 5 point margin at the 2014 NRA Action World Shoot at Park City, KY. From 2013 through 2015 he was 2nd Place Senior at the Bianchi Cup in each of those years and at his last match this past April at the Crawfish Cup in Lake Charles, LA, he was 2nd Senior out of 24. According to the NRA website he currently holds 14 National Records in NRA Action Pistol. He will be greatly missed, both here in Bedford and on the International AP shooting scene. RIP my good friend! Alan~^~
  9. We're over the stated limit of 65 guns, so we'll be turning away any future entries. Thanks to all who got in early this year!! Alan~^~
  10. I thought that maybe patience would pay off in the long run, as I have no desire to bad-mouth a reputable mfg. and I was right (I think). Got a call from Dennis today saying that they are tired of waiting on a resolution from the USPS and he's shipping the parts today with the address correction in place. I'll know in a few days if it's all finally coming together when/if the package arrives. Just a normal SNAFU with the PO I guess, but it HAS been since March when I sent it back. I've begun to think that Murphy was an optimist! I'll update if I get it in the next few days. Thanks for listening to my problems! Alan~^~
  11. The 2017 Overlord Memorial Cup and Cardinal Cup matches will be on 23-24 September 2017 at Bedford VA. We are limited to 65 guns due to time constraints on the Mover each day. Lunch is included along with water & drinks all day both days. Prize tables will be in the neighborhood of $5,000+ each day in addition to cash awards for the top finishers in each classification/division. Prize table will be by random drawing. As of 7-28-17, the matches are over half filled. Entries must be in by 9-2-17 to avoid a late fee or possibly not getting in at all, as happened to some last year. Match info here: http://www.bedfordrrc.org/matches/action-pistol-championships
  12. UPDATE: Last Tuesday, 18 July, the damaged/empty package arrived in my mailbox! Two months after it was mailed! I took it to the PO along with the USPS letter that I received in June . The Postmaster here copied the letter and took the package to submit to their claim dept in St. Louis. I immediately called Marvel and spoke to a very pleasant lady there (don't remember the name) and left my phone # after a fairly long conversation with her. She said that I would be getting a call from Dennis Rosene who I think is pretty much in charge there. A week later, no call and no product. They've had my money since 15 May, so my thought is that they are still following up on the claim. I don't like being "in the dark" with no communication except when I call them. The mistake on the Zip code is still a mystery as to who did that, Marvel or the PO. Either way, it's been 6 months and no replacement parts that were paid-for. Alan~^~
  13. Check the side where the actuating lever fits into the plastic block that moves the slide. That block should travel the full distance allowed in order to line up the chamber so the powder can drop. Just don't overdo it or you'll break the block. Don't ask how I know that! Without full travel, you'll get a partial powder charge or none at all. Alan~^~
  14. Alan550

    Should I upgrade the 550b

    ^^^^^^^^ This is the only time in the history of man that you'll read "650" and "garbage" in the same sentence!! Alan~^~
  15. Alan550

    Temperature and bullet velocity

    But it matters what the RO's do with it in the meantime! I run WST for Bianchi loads that are Minor for sure, but when the ammo got put in clear plastic bags in the sun for 2-3 hours, I got called to the chrono every time so they could fire from my gun. It wouldn't make 120 PF in their 5" 38 Super and my ammo was 9X23 from a 6" barrel. Even then, the "greenhoused" ammo was much slower than if it hadn't been in the sun. (WST is inversely sensitive, hot temps slow it down.) Alan~^~
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