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    Alan Strawn

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  1. Man is the only animal that laughs and cries, for he is the only animal that knows the difference between what things are and what they might have been.
  2. 3 weeks to entry deadline. It fills up fast after this! Don't miss out!
  3. Alan550

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    I don't watch much TV because of having to deal with ads & commercials. I generally record the shows I want to watch regularly so I can skip the ads. Then comes along a program that I really want to see but it's in real time. Next comes the ads for future shows and the commercials! They "flash" images at the rate of 1-5 per second and many use a moving camera, further confusing this old man with the rapid image shifts that are supposed to be entertaining, I guess, but they are NOT. Then there's the guy who YELLS at you through the whole ad! Annoying! I thought ads were supposed to make you want to go buy something or watch a particular program? Believe me with the latest technology being used in commercials and ads for TV shows, and the short attention span we are believed to possess, it doesn't work for me! Maybe I'm just an old fart but my dollar spends just like anyone else's, and they constantly turn me away from their products, no matter the company, items or shows they are promoting! Thanks for putting up with this old curmudgeon for a minute or two.............. Alan~^~
  4. The Overlord Memorial Cup Regional Championship and The Cardinal Cup VA State Championship matches will be held on September 28th & 29th. These events will be NRA Registered matches again so that National Records and Distinguished Points will be issued once again. Match programs and entry forms can be found at: http://www.bedfordrrc.org/matches This Regional will be the third "leg" of the East Coast Triple Cup Challenge which includes Michigan and PA Regional matches from May and July of this year and the winners will be given the appropriate awards from their previous scores at those events combined with their scores at our Regional match. There is an added awards category this year; an Iron Man competition, which involves shooting in all three centerfire categories for an aggregate score. Most, if not all, shooters get two visits to the prize tables by random drawing both days in addition to the cash awards for the top shooters in each category. Cash and merchandise is typically over $12,000 for the two days. Entries are limited to the first 70 guns each day due to time constraints on the mover. The reason for the name on the Regional is that the match is being held at Bedford, VA, the location that lost more soldiers on a per-capita basis in the D-Day invasion at Normandy, France on June 6,1944 than any other locality in the whole US. The range that we use is the very site where the "Bedford Boys" practiced before shipping off to England to train before the invasion. The National D-Day Memorial is located here for that reason also and tours of that Memorial are encouraged during your visit! The range will be open at no charge for practice for the 2 days prior to the matches with targets and center pasters for sale as needed by the competitors. These are the largest AP events held east of the Mississippi River and we were the first range in the US to have computerized moving targets on rails. Come shoot with us and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as the Fall colors reach their peak. "Shoot 'em in the middle!" Alan~^~ Cardinal Cup Entry 2019.pdf Cardinal Cup Program 2019.pdf Overlord Memorial Cup Entry 2019.pdf Overlord Memorial Cup Program 2019.pdf
  5. Jim,

     

       Just saw your interview with John Scouten and I am glad to finally see your face.  I first heard of you from Vera over 15 years ago at the Bianchi Cup as being one of her mentors in the shooting sports.  In getting to know her better, she opened up on how you had helped her become the champion shooter that she became. 

       She favored me with the gift of a signed copy of her book as a Christmas present as a "thank you" for our friendship soon after it was published.  It seems that you were instrumental, along with Mickey Fowler, in getting her involved in the shooting sports and for that, I personally thank you!  It's good to be able to put a face to the name of Jim O'Young after all this time.

       I competed in one of the Steel Nationals in Florida a few years ago but none since.  I have been running a Regional NRA Action match in VA for 20 years and she was a constant competitor here until she retired from the shooting sports a couple of years ago, always donating money for the  range helpers.  You taught her well and again, I thank you for helping get her involved in our sport and promoting shooting in general!

     

    Alan Strawn, Bedford Rifle & Revolver Club, Inc.

  6. Alan550

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  7. Russell, I know why you like the idea!!! There's a great chance of you being the WINNER! No one person can compete for both Triple Cup Challenges due to the logistics of the scheduling. Berrien Springs and Bates City shoot on the same day, May 18th, so unless someone has a Lear Jet on standby, shoots Berrien Springs early and hops the jet to Kansas City to shoot in the afternoon they have to limit their competition to one of the 2 Challenge events. You are one of the few who shoot at all 3 East Coast matches that I know of, so GO FOR IT big guy!! Alan~^~
  8. "When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. When I thinks, I falls asleep!"
  9. 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.
  10. 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~^~
  11. Warren, It's people and companies like you who will keep the AP sport alive. Thank you SO MUCH for your support!! Alan~^~
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. Love makes the world go around, but.........................money greases the wheels!
  15. 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~^~
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