Movin’ on up: Matches at New Holland, Kimberton and York

In the run up to the CMP eastern games I shot a series of matches over two weekends.

First the season opener NRA 800 Agg at New Holland.


With the exception of a saved round in sitting due to a round that turned out to have some moisture in it, this turned out to be a great match for me. I shot slightly better than my average which should have been enough to earn an expert card!

Kimberton NRA and Garand Matches.

Back at my home club for the first NRA service rifle match of the year. This was my first match at this club with my new 2016 service rifle. It is a reduced course 100 yard 600 agg on a dark range which really gives the scope an advantage as it’s easier to see. I posted my first master scores and I was most proud of a pair of 99s I posted in slow prone on that tricky MR-31 target.


York Rifleman Spring Garand Match and 500 agg. 

Despite all the travel games I’ve been to York Rifleman’s Garand matches are some of my favorite.

I have been to every garand match at York since 2012 and I’m happy to report I finally made the medal cut. It was a close one due to a bad LC round (At least that’s my excuse) but it felt good to break the York curse!

 



Fleet Week 2016

I hauled down to Quantico Virgina for “Fleet Week” which is a week long shooting event hosted by the Navy at the USMC base there. 

I shot in a 500 agg on Monday. It was the EIC course except with sighters in each stage. It was a perfect day mid 60s and sunny. The Navy shoot straight though with just one pit change which I liked. I was in the pits first. Even with a perfect Hail Mary 12:00 scratch 5 in sitting  I managed to beat my personal best for the EIC course! 

  
Tuesday was the EIC match. It was just an awful wet morning so the Navy postponed the match untill 11 which turned out to be perfect. By the time we were ready to shoot it was sunny and in the mid sixties.

Things went well at 200 but thats where it stopped. Moving back to 300 we had a lenththy “the line is not ready” and some how I managed to knock my safety on. I figured it out but the Hail Mary from the day before was still fresh in my mind so I rushed my way into a terrible score.

I remained optimistic as I moved back to 600. EIC is like baking a cake, it’s settled untill the last shot is fired. The wind was howling and my wind call was a little off, I made what I thought was a perfect correction right into the 5 ring. I assumed the wind changed and corrected again, right off the target. It turns out the windage knobs on the VXR scope turn the opposite direction of the A2 knobs. Learned that one the hard way.

In the end no points for me but I took some lumps early in the season and hopefully I can learn from them going forward. I’ll be back next year for sure the Navy runs a good match!

York Rifleman Fall 2015 Garand Match

I packed up a couple garands and headed across the Susquehanna for my 7th trip to York Riflemen for their fall garand match.

A Nor’easter smacking into hurricane made the weather rainy and cold.  Turn out was a little light but the York crew worked hard to put on a good match.

I put up some soggy prone scores then the bottom fell out of the pie when I got to off hand. When I got home I discovered my rear sight was not tight. I corrected that when I got home.

We brought some new shooters with us, one of them shot a borrowed 1917 and ended up doing well with it.

York is one of my favorite places to shoot, I will be back in April for sure!

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Update: The NDAA 2016 CMP 1911 Amendment is….. Not done yet.

11/11/15 update:

The Senate has reached a deal on the NDAA. It still contains the language changing the CMP charter to remove the restriction on 30 and 22 rifles only. 

10/22/15 update: The NDAA was vetoed. This did not pass, if it survives the deal being hashed out in congress is yet to be known.

From CMP:

CMPveto

https://thecmp.org/cmp_sales/

 

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Original post:

The same blog that incorrectly reported an impending flood of $220 Garands from Korea is now reporting that CMP is about to receive a pile of surplus 1911s.

Back in May, an amendment was added to the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would have changed CMP charter to allow them to sell surplus 1911s. There was much handwringing from the ignorant gun control pushers, Obama issued a statement opposing the change and that amendment sadly disappeared from the senate version of the bill.

The only thing 1911 related CMP has for sale currently is a great deal on NOS GI magazines.


The current version of the NDAA can be found by clicking here. There is a game of chicken going on with the NDAA in Washington right now, outside the scope of my blog. However, 1911s or no 1911s there is a veto threat so it’s anyone’s guess what happens next. At this point the bill goes to the house to reconcile the differences so, anything could happen but at least for this round, the chances seem slim.

If there is a ray of hope, it’s that the sponsor of the House Amendement, Mike Rogers, I’m told will be involved in the final bill.  But regardless the 1911s are not going to be imminently “sold off to the public.”


Don’t get me wrong, I want this to happen, it just isn’t going to happen the way it’s being reported by warhistoryonline.com. Surplus 1911s would be great for CMP’s endowment and, therefore good for the promotion of marksmanship and firearm safety, despite the fairy tales Huffington post makes up. (Click at your own risk)

Additionally a good supply of GI 1911s along with some CMP games matches for these pistols, could be just the boost traditional bullseye pistol shooting needs.

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UPDATE 10/8/15

The amendment did make the senate version:

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