November 21 IDPA

Name Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Total
1 Jacob Taylor 22.92 25.64 20.13 68.69
2 David Alred 28.53 41.88 32.48 102.89
3 Ed Sevetz 40.86 28.7 38.35 107.91
4 Suzanne Williams 34.13 38.84 42.9 115.87
5 Bruce Buehl 37.13 30.92 49.74 117.79
6 Andy Brittingham 44.14 31.01 44.07 119.22
7 Michael Stanley 61.75 40.14 32.53 134.42
8 Tim Kelly 58.3 27.95 52.49 138.74
9 Zeke Held 56.01 37.32 45.71 139.04
10 Kelly Richardson 47.5 38.57 60.92 146.99
11 Chase Derby 39.52 45.49 62.04 147.05
12 Troy Metcalf 68.63 30.76 49.59 148.98
13 David Sheek 60.66 57.54 71.17 189.37
14 James Richardson 73.72 60.46 68.38 202.56
15 David Keller 68.38 50.53 96.59 215.5
16 Donald Flynn 92.69 67 81.27 240.96
17 Bruce Schmucker 185.98 40.78 39.95 266.71
18 Tom Simpson 95.86 87.83 110.24 293.93
19 0
20 0

November 14, IDPA Women Only

November 14, 2017 Match Basics:Range and Gun
Name Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Total
1 Kathy Klimek 36.37 31.28 57.51 125.16
2 Lori Hallauer 52.11 33.72 41.04 126.87
3 Suzanne Williams 51.89 25.96 56.93 134.78
4 Zola Brown 36.44 47.75 54.53 138.72
5 Nancy McPherson 43.8 40.06 56.34 140.2
6 Jody Keach 53.72 46.25 54.64 154.61
7 Amanda Wilson 72.59 49.63 64.54 186.76
8 Kathleen Gaston 84.88 38.1 69.54 192.52
9 Kristie Lee 66.37 53.67 86.13 206.17
10 0
11 0
12 0
13 0
14 0
15 0
16 0
17 0
18 0
19 0
20 0


November 7, 2017 Match Basics:Range and Gun
Name Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Total
1 Steven Loh 11.08 51.6 26.18 88.86
2 David Alred 16.48 32.28 43.53 92.29
3 Tim Kelly 24.4 58.2 37.85 120.45
4 Wade Hoilman 20.64 50.71 50.62 121.97
5 Andy Brittingham 25.24 43.06 56.46 124.76
6 Zeke Held 22.91 45.13 59.65 127.69
7 Bruce Schmucker 31.42 47.63 54.47 133.52
8 Suzanne Williams 27.28 56.04 52.71 136.03
9 Ed Sevetz 22.29 62.34 51.74 136.37
10 Chase Derby 33.8 50.85 57.01 141.66
11 Jordan Horst 25.74 66.83 55.36 147.93
12 Mary Manges 33.33 76.68 58.55 168.56
13 David Sheek 40.13 62.82 71.93 174.88
14 Holly Wojcik 37.96 74.29 68.69 180.94
15 Tom Simpson 30.86 76.64 77.81 185.31
16 Bill Kelly 36.14 92.94 79.52 208.6
17 Rich Horne 39.1 107.28 69.2 215.58
18 Steve Pace 23.26 106.4 90.33 219.99
19 0
20 0


October IDPA

October 17, 2017 Match Basics:Range and Gun
Name Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Total
1 Chase Derby 16.59 16.5 28.89 61.98
2 David Alred 12.87 20.71 28.52 62.1
3 Chris Derby 23.83 15.93 27.99 67.75
4 Lou Cabales 21.8 24.11 39.59 85.5
5 Jeff DesJardins 27.97 23.58 39.25 90.8
6 Devon Berania 28.43 26.6 41.64 96.67
7 Zeke Held 24.03 28.44 53.96 106.43
8 Bruce Schmucker 28.66 22.64 56.53 107.83
9 Suzanne Williams 28.11 27.99 52.81 108.91
10 Andy Brittingham 35.73 22.6 62.12 120.45
11 David Sheek 41.29 40.04 60.57 141.9
12 David Keller 51.68 28.02 72.99 152.69
13 Holly Wojick 38.14 43.53 83.17 164.84


October 2017 Match Basics:Range and Gun
Name Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Total
1 David Alred 21.09 19.29 39.81 80.19
2 Chase Derby 20.77 25.54 42.88 89.19
3 Chris Derby 16.21 27.39 48.95 92.55
4 Jeff DesJardins 28.48 29.63 50.31 108.42
5 Andy Brittingham 28.77 28.67 52.04 109.48
6 Ed Sevetz 18.06 35.7 60.15 113.91
7 Bruce Schmucker 29.19 38.84 49.99 118.02
8 Suzanne Williams 26.26 38.55 57.49 122.3
9 Nathan Dutton 32.91 35.95 59.6 128.46
10 David Hopkins 29.35 41.46 63.01 133.82
11 Zeke Held 30.1 42.07 61.99 134.16
12 Mary Manges 24.06 42.25 73.63 139.94
13 Holly Wojick 37.93 46.88 66.86 148.67
14 Jim Dutton 32.17 40.69 83.21 156.07
15 Devon Berania 49.09 59.34 63.56 171.99
16 David Keller 39.73 59.15 82.11 180.99
17 Bruce Buell 38.51 72.11 80.38 191
18 Steve Pace 43.11 53.56 103.2 199.87
19 Bill Kelly 40.53 53.87 115.64 210.04
20 David Sheek DQ


IDPA will now be held on the first AND third Tuesdays of the month.  Price for anyone wishing to shoot is $15.00.  There will only be a maximum of 20 shooters allowed for each event.

The following is a little confusing (SORRY!!!):

  1. You can call in and register to participate to ensure your spot for the event.
  2. Registration for the event will begin the day after the prior event takes place.  Example, if you shoot tomorrow’s match (1st Tuesday of the month), you can call in and register for the next (1st Tuesday of the month) the morning after.
  3. To prevent locking up every event, if you participate in the First Tuesday’s IDPA, anyone that DID NOT participate has priority for the Third Tuesday sign ups, and vice versa.
  4. Match sign up becomes available to everyone the week PRIOR to the event.  If there are openings, you can reserve a spot and participate.



We will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th.  We will be open our normal hours every other day.


Come join David Alred for an amazing Low Light shooting experience!!!

Please call to confirm your attendance. This is a space limited event, there are 8 spaces remaining. If there are spaces available on the day of the event, walk ins are welcome, first come, first served, as this is a 10 person maximum class.



We are now allowing shotguns on the range. There is a $3.00 fee associated with it. The shotgun must have 3 Points of contact. 1. Shoulder Stock 2. Hand on Receiver 3. Hand on Fore-end. No Pistols (Judge, Governor, etc). You may use Bird-shot, Buckshot or Slugs. No Steel shot/Steel Slugs.


We will be closed all day/night Tuesday, 7 March, for Range Maintenance. Sorry for the inconvenience/short notice!!!

IDPA Results for January 2017

Here’s the results from last night’s IDPA match.  We had a lot of new shooters last night so things moved a bit more slowly than normal.  Thanks to everyone that makes this possible.  Hope to see you next month!


Entry #Name (Last, First)DivClassTotal Match ScoreTot Pen TimeTot Pts Dn/2Total Stage ScoreTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage Score
1ALRED, DAVIDSSPSS87.5936.020.9529.4337.21
2RAINER, CLIFFSSPUN116.19314.032.8227.9655.41
3KALTZ, JESSESSPUN139.58944.045.7137.7956.08
4SEVETZ, EDESPSS144.4655.023.9853.1467.34
5LESLIE, KERRYSSPMM161.20314.039.8143.6277.77
6BROWN, CHARLESSSPUN176.962337.528.6970.4177.86
7BAUGHMAN, CHUCKCDPUN178.76024.033.5457.5387.69
8MANGES, MARYSSPUN201.32852.063.2967.0371.00
9KELLER, DAVIDCDPUN221.83346.066.9752.81102.05
10KELLY, BILLSSPNV234.352368.056.7280.5397.10
11HORNE, RICHARDSSPUN241.53549.041.2769.47130.79
12SPAIN, ALICIASSPUN249.371555.045.2062.74141.43
13RAPOZA, ROBCCPUN302.141371.061.5288.91151.71
14SENA, KAYLASSPUN308.6920129.0107.12101.57100.00

IDPA Results

It’s only taken me 2 months to get these scores up!  Sorry for the delay.  I’ll try to be faster with this month’s scores.



Entry #Name (Last, First)DivClassTotal Match ScoreTot Pen TimeTot Pts DnTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage Score
1ALRED, DAVIDCCPSS108.8891120.2543.2245.41
2LEVAN, JEFFSSPUN123.4861829.1642.4051.92
3ROTH, BRADLEYCDPUN142.3832626.4644.6671.26
4SPIGNARDO, JOESSPUN156.90161927.7952.3876.73
5DEAVER, DANNYSSPUN198.80238133.4866.3398.99
6MERRIWEATHER, AREMSSPUN213.44406832.8885.1195.45
7RIOS, EDSSP214.12187828.3180.81105.00
8KELLY, BILLSSPNV261.093510743.2370.98146.88
9SCHMUCKER, BRUCESSPUN273.10187924.59130.90117.61
10KELLER, DAVIDCDPUN305.117613747.45100.15157.51


Entry #Name (Last, First)DivClassTotal Match ScoreTot Pen TimeTot Pts DnTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage Score
1LOH, STEVENCCPEX67.020814.0922.8830.05
2ALRED, DAVIDCCPSS71.330313.3033.9324.10
3BUELL, BRUCESSP100.4301417.7444.2338.46
4SEVETZ, EDESPSS129.7801022.9359.0047.85
5LESLIE, KERRYSSPMM133.5952338.3835.0260.19
6EWING, ANDREWSSPMM134.5601232.1560.5541.86
7HELD, ZEKESSPMM141.3702326.5954.2360.55
8SIMPSON, TOM191.9801131.2485.5075.24
9DHAENENS, TIMSSPUN194.820627.99100.7566.08
10KELLER, DAVIDCDPUN203.0801729.4094.9678.72
11ACARON, JOSUESSPNV206.6902034.8595.8176.03
12RIOS, EDSSPMM208.26206137.9096.9373.43
13HORNE, RICH215.93104837.8481.3996.70
14RAPOZA, ROB216.3234248.8477.6389.85
15PACE, STEVESSPNV241.9754532.62112.9296.43

Zombie Shoot 2016

Well we had a great time shooting our 3-stage and 4-stage Zombie Shoots this weekend.  Thanks to all of the people that showed up and helped to make it fun.  Here are the results for the 3 Stage shoot on Friday night.

Entry #Name (Last, First)Total Match ScoreTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage Score
1DERBY, CHRIS58.728.098.5642.07
2LEVAN, JEFF60.669.3111.9339.42
3MANGES, MARY191.3716.8860.96113.53
4KELLER, DAVID230.7049.1632.20149.34
5WILKES, LEANN693.71194.83221.00277.88
6BAKER, ADAM *DNF849.8848.0951.79750.00
7BAKER, LAURA *DNF884.7253.7880.94750.00

Here are the results from our 4-Stage shoot on Sunday morning.

Entry #Name (Last, First)Total Match ScoreTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage Score
1DERBY, CHRIS42.957.7815.4115.79
2LEVAN, JEFF48.7910.5219.5213.32
3DHAENENS, TIM85.6312.1425.6235.80
4MCNAIR, JOSH97.0923.7735.0230.42
5SHORT, KEN101.5124.9639.1429.20
6DESJARDINS, JEFF114.8025.6439.2544.24
7KELLER, DAVID184.2934.9792.7449.50

The videos from both shoots will be posted within the next few days, so check back then.  We hope you had fun if you shot with us, and if you didn’t, we hope to see you at the next one.  As always, come shoot with us!


The Reality of the “Bedside” Gun

As a firearms instructor and shooting enthusiast, the idea of a “bedside” or “nightstand” gun has come up very often.  I have never been a proponent of the practice for some very specific reasons.  I have always felt that if I needed a firearm while I was lying in bed, that I had failed at practicing the basics of personal safety by not having multiple layers of security such as an alarm system, a dog, or a wife who’s a light sleeper.  The other reason I’ve never kept a “bedside” gun is that I’ve always felt that in a self-defense situation, I need to be as clear-headed and awake as possible.  I’ve always kept my home-defense gun across the room on a dresser or in a closet so that I would have to get up to retrieve it, thereby giving myself time to clear my head and come fully awake.

We recently survived Hurricane Matthew here in northeast Florida.  Shortly after the storm I was subject to a brief power outage, and my actions during it made me revisit my thoughts and opinion on the so called “bedside” gun.  After the worst of the storm on Friday, my wife and I settled in to watch some television on Saturday evening.  We were very lucky that we hadn’t lost power up to this point.  Normally, I sit on the large couch, which faces the TV, but this evening my wife was stretched out there so I sat on the smaller couch, which sits at a 90 degree angle to the TV.  We shortly fell asleep, and at some point thereafter, we lost power.  I awoke in the sitting position to a silent and very dark house.  I didn’t understand why the TV was off, but I had the remote in my hand, so I pointed it straight out in front of me and pressed the power button.  Then I pressed it again because nothing had happened.  Then I pressed it some more.  I finally realized that I wasn’t sitting directly in front of the TV, so I pointed it where I thought the TV was and pressed the power button some more.  Nothing continued to happen.  At this point I realized that I needed some light to figure out what was wrong.  It still hadn’t dawned on me that the power was out.  I stood up and groped my way to the nearest light switch and flicked it up and down several times.  Still nothing happened.  Then I finally realized the power was out.

As you can see, it took me a few minutes to become fully conscious and aware of the situation.  This got me to thinking about how I would have reacted to the sound of someone breaking in, and what could have happened if it was a firearm and not a TV remote in my hand.  It truly reinforced my previous opinion on the “bedside” gun and gave me a great anecdote to help drive the point home to students in the future.

If you’re like me and have a clear conscience, you sleep pretty well at night.  Generations of not sleeping in the wilderness have eliminated our animal instincts.  We no longer wake at the slightest change in our environment.  You can train yourself to be like this.  I remember waking up upon hearing the hum of fluorescent lights coming on during boot camp on Parris Island and being instantly aware of my surroundings.  Most of us don’t need to train to this level, so we come awake much more slowly.  Now let’s add a firearm into the mix.  You’re awakened by a strange noise so you grab your handgun from under the pillow, or your nightstand, or bedside holster.  Are you fully aware of your surroundings?  Do you know there is an intruder out there? Is it just your child who had a bad dream, or your cat chasing a lizard that got into the house?  Are you truly prepared physically and mentally to handle any threat that should present itself?  I would venture to say that most of us are not properly prepared.  Do yourself and your family a favor, and get rid of your “bedside” gun and make it your “closet” or “dresser” gun.  Take the time to become fully aware of your situation before you put a firearm in your hands.

One of the other points my story drives home is the evils of routine.  We are creatures of habit.  We tend to always do what we’ve always done.  This works for most folks most of the time.  If you are training with your firearm for self-defense, you are probably training for the most common scenario you could find yourself in.  The reality, however, is that every self-defense situation is unique and there will be variables that we are unprepared for.  In my story, it took me 30 seconds to realize I was sitting on a different couch than I usually sit on.  How long will it take you to react when you are confronted with an aggressor while outside jogging when you’ve only trained to shoot your gun while standing still?  How will you react to an intruder upstairs when you are downstairs and only ever assumed someone would break in while you were upstairs.

Here at BASICS: Range & Gun we put a lot of emphasis on getting outside your comfort zone.  We believe that while standing still in the firing stall and shooting at target that doesn’t move can improve your marksmanship skills.  We also know that you need to prepare for more.  Real life doesn’t stand still.  Take an opportunity to attend one of our move & shoot sessions, or one of our other training classes to vary up your training.

Come shoot with us!

-Jeff Levan

IDPA Results 10-4-16

What a short match and a small turnout!  Guess everyone was preparing for the storm!  Just 7 shooters this month with a lot of new faces. Here are your match results:

Entry #Name (Last, First)DivClassTotal Match ScoreTot Pen TimeTot Pts DnTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage Score
1ALRED, DAVIDCCPSS62.230511.8326.2124.19
2DERBY, CHRISESPEX63.7051412.4626.9124.33
3NETTLES, CORYSSPUN108.7831916.8145.6846.29
4CABALES, LOUSSPUN122.79112323.7848.9650.05
5WHITEHURST, ADRIANSSPMM156.97236929.3347.3680.28
6WHITEHURST, JACOBSSPNV159.923810326.6457.4575.83
7KELLER, DAVIDCDPUN218.06508227.6672.69117.71

Don’t forget about our Zombie shoots on Oct. 21st & 23rd and come shoot with us next month!


IDPA Results for 9/6/16

What a long match this month!  We shot 3 stages as always, one standard, and 2 in low light.  The final stage was complicated and required shooters to work a problem which let us see a little into how shooters are trained and how they think.  Unfortunately, it was a little too dark for video, so we only have Stage 1 & 2 for you.

We saw a lot of new shooters with us this month, as well as some of the same old familiar faces.  We appreciate everyone that comes out to make this a success, and we thank the organizers and RSOs for all of their hard work.

Come shoot with us!


Entry #Name (Last, First)DivClassTotal Match ScoreTot Pen TimeTot Pts DnTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage Score
1DERBY, CHRISESPEX92.4452026.7024.8540.89
2ALRED, DAVIDCCPSS97.5351324.5628.5144.46
3LEVAN, JEFFSSPUN117.5132630.5829.6257.31
4WILEY, KEITHSSPNV127.54133027.7747.1552.62
5WILEY, DAKOTACCPUN149.4986740.8140.1568.53
6CABALES, LOUSSPUN151.0354335.0836.6779.28
7SEVETZ, EDBUGMM158.2402648.9651.5157.77
8HAHN, G. ALANCDPMM167.1683934.3654.3278.48
9RIOS, EDSSPSS198.4954747.1450.69100.66
10CARSON, LARRYCCPNV209.09205438.9164.91105.27
11SIMPSON, TOMSSPNV210.44102855.4656.7998.19
12HOPKINS, DAVIDCDPMM220.31115955.7756.88107.66
13ACARON, JOSUESSPUN242.15206156.8685.4499.85
14GOZUM, RICKYSSPUN284.64205247.1281.78155.74
15LESLIE, KERRYBUGUN290.203512670.86108.74110.60
16JONES, ANTHONYSSPUN309.01319159.61100.03149.37

August 2016 IDPA Results

Here are the results from this month’s IDPA match.  Looked like the brief rain kept a few of our regular shooters away, but we had some new faces to fill out the squad.  As always, thank you to everyone that showed up, and thank you to the people that make this happen every month.

Come shoot with us!


P.S.  I will update this with videos when I get them edited and uploaded.

Entry #Name (Last, First)DivClassTotal Match ScoreTot Pen TimeTot Pts DnTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage ScoreTotal Stage Score
1ALRED, DAVIDSSPSS79.399829.8518.1831.36
2DERBY, CHRISESPEX83.2601223.0023.4736.79
3LEVAN, JEFFSSPUN115.9951322.4731.8761.65
4WILEY, KEITHSSPNV117.8002537.3329.4751.00
5WILEY, DAKOTACCPUN139.45106138.6940.5860.18
6HELD, ZEKESSPMM150.8285345.0739.3566.40
7ONDINA, DOMINICSSPUN158.1305144.8841.2771.98
8SIMPSON, TOMSSPNV167.2933247.4051.1468.75
9BAUGHMAN, CHUCKCDPUN186.72134158.7344.0583.94
10HORNE, RICHSSPUN270.144513370.8964.18135.07

American Marksman Southeast Regionals 2016

As some of you may know, I had the privilege of attending the southeast regional qualifying events for the new American Marksman competition and television show.  It was held this past weekend at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Marksmanship Park in Talladega, AL.  Shooters from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee showed up to determine the best amature marksman in the 5 state area.

I can humbly state that it was not me.  I finished well in 2 events, but turned in poorer than expected results in the 3 remaining events.  Every time I attend a new event I learn tons of new things, and this event was no different.  Some of the things I learned were as follows: my body does not perform the same way it did 20 years ago, accuracy very often trumps speed, I need to practice outdoors more, and you can’t expect to do well if you don’t practice.  Most importantly, I reaffirmed that the shooting community and the shooting culture are made up of some of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet.

Our squad met on Saturday morning as 10 strangers who were all competing for the same goal.  By the last stage on Sunday afternoon, we had more friends than we showed up with.  We ended up cheering each other’s victories, and sharing the pain of a poor performance.  We gave each other tips and encouragement as we tried to plan the best way to shoot a stage.  While the anti-gunners tell us that we’re social outcasts and dangerous loners, I saw families and strangers gathered under shade tents smiling and joking.  I saw experienced shooters helping inexperienced shooters work on skills to help them be more competitive.  I also saw a lot of people volunteer their time on a hot July weekend in Alabama to help make this event fun and safe for the participants.

The shining star at this event, by far, was the facility.  The CMPs new Marksmanship Park is amazing in its design, and technology.  The 500-acre facility, located two miles from the world-famous Talladega Superspeedway, features a 600 yard rifle range with targets at 200, 300 and 600 yards, a 100 yard multi-purpose range and a 50 yard pistol range. It also includes 15 action pistol bays and a trap field, 5-stand field and a 15-station sporting clays field, all with automated trap machines.  State of the art scoring systems mean no walking downrange to score or reset targets, or having to work in the butts at the 600 yard range.  Golf carts are available for rent to travel between ranges, and a beautifully designed and appointed clubhouse with training rooms and a pro shop looks out over the 600 yard rifle range.

The American Marksman Regional Qualifying consisted of 5 separate events, the .22 Rimfire Pistol, the .22 Rimfire Rifle, the .223 Gong, the Crimson Trace Dark House, and the 9mm Peek-A-Boo.  Shooters best times were taken from each event to provide a total score and determine the overall winner for each of the four divisions.  I competed in the Men’s Open Division.  There were other divisions for Military/Law Enforcement, Women shooters, and Junior shooters.

We started Day 1 at the .22 Rimfire Pistol range.  The course of fire was simple.  String 1 was shoot 2 rounds into each of 5 bullseyes at 10 yards using a 2 handed hold.  String 2 was firing 1 round into each of the 5 bullseyes at 10 yards using only your strong hand.  String 3 was a repeat of String 1.  Then we shot all three strings a second time on a fresh target.  The pistol used was a Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite Pistol using Eley Force ammo.  We were the first squad to shoot these pistols and aside from the first shooter having a malfunction after 2 rounds, the guns performed well.  They are, however, very lightweight and can be very off-putting for someone used to shooting heavier target pistols.

After the handgun range, we moved to the .223 Gong event.  Using a Ruger American Rifle chambered in .223 Remington, shooters had to strike an 8″ diameter steel gong at 100 yards.  Shooters had a total of 10 rounds to shoot the gong once from each of 3 positions, off-hand, seated, and prone.  Shooters were further challenged by having a 20 second time limit for each position.  This stage was challenging, but was made easier by the use of a Burris FF E-1 2-7X scope.  The ammunition was provided by Aguila and was standard 55gr FMJ.  None of the shooters in our squad had any issues hitting the gong or using the rifle provided.

The last event on day 1 was the Crimson Trace Dark House.  This was a stage rooted in action pistol competition, especially USPSA.  Competitors fired the CZ P-09 9mm pistol.  Targets were arrayed 5 yards in front of a barricade.  String 1 consisted of 3 targets directly in front of the barricade, and 2 targets located on either side of the barricade, down a “darkened” hallway/tunnel.  The shooter started at the low ready behind the barricade, and at the buzzer, fired 2 rounds on each of the center targets, and 2 rounds on either the left or the right targets through a hole in the center of the barricade.  For String 2,  the shooter started at the low ready behind the barricade.  At the buzzer, the shooter fired 2 rounds on each of the targets on the side that had not been shot at previously.  The shooter had to shoot the gun from the side of the barricade, while looking through the center port in the barricade.  In other words, the shooters had to use the Crimson Trace laser mounted on the gun to get a sight picture and could not use the sights on the gun.  Needless to say, this slowed a lot of the shooters down quite a bit.

Day 2 began on the 9mm Peek-A-Boo stage at 11:30am.  This was a simple stage.  The competitors used a Kel-Tec Sub-2000 rifle chambered in 9mm to shoot 5 8″ steel plates.  We started String 1 behind a barricade 15 yards from the targets.  At the buzzer, we had to shoot 1 round into each steel plate.  We were not given extra ammo to make up our misses.  String 2 was identical, except that we had to shoot from our weak shoulder.  String 3 was a repeat of String 1.  Shooting a rifle from your weak side shoulder around a barricade is not as easy as it sounds.  Especially if you’ve never practiced it.  Many competitors failed to ring the plates 15 times that weekend.

We finished Day 2, and the competition, on the .22 Rimfire Rifle range.  The rifle event was essentially the same as the pistol event and the rifle event during the local qualifying, with 1 small exception.  During the 5 round string, shooters had to again use their weak side shoulder to fire the rifle.  The rifle used was the Tactical Solutions X-Ring 10/22.  This is the range where most shooters had the hardest time.  It was not a particularly difficult course of fire, but the rifle turned out to be very unreliable.  This in turn lead to shooters incurring misses due to ammo loss after clearing malfunctions.  It is unclear whether a different ammo would have performed better in the rifle, or if the rifle’s precision tolerances were simply the cause.  What is clear is that many competitors came off that range with a look of despair on their faces.

My final thoughts on the American Marksman competition are simple to state.  A lot of people in the shooting community thought it was unfair to exclude high ranking shooters from the different organized shooting disciplines.  I say it was refreshing to come out and compete against people who may not shoot on a regular basis.  I also think that more people are likely to participate since they are not going up against the Rob Leathams of the world, and more people participating means more people enjoying the shooting sports, and that’s never a bad thing.  That being said, to do well at this competition, you have to practice.  A lot!  I, for one, will be practicing hard for next year.  Below is a video of me shooting all the stages, and you can follow the link to see the overall standings for the Men’s Open Division of the Southeast Regionals.

-Jeff Levan

Men’s Open Division Results