Lane wins US IPSC Production title

Mason Lane continued to impress the shooting community by taking first place in Production at the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) US Nationals in July. Focusing primarily on USPSA and IDPA during the last two years, Lane – a top amateur in the sport – reset priorities early this summer, and the dedication shows.

Lane at US IPSC NationalsLane shot the more challenging portion of the two-day match on day one. “I had a couple blow-ups on the first day,” Lane said. “On the second day, I knew where I was and knew where I needed to be to do well.” Lane had difficulty on two stages on the first day. The first combined very challenging leans with with multiple swingers at distances between 15 and 25 yards.

The second stage he had difficulty with was actually his favorite. “Every transition on the stage was a change in difficulty and you had to run out to a pick-up start,” Lane commented. “Even though it was only 16 or 18 rounds, that’s the type of stage design I enjoy.”

When asked about preparation for the IPSC matches, Mason mentioned he needed to make some gear changes and get comfortable with the different rules. For IPSC matches, shooters are not allowed to take a sight picture at the make-ready command, and they have a very limited amount of time to put a stage plan together.

Lane also shot a few United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) matches applying the IPSC rules, including staying within the fault lines during the stage run. “I’m so used to the USPSA rule set, I didn’t want to loose points on a rule violation in Florida or in France later this month,” Lane commented.

Lane shooting at IPSC US NationalsLane was also thankful SIG Sauer Academy provided him range time and the ability to easily set up practice drills. “The long distance swingers at the IPSC US Nationals really showed me what I needed to work on,” Lane continued. “If you stopped by to visit me at the bay recently, I was shooting swingers and I really appreciate the accommodations SIG provided.”

Next up for Lane is a trip to the National Shooting Center in Châteauroux, France for the IPSC Handgun World Shoot. The multi-day match – 30 stages shot over five days – will have more 1,400 shooters attending. The main match starts on Aug. 27, but events and pre-matches started Aug. 21.

Mason earned a slot at the World Shoot thank to his excellent performance at the 2017 IPSC US Nationals and previous USPSA and  IPSC Nationals. More than 50 shooters earned invitations this year, and this will be the first time Lane attends a World Shoot.

Lane - US World Shoot uniformWhen shooting in the USPSA Production and Limited divisions, Lane competes with a Grayguns-tuned SIG SAUER P320. For IPSC, he shoots a stock P320 with a Grayguns sights custom built by SPD Tool.

You can follow the results from the 2017 World Shoot online via the Practiscore website.



Herron wins 4th consecutive Missouri State Championship

Tim Herron secured his fourth consecutive Single Stack title at the United States Practical Shooting Association’s (USPSA) Missouri State Championship on Oct. 1. The championship – also knows as the Missouri Fall Classic – was held in Newburg at the Central Ozark Practical Shooters range.

For the USPSA Single Stack division, his favorite, Herron runs a Grayguns-tuned SIG SAUER 1911 Max in .45 ACP.

Herron shot 97.2 percent of available points, taking the Single Stack win by more than 354 points (22 percent). He won eight of 12 stages in the division, with top three finishes in all but one stage. Overall, he was 10th out of more than 180 shooters. Shooting eight-round capacity magazines, Herron put the Production division shooters (10 round capacity) on notice, beating the Production winner by 119 points (7.5 percent).

Tim also had five, top-five finishes overall, with one outright win on Stage 10. Herron’s complete shooting performance video – including all 12 stages – is available below.

You can follow Tim on his Facebook page.

Rushing retains Louisiana Bullseye State Championship

rushing-louisiana-state-20161001-01Last weekend, Tracie Rushing headed to the 2016 Louisiana State Conventional Pistol Championships to shoot a National Rifle Association (NRA) sanctioned Bullseye Pistol Competition at the Southwest Louisiana Rifle & Pistol Club in Lake Charles. Rushing finished as High Lady, retaining her title from 2015.

“Recently, most competitors have been shooting bullseye matches with a red dot at distances of 25 and 50-yards,” said Rushing. “I continue to shoot with iron sites for all of my pistols, which makes it more challenging, and more rewarding.”

The NRA Outdoor Pistol Competition (Bullseye) match is a one-handed pistol competition shot from 25 and 50-yards. Competitors shoot Rimfire (.22LR) and Centerfire (9mm & .45) pistols during the timed match. During the match, Rushing shot her SIG SAUER P226 X-Five in 9mm, with custom action trigger enhancements by Grayguns, and a Grayguns P-Series Short External Extractor.

rushing-louisiana-state-20161001-02“The Southwest Louisiana Rifle and Pistol Club is one of my favorite ranges to shoot on,” Rushing said. “The facilities are top-notch, but it’s the people who make it so great. We don’t have bullseye matches in Arkansas, but they always take my under their wing and help me out.”

You can follow Tracie Rushing on her Facebook page.

Stuart 1st, Evans 10th at East Coast Steel Challenge

Shooting their Grayguns-tuned SIG SAUER P320s at the 2016 East Coast Steel Challenge Championship, A.J. Stuart and Annette Evans finished first and tenth respectively in the popular Production division. Billed as the largest Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) match ever, more than 260 shooters submitted more than 400 entries for the three-day event in late September.

Steel Challenge is a speed shooting event consisting of eight standard stages with non-moving steel targets of various sizes. The steel plates are placed at different distances and angles from the shooter’s position. Each shooter shoots each stage five times for a timed score, with the slowest time for each stage excluded. Each stage consists of five steel plates. Although the shooter may shoot the plates in any order, the last plate shot must be the designated “Stop Plate.”

Evans & Stuart - 2016 East Coast Steel ChallengeFor the East Coast Steel Challenge, competitors can bring multiple guns and shoot in different divisions. Some competitors shot in four divisions during the weekend, and there was certainly plenty of options to choose from. This year’s match included two rimfire pistol divisions (Open and Iron Sights), seven center fire pistol divisions (Open, Limited, Production, Carry Optics, Single Stack and Optics Revolver, Iron Sight Revolver), and three rifle divisions (Pistol Caliber Carbine Optics, Rimfire Rifle Iron Sights and Rimfire Rifle Iron Sights). Sixty shooters competed in the Production division with Stuart and Evans.

“I had a great time shooting the match,” said Stuart. “A couple of junior shooters were on my squad, and they were fun to shoot with.”

For Stuart’s first place finish in Production, he completed the five stages with a time of 110.4 seconds, more than 12 seconds faster than the second place shooter Paddy Sullivan, and more than 21 seconds faster than the third place finisher. Stuart finished first in six of eight stages.

“During the first part of the day, I was not following my own best-practice of aiming for a specific spot on the plate,” said Stuart. “I always want to aim for the bottom third of the first plate, and the leading one-third of the following plates. After a couple of stages, I smoothed things out a bit to meet my goal of a Production win.”

Annette Evans - 2016 East Coast Steel ChallengeFor Evans, she had two top five stages and three top 10 stages to finish 10th in Production. She was also High Lady for the main match (centerfire pistols with and without optics). “Although I don’t shoot a lot of steel, it’s hard to resist a regional championship nearly in my backyard,” said Evans. “I’m always glad when I make the trip to shoot this match.”

Evans and Stuart mostly focus on shooting a different competitive discipline – United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) – which incorporates movement, reloads, and props, along with moving and partial targets. “I was happy to see how well my skills translated even without the benefit of specific training,” said Evans.

“The match has gained popularity during the last three years,” Evans commented. “Match Director David Snyder works very hard to run a smooth match with great volunteers. “A generous prize table, raffles, side matches, on-site food and vendors makes for a great weekend.”

You can follow Annette Evans and AJ Stuart on their Facebook competitive shooting pages.

Video from AJ Stuart