Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"So long, and thanks for all the fish."

I started WIILSHOOT on a cold December day 4 years ago with the intent of aggregating and cross-promoting participation in the various clubs. To that end, I think I achieved a wild success...

See, back then, most clubs weren't on Facebook. Back then most clubs didn't publish a schedule. Back then a competitor from, say, McHenry IPSC wouldn't know where to go after the season ended...

Today, however, things are different. And better. People post things into community groups on Facebook (IL IDPA and IL USPSA) and people are much better connected regarding the ins-and-outs of the various clubs in the region. In essence, it has become a true community, not just one dude trying frantically to update all the club calendars when they've made changes...

Don't get me wrong, though: This has been an unbelievable tool to get to know a lot of the clubs and awesome people working at them. It has been an unbelievable stepping stone for guys like Jason Carillo and Chris Kozell to get the recognition they deserve! It has been a great family, which will continue, even though the site will not...

I'm going to leave the calendars up, as-is, for the remainder of the season, then will be taking WIILSHOOT down...

Years from now, when you see a dude with a faded, WIILSHOOT shirt or jersey tearing it up at a local match maybe say "hi" and reminisce about the good 'ol days...

(PS Some of you may appreciate the Douglas Adams reference...)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Schultz' USPSA This Weekend!

The Schultz Club USPSA match is on for this Sunday.  Start time is 10:00 am, registration starting at 9:00 am or so.  Preregistration is available or register at the match.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

This Week: April 28th - May 4th, 2014


  • McHenry IPSC on Wednesday night at Alpha Range in McHenry, IL - No Classifier.
  • Pine Tree USPSA Match on Sunday at Pine Tree in Rockford, IL
  • McHenry IPSC on Sunday at Alpha Range in McHenry, IL
  • North Porter Co USPSA Match on Sunday at North Porter Co in Chesterton, IN
  • Single Stack Nationals is this week! Good luck to TD, John Smith and Mike G!


  • Wildcat Valley Classifier match on Sunday in Brookston, IN
  • Oak Park Sportsmen's Club match on Sunday in Plainfield, IN

  • Last chance for Matt Mink's USPSA class this weekend at Alpha Range in McHenry, IL!
  • Maxon's Introduction to Competition Handgun this weekend at Maxon's Range in Des Plaines, IL
  • Coming up: Four Leaf Training's Introduction to Competition Pistol at Pine Tree Pistol Club in Rockford on Saturday May 17th... 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sorting 9Sillymeter Quickly...

Sorting through a pile of brass is relatively easy when you have the awesomely useful Shellsorter tool. .45 and .40 (thank you that .357 Sig is not more mainstream!) separate easily in the sorter, and while there may be a "Russian Nesting Doll" effect sometimes, with a .40 wedged into a .45, it is pretty simple to correct in the final sort.

9mm is a different story sometimes: .380, 9 Makarov, and 38 Super (of various flavors) can be a pain to easily sort and can gum up the works pretty well when they make it all the way to the shell plate...

Especially frustrating is when Berdan-primed NATO brass makes it to the recapping pin...  :[

Here's a simple trick to handle it: Using a .40/.45 caliber ammunition box and a dental hook we can quickly check heights of the casings and also check the flash holes to see if there are Berdan-primed pieces or not.

Step 1

Get a cheap 10mm/.45 plastic case. Cabela's has 'em for cheap... I use a dental tool as a "pry-bar" to pull the short .380's

Step 2

Over your 5 gallon, or whatever bin you use to hold the sorted brass, lightly toss a few handfuls of brass over the plastic case and gently shake the case. The brass will generally fall in base first.

Step 3

Eyeball the case from all sides, viewing "in profile" to inspect the heights. Taller cases are probably 38 Super of some variety. The shorter cases are your .380 or 9Mak.

38 Super - Kozy's brass!

Step 4

See the face? Berdan!
Inspect into each casing to see if the brass is Berdan-primed. If you see two little eyes, you found some Berdan-primed stuff...

If you get a few pieces that are bottom-up, just eye-ball the headstamp. If it isn't NATO, you're probably in the clear. If it is NATO, specifically POF 88 (Pakistani, I think?) turn it over and inspect the flash holes.

Step 5

Done! If you're just prepping brass, grab another beer. If you're reloading, dump it into the hopper and get to work!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Help a Brother Out: Indiana Match Needs RO's!

Sponsored by Phoenix Trinity!
The Match Director, Jake Martens, is looking for a few more RO's for the Indian USPSA Championship.
It will be held at the Silver Creek Conservation Club in Sellersburg, Indiana on September 12th, 2014.

This is one of the premier state matches in the Midwest consisting of 18 stages & chrono for a round count of 370+ over a 2 day format. Please contact Jake at the email above if you're interested - there will be some familiar face (Tom Palmer) working the match...

This Week! April 21-27, 2014

A quiet week leading up to Single Stack Nationals...


  • Excel USPSA on Tuesday at Article 2 in Lombard, IL
  • NISA USPSA on Sunday in Muskego, WI (sign up online!)
  • Tri-County USPSA on Sunday in Polo, IL - USPSA CLASSIFIER MATCH!


  • McHenry IDPA shoots on Wednesday at On Target in Crsytal Lake, IL
  • Aurora Sportsmen's Club on Sunday in Waterman, IL - IDPA CLASSIFIER MATCH!


  • Four Leaf Training Intro to Competition Pistol on Wednesday at Alpha Range in McHenry, IL
  • Excel's Women's Intro on Wednesday at GAT Guns in Dundee, IL
  • PS Tactical's Excellent 2&1/2 Day Combat Pistol this weekend at Alpha Range in McHenry, IL

Helping out!

Over the winter, managed to get out and help the McHenry Co. USMC League, a civic organization for formerly-active-not-yet-ex-Marines, with some of their slow-fire pistol events (similar to PPC). Was honored when they choose to recognize my contribution...

Thanks guys! Shoot straight!

Monday, April 14, 2014

This Week!

Back from the excellent Battle in the Bluegrass - managed to finish 4th (85%) of Ben. I'll take it.
May have some video up later on.

  • McHenry USPSA on Wednesday at Alpha Range in McHenry, IL
  • Winnequah USPSA on Saturday in Lodi, WI
  • Please note that Oconomowoc USPSA was cancelled for Easter.
  • NISA pre-registration is now open:

  • Excel IDPA on Tuesday at Article 2 in Lombard, IL
  • Excel IDPA Classifier on Friday at Article 2 in Lombard, IL
  • Racine IDPA on Saturday at Racine County Line Range, WI (Check the rules because who can attend and who can't has gotten decoder-ringish lately...)
  • North Porter IDPA Match on Sunday in Chesterton, IN

  • Practical Rifle on Saturday at Aurora Sportsmen's Club in Waterman, IL

  • Maxon's Action Pistol Tonight in Des Plaines, IL
  • Pine Tree Defensive Pistol on Sunday in Rockford, IL
  • Pine Tree Steel Match following the IDPA match on Sunday in Rockford, IL

  • Excel Skills and Drill tonight at RKA Gallery in Plano, IL
  • Excel's Handgun Phase 2 on Wednesday at Gat Guns in Dundee, IL
  • Excel's Holster Class on Thursday at Article 2 in Lombard, IL

Heads up again

I don't always train...
But when I do...
I train with Minks.
Matt Mink's "Awesomesauce" Training Class is edging closer and there are two slots left!!

2 days at the wonderful Alpha Range in McHenry, IL -  Matt will run Skills and Drills on Saturday, then he'll shoot and help coach you through the match on Sunday.

Sign up at the link above!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Be Careful!

Be careful! 

Reloading helps keep the costs down, but folks have to be "on it" when doing it. 

The shooter was ok, other than feeling like he was hit in the hand with a sledge hammer... The devastation from a double charge of Titegroup is shocking: The slide in two fragments, the barrel peeled back like a cartoon. I'm amazed that he wasn't injured more seriously...

Monday, April 7, 2014

This Week!

Sorry for getting this out there kinda late...


  • Battle in the Bluegrass is this weekend... 
  • Oak Park Sportsmen's Club shoots this Sunday in Plainfield, IL
  • Schultz' shoots this Sunday in Muskego, WI


  • Wildcat Valley on Saturday in Brookston, IN (Hour ahead!)
  • I've listed Aurora Sportsmen's Club matches on the calendar!


  • Practical Precision Rifle match at Aurora SC on Saturday in Waterman, IL


  • NSSF Rimfire Challenge match on Saturday at Pine Tree Pistol Club in Rockford, IL
  • North Porter Steel Plate match on Saturday in Chesterton, IN
  • Pine Tree PPC match on Sunday in Rockford, IL


  • Excel Skills and Drills on Tuesday at Article 2 in Lombard, IL
  • Four Leaf Skills and Drills on Wednesday at Alpha Range in McHenry, IL
  • Excel's Women's Intro to Handguns on Wednesday at Gat Guns, Dundee, IL
  • Excel's Women's Intro to Handguns on Thursday at Article 2 in Lombard, IL
  • Permanent Solutions 1&1/2 day Pistol class on Friday and Saturday at Alpha Range in McHenry, IL - Good guys! (My review of the longer 2&1/2 class...)
On the Radar
  • Matt Mink's USPSA Baller Class is coming up soon! Get your tickets! Price includes USPSA match the next day with personalized coaching by Mink!
  • Pine Tree Pistol Club moved Four Leaf's Intro to Competition Pistol course to May - if you know anyone looking for a solid start to the game, check it out!
  • Big Up! to Jay Carillo who dominated the 3-gun open division at Polo this past weekend!

Monday, March 31, 2014

This Week!

Back from the cold, muddy, but fun, Indiana Production/SS/Revo USPSA match. Managed to edge out some ballers, by shooting consistently, but still lost my ass to Ben Stoeger. I'll take 2nd with a dose of humble pie and the knowledge of what I've got to work on more...

Anyway... This week:


  • McHenry USPSA on Wednesday at Alpha Range in McHenry, IL
  • Wildcat Valley USPSA on Saturday in Indiana (They're ahead 1 hour!)
  • Pine Tree USPSA on Sunday in Rockford, IL


  • Racine IDPA on Saturday at Shooter in Racine, WI
  • Oak Park IDPA on Sunday in Plainfield, IL


  • Tri County 3-Gun on Sunday in Polo, IL
  • Wildcat Valley 3-Gun on Sunday in Indiana (They're ahead 1 hour!)
  • Spartan's Lowlight Tactics class is this coming weekend at Alpha Range! John Krupa is my #1 goto "the man" when it comes to anything related to defensive handgun!
  • Excel's Holster class on Tuesday at RKA Range in Plano, IL
  • Excel's Coed Intro to handguns on Wednesday at GAT Guns in Dundee, IL

Coming up!