Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Monday, December 13, 2010

Pictures from the Pin Match

Bill and Elaine sent me some of the pictures they took from yesterday's match. I promised I'd put them up.

So, what's a bowling pin match you ask? As CapitalistPig put it, it's a combination of drag racing, bowling and shooting. Two people line up side-by-side to see who can shoot five bowling pins (or pin tops) off their table fastest. Here's a table set up for shooting Minor (centerfire smaller than .40 S&W):

The table is eight feet wide, four feet deep, and about 42" high. The pins are placed 18" off the back edge of the table, and are spaced 16" apart. Those people in the back there are my pin setters.

Once the tables are set, the competitors line up, and at the sound of the horn, they're off!

This pair is shooting Major - .40 S&W and larger - with the pins set 12" off the front edge of the table, making it harder to get them on the ground.

Then there's the .22 Rimfire class, with five pin tops placed on the back edge of the table:

In all cases, the shooter stands at a table that is 25 feet from the front edge of the bowling pin table.  Those pin tops are pretty small 29' away.

In all cases the shooters start with their guns in their hands in the "low-ready" position (in this case, muzzle on the surface of the table) and at the sound of the beep, they try to clear their five pins as fast as they can.

The rest of the competitors watch the matches,

or help reset the pins between matches,

or shoot the breeze.

All in all, it's a fun way to spend the day! And since pin shooting emphasizes speed, accuracy, and power, it's good practice, too.

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