Crimson Trace

April 20, 2011

Between The Berms

LTC Sherman, seen here receiving the 2009 Sijan Award, takes over command of the USAF's 16th Space Control Squadron this Friday.
You can call him Commander. Roger Sherman is one of the U.S. Air Force's best shooters, but the USPSA Grand Master hasn't been seen out on the range lately. That's probably because with the rank of Lt. Colonel his 'day job' keeps him way too busy. So busy in fact that word came that this Friday LTC Sherman will be taking over as the Commander of the 16th Space Control Squadron. What's the Space Control Squadron you ask? Well, in layman's terms, if you remember the Bruce Willis movie Armageddon, Roger's the USAF guy trying to blow up the asteroid...only much cooler. Congratulations, Roger...err, LTC Sherman. Hopefully someday we'll see you take command of a newly formed U.S. Air Force Marksmanship Unit (hint, hint). Then we'd have a second "Home of Champions."

Seems we ruffled a few feathers over at the Outdoor Channel with last week's column. Apparently, when I said their announcement about their new video on demand partnership with DIRECTV didn't mention the popular MidwayUSA Wednesday Night At The Range block, some of you might have misconstrued that to mean the shooting shows weren't included in the VOD package. Well rest assured faithful Shooting Wire readers, the MidwayUSA Wednesday Night At The Range shows, as well as all the other Outdoor Channel shows, are indeed part of the VOD content.

Tori Nonaka picked up her first of soon to be many titles for Team Glock this weekend at Area 6.
Talking about shooting, this past weekend there were three big USPSA matches. The Area 6 championship saw some surprises and some of the usual. The big surprise was Team SVI Chris Tilley's Open div. win over the nearly unbeatable Max Michel of Team Sig. Jessie Abbate (Team Leupold), Randi Rogers (Team Glock) and Dave Sevigny (Team Glock) led the list of 'usual suspects' as Abbate won in Open, Rogers won in Limited and Sevigny was the overall Limited winner. Tori Nonaka of Team Glock won her first major title for the team with her Production div. win. Michael Hollar was the overall winner in Production. Bryan Murphy topped the Revolver field, while Ted Puente won the Single Stack title and Gerard Tetreau took the Lim-10 title.

At the Space City Challenge in Texas David Re took Open, Paul Clark Limited, Kale Garretson Production, Team Smith & Wesson's Tony PhanLimited-10, Team S&W's BJ Norris Single Stack and Dave Eickhoff won Revolver. Among the ladies, Tania Steele topped the Limited field while Rhonda Stonaker did the same in Production.

Valerie Levanza Rosales was golden in Open div. competition at the Golden Bullet Championship.
In Sacramento, Calif. at the Golden Bullet Championship, James Ong won Open, Dale Martin Limited, Team Smith & Wesson's John Bagakis Limited-10,
Bradley Holt Production, Vincent Sargentini Revolver and Team Limcat's Tanner Larsson took Single Stack. Among the women, Valerie Levanza Rosales, a Team Limcat and Rudy Project shooter, topped the Open field while Lisa Levis did the same in Production.

Team Benelli's Taran Butler won the Tactical div. at the Texas MultiGun.
In MultiGun competition, the Texas MultiGun Championship saw Team Benelli shooter Taran Butler take the Tactical div. title, Michael Voigt of Team STI win the Open title, Team Benelli's Kurt Miller grab Limited and SureFire's Barry Dueck walk away with the Heavy Metal win.

Don't forget, the 14th Annual ICORE Southwest Regional Revolver Championship is this weekend (Friday and Saturday, April 22-23) in beautiful Morro Bay, Calif. There are still slots available so register for the match, grab your wheelgun and head for the coast. This is the first match in the ICORE Regional Series presented by Smith & Wesson and there are five guns up for grabs at the end of the season for those that participate in the series. BTW, the crew from Apex Tactical, located right up the road, will be there with totally trick custom revolvers and new but unreleased gun parts that will debut later this month at the NRA Show. If you ask real nice they just might let you see them. Plus Scott Folk promises a free hug with any purchase.

Top Shot on History Channel is casting for Season 4. If you think you've got what it takes, go to History.com to find casting info. The deadline is May 20, 2011.

After weeks of trying, the Gang of 4 finally eliminated Jamie Franks.
Top Shot Spoiler Alert! Don't read this if you haven't yet watched last night's episode of Top Shot... This week it's the Glock 17 that competitors got to shoot at balloons during a 125-foot drop. USPSA's Matt Burkett, a guest instruction last season, was back to help shooters master the Spiderman-like shooting challenge. George Reinas did the best, hitting 6 targets while Chris Reed, Joe Serafini and Jamie Franks all hit 4. Brian Zins came in last with 3. But it was Reed and Franks that got sent to elimination. The elimination challenge, with guest instructor Cory Kruse, had the two face off with the Benelli M2 shotgun trying to hit flying clay target while riding in the back of a moving truck. In the end, Reed hit 5 targets while Franks hit only 3 and was finally eliminated. And then there were four....

- Paul Erhardt, Editor, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network

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