No e-bikes, gas powered bikes or motor scooters – pedal powered only.
All ammo must be carried but firearm must remain unloaded for safety reasons.
Firearms should be zeroed and functioning prior to competition – There will be no practice rounds/groups.
Options of alternative routes are up to the competitor – if you have a route that gets you there faster, that is an option as long as the same bicycle is ridden/walked/carried.
All traffic laws will be in effect as normal and courteous riding is up to the rider. Pacelines/Drafting is allowed/encouraged.
Time spent getting range/lane will not be counted as long as it is reasonable short bathroom/water break and to get a lane/targets.
Time will be stopped/noted when destination range is reached (bikes are parked)
RoadBike/BullseyePistol – Typical run will be road/light gravel and be focused on speed/total time. Generally these runs will be 10-20 miles one way and will be out and back.
Mountianbike/Shotgun – will follow same rules but with use of shotguns and mountianbikes. Slugs will be used for indoor ranges and clay stations for shotshell courses.
Gravel/Rifle – Gravel bike and Rifle. Rifle has options of shooting 100 yd range. Outdoor events may allow longer yardage rifle courses.
Multi-gun: Competitors may choose to pack and run a pistol and rifle at the range. Either gun can be shot first, all other rules are as normal.
3Gun Run – Elite competition that combines Roadbike, Mountainlike and Gravle bike as well as Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun. Competitors will have a base that they can stage and transition from each run to the range. Competitors will choose bike and gun for first run as a normal competition. Upon returning, ditch that set of gear, present targets and transition to the next phase and repeat until all 3 bikes and guns are completed. Competitors may choose any combination of bike and gun for any round. After the third round is completed, all scores will be added for the master 3-Gun Run Total.
Each competitor will shoot 5 paper targets at 25yds. Each Target should have a group of 10 rounds. Each target will be initialed with time and round # once it is retrieved/finished. Each target group will be measured and multiplied by 10.0 and then added to the travel time.
Example: travel time is 52:00 on the first leg and 58:00 on the return leg. 5 groups were shot.
Group 1: group size is 5″ – score = 5 * 10 = 50 (lower is better)
Group 2: group size is 6″ – score = 6 * 10 = 60
Group 3: group size is 7″ – score = 7 * 10 = 70
Group 4: group size is 8″ – score = 8 * 10 = 80
Group 5: group size is 9″ – score = 9 * 10 = 90
Group total: 50 + 60 + 70 + 80 + 90 = 350
Total Score: 52.0 + 58.0 + 350 = 460
Targets will be shot at 25yds indoor range
All rounds must hit paper target or DNF on the shooting portion
If a rider fails to make it back to the start/finish line, they will receive DNF for the ride portion but can still be scored for the shooting portion. Ride DNFs are more critical than the range DNF – competitors that finish the ride will be ranked above competitors that have a DNF for the shooting portion and any completed ride-time/total score.
I stumbled upon the Bersaglieri by accident while looking up the history of Bianchi, which is no only the first real road bike but also the oldest bicycle company in the world. Bianchi made the first known full suspension bikes for the Bersagleri in the early 1900s.
The Bersaglieri were formed in 1836 to be high mobility light infantry. They were primarily used as skirmishers and shock troops to guard the flanks and harass the flanks of opposing armies. The kingdom of Sardinia could not afford a lot of calvary so they trained these troops to high physical and marksmanship standards to round out their forces.
At one time there were up to 12 battalions of cyclist troops in service. Present day Bersaglieri have other preferred methods of transportation but it is great to look back in history. Click here for Wikipedia information on this historic Italian troop class.
Are you interested in Roadbikes and Race Pistols? Do you want some practice with a favorite 2A folder and see how it packs on your new Mountianbike? Come pack it and run it.
Here is the contact form for upcoming training rides and possible local friendly competitions. Basically I need a draft partner(right now its just me) or someone to base times/groups/routes off of and help develop this new 2A endurance sport. If you don’t have a gun you can rent one at the range. My groups aren’t the greatest and my times aren’t the shortest, but I’m trying to improve them both. Initial training will be based in Huntsville, AL with reasonable travel options considered.
Having not wanting to waste a good day of riding weather I thought about what to do. Instead of considering a list that was bracketed by limitations (what I can’t do today), I decided to try and breakthrough to (what CAN I do today). Since the roadbike took some abuse and needs repairs the 90’s hardtail Schwinn mountianbike was the chosen steed for today’s challenging run. I was just going to run the Ruger PCC but at the last minute decided to take a pistol and the Glock bag that housed the SAR P8-L in hard Chrome and stuffed it in the backpack – nice to share same ammo. A sly grin emerged as I considered if running a PCC was cheating or just an advantage. But when you are creating an emerging sport and the rules are not yet set in stone, “some things get passed in the name of fast”.
Bike: 1996 Schwinn Homegrown, RockShox Duke air fork 29″ front disk, 26″ rim rear. Brooks Champion Flyer sprung hand hammered copper rivets leather saddle from 2007 and a rockshox suspension seatpost. dual purpose flats/clip pedals. Oury Grips. Old school 8speed XT and triple front chaingring.
Route: over Monte Sano, across town and to the indoor range. Weather was a moderately hot and balmy 85 degrees with mild overcast most of the way. I actually got to the range ahead of schedule and rode around and wasted some time before they opened for the day.
Pistol: SAR P8-L in stainless Steel. lightened slide, popple holes, CZ Clone, All stock (polished feedramp), slide rides inside the frame. DASA, comes with 2 mags. I carry it sometimes in a shoulder rig. Cheaper than a glock or CZ.
Ammo: 124gn Precision Delta HPs over n320 in lightweight NAAS3 cases. All handmade / not factory
Bag: Old Cheap Tan backpack and an old pair of FatPants (I will no longer use). I took a pair of old fat pants and twisted the legs and folded a cuff to them in order to form some cushioning for the more delicate action ends. Then dis-assembled the rifle and put the action end down one pants leg and the mating action down the other and was just barely able to zip the whole thing up. The buttstock was the longest part having to ride the zipper over it as it rode diagonal in the bag. Total Weight was about 25 lbs (heavy but doable). A previous tear that had formed prior did get noticeably worse. It was in the shoulder/neck area across the back, center seam. Possible repair.
Results: Meh. The pistol shot and felt great, amazing in fact, James Bonds smooth and comfortable. The rubber grip is my fav for carry or mild range session. Fits the hand well. The front sight was a bit tought to see in the dimly lit indoor range with my aging eyes. I shot low at first and adjusted aimpoint to get better hits at 10/15 yds.
Rifle was meh as well as far as groups go. I had previously been shooting this Rifle at 300yds so there was some windage left in it. As I didn’t bring my adjustment tool, I tried to just hold and that did work, but not as well as zeroing in at 25yds. So whatever, but lesson learned. I only picked the zombie because it had the most targets/groups to shoot at that was in stock.
So that concludes Run #02 – 2 Gun DONE… Stick around more to come.
In my general search for Bianchi bicycle company history, I came across the Bersaglieri. These guys were high movement riflemen in the Italian army. Bianchi eventually created some folding mountianbikes for them and even had front peneumatic and rear suspension. I believe some of the bikes were specially outfitted to carry longer rifles that were used at the time (Carcano?)… anyway, on to today.
The course was over Mt. Sano, across town, and to the indoor range about 12miles one way. The weather was normal hot and muggy but I smiled as I kept turning the cranks over to the top of the mountain. The range was not too busy. I shot my hour and came home. Totally doable I started planning my next adventure. Stay tuned and comment on the video that is posted exclusively on Rumble!
New Match Brass Prep video to be posted on Rumble. I tried to get all of the things that I do for match brass reloads. This can also be used as a general guide to brass prep, skipping some of the more finicky steps if needed. I may create a shorter TLDR version of this video as well.
Took the 6.5 RAP build to make sure it was zeroed properly @750. I loaded about 10 extra rounds for the Pokemon rifle and took it to see if it was still on at 100/1000 with only a Base Dial setting. I took the 600yd gas gun(6ARC) as a backup, sinch the range was a good 2 hour drive. I took no pistols today which was a first, my focus was on Rifles today.
Shooting the 6.5 first, I confirmed zero @ 100 on the sighter plate and then moved to the 750 plate. The range’s TV target monitors were out on the 750 target so I was depending on my OLD spotting scope and my CHEAP SWFA 20fixed so spot shots. It was not mesmerizing. At 750 I seemed to be on at the lg sighing plate, but it was so speckled I couldn’t tell. I tried a few shots at the other circle targets but couldn’t confirm hits. I went back to the 600 yd berm and well those targets were cheeta printed as well. I tried da couple of shots with a hold under for 600. I still couldn’t tell as far as hits. This sport has constantly honed one of my life skills – patience. I simply waited for the next cold range and went and painted targets.
With a fresh batch of white on steel, I decided to start at 600 and confirm hits with my hold under there before moving to the 750 berm. I saw my hits on the sighting plate. A little high and right. I was working with a sub optimal rear bag setup but was able to start dinging targets at 600. I did dial in 1MOA of wind and noted how spongy the dials were on this cheap scope. I thing to myself “just another reason to hold as opposed to dial”. Having dialed all this in just one time previous, I was referring to my Dope card. I was able to confirm the elevation for these Barnes 140MBs @600yds to be -6MOA. With the new wind “dialed” in and holding confirmed elevation, I started dinging the round swingers at 600. The first one was large 24” followed by smaller plates with a 4” and finally a 2” circle on the right of the swinger’s rack. The last small 2” circle reminded me of an “almost done” dum-dum hanging upside down. I tried to hit that sucker a couple of times but I was only able to hit the 4” circle today (at 600 yds) – good enough for my redneck engineered pea shooter and standard practice ammo.
After cleaning all but the smallest circle on 600 I moved back up to 750. Sighing plate was still GTG so I held straight crosshairs (with no dialing), and nailed the center plate. From there I chose a full size silhouette steel target and started letting them fly. The target had an orange waterline painted across it. I held generally center and was able to score hits. Then I started pinpointing shots on the waterline. With a few very close. I started trying for headshots. I didn’t score any hits there but got the neck shots and a couple that would have pierced an ear.
With the last 5 or 6 rounds I then set my sights on the 1000 berm. Again, there is no dialing just hold. I was holding 10MOA and saw my rounds hit the dirt. I held another 2MOA and was able to hit the lg sighter plate to confirm that yardage/hold. Then I ran out of practice ammo. With another box of 40 handloaded rounds ready to go, I thought to myself I will just save these and go get the big rifle now.
So the 300PRC Pokemon rifle with the Iveytron setup entered the bench. I had 3 rounds left over from last times range visit. I had made another 10 rounds to shoot today specifically. My goal was get the 1250 plate today. Didn’t happen.
I got setup on the bench and set the Ivey base to 0 and took a shot at the 100yd sighing plate. Dead center with authority. Unlocked the Ivey Base and set it to 25MOA and took a shot at 1k. no call. Took a shot at the 24” plate and missed it to the low and right. I was about to load up my mag again and dial wind and hold another 2MOA but alas I didn’t seat my bullets short enough so they were jamming the lands and would not load. I sighed in disbelief as the 1250 plate laughed in my face. I thought about breaking out the gas gun (that I brought for backup fun) but just decided to I packed my shit and went home for another day.
On the way home I thought about the wind and the wins. The win was that through patience I was able to get on at 600/750 with only 4 clicks of wind. Patience kept me from second guessing myself and turning knobs in hopes of hits. Having recorded dope cards and copious notes also did not hurt. Knowing that rifle is zeroed at 750 and knowing the 600 hold made me feel good about the trip overall.
So, I got bored and made a new video about new(to me) old CZ97B Safety model.I got some video editing practice. Digg the 97s (CZ FuddRunner) – it was a great day! The trigger action and shape of the older one has the slight nod, but the newer model has better sights and LOK grips(upgrade). […]
Are you interested in Roadbikes and Race Pistols? Do you want some practice with a favorite 2A folder and see how it packs on your new Mountianbike? Come pack it and run it. Here is the contact form for upcoming training rides and possible local friendly competitions. Basically I need a draft partner(right now its […]
We all have things to work on… I try to be the person to at least think those words when disposition comes along. I’m starting to feel really great about breaking bad habits. In particular for today is You Tube… So I started up Rumble and what do you know one of the first things […]
Disclaimer: do your own research and use common sense when reloading. I am not responsible for your results. Don’t try this at home or at home office either… Here are the steps that worked for me. I wouldn’t even attempt this without a great annealer. That thing is worth its weight in brass. Scope footage: […]
Executive Summary – it was windy, I learned a LOT about wind today. So windy in fact many of the more experienced shooters had issues with the wind. There was “supposed” to be an option for 1250 yds, but that was nixed due to wind. I have shot this gun 6ARC and ammo at 1k […]
Ive been looing forward to this test for a while and finally made it to the range to make it happen. The goal was to test High Velocity match ammo @200 and see if I could have a 50yd(or 100yd) zero and use BDC reticle out to 200yds. The Rig: Ruger Mk 4 lower gutted […]