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Production Gun Nationals & Gunsite Academy | Shooting USA

Production Gun Nationals & Gunsite Academy | Shooting USA


>>JIM: THIS TIME, HANDGUNS STRAIGHT FROM THE FACTORY COMPETE AT THE PRODUCTION NATIONALS. PLUS, THE SAVAGE PISTOL FROM 1907 IS NOW ONE OF HISTORY’S GUNS. AND COLT CELEBRATES 40 YEARS AT GUNSITE.>>ANNC: THIS IS SHOOTING USA. REPORTING THE STORIES OF AMERICA’S SHOOTING SPORTS.>>JIM: THE UNITED STATES PRACTICAL SHOOTING ASSOCIATION, THE USPSA, CREATED THE PRODUCTION GUN DIVISION TO MAKE PRACTICAL SHOOTING MORE AFFORDABLE FOR ENTRY LEVEL SHOOTERS. ONLY FACTORY BUILT GUNS CAN COMPETE, THE SAME ONES ON SALE IN YOUR LOCAL GUN SHOP. COMPETITORS OF ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE NOW SHOOTING THE DIVISION, INCLUDING THE GUN COMPANIES’ SPONSORED PROS, BECAUSE IT’S BECOME THE OLD NASCAR SLOGAN, “WIN ON SUNDAY AND SELL GUNS ON MONDAY.” THIS YEAR THE TOP SHOOTERS ARE IN BARRY, ILLINOIS, FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. JOHN SCOUTTEN HAS THE STORY.>>JOHN: AT PASA PARK IN BERRY ILLINOIS, THE USPSA’S PRODUCTION DIVISION NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IS UNDERWAY. ITS PRACTICAL PISTOL COMPETITION WITH ESSENTIALLY OUT OF THE BOX GUNS, AND THAT MAKES THE PRODUCTION DIVISION BOTH VERY POPULAR AND AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL, VERY COMPETITIVE.>>MIKE: ALMOST EVERY GUN COMPANY MAKES A GUN THAT FITS IN THE PRODUCTION DIVISION. PRETTY MUCH THE WAY YOU SEE IT IN THE STORES AND PRODUCTION DIVISION IS THE LARGEST SUCCESS STORY THAT USPSA HAS HAD IN THE LAST 15 YEARS. IT’S RAPIDLY BECOMING OUR NUMBER ONE DIVISION, AND IN SOME AREAS IT ALREADY IS.>>JOHN: THE MAJOR MANUFACTURERS HAVE SENT THEIR BEST TEAM SHOOTERS TO FLY THE COMPANY COLORS. FOR SMITH AND WESSON’S DOUG KOENIG, IT’S THE SIMPLICITY THAT APPEALS TO HIM.>>DOUG: IT’S NICE TO COME BACK TO THE BASIC GUNS YOU KNOW, PERFORMANCE CENTER, PRO SERIES, M&P PISTOL, YOU KNOW FOR ONE ASPECT IT’S NICE TO NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ALL THE GADGETS AND GIZMOS, EXTENDED MAGS AND ALL THAT STUFF. IT’S BASIC EQUIPMENT THAT ANYBODY CAN GET AT BASS PRO SHOP OR ANY GUN STORE, AND IT JUST FITS IN WITH EVERYTHING FOR THE NEW SHOOTER.>>JOHN: AND FIT IS EXACTLY WHAT EVERY PRODUCTION GUN MUST DO AT INSPECTION.>>RO: DRAW YOUR GUN! JOHN: THE PROCESS STARTS WITH THE BOX.>>RO: PUT AN EMPTY MAGAZINE IN IT AND PUT IT IN THE BOX, PUT IT OVER HERE ON THE SCALE FOR ME.>>JOHN: THERE IS A SPECIFIC WEIGHT FOR EACH FIREARM BASED ON THE MANUFACTURER’S SPECIFICATION. THEN EACH SHOOTERS AMMO IS FIRED FROM THEIR OWN GUN THROUGH THE CHRONO, TO ENSURE EVERYONE IS MAKING THE REQUIRED MINIMUM POWER FACTOR. 9MM IS BY FAR THE MOST POPULAR CALIBER. BECAUSE THE PRODUCTION DIVISION IS SCORED MINOR, ACCURACY IS VITALLY IMPORTANT ON THE PAPER TARGETS. THE A ZONE IS WORTH FIVE, THE B AND C ZONES ARE WORTH THREE, AND THE D ZONE IS WORTH ONE TARGET POINT. THE STEEL TARGETS ARE ALL WORTH FIVE POINTS AND MUST FALL TO EARN THE SHOOTER THE FIVE. THIS YEAR PASA IS UTILIZING NEW PARTIAL HARD COVER STEEL, A NEW CHALLENGE FOR THE SHOOTERS TO DEAL WITH.>>TONY: AS ANYTHING THAT IS AT PASA IS ALWAYS CHALLENGING, THEY INTRODUCED THESE NEW FANCY HARDCOVER STEELS, WHICH HAS BEEN HURTING MY FEELINGS ALL DAY.>>JOHN: THE TIMER STARTS THE ACTION WITH AN AUDIBLE BEEP, AND STOPS WHEN THE LAST SHOT IS FIRED, THE BEST COMBINATION OF SPEED AND ACCURACY WILL TAKE FULL MATCH POINTS FOR EACH OF THE 19 STAGES. THE ACTION FOR THE MEN’S SUPER-SQUAD WILL KICK OFF ON THE DECEPTIVELY TRICKY STAGE CALLED, “BARRICADE DRILL II.” TWO PAPER TARGETS PARTIALLY COVERED BY NO SHOOTS, SHOOTERS WILL FIRE FOUR SHOTS ON EACH, PERFORM A REQUIRED RELOAD AND FOUR MORE SHOTS ON EACH TARGET. EIGHTY POINTS ARE UP FOR GRABS. THIS IS A VIRGINIA COUNT STAGE, SO THERE WILL BE NO MAKEUP SHOTS. ROB LEATHAM WILL BE FIRST. ROB SHOOTS THE SPRINGFIELD ARMORY XDM 5.25. THAT EQUIPMENT AND THE ACCURACY ROB HAS BUILT HIS WINNING RESUME ON WILL PAY DIVIDENDS HERE. THERE’S HIS RELOAD AND IT’S ALL OVER IN A VERY QUICK 7.34, WITH ALL 80 POSSIBLE TARGET POINTS. ALEX GUTT IS NEXT. ALEX RUNS A TANGFOLIO LIMITED PRO. HIS GRIPS ARE THE TANFO SCALES FROM SHOOTING SPORTS INNOVATIONS AND HIS FRONT SIGHT IS DAWSON. SOLID RELOAD. HE’S SLIGHTLY FASTER THAN ROB, BUT HE’S LESS ACCURATE. 7.62 AND 76 TARGET POINTS. TEAM GLOCK CAPTAIN SHANE COLEY IS UP; SHANE’S G34 SPORTS A S3F SOLUTIONS BARREL AND A FIBER OPTIC FRONT SIGHT. SHANE HAS THE SPEED TO OVERTAKE ROB, BUT HIS ACCURACY SUFFERS. 72 TARGET POINTS WILL NOT GET IT DONE. SIG SAUER’S MAX MICHEL WILL BE THE FASTEST TO TACKLE THIS STAGE. MAX IS RUNNING THE SIG P320. LIKE OTHERS, MAX HAS ADDED GRIP TAPE TO THE FRAME. HIS SHOT CADENCE IS STEADY. IT’S ALL OVER IN 6.49 SECONDS, BUT WITH JUST 70 TARGET POINTS, ROB LOCKS UP THE STAGE WIN. ALL 80 MATCH POINTS GO TO ROB LEATHAM. MAX, THANKS TO HIS SPEED, IS LESS THAN A FULL MATCH POINT BACK. ALEX AND SHANE ROUND OUT THE TOP FOUR FOR THE STAGE. A SOLID START FOR THE GREAT ONE, BUT THERE ARE SO MANY CHALLENGES AHEAD AS THE STAGE DESIGNERS AT PASA PARK HAVE PULLED NO PUNCHES IN CREATING THIS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. WE’VE GOT MORE ACTION, WITH THE MEN’S AND THE WOMEN’S SUPER SQUAD, NEXT.>>JIM: SHOOTING USA IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:>>JOHN: WORKING WITHIN THE CONFINES OF A FLAT PISTOL BAY CAN BE CHALLENGING FOR SOME COURSE DESIGNERS, BUT RAY HIRST AND HIS TEAM AT PASA PARK HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR YEARS. THEY’VE GOT TONS OF EXPERIENCE LAYING OUT CHALLENGING AND UNIQUE COURSES OF FIRE. AND THIS YEAR THEY ARE ON TOP OF THEIR GAME. WE PICK UP THE COVERAGE ON THE STAGES FORWARD AND BACK UP THREE. STAGES TWO AND THREE OF THE USPSA PRODUCTION NATIONALS WILL BE SHOT BACK TO BACK. SHOOTERS WILL COME TO THE LINE AND MAKE READY FOR STAGE TWO, EIGHT PAPER TARGETS AND TWO STEEL, OFFERING 90 POINTS. ONCE COMPLETING THAT COURSE OF FIRE, THEY WILL IMMEDIATELY TOP OFF AND RE-HOLSTER TO BEGIN STAGE THREE. SHOOTERS BEGIN WITH THEIR STRONG HAND ON THE DOOR. OPENING THE DOOR ACTIVATES THE DROP TURNER WHICH EXPOSES ITSELF ONE TIME. SHOOTERS HAVE TO BE QUICK ON THE DRAW OR THEY RISK LOSING THE 10 POINTS AVAILABLE IN THAT ONE TARGET. STAGE THREE HAS 70 POINTS; STAGE TWO HAS 90 POINTS. SO THERE ARE SOME BIG NUMBERS AT STAKE HERE. AMONG THE LADIES SUPER SQUAD, THERE ARE SOME NOTABLES, CZ SHOOTER SARA TAYLOR AND SMITH AND WESSON’S JULIE GOLOB, BUT THE ONE EVERYONE IS WATCHING IS ASHLEY RHEUARK. AND AS SOON AS THE START SIGNAL SOUNDS, YOU’LL UNDERSTAND WHY. STAGE TWO IS OVER IN 13.31, WITH 84 TARGET POINTS. NOW STAGE THREE. SHE’S ALL OVER THAT DROP TURNER. 9.54 AND 66 TARGET POINTS GIVE HER THE BEST COMBINED MATCH POINTS FOR THE STAGES, ALMOST 10 POINTS BETTER THAN THE NEXT CLOSEST LADY. AMONG THE MEN, SHANE COLEY WILL BE THE ONE WITH THE BEST COMBINED SCORES FROM STAGES TWO AND THREE. HE WINS STAGE TWO OUTRIGHT IN 9.90 WITH 88 TARGET POINTS. STAGE THREE NOW. HE’S GOT THE JUMP ON THAT DROP TURN TARGET FAST TO THE BACK, 7.39 AND 66 TARGET POINTS GIVES SHANE A COMBINED TOTAL OF 158.59 MATCH POINTS FOR THE TWO STAGES, BEST FOR THE MATCH. NEXT UP FOR THE MEN, THE TRICKY STAGE KNOWN AS “TWISTED.” IT’S A 110 POINT COURSE OF FIRE REQUIRING 22 SHOTS ON NINE PAPER AND FOUR STEEL. ALL SHOTS MUST COME FROM WITHIN THE SHOOTING AREA DESIGNATED BY THESE ORANGE STICKS ON THE GROUND. SHOOTERS ARE FORCED INTO THIS FAR RIGHT POSITION TO TAKE THIS PAPER TARGET HERE. AND MANY HAVE DECIDED THAT IT’S FASTER TO RUN OUTSIDE OF THE SHOOTING AREA TO GET TO THIS FINAL POSITION. AS LONG AS NO SHOTS ARE FIRED OUTSIDE OF THE SHOOTING AREA, IT’S PERFECTLY LEGAL. AND SHOOTERS ARE TURNING IN SOME LIGHTNING-FAST TIME. MAX MICHEL IS UP. EVERYONE KNOWS THERE IS NO GOOD TIME FOR A MALFUNCTION. BUT WHEN YOU’RE HEADED OUT OF THE SHOOTING AREA, IT’S AS BAD AS IT GETS. THE EXTRA STEPS BACK COST HIM BIG. 19.98 IS WELL OFF THE PACE.>>RO: ARE YOU READY?>>JOHN: ALEX GUTT, IS NEXT. THERE’S THE START, INTO THE FIRST POSITION, AND THERE’S HIS FIRST RELOAD. HE’S SMOOTH THROUGH THE MIDDLE. SECOND RELOAD ON THE RUN. AND HE’S ONE FOR ONE IN THE FINAL POSITION. SAL LUNA IS NEXT, THE YOUNG MAN FROM NICARAGUA TRAINS AND WORKS IN FLORIDA AT THE UNIVERSAL SHOOTING ACADEMY, AND THAT’S A WINNING COMBINATION. HIS RUN ON TWISTED IS A GOOD ONE, 16.37 AND 104 TARGET POINTS EDGES ALEX DOWN ONE SPOT. NOW IT’S NILS JONASSON. THERE’S HIS FIRST RELOAD, AND HE’S SMOOTH THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE STAGE. FINAL RELOAD ON THE RUN. ONE EXTRA ON THE HARD COVER STEEL ADDS A FRACTION OF A SECOND.>>NILS: LOOKS LIKE I HAD PROBABLY THREE OR FOUR POINTS DOWN, THREE OR FOUR CHARLIE’S SO MY WHOLE MATCH HAS KIND OF BEEN UP AND DOWN, I JUST NEED TO COAST AND BE KIND OF FLAT THE REST OF THE MATCH.>>JOHN: ONE SHOOTER NOT LOOKING TO COAST IS SHANE COLEY, AND ON TWISTED HE’S ON ANOTHER BEST FOR THE MATCH PERFORMANCE, 15.32 AND 104 TARGET POINTS GIVE SHANE FULL MATCH POINTS FOR THE STAGE.>>SHANE: I THINK THAT ONE’S PRETTY GOOD, I WAS REALLY LOOKING FOR A’S AND NOT REALLY GOING FOR TIME WHICH I ENDED UP GETTING SO I THINK IT’S GOING TO END UP BEING A GOOD RUN.>>JOHN: TOP LADY ON THE STAGE IS ONCE AGAIN ASHLEY RHEUARK. HER RUN ON TWISTED IS ALL OVER IN 20.26, BUT 108 TARGET POINTS, JUST ONE SHOT NOT IN THE A ZONE, IS AN ASTOUNDING LEVEL OF ACCURACY ON THIS CHALLENGING COURSE.>>ASHLEY: IT WENT PRETTY WELL YOU KNOW THIS MATCH IS REALLY ABOUT TRYING TO SHOOT A CLEAN SOLID MATCH, BECAUSE THERE ARE 19 STAGES. SO IT’S REALLY A GOOD RUN, A LOT OF A’S, AND I’M HAPPY WITH IT.>>JOHN: SHE’S RIGHT TO BE HAPPY, BUT RESERVED. THE MATCH ISN’T OVER JUST YET. AND IN THE MEN’S DIVISION, A PAST CHAMPION HAS SURGED LATE TO BECOME A THREAT FOR THE WIN. WE’LL RUN DOWN THE FINAL STAGES, NEXT.>>JIM: SHOOTING USA IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:>>JOHN: AS THE USPSA’S PRODUCTION NATIONALS COMES TO A CLOSE, THERE ARE SOME HIGH VALUE STAGES YET TO BE DECIDED. WE PICK UP THE ACTION ON THE STAGE KNOWN AS, “WHERE ARE THEY?” THERE ARE TWO STAGES LEFT FOR THE MEN’S SUPER SQUAD, AND BOTH OFFER BIG MATCH POINTS. THE STAGE WHERE ARE THEY, THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE FINAL STAGES FOR THE MEN’S SUPER SQUAD AND WITH THIS MANY MATCH POINTS AT STAKE, EVERYONE IS GOING TO PUSH AND THAT MEANS ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. A 160 POINT FIELD COURSE OF FIRE CONSISTING OF 13 PAPER AND SIX STEEL. THERE ARE TWO SINGLE EXPOSURE DROP TURNING TARGETS ON THIS STAGE; EACH IS ACTIVATED BY ONE OF THE HARD COVER PROTECTED STEEL. ALEX GUTT HAS EMERGED WITH THE SLIGHTEST OF LEADS OVER THE REST OF THE FIELD, AND HE’S LOOKING TO EXTEND THAT IN THESE CLOSING STAGES. THERE’S THE DROP TURNER. A RELOAD ON THE RUN. THERE’S HIS SECOND RELOAD. FINAL RELOAD ON THE WAY TO THE BACK, AND IT’S ALL OVER IS 21.05 SECONDS.>>ALEX: KIND OF FELT A LITTLE SHAKY ON THAT ONE, BUT ONE MORE LEFT. HOPEFULLY IT WILL GO BETTER, BUT POINTS SOUNDED GOOD SO FAR SO WE’LL SEE.>>JOHN: BEN STOEGER HAS STAYED WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE THROUGHOUT THIS MATCH AND THESE FINAL STAGES WILL BE IMPORTANT FOR HIM. HE’S VERY QUICK THROUGH THE FIRST POSITION. THERE’S HIS SECOND RELOAD. ONE-HANDED ON THAT WINDOW TARGET. FINAL RELOAD THERE, AND HE’S ALL DONE IN 21.79. BUT HE WANTED BETTER.>>BEN: NOT THE BEST, BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE. I ALMOST RAN OUT OF AMMUNITION, SO I HAD TO BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL.>>JOHN: SHANE COLEY IS FIGHTING FOR EVERY ADVANTAGE AT THIS POINT IN THE MATCH; HE IS JUST BEHIND ALEX IN THE OVERALL STANDINGS COMING INTO THIS STAGE, AND NOW IS THE TIME TO CLOSE THE DEAL. SHANE IS FAST THROUGH THE FIRST ARRAY, ONE EXTRA ON THE STEEL THERE, A QUICK SLIDE RACK ON THE RELOAD, THROUGH THE MIDDLE. THERE’S THE FINAL MAG CHANGE. AN EXTRA ON THAT STEEL ADDS TIME.>>SHANE: I HAD ONE PICK UP SHOT ON THE STEEL WHICH I THINK COST ME JUST A LITTLE BIT OF TIME, BEYOND THAT THOUGH, CATCHING MY BREATH, I FEEL LIKE MY POINTS ARE REALLY GOOD SO IT’S GOING TO KEEP ME IN THE RACE. SO I’M HAPPY WITH IT.>>JOHN: AND HAPPY HE SHOULD BE, THE TOP THREE IN THE OVERALL LOOK LIKE THIS: ALEX GUTT IS HOLDING OFF BEN STOEGER, AND SHANE COLEY IS STAYING CLOSE IN THIRD. THE FINAL STAGE FOR THE SUPER SQUAD IS KNOWN AS DOUBLE MAX WITH A TWIST. IT’S DOUBLE MAX BECAUSE OF THE TWO MAX TRAP TARGETS. EACH IS ACTIVATED BY ONE OF THE FOUR HARD COVER STEEL THAT ARE STACKED INLINE. THE TWIST IS THE DROP TURNER ACTIVATED BY THE DOOR IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STAGE. 13 PAPER AND FOUR STEEL OFFER 150 POINTS. THE WORD OF A CLOSE FINISH HAS CIRCULATED AROUND THE RANGE AND THE CROWD HAS FORMED TO SEE WHO WILL BE THE NATIONAL CHAMPION. ALEX GUTT IS FIRST IN THE ORDER AMONG THE TOP THREE. SHOOTERS START THE STAGE WITH THEIR STRONG HAND ON THE DOOR, BUT THEY DON’T HAVE TO OPEN THE DOOR ON THE START. ALEX DRIVES HARD TO THE LEFT POSITION. THERE’S THE DOOR NOW, AND THAT DROP TURNER. FINAL POSITION NOW, AND IT’S ALL OVER IN 17.18, WITH 140 TARGET POINTS. NOW IT’S BEN, AND AS CLOSE AS HE IS TO ALEX COMING IN, THE WIN IS THERE FOR THE TAKING. INTO THE MIDDLE SECTION, THERE’S THE DROP TURNER. FINAL RELOAD. HE HAS TO GO BACK TO THE STEEL. THAT HURTS. THE LAST SHOT FLIES AT 18.80, WELL OFF ALEX’S PACE. SHANE WILL BE THE LAST MAN WITH A CHANCE TO OVERTAKE ALEX. THAT WAS AS FAST AS POSITION ONE CAN BE SHOT. TO THE DOOR. FINAL RELOAD THERE. 17.38 IS A SOLID TIME BUT 138 TARGET POINTS WILL NOT BE ENOUGH. HERE’S THE FINAL, WITH ALEX GUTT HOLDING ON, AND SHANE OVERTAKING BEN ON THE LAST STAGE FOR SECOND OVERALL. OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO BEN STOEGER, SHANE COLEY, AND OF COURSE ALEX GUTT, TAKING HIS FIRST USPSA NATIONALS CHAMPIONSHIP. AND IN THE RACE FOR HIGH LADY HONORS, IT’S ALL ASHLEY RHEUARK, NEARLY 50 POINTS AHEAD OF SARA TAYLOR. RANDI ROGERS ROUNDS OUT THAT TOP THREE. STILL AHEAD, JEFF COOPER’S LEGACY. GUNSITE IS CELEBRATING IT’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY. BUT FIRST, JIM’S BACK WITH THE STORY OF AN OLD SAVAGE PISTOL, NOT A RIFLE! THE MODEL OF 1907 IS NEXT.>>JIM: SHOOTING USA IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:>>JIM: SAVAGE RIFLE, IN THIS CASE, THE MODEL 16. TODAY’S SHOOTERS KNOW SAVAGE AS A RIFLE COMPANY, MAKING QUALITY AFFORDABLE RIFLES, BUT BACK NEAR THE START OF THE 20TH CENTURY, SAVAGE ALSO MADE SEMI-AUTO HANDGUNS. AND ONE OF THOSE WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO BE COMPETITION TO THE 1911 IN THE ARMY TRIALS TO CHOOSE A NEW SIDEARM. IT’S THE SAVAGE MODEL OF 1907 THAT’S NOW ONE OF HISTORY’S GUNS. IT MAY NOT BE AMONG THE MOST FAMOUS OF AMERICAN SEMI-AUTOS, BUT IT’S AMONG THE MORE INTERESTING, A TEN-SHOT, POCKET PISTOL IN .32 ACP, THE MODEL 1907 SAVAGE.>>GARRY: THIS IS A REALLY GOOD QUALITY, HIGHLY-REGARDED, POPULAR LITTLE GUN. THEY MADE LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF THEM. THEY WERE SOLD TO CIVILIANS AND SOME POLICE AGENCIES AND AS FAR AS POCKET PISTOLS GO OF ITS PERIOD, OF ITS TIME, IT’S CERTAINLY IN THE TOP ECHELON.>>JIM: THE 1907 IS SOMETIMES MISTAKENLY CALLED THE MODEL OF 05, BECAUSE NOVEMBER 21ST, 1905, IS STAMPED ON THE TOP OF THE SLIDE. THAT’S THE YEAR THE GOVERNMENT AWARDED A KEY PATENT FOR THIS PISTOL. SAVAGE INTRODUCED IT TWO YEARS LATER.>>GARRY: IT’S A LITTLE BLOW-BACK, IT HAS A TEN-ROUND MAGAZINE, AND THOUGH IT HAS A HAMMER, ACTUALLY WHAT LOOKS LIKE A HAMMER, IS NOT A HAMMER AT ALL. IT’S A COCKING LEVER THAT OPERATES A STRIKER. SO, THE THING IS REALLY, BASICALLY STRIKER FIRED. THERE’S NOT ONE SCREW IN THE WHOLE GUN. EVERYTHING IN IT ALL KIND OF SNAPS TOGETHER, EVEN THE GRIPS.>>JIM: WHILE THIS PISTOL IS IN .32 WITH A LATER VARIANT IN .380, THE SAVAGE WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED IN .45 ACP. THOUGH THAT BIG BORE VERSION HAD SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT AND STRONGER INTERNAL WORKINGS.>>GARRY: THEY’RE VERY SUBSTANTIAL. YOU KNOW, THEY’RE REALLY A SOLID LITTLE GUN. RUGGED AND RELIABLE.>>JIM: SAVAGE ENTERED ITS .45 AUTO IN THE U.S. PISTOL TRIALS OF 1906, WHERE IT WAS ONE OF JUST TWO FINALISTS; LOSING IN THE END TO THE ENTRY FROM COLT, A JOHN BROWNING DESIGN, CALLED THE 1911. SAVAGE RESPONDED BY DOWNSIZING ITS SIDEARM AND OFFERING IT TO THE CIVILIAN MARKET IN .32 ACP OR AUTOMATIC COLT PISTOL.>>GARRY: .32 ACP WAS DESIGNED BY JOHN BROWNING FOR HIS WONDERFUL, LITTLE MODEL 1900 BROWNING AUTO PISTOL, THE FIRST REAL PRACTICAL POCKET AUTO. AND IT WAS USED SUBSEQUENTLY IN JILLIONS OF DIFFERENT AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN PISTOLS. IT WAS A VERY, VERY POPULAR ROUND.>>JIM: POPULAR, BUT NOT VERY POWERFUL. STILL, ONE ARMY FOUND BOTH THE ROUND AND THE SAVAGE THAT CHAMBERED IT, VERY MUCH TO ITS LIKING.>>GARRY: THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT IN WORLD WAR I BOUGHT 40,000 OF THESE, INCLUDING THIS ONE. YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL THE FRENCH GUNS, BECAUSE THEY HAVE A LITTLE LANYARD LOOP ON THE BACK OF THEM, AND THEY’RE IN A CERTAIN SERIAL NUMBER RANGE.>>JIM: BY MODERN STANDARDS A .32 WOULD HARDLY BE A GUN TO TAKE TO WAR, BUT IT WORKED FOR THE FRENCH IN THE DAY, HELPING THEM DRIVE THE GERMANS FROM THE TRENCHES OF THE WESTERN FRONT.>>GARRY: AS FAR AS A MILITARY ARM GOES, OF COURSE, .32 ACP IN THE FIELDS OF FRANCE, THAT WOULD NOT BE MY IDEA OF A SERVICE HANDGUN, BUT THE FRENCH WERE BUYING LOTS OF .32S, INCLUDING LOTS OF THEM FROM SPAIN, AND THIS ONE CERTAINLY WOULD BE THE EQUAL OR MAYBE THE MASTER OF MANY OF THOSE.>>JIM: ULTIMATELY SAVAGE FOUND GREATER SUCCESS SELLING TO CIVILIANS AND POLICE. SOME OF THE FAMOUS PINKERTON DETECTIVES CARRIED THE MODEL 1907. AND CELEBRITIES LIKE BUFFALO BILL AND TEDDY ROOSEVELT ENDORSED THE GUN. PLUS, SAVAGE MOUNTED AN ALL-OUT BLITZ TO MARKET THIS PISTOL TO WOMEN. “THIS GUN GIVES HER NERVE” AND “TEN SHOTS QUICK,” THEY SAID. EVEN FAMOUS WILD WEST LAWMAN, BAT MASTERSON TOUTED THE SAVAGE.>>GARRY: HE WROTE THIS LITTLE BOOK CALLED, “THE TENDERFOOT’S TURN.” AND BASICALLY, IT’S A PUFF PIECE FOR THE SAVAGE, BUT IT’S A COOL LITTLE BOOK. AND IN THERE HE NOTES, “THE SAVAGE AUTOMATIC WOULD HAVE PUT THE JAMES BOYS OUT OF BUSINESS BEFORE THEY EVEN GOT STARTED.” AND THEN IT GOES ON FROM THERE, AND THERE’S SEVERAL PAGES SAYING HOW WONDERFUL IT IS, AND A LADY HERE WITH A BURGLAR, THE ARCHETYPAL BURGLAR WITH A BLACK MASK CLIMBING THROUGH THE WINDOW. IT’S GREAT STUFF.>>JIM: AND A GREAT EARLY SEMI-AUTO THAT LIVED UP TO THE HYPE.>>GARRY: DARN NICE GUN.>>JIM: WHAT A GREAT PIECE OF SALESMANSHIP SAVAGE DID AFTER LOSING THOSE PISTOL TRIALS TO THE 1911. “TEN SHOTS QUICK FOR A LADY,” THAT’S A POWERFUL SLOGAN. WELL, STILL AHEAD, COLT CELEBRATES A MILESTONE AT THE FAMOUS SHOOTING RANGE IN ARIZONA. THAT’S NEXT.>>JIM: SHOOTING USA IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:>>JIM: IF YOU’VE EVER PARTICIPATED IN ANY OF THE PRACTICAL PISTOL SPORTS, OR IF YOU’VE TAKEN ANY TYPE OF DEFENSIVE PISTOL TRAINING, OR IF YOU KNOW AND FOLLOW THE FOUR RULES OF FIREARM SAFETY, THEN YOU FOLLOW COLONEL COOPER’S MODERN TECHNIQUE. HE WAS THE GURU OF HANDGUN TRAINING AND HIS CAMPUS IN NORTHERN ARIZONA, THE WORLD FAMOUS GUNSITE, IS CELEBRATING ITS 40-YEAR ANNIVERSARY. JOHN TAKES US BACK FOR THE HISTORY.>>JOHN: IN THE HIGH DESERTS, JUST SOUTH OF PAULDEN, ARIZONA, JUST NORTH OF WATSON LAKE, SITS 2,000 ACRES THOUGHT OF AS SACRED GROUND TO THE SHOOTING COMMUNITY.>>KEN: EVERYBODY CAME TO GUNSITE. THIS WAS MECCA IF YOU’RE A GUN GUY.>>GARY: SINGLE ROUND TO THE HEAD, WATCH THEM.>>JOHN: COMBAT SHOOTING’S HOLY LAND IS CELEBRATING A MAJOR MILESTONE THIS YEAR, GUNSITE IS TURNING 40. IT WAS 1976 WHEN THE LATE COLONEL JEFF COOPER AND HIS WIFE JANELLE MOVED HERE FROM CALIFORNIA.>>JANELLE: IT BECAME QUITE EVIDENT THAT JEFF NEEDED A PLACE TO TEACH. HE NEEDED HIS OWN SCHOOL. BECAUSE HE HAD TRAVELED ALL OVER, BUT HE DIDN’T HAVE HIS OWN CAMPUS. SO WE COULDN’T DO IT IN CALIFORNIA, BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW CALIFORNIA HAS NEVER BEEN GUN FRIENDLY.>>JOHN: IT WAS DURING ONE OF THE EARLY JOURNEYS TO THE SITE THAT JEFF AND JANELLE WERE STRUCK BY WHAT WOULD BECOME THE GUNSITE LOGO: A RAVEN WITH WINGS SPREAD.>>JANELLE: THE RAVEN WAS VERY APPARENT TO US WHEN WE DROVE OVER. IT SEEMS LIKE WE’D DRIVE OVER THE CALIFORNIA BORDER INTO ARIZONA, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE’D BE RAVENS. AND THAT BECAME AN OMEN THAT WE WERE ENTERING THE RIGHT COUNTRY, THE RIGHT AREA, THE RIGHT TERRITORY, BECAUSE IT HAD RAVENS, AND SO HE ADOPTED IT AS THE TOTEM FOR GUNSITE.>>JOHN: AND TODAY WE HAVE UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS TO THE FACILITY AND THE PEOPLE THAT KEEP COLONEL COOPER’S GUNSITE ALIVE>>BUZZ: I’M BUZZ MILLS, AND I AM THE OWNER AND CEO OF GUNSITE.>>JOHN: BUZZ MILLS IS WIDELY REGARDED AS THE MAN WHO SAVED GUNSITE FROM FINANCIAL RUIN.>>BUZZ: MY FINANCIAL PEOPLE TOLD ME, SAID, YOU KNOW, YOU’LL NEVER MAKE ANY MONEY AT THIS. WELL, OKAY, AM I GOING TO LOSE ANY? AND THEY SAID PROBABLY NOT. TO ME I COULDN’T SEE GUNSITE GOING AWAY, I JUST COULDN’T SEE IT GOING AWAY, COOPER HAD WORKED TOO HARD ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MODERN TECHNIQUE.>>JOHN: JEFF COOPER HIMSELF AND HIS MODERN TECHNIQUE ARE THE CORE ASSETS OF GUNSITE.>>JANE: THE COLONEL AND JANELLE WERE LIVING IN THE SCONCE AT THE TIME, BUT HE HADN’T BEEN TEACHING WITH THE PREVIOUS OWNER. SO THE FIRST THING BUZZ DID WAS TO BRING JEFF BACK, TO BRING BACK THE FOUNDER OF THE SCHOOL. AND WE STARTED A MASTER’S SERIES SET OF CLASSES.>>BUZZ: TO ME IT WAS IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE MODERN TECHNIQUE ALIVE AND KEEP THE INSTRUCTOR CADRE THAT WE HAD IN PLACE WHEN I GOT HERE ALIVE AND GROWING. NOBODY ELSE TOOK THE TIME BACK IN THE 60’S AND 70’S TO ACTUALLY STUDY WHAT WAS GOING ON IN A GUN FIGHT, WHO WAS DOING WHAT, WHO WAS WINNING, YOU KNOW, AND WHAT THE ATTRIBUTES OF THE WINNERS WERE. AND HE PUT ALL OF THAT STUFF TOGETHER. HE CODIFIED IT. HE PUT IT TOGETHER, AND THEN HE DEVELOPED THE DOCTRINE.>>JOHN: IT IS THAT DOCTRINE, THE MODERN TECHNIQUE OF THE PISTOL, THAT IS THE BASIS OF TRAINING AT GUNSITE.>>GARY: RIGHT NOW WE ARE WORKING ON OUR PRESENTATION. WE ARE WORKING ON BUILDING UP A LITTLE BIT OF SPEED, SO WE ARE GOING TO DO SOME RANGE DRILLS AND JUST GET THEM WORKED UP TO SPEED.>>JOHN: COOPER’S DOCTRINE IS REFLECTED IN EVERYTHING, EVEN THE TARGET.>>GARY: EVERYTHING HERE HAS COOPER ALL OVER IT; HE IS THE BIGGEST PART OF IT. THE TARGET WE ARE USING TODAY IS CALLED THE OPTION TARGET, THE OPTION IS CAMOUFLAGED TO BREAK UP THE OUTLINE SO THE STUDENTS DON’T GET FOCUSED ON THE TARGET BECAUSE WE WANT THEM TO LOOK AT THE FRONT SIGHT AND PRESS THE TRIGGER, CONTROL THE TRIGGER. MOVE BACK TO THE SEVEN. WHAT CHANGES AT SEVEN, GUYS?>>NOTHING.>>GARY: LOOK AT YOUR FRONT SIGHT, CONTROL THE TRIGGER, TWO ROUNDS UPPER CHEST. THE LINE IS SAFE; DO NOT REACT TO THE TARGET. OKAY, MOVE FORWARD TAPE THEM UP, PICK UP ANYTHING YOU DROPPED.>>JOHN: YOU WILL NOTICE THE EMPHASIS ON SAFETY; IT IS PARAMOUNT AT ALL TIMES AT GUNSITE.>>BUZZ: SAFETY DRIVES EVERYTHING THAT WE DO HERE, EVERYTHING THAT WE DO, AND OUR GUYS ARE WELL EXPERIENCED, ALL OF OUR INSTRUCTORS ARE HIGHLY EXPERIENCED GUYS AND THEY HAVE BEEN, I WON’T EVEN ENTERTAIN AN APPLICATION FROM SOMEBODY UNLESS THEY HAVE BEEN TEACHING FOR 20 YEARS. THIS IS THE PINNACLE OF ADULT EDUCATION, I MEAN THAT’S THE SECRET TO OUR SUCCESS IS DELIVERING A CONSISTENT QUALITY PRODUCT TO THE PUBLIC.>>JOHN: BUT IT’S NOT JUST THE PUBLIC, GUNSITE INSTRUCTORS HAVE TRAINED MANY OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST WAR FIGHTERS.>>JANE: THERE IS A PICTURE IN THE CLASSROOM OF OLLIE NORTH AND CAPTAIN STEVE TEMERLIN, AND CAPTAIN STEVE TEMERLIN WAS A MEDIC OVER IN IRAQ IN BAGDAD AND THEY ACTUALLY PUT OUR RAVEN ON THEIR PATCHES ON THEIR UNIFORMS, BECAUSE THEY SAID WHEN THE TALIBAN AT THE TIME SAW THAT RAVEN THEY KNEW THAT THEY WERE VERY BAD PEOPLE, SO WE WERE PROUD OF THAT.>>JOHN: PROUD FOR SURE, JUST AS COLONEL COOPER WOULD BE. BECAUSE ALL OF WHAT MAKES UP GUNSITE IS OF HIS OWN DESIGN, EVEN HIS FINAL RESTING PLACE. THAT TOMB IS HERE ON THE PROPERTY.>>JANE: IT’S A MAUSOLEUM; AND COLONEL COOPER BUILT THAT MAUSOLEUM ALONG WITH ONE OF HIS INSTRUCTORS, LARRY LANDERS, I BELIEVE.>>JOHN: IN LATE SEPTEMBER OF 2006 COLONEL JEFF COOPER WAS LAID TO REST IN HIS MAUSOLEUM WITH FULL MILITARY HONORS. THAT INCLUDED A GUNSITE TRIBUTE FROM THE MANY STUDENTS ON THE RANGES THAT DAY.>>JANE: AFTER THE 21 GUN SALUTE, EACH RANGE IN SUCCESSION FIRED TWO MAGAZINES INTO THEIR TARGETS AND IT WENT ALL AROUND THE RANCH, AND IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE THAT WE CALLED, “ROLLING THUNDER.” (ROLLING THUNDER GUNSHOTS)>>JOHN: THE LEGACY OF GUNSITE AND THE MODERN TECHNIQUE ARE NOT THE ONLY THINGS COLONEL COOPER LEFT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF SHOOTERS. HIS PERSONAL COLLECTION OF FIREARMS REMAINS ON DISPLAY IN HIS GUNROOM. WE’LL SEE THAT, NEXT.>>JIM: SHOOTING USA IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:>>JOHN: IT IS A LONGSTANDING TRADITION AT GUNSITE FOR SOME STUDENTS AND FRIENDS TO VISIT COLONEL AND JANELLE COOPERS HOME, KNOWN AS “THE SCONCE.” IT’S A LIVING TRIBUTE TO THE MAN BEHIND THE MODERN TECHNIQUE OF THE HANDGUN. AND OFTEN A HIGHLIGHT OF THOSE VISITS IS AN CHANCE TO SEE COLONEL COOPER’S PERSONAL GUN ROOM. IF GUNSITE IS SHOOTING’S HOLY LAND, THIS IS THE INNER SANCTUM.>>JANELLE: I LEARNED EARLY ON THAT THE ARMORY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ROOM IN THE HOUSE PERIOD, SO I WANTED TO LEAVE IT THAT WAY.>>JOHN: COLONEL COOPER’S GUN ROOM IN HIS HOME, THE SCONCE, HAS BEEN PRESERVED JUST AS HE LEFT IT ON THE DAY OF HIS PASSING, ONE PART MEMORIAL, ONE PART MUSEUM. THERE ARE REAL PIECES OF HISTORY ON DISPLAY HERE, LIKE COLONEL COOPER’S KNIFE COLLECTION. DATING BACK TO HIS SERVICE IN WORLD WAR II AND BEFORE. AND THERE IS SHOOTING SPORTS HISTORY, THE ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN BRACKET FROM ONE OF THE FIRST LEATHER SLAP EVENTS, WITH LEGENDARY NAMES LIKE REED, CHAPMAN AND WEAVER IN EARLY PRACTICAL SHOOTING COMPETITION. THE RIFLES CHRONICLE COOPER’S MANY HUNTS, AND THERE ARE EARLY REPRESENTATIONS OF THE SCOUT RIFLE DESIGN, LIGHTWEIGHT, MEDIUM CALIBER RIFLES FITTED WITH LONG EYE RELIEF OPTICS FOR EASY OF CARRY AND FAST TARGET ACQUISITION.>>JANE: JEFF COOPER HAD THE VISION OF THE SCOUT RIFLE, AND HE TOOK IT TO STYRE AND STYRE CREATED THE SCOUT RIFLE. AND NOW THERE ARE SCOUT RIFLES MADE BY — REMINGTON MAKES KIND OF A SCOUT RIFLE, OF COURSE RUGER DOWN THE STREET FROM US MAKES A SCOUT RIFLE.>>JOHN: COOPER’S PERSONAL STYRE IS PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED AS ARE THE GUNS HE IS MOST KNOWN TO ENDORSE, JOHN BROWNING’S MASTERPIECE, THE 1911.>>KEN: HE WAS ABLE TO STUDY THAT PISTOL AND DECIDE THIS IS THE ONE WE CAN SHOOT ACCURATELY AND QUICKLY AND POWERFULLY AND GET THESE HITS. BUT WE CAN DO IT NO MATTER THE SIZE OR SHAPE OF THE SHOOTER INVOLVED.>>JOHN: KEN RECALLS HIS FIRST EXPERIENCE AT GUNSITE, WITHOUT A 1911.>>KEN: I CAME HERE AS A YOUNG, DARK-HAIRED DEPUTY SHERIFF IN THE FALL OF 1990. I WAS A FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR AND I CAME OUT HERE TO TAKE THE 250 PISTOL CLASS. AND THAT’S WHERE I LEARNED I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW. I WAS SHOOTING A TRADITIONAL DOUBLE ACTION PISTOL THEN A SMITH AND WESSON 645 BECAUSE THAT WAS THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE ISSUED DUTY PISTOL. AND COLONEL COOPER WAS OF COURSE A BIG 1911 PROPONENT. THE END OF THE WEEK ON SATURDAY MORNING WE’D HAVE OUR SCHOOL DRILLS. THAT’S WHERE THEY SCORE TO SEE HOW WE DID. AND I HAD THE ONLY CLEAN SCORE, THE ONLY PERFECT SCORE IN MY CLASS. AND I’M STANDING, WAITING, AND HE’S COMING DOWN. AND HE EXAMINES THE TARGET, AND HE TALKS TO THE STUDENTS. AND HE EXAMINED THE TARGET, AND HE LOOKED AT MINE, AND HE KIND OF SCOWLED AT ME. AND I THOUGHT, I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M NOT SEEING HERE, THIS IS A GOOD SCORE. AND HE LOOKED AT IT AND BACK AT ME AND AT MY PISTOL AND SAID, WELL, IT’S THE MAN NOT THE GUN. WHICH VERY SELF-AGGRANDIZING TO ME BUT, IT WAS ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS IN LIFE THAT I WAS GRINNING LIKE THE CHESHIRE CAT AS YOU CAN SEE IN THAT OLD PHOTO.>>JOHN: COOPER’S FONDNESS FOR THE 1911 IS WIDELY KNOWN, SO IT MAKES SENSE THAT THERE BE A GUNSITE 1911. BUZZ MILLS CHOSE COLT AS THE MANUFACTURER TO PARTNER WITH.>>BUZZ: I SAT DOWN WITH COLT EARLY ON, GENERAL KEYS WAS CEO AT THE TIME, ANOTHER MARINE, AND ABOUT ’04, I THINK, ’03, AND I SAID, I WANT YOU TO BUILD OUR GUNS FOR US. WE OUTLINED THE FEATURES THAT WE WANT TO HAVE ON THE PISTOL, AND SO COLT SAID, YEA, WE’LL BUILD THEM. AND SO FOR THE LAST 11 OR 12 YEARS THEY HAVE BEEN BUILDING THEM FOR US.>>JOHN: IT’S ANOTHER PIECE OF THE LEGACY OF COLONEL JEFF COOPER AND GUNSITE.>>BUZZ: I SEE OVERALL A VERY POSITIVE OUTLOOK GOING AHEAD, AS LONG AS PEOPLE KEEP HAVING YOUNGSTERS, WE’RE GOIG TO KEEP ON TRAINING THEM.>>KEN: EVERYBODY THAT IS IN THIS INDUSTRY, THIS TRAINING INSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, WE WERE ALL SOMEHOW AFFECTED BY JEFF COOPER. I AM THE GENERATION THAT WAS AFFECTED DIRECTLY, BUT MOST EVERYBODY HAS BEEN TRAINED OR EXPOSED TO TEACHING PHILOSOPHIES OR FORMATS, SOMETHING THAT CAME FROM JEFF COOPER AND GUNSITE. SO HE IS QUITE HONESTLY, I THINK, A PIVOTAL FIGURE, HISTORICALLY, IN WHAT WE KNOW AS MARKSMANSHIP.>>JANE: EVERYTHING THAT THE COLONEL ESTABLISHED WAS A DOCTRINE OF TEACHING THAT WE STILL FOLLOW TODAY.>>KEN: THAT’S WHAT WE DO, WE TEACH GOOD PEOPLE TO STAY ALIVE, AND WHAT A GREAT LEGACY FOR COLONEL COOPER TO HAVE LEFT US WITH THAT ALONE.>>JANELLE: THE CONSTANT REMINDER OF THE KIND OF LIFE THAT I LIVED MARRIED TO JEFF COOPER IS A BLESSING.>>JOHN: AND UP NEXT, JANELLE HERSELF TAKES US ON A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME TOUR THROUGH HER HOME, THE SCONCE.>>JIM: SHOOTING USA IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:>>JOHN: THE COOPERS’ HOME WAS BUILT AS AN EXERCISE IN TACTICALLY DEFENDABLE ARCHITECTURE. COLONEL COOPER WROTE ABOUT THE CONCEPT IN HIS BOOK, “TO RIDE, SHOOT STRAIGHT, AND SPEAK THE TRUTH.” TODAY IT STANDS AS A LIVING MEMORIAL TO THE MAN BEHIND GUNSITE, AND IT’S STILL HOME TO JANELLE. SO WHO BETTER TO DESCRIBE THE UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE THAT IS THE SCONCE.>>JANELLE: THIS WAS WRITTEN BY A FRIEND WHO WAS A JOURNALIST, I WOULD CALL HIM, WHO WROTE VERY WELL, WHO OBSERVED, AND THEN PUT IT DOWN IN WRITING. AND HE SAID, IN 1975 JEFF AND JANELLE SOLD THEIR BIG BEAR HOUSE AND MOVED TO AN UNDEVELOPED 160 ACRE PIECE OF LAND IN THE HIGH DESERT NEAR PAULDEN, ARIZONA. THEY NAMED IT GUNSITE RANCH. THE COOPERS BUILT THEIR HOUSE IN THE SOUTH-WESTERN STYLE WITH A RED TILE ROOF, WALLS THAT RESEMBLE ADOBE, AND A SPACIOUS SUNNY BALCONY WHICH JEFF CALLED A TERRACE, LOOKING OUT OVER ROLLING HILLS SPARSLY COVERED IN JUNIPER AND CACTUS. HE DUBBED IT “THE SCONCE,” A WORD THAT MEANS, “A SMALL FORT,” AMONG OTHER MEANINGS. AND IT WAS DESIGNED ALONG ARCHITECTURAL PRINCIPLES COOPER HAD PICKED UP IN HIS TRAVELS TO RHODESIA AND LATIN AMERICA WHERE HOME INVASIONS WERE A SERIOUS THREAT. IT IS SET INTO A HILLSIDE, SO THERE ARE NO WINDOWS AT GROUND LEVEL. JEFF CALLED THE GROUND LEVEL THE LOWER DECK, BECAUSE HE WAS ON BOARD A BATTLESHIP DURING WORLD WAR II, SO YOU DIDN’T HAVE A LOWER FLOOR OR ANYTHING, YOU HAD A LOWER DECK. AND THE MAIN DECK OF COURSE WAS THE MAIN DECK, AND THEN HIS OFFICE WAS THE CROW’S NEST. THE TILED ROOF IS FIREPROOF, AND THE WALLS BUILT OF CINDER BLOCK PROVIDE COVER FROM SMALL ARMS FIRE. TO APPROACH THE FRONT DOOR YOU MUST STAND IN A RECESSED ENTRYWAY EXPOSING YOUR BACK TO A FIRING SLIT IN THE WALL BEHIND YOU. IN FACT THERE IS NO POINT ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE THAT IS NOT COVERED BY A PROJECTING BASTION WITH FIRING PORTS. JEFF’S OFFICE IS A SMALL ROOM ATOP THE ROOF THAT COMMANDS A VIEW IN ALL DIRECTIONS. FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE THE OFFICE IS ACCESSIBLE ONLY BY A SPIRAL STAIRCASE, VERY HARD TO RUSH. THE HALLWAY IN THE BEDROOM AT NIGHT IS CLOSED OFF WITH A WROUGHT IRON GATE WHILE KEEPING AN INTRUDER OUT WOULD NOT PREVENT HIM FROM BEING SEEN AND SHOT AT. NO FORTIFICATION CAN PROVIDE SECURITY IN ITSELF, BUT COOPER DESIGNED THE SCONCE SO THAT THOSE ATTEMPTING TO BREAK IN COULD NOT DO SO WITHOUT ALERTING HIM AND WITHOUT PLACING THEMSELVES AT A SEVER TACTICAL DISADVANTAGE. IN THE EVENT OF A BREAK-IN COOPER SAID HE WOULD CALL POLICE, BUT ONLY SO THEY COULD WRITE THEIR REPORT AND HELP CLEAN UP THE MESS.>>JOHN: “WRITE A REPORT AND HELP CLEAN UP THE MESS,” COLONEL COOPER CERTAINLY HAD A WAY WITH WORDS. SPECIAL THANKS TO EVERYONE AT GUNSITE FOR HELPING US TELL THE STORY. BUT COMING NEXT, IT’S ONE OF COLONEL COOPER’S MOST FAMOUS DRILLS, THE EL PREZ, KEN HACKATHORN ADDS A TWIST.>>JIM: SHOOTING USA IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:>>JIM: THE EL PREZ SHOOTING DRILL, START WITH YOUR BACK TO THE THREAT, TURN AND ENGAGE THREE TARGETS, TWO HITS ON EACH, RELOAD, THEN REPEAT. IT’S EFFECTIVE TRAINING FOR FASTER RELOADS AND FOR SHAVING OFF TIME. WE’VE SEEN IT DONE MANY TIMES, BUT COLT COMBAT UNIT MEMBER, KEN HACKATHORN HAS A NEW VARIATION HE CALLS THE TRIPLE PREZ.>>KEN: GOOD, RECOVER. THAT FOLKS IS THE TRADITIONAL EL PRESIDENTE. NOW WE’RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT WITH A LITTLE BIT MORE DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY TODAY IN THE PRO SHOOTERS TIP, STAND BY. NOW OUR NEXT DRILL IS WHAT I CALL THE TRI-PRESIDENTE, A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN THE TRADITIONAL EL PRESIDENTE, YOU’RE GOING TO FIRE THREE ROUNDS ON EACH TARGET, THEN ONE HEAD SHOT ON EACH TARGET. THE NEXT PIECE OF THE TRI-PRESIDENTE THAT MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT IS THE FACT THAT I HAVE TO DEAL WITH AN UNKNOWN RELOAD. DARYL IS DOWNLOADING MY MAGAZINE RIGHT NOW. HE IS GOING TO PUT IN SOMEWHERE BETWEEN SIX, MINIMUM SIX AND A MAXIMUM OF TEN ROUNDS. SO I DON’T KNOW WHEN THE RELOAD IS GOING TO HAPPEN. THIS IS A 12-ROUND DRILL. SO CONSEQUENTLY I AM GOING TO BE FORCED TO DO AN EMERGENCY RELOAD AND I DON’T KNOW WHEN IT’S GOING TO COME. REMEMBER IN THE REAL WORLD, YOU RELOAD WHEN YOU HAVE TO, NOT WHEN YOU WANT TO. SHOOTER READY.>>DARYL: SHOOTER’S READY.>>KEN: STAND BY. THAT WAS THE TRI-PRESIDENTE. SCORING IS A 20-SECOND PASS/FAIL. NOW UNDERSTAND 17 SECONDS TO A 20 IS A D, THAT’S PASSING. 14 TO 17 IS A C, OKAY. 11 TO 14 IS A B. IF YOU’RE ELEVEN OR LOWER, THAT’S AN A. NOW REMEMBER, YOUR TIME PLUS ONE SECOND ADDED FOR EVERY POINT YOU DROP. GO TO THE RANGE. CHECK IT OUT.>>JIM: SUB 11 TO SCORE AN A. THAT’S GOING TO TAKE SOME PRACTICE! AND IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT, THERE IS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE TRIPLE PREZ AT THE WEBSITE, UNDER PRO TIPS. PLUS, MORE INFORMATION AND LINKS FOR GUNSITE AND THE USPSA PRODUCTION NATIONALS. FIND IT ALL AT SHOOTINGUSADOTCOM. FOR ALL OF US, I’M JIM SCOUTTEN, SHOOT SAFELY, SHOOT OFTEN, AND KEEP ‘EM IN THE TEN RING!

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