For those that have been shooting at a regular range, shooting on the move is exponentially more fun and more difficult. Learning to shoot on the move is like relearning how to shoot all over again. There are not many opportunities to practice drawing from your holster in the US, let alone in Washington. Here you will be able to do the things you can't do at a normal range:
This is not a competition. This is solely practice for those who choose to carry openly or concealed, or simply want to improve their shooting skills and have fun. Do know we take baby steps to develop these skills so you'll be in very good hands. This is self-paced, "guided" shoot. Safety officers are at each bay and will give a general scenario for you to run and shoot -- it is up to you how fast and at what pace you engage those targets. Shoot as rapidly as you want and can safely handle. These shoots are meant to build confidence and for you to learn how one can apply your personal firearm for self defense purposes.
In a competition you usually only shoot a scenario once, here you get to shoot it over and over again. Each bay is set up with a different scenario run by a Safety Officer(s). For those who have something they would like to work on we can be flexible, so long as it's safe and reasonable.
I called these shoots "Shooting Like the Good Old Days" since I remember going as a youngster to a dirt pit and blasting away with my brother. Although you can still go out to those places, where you can still find them, I find the drive too daunting and far. SOTM shoots primarily take place at the Renton Fish and Game Club, which is about 30 minutes East of Seattle. We use the action bays to teach and develop beginning to more advanced pistol shooting techniques, and to further the action sports of pistol shooting.
COST - so what do I charge?
Good question - remember I'm not doing these shoots to make money but I'm not here giving away my money either. I typically charge about $35 per shoot but each event is a bit different so do check the specific event/shoot when I post it up. This fee includes range fees, targets and typically a snack or lunch.
Started as a grassroots effort to get people to practice with the firearms they carried for self defense in 2008.
The skills needed to practice other than just "marksmanship" from a firing line at a regular range. Shooting on the move skills are difficult to practice as most ranges will not allow such practices, and therefore it can be very difficult to master them. These skills are to draw from one's holster, shoot and move, use cover, reload and consider self defense minded techniques. These practice shoots started off primarily small with pistol shooters that had extensive experience shooting and had their Washington Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL). It has evolved into expanding and being ever more inclusive to newer shooters and to those lawfully expressing their legal 2nd Amendment Rights.
My hope is to start a larger grassroots movement to have other safety officers and/or instructors offer these shoots to other areas around Washington State. People have the right to defend themselves and being able to practice and connect with other law abiding citizens.
*If you are an instructor and/or safety officer that is from a nationally recognized organization (LEO, NRA, IDPA, USPSA, SASS, etc) come and check us out and take it back home.
Please know that safety always comes first. We run a cold range, meaning that all firearms are kept unloaded with magazines removed until on the firing line and under the direct supervision of a Safety Officer. We perform a safety check at sign-in to ensure that all guns are unloaded.
Firearms may only be handled in a designated safe area or at the firing line under the direct supervision of a Safety Officer. Ammunition is not allowed in any safe area. Firearms may not be handled or uncased in the parking lot or anywhere on range property other than at a designated safe area or at the firing line. Violation of these rules will result in immediate expulsion.
Participants are required to practice the three rules of gun safety:
Always keep the gun pointed in a safe directionAlways keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shootAlways keep the gun unloaded until directed to load at the firing line
Handgun: Any caliber of semi-automatic pistol or revolver is allowed. Bring what you have as long as it functions properly and you can shoot it safely. Yes, this means a .22 is okay.
Holster: Please have a good quality holster that allows for easy reholstering. Leather, plastic or stiff nylon holsters are recommended. Soft fabric, collapsible holsters are not suitable for these events. Although they may be great for conceal carry - once you draw it's very difficult and most often unsafe to reholster.
Magazines: There is no magazine capacity limit. This is practice so bring what you have and top off.
Magazine pouches: They are not required but highly recommended for our shoots and other action shoots.
Ammunition: Armor piercing, tracers, explosive rounds, etc. are NOT allowed at any of our events. For events at West Coast Armory, all rifle and pistol ammunition must be brass-cased, all bullets must be jacketed (no bare lead), and only buckshot and slugs are allowed for shotguns (no birdshot). For events at Renton Fish & Game Club, there are no restrictions on ammo type except those in the first sentence of this section.
It is recommended to bring at least 300 rounds (6 boxes) of ammo. Yes, start stocking up when you can. Plan on shooting it all as the shoot goes pretty quickly. You control how much and how fast you shoot so ultimately it all depends on you.
This goes out to my wife.... Shannon
Thanks babe! For letting me do all these shooting events and for your patience with me away from home.