The Feed Ramp Headquarters, Your Mom’s Basement, USA – We here at The Feed Ramp would like to take an early look back at some of the seminal moments of the 2017 shooting season. 2017 started off with a bang (and a hurricane) in March when the USPSA Optic Sight Nationals were held in Frostproof, Florida. Competitors from all across the country trekked to Florida to compete against the best of the best (those with non-refundable travel) to crown a champion. Max Michel, Max Leograndis, and Cody (Max) Baker were each crowned champions – congratulations and well done! Based on the success of the 2017 event, USPSA has decided to have a combined nationals in Frostproof in October 2018 for all divisions, hopefully with a late season hurricane this time.
2017 IDPA NEWS
IDPA nationals were held this year in Texas we think and shooters flocked to the event when it was announced that Bob Vogel would not be competing this year giving everyone else an opportunity to win something. Looking at the IDPA website we can’t tell you who won or when and where it exactly was, but we do want to let you know that IDPA HQ will be closed from December 24th, 2016 through January 1st, 2017 for the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday.
2017 PISTOL CALIBER CARBINE NEWS
2017 has been without a doubt the year of Pistol Caliber Carbine. Originally the bastard child of USPSA President Mick Foley, the division is currently the fastest growing division in USPSA – proving everyone who said you can’t buy skill wrong by minting hundreds of M and GM classified shooters who have never shot better than B class in any other division. Facebook groups exploded with members, matches had to add additional squads, and new players jumped into the ring with PCC specific matches. On September 1-3, 2017 Lucas Oil Products put on the first ever Pistol Caliber Carbine World Championship. The Lucas family converted a corner of their family ranch into a range complex for competitors to come to and duke it out to determine who is the best PCC shooter in the WORLD. Feed Ramp favorite son Max (Max) Leograndis went into the match as the favorite having been crowned USPSA champion months before and looked strong through much of the match. Only a controversial call using a made up rule could stop him, and stop him it did. The multigun based staff apparently didn’t like the idea of a USPSA member stomping them at what they think they should be good at and so Max (Max) was disqualified for shooting TOO FAST. This event has potential, but only with a stable set of rules and an impartial match staff administering it in the future.
2017 IPSC WHIRLED CHUTE
IPSC held their once every ten year WHIRLED CHUTE event in French this year. There were some tense moments regarding the relationship between USPSA and IPSC, but differences were set aside and cooler heads prevailed so the American team could go to French and show the rest of the WHIRLED what’s what when it comes to pistol shooting. American’s brought home GOLD in three of the five divisions and brought home SILVER in the two divisions that they didn’t win. All of you who say American style USPSA shooting is too easy and the more technical IPSC style is better can shut up now. We would also like to recognize the two gentleman from Philadelphia that placed second and third in Classic Division. Nicely done gentlemen!
2017 USPSA IRON SIGHT NATIONALS
Ken “Haiku” Nelson said that 2017 would be his last national level event for a while at his club in Southern Utah and so he and his staff went out with a bang. Seventeen stages shot over three days tested all of the shooters skills. The names at the top of the scoresheets for this match looked very similar to those who did well at the IPSC Whirled Chute event the month prior. Unfortunately a foreigner did manage to come in and steal away the OPEN DIVISION championship spot from a more deserving American.
2017 has been a great year for the shooting sports – there were some GSSF matches, some IDPA matches, and some outlaw matches held all throughout the year. USPSA continues to lead the way with their new website and lack of support for local clubs – that should continue as we move into 2018 and beyond. From stupid rule “adjustments” to allowing clubs to enforce local rules USPSA has shown a real contempt for not only their members, but also the volunteers who put on the matches at the local level. While this situation isn’t ideal, for the time being it is still the best thing going in the shooting sports.
We here at The Feed Ramp look forward to taking a break and regrouping over the winter. If there was some event or item that you think shaped the 2017 shooting season please let us know in the comments below.