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LESSONS FROM THE PIN SHOOT — 12 Comments

  1. I thought Ross Seyfried won the first one using the holster & gun he carried daily on his ranch. (I have a nice pair of scrimshawed grips his wife made on one of my 45s)

    • James, Ray Chapman won the first world match in Zurich in 1975, when the International Practical Shooting Confederation was still embryonic. Ross Seyfried won in 1981 in Johannesburg, the second American to win the world title. Ross used a Pachmayr Custom Colt 1911 .45 auto, similar to Ray’s, drawn from a Milt Sparks hip holster (#1AT if I recall correctly). He wore a #1AT at the ranch in the same spot, but he once told me that on the ranch it carried a blue steel Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum revolver with 4″ barrel most days, in case he had to deal with rogue livestock.

  2. Ah, the blue pins…wouldn’t that get your goat?! Personally, I really like a hot loaded .357 Magnum for this game, a friend and I developed an absolutely gorgeous load using an odd weight lead tipped copper jacketed bullet which dropped them like rocks in water back in the day. I wonder what a heavy bullet .357SIG might be able to do, Mas?

    • You know, Paul, I don’t know anyone shooting pins with .357 SIG. I should think about that…

      • I have never shot pins but I do have a .357 SIG barrel for my FNX-40 and, with this barrel, I think that the pistol shoots tighter groups with the .357 SIG ammo as opposed to the .40 S&W ammo used in its factory barrel.

        I believe that Hornady has a heavy bullet .357 SIG load in its Custom line of ammunition. It uses a 147 gr. XTP bullet at a claimed 1225 fps. This gives about 490 ft-lbs. of muzzle energy which (I would think) would take down a pin easy enough. It is my understanding that the XTP line of bullets tend to give good accuracy. Maybe this would be a good “Pin Killer” load for a .357 SIG pistol?

      • Okay Mas, there ya go. Take your G31, load with the 147 XTP (I’m a Hornady fan too), and go spank those pins!

      • A Mozambique Drill contest for the bowling pin shooters could be introduced. The third shot in each of these drills would then only be for the pinheads.

        Actually, these pin shoots look like the most fun, and practical practice at that, one can imagine. What an amazing competition!

  3. Mas,
    I am friends with a retired sheriff from Oceana county, which is on Lake Michigan, and the county seat is Hart. We played sports in high school together and also played fast pitch softball together after school.
    He had his life saved when he was a deputy sheriff, by his bullet proof vest, but not in the normal way. He was chasing down a DUI suspect, out in the country, which is pretty much most of Oceana county. This was at night, with a cloudy sky. The suspect came to a T in the road, and turned, and my friend missed the T and drove across the road, and hit the bank on the far side of the T. He had his seat belt on and was wearing his bullet proof vest. They told him at the hospital that if he was not wearing either one, the vest or the belt, he most likely would have been killed by the sudden jolt of hitting the steering wheel of the car into his ribs.
    I don’t know what type of vest he was wearing, but it was back in about 1982 or so. We both actually attended a program called the Student Trooper Program at the Michigan State Police Academy, him in 1976 and myself in 1977, in the summer between our junior and senior years of high school. It was meant as a trial to find out if you were interested in joining the State Police after high school.
    As I am sure you are aware, the Michigan State Police Academy is one of the most respected in the country, and the one week I was there, I could see why. I not only learned a lot, but I was impressed by the professionalism of the training officers. The only difference between what the troopers do and what we did as high schoolers is that we had more free time in the evenings. And we of course were not actually issued firearms, but we did have training in gun safety and shooting, back then it was with S and W .38 specials. They were wonderfully smooth guns from what I can remember. And the range was really well set up, with individual speakers in each station, where the RO could speak to either one or several or all the shooters.
    Anyway, sorry for such a long drawn out note, but welcome to this state, and come any time you wish. It really is a beautiful state.