Thursday, November 6, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Shellie

One of our CCLSC members is moving.  We have loved having her as part of our shooting group.  As a way to say thank you, we'll miss you, keep in touch and good luck we met at a local pizza shop and put together a photo book for her to take to her new home.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CCLSC Hole-oween

This week, we celebrated Halloween a little early, by carving pumpkins.  "Carving" we interpreted as shooting pumpkin targets.  Everyone had a great time! I was having such a good time I didn't get too many pictures of the laughter.  But, here are the CCLSC targets -

Kanani testing the pumpkin targets earlier in the day.

Julie and Michele with their targets.

Chrissy, new to CCLSC Mondays shooting her pumpkin.

Nicole and Shellie watch while Hollie shoots her target.

Marina showing off her target.

Nicole and Shellie with their targets.

Friday, October 17, 2014

CCLSC For The Win!

Last night was the final of sorts for the Women's 101 class and the Advanced Pistol class.  The 101 class had 38 students when it began four months ago and ended up with 22 finishing all four classes.  The Advanced Pistol class had two ladies, both were CCLSC shooters.

CCLSC has been working in the fundamentals with students during Monday practices and refining their skills.  Top issues have been trigger control and "the flinch".  There have been some good information posted on our Facebook page about these trouble spots.

I am also pleased to announce that the two ladies who tied in 101 were both CCLSC shooters and ended up doing a shoot off at 10 yards.  Congratulations Cari and Hollie!  Hollie came out victorious in this bout.  The tie breaker was a result of both ladies shooting an amazing 90 points to tie.

Cari (left) and Hollie (right) moments before the shootoff!  Congratulations Hollie!
You did an awesome job shooting!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

CCLSC Shot-tober

I would like to welcome new member Kristi to CCLSC.  WELCOME!

CCLSC is always looking for new lady shooters.  In order to participate, you must be enrolled/competed the Women's 101 class offered at Tacti-Cool Gun's & Gear.  If you don’t want to wait until the end of/start of the New Year, Tacti-Cool offers an “Every Friday class” that meets, you guessed it, every Friday.  The next class is a 4 hour class beginning at 2:00 pm ending about 6:00 pm when the shop closes.  This class is the same material as the Women’s 101 without the benefit of being in an all women environment, range pass or the option to win a pistol. The other drawback is that it is a little more expensive than the Women’s class (which is $100).  The Friday class is $75 and then you pay for your range time, rental, ammo and target.  This adds about $35-40 to the cost of the class.  However, the Friday class is limited to 6 students so you’d have a smaller class instead of the 30 students in 101. 

Mellissa taking aim.

New member Kristi loading her handgun.

Cari shooting the M&P shield.

Nicole shooting her brand new AR-15 for the first time.

Kristi showing Nicole how to load her revolver.

Hollie shooting her XD.

Cari and Heather calculating their scores on their target.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Tip of the Week: 90% of the Game is Mental

90% of the Game is Mental – We’ve covered a lot of different topics in our emails.  I never know what will get people inspired or answer unasked questions.  For this week, I want to take a little break and offer some of my own advice.  Do not underestimate the mental game in shooting.  It is a delicate balance between proven confidence and thinking you’re better than you are.  I’ve shared with you information regarding stress and shooting and how it can affect your skills.  This is where your mental stamina needs to be exercised as well as your physical muscle memory.  I can say through personal experience my skills have suffered greatly under pressure.

How do we increase our mental strength?  Not sure if it helps, but I guess you could imagine the target naked.  But seriously, visualizing the target coming at you or imagining yourself in an emergency situation can help.  When testing my skills, I make sure I understand what I’m being asked to do.  I repeat the instructions if I am unsure.  Then, I perform the skill at a comfortable speed.  Finally, I imagine myself in a life or death situation.  If this was the “real deal” what would I be doing?  Can I see my target, can I hear further instructions, do I see the people around me, did the shot go where I want it, can I see if I missed, am I functioning on autopilot?  These are all questions I try to think of, while shooting as accurately and fast as I can.  At the same time take a breath and understand that it is all “play” in friendly competition.  That should help to take the edge off.  See what I mean by a delicate balance?

It’s a lot to think about.  In a few weeks, many of you will be thinking about this as you enter the range on a Thursday.

Monday, September 29, 2014

CCLSC Events

Gun Show – October 11 & 12.  I believe they open up at 9:00 am each day.  If you are interested in going, we can all go as a group and meet up outside around 10:00 am.  Please send me a reply of preferred day – Saturday or Sunday.  We will go on the day that works best for the majority of ladies.

Advanced 2 Last Scheduled Date – October 11 Same place, same time ladies.  This will be our last scheduled date for Advanced 2.  I would love feedback of what you thought of the class and anything you think we should improve upon.  Any comments and feedback is appreciated.

Women’s 101/Advanced Pistol – October 16  This is the last class and we all know what that means.  CCLSC meets one more time before this date.  I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to take advantage of Monday practice.  If you haven’t been attending, the 6th might be what you need to improve your shooting.  For those who have been shooting regularly between classes, I commend you!

I would also add that even when the 101 and Advanced pistol classes have ended, please continue to attend Monday’s to improve your skills.  CCLSC offers additional training and events that are not open to members of the public.

CCLSC Paintball Classic – November 2 at The Shack Paintball in Santa Maria.  October 6 is the last date to let me know if you are interested in playing paintball.  We need a group of 10 to reserve equipment to play.  Spouses and family are welcome to join us.  Ages 10+ can play.  If I do not get enough responses, we will postpone to a later date.

CCLSC Meet up – November 3  We will be meeting up after practice for pizza.  If you are interested in meeting up after practice that week, please let me know you’ll be there.

CCLSC on Facebook – If you have a Facebook account please share CCLSC with your friends and family.  Encourage them to like our page.  We are steadily increasing our numbers every week.  I post shooting information, pictures from practice and random funnies.  You do not need a Facebook page to view our page!

CCLSC is in the Sure Shots Magazine – The latest issue of the Sure Shots online magazine will be released this week.  Why do I mention this?  I submitted CCLSC information and I wrote an article for the issue.  Keep posted, I will be sharing the information for the article as soon as I get word the issue is published.   The link for the magazine is below -

UPDATED - The latest issue has been posted online.  The link above will take you to issue #9.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tank Girls: A CCLSC Photo Shoot

The Ladies of CCLSC took a break from "shooting" for a photo shoot. THANK YOU to our friend John for hosting us that evening and letting us climb all over his WW2 armored vehicle, Brian and Tacti-Cool Guns & Gear, Inc.for all that he does for club. There isn't room to list everything here! Thank you to Shellie Coburn and Dale Coburn for taking photos and all of our families and friends who support our CCLSC ladies. - Kanani

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tip of the week: Stay Calm and Don’t Flinch

Stay Calm and Don’t Flinch – We've all done it.  Some of us still do from time to time.  The key is to admit that we have a problem and instill good habits.  It’s also good to train with a buddy and get another perspective on your shooting.  Even I am guilty of practicing bad behavior and not know it until someone else gets involved!  Having a shooting buddy is a valuable part of your training.  They can help identify good technique as well as bad. Be positive and honest when you are helping another shooter.  You want them to improve their skills and you can be the positive feedback they might need.  So, ladies, read the article, get a buddy and head out to the range.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Only Hits Count

This week CCLSC focused on making every shot count.  It doesn't do a lot of good when your shots aren't landing where you intend them to. Always know your target and what lies beyond it.  By the end of our time in the range, and a few corrections, shots were landing on target where we want them.  Good job ladies and great work making your practice time count.

Kanani shooting downrange.

Who's target is that? Once you have accomplished shooting
"hole in hole" you should continue to challenge yourself
and move the target further away, or change the type of target you use.
Always challenge yourself to improve your skills. This week: "only hits count"!

Ali loading her first rounds into her new Sig's magazine.

Please ladies, no maniacal or evil laughter in the range.

Hollie and Marina checking their shots.

Shellie trying out Ali's new Sig.

Marina practicing.

Nicole loading her magazine.

Heather and Lindsey sending out their target.
In case you missed practice two weeks ago, we had a huge turnout of 13 girls at practice. That was out highest so far! You can always visit our Facebook page to see more!