What is a Postal Match?

Before the internet, if friendly target shooters wanted to compete against one another they could either meet together and exchange targets, or they would participate in a Postal Match. Typically these contests were a standard course of fire that the participants shot, then mailed to the contest organizer for tally. Since the internet can provide us with nearly instant feedback, and we can trade many different targets, it seems to be an ideal format for the "Modern Postal Match".

Friday, October 28, 2011

Better Late Than Never

Everyone, so you all know that the postal match has been mothballed for some time. Life has gotten in the way some.  I hope to restart it in the near future.

As Halloween is coming up, I'm delighted to say that I have recently had an inquiry from a young man asking about the Zombie Apocalypse contest we had last year. Here is is story:

"My name is Mathew Morrison. I am a senior at Tri County Early College High School in Murphy, NC. As a graduation requirement, each student must complete a project with three parts: research paper, speech, and physical product. For my project, I chose " The Theory of Zombieism" for my topic. I find this to be a very appropriate as little is known about zombies, including the ideal is the possibility of " Zombieism". I discovered your webpage while conducting research and became very interested in the contest you hosted. I thought this could be used as  " hands on experience" for my project. After consulting my mentor on the matter, she agreed and encouraged me to enter the contest. It wasn't until I requested more information that I realized the contest had ended in 2010." 

I figured, what the heck, so Mathew sent his target in. Since he is in High School, he shot his .177 pellet gun. Pretty good shooting, young man. Thanks for playing along.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

February Match Results - The Wheel of Love

 Ahhh, the love was in the air. Sorry it has taken me a while to get the scores up. Work and all....

Class 1 (Rimfire, Iron Sights)
Mr Borland
S&W Model 617, DA, .22LR

Ruger Single Six,  SA, .22LR

S&W Model 34, DA, .22LR

Mr Borland
S&W Model 617, .22LR

Class 2 - No Entries
Class 3 (Centerfire, Iron Sights)

Mr Borland
S&W Model 625, DA, .45ACP

Mr Borland
S&W Model 686, DA, .38 spcl
Score 103+1x

S&W Model 631, DA, .32 H&R Ma

MR 73, DA, .38 Spcl

Mr Borland
S&W Model K38
Score=165 + 8x

Colt Python, DA, .357 Mag

S&W Model 66, .38spcl DA

S&W Model 38, .38spcl, DA

Class 4 - No Entries
Unlimited Rimfire - No Entries
Unlimited Centerfire - No Entries

The Remora Holster Winners are as follows:

Mr Borland wins Class 3 with his stellar K-38. Highest score of the match.
Mo wins Class 1 (Since Mr Borland can't be the recipient of two prizes)

Guys, I'll send Doc Wesson your email addresses and let him contact you about where to send your prizes. Make sure you let him know the model of gun you plan to use.

Thanks as always to all who participated...especially to Wyatt and Manfred in France.

I'm a little behind for the April match due to work, but I should be able to get something up soon.

Til then, take someone shooting.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Doc Wesson's Revolver Podcast is HERE!

Here are the links to both part 1 and part 2 of Doc's revolver podcast. Give it a listen. Then go out and shoot this month's match!

Hour 1

Download Hour #1

Hour 2

Download Hour #2

Or, you could go to Doc's website - The Gun Nation Podcast - and subscribe with either iTunes or Zune.

Feel The Love!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

February Match Extended Through March

Since we have a rich prize purse this match and since Doc Wesson has not yet gotten his revolver podcast out, I thought it best to extend the deadline of The Wheel of Love match to March 31st.

Now get out there and show your wheelguns some love!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Prizes for the February Match!!!!

Yes, that's right. Doc Wesson of The Gun Nation Podcast has cast his net and has come up with a prize for the winner of each class for this month's match. Each winner of each class will be given a Remora Holster. In the event of a tie, a random drawing will be taken for the winner of each class. Sorry you can only win one holster if you win more than one class. All decisions about prize winners will be made my yours truly. No substitutions.

For those of you who are familiar with The Gun Nation Podcast, one of Doc's feature reporters is Average Joe. According to Average Joe, this is a very comfortable holster that stays put thanks to the grippy texture of the outside of the holster. Check out Average Joe's review at Average Joe's Handgun Reviews blog.

Remora Holsters can be found at http://www.remoraholsters.com/.

So get out there and start shooting.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wheel of Love - February 2011 Match

It's February. There is love in the air. Wheelgun love, that is. Attention all revolver owners, this is the match for you.

This month, Doc Wesson explores his love of the revolver.  He asked me to put together a revolver only match to celebrate his latest podcast. How could I refuse?

 In association with Doc Wesson of The Gun Nation Podcast, we bring you The Wheel of Love. Revolvers only.
Got it?

DA or SA...or both...Your choice!

  NEW: When you submit your target photos, include the gun you used in the photo. We all like to drool over each other's hardware. 
 Something like this:

Course of Fire:

Download the target:

7 yards
Strong Hand, Weak Hand & Both Hands
Total of 18 shots

Scoring: The total of all three targets on the page. Sum each target and also sum the number of X's. The revolver cylinder graphic IS one of the rings! If the lead ring of the bullet touches the ring, you get the higher score. (see values to the right)

Maximum score per target is 60 with 6 X, for a total of 180 points and 18 X.
If you have a revolver such as the Ruger Single Six which has two cylinders for different loads (e.g. .22LR and .22WMG) you can enter that gun twice...once with one cylinder, and once with the other. Similarly, if you want to enter one gun shooting .38 special, then the same gun shooting .357 magnum, have at it. (I DO draw the line at splitting hairs of .38 special, .38+P, .38+P+ etc. Sorry.) Just make sure each submission is clearly marked.

If you shoot DA, the entire string of fire (a total of 18 shots per entry) must be DA. If you decide to shoot SA, then shoot the entire entry SA. You CAN, however enter one target shot DA and another target shot SA with the same gun. Please just make sure you clearly mark it SA or DA. No mix and match.

Remember you can enter as many guns in as many classes as you like. (Please refeer to the left margin of the main page to review the "rules" and the classes.)

Email digital photos of the targets to: PostalMatch@gmail.com

Deadline is February 28th.

Good luck to all. Invite your friends to play along.



Wednesday, February 2, 2011

January 2011 Match Results - Mozambique

 Well January has come and gone...quickly. As you can see below, we got a ton of entries this month. Merle...I want to get a look into your gunsafe, cowboy! Actually, I've asked Merle to forward some photos of some of the more ecclectic of his collection.

Great shooting by all. The bad guys don't stand a chance against you guys. Because we had so many entries, and some people were able to use timers and some were not, I decided not to tally the scores. Take a look  for yourselves. You should be proud.

Next month's match will be extra special. As you may recall, the Nashville Online Handgun Postal Match is the "official" postal match of The Gun Nation Podcast. Doc Wesson's February podcast will be all about revolvers. Therefore, he and I have decided to dedicate the February match to the art of the wheelgun. No autos, only revolvers!!!! We're calling it "The Wheel of Love". Look for it soon. (Also, from now on, let's include in our target submissions, a photo of the gun used. We all like to drool over other folks' hardware!)

Invite your friends to play along.
Take someone shooting.


Class 1 - Rimfire, Iron Sights

Mr Borland
S&W 617 .22LR

S&W Kit Gun .22LR

GSG 1911 .22LR

GSG 1911 .22LR

Ruger Std Mdl .22LR

Class 2 - Rimfire, Optical Sights
Class 3 - Centerfire, Iron Sights
S&W Model 36 .38 Spcl

Mr Borland
S&W Model 625 .45 ACP

CZ52 7.62x25

CZ82 9mm Makarov

FN Hi Power P35 9mm

P38 9mm

Colt Combat Commander
.45 ACP

S&W Model 3915 9mm

Dan Wesson .44 Mag

Sig P220 .45ACP

S&W Model 625
.45 ACP

Kongsberg 11.25mm

Bob T
FNP-9 9mm

S&W Hand Ejector
32 S&W Long

Mauser M1914 .32 ACP

S&W M&P Pro 9mm

Taurus 709 9mm

Enfield #2 British 38/200

S&W Model 624
 .44 Spcl

Browning Hi Power 9mm
S&W M631
.32H&R Mag
Unlimited Rimfire

Ruger Mk II .22LR
w/ Red Dot

Unlimited Centerfire

Dan Wesson 10" .357 Mag
 w/ Red Dot