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, March 12, 2010

February 2010 Results

Well I suspect the frigid cold and snow on the ground kept some of us off of the range. Thanks for those who participated.

We have another new player this month. Please welcome Mike (a.k.a. Mr. Completely). As you can see, he is a heck of a shooter. I am honored to have him participate as Mr. Completely likely sets the standard for online postal matches. In fact, I modeled some of my ideas from his site. Please head on over to Mr. Completely to check out his postal matches as well. They always have a challenging match.

Results from the February 2010 match - To Your Heart's Desire.

Class 1 (Rimfire, Iron Sights)

Mr Completely                                    Gray
S&W Model 41 .22LR                            S&W Model 41 .22LR
Score = 110                                         Score = 120

Bob                                                    Marilyn
Ruger Single 6, .22LR                                               Ruger Single 6, .22LR
Score = 70                                                                Score = 80

Class 2 (Rimfire, Optical Sights)

Mr Completely
High Standard .22LR w/ Red Dot
Score = 115

Class 3 (Centerfire, Iron Sights)

S&W M&P 9mm
Score = 100

Unlimited Centerfire

S&W Model 66 Revolver with Laser Grip
Score = 90

"Unlimited Rimfire"

As an added treat Mr Completely also submitted a target using his Jennings J-22. I love oddball firearms.

From Mr Completely's Blog regarding his J-22. (August 2005) Enjoy! 
(Score = 35)             

Ah yes, the Jennings J-22. I guess it embodies all the things that define a saturday night special! It's small, and light, and unreliable. These features, of course, are offset by a total lack of accuracy! ... I don't even have to think up excuses, they're built in! In spite of all of that, it's a fun little gun to shoot. The prices for these are very low, as .22 auto pistols go, and there's a lot of them around. I was unable to get more that two or three rounds to fire without some sort of a failure. Failure to eject, failure to feed, failure to fire the round, every second or third shot something didn't work.The accuracy is probably on a par with a blunderbuss, but not likely that it's any better than that. By looking at the targets, it was obvious that at ten yards the bullets were often tumbling end over end. Not conducive to accuracy! Sometimes, however, the shot went exactly as aimed, but often as much as six inches off, even from the bench rest. If you ever have to fire a Jennings for self-defense, I would recommend having the muzzle in direct contact with what you are shooting at! With all these faults, why own one of these? Well, if you like doing your own gun work, I think this can be turned into a pretty nice little 22. These were cranked out rapidly to keep costs down, so most machined surfaces are a lot rougher than they should be. A few hours spent polishing and blue-printing one of these little guys could make quite a difference. I'm sure the trigger can be smoothed up considerably. Careful bending and tuning of the feed lips on the magazines can make huge differences in terms of feeding reliability. OK, so you can get it to function reliably, what about the accuracy, or more correctly, the total lack of any?

I suspect that sometimes the bullet, instead of being spun by the rifling, is actually just getting a groove cut into it, and it's spinning (if at all) much slower than is needed to stabilize it in flight. Perhaps a lower velocity round might be the ticket. I think if you find the right ammo, it might not do too badly. Maybe some of those sub-sonic rounds? It should be worth a try. If you feel like playing around with one of these little guys, go for it, and let me know how it works out.

Paraphrasing another blogger, it's probably not much of a back-up gun, but it's still better than a rolled up newspaper........

Here are the 2010 winners for each class thus far:
               Jan          Feb          Mar          Apr          May          Jun

Cls 1       Bob         Gray                                                                   
Cls 2          -           Mr. C                                                                
Cls 3       Gray        Gray                                                                   
Cls 4          -               -                                                                    
URF          -            Mr. C                                                               
UCF        Gray        Gray                                                                 

Keep Playing Along. Practice, Practice Practice!!!!

Make sure you check out the March 2010 match. The theme for March is Luck O' The Irish. As always, please pass this along to your shooting friends and invite them to participate. The more the merrier. Remember that anyone can play along. The email address is postalmatch@gmail.com.

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