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Centerfire Discussions / Calvin And The Wasp
« on: December 22, 2009, 05:29:59 PM »
Tony Gauthier said:
BRSC is quite lucky to have a vast array of specialists in its membership and you can run across an expert in just about any field. We have welders, gunsmiths, mechanics, computer experts and the list just goes on and on.

I will attempt from time to time try and do a profile of one of these experts. This profile is the first and I felt it important to start out with one of our more valuable members Calvin.
Calvin’s expertise is I feel one of the most invaluable when it comes to bench rest matches in western Canada. You see Calvin is a wasp expert.

The summer of 2009 was one of the worst I can remember for wasps. According to Calvin they were bad across western Canada. Possibly all of Canada and the U.S., but he only started shooting so hasn’t traveled to those locations yet. He first discovered these phenomena in Selkirk and immediately went into action. Word is that he got most of them with only one slight sting to his person. Those who witnessed this (Doug Siebe for one) said it was like watching a machine in action.

Now I can’t say for sure because I don’t usually believe a word Doug say’s. Maxine has told me many times not to and I do believe her.
So now being armed with his knowledge of wasp problems and how to not handle them Calvin decided to travel to Rosebud and try to deal with Alberta wasps. This is where it gets real interesting and you can believe this as gospel because I was sitting right there to witness it all and as all of you know I, unlike Doug, do not fib or exaggerate! Upon Calvin’s arrival he immediately noticed that we had a wasp problem, and armed with his vast knowledge, gave us some advice. Now I thought at the time he was just busy unpacking gear and that was why he shouted the advice from a distance, but it seemed like pretty good advice, and after all he is an expert!

Well sticking to Calvin’s advice all went well until we got to the BBQ Saturday evening. We immediately noticed a large increase in Wasps. At Calvin’s advice we decided to eat inside the loading room to maintain a safe and problem free meal. Once again we gratefully took his advice and did as he said. All went well during the meal and I made sure I sat within arms length of such a knowledgeable man!
It was after supper that things began to unravel and I began to doubt Calvin and his knowledge. You see after the BBQ the occasional refreshment is brought out and Calvin opened up a can of beer. This is when I began to wonder about his expertise in the wasp area. You see in Alberta most wasp experts after opening a beer turn the little tab around over the hole to keep wasps out. I thought it was just that wasps in Manitoba didn’t like beer so kept my mouth shut.

About this time Jeff Wardlow comes in from having a smoke outside as I am allergic to cigarette smoke and Jeff is always considerate enough to go outside. Anyway I digress so as Jeff came in he was a little slow closing the door. Now I don’t blame him as we weren’t in Selkirk so really didn’t need to worry about a thousand mosquito’s getting inside. However one lonely wasp did make it in. As it swooped past me I took a swing with my hat, and missed. I hollered at the guy’s to get it, but it seemed to vanish. Turns out it had actually landed in Calvin’s can of beer. You see Alberta wasps really like beer and prefer to float on the top and drink as much as they can. Now Calvin also really likes beer and it wasn’t long before he and the wasp tangled, with Calvin being the looser in round one! Just after the wasp stung him on the lip Calvin did win the final battle as he stomped the wasp that was lying on the floor in the puddle of beer that Calvin spit out.

Now you might be thinking this was a bad thing for Calvin, but other than a very large lower lip, he actually ended up starting a new business from his lip experience. I hear that he is all set up to do surgery free lip enlarging and is looking at Hollywood type clients as the first to jump at t

John VM said:
Yes, that Jeff is a considerate fella, smokin outside and all. I think Calvin needs a little more practice if he had to spit all that beer out over a wasp. :-)

cyanchycki said:
Well Tony I could not stay quiet but I have to add to your story. I just about needed a pair of DEPENDS after reading your story.
See the incident in Selkirk I figure was a conspiracy between Peter Penner, Phil Nick, Gord Wald, the wasps and possibly Dwayne Cyr. That morning I won my first yardage ever at a match in the LV 100. I figure I was shooting well and the guys had to find a way to slow me down. It eventually worked but not after winning that morning.

So the story unfolds. I was in the middle of a full back stroke (Get your minds out of the gutter) cleaning my rifle when I suddenly felt a sharp pain on the backside of my arm. I instantly figured someone used their cleaning rod as a cattle prod. My reaction was to swat with my opposite hand and catch them in the act. I swatted and immediately felt the same feeling behind my left ear. I thought to myself that guy is good. I swatted as hard as I could almost knocking myself to the ground. I figured he would have had enough after that reaction but NOOOOOOOOO.... hit him one more time. Well I for the life of me cannot figure out how he could get through my long, flowing locks of curly 80’s hair to hit me one last time before I nailed him with one last blow that I figure gave me slight brain damage. After coming to back to my senses I carried on cleaning, loading and inputting the scores in the PC.

Before I got back outside Peter mentioned that he took care of the culprits and got them good. Well when I returned outside I saw a wasp nest stirred up and PARTIALLY ripped open. The Kenora boys and Peter figured they had got me but it was funny to watch them dance around like school girls every time an angry wasp buzzed by........ ;^) Calvin to the rescue. I took my raincoat back from Herman Hefta to have a bit of protection and proceeded to exterminate the rest of the nest and wasps slowly. Calvin succeeded.
I do still have the occasional nightmare from the attack but I think with a bit more counselling I will be okay.

In regards to the unprecedented attack at Rosebud I am not to sure why I was attacked there but I figure maybe that Paul Ross dude might have been behind it.
The highlights of that attack was being able to swear in front of a lady (Max) and not feel guilty as it hurt like hell. The Doc walking up to me and asking if I was okay, if I was having a hard time breathing. He proceeded to pull his rusty, dull steak knife and inform me that if I was he could give me a tracheotomy.... :^O
The low point of the attack was that it was my lip that swelled up beyond belief. I figure I now know what it feels like to be from a different race with a big lip. I would have preferred growth elsewhere. Finally the trip I took back to Cochrane to the drugstore to get some antihistamine to counteract the swelling. The pharmacist asked how many drinks I had indulged in and I lied......
Overall in 2009, people tried to beat me down but the Pole from Brandon survived. Can’t wait to see you guys in 2010.

Tony Gauthier said:
Calvin is exagerating, Doc's knife was not rusty.

Centerfire Discussions / Re: Participation
« on: December 22, 2009, 05:28:04 PM »
JohnVM Said:
I got interested after reading Glen Newicks book and going to a short seminar on BR shooting at a gun store opening. How I got started was by invitation to a shoot by my gun smith. Up till then I had no idea that I lived in the middle of 6 BR ranges in Ontario at the time. Nobody at any of the gun clubs I had gone to knew anything about BR any where near. Factory class was an easy way for me to try the game out and to get used to shooting five record shots while reading the flags(well I tried to read them). The thing about factory class was that you will only have a few shooters in this class as when they have a year or two experience they either move up or quit.
Probably one of the better ways would be to advertise at local gun shops and give a date of when the next shoot is and a number of someone willing to help or coach as well as this site were they can ask questions.

rpollock said:
You makes some great points. The one that jumps out is the gun store seminar. I hadn't thought about that. I really like the seminar or class room idea where we could cover the very basics of BR, there is no reason this couldn't be done at a store. We have to face the idea that BR to an outsider is quite intimidating, it was for me, somehow we need to break that barrier down, a school would help in that regard.

Course of fire, rules, scoring, reloading, gun handling could all be covered in an afternoon. Followed up with a few groups out of an actual BR rifle would go a long way to getting people involved. You may have to split the classroom session from the range session.

We may be looking for that 1/100 or 1/1000 rifle enthusiast who can be brought over from casual shooting, or live varmint shooting that wants more to his weekend of shooting, something more rewarding than plinking or blown up critters.

I know they are out there!

John VM said:
I think one of the key things is for people to know it exists, where to go and when, as well as a "go to person" for questions you wouldn't want to ask as a new guy on a public forum. Face it, in BR we do things different than most other competitions and some of the questions may seem silly but they are real. It will take some patience at times but their are others out there that love accuracy.

Joem said:
An old time shooter in Seattle once told me "you can't make people shoot BR ,if they want to shoot, they will find you " that being said you have to let them know where you are, who you are , by visiting gunshops around town and letting them know you shoot BR at so snd so club also when your at the range talk to people aboutBR and your odd rifles.

Tony Gauthier said:
Maybe we should get a table at the easter gun show in Calgary and do some promoting?

DanO said:
I am planning to have a table at the Calgary show, due to the product that I sell, I usually have my BR rifle on display and some targets to show what is possible.
I along with Jeff spend a lot of time discussing BR with folks, so far it has not produced much in positive results for my part, but then again the time may be spent talking with folks that already have some knowledge of this sport and not new ones.

If there are any promotional items for the sport, I would be glad to make room for them on the table. Tony if you have something for the Rosebud Range you would have a captive audieance from the area.

Rick, I like your idea of some sort of a promo video, any ideas of how you/we could make this happen?

rpollock said:
Pretty easy actually, just need to shoot some video this spring or summer, edit, then upload to Youtube. Editing and uploading can be done in about 1-2 days to produce a 5 min video. I was planning to do this when/if the range is clear of snow.

cyanchycki said:
Dan, Rick, those are some good ideas you have there. Maybe next year if I can get a table set up at the Brandon Gun Show that could be an idea.

Tony Gauthier said:
I have some video from Rosebud.

rpollock said:
Is it in digital format? Either on a mini DV tape or on a memory card or chip?

Centerfire Discussions / Participation
« on: December 22, 2009, 05:26:13 PM »
This is probably in the top 3 topics for me in regards to BR. The annual discussion about increasing participation. We have many ideas on the table and some we have been nibbling away at. I could use some input here as to what people think will work to attract more interest.

1. Increased Internet Presence - Myself and many other others have been working on this. I would encourage everyone to make a post on on any internet chat boards where they see BR being discussed. Make it positive and invite people out to your local matches whenever possible, or even a practice session where people can see what you are up to. We also had a big push on the internet just before the Nationals and had 2 newcomers come out and shoot in Regina. In my opinion we are still the best kept secret in the precision shooting sports!

2. Canada Wide Nationals, or Canadian SS - Just like you see in the other thread, this has been discussed many times and most would welcome a return of at least one these events. The question is how do we make it happen?

3. Separate factory class or tactical class? - We tried this at Rosebud this year and had 3 newcomers come out and shoot with us. Not sure if any will become long term enthusiasts, but I doesn't hurt to have them come out. How do we turn the casual interest into long term interest?

4. Technical Clinic? - There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about BR and what it is, and how to get into it. Perhaps a few schools or clinics could be run, similar to what they do in the US?

5. Related to #1, A video we can put up on Youtube - I may shoot some video this spring and summer and make a dvd and online clip that showcases or explains what BR is all about. What I have seen on Youtube has not been all that great in regards to explaining BR. If anyone else has some video they would care to shoot, let me know and we should be able to get a variety of clips together.

All for now, but I sincerely want to see some ideas from our group. It is really up to us.

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« on: December 22, 2009, 05:24:38 PM »
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