Palouse Practical Shooters 2003 Boomer Shoot
May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th
Post Event Material
See also the pictures and video.
Eugene has written up his After Action Review (AAR). Whether you attended the clinic or not, I think you will find this very informative.
The Lewiston Morning Tribune ran two articles on the event. One on the Thursday before and one on Saturday during the middle of the event. The Lewiston TV station sent a cameraman for a while too. They had this article on their web site.
Email from some participants:
Some of my memories of the event:
This event will feature an opening that you will remember for the rest of your life. The first few seconds will be some of the most intense moments you can experience and expect to live through. It will be more expensive than previous events, but it will be an event you tell your grandchildren about.
These are the bare minimum which you must follow while at the event. You MUST have them (or the equivalent thereof) memorized. Please read the additional rules and clarifications. These and other rules will be explained at the shooters meeting before you take your gun out of its case.
The Boomer Shoot price and entry is completely separate from the Precision Rifle Clinic. Sign up for both to make the most of your weekend.
There are 30 shooting positions available on both Friday and Sunday. Each position costs $60.00 ($55.00 if you are Palouse Practical Shooter member). If you want to share a position with another shooter there is an additional, but reduced charge for them. No more than three shooters may share one position. See the printable entry form for detailed pricing.
There is also a gift certificate version it you want to give an entry as a present. Send me the proper amount of money, with a note as to who the shooter(s) will be and give the gift certificate to the recipient to finish filling out.
Send your entries to the following address:
NOTE: The '1916' on the zip code is essential! It goes to the wrong post office without it.
Please indicate which day you are signing up for: Friday May 2, or Sunday May 4.
The entry form has the NRA Gun Safety Rules (or see Minimum Gun Safety Rules) which you must have memorized. Or, if you prefer, Jeff Cooper's four rules of safe gun handling. Memorize them. You will be asked to repeat them (take your pick, either the NRA or Jeff Cooper version) when you show up. Think of this as an I.Q. test. You don't want to look stupid and go home without shooting. Pass the test. You will be expected to follow the rules at all times. If you don't follow them you will become a non-shooter for the remainder of the day. Refunds for safety violations will be very unlikely.
You will get an email response confirming your entry. If you don't get it then send me an email to find out if it has been lost or I have just been lazy in picking up my mail and/or getting the confirmation out.
I expect the Sunday's event will sell out by the first of March. Friday's event by the first of April. In the event that it doesn't, all entries must be received by April 30th. Make the check out to FlashTek. You MUST have web access and an email address. Also, I need phone numbers so that I can contact you at the last minute in case the event must be canceled for some reason.
See General Information for more details on what to bring and expect on site.
The volumes and dimensions are as follows. The density of the explosive material is approximately the same as water, so the target sizes, in pounds, are approximately 1/2 and 2 pounds.
For a picture of these targets (plus the obsolete 200 mL target) click here.
Target distributions for Friday and Sunday.
Some numbers of note: In 2002 there were 286 targets each day. This year there will be 377. Combined with the targets used in the precision rifle clinic there will be nearly 800 targets available. In 2002 there were 28 1 L targets. This year there will be 107. In 2002 the expected number of shots per target was 10.17. This year it is 9.64.
If you are not a numbers geek you probably want to skip the following paragraph.
I did a lot of work with an Excel spreadsheet to come up with the distributions. I estimated the number of shots required to be 90% certain all the targets were cleaned at a given range and tried to make it roughly the same at all ranges within the constraints of my explosives magazine and the available target sizes. This same spreadsheet has the probabilities of hits at the various ranges and the expected number of shots to have a 90% chance of cleaning the targets at that range. It also has the calculations for the distribution used the previous two years.
May 6, 2003
The event is over. I lost five pounds between Thursday morning and Sunday night. I slept for 12 hours on Monday night. I've been looking at all the email, pictures and video people have been sending my way and I'm quite pleased. Although I didn't really notice it much at the time, people seemed to be having a good time.
May 1, 2003
Friday still has 8 slots open.
The weather is still looking almost reasonable. There may be some thunderstorms on all three days. If there is lightening nearby I will halt all shooting and move my staff into vehicles for safety. Friday looks like it should be in the lower 60's with winds of about 5 MPH with a slight chance of showers. People attending the clinic on Saturday will get a chance to test what they just learned about wind doping. There are no real wind forecasts available for Sunday yet -- just "breezy".
Friday...slight chance of rain showers and afternoon thunderstorms. partly
cloudy. highs 59 to 69.
See you soon. It will be a real blast.
April 27, 2003
Friday still has 8 slots open.
You can view the t-shirt design by clicking here (PDF file). The price will be $15.00 each. They will be available onsite on the days of the shoot.
The current weather forecast is as follows:
Thursday...chance of rain showers. mostly cloudy. lows 31 to 41.
highs 55 to 65.
April 20, 2003
Friday still has 8 slots open.
We went onsite yesterday. The creek was low enough to cross without a bridge. The ground was wet in places, but not bad. The weather was wonderful. Just a hint of wind with the temperature in the upper 50's. We did some more tests. Diesel doesn't work for our new targets (see the results of the first shot in the video below). Our old mix still seems to work fine. It generated a very positive response from the audience. Click on the image to see the video:
April 16, 2003
Friday still has 10 slots open, but one shooter claims the check went out yesterday, which would make it 9.
Thanks to a fellow IPSC shooter who delivered a sack of cartons this week I now have all the containers I need. Please bring more (1Q or 1L only) for next year so I can loose some of the weight I have gained drinking all that 'stuff'.
The weather is still marginal. Rain and occasional snow flurries are predicted for the next couple of days. But we have another 16 days left for it to warm up and dry out. No reason to be worried yet.
Four college students have volunteered to help make targets for Friday, so I expect the magazine will soon be filled without putting in too long of a work day.
April 5, 2003
Despite at least two people claiming they were going send in their entries immediately, Friday still has 11 slots open.
It has been snowing (and raining) recently. Spring may be a little bit late this year. But it's still too early to predict the conditions for the days of the event.
March 29, 2003
The March 20th issue of the Clearwater Tribune (Orofino Idaho) had our press release on the front page.
March 12, 2003
Friday has 11 slots open.
Press releases are out now.
March 1, 2003
Sunday has a large waiting list now. The chances of anyone else being allowed a Sunday entry is somewhere between zero and none.
Friday has 13 slots open.
Crystal (from the ATF) won't be present at the shoot. I don't know if anyone else from their agency will be there or not.
February 23, 2003
Gene Econ reports the precision rifle clinic is full too. He is maintaining a waiting list as well so contact him if you wish to be put on it.
February 22, 2003
In the largest rush of entries I have every received in one week (nine) Sunday is now full. Future entries for Sunday will be held and those people will be put on the waiting list. Usually about two or three people end up canceling for some reason or another.
There are 17 slots open on Friday.
February 15, 2003
There are 20 slots open on Friday and 8 on Sunday. I had a nice chat with a lady (Crystal) from the ATF this week. She plans to arrange for her inspection of the explosives magazine on May 1st or 2nd this year -- either during setup or the actual Boomer Shoot event. That will save me an extra trip out to the field and she won't have to work on a weekend. Plus she will get to see a few Boomers go off.
February 7, 2003
There are 23 slots open on Friday and 11 on Sunday. There are at least three other slots on Sunday that people say they are going to claim so get your entries in soon.
February 4, 2003
There are 23 slots open on Friday and 14 on Sunday. Eugene Econ reports there are only 4 slots open for the clinic on Saturday.
The caterer has confirmed for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday lunch.
January 17, 2003
There are 24 slots open on Friday and 18 on Sunday.
I may have the 1 Liter container problem solved. But if people want to bring containers to the event I'll pay $0.25 each for them. Up to a total of 200 containers. These must be the rectangular 1 L or 1 Qt foil lined soy/rice/whatever containers like the large one in this picture.
January 9, 2003
There are 25 slots open on Friday and 19 on Sunday.
I have all the Titanium I need for the fireballs. I'm a bit behind on the 1 Liter containers.
December 16, 2002
There are 26 slots open on Friday and 20 on Sunday.
December 12, 2002
Ry and I did some more tests on the mixtures/configuration for the 'special' targets. Ry video taped it and then digitized it for me. Here are the results, click on each of the pictures to view the video for each test:
Five out of five worked properly. We were so thrilled. I think you will be too.
December 7, 2002
Entries are coming in. Sunday is a little over 25% full and Friday is a little over 10% full. I hear slots are filling up for the clinic too.
November 26, 2002
The precision rifle clinic bulletin is now posted. Sign up soon -- this fills up every year!
September 15, 2002
I just got confirmation that there will be a Precision Rifle Clinic this year. Details will be posted soon.
September 14, 2002
I have the target distribution figured out. I have the new prices figured out. I have the helpers scheduled. I have sent a query to Eugene Econ to see if he will be available for another precision rifle clinic. I probably will know within a couple days.
Everything is a go.