Last High Power Silhouette Match at Chabot Today

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  1. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Today is the last match ever at Chabot Gun Club. The locals that recently bought their McMansions in the hills have succeeded in getting it closed down completely. We've lost 2 of 5 ranges in the area and the only one with more than 100yrds on tap. For 11 million people the only option to shoot more than 100yrds is now to drive for at least 2 hours. But, I digress.

    I'll be shooting the final match at Chabot today. In honor of it being the last match ever that will be held there I'll be shooting in 3 classes. Coach and I are bringing the Sharps .45-70's and some 550gn flying telephone poles. We're going to break each and every target. If it's to be the last match, we mean to say it's going to be the last damned match.

    Match starts at 10am at Chabot Gun Club on Redwood Rd. in Castro Valley, CA. If you can possibly attend, even just to watch a bit, please do.

    When the match is over I'm going to be pulling back all the targets that Coach and I have set up there over the years.

    This is a 200m high power metallic silhouette match. If you want to shoot, plan on it costing about 12 bucks per class and needing 40 rounds for score and some for practice. No booze or dope until after the match please.

    To find me, look for the bright green soylent shirt or the bright red hoodie. Both will have a camo ball cap associated.
  2. Barry Hedrick Member

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    Good luck today
  3. Keith Moderator

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    Good luck! Sorry to hear about the range closing.
  4. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    It was a good match, huge attendance for the facility. Normally we'd run 3-4 relays, around Thanksgiving we'd see 6-7 relays. This time we had 12 and had to cut off some folks from competing in multiple relays just so everyone that showed up could shoot and compete. It was a very low scoring match, nobody was there to win. I tied for 2nd in a 4 way tie which had been a 5 way tie for first until the shoot off gave us a single winner for my class. It was a super fun match with everyone there just there for fun. Really relaxed vibe despite it still being a match.

    At the end we had a little send-off. We set up my coach's 1" canon with an extra stout charge and, picking the best song I had on hand for the occasion, I played Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" over the PA as everyone gathered for the salute. The canon shot went off and we all parted ways knowing that about half of us will never see the other half again.

    On the upside we're working on setting up 2 more full size 500m silhouette courses relatively close by. One we're trying to finish the setup of is 90 miles away and the other is about 60 miles away. That's a lot further than the 30 miles for Chabot but it's a hell of a lot closer than the 200 miles to Avenal.

    I got a feces-ton of pics and videos, especially of me getting whipped by the Sharps .45-70. My coach pulled back his target and I pulled back mine (we each donated a steel target for use as long as the club could use them), a 12x20" torso silhouette. I'll be using mine to set up a hostage target for the Long Range Precision match at Avenal. I'm thinking 650m shot with a 8" plate over the shoulder of the silhouette. Hit the silhouette, kill the hostage, lose a point.
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    Most of them aren't fat and a fair number are not white, so much with that stereotype. I'm behind the camera.

    This is the pic of the last group of silhouette shooters ever to grace Chabot Gun Club. This was just the people that went to help tear down targets and put everything away one last time. Usually there's 2 of us down there doing that.
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  6. Keith Moderator

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    I'm glad it was a good time but still a damn shame. The range at our VFW has been getting some flak from the neighbors (most of whom moved there well after the range was established). I really hate the mentality these people have. "You're disturbing MY rights and peace and quite in MY home". But the hell with YOUR rights and the fact that you were the BEFORE they were and the range was far from being a secret of any kind.

    More and more I want 100 plus acres somewhere to plant my house right in the middle of and to hell with the rest of the world...
  7. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    ^^^ ditto. In the worst way. I grew up in the landing flight path for a US Air Force combined SAC/TAC base. We had F4's buzzing the house ever 15 minutes for 20 years. KC-135's an KC-10's buzzing the house every few hours. The occasional SR-71 burning in for an air show. Then there was the MOA (military operations area) just to the south of us where the pilots doing training would go and bust Mach1 just before dropping a bomb. The house was always rumbling and shaking. We didn't bitch and moan. I took it as, "I'm one saved dude with all this military around me."

    I bought my house a mile from the local range as the crow flies. I hear gunfire from 10am to dusk every day, though it's the low popping sound of shotguns since the rifle range has very effective sound damping features. My wife doesn't gripe, kids and neighbors don't gripe. What we all hear seems to be the sound of freedom a sound which has dibbs on location choice.

    The case of Chabot was worse. 1 parks dept employee found out there was a range and decided "his park" shouldn't be polluted with a "gun range" and started agitating. He got a couple homeowners that had recently bought their house to claim they could hear gunfire, they can't... never could, and then made a story about lead contamination of Lake Chabot. Testing showed (and this is funny) exactly zero detectable dissolved lead in the lake, despite 70 years of fishing going on there and 50 years of shooting going on at the top of the hill. We pointed out that the realtor that failed to disclose was the responsible party to the local homeowners if they didn't know there was a range nearby. The parks dept insisted on referring to the lead contamination as a real thing despite multiple independent labs showing zero contamination. Eventually they tried to get the personal information of every member of the range and to have the range make concessions that would have cost millions for no reason. They (EBPRD) then suddenly terminated the lease, discontinued the discussion and issued a notice of eviction to CGC. CGC only operated the range for EBPRD and since they have to leave in 30 days, this weekend became very suddenly the last weekend. We're out of avenues of control or redress. It's all done and gone.
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  8. jwb47 Active Member

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    well buddy that sucks . I have a friend who is trying to buy enough ground to put in a 1000 yd private range . In Missouri you have to have the permission of every home owner in a 1 mile radius before you can install a range . he found some land and everybody agreed except one person who said he liked to shoot but didnt want a shooting range that close to his trailer :confused: So the search goes on . another issue for him is inorder to get to 1000 yds he needs to be down in the boot heel where the ground is flat enough not to obstruct your vision for the distance with the drawback most of it is tillable and that drives the price up to close to 7,000.00 per acre.
  9. Keith Moderator

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    Around here, if you want 1,000 yards, you pretty much have to shoot hill top to hill top or go East or West to where it is flatter. The longest range that I know of here is 300 yards as far as Sportsman’s Club go.
  10. jwb47 Active Member

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    I know the feeling . truth be told I could get by deer hunting with my revolver. It sucks to own 40 acres and not be able to take a shot further than 100 yds .
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