On Sept 21-22, 2019, many of the key figures in the early days of Practical Shooting reunited for a weekend of shooting and socializing. The event was hosted by Bill and Joyce Wilson at the Circle WC Ranch. Part one of this blog post series has more details about the event and who attended.
As part of the event we shot a four stage match built from courses of fire from the pre-1985 days of practical shooting. One of them was called the “Los Alamitos Pistol Course”. The match was shot from open carry, with everyone shooting 1911 pistols from holsters in common use prior to 1985.
Type: PAR time standard exercise
Targets: 3 standard IDPA silhouettes spaced 1 yard apart edge to edge
Scoring: 5 points, 4 points and 3 points. Complete misses and/or overtime shots are -5 points each
Possible score: 210 points (42 rounds)
Stage 1: 7 yards. Draw and fire 2 rounds on T1 (left target), repeat on T2 (center target), repeat on T3 (right target). 2.5 second time limit per string
Stage 2: 7 yards. Draw and fire 2 rounds on each target (T1-T3). 5 second time limit
Stage 3: 7 yards. Draw and fire 2 rounds on each target (T1-T3) using the strong hand ONLY. 7 second time limit
Stage 4: 10 yards. Begin with 6 rounds ONLY in the pistol. Draw and fire 2 rounds on each target (T1-T3), mandatory slide lock re-load and re-engage with 2 rounds on each target (T1-T3). 14 second time limit
Stage 5: 20 yards. Shooter starts behind a barricade, on signal draw and engage T3 – T1 with 2 rounds each from the right side of the barricade. 10 second time limit
Stage 6: 20 yards. Shooter starts behind a barricade, on signal draw and engage T1 – T3 with 2 rounds each from the left side of the barricade. 10 second time limit
Calculating Drill Difficulty
Given the high level of skill among those that attended, this course, like the other 3 events, became a contest of who could drop the least points. The par times for each stage were roughly 2x the time a current-era GM level shooter using competition equipment could complete the string.