May 2, 2005
Volume 2, Number 1

Tom Vanner, who had a February birthday I missed.
Sorry Tom!

March Birthdays
Bill Green, Jr.
Donald Gundy
Selena Herzog
Bill Hohloch, Jr.
Chris Jones
William Klause
Brent LaVallee
Andy Lekarczyk
Robert Rowe
Greg Sloan
Tom Stark

April Birthdays
Dan Brown
Mike Nash
Tom Nelson
Mike Patrick
Mark Stevens

May Birthdays
Bob Campbell
Don Deminuk
Jack Francis
Kevin Moody
Lou Pasquino
David Perron
Alfred Ruppel

If you are not listed on our Birthday
List, it’s because you left your date
of birth off your membership
information. If you would like to be added, email me your information.
















I would like to thank everyone for a wonderful indoor season. As I continue to pursue any and all avenues to solicit more members, I need to mention many observations.

As this season started, it was unclear if we could maintain the MPCPA. We entered the year with several new board members. Since that time, I have observed a tremendous amount of camaraderie amongst the board members. Additionally, I have noticed the same with all the PPC shooters at the various matches, over the past few months.

I think back to when I was new at this. Ken Ball, “Doc” Wooster, Joe Dolyzinski, Chuck Conlen and I would sometimes meet for breakfast on Sunday mornings. From there, we would head north to the Flushing Rifle and Pistol Club, shoot their league and stop by the Fenton Lakes Club on the way home and shoot there. What I miss most these days is the camaraderie like we, as PPC shooters, had back then. I know there are many shooters out there shooting with their buddies and having a great time. We need to keep inviting each other along!

Over the past few months, it appears to me, we have come together as a PPC family. We still need to work hard in our effort to recruit new shooters but it is great seeing shooters traveling to the matches in numbers! Please keep up the great work as we head into the summer.

I look forward to shooting with as many of you as possible this summer. It is going to be a crazy one for me, but I will try to make all the matches. I hope you do, too!



I have just a couple of issues to bring to you for this newsletter. If there is anyone out there who would still like to join MPCPA and you have posted scores from the beginning of the indoor season, you can do that.Or if you have heard anyone wondering if they can still join, please let them know they can. Our very, very nice stat officer, Bill Green, has offered to go back and look up your scores for you.

Also, we would like to start a FOR SALE column in our newsletter.So if you have anything you want to sell, not just gun stuff, e-mail myself or Milt Williams. We will put it in the next newsletter. I know there are some new PPC shooters out there that are looking to buy guns and equipment.

Also I would like to thank Margie Hamway for the wonderful new MPCPA Banner she made. It’s really classy. THANK YOU Margie for your hard work.



Bruce Burton has kindly set-up an outdoor PPC clinic at Fenton Lakes, May 21, 2005, 8-4. If you are interested in the outdoor season, this would be a great opportunity to learn from some of the best.

Please see the match dates posted at www.mpcpa.org.


For the first time, the MPCPA Indoor State Championships were held as a stand alone match. Could you believe it??? The darn snow fell! Only in Michigan, don’t ya know? We drew 70 shooters, which was great. If the weather would have cooperated, I am sure we would have had 100. Maybe next year.
Yours truly won. Everyone has been congratulating me on my shooting. It wasn’t that I shot so well, all the great shooters shot poorly!!!
The MPCPA would like to thank Mike Patrick from Michigan Ammo for donating the Remington shotgun!! Larry’s card was drawn at the end of the match on Sunday. Thanks to Mike for the donation and Larry thank you for shooting!!

Larry Snyder won the Remington shotgun (gotta love that grin!).
THANKS A MILLION to all that participated and those that thought about coming but fell victim to the snow.


As the 50 yard line quickly approaches, I want to invite everyone outside. Please try to shoot a match or two this summer. Remember, the outdoor shootin’ makes for better indoor shootin’


Shootin' Tip

We are trying to include a shooting tip in each newsletter. The following contribution was from Marty Owczarek.

This may come as a surprise to some shooters, but watching your sights while firing a handgun usually results in the best possible scores. One of the most effective ways of seeing your sights is to enhance them in such a way that allows you to contrast them from the target you are firing at.

Over the years this has been accomplished in several ways. A bead at the end of a barrel, peep sights and, more recently, brightly colored sights made of plastic in a florescent orange or yellow. There are even sights designed to glow in the dark for night time shooting. Any strategy used that reminds you to focus on the sights could be beneficial to the shooter.

PPC style of competition is always fired under lighted conditions and at a silhouette target. It has been found that darkening the sights has afforded the shooter with the best possible view of the sights. One of the most common ways to darken the sights is by smoking them. This is accomplished by “burning” calcium carbide with a gadget called a smoker. A small amount of calcium carbide is placed in the reservoir of the smoker and a few drops of water are added to it. This combination forms a flammable gas that is lit with a striker and produces a flame that gives off a substantial amount of black soot or “smoke”. The smoke is put on the front and rear sights of a handgun making them very visible on the lighter background of a target.

Since a smoker produces a flame with the smoke, this method can only be used on metal sights. Plastic sights would quickly become a blob on the end of your gun making it fairly difficult to shoot.

Regular maintenance of your smoker will keep it working in top shape. Have a stainless steel brush dedicated to the smoker for periodic cleaning. Using one of the narrow bristles of the brush to clean out the fire port of the smoker head will allow the gas to flow freely for burning. An old pocket knife could be used to clean out the reservoir after the carbide is dissolved. Replacing the flint is occasionally needed but make sure you get the proper sized diameter.

Other methods of darkening the sights are with a spray residue in an aerosol can. These are convenient and don’t require the calcium carbide, water and the obvious dangers of a flame. However, the film that calcium carbide puts on the sights is thinner and less reflective. Most PPC shooters prefer the smoker style of sight blackening.

Smokers are available in a variety of forms from shop-made locally to old coal miner lamps. One of the best on the market now is the Ray-Vin Smoker. These cost about $32 and can be found at www.ray-vin.com/fsmoker. Carbide can be purchased from MPCPA Stat Officer, Bill Green, at a very reasonable price. Just drop him an email to make arrangements.

One of the keys to accurate shooting is to watch your sights. And, smoking your sights will definitely help you see what you’re watching.

Hey! How about a little Friday evening PPC with the chowhounds at Fenton Lakes?? Sounds like the guys are having a great time shootin’ and eatin’ (probably more eatin’ than shootin’)

Fenton Lakes recently paid honors to one of the hardest working PPC shooters I have ever seen, John Yoshida.

Congratulations from all of your PPC shootin’ buddies!!!!!!!

Till the next time………………..Keep on shootin’!