Toz 35 Box Key

Submitted by John Bickar on Tue, 07/12/2011 - 08:12

Any idea how hard it is to even find a picture of one of these on the Interwebs?

(Download the 600dpi TIFF if you want a high-res version suitable for reproducing the key.)

photo of a ruler, Toz key, and a shiny nickel

Rapid Fire Audio Files

Submitted by John Bickar on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 07:13

I created these audio files a number of years ago for mental rehearsal. The shot splits break down as follows:

There is also a 3-minute preparation period and a complete half course, and a visual aid for dry firing.

(Per the licensing of the content of this site, permission to [re]use this content with attribution is granted.)

Sight Pictures

Submitted by John Bickar on Wed, 08/25/2010 - 21:46

I searched the Google for pics like these and couldn't find them anywhere, so I thought I would post some that I created of center hold and sub-six hold. Permission to link with attribution.

Center hold:

image of a center hold pistol sight picture

Sub-six hold:

image of a sub-six hold pistol sight picture

USAS Posts Match History Dating Back to 2001

Submitted by John Bickar on Thu, 01/21/2010 - 22:17

I just discovered this feature this week, but USA Shooting has made 9 years' worth of members' match results available via their website.

If you go to and click the "Login" link in the left sidebar, you get to your member login area (you may have to register and/or login again). Once you're logged in to the RailStation interface, click on "Match History" in the left sidebar and you can see the results of every USAS match you've shot since 2001!

screenshot of match history page

How cool is that?

Quality Cast

Submitted by John Bickar on Fri, 02/06/2009 - 21:38

Update, February 2020: Quality Cast is no more; go buy bullets from Bob's Bullets if you are looking for good lead cast bullets.

line drawing of 200gr .45 caliber lead bullet

Just built a website for some friends of mine:

Good bullets, good people. I shoot their 200s at the long line and their 160s at the short line.

The World's Most Insignificant Case of M1 Thumb

Submitted by John Bickar on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 17:23

Today, I learned a valuable lesson, very cheaply. I'm sporting what is probably the tiniest case ever of the infamous Garand Thumb.

A very minor owie

(Can you even see the tiny blood blister in the center? I thought not.)

California AP State Championships Writeup

Submitted by John Bickar on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 22:37

Writeup attached. A good time was had by all.

Pardini Grip Angle Change

Submitted by John Bickar on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 11:36

I bought a Pardini SP New Rapid Fire pistol this past September as an upgrade from the Walther GSP I was using. The GSP worked, I had pushed into the high 570s with it, but it was time for a dedicated .22LR RF pistol.

After I did all the initial setup that you normally do with a new pistol, I determined that the grip angle was still too severe. I had the grip cut to fit my hand just fine, but when I lifted the gun, the front sight was way above the rear notch.

I decided to go the route of changing the angle of the inlet, rather than reconstructing the entire grip from the outside. What follows is how I accomplished that.

8m Air Pistol Target

Submitted by John Bickar on Sat, 12/15/2007 - 17:47

Who shoots air pistol at 8 meters?

I do.

Single, four-by, and four-by-on-letter-size targets attached.