Batman’s First Pistol Match

Today there was a combat pistol match at our local range. My son Bat has been telling me he would like to try a match so we loaded up his Wilson Combat BATMANn pistol, braved the rain and headed out this morning

Honestly, I’d forgotten how much I like to shoot the local matches. Its not so much of a “Hey, your foot was on the line!” kind of a match. Mostly, friends getting together and having fun; some that I had not seen in a while. All shooters should support their local clubs, especially the smaller ones. You’ll meet good folks – other shooters in your community – and have a great time.

But, back to the point of the post. I was proud of Bat. Most importantly he was safe! He also hit all 72 targets and only one good guy. (In Bat’s defense, the good guy was standing way too close to the bad guy:) Afterwards, Bat said, “When is the next one? I want to do that again!”

Going back to the notion of shooting at your local range, the range officers were great to coach Bat along and the other competitors were patient with the “new” shooter on the line. This is something you may not run across with the larger clubs. Another reason to give the smaller clubs some attention.

On the 20 minute ride home, all Bat wanted to talk about was the match – not his basketball game later in the day. Take a kid shooting – you will both smile the rest of the day!

In a soon to come issue of Shooting Illustrated magazine you can learn about the custom 1911 Wilson Combat created for Bat, but more specifically for new shooters and shooters with smaller hands.



About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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2 Responses to Batman’s First Pistol Match

  1. rambowmikeoutdoors says:

    Thats a really nice handgun by Wilson… Love the Batman logo.

  2. JD Lawson says:

    Good Job Bat! Glad to see you enjoying shooting sports.

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