Operation X

Samson Manufacturing initiated their Operation X program this fall.  In a nutshell, it is a program designed to get product feedback from people in the field.  A corollary to this is the widespread non-traditional media exposure that can be generated for the Samson product lines.  It is a creative approach to marketing, and a way to Samson to gain broader market penetration as well as pull in a lot of user feedback early in the product lifecycle.

Here is the announcement describing the program.


When the application period for this program opened, I thought I would throw my name in the hat and see what happened.  The selection announcement for the Operation X program was made today.  Much to my surprise, I found my name on the list as a selectee.

Over the course of the program (or for however long I can convince them that I am worthy) I will have the honor of participating.  You can expect to hear a lot more about the program and Samson products during the coming months.  There are a lot of well known and established individuals from the shooting world that have been selected as part of the program, and I am honored to be part of the Operation X team along with them.

Stay tuned, this should be a lot of fun.

What a great way to start the year!

Out With The Old and In with The New

As 2014 closes out, it seems like everyone has their own version of accomplishments through the year.  The H5 team had a lot that took place during the course of 2014 and while achieving many goals we still fell a little short in other areas.  I will highlight a few in both categories here.


  1. Another black belt added to the team.  Daughter #1 (DNO) achieved her first black belt in November.  It was a long multi-year journey and is quite the achievement.
  2. DNO completed a solid second season as a member of an equestrian drill team and made significant progress in her horsemanship.
  3. DNO also picked up 3 gun this year.  Competing at the Generation 3, and Brownell’s Lady 3 Gun matches this year.
  4. We threw some 3 gun training into the mix with a Lady 3 Gun event in Ohio for DNO, and Laura.  Then added another 3 gun tuning session to the mix while we were at the Thunder Games in RockCastle.
  5. Competed at the 3GN Midwest Regionals, and learned a ton from the event and my squad.  Followed that up with the 22lr event during Thunder Week, and the Brownell’s Pro Am the following weekend.
  6. To close out the year, we added another horse to the stable.  At some point we might need to trim down our hobbies.

Unachieved Goals

  1. Improve USPSA classification.  Fell short on this one.  While there was improvement, if you don’t put in the practice effort you don’t improve dramatically.
  2. Top 25 Pro-Am finish.  Fell short here also.  It was a pretty ambitious goal.  But having the family along for the match, and trying to stay focused was a challenge.  As a result I really “bombed” two stages that hurt my overall performance.  Best stage finish was 37th, so while I wasn’t close to achieving the goal I think it is attainable.
  3. More matches.  I found out that I did not commit early enough in the fall of 2013 to make the more match function a reality in 2014.  Well, I am “all in” for 2015 and looking forward to a busy schedule both locally and regionally.
  4. Weight Loss, Fitness, Flexibility.  Age takes a toll, and I did not have as much success combating my nemesis during the year.  This year it is a priority, and a foundation for being able to achieve (and survive) some of my other goals.

As we close out the year here at H5, I think that we had success and progress as a family and a team that outweighs the individual goal failures.  It certainly was not a bad year and next year will be even better.

With that in mind, let’s close out 2014 with Patrick Kelly.  The man with the musical rifle.



2015 Schedule

The 2015 schedule is beginning to firm up.  I still need to make some decisions, balance commitments, and not over commit on the budget front but things are looking pretty good right now.  The current plan (subject to change of course) looks like this.

  • 3Gun Nation South West Regionals – March
  • X-Treme Bullets 2015 Texas 3Gun Championship – April (tentative)
  • 3Gun Nation Southern Regionals – May
  • Polo 3Gun – June
  • 3Gun Nation Mid-Atlantic Regionals – June
  • War Sport Team Challenge – July (tentative)
  • 3Gun Nation Eastern Regionals – Aug
  • Brownell’s Pro – Am – Aug (tentative)
  • Area 5 USPSA Event – Aug (tentative)
  • Generation 3Gun – September (tentative)
  • Polo 3Gun – October

I will throw in club level events where they fit but, this schedule by itself is pretty much an “all in” proposition.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone at these events.  I am open to suggestions for alternate matches, or if you are just looking for another friendly face to join your match send me an invite.


Well, I finally have some time to get things on the site revamped and caught up.  So pardon the dust here as I work through a bunch of stuff.

What you can look for in the immediate future:

  1. An all new look and feel to the site.  I am actually pretty excited about what I have planned here.  I hope you will all like it too.
  2. Catch up.  The H5 crew was actually pretty active over the last several months and there is a lot to update you on from training to 3Gun to Martial Arts.
  3. Video.  I will admit it now, our video production from matches was not as prolific as I would have liked.  But there is some footage and I am will be working through that and will get that up here soon.

I hope that you like the changes that you are coming.  Let me know if you have some suggestions.

Happy Birthday – 239 Years

Happy Birthday to our Corps.  From the yardarms of the Revolutionary War through to current operations around the globe our Corps has served this country.  Today we mark our 239 birthday.  From humble beginnings in a small tavern in Philadelphia, to today’s active duty force of almost 200,000 our Corps has been the leading expeditionary edge for this nation’s interests.

As is customary, a couple of video celebrations for your viewing pleasure:

And the Commandant’s message