Port Clinton, Ohio -
If there's one thing you can count on during NRA's National Rifle & Pistol Championships in Camp Perry, it's the heat. Smack dab in the middle of summer, right on the shores of Lake Erie with nothing but open skies all but guarantees that some will suffer during this those humid days on the range. Just not the smallbore folks from the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.
"This is our first time out here," said Bruce Bill, parent of a New York shooter. "We knew it was going to be hot."
So what did Bruce do to prepare the troops? He built a portable air conditioner, of course.
"It's not my original idea," claimed Bill. "There were YouTube videos on how to build them. I just adapted my own idea. Something fun to do and pretty handy too."
A couple of keystrokes on the Googleand sure enough ... there they are. Plenty of examples on how anyone can turn a couple of bucks into a few hours of cool breeze enhanced relaxation.
"It's basically a camp cooler full of ice," Bill explained. "I used a deep cycle marine battery for 12 volt power and a 10 watt inverter to plug in a 120 watt fan. It sucks the air in, blows it across a cooler full of ice. It comes out a vent with a deflector so you have a portable air conditioning."
Now we have no idea how well this truly works, or any potential problems should you misalign a wire or two, but for a few seconds I was able to try out the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association's portable air conditioner — it was magical.
Now I'm not sure if we're going to see the same sort of technology during High Power, but there's always hope.