Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Shooters News for the MN Area - Apr 22, 2014

Rifle matches Eau Claire - Apr 26-27

It's time for a road trip to Wisconsin.  Traditionally the first major Rifle Matches of the season have been held at the Eau Claire National Rifle Club.  This year is no exception.  Saturday Apr 26 ECNRC will kick off the season by hosting a Mid Range Prone shooting match that will be shot from their 600 yd line. Each of the four 20 shot matches to be fired will allow 2 sighter shots, so bring at least 88 rds (and a few extra).  The first two matches are to be fired with "Any Rifle, Any Sights)" (NRA rules), and the last two matches are "Any Rifle, Iron sights" for sling shooters.  F class shooters will fire all 4 matches under the Belly Benchrest rules.
Click Here for Match and Entry info
On Sunday, Apr 27 the actions switches to Over the Course matches, where shooters will shoot a Standing match from the 200 yd line, a Sitting and Prone Rapid fire match also from the short yd lines, and finish out the day with a 20 shot prone match again from the 600 yd line.
Mail Entries to: Jim Melville 4532 160th, St Chippewa Falls, WI. 54729
For Match Info: Phone 715-450-6463     E-Mail
(prefer E-Mail contact for match info)

Service Rifle shooters take note -- The first, all important, EIC "Leg Match", will take place at GRRC on Sunday May 4th. If you want to earn points toward the Life Time award of a Distinguished Rifleman's badge, you need to shoot in Leg matches.  Those that aspire to this lofty goal can practice their skills Saturday May 3 at GRRC in the Bob Hall Memorial OTC warm-up match.
  Click Here for Match entry and info

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Shooters News for the Minn Area -- April 12, 2014

It's Time !
Yup, it's time to think spring and the 2014 Highpower shooting season. 
It's time to dig out one of those neglected older service rifles sitting in the back of your gun safe and get out to the range for a little trigger pulling. 

Next Saturday  --April 19-- GRRC will host one of those CMP Military Rifle Matches
that are great for the beginning shooter and anyone that just likes to have some fun and a little practice shooting a easy Rifle match.  CMP course A will be used:
CMP course A at 200yds:
Prone Slow Fire 5 sighters, 10 record shots in a time limit of 15 minutes.
Standing to prone Rapid Fire, 10 shots in a time limit of 80
Standing Slow Fire, 10 shots, single loaded in a time limit of 10 minutes.
 This match will be over about noon and be followed by a "sniper match"
 For match entry Info -- Click Here

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Upcoming Mid Range prone and F-Class mattch at Red Wing (NorthStar Rifle Club)

From Capt. Bob

Greetings HP shooters:
Attached is your program for a 2 day (May 4,5)  MRP and F CLASS NRA approved shootin' contest at North Star.  Our first weekend of May match has been frozen, rained or snowed out the last 3 years so we think it's time to have a dandy weekend for a change.  In the event of another bad weather weekend I'll have a notice out by 9PM the Thursday prior.  But for now plan on shooting a belly match. I'll be there by about 1400 Fri. to open the gate for campers.
Click Here for Match Bulletin

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Shooters News for the Minn Area -- Sept 18, 2013

From: George Minerich,  MRRA President
"Hi All:
In an effort to increase International Small Bore shooting I have come up with a revised match format for the last match small bore of the summer season.  Saturday, September 28, 2013 we will shoot a 3 X 20 3-Position match starting at 9AM.  After lunch we will feature a 600 Prone match starting at 1PM.  All targets will be shot at 50 meters on the a-50 target.  Entry fees are modest and you are welcome to shoot either one or both of the matches.  The match program is attached.
                                              Click Here for Match Program
Please note: NRA prone shooters are welcome to shoot the prone match using your existing equipment.  Seniors may use any sight for these events

This is a trial run and will be shot under NRA Authorization.  If this works out well, there we  be a couple of these matches offered in the 2014 shooting season under USA Shooting authorization using ISSF Rules.
Regards,   George Minerich

   PS:  There will not be 1600 Prone Match on Sunday, September 29, 2013.  The Boss requires that I take her on a vacation up the Northshore."

Mid Range Regional Championship at Northstar -- This weekend!
    From: Capt Bob
"Hello players:
The NRA medals for the upcoming regional arrived today.  I also got 2 more entries today bringing us up to over 30 by my count.  We have about 10-12 F class and the rest sling.  The weather looks mighty nice both days but maybe cool evenings & early morning.  North Star has about 4 picnic tables but if you have a lawn chair to use for eating & relaxing you better bring it. President May is planning on a pulled pork BBQ with salad, chips, beans? & water.  Feel free to bring your favorite adult beverage or soft drink.  For those of you in Rio Linda "beverage" is something to drink..
If you have not yet sent an entry please do so ASAP as I would like to have 90% of the squadding done Fri. night.  I will be arriving at the range by noon Fri. & the gate will be open.  I don't have cell phone or email there so email your entry by 0900 Fri.
Seeya at North Star.   
 Bob"             Click Here for Match program
 Over the Course and Leg Match
  From: Kurt Borlaug 
 "Attention HP shooters!! Kurt Borlaug is once again stumped by his computer and can't open, write or send documents via e-mail. He wants you all to know that October 5 and 6 will be a beehive of Highpower events at GRRC.
  Saturday the 5th will be the Bob Hall make up. 80 shots, BUT!!!! as this is an unapproved match you will be allowed to stand prior to rapids. Why is that of interest? Because we'll have an EIC Leg match on Sunday! 9am start both days, squadding by 8:30 and pits seal at 8:45.
Fees are $15 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday.

  Thanks, Kurt"       Click Here for Match program 


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Shooters News for the Minn Area -  Sept. 10, 2013 

 The Week Ahead
  Mpls. Rifle Club is once again the focus of the shooting community this weekend. Mark Rohmann and his Highpower crew has another great weekend of shooting lined up for Over The Course shooters starting off with a 100 shot OTC match on Saturday Sept 14.  The first two matches of the day will be the Standing match ( 20 shots offhand) and the Sitting Rapid Fire match (two strings of 10 shots, each fired in 60 sec).  These matches are fired from the MRC's shade covered 200 yd line. Shooters then move back to the 300 yd line for the Prone Rapid fire match, and then two 20 shot Prone Slow fire matches.  That's right, you get to double up on prone slow fire and we all need more practice at that. 
 Then after the match, the MRC guys will host another of their great Barbeque throwdowns for all the shooters.
    Click Here for Saturday match bulletin -- Let them know you are coming

  Stand on your hind legs and shoot like a Man. 

The Minnesota State Offhand Championship will be fired Sunday, Sept 15th, at MRC. Competitors will fire 5 matches of 20 shots Standing to determine who will be the 2013 State Offhand Champion. With it's covered and somewhat sheltered 200 yd line, MRC is the perfect place to shoot Standing matches.  Click Here for match Bulletin

Last Weekend
9/11 Memorial mid range Championships at NWGC

From Eric Rhode
Hi Jim,
....Wick asked me to email you a pic of the 
results board from this weekend. Was another good weekend to shoot at 
Northwestern. Hot & steamy on Saturday and cold and windy on Sunday. The wind 
wasn't worth much as per usual at NWGC, and some good scores were put up.  As you 
can see from the board, Stacy showed us all why he's "the man" when it comes to 
prone shooting. 
Later, Erik                  Click Pic to enlarge

Top Shooters: 
Eric Hazelton - Jr Champ 1567-56X 
Omer Hamer - Grand Sr 1556-59X 
Steve Knutson MN State Champ - 1594 - 93X 
Stacy Tamulianus Match Winner-NonRes 1598-100X 
Dale Wickstrom Sr 1548-57X

From Jim Fernandez:
 State midrange (sling) Championship held in Northwestern gun club, Duluth
Mn. Weather was good, Mosquitos were down, 25 shooters attended including
3 junior shooters, Thanks to  Chris Hazelton for bringing them and helping
them. State champion Steve Knutson, Match winner Stacy Tamuilins, Grand
Senior  Champlon Ormer hammer, Senior Champion Dale Wickstrom, Junior
Champion Erick Hazetton.
Thanks For Coming -- Jim Fernandez   

Good shooting conditions at NWGC and top talent again showed on the score board. After 160 shots for record, Stacey T. had fired 100 Xs, and dropped only two points. Thats right Stacey fired six of the 8 matches Clean including the last 5 matches in a row, and dropped only one pt in ea of the other two matches. Congratulations also to Steve Knutson, State Champion, just a couple pts back with another great performance and a 1594-93x score. Congrats also to Wick, Eric, Omer for their outstanding shooting at these prestigious matches.
    I see that the list of champions here is full of Sm Bore prone shooters -- take note.

More news from the F-Class world Championships -- Raton, MN  
 From Brenda LaValley: 

Note: Gary LaValley was the winner at a big 1000 yd F-class match in Wyoming this past month. I'm not familiar with the match but it must a big one -- just check out the Trophy that Gary won!!!!!! 


   Gary LaValley -- 1000yd F-cass winner


From Mark Havlik:    (Read this*!)
The link below is an article in the CMP newsletter about Tim Boyle and Mark 
Schoess. I'm surprised this hasn't made the local rounds yet. I would have sent 
it sooner but I've been a bit distracted.
  (Mark's wife has cancer and both are in our thoughts)  
Mark  H. 
Thanks Mark H. for sending that in.  It is a great story. 
Mark Schoess is indeed a great hero to all of the Minnesota shooting community.  

*Note: This newsletter and the Minnesota rifle shooting blog are going on Hiatus for the foreseeable future. All available match bulletins can be found on the MRRA web site Click Here  

Two Weeks Out
Sept 21, 22
  --  Mid Range Prone and F-class Regional at NorthStar range near Redwing, MN.
                        Click Here for match bulletin

Sept 28       --  Sm Bore Metric Prone and 3P at MRC  -- Click here for match Bullletin  
Sept 28       --   CMP Games match at MRC - no match bulletin available
Sept 28       --   Mid Range Prone at Eau Claire Rifle Club - Click Here for match bulletin
Sept 29       --   OTC matches at Eau Claire Rifle Club  -   Click Here for match bulletin
Oct 5, 6       --   Rescheduled "Bob Hall" OTC (sat), EIC Leg match on Sunday 
No match bulletin availiable  

That's all Folks


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Shooters News for the Minn Area - Sept 3, 2013

The Week Ahead

This is it --  the matches you have been waiting for are happening this weekend at Northwestern Gun Club, near Duluth. It will be two days of Mid Range Sling State Championship prone matches.  Usually known as the 9/11 Memorial matches.  These matches draw many shooters to the north woods just for the chance to shoot at such a nice rifle range. Each year shooters come from states around to compete in both 300 and 500 yd matches
at this great range on the shores of Hunter Lake.  Saturday, Sept. 7th will feature Iron sight and Scope matches from the 300 yd. line. On Sunday, Sept 8th, shooters will move back to the 500 yd line for another day of both Iron sight and Any sight matches.  So gather up 160 rds plus a bunch of sighters and come on up for a weekend of trigger pulling.  
    Click here for Match bulletin           
  500 yd shooting at NWGC

300 Meter International
Mpls. Rifle Club invites you to their monthly 300 m International match -- Sept 8th. MRC is in NW Anoka county, and has super neat electronic targets.  Check it out. 

From Brian Shiffman:  
The September Minneapolis Rifle Club 300 meter match comes early this month.  Since the 1st of the month was last Sunday, the match will be held this Sunday, September 8 in keeping with the schedule of the monthly matches held on the 2nd Sunday of the month.  There will be two relays scheduled; the first goes off at 10 AM and the second at noon.  
  Register yourself at  Read the instructions.  Pay attention as you fill in the boxes and make selections from the drop down lists.  There is room for only 14 shooters per relay.  The box at the top of the list shows the number of shooters for each relay. 
    No expanding or fragmenting bullets.  Only match or full metal jacket bullets; no muzzle brakes but flash hiders are OK.  A-Max bullets are NOT allowed. They are fine for paper but have a jacket that will fragment and shred our targets when it hits.  
  Pick your shooting class: 3-Position, Prone (sling and iron sights), Offhand (iron sights), F-Open or F-TR.  If you use optical sights then you are in one of the two F classes, depending upon caliber and type of support used.  You can shoot F-TR class with a service rifle with a scope and a sling if you choose.  F-TR is limited to .223 (5.56) or .308 caliber and may use a bipod attached to the rifle (but not a front bag or rest).  F-Open is any other caliber or rifle support.  Shooting is governed by ISSF rules except we allow NRA shooting jackets.  As a club match, we have some liberty.
   Fee is $20 for the 60 shot match; Electronic targets, so, NO PIT DUTY and the match runs quickly, 3 strings of 20 rounds in succession.  Once the command is given to start the match, each shooter is on their own to finish within the 1:35 minutes.  
  If you need to cancel or change relays you have to contact me so that I can use the magic pixie dust to delete your entry and make it available for someone else.
   If you make an error on your entry, contact me so I can correct it. 

Brian D. Shiffman

Last Weekend 
Prone and OTC matches at Eau Claire - No News


Under the banner of "Where are They Now" we get this from Rick Curtis
"Yesterday a young man named James Wendel, who had reached out to Jim Hahn only two weeks ago, came out to try competitive shooting for the first time ever. James brought along and AR-10 and a Remy 700 in .308 to try his hand at the fullbore course and under the watchful eye of past palma team member and new Arizona resident Grant Ubl, appeared to have had the time of his life. I'm fairly certain we will be seeing more of Mr. Wendel as we progress into the cooler months. Also big thanks for helping out with not only the new guy, Grant, but for your dedication to the sling and F shooters in our community since your arrival in July. This has not gone unnoticed sir and we all owe you a debt of gratitude!"

Two Weeks out
Sept 14        --  100 shot Over the Course match at Mpls Rifle Club -- Click Here for Match Bulletin                        *remember this is a match with a FREE barbeque afterwards*
Sept 15        --  Minn State Offhand St. Championship at Mpls Rifle club --  click Here for match bulletin
Sept 21, 22  --  Mid Range Prone and Fclass Regional at NorthStar range.
                        Click Here for match bulletin
From Capt. Bob:    
"Hello belly shooters:
Attached is your program for the MRP Regional at North Star Sept. 21/22.  Here are a few points for your consideration: 
1. We can accommodate 60 shooters on 3 relays or 80 on 4 relays if necessary. 
2. F CLASS is big & growing so we expect more F CLASS shooters.  However, we will limit F CLASS & Sling to 30 or 40 entries until NOON WED. SEPT. 17.  After that time we will fill spots with whatever the demand is.  So if you want to ensure a spot PUH-LEESE read the program and send advance entry.  My instinct tells me we will probably NOT exceed 3 relays but we never know. 
3.  President Mike May is planning on a BBQ after the team match Sat.  We will be requesting a $5.00 donation to help offset food cost.  Therefore I also request you include a statement with your entry that you will stay for BBQ so we know how much stuff to order.  You can pay when you eat. 
4.  It's getting dark early by late Sept. so it's important to start on time.  Your advance entry will help with that!
5.  We would like to see club vs. club teams but if you can't find guys from your club we welcome state association teams. 
6.  I don't have a full list of F class shooters so it would be nice to see you F class guys spread the word. I'll add those names to my North Star DB for future reference. 

Call me 507-744-5200 or email if you have questions.eeya in Sept.     Bob"

That's All Folks

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Shooters News for the Minn Area - Aug 5, 2013

The Week Ahead 

From La Crosse to Eau Claire, the action stays in Wisconsin this coming weekend. After practicing up last weekend at the La Crosse Rifle club mid range matches, traveling shooters will again be heading east for this weekends Mid Range and Over the Course matches at the Eau Claire Rifle Club.  Both Saturday and Sunday (Aug 31, Sept 1) shooters will have opportunity to fire 4 prone matches of 20 shots ea. from the 600 yd line at the Eau Claire Rifle Club's shooting facility a little north of town on the banks of the river.  Click here for Match bulletin
  Over the Course shooters get their chance on Monday, Sept 2.  Two Service Rifle matches are on tap for folks to enjoy.  First off is an John C. Garand match in the morning. Competitors will fire CMP course B from the 200 yd line -- a 50 shot match with prone slow fire first.  Click Here for Match bulletin. 
 Then after lunch it will be time to uncase those beautiful M1A rifles and fire  "CMP Course B at 300yds" on the SR3 target. This should be a great day. Don't miss the chance to get out and exercise those older service rifles.  Click here for M1A match bulletin

  Reminder: Its time to get those entry's sent in for the 9//11 Mid Range matches (Sept 7-8) at NorthWestern Gun Club . These great prone matches (sling shooters State Championship) are only a week and a half away.  These matches are always well attended.  Don't miss out. Click here for match bulletin.

300 meter International
Mpls Rifle club hosts another in the summer series of 300m matches Next weekend - Sept 8th.

Last Weekend 
Congratulations to Larry Sawyer -- the Minnesota State Prone Champion with Small Bore rifles. 

  State Champion Larry Sawyer

  We were all glad to be shooting from shaded firing positions this weekend at the Minn State Sm Bore Prone Championships.  It was hot. The competition was great, but it was hot.  Thanks to George Minerich we had a couple fans to keep the air moving in the MRC sm bore shooting house.  With a cool drink in between targets, it was even pleasant. I would not have wanted to be out in the sun shooting all day.  Thanks again to George for running a great Championship -- as he always does.

    While we glad to have the air moving in the shooting house, we could have used a little less wind between us and the targets.  With an 15 mph average wind from the left, and gusts to 23 mph, there was enough wind for everybody.

    We started off Saturday's Iron Sight matches with Junior shooter, Eric Hazleton firing a clean score with half Xs winning the first match. The second match saw the wind at full bore and switching 180 deg every few seconds.  Larry Sawyer found a good shooting window, stuck to it, and won the DeWar match going away, and gaining good lead on the field. Emily Quniar held steady for 2nd with a solid 396-23x. In the 100 yd match it was Erick Hazleton who was the most patient with the reversals and gusts, dropping only 7 pts to take that win and take point from Larry Sawyer's lead Young Eric followed his disciplined shooting plan of mostly watching the wind and waiting for the opportunity to use good technique at the right time and won the match. By this time, I had found out that I hadn't shot all my bad shots last weekend and I was fading fast from the leader board. In the last match, the 50m match, Emily Q. made a run for the lead as she and Stacey Tamulinas traded 10s and Xs, shot for shot, untill Emily pulled ahead for tough win in tough conditions. In the end, Iron Sight day at the prone champs went to Larry Sawyer who fired a 1583 with and amazing 100 Xs.

Elmer M, Lori H, Madeline D, and Larry S.

 Day two at the prone champs saw many shooters switch to scopes as this was Any Sight day.  Most of the juniors and Emily Q., former NCAA competitor were content to contest the matches with Iron Sights only.
    No quarter was given in the first match at 50 yds.  Larry, Emily and Stacey T. all fired clean scores with Stacey a couple Xs ahead.  Stacey, 6 pts behind the leader
in the weekends aggreate score, and Emily, 3 pts back were not ready to give up yet.  Stacey made his run in the Dewar match, again shooting clean for the 40 shots, in the gusty wind to pull back 3 pts on Larry S..  In the 100 yd match Larry padded his lead by one pt. by scoring 398 while Eric, Stacey, and Emily scored "only" 397s and a pile of Xs.  Larry's 399 in the 50 m match was a winner by a point, but not good enough to win the day's Any sight Championship.   Stacey's steady shooting (1595-119x)  gains him First place for the day, with Larry back a few Xs. 
   Adding up the weekends aggregate, the congratulations go to Emily Q for a well deserved 2rd place, and to Stacey T. for a hard earned 3rd over all for the weekend.  Top Junior prone shooter is Eric Hazleton, who continues his race to the Master Class. Congrats to Elmer Miller, a Grand Senior and new shooter who fired his new Personal Record score of 1540 on Sunday.  Elmer is definitely getting it figured out.
  Congratulations to Larry Sawyer (3178-212x) who is the 2013 Minn State Sm bore Prone Champion.     Click Here for complete results

Aug 24-25th Mid Range High power matches at LaCrosse -- no news  

More from Camp Perry

From Capt. Bob
Sorry I didn't get a report in to you sooner.  Been busy catching up after 13 fun filled days of driving & shooting.  Feel free to report the following next report if you so desire.
    I coached the US RIFLE TEAM PEASLEY in both 1000 yard team matches & the Palma team.  The shooters were Steve & Shirley Mcgee from Kansas plus Leo Cebula from Detroit & Bud Solis from Seattle.  The team shot Palma rifles all the way.  Steve has been suffering some bad back pain so was a couple points off his normal outstanding scores. The team shot a ho hum 782X27 in the Roumanian team with over half the points lost to coaching error. I hate it when that happens! This score would have been good enough to break the  senior metallic sight team record of 779 but for the Pete Church team shooting a 790!  Next day in the Herrick match we picked it to a 790X31 good enough for 3rd among the teams shooting Palma rifles.  The team posted a 1772X59 in the Palma team match (450 each shooter).  This was high civilian team, high senior team and 2nd overall. We got beat by only the pros from the US Army who averaged about 35 years younger!  Here is the link to Palma team scores. 
 We showed up at US RIFLE TEAM MCGEE because the real captain (me) forgot to write RIFLE TEAM PEASLEY on the card.  Over half the 28 points lost were coaching errors again.  But if they will have me I'll do better next year including the team name!   

From Rick Curtis
Need a good inexpensive digital caliper for your bench? If so this weeks Did you Know may be of some assistance. Last month I was in Harbor Freight looking for some polishing materials and spotted a whole shelf of these calipers. (see attached picture) At the time they were marked down to $15 bucks so I thought what the heck. When I got it home and opened the box I was surprised to find a very well made instrument. The fit in the slide area is very tight and it comes with a spare battery. I now use it for all my reloading related needs. The even better news is that yesterday I received my September Rifleman and there on page 20 something is a Harbor Freight add with a coupon for this caliper that knocks the price down to just $10 bucks. So if you need a spare for the bench or one for the range box you just can't go wrong for very little money. 

Thanks Rick for that tip, and tks for sending us results from the World F-class matches in Raton, NM

Also from Rick Curtis 
Shooters, attached is the aforementioned results, congratulations to Bob Meade on winning the this day in F-open    Click Here for Fclass World Day 1 results

I think I see Minn's own Rick Sievers on that list,  there are probably more. Maybe one or our local shooters would send us a match rpt.? 

2013 Western CMP Games & Creedmoor Cup Matches
From : Christina Roguski
Dear CMP Affiliated Club,
Registration for the 2013 Western CMP Games & Creedmoor Cup Matches is now open online.  The 2013 Western CMP Games take place at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility from October 11-October 15 and the Creedmoor Cup matches are held from October 15-20.  You can register for the Western CMP Games by clicking on the following link:  To register for the Creedmoor Cup matches please visit the Creedmoor Sports webpage at  
New this year, the CMP will be holding a traveling Small Arms Firing School and M16 EIC Match on Friday October 11th.  A new Modern Military Category has been added to the GSM Match.  Competitors will have the ability to fire in a maximum of four separate events during the CMP Games.  Shooters may choose to fire a Garand, Springfield, Vintage Military or a Modern Military Rifle.  The CMP Games will include a Carbine match, a Rimfire Sporter match and the popular Vintage Sniper Match.  The Creedmoor Matches will include a 2400 aggregate, 4-man team match and the Creedmoor EIC Match.  See the full 2013 Western CMP Games & Creedmoor Cup Schedule here:  We hope to see all of you and your club members at the 2013 Western CMP Games & Creedmoor Cup Matches.  If you have any questions or need more information on the Western CMP Games please feel free to contact me at, for information on the Western Creedmoor Cup matches contact Dennis DeMille 
Christina Roguski Competition Associate. Civilian Marksmanship Program Phone 419-635-2141 ext. 1114, fax   419-635-2802
Two Weeks Out       
Aug   31, Sept 1  -  600 yd Mid Range Prone at Eau Claire - click here for match bulletin
Sept  2                -  M1 Garand, and M1A matches at Eau Claire - click here for match bulletin
Sept  7, 8            -  9/11 Mid Range Prone (sling) St. Championship at Duluth Click here for match bulletin

That's All Folks