This coming weekend's High Power matches rotate to NorthStar Rifle club near Red Wing for the OTC Regional.
But First -- last weekends Livingston OTC matches at Northwestern Gun Club were as advertized -- Great! I knew it would be a good day when I hit the freeway for the 2 hr Drive from Hugo to NWGC. Bright Sun, puffy clouds, even with a promise of high gusty winds -- it would be a good day to shoot a match. I started the match with pit duty, while Kevin Bangen started by posting a 191-4x that held on to win the Standing Match. This was a very good score Standing on a gusty day. Larry Miller took both the Rapid fire Matches with a 200-10x sitting, and 199-11x prone at 300yds. And that folks, is 21 Xs out of 40 shots--rapid fire. In the final match -- the 500yd prone slow fire -- Larry Miller was the steadiest shooter, besting Kevin Bangen by 1pt with a 198-12x., but it wasn't good enough. Kevins lead from the standing match, was enough to top Saturdays scores with a 782-26X.
The whole day was great weather and a good excuse to sit around the 200 yd shack after the match for some refreshments and "I shot a" stories before the drive home.
Sundays match was held in ify weather including a few delays for rain. Kevin Bangen repeated yesterdays mastery of 200 yd offhand shooting by winning that match -- 192-4x, and continuing on to drop only one pt in Sitting Rapid to win that match as well. Loren Smith also shot a 199-9X but lost to Kevin on a tie-breaker. Bob Peasley used his new Red, White, and Blue tube gun to win the 300yd Rapid match --198-10x. A few shooters got to shoot 500yds but the 2nd and 3rd relay got rained out, and the match was called. Kevin Bangen wins the 2 day aggregate by winning both days matches --- I'm sure that Kevin is tuned up for next weeks OTC Regional. 2nd and 3rd places go to Larry Miller, and Jim Biles a few points behind. The rest of us---well, more than a few pts behind.
See Below for complete Results and Pictures of Match
The Week Ahead
This coming weekends Big Match is the NRA Regional being held at NorthStar Rifle Club -- Just off #61 a few miles north of Redwing. Saturday is the 80 shot OTC Individual Championship match followed by the 20 shot 600 yd portion of the Team Match. On Sunday, the team Match continues first thing and when that is concluded, the Leg Match for Service Rifle shooters will start (around 10:30--11:00) Shooting in these Leg matches is how Service Rifle shooters earn "Leg Points" toward award of "Distinguished Rifleman's" badge --a life time award. All Service Rifle shooters should head for this Leg Match and the best practice is to shoot the Individual match on Saturday. See you there.
This coming Thursday will see 4 of Minnesota's better long range shooters head for the Palma Team Try-outs being held at Lodi Wisc. starting Thursday. This is the 2nd in a series of 3 Palma team tryouts and will see top long range shooters from all over the US attempting to gain a spot on the this prestigious team. The Palma team represents America in international Long Range shooting, and competes by rules with .308 rifles against other world teams at 800yds thru 1000 yds. The tryouts will be for both shooters and wind coaches. Shooters will be evaluated on well they can hold elevation, while wind coaches will be evaluated on how their shooters do in wind changes. One new segment of the tryouts is a 20 shot match in only 8 min where targets are not pulled until the last shot. No chasing the spotter here. Those shooters trying out are Stacey Tamulinas, Morgan Deitrich, Steve Knutson, Bill lair ------------- Good luck and good shooting.
Small Bore --
1. 4P Championships in Hibbing--Saturday. I hope we get some results back.
2. The first 1600 is complete in the GRRC prone Sm bore league and next week will start the "Any" sight 1600. Twenty four shooters participated in the first 1600 at GRRC, and I believe that Larry Sawyer leads with a 1594 ---That's hard holding.
Thursday -- June 4th - GRRC high power practice
Saturday -- June 6th - Minnesota Small Bore 4P State Championships at Hibbing.
Saturday -- June 6th - NRA OTC Regional at North Star Rifle Club. Program-- http://mrra.org/downloads/northstar/regional09.pdf
Sunday -- June 7th - Regional Team and Leg Match at North Star Rifle Club. Program -Leg Match -- http://mrra.org/downloads/northstar/eic_nsrc.pdf
Saturday & Sunday - Pistol Regional and leg match at Oakdale
Monday -- June 8th - Small Bore Prone League at GRRC -- Start of Any Sight 1600, 50 yd match
Tuesday -- June 9th - Highpower league matches at Elk River and Northstar.
Looking Ahead Two Weeks
Thursday league matches start on June 11th at Northwestern Gun Club, while leagues continue at North star and Elk River.
Mid Range Prone State Championship will be Sat and Sunday----again at NorthStar Rifle Club.
Saturday -- June 13th - 50 yd small bore at Elk River
Saturday -- June 13th - Mid Range Prone St. Championship at NorthStar
Sunday -- June 14th - Mid Range Prone St. Championship at NorthStar
Sunday -- June 14th - 300 m prone at Mpls Rifle Club