Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Week Ahead -- July 1st, 2009

The week ahead offers competitive shooters Small Bore 4P matches at MRC and Long Range prone shooting at GRRC.
But First --This past Saturday I had the pleasure of participating in the Mpls. Rifle club's prone Small bore 1600 match. About 18 shooters saw the day start with the possibility of rain and blustery wind, but other than wet feet from putting out targets in the morning, the weather turned out to be great. The wind was almost calm and the visibility great for the 50yd Iron sight match and some good scores were turned in. The course of fire saw both the first two matches -- 50yd and 100yd-- shot with irons, then most but not all shooters switched over to Scopes for the Dewar match, and the 50m match. Five juniors participated, I met Jim Schwartz, Sioux Falls, SD, for the first time, along with Mike Marzitelle (free pistol shooter), and Lance Peters came to shoot. I had to pack up early to attend a graduation, so final results are unavailable here at this time. All in all it was a nice partly sunny day to do some prone shooting.
Late results---
Winner--Larry Sawer 1595-102x, 2nd Lance Peters--1594-110x
2nd master---James Swartz 1591-94x, 1st Expert--Ross Ewert 1590-94x.
Complete results---
Pictures from this match are posted Below---

Bob Hall OTC match at GRRC suffered a light turnout probably due to rain and more threat of rain. After a short postponement the match was finished in relatively good weather with Kevin Bangen extending his winning streak by shooting 776-17x to Kurt Moline's 743-14

Sunday was a day to go back to my favorite---the service rifle--- and shoot the Leg Match at GRRC. Easy Match, 50 rds, no sighters, lots of competition for those trying hard to earn leg points. The day was nice and sunny, but forecasts for 20 mph winds were posted. I was surprised to see an almost full parking lot when I arrived. Maybe there would be enough shooters for at least 2 legs. It ended up that there were 27 non-distinguished shooters and that's enough for 3 legs. Sgt. Al Schneider brought 6 shooters from the 2nd Bn, 135th Inf, National Guard to participate. It was nice to see a group of Guard guys at the match-- something we haven't seen for quite some time now. Even though the wind was strong and gusty there was some excellent shooting. Jim Pennington shot a 94 Offhand. Matt Griffin cleaned the 300yd Rapid, and worked the wind well at 600 yds for a 196-6x. In the end with a steady performance in all four matches, Jeremy Harrison took the gold Medal and 8 more leg pts and raising his count to 22 pts of the 30 needed to be awarded the Distinguished Rifleman's Badge. Matt Griffin's 477 got him the Silver and 6 pts (16+ now), and Phill Klandrud got the third 6 pt leg, (14 total). Our area now has a half dozen service rifle shooters shooting scores good enough to earn that Distinguished Badge in the next couple years.
Pictures from this match are posted Below---

Mid West Palma matches: Its been passed on that almost 100 shooters, including many from Mn and Wisc. participated in the Midwest Palma matches at Lodi this past week. The weather there was hot and hotter with high humidity to test the shooters conditioning. I believe that Stacey Tamulinas placed well (maybe 6th) in the Palma matches, and Randy Gregory won the Wisc. Long Range championships.

Monday Morning Sm Bore-- Joel Peabody fired a new personal record score in the any sight 1600 with a 1562-52, and yours truly shot a personal record of 400-35x in the 50yd match (1590-109x) shooting the 1963 M52D Win orig. barrel ROTC gun, that seems to shoot better than the 2013 anshutz --- at least with this lot of SK Standard Plus ammo. This gun was re-stocked by Randy Gregory with a McGee prone stock, is fitted with classic Unertil 15x Programmer scope, and (believe it or not) had its Micro Motion trigger group sent off to the legendary Karl Kenyon, Elco NV. last year to be stroked by the master. It came back in a week -- very nice.

The Week Ahead
Long range shooters will be heading up to Gopher Rifle club this Sat and Sun,---Saturday for the MN 1000 yd championship, and then again Sunday for 15 record shots at 800yds, 900 yds, and 1000yds in the MN Palma Championship.
(Palma How-to ) ---
Small Bore shooters will be back to Mpls Rifle Club again both days (we know the way) for the MN 4 position SB Regional.

Saturday July 4th -- MN 1000yd State Championship -- GRRC
Saturday July 4th -- Small bore Conventional 4P Regional at MRC
-- Program:
Sunday -- July 5th -- Mn Plama State Championship at GRRC
Sunday -- July 5th -- Small bore Conventional 4P Regional at MRC
Monday July 6th --- GRRC SB evening league, and Elk River F-class league
Tuesday July 7th ---Highpower League at North Star and Elk River

Two Weeks out
Once again a chance to visit Northwestern Gun Club and shoot with the guys from up North
Saturday July 11 -- NRA Team Championship at Northwestern Gun club
Sunday July 12 -- NRA Individual MN OTC championship at Northwestern gun club.
Sunday July 12 -- MN 3P Small Bore Championships at Hibbing

1. The 1000yd state match needs a couple workers (stats etc.) this sat and sun --call 763-784-2507
2. Kurt Borlaug's State Service rifle team will be practicing for the Camp Perry Nationals at GRRC on Thursdays. Kurt says that there may be 11+ shooters on the Perry team this year.
3. Service Rifle shooter -- Jim Pennington's dad, Troy has the E-mail name "Hoofmaster"--Must be a story there, for sure.


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