The Week Ahead
This coming Sunday, Sunday (not Saturday), Oct 11, you will want to be heading to Mpls Rifle Club for the 300m 3P State Championship. Map to MRC-- http://www.mrra.org/images/maps/mrc_map.gif Try out that neat Electronic target system where you fire a shot and the hit location is shown on the computer monitor at your firing position. Rain, snow-- doesn't matter as you will be firing from a heated shooting house at the targets 300m away. This is one of only two electronic 300m target ranges in the U.S., and it's pretty cool. Match Program: http://www.mrra.org/downloads/mrc/300m11-11.pdf
MRC also hosts open 300m practice on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. Remember it's warm and comfortable shooting from the MRC shooting house all winter. There will also be a 300m match (prone and 3p) on Nov 8th, and Dec 13th and they will be the best thing going to cure SWS (shooting withdrawal syndrome) while keeping in practice.
This past Sunday Gopher Rifle Club hosted the last Service Rifle Leg Match of the season. Fall weather threatened rain all day, but conditions remained good enough - cool, light wind, and a few sprinkles. Enough participants guaranteed 2 legs available to be won by non-distinguished shooters, and medals were up for grabs by all shooters. Leg matches are particularly good matches as they are Army style matches where no sighters are allowed -- first shot counts, all shots count. Leg matches teach you to know (and have confidence in) your zeros and force you to make a well thought out wind call for that first shot. Leg matches are true rifleman's matches. Course of fire-- 10 shots standing at 200, 10 shot string of sitting rapid at 200, 10 shot string of rapid prone at 300yds, and finishing with 20 shots prone at 600yds (no sighters). As I said it is a true test of a rifleman's skill.
Finishing on top and winning the Gold medal was Kurt Borlaug (Dist. shooter). In 2nd place taking the Silver and 8 leg pts. was Ben Brunk. The Bronze Medal goes to Larry Weidell, (Dist. shooter). The second non-distinguished shooter was Mark Havlik who earned 6 leg points towards his Distinguished Rifleman's badge. Congratulations to these these 4 top riflemen. GRRC was in great shape for this well run match thanks to hard work by Don Mastro, Kurt Borlaug and others.
Leg Match Pictures posted Below
MRRA Board meeting Oct 17 -- Cabela's in Rogers, MN 10am in the snack bar. Agenda: http://www.mrra.org/downloads/agenda9-17.pdf 2nd board meeting, and membership meeting on Dec 5th at Gander Mt store, Forest Lake MN.
Ammo for sale
Don Burke, U.S. Marine, and former Highpower shooter, has 500rds of .223 Black Hills (re-mfg) match ammo, loaded with 75 gn Hornady bullets, for sale at $350. Don Suffered a Stroke last year and now resides at the VA hospital while undergoing therapy. Don would like to hear from any shooters to chit chat, or to sell the ammo and Sights (Anchutz, Zelnak) for a flat top AR. Call Don at - 612-722-3391 Best time to call M-F is 8-10p.m. or anytime on sat/sun. When able, Don still plans to shoot some bullseye pistol. Get Well Soon, Don. We are thinking about you.
With the shooting season winding down, and due to low apparent readership in the late season, this news letter will now become a monthly occurance. The survey I posted in last week's "The Week Ahead" newsletter, asking those who read it if they wanted to stay on the mailing list drew 38 positive responses. Tks to all for their support. The continuation and purpose of the Blog is being re-assessed to better serve the promotion of rifle shooting sports in MN. Any and all comments are welcome
Hawkeye -- signing off
Semper Fi and keep em in the middle
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