Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Shooters News for Mn area shooters - May 29, 2013

The Week Ahead

Atkinson -  Leubke Invitational OTC Matches - May 31-June 2
With the weather improving
, and the forecast for partly sunny skys and mild temperatures over the next weekend, traveling shooters will be heading north to Northwestern Gun Club on the shores of beautiful Hunter Lake. The second of the two weekend  Over the Course Series continues with 3 great days of OTC matches just a little Northwest of Duluth, at Northwestern Gun Club's beautiful 500 yd rifle range.

Each day, Friday through Sunday May 31- June 2, the match will consist of an 80 shot National Match Course competition featuring matches from the Standing posititon, Sitting and Prone Rapid Fire, and a final 20 shot match shot from the 500 yd line.  Matches at Northwestern Gun Club always are followed by a little social get together to discuss the days shooting and to wash the dust out of one's throat with a soda pop or some such beverage.  Many shooters camp at the range where 3 indoor facilities are availible to roll out some bedding to stay stay warm and dry.  All in all, matches at Northwestern the best of the best.  Don't miss the chance to shoot OTC three days in a row and nail those positions down solid.         Click Here for match bulletin

Service Rifle Clinic - June 1
On June 1st,  Post 435 American Legion Gun Club is putting on their annual Service Rifle Clinic at their range just south of the cities near Elco, MN.  Mark Havlik is the match director and has written several articles on Service Rifle shooting  (Click Here) and I know that the beginner Service Rifle shooter will benefit from techniques learned at Mark's clinic.      Click Here  for match bulletin. Maybe Mark will send in some pictures or one of his great videos of this clinic? Mark?

Small Bore Prone matches - June 1-2
Prone specialists, and Small Bore competitors of all kinds will be heading to the Minneapolis Rifle Club for this weekends Regional Small Bore Outdoor Prone championships. These Championship matches to be held on June 1-2, at MRC's very nice 22 position  SB range, will feature top Highpower prone shooters competing head with Nationally competitive Small Bore specialists with all shooters firing 20 shots on 8 targets per day.  Targets are fired at distances of 50 yds, 50 meters, and 100 yds.  With decent weather forecast, I expect a full line of Junior and adult shooters trying their best to win one of those coveted Regional Medals.  I'll be there hoping to hold my own in the always tough Expert class. 


June 2 - Iowa Service Rifle 300 yd St. Champ. -
River City Gun Club in Mason City, Iowa will be hosing a Service Rifle Champ match.  This match is shot from the 200yd and 300 yd lines.    
Click Here for match bulletin

Last Weekend
HighPower matches at NorthStar Rifle Club
From: NorthStar Highpower Chairman  Erik Rhode   
"Hi Jim
We defied the weather forecast and ended up with a couple of days of decent shooting

23 shooters made the trip to scenic Red Wing, MN for the first OTC match of the 2013 season that didn't get cancelled due to weather.  Weather was not ideal, but it still beat the heck two days at work.  Saturday proved to be especially challenging with a fast-switching fishtail gusting to 20mph.  Offhand proved difficult for all and there were many shots high and low due to strong gusts. The condition at 600 confounded all shooters except for one - Leo Huhta rose up from the Expert class to make all of the Masters and High Masters look silly with his 200-9x.  A great 600 yard score in any condition, and downright amazing in this one.  Nice Shooting, Leo - can't imagine that Expert card will last too much longer!  Sunday was a little better, - still had switchy winds, but much more manageable. The wind, mixed with 55º temps kept us all nice and cool, and occasional rain showers insured that we were well hydrated.  We had a few new shooters and it was a nice, even mix between the classes.  We even had a visiting dignitary from a far-away land - Kent Finlay made the drive up all of the way from Missouri.  At the end of the weekend, it was hard-holding Kevin Bangen who emerged with the match win.  Yours truly was 8 points off of Kevin's lead for 1st High Master honors.  Jim Soderstrom made 1st Master with two solid days of shooting.  Tough Guy Tommy Torborg locked up the Expert class with a couple of first-in class wins along the way.

      Thanks to all who came down, and we hope to see you all back in a month for the MN State Championship matches -   Service Rifle, Match Rifle and 4-person Team on June 29-30.  Leg Match on Sunday for the SR guys, and we will also hold a concurrent Director's match with the same course of fire for the guys shooting the fancy guns.                             Best Regards",    Erik Rhode         
RedWing results -Click to expand

Two Weeks out   
June 8, 9
  Long Range (1000yd) Regional championships at GRRC.  Includes Iron sight and Any sight matches for individuals and a team match each day.   Click Here for Match program

June 15  -  CMP Service Rifle Games at GRRC.   Click Here for match program  (I'm going to this one)                June 15 -  3 P metric Small Bore matches at MRC  click here for match program  

That's All folks!

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