Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Shooters News for the Minn Area - June 4 2013

The Week Ahead  

Long Range Weekend is finally here!   Yup, this weekend you get a chance to put a few shots on the 1000 yd targets at the Gopher Rifle and Revolver Club Long Range shooting facility near Harris, MN.
 On Saturday June 8
  starting at 0900, hopeful shooters from around the 5 state Region will use Iron sights to try and put 20 shots in the 10 ring in each of the 3 matches.
    All Matches allow unlimited sighters but shooters must be on target in 6 shots (with coaching allowed). If you have Zeros at 500 or 600 yds, this should not be a problem.  The last match of the day will be a 2 man Team match.  Sunday June 9, will see competitors switching over to Scope sights in the two 20 shot matches, again with unlimited sighters and then finish with the Any Sight Team match.

 F-Class shooters will be contesting the F-class title both days in the same matches. 
  Remember this is a Regional Championship, so there are nice medals to be awarded and bragging rights to be had about who really can hit the target from 5/8s of a mile with a rifle.    
                  Click Here  for Match Bulletin

Nice shot from 1000 yds with Iron sights !!!

300 Meter  International
June 300 Meter Match at Minneapolis Rifle Club

 From Brian Shiffman:
        You certainly can’t tell by the weather but it is now June; feels like April.  We are now open for registration for the June match. 
  The June Minneapolis Rifle Club 300 meter match will be held on Sunday, June 9th with two relays scheduled; the first goes off at 10 AM and the second at noon.   
  Register yourself at http://edfpages.com/mgfc/match.php.  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.  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 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      shiff004@umn.edu  

Last Weekend  
NorthWestern Gun Club 3 Day OTC Highpower matches

From Capt. Bob  

Two pictures from the weekend at NWGC.  They predicted 70% chance of rain Fri. & Sat. but nary a drop till the last relay was just finishing up at 500 yd.  39 deg. when we awoke Sun. & one needed 2 or 3 layers to stay warm till about 1030.

 Relay 1 squaded and ready to shoot at NWGC
Match results - Click to expand

So, What happened ?--- It was billed and expected to be a battle of the veterans, Omer Hamer and Kevin Bangen. Both of these long time competitors have earned many of state titles over the years and so one was expected to take the win. Friday's 80 shot match showed there was a couple new Big Dogs on the the block as it was up and comers, Dick VanValkenberg, and the new NorthStar Highpower Director - Erik Rhode who traded match wins all day and confounded the aspirations of the Favorites. Dick V. won the Sitting Rapid match and shot the match best score at the 500 yd line, dropping only 2 pts there.  It wasn't good enough though as Erik won the Standing match and scored the only 200 of the day in the 300 yd rapid match (backed up by 8 Xs) to post the wining score for the day and start out Saturdays match on top of the leader board.   How about the "Veterans" ?--- Omer and Kevin traded match 2nds all day and while down, were not out of it yet.  Kevin was just getting warmed up.
   Saturday matches started with Kevin Bangen  back to usuall form and winning the Sanding match with a nice 189.  Kevin then took a 2nd in the Sitting Rapid match dropping only one point, while Erik Rhode stayed on top by shooting the only clean score and backing that up with12 tie breaking Xs (as if he needed them).  Larry Weidell, always competitive with his service rifle wins the 300 rapid fire match. In the 500 yd match, it was only Bob Peasley that could match Erick Rhode great score of 197-8X. and Bob gets the match win on tie breakers.  So for  the day it was again Erik Rhode as the match winner with Kevin Bangen just back a couple pts.   Two days of matches and two victory's for Erick -- that's a good start.
   Sunday was the perfect day to settle the issue.  Weather was good -  Day was fair.  
Omer Hamer, who averaged 189 in the three days standing matches won this days Standing match with that score. Omer, a grand senior shooter has been winning these standing matches for many years and looks to keep it up for quite a few more. Omer came right back and shot clean 200 in the Sitting rapid match but Kevin did the same with a couple more Xs and wins that match.  In the last match of the weekend, it was Mark Rohmann whose never say Die attitude held the hardest - shooting a clean 200 to win that last match.  Kevin's' awesome 785 score was the day's highest total. 
  All in all it was a great weekend of shooting OTC matches at NorthWestern Gun Club.  
So -- Who won it all ??     Erik Rhode's consistent match scores of 782, 779, 778 for the 3 days of shooting gave him an solid 20 point lead over 2nd place Kevin Bangen and Erik is the weekend's Winner!  Good shooting Erik!

Regional Prone Championships (small bore) at MRC

It was to be two solid days of prone shooting on those tough outdoor small bore targets.  Each day prone shooters would shoot on 8 targets - 20 shots ea.  Three targets are shot at 50 yds and are fairly easy targets.  To be competitive you should clean these targets if you hope to be around on top at the end of the day.  The next 3 targets are shot at 100yds and are tough targets.  When you factor in the wind reading ability it takes to shoot a 10 or X at 100 yds with a small bore match rifle you can see why competitors face a tough task shooting a 200 in these matches.   The final two targets of the day are shot at 50 meters and are on even tougher (smaller 10 ring) targets and is usually considered the toughest match.  There is no give on small bore targets. "If your shot isn't perfect -- it isn't a ten" is the old saying, and why Sm Bore prone shooting is the way so many Long Range shooters get to be as good as they need to be to hit the black at 800 to 1000 yds.

    Saturday June 2  -- Iron sight day
The day dawned cool, crisp, sunny with a gusty cold North wind at the Mpls Rifle Club.  It would be day to glue your one eye ball to those wind flags while the other one lined up the shot though the sights,  because you would only get a half a sec. to see your shooting window  when the flags were lined up the way you wanted them to be and get off the shot----if you got that long.  Ok, it was a tough day, but the conditions were the same for every one. 

       It was a good turn out.  The line was filled and overflowing to a 2nd relay.   Long Range Palma specialists, Wyane Anderson, Randall Gregory, and Stacey Tamulinas were there to contest for medals with some of the states top Small Bore contenders, such as Morgan Dietrich, and the future Olympic stars from our hot shooting Junior Sm Bore teams.  Elmer Miller came in from Souix Falls,SD to fill in the Senior division. 

 Stacey and Eric fire the any sight match

  Morgan Dietrich and Junior Carmen F. both found a handle on the wind and cleaned  the first two targets -- the 50 yd match for 400 pts.    Wayne Anderson shot 33 of the 40 shots of the Dewar Match in the X-ring and dropped only one pt on the 100 yd target to win that match.  Emily Quinar, past NCAA shooter, wins the 100 yd match with a wind whipped 398 score.  She used every minute of the 20 minute time limit to somehow find the flags lined up to get off a well called shot.  In the 50 meter match,  Emily destroyed the competition, by timing every gust, and by putting all but 3 shots of 40 in that little 10 ring while the wind blew the rest of us all over the 8 ring.  That was some show of patience and wind reading ability by Emily.  The ability to see the condition and then quickly deliver a good shot is something I wish I was better at.  Emily Quinar now leads the pack by 9 points over Intermediate Junior and Long Range shooter, Eric Hazleton.  Those juniors must have better eyes than us old guys have. Do you think?
      Sunday June 3 --  Scope day (any sights)
Again it is cool with a strong wind whipping across the range with the flags reversing every few seconds.

Wayne Anderson starts off the day winning the 50 yd match with patience and good trigger control scoring a clean 400.  In the DeWar match there are no clean scores, Stacey T. and Morgan D. held for 399s losing only one pt, and Staceys high X count winning the tie.   When the conditions are tough, only the tough survive, and Wayne Anderson would not be denied in the 100 yd match -- Swirling wind or not.  Wayne adds another match win to his column with a 397 score.  The final match of the Weekend was won by Stacey Tamulinas with a 398-25x just nipping again Eric Hazleton by a couple Xs. The day's best score was a 1592-112x fired by Stacey Tamulinas, with Wayne Anderson just two Xs back.  
    The Regional Gold Medal goes to Wayne Anderson, with Junior Eric Hazleton getting the Silver, and  Emily Quinar earning the Bronze.  

 Service Rifle Clinic at Post 435 - June 1
    From: Mark Havlik

      You mentioned you'd be interested in a report from the Post 435 annual SR clinic.
We had 22 shooters show up for this years Service Rifle Clinic. After some instruction on positions and proper sling use we ran 3 relays through the 50 shot National Match Course of fire. We had to call a short cease fire mid afternoon when Mother Nature decided to literally rain on our parade. 
     Judging from the positive comments i received at the end of the day I'd say it was a job well done. We signed up a couple new members and set the hook on a few others.
Here  is a link to the photo slideshow.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na93EFiezuI
Enjoy. "  Mark  Havilk 

Two Weeks Out
June 15th -  CMP Service Rifle games at GRRC   
June 22,23 -  OTC  matches at MRC (and Barbeque!!!)    Click Here for match program

That's All Folks !

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