Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shooters News for the Minn Area - Aug 26, 2014

This Weekend 
Traditionally, the Highpower schedule over the Labor Day weekend has been reserved for rifle matches at the Eau Claire Rifle Club. It will be no different this coming Labor day weekend.  The guys at Eau Claire are offering up a full three days of rifle matches featuring a  Mid Range prone match on Sat, Aug 30.  Both Sling and F-class shooters will fire four matches of 20 rds for record from the 600 yd line in this days competition. The first two matches will allow "Any" sights to be used and then in the Sling class the shooters will be using "Iron" sights in last two matches.  Click here for a match bulletin
 On Sunday Aug 31, the competitors will be uncasing their 'Over the course' guns for some Position shooting and some rapid fire matches.  This match will use the 80 shot Regional Match course of fire.  This means one 20 shot match from standing position at the 200 yd line, then a Sitting rapid fire match again from 200 yds.  Next up is a rapid fire prone match from 300 yds, and the last match of the day is shot from the prone position at the 600 yd line.   Click here for a match bulletin
Eau Claire Rifle Club 600 yd line
  On Monday Sept 1, it'll be time for some service rifle shooting so bring along your M-1 Garand, and the M-1A that might be gathering dust in your gun safe. The days shooting is split into a morning "M1Garand" match which will be a 50 shot OTC match (CMP course B) all shot from the 200 yd line.  30.06 ball ammo will be issued for use.
         M1 Garand match Bulletin-- Click here    

After a short lunch break the competitors can break out the M1A rifles or continue to use the older service rifle.  The course of fire for the afternoon match is CMP course B again but this time all firing is from the 300 yd line. 
         M1A match Bulletin -- Click here
         Jim  Melville - Match director

Last Weekend      
 The 2014 Prone Sm Bore St. Championship results are in the book. The last Sm Bore prone match of the year on the Mpls Rifle Club's schedule was held last weekend at the Bob VanJean Small Bore facility at MRC.  It turned out to be a great event with a full line on Saturday for the Iron Sight matches. The range was in great shape as usual thanks to the hard work of George Minerich and others.  The weather was threatening and the sky's overcast but the wind was light and fairly steady.  This made for good shooting conditions. Shooters of all ages were on hand to contest the outcome and vie for championship awards. There were Sub juniors, Intermediate Juniors, Juniors, Adults, Seniors, and Grand Seniors. It would be a day when the Juniors would give the adults a run for the money on every target in every match.
First up - Two targets at 50 yds.  The wind flags were swaying just a little right to left. it was not good visibility on this foggy misty morning so I adjusted everything to see the best I could, -- 1.1mm Rear Aperture, yellow filter, 5.5 front aperture for the 40" sight radius and fired a few sighters then the 20 shots for record and cleaned the target for a 200-13x.  Things were going well. Another clean on the 2nd 50yd target gave me a 400-24x. I was happy to get it as I haven't shot a 400 in that match for a while, but it was not close to a winning score.  Kurt Kisch, Juniors, Abby West, Erik Hazelton, and Grand Senior Elmer Miller from S. Dak all shot 400s with higher X counts.    
Carmen F.

The Dewar match with one 50 yd target and one 100 yd target were next. I kept the streak going and cleaned the first target but dropped two (only two?) on the 100 yd target for a 398 while Abby West showed us all the high level of Minn Junior shooting by posting the top score of 400-20x and Emily Quinar just behind at 399-29x. Juniors Carmen Fry, and Norman Lilyerd also fired 398s in this tough match.  The 100 yd match went to Kurt Kisch with a solid 400-24x.  At this time Kurt and A. West were tied for the lead, both down 3 pts for the day.  The last match saw Stacey Tamulinas, 3 pts down on Kurt and Abby, refuse to give up and cleaned both 50 meter targets posting an awesome 400-29x on the toughest targets of the day.   Abby lost 4 pts falling behind the leaders, but Kurt posted a  399-26 and held on for the top score and the Iron Sight prone championship. 
  Erik Hazleton was high scoring Junior with 1593-108x, and Abby West was high Intermediate Junior just one pt and a few Xs back of Erik.   Young Ryan Hudson was top Sub Junior champion.  
Once again I was happy with my new(er) rifle. I didn't win or place but I got a new personal record score for iron sights -- 1590-87x.  I believe that Grand Senior Elmer Miller also shot a PR score with his 1589-85x. Elmer is marksman class shooter but this 1589 score would be competitive in the Expert class even at the Western WildCat matches.
The match was followed by a great barbeque put on by the MRC guys, with Chris Hazleton doing all the cooking and laying out the spread. What a feast!! -----Baked beans with bacon, barbequed pulled pork, pasta salad, taco salad, potato salad, salad salad, and cold Lemonade, etc.   A little socializing was a good way to end the match.  
Saturday's iron sight Scores

  Sunday the day dawned bright and clear for the "any" sight Matches.  The field was diminished somewhat with many juniors finding other things to do with their familys. It wasn't going to be an easy day however. The wind was forecast to be about 14mph from the NE and this would mean swirling gusts to contend with at the MRC range where it is believed that only two 1600 scores have ever been shot.  It would be wind readers match. Patience would be the key to winning scores.  The two top wind readers for the day were Emily Quinar and Stacey Tamulinas.  I don't have individual match scores but neither shooter let the wind bother them one bit.  Stacy won the match posting an incredible 1595-102x to Emily's 1590-105x, but remember Emily shoots iron sights only. The rest of the shooters were about two wind shifts behind all day and my match was over after stitching the 9 ring full of holes on the 100 yd targets. 

The overall high shooter for the weekend was TX resident Stacey Tamulinas (3189-208x), The top Minn shooter and State Champion for 2014 is Kurt Kisch (3180-199x). High Junior goes to Champion Erik Hazleton, and the high sub-junior Chamion is Ryan Hudson. Another up and coming junior shooter is Kurt Kisch's daughter Kamilla Kisch who posted competitive scores all weekend. 
   It was fun shooting with all the juniors Sat.  Watch out shooting world, Minn has some great Junior rifle shooters who are already shooting good scores.  Click Here for slide show of match

Note: For those of you who missed this prone match at MRC, there will be one more prone SB match this Sept 21 at the Ed Hassig Small Bore range at the Elk River Sportsman's Club. 

Note: If you go through the pictures on the slide show below (to 1:56min), you will see the picture of a visitor to the SB Champ match this weekend.  This veteran shooter was heavily involved in shooting sports and gun rights for 20 years here in MN.  How many of you recognize an old friend and competitor? Email me if you do.  I'll say who it is next week. 

Slide Show of Mn Sm Bore Prone Championships

 F-Class State Mid Range Championship at Elk River Sportsman's Club last weekend -- no news forwarded.  
Two Weeks Out
Sept 6,7 - Mid Range Highpower State Championship at NWGC - Click here for match bulletin   
Sept 6 -    Service Rifle Leg match at GRRC -  Click here for match bulletin  

That's All Folks

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