Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Shooters News for the Minn Area - June 10, 2015 

Next weekend
Long Range shooting is the name of the game this coming weekend.


Gopher Rifle and Revolver Club will be host to the Regional 1000 yd Championships this coming Saturday and Sunday.  Shooters in both the Sling Class and F-class will vie for the regional championship in three 20 shot matches with unlimited sighters each day. The weather forecast (Click here) predicts mid 70s temps, light 7-8mph wind from the SE, and sunshine all day, so mark this match on your calendar. It will be a good day to come out and shoot some long range. I'll see you there!
   Click here for match bulletin and entry info.  I believe that Mark Schoesse, match director, could use help in staffing this event.  Contact Mark at 651-357-4281 if you can help.  

Small Bore 
June Small Bore matches continue at the Minneapolis Rifle Club this next Sat, June 13, 14 with competitions for both the Position Shooter and the Prone specialists.  3P position shooters will be toeing the line Saturday morning to fire three 20 shot matches at the 50 m line. One match in each position -- Standing, Kneeling, and Prone.  There is also a stand alone Prone 60 shot match in the afternoon for those who do not shoot 3P. This prone match will be good practice for the next day's competition which is a 160 shot all prone match. Sunday, June 14th shooters will fire a full Outdoor Conventional Prone competition consisting of eight 20 shot targets with unlimited sighters at distances of 50 to 100 yds.  click here for match bulletin  

300m International 
The June MRC 300 meter match occurs this Sunday.
The June 2015 Minneapolis Rifle Club 300 meter match will be held Sunday, June 14 2015.  There will be two relays scheduled; the first starts at 10 AM and the second at noon.   Shooters for the MRC monthly matches do not have to be members of MRC; the matches are open to all who adhere to the rules.  Registration is now open.
   Register yourself at  Read the instructions. 

Last Weekend  
  3 day OTC matches at Northwestern gun club
Complete results - Click to inlarge

- See below - Erik Rhode's note on seemingly phenomenal new local shooter, Brad Yliniemi. I think we'll hear more about Brad in the future. 

Small Bore Regional at MRC       
        Colorful shooters ar MRC             

    Fourteen prone competitors came together at MRC last Sat, and Sun to compete in the Regional Outdoor Prone Championships.  The sun was shining. It was a good day to be out shooting.  The wind was not so friendly to the competitors as it rapidly switched from side to side confounding all but the most patient trigger pullers.  The days first matches showed it was going to be a 4-way battle between Long Range specialists, Stacey Tamulinas, Erik Rhode and two top younger shooters, Norman Lilyerd, and Eric Hazelton.   Eric Rhode took the 50yd match with fellow Highpower shooter Stacey Tamulinas a close 2nd, Norman Lilyerd won the DeWar march. Norman and Erik Hazelton were tops in the 100 yd match. The closeness of the top 4 shooters ment it would be the tough 50m match that would decide the day. Eric Rhode stepped up to the plate, mastered that twitchy wind, and dropped only 3 pts to win the 50m match. This great score for the conditions was still not good enough to take the day.  Norman Lilyerd shot the lowest score for the day, loseing only 12 pts in the 160 shot competition and winning the Iron Sight portion of the regional championship. 
     Sunday dawned just as bright and clear as Saturday and it was going to be a good day to be out shooting the "Any sight" part of this regional match.  The wind was back and it was as strong and twichy as it was Saturday. It would be hard to keep them in the 10 ring today.   Erik Hazelton was hungry for the win today as he is getting close to having earned enough Leg Points to win a Distinguished Small Bore Rifleman award. Eric would have to shoot well today as he had a big deficit (10 pts) to make up on yesterdays top scorers who also wanted those Leg Points and the winners medals.            
   Eric H. and Stacey came out of the gate with clean scores in the 50 yd match-- 40 shots, no nines. The Dewar Match opened it up a little as Eric again shot his 40 shots -- no nines. Stacey and Erik Rhode both shot good socres in the 100 yd match but went two more pts down to Junior shooter Eric Hazelton. Norman Lilyerd had slipped back in the Dewar match and was now out of the running. 
The final match, the 50m match sealed the deal.  Eric gained 3 more points on his closest competitor, Stacey Tamulinas, and won the day going away with an awesome score of 1597-107x in difficult conditions.  Congratulations to Eric Hazelton who is the Regional Outdoor Conventional Sm bore prone Champion.  

  While the top four guys were fighting it out for the win, the rest of us were also having a good time.  We were out at the range pulling some triggers, shooting some tens, hanging with our shooting friends, and didn't have to go to work today.  Not a bad way to spend the day.  Jim Biles had come down from Duluth, Elmer Miller had come from South Dakota to see if he could double up on the great score he shot here a couple weeks ago. Jon Speck drove up from SE Wisc. The junior shooter twins Abigail, and Dana B. were here to have some fun.  It was a great day of competition. 

                                       Champions and future champions 

  Video of Prone Sm Bore match
   New shooting Phenom

1.  From:  Erik Rhode 
Hey Jim, I wasn’t able to shoot the Duluth 3-Day OTC match this year for the first time in 4 or 5 years, but I did see the results. As I read through them, something struck me as being particularly interesting. The match winner was young Brad Yliniemi, from the Duluth area. Brad is relatively new on the HP scene. I know that he has been shooting the NWGC winter off-hand league the last couple of winters, and I have seen him at a few Mid Range Prone matches. The first I heard of him shooting in an OTC match was the April Match at Eau Claire, which he also won. He was unclassified at Eau Claire, and still unclassified last weekend when he won the 3-day. I believe that these are the only OTC matches he has fired. Brad’s standing scores for the weekend averaged 194, including a 197-10x performance to kick things off on Friday morning. He also finished the weekend by shooting a 787-27x in the Sunday agg. These are crazy scores. When I saw his weekend agg score of 2334-74x, I couldn’t help but get out my calculator and do some quick math. 2334 divided by 2400 = .9725, so Mr. Y’s first classification card in OTC will be High Master. He may not be the first person to make HM in 2 matches, but I have certainly never heard of it happening before. I like to think of myself as a decent HP shooter, but it took me 4 years to make HM, and I’ve certainly never shot a 197 in standing. This guy is the real deal, and looks to be who local shooters will need to beat if they want to win any matches in the foreseeable future. There is not a lot of press coverage of high-power matches, but I thought this accomplishment was pretty remarkable, and worth mentioning.
 Best, Erik

Erik, thanks for  sending that in for us.  Brad's performance at these events is nothing short of phenomenal. I'm sure we'll hear more from him in the future

2.  From: James Melville   (July 4th matches at Eau Claire)
Hello everyone, 

We have less than a month away till our 4th of July match. We look forward to seeing you all and have a great time celebrating the 4th of July.
I have attached our match bulletin.
Also new for this year you can check us out on Face Book for match schedules and updates. So go like us on Face Book.
See you on the 4th,
James --  ECNRC Match Director  

Two weeks out   
June 20,21    - Mid range and F-class at Lacrosse - click here for match bulletin 
June 20         - CMP service rifle match at Oak Dale Gun Club  -Click here for match bulletin
June 22 to 26 - Mid West Palma at Lodi

That's All Folks

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