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We saw an opportunity with a nice Saturday in December and decided to shoot a match.  Small turn out, only five (5) competitors.  However, we enjoyed a day that was only slightly cool.

In terms of milestones it was the last time that our original Silver Mountain Targets were used in a match.  We used two (2) of our original five (5).  After the match all five (5) were packed to be shipped to another club.  When the transaction is complete we will be replacing our original targets with Shot Marker eTargets.  We expect to be using them for our Winter Mid-Range Prone league starting in March of 2019.

Our high F-TR competitor was Jim Grissom with a 399-10X.  High Sling Shooter (Palma) was Ray Gross with a 399-22X.

2018 Pre-New Year's Eve Rifle Match

We may try to run a New Year's Eve match.  If so, it will be run on December 31, 2018 (is there anyone who was surprised by the date?).  It is entirely dependent on the weather.  Last year we ran it on a day that dropped to -5 F at starting time.  So, it will not be a function of temperature driving our decision.  However, heavy snow, or ice would cause us to pass on running the match.

If 70 degrees F sounds better, I recommend our Snow Country English Match Series, program:  2018 Snow Country English Match Series

The Winter Mid-Range Prone League Match dates are posted.  The following are potential dates (depending on weather):

March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2019

April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2019

Program is available here: 2019 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Program

Watch this site for information about weather and match status (on or postponed).

Clear
Sunday
12/16 10%
Clear
Mainly clear. Lows overnight in the low 30s.
Partly Cloudy
Monday
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Partly Cloudy
Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
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Tuesday
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Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 34F. Winds light and variable.
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Wednesday
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Considerable clouds early. Some decrease in clouds later in the day. High 41F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Thursday
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Cloudy. High 41F. Winds light and variable.

 

With the move of a day from Saturday to Friday, we had a much lower turnout than last year, only six (6) shooters.  However, those chosen few enjoyed moderately warm temperatures and a sunny day.

The high F-Open was M. Ruhlman with a 393-10X.  High and only F-TR was Scott Burr with a 398-17X (also, high F-Class shooter for the day).  High sling shooter (Palma Rifle) was Ray Gross with a 398-22X.

2018 Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match

A couple pictures of what we found at the range:

The shooter in the foreground isn't swearing at the snow, just putting on his jacket.

 

 

 

This match was the last outdoor match scheduled for 2018.  As we get closer to New Year's Eve we will evaluate whether or not to run a New Year's Eve Shoot.

However, in the interim, try the 2018 Snow Country English Match Series.  Look in "Events" for locations and course of fire:  Program is 2018 Snow Country English Match Series.

Match One (1) of the 2019 Snow Country was fired at Muskegon and Monroe this morning.  A total of twelve (12) competitors competed.

Of note in F-Class, Steve Jones fired two 10X cleans to start the year.  Quite a performance, moreover he finished the day with a 599-52X.  Makes you wonder what happened with the one nine (9)....

Next scheduled matches are in December.  Howell has the first of December, and then Monroe on the 22nd.  Look in "Events" for more information about future matches.

2019 Snow Country Match 1

On a cold Saturday, just after Halloween, MCSC held their annual "Halloween BSA Charity Match".  This match was held for the benefit of Venture Crew 7772 from Midland, Michigan.

Crew member keeping score for Marcel Bollinger.

In the past the Crew would provide the pit service, however, since the implementation of electronic targets at MCSC, we have used the Crew as scorers.

Unfortunately, due to the cold weather, we had an unusually small turnout for the match.  With only eight (8) shooters, all the participants received a "Top Ten" hat to commemorate the match.

The high F-Open was Bret Solomon with a 588-22X.  High F-TR was Tom Fisher with a 595-30X.  High Sling shooter was Mike Quillinan with a 598-32X.  Even with the chill the scores were still good.

The complete results:

2018 Halloween BSA Charity Match

The crew with Bret Solomon:

This is almost the last match for Midland for 2018, we have just the "Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match" scheduled for November 24, 2018 left.  Program is available here:

2018 Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match

Get away from your in-laws and turkey left-overs and come on out!

Our annual charity match for Midland Explorer Crew will be held on November 3, 2018.  This is a 3x600 fired on electronic targets, with scoring provided by members of the Midland Explorer Crew.  The program is available here:

2018 Halloween BSA Charity Match

This year we will be providing a custom hat to the "Top Ten" competitors in the match.  This will be regardless of rifle category, it will simply treat all competitors as being the same, and the top ten scores will receive a "Top Ten" hat.

On Saturday, October 13, 2018 the Final Match of the 2018 Suburban Mid-Range Prone League was conducted at the Midland County Sportsman's Club.  Surprisingly given the temperature we had seventeen (17) competitors.

During the match I took a couple of interesting pictures:

We had four sling shooters (including Josh), the high shooter was Ray Gross with a 597-35X.  The high F-Open competitor was Bill Stumpf with a 590-21X.  The high F-TR competitor was Christine Howe with a 585-19X.

Results are here:

2018 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 6

The next match will be the Annual Halloween BSA Charity Match on November 3, 2018.  The program is available here:  2018 Halloween BSA Charity Match

Please note:  MSU upset Penn State 21-17.  So, I didn't need to use too many of these:

Go Green!

Remember:  Get out on November 6, 2018 and VOTE!!!

I believe we figured out that fall had begun this morning.  When I filled my gas tank at Meijer's I realized that I didn't bring a coat.  Moreover, I figured that I needed a coat.  On checking the temperature at about 8:30 AM I noted that it was a balmy 41 degrees F.  A coat would have been nice....

At any rate, we had ten (10) shooters.  Five (5) F-Open, three (3) F-TR, and two sling shooters, who were actually glad to be wearing their sweatshirts and shooting jackets.

The high F-Open competitor was Tony Dekelaita with a 593-26X.  High F-TR was Charles Hayes with a 589-24X.  Lastly, high sling shooter was Leo Cebula with a 594-25X.  Leo had the only "clean" of the day in the last stage with a 200-11X.

2018 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 5