Added several new scores for 2019 to the results from the 2019 Snow Country English Match Series.
Of note were two 600's fired at Howell (Gostomski and Goyette) on the 26th of January during the January cold spell. Seriously a cold spell, the Howell range air exchange system failed to turn on the heat while we were firing the first string. Air temperature fell to 38 degrees F. Felt like the Winter League at Midland on a windy day. I wore gloves while scoring targets. Nonetheless Ed Gostomski and Steve Goyette managed to fire 600's in F-Class.
Today was an exciting day at Monroe. Well, sort of. We had eight (8) shooters, and Muskegon had four (4). So we are getting into the swing of this winter league. Except for relatively no snow. It's early, yet. I'm sure Michigan will provide an opportunity to use my snow shoes this winter, eventually.
Back to the exciting. While clearing my firing point, I accidentally dropped my rifle:
This explains why I'm having an IPA while I do the results. Fudge!
On December 31, 2018 eight (8) shooters made it to the Midland Sportman's Club for the annual New Year's Eve Rifle Match. Unlike last year where the starting temperature was -5 F, this year we had relatively pleasant temperatures in the low 30's, and inside the tent it was probably approaching 50 F (nearby the heater, of course).
High Sling Shooter was Ray Gross with a 397-21X. High F-TR was Tom Fisher with a 398-23X. High F-Open shooter was Tony Dekelaita with a 397-21X (I suppose we could be caty and mention that he was the only F-Open shooter, too).
After our rousing success in 2017 we are doing it again this year. The match will be a 2x600 with unlimited sighters on electronic targets.
We will have a heated tent to shoot out of (if desired), so bring your mirage bands. Last year at -5 F, it was quite doable. This year looks to be much warmer, so come on out!
Note, we will review the weather the morning of Sunday, December 30, 2018. If there looks to be credible chance of dangerous weather (freezing rain or similar snow conditions) we will cancel the match. If we it will be announced on this site. So watch this spot.
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.
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.