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Had seven (7) shooters at Howell today for an additional match.  Here are the up to date results so far this season:

2019-20 Snow Country Match 1

2019-20 Snow Country Match 2

2019-2020 Snow Country Match 3

Dates December 2019:  Monroe - 14, Howell - 21, Muskegon - 28.  Program is here:  2019-2020 Snow Country English Match Series

Plenty of time to complete the series this season.  Come on out!

On a cold day on the 30th of November 2019, four (4) stalwart souls came to the Midland County Sportsman's Club and fired the "Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match".

With three categories and four shooters, we end up with three winners, and one second.  The winners were:  Mike Ruhlman, F-Open 391-15X; Second Place F-Open was Tony Dekelaita with a 389-9X; Doug Boyer, F-TR with a 394-17X (with a 200-9X on his first string - the only clean of the day), and Ray Gross, Sling Prone with a 390-17X.

2019 Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match

With the possible exception of a New Year's Eve Match, this is the end of the outdoor matches for 2019.  We will start up with the Winter Mid-Range after the 1st of March.

However, for you 22 shooters, we fire F-Class and sling prone all winter with the Snow Country English Match Series.  Program is here:  2019-2020 Snow Country English Match Series

On November 23, 2019 a Snow Country match was conducted at the Monroe Gun Club.  Eleven (11) shooters attended, and twelve (12) matches were shot.  So we now have scores for matches 1 and 2.

Clearly F-Class shooters are the majority so far this year.  Of the eleven, only three were sling shooters.

You may notice what may appear to be an anomaly in the results.  Sling Shooters can compete with irons, scope, or fire scores for each.  Both Dan Altman and Leo Cebula have done that so far this year.

2019-20 Snow Country Match 1

2019-20 Snow Country Match 2

There are several matches being conducted.  In fact there are five coming up in December.  Still a lot of time to start and complete the series!

On November 9, 2019 we opened the 2019-20 Snow Country English Match Series at the Howell Gun Club.  Seven (7) shooters participated, almost filling the range.

Of the seven (7), six (6) were competing F-Class, and one (1), lonely shooter fired Sling.

You will note a little difference with the F-Class scoring (at least for a week or two to see how the F-Classers like it).  We scored X's on the USAS50 Target, but we treated them as "11's".  Effectively, the F-Classers were shooting for a total of 660.  It is our hope that this will allow a more equitable distribution of F-Class scores.  Would be happy to hear your opinions.

2019-20 Snow Country Match 1

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, we held our annual Halloween BSA Charity Match on the Midland County Sportsman's Club. The day looked worse than it was. On the drive up there was spotty rain.  When we arrived at the club there was spotty rain.  However, it cleared off and other than being a bit cool (I define a "bit cool" as I didn't feel like I needed gloves) it was a decent day to shoot.

We had a disappointing eleven (11) shooters, so we were finished by noon.  F-Open was won by Bret Solomon with a 597-37X.  F-TR was won by John Pierce with a 593-30X, besting Doug Boyer by 2X.  Target rifle was won by Mike Quillinan with a 597-34X.

2019 Halloween BSA Charity match

Bret Solomon (far right) presents checks to members of Explorer Crew 7772 at the completions of the 2019 Halloween BSA Charity Match.
2019 Winners: (left to right), Bret Solomon, F-Open; Mike Quillinan, Any Rifle (sling); and John Pierce, F-TR.

The next match planned at the MCSC is the Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match on November 30, 2019.  Program is here:  2019 Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match.

On October 13, 2019 we held the final match of the Suburban Mid-Range Prone League for 2019.  We had seventeen (17) competitors on a cool, breezy day.

Marcel Bollinger lead the F-Open Shooters with a 598-32X.  John Pierce was high F-TR with a 594-22X, and Ray Gross fired a 597-38X.

2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 5

Our next match is the Halloween BSA Charity Match on November 2, 2019. Program is here:  2019 Halloween BSA Charity Match

Attached is the 2019-2020 Snow Country English Match Series program.

2019-2020 Snow Country English Match Series

There are a number of changes for 2020:

  • There are three aggregates:
    • Metallic Sights
    • Any Sights
    • F-Class
  • Shoot-off percentages will be based on a twelve person (12) shoot-off.  The relative number of competitors in each shoot-off will be determined by the total numbers in each category.  For planning purposes assume that each category will have four (4) shooters.  However, that number will be adjusted if necessary.
  • As in the past the high four (4) scores will count for the aggregate, and Shoot-Off eligibility.

This is the final program (at least as final as anything else in life is...).

It was just about a perfect day to shoot.  Somewhat cool, somewhat overcast. Temperature was hanging around 70.  Winds were gentle (in fact I shot all three strings without ever looking at the wind, it was almost like shooting gallery).

Unfortunately, no one shot clean for the sixty shots, and the only twenty shot clean was fired by John Pierce shooting F-TR.  Also, John had the high score for the day a 597-30X shooting F-TR.  The high F-Open shooter was Jim Weinrich with a 590-26X.  High any rifle shooter was Leo Cebula (me) with a 595-26X.

2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 4

Our next league match is October 12, 2019.  The program is here:  2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Championship

On a sunny, cool beginning of Labor Day weekend, thirty competitors took part in the 2019 Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship at the Midland County Sportsman's Club.

The day resulted in some outstanding performances.  Jack Abrams won the Any Rifle (Any sight sling shooters) with a 595-29X.  Jack used a scoped rifle with LoaderMonkey ammunition.  In second was Steve Bair with a 595-19X using an iron sighted Palma Rifle.  A great performance by both.

In the F-TR Category, Sydnie Lipski, a Junior from Hubbard Lake bested the field with a 590-30X, beating second place shooter Austin Nelson with a 589-26X by a single point and four X's.

F-Open was won by repeat winner Marcel Bollinger with a 595-29X leading Ed Gostomski's 590-24X.  Notably, the conditions must have been worse that last year, Marcel had posted a clean 600, a year ago.

We had a few bumps in the road during the match, but we may have learned from them.  At 300 yards, we were unable to open the file folder on the running access point.  So there was no way to see past strings.  We were concerned that this might be the precursor of worse things to come, so we switched over to another access point for 500 yards.  Unfortunately, for reasons that we suspect, but have not yet been confirmed, that access point was displaying shots 20-30 seconds after the round was fired.  At 600 yards we went back to the original access point and performance once again jumped to 1-2 seconds for each shot.  We still couldn't open the files folder, but the performance was excellent.  We are exploring with the Shot Marker manufacturer why that might be.

Way on the right on target eight, Ray Gross and Leo Cebula were getting wide unexplained shots at 500 yards.  Since I'm old enough (Leo) to not always see well, I attributed it to my vision.  However, Ray was using a scoped AR, and had no trouble seeing.  After a little detective work we realized our bullets were penetrating the lower foliage of the tree on the far right of the range.  Ray removed some lower branches and leaves before the 600, and I (Leo) was able to shoot a decent 600.  Ray, firing an AR, that was likely not as flat as my 80.5 Bergers at 3050 fps, shot his string on target 3.  Both of our scores were dramatically higher.  I think this means its time for some more landscaping at Midland.  At least on Target eight.

2019 Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship

Our next Suburban Mid-Range Prone League match is on September 21, 2019.  The program is here:  2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Championship