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On a cold day in April, we conducted the Annual Snow Country English Match Series Shoot-Off.  For the first time we had a Shoot-Off for F-Class competitors as well as Any Rifle (Sling) competitors.

As a result we proportioned the invitations based upon the relative proportion of competitors for each category.  As such we invited seven (7) Any Rifle, and four (4) F-Class shooters.

The Any Rifle Winner was Kevin Nevius with an 1184-68X, followed by Leo Cebula, 1180-60X, and Dan Altman with a 1179-58X.  For the F-Class competitors, Josh Moore was Winner with a perfect 1200-109X, chased by Ed Gostomski with a 1197-88X and Al Moore with a 1195-86X.

Kevin Nevius, Any Rifle Winner (Left), and Josh Moore, F-Class Winner (right), flank Leo Cebula, Match Coordinator

Results:  2018 Snow Country Shoot-Off Results

They said it would rain, there was a high wind warning.  Fiery hail was expected, well really not.  However, something kept shooters away.

On an overcast, and relatively still morning, we had four (4) shooters arrive, and two shot personal bests.  Not sure what kept everyone else home, Easter Saturday is usually a great time for a match.  Today not so much.

The high F-TR shooter was Scott Burr with a 399-30X, his personal best.  There were no F-Open shooters.  The high Any Rifle shooter was Leo Cebula, with a 400-24X.  His first string was a 200-16X, which is about as good as he could remember shooting for a twenty shot string.

2018 Winter Mid-Range Prone Match 3

Next match is tentatively on April 6, 2018.  Watch for a post to confirm or postpone.

Leo's first string:

As of March 24, 2018 the Snow Country English Match Series is complete.  Below you will find the final results.

2018 Snow Country Match 1

2018 Snow Country Match 2

2018 Snow Country Match 3

2018 Snow Country Match 4

2018 Snow Country Match 5

2018 Snow Country Match 6

2018 Snow Country Aggregate

The following persons are invited to the 2018 Snow Country Shoot-Off:

  • Sling Shooters:  Kevin Nevius, Gary Duda, Leo Cebula, Matt Gorby, Dan Altman, Jamie Root, Jason Piatek.  
  • F-Class Shooters:  Al Moore, Joe Kennedy, Josh Moore, Ed Gostomski

The Shoot-Off will be held on April 7, 2018 at the Jackson County Sportsman's Club (see Snow Country Program for address and directions).  We will start no later than 9:00 AM (however, if everyone has arrived and is ready we could start earlier).  The Shoot-Off course of fire will be two sixty (60) shot matches fired in stages of twenty (20) shots with Any Sights.


Mom Nature decided to give us another nice day.  Although it was 23 F when I opened the range at about 9:10 AM, by the time we were shooting it was in the 30's and by the time we finished in the 40's.  For Michigan it was almost tropical.

Fourteen shooters for this match.  High F-TR shooter was John Pierce with a 399-21X.  High F-Open was Jake Oswald with a 396-12X.  Lastly the high sling shooter was Matt Gorby with a 398-25X.

2018 Winter Mid-Range Prone Match 2

The next potential match is March 24, 2018.  Watch here for details.

We had a good turnout for the first Winter Mid-Range Prone league match on March 3, 2018.  Twelve (12) shooters turned out.  The high scorer was F-TR competitor John Roethlisberger with a 397-19X.  The high F-Open was Scott Burr with a 395-20X.  High sling was Chris Whitney with a 399-16X.

It was notable that Chris fired his first 600 yard clean with a legal service rifle in his first stage, a 200-12X.  Good job, Chris!

2018 Winter Mid-Range Prone Match 1

Well, we did it.  We fired another New Year's Eve Rifle Match.  This was a 2x600, and everyone completed.  Admittedly, when I looked at the temperature just after finishing breakfast with Ray Gross and Bret Solomon, I was a little concerned:

Here is what I saw:

Somehow, I didn't think it would warm up to 30 degrees F by 10:00 AM, when the match was scheduled to start.  However, my confidence that we would not be struck by lightening was very good (why Weather Bug thought it was important that the nearest lightening strike was 1568 miles away, I don't know).

However, we countered with a tent, and two heaters (one a central space heater, and the other a Salamander that projected heat).  So the eight (8) competitors who arrived to shoot were able to experience a better day than was obvious

For as low as the temperature was, the only real complaints were numb trigger fingers, and uncomfortable feet.  By the way, it warmed up to about 3 degrees F by the time we finished.  Quite a match.

The high F-TR shooter was Ray Gross with a 397-17X.  High Sling Shooter was Leo Cebula with a 395-21X, and high F-Open shooter was Bret Solomon with a 391-17X.  Each were awarded with a bottle of sparkling wine (in keeping with the time of the year).

Complete results:  2017 New Year's Eve Rifle Match Results


It rained on the way up to the range, and then it cleared.  Then as the last shooters were finishing it rained again.  Thankfully not hard, but enough to get everyone damp.  So the match lived up to its namesake:  Annual Foul Weather.

We had ten (10) shooters, unfortunately only seven (7) turned in score cards.  So the results shows a couple of F-Opens, a few F-TRs and a couple Slings.  The high F-Open was Eric Fabus with a 394-18X.  The high F-TR shooter was Ray Gross with a 398-20X.  Lastly, for the first time in a number of years, the high sling shooter was Leo Cebula with a 399-23X.

The final results are here:

2017 Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match

This completes our normal outdoor events for 2017.  However, depending on weather we have the potential of running a New Year's Eve match.  Watch this spot for details.

Just for a little color, Ray Gross and his Golden Retriever puppy in the pits at MCSC:



The dates for the 2018 Snow Country English Match Series have been posted for Monroe, Muskegon, and and Jackson.  Look over the program at:  2018 Snow Country English Match Series.

This year we have one notable change:  All matches will be Any Sight.  This change was made to accommodate high power rifle shooters who compete in Service Rifle (CMP) or Cross the Course matches, which have changed to all any sight.  Moreover, it provides a degree of simplicity for all shooters.

On a chilly, partially sunny morning the 2017 Halloween BSA Charity Match was conducted.  We had nine (9) shooters, and five members of Venture Crew 7772 from Midland in attendance.

The high score for the day, and high sling shooter (Any Rifle) was Mike Quillinan with a 596-29X.  The high F-TR shooter was Doug Boyer with a 596-25X.  High F-Open was a 595-28X.

In total $430 was raised for the Crew, with the majority a donation from Solomon Diving.

Venture Crew 7772 Member accepting donation checks from Bret Solomon, Solomon Diving

A Venture Crew Member firing Doug Boyer's F-TR Rifle after the match completed.

The Final Results:

2017 Halloween BSA Charity Match Results

We have one more scheduled match outdoors at Midland for 2017.  That is the Annual Foul Weather Match scheduled for November 25, 2017.  That will be a 2x600, and will start at 10:00 AM (vice the usual 9:00 AM).  The program can be reviewed here.


Well, notwithstanding looking like we would drown in the heavy rain fall, three intrepid shooters showed up.  Whether they were just looking for an excuse to get out of the house, I won't comment.  However, we checked the app "Dark Sky" and it told us we had an hour of no rain fall.  So we put up two targets and shot.

Starting about at 9:30 AM, we finished at about 10:45.  All three of us had fired our sixty shots (in some cases more).  Importantly, until the last ten minutes it hadn't rained.  When it started to rain it was only a slow drizzle.  Just enough to make you damp.

At any rate we had two F-Open shooters, and one Sling.  The high score for the day was an F-Open shooter, Terry Scurlock with a 591-22X.

I don't know if it was the fact that we had dodged the weather, or if people just wanted to shoot, but everyone left the range smiling.  I guess that made it worth it.

2017 SMRP - Match 6

Please note the next match at Midland is the Halloween BSA Charity Match.  It will be held on October 28, 2017.  It is a 3x600, and scoring will be provided by the Midland Explorer Crew.  The program is available here.