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It was an odd day.  It looked like it wanted to rain, so we put out the rain canopies. So I suppose that is why it didn't rain. We had a good turn out (for a league match), of twelve (12) competitors.

Of note was a new shooter, Bruce Clothier, shooting F-Open who finished with a 600-36X.  An outstanding score!  High F-TR was Scott Burr with a 593-31.  Ray Gross was high Target Rifle (Sling) shooter with a 598-34X.  Compete results below:

2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 2

On Saturday, May 11, 2019 the first match of the 2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone League was held.  We had thirteen (13) competitors, who enjoyed a bright, sunny day with temperatures in the high 40's and low 50's.  It was a delightful, Michigan Spring Day.

Of our crowd we had three (3) F-Open competitors, lead by M. Ruhlman with a 580-15X.  Five (5) F-TR competitors ruled by Tom Fisher with a 589-23X.  Lastly, there were five (5) Sling Shooters, all using metallic sights.  Ray Gross continued his winning ways with a 593-34X.

2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 1

The next match at the Midland County Sportsman's Club is the  2019 Michigan Fullbore Rifle Championship on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 25, 2019.

The next match of the 2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Championship is on June 15, 2019.

While the southeastern portion of Michigan got pummeled with rain, Midland enjoyed the sun and being dry. However, we did get wind.  Enough wind that there were no cleans today. The closest were the two sling shooters, who both managed one 198.

After firing one of the 198s on my first string with my Mousegun Palma Rifle. I thought, that was easy, if I hadn't broke the two bad shots I would have been clean. Then I started the second string, and until my last five shots I don't between I had two tens together, and no "X's" until my very last shot.  Moreover, there was no predicting where the wind was moving me.

The high sling shooter was Ray Gross with a 392-25X.  Ray was using his Palma Rifle with 155s. The high F-Open shooter was Mike Ruhlman with a 387-13X.

2019 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Match 4

We had one other "fun" faux pas with Tony Dekelaita. He had 60 rounds of ammo, but only 40 of them had primers. Over the years, we have all made mistakes, but this is the first time I saw this one. He explains he ran out of one lot of brass, and just grabbed some more, without noticing that it wasn't primed, yet.

We have the potential for one additional Winter League Match for 2019. That would be on April 27, 2019. Watch this spot for updates.  Program is:  2019 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Program.

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.

Program:  2018 New Year's Eve Rifle Match

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!

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.

It was September, but it was hot, like August hot.  With the F-Class Nationals starting I didn't expect a huge number of shooters.  We had twelve, which is a pretty good turn-out.

After the software upgrade, and antenna replacements, we had only minor problems with a single target, and those were resolved with a reboot.  So we were able to complete all of the shots for all of the competitors by about 12:30 PM.

For a change we had a lot of F-Open shooters, the high shooter was Steve Goyette with a 594-28X.  For sling shooters, Chris Whitney was high shooter with a 597.34X, closed with an outstanding 200-17X in the last stage.

Even with the heat, it was a good day.  Our next match will be on October 14, 2017.

Results:

2017 SMRP - Match 5

The 6th and final match of the 2016 Mid-Range Prone League was held at the Midland Sportsman's Club on October 16, 2016.  Six competitors competed in the match, four sling and two F-Class.  The day started  with cool but clear skies in the morning, but got dark and felt like it was doing to rain during match 3. Every now and then a little wind would come through that could give you a wide 10.

Peter Church continues to amaze with another 599.  This one with 37X.  He was the high Any Rifle shooter.  Mike Quillinan, firing a scoped service rifle posted a 593-23X for the high service rifle category shooter.

Bob Lorenz fired a 595-30 with a "mid-range tactical rifle" for high F-Class.

2016-smrp-match-6

Note that on October 29th we will be running our annual Halloween BSA Charity Match.  This year with the electronic targets we will be using members of the Midland Explorer Crew to keep score.  A portion of the match proceeds will be donated to the Crew, as well as a major donation from Solomon Diving.  The program is available at the following link:

2016 Halloween BSA Charity Match

Come on out.  Past experience is only about 10% of these matches has really sucky weather.  The other 90% are just Michigan fall days, which as a rule are decent, but cool.