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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
We had thirteen shooters on what was for me personally the hottest day that I've shot on this year. For all of that, it was only about 85 F. Probably says something about how cool the year has been.
It was a still day, so scores should have been high, however, our shooters seemed to be dealing with a raft of equipment issues. So other than the leaders, scores were down.
Amongst the sling shooters, Peter Church set the pace with a 599-29X with his Palma rifle. Pete was clearly showing that he is ready for the 2015 National Fullbore and World Championships to be held at Camp Perry, Ohio in August. Pete was closely followed by Paul Larson with a 598-31X.
In the F-Class category, the high F-TR shooter was Tom Majewski with a 589-21X, followed by Al Walewski with a 586-17X.
Our next match at Midland will be the Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship on Saturday, September 5, 2015 (the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend). Watch our schedule pages for updates.