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At the moment the weather appears to be overcast for our scheduled time to shoot, with rain starting again around the time we would finish.  So we are going to go for it.

We will squad at about 9:15, and try our best to get firing started by 10:00 AM.  The weather starts getting dicey at about noon.  With the eTargets there should be plenty of time to complete our 2x600.

Program is:  2019 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Program

Bring your rain gear, but hopefully you won't need it.

We had a small turnout for today's match. Only four (4) competitors. We were greeted with low 40's and high winds.  Aside from that, it was a pleasant shoot....

We had one each F-Open and F-TR, so those shooters are the high in their category: F-Open - Tony Dekeliata with a 386-10X, F-TR - Charley Hayes with a 374-8X.  In the sling category (Target Rifle) we had two Luddites (using metallic sighted Palma Rifles).  Ray Gross was high with points with a 397-17X, and Leo Cebula with high with "X's" with a 396-18X.  I guess you could argue that everybody won today.

2019 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Match 3

The next potential date is April 20, 2019, which would be Easter Saturday.  Usually a good day for a rifle match.  Program is:  2019 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Program

 

We finally reached the end of the 2018-2019 Snow Country English Match Series. Two Winners were crowned:  Al Moore with a score of 1199-98X in the F-Class Category and Dan Altman with a score of 1184-61X for the Sling Shooters.  

Left to right:  Al Moore, F-Class Winner; Mike O'Connor, Jackson Sportsman's Club; Dan Altman, Sling Winner

Scores:

2019 Snow Country Shoot-Off

 

Photo Gallery:

This is the end of the indoor shooting until November.  Watch this site for information about the 2019-2020 Snow Country English Match Series.  We should be posting the schedule in October.

On a beautiful spring morning eight (8) competitors enjoyed the weather, and gentle breezes.

The high F-Open shooter was Marcel Bollinger with a 396-14X.  High F-TR was Scott Burr with a 393-14X.  Lastly, high sling shooter was Ray Gross with a 400-19X.

Complete results:  2019 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Match 2

Next potential date is April 13, 2019.  Program is 2019 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Program

After several false starts due to the weather, on March 23, 2019, the first of the Winter Mid-Range Prone League matches was conducted at the Midland County Sportsman's Club.  Ten (10) competitors braved the 30 degree temperatures.

The high F-TR competitor was Ben Hicks with a 396-16X.  High F-Open was Larry Sustrick with 389-16X.  High Any Rifle shooter (sling) was Ray Gross with a 398-16X.

2019 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Match 1

Next potential match date is March 30, 2019.  Watch this spot for updates.

The "regular season" of the 2018-2019 Snow Country English Match Series is complete.

In F-Class the Winner is Ed Gostomski with a completely clean score of 2400-200X. He was closely followed by Al Moore with a 2399-210X.

In the Sling category, the winner was Dan Altman with a 2385-131X, followed by two shooters with 2375, Jason Piatek and Leo Cebula.  Jason ends up in Second place with 138X to Leo's 124X.

Complete results: 2019 Snow Country League Final Results

The Snow Country Shoot-Off is scheduled for April 6, 2019 at the Jackson Sportsman's Club.  The range will open at 8:00 AM, and we will commence fire no later than 9:00 AM.

Based upon competitor/matches 41% of the total were F-Class, and 59% were Sling. To keep things fair, I have rounded both up to 50% and 60% respectively.  As such, we are inviting five (5) F-Class competitors, and six (6) sling competitors to the Shoot-Off.

F-Class:  Ed Gostomski, Al Moore, Bret Solomon, Steve Jones, and Steve Goyette.

Sling:  Dan Altman, Jason Piatek, Leo Cebula, Gary Duda, Matt Gorby, and Jamie Root.

 

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!

Okay, the up to date scores:

2019 Snow Country Match 1

2019 Snow Country Match 2

2019 Snow Country Match 3

2019 Snow Country Match 4

The next matches are:  January 26 - Howell, February 9 - Muskegon, February 16 - Monroe.  Still time to get in your four (4) matches to qualify for the Shoot-Off.

 

The 2019 Schedule for outdoor Mid-Range Prone and Fullbore Prone matches at the Midland County Sportsman's Club has been posted under "Events" on this site.

We have planned:

Every Saturday in March and April are potential dates for the Winter Mid-Range Prone League.  These are 2x600's, for F-Class and Sling.  They run dependent on weather.

May 11, June 15, July 6, September 28, October 12 for the Suburban Mid-Range Prone League (3x600's, F-Class and Sling)

May 25 Michigan Fullbore Championship (300, 500, 600, F-Class and Sling) Enter at http://www.michrpa.org.

August 31 Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship (300, 500, 600,  F-Class and Sling) Enter at  http://www.michrpa.org

October 26 Halloween BSA Charity Match (3x600's, F-Class and Sling)

November 30 Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match (2x600's, F-Class and Sling)

We haven't posted anything for a New Year's Eve Match, but there is still time!

See you at the range!

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).

A few snap-shots of the competitors:

Results:  2018 New Year's Eve Match

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).

That was our last match of 2018 (there wasn't anything left of the year).  We will likely begin the Winter league in March.  The program and dates are available here: 2019 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Program.

If the weather is "frightful" you may want to consider the Snow Country English Match Series:  2018 Snow Country English Match Series.