On a cool, but sunny day we had seven (7) shooters competed in the Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match on November 28, in the year of COVID. With seven shooters this was the second highest participation in the past several years. Probably because it was close to a nice day for November in Michigan.
A sunny November day in Michigan:
High F-Open was Donald Hicks with a 397-24, Jake Sauve was high F-TR with a 397-17, and the only sling shooter was Leo Cebula with a 392-13.
And for a little perspective, a picture of me (Leo) congratulating Jake Sauve (Brad's Son) for being high Junior in one of our state matches in around 2009-2010 time frame.
And a picture of Jake and I, yesterday in November 2020. I think he grew a little, and it looks like I lost a couple pounds.
As a rule this match is the last outdoor match of the year, with the possible exception of a New Year's Eve match. We will wait a few weeks to decide whether or not shooting on New Year's Eve would be possible. So, watch this site for an annoucement.
The Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match will be held on November 28, 2020 at the Midland County Sportsman's Club (MCSC) stating at 10:00 AM. We will start squadding at approximately 9:15 AM. Please note this is one hour later than normal.
Get away from the family at Thanksgiving (assuming your family is courageous enough to gather this year). Come out to MCSC and enjoy cool, clean air, and shoot a rifle match.
On November 7th in the year of COVID, the Midland County Sportsman's Club ran their annual Halloween BSA Charity Match. Venturing Crew 7772 provided score keepers and assisted in target set up and tear down.
Eleven (11) competitors took part in the match, eight (8) were F-Class and three (3) were sling shooters across three categories.
The match was able to provide $840.00 to the Venturing Crew, which will provide operating funds for 2021. We especially would like to thank Bret Solomon from Solomon Diving, John Pierce from Pierce Engineering, Charles Hayes, and the couple of shooters who turned down their change from a $50 payment for entry fee.
On November 4, 2020, the Grand Rapids Club fired their first match of the 2020-2021 season. Five competitors attended and began the league for the new season. Then on November 7, 2020 the Howell Gun Club ran their first Snow Country match of the season. Six competitors attended. Great start for the new season.
This season will see the start of decimal scoring for the league. Instead of a total possible score of 600, it will be possible to shoot a 654. So we should see quite a number of scores over 600. However, we should see some real differentiation between scores, especially for F-Class.
This year we will be making a change to machine scoring. Locations will decimal score all firing using either Orion systems or Target Scan off of a phone camera. This should provide use with a better mechanism to differentiate between performances, especially in F-class.
When Chris Whitney fired a 600-41X for his first 600 on a 3x600 course of fire, I commented that I believed it had been done only five times previously. I was incorrect. I has been done at Midland eight (8) times previously (since 2006 which is when I started using Access to produce the results).
Leo Cebula - July 2009
Peter Church - September 2015
Peter Church - September 2017
Ray Gross - June 2018
Ray Gross - July 2018
Peter Church - July 2019
Ray Gross - September 2020
Chris Whitney - October 2020
Arguably, Midland is an easy range. At least part of the year it is easy. As I thumbed through the scores for about seven (7) matches per year since 2006, I was surprised with the variability of winning scores. Some were surprisingly low, others were at the none, one, or two down. The lows were not necessarily matches with small turn-outs. Rather, they appeared to be days where the wind was not dopeable.
At any rate this was a fun exercise to keep my mind active during my retirement.
On the 3rd of October in the year of COVID (2020) we conducted the last Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match of the season. Twelve (12) shooters came out on a cool, but relatively still day.
We had one important milestone, Chris Whitney shooting a Scoped Any Rifle with Sling posted a 600-41X for the high Any Rifle. I believe this is only the fifth 600 posted at the Midland Range (I admit I could be overlooking a couple more, but they are damned scarce). So this is quite an achievement. Good job, Chris.
For the F-Open, Tony Dekelaita fired a 594-34X for highest score. Steve Goyette was high F-TR with a 589-22X, and Ray Gross was the high Palma Rifle with a 596-41.