This month we had our share of excitement. First we had targets that wouldn't run (something about a humid day, or maybe it was sun spots??). At any rate we managed to finish with 3 of the 5 operational. Still made for a quick competition (relatively speaking), and no one needed to pull targets.
In the F-Class arena, two 200-19X strings were posted. John Roethlisberger, and Robert Lorenz were able to nail the nineteen "X" clean. For John it was just a part of a "hall of fame" day by posting a 600-45X. I do not even remember an F-Open shooting posting a 600 at Midland previously (if there was one, contact me, and I will retract this).
It is notable that John Pierce finally sold John Roethlisberger the rifle that he had been using. So, John can beat John using his own rifle, instead of using John's rifle to beat John. Who's on first?
In the Any Rifle Land, Peter Church and Jake Bondy both nailed a 599-34X. In reviewing the rules for breaking ties, this one appears to be settled with rule: 15.4(c)4, the value of the shots in inverse order. With this Peter wins with a X on his third to last shot, vice Jake's 10.
Well, the day was absolutely glorious. Still, and in the high 60's and low 70's. We had ten shooters, five each of F-TR and Any Rifle.
Turned on the targets and they all worked. Moreover, they worked all day. No problems. We squadded short people on target one, so we were getting good RF propagation for the WIFI. So things worked really well.
In the Any Rifle arena, Paul Larson nailed a 599-34X. That's a heck of a score for any sling shooter. Given Paul is completing his first round of Chemo for cancer, it is almost unbelievable.
Paul was being chased by Jake Bondy, who posted a 596-27X. Additionally, look at the second two scores posted by Mike Quillinan, a 197-9X, and a 198-12X firing a scoped service rifle. He used the first stage to get zeroes.
Over in F-TR land, Tom Majewski posted a 593-25X to best the field. Ray Gross was chasing him with a 589-23X.
The next match is on July 16, 2016 and will be a 3x600, and the July match of the Suburban Mid-Range Prone League.
As I drove up to Midland this morning with my buddy from Ford-Germany, Dave Newton, I thought to myself there is a match in Malvern today, and Monday starts the Mid-West Palma, we'll probably have a half dozen shooters.
I was wrong. We had sixteen. We ran four targets with four relays. After a short delay with starting due to poor WIFI from the targets to our base station we got started and things were moving along. One target failed, so we moved those shooters over to our hospital and continued the march. We seem to be learning more about radio frequency wave patterns than we really wanted to know, but we are learning more "best practices" with the Silver Mountain Targets.
Peter Church continued his hot hand with a 596-26 besting Jake Bondy with a 595-28 in Any Rifle. In F-TR, John Roethlisberger continued his winning ways with a 597-31. Ray Gross was a close second with a 596-35.
Our next match will be July 2, 2016 for the Independence Day Challenge. A 3x600. Come on up!
Other than a few rain drops on Saturday morning, the weather was perfect. Additionally, for the first time we used our Silver Mountain Targets for the match. Frankly, we were pleased.
During our Winter league and the first of our Suburban Mid-Range Prone matches we had various issues with performance. However, on this last Saturday, we had only minor issues. Those issues were directly related to competitors on the low end of the line periodically blocking the WIFI signal from the base station. The net was competitors were not able to see their last shot. However, everyone became used to the issue, and simply told the offending party to "move their a**".
In the Target Rifle Category, Kevin Nevius finished with a perfect score: 450-23X to become match winner. He was closely followed by 77 year old Peter Church with a 449-32X, who as a Michigan resident claimed the State Championship. We believe with a couple more years of experience and Pete will get really good! Third place was taken by Jake Bondy with a 448-22X. I think in Jake's case, he will get better with more experience.
In the F-TR category, John Roethlisberger fired a 444-19X to win the State Championship. Using a rifle and ammo borrowed from John Pierce, Mr. Roethlisberger bested Mr. PIerce, who finished with a 443-19X for second. Third was Scott Burr with a 441-16X.
I would like to extend a thanks from the Midland County Sportsman's club to Ray Gross, and Scott Burr. Without their efforts it is unlikely the electronic targets would have functioned at the flawless level we experienced on Saturday. Thanks, Guys!
The threat of rain reduced our participation, and admittedly we got a little damp, but eight (8) shooters competed in the first Suburban Mid-Range Prone match for 2016.
We used the electronic targets (SMT) for the entire match, and on the whole had the best results of the year. Had the battery run out on one, but that was a simple fix (a fresh battery). Another worked for about 50 shots, and then decided to go on the fritz. However, the others all worked flawlessly.
Five (5) F-Class shooters were lead by John Roethlisberger with a 596-35X. Scott Burr was chasing him with a 593-18X. John was still using John Pierce's rifle. Have to wonder how much longer that will last.
In the Any Rifle, Peter Church lead the way with a 596-34X, followed by Jake Bondy with a 594-27X.
We had eleven (11) shooters arrive for the last of the Winter Mid-Range Prone matches for 2016. Due to really poor weather on the weekends that we would have liked to have run the matches in March and early April. We were not able to start until the 16th of April.
In a typical year we get three (3) matches. This year, only by shooting the 16th, the 23rd, and the 30th of April were we able to complete three. However, for those matches we at least experienced reasonable weather, just a little chilly.
This match was cut of the same mould. In the Target Rifle (Any rifle) category, Peter Church continued to demonstrate his sharp eye producing the first 200 of the year (200-14x) in the first stage, and finishing as the high Any Rifle with a 397-21X. Jake Bondy was a close second with a 397-18X.
In the F-TR category, Ray Gross nailed a 396-18X, with John Roethlisberger (still using John Pierce's Rifle!) with a 393-15X.
We had fourteen (14) shooters, and utilized four (4) e-Targets for the match. For four (4) relays it took us the better part of four (4) hours to shoot a 2x600. Still faster than if we had done it pulled, but not as fast as if we didn't spend time fumbling along. However, we are getting better with this equipment. I believe a few more matches and we'll be the "duty experts" on the Silver Mountain Target software.
Today, in the sling any rifle category, Jake Bondy showed us how to do it with a 398-21X. He was distantly chased by Chris Whitney with a 396-14X. It is notable that there were no cleans even on the "Helen Keller" targets today. A puffy wind with heavy mirage dominated the conditions.
Josh Moore out paced the F-Classers shooting a 393-18X with his F-TR rifle. Notably, John Roethlisberger (apparently no relation to Ben) shot a 392-14X to place second. His was John's first Mid-Range match. He used John Pierce's Rifle, and most handily beat John with it. I'll bet Mr. Pierce makes him buy an action to build his own....
And lastly, Leo Cebula learned that it is smart to tighten the guard screws before shooting a match for the second time in less than 12 months....