Well, finally we did it. We actually completed a Winter Mid-Range Prone match in 2016. We had only five (5) shooters, but as a group we enjoyed a nice spring day. You never needed gloves, and there wasn't really much wind.
We installed three targets using the SMT system. Shooting two relays we completed two twenty shot matches by 10:36 after starting at 9:00. In general the electronic target system earned a payment on its cost this morning.
1) The targets represent a different distraction. A shooter is used to glancing into their spotting scope to see the location and value. The scope doesn't tell anything now. You have to glance at your "device".
2) You need a device that you can comfortably see. I tried a small one (8*) and a standard sized one. The standard sized won hands down.
3) You need to configure your device to avoid the screen saver from invoking during the string. It is inconvenient to have to unlock the device during a string.
4) If you are planning to shoot the MWP, or the F-class nationals, SMT targets will be used. You need to learn how to deal with the device and the targets before you head to Lodi.
The 2016 Snow Country Shoot-Off was conducted on April 9, 2016 at the Jackson County Sportsman's Club in Jackson, Michigan. Mom Nature almost caused a reschedule. Northern Ohio had upwards of 10" of snow, Jackson had 3-5" of snow, and the rest of us had zero to a dusting. Make for a difficult ride.
However, eight (8) of the ten (10) invitees made it, and we had a good match. We used Orion targets and machine scored. There were no challenges, everyone was scored equally tightly.
Kevin Nevius won again with an 1192-86X. His victory was once again by a significant margin. The real contest was who would be second and third. The next three shooters were separated by one point and a few Xs.
Okay, we did do it. Maybe not terribly successfully, but we did do it.
I guess that I should have been suspicious when I ran into the "white out" in Flint in I-75 while driving to the range. Maybe when it happened again on US 10 driving towards Midland. I think I should have taken the hint. Mother Nature doesn't like me, or the Winter Mid-Range, or the Midland County Sportsman's Club.
However, we didn't take the hint.
Didn't have a lot of shooters (they must have read the weather report better than I did). But we shot 2 F-classers, and 2 sling shooters. Neither of the F-classers did enough shots to report a score, but Jake Bondy nailed a 199 with sling, and I did a 148 for 15 shots with sling.
We ultimately had only one target operational. We are coming to the conclusion that we are doing something wrong. Moreover, we had a tough time trying theories due to several "white-outs", where we could not see the targets.
The 2015 Match Schedule for the Midland County Sportsman's Club is now posted. Click on the "Events" tab and the matches are arranged by date. Included are the Winter League (mentioned in a previous note), the Suburban Mid-Range League (summer), the Michigan Fullbore Championship, the Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship, the Halloween BSA Charity Match, and the Annual Foul Weather.
We believe the majority of these matches will be held using Silver Mountain Targets. We ask that you bring devices that can be used to access the computer system to use during the match. Both the shooter and the score keeper will require devices.
From our past experience most (almost all) Smart Phones (iPhone, Androids, etc.) can be used, as well as iPads, and other tablets. By the time the majority of these matches are held we hope to be able to support the "Paper White Kindles". Those have the advantage of being more visible in bright light.
We believe we have a good program for matches this year. Moreover, with the addition of the electronic targets we believe we will be able to run matches quickly and accurately.
Remember these dates are tentative until you see on this site a notice that the match will be run. Those postings are normally made on the Friday morning prior to the match on Saturday. The decisions to shoot or not are based upon the weather forecast.
Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind to us this year!
Just like Christmas, this comes but once a year. We are once again scheduling a New Year's Eve shoot.
And once again, we are cancelling. Per Weather.com the temperature at 10:00 AM will be 29 degrees F, and the wind chill will drop it to about 21 degrees F. Those temperatures are below our minimums, so we are cancelling.
I will admit some of our most spectacular New Year's Eve matches have fallen on days where we decided to ignore the minimums, but given our track record this year, I suspect we might see weather even colder than advertised.
Watch this spot, we'll be scheduling the winter league matches starting in March.
"Weather shows over 30 degrees F at 10:00 AM and only minor windchill. So, load up some ammo, grab your gear, say good-bye to the in-laws, and come on out! Be sure to dress warmly!"
The weatherman was a liar. I suspect it got over 30 by the time we finished, but before that it was just plain cold. Like damn cold.
However, we had seven (7) shooters, four (4) F-Class, and three (3) Sling. It may be a sign of the apocalypse, but John Pierce shot this match with a Palma Rifle. Yeah, really with a sling and everything. He didn't get the sling on his arm correctly at first, but finally caught on. I suspect this will be like my trips to Grayling. You have to go every 3-5 years just to remember why you don't go.
Had a couple of good scores during the match, Doug Boyer, firing a .223 F-TR Rifle fired a 400-18X. Chris Whitney fired a 395-19X with a couple of any rifles (sling). Given the frozen fingers, both scores were outstanding. With the lack of cleans with F-TR, Doug's score is doubly impressive.
On a closing note, hopefully everyone noticed that MSU beat PSU 55-16 to win the East Division of the Big Ten in football. Off to the Big Ten Championship next weekend. The other Michigan team lost (I was politically correct here, and didn't refer to them as the AA from Ann Arbor). Go Green!
The Board of Directors at the Midland County Sportsman's Club approved the purchase of five (5) Silver Mountain Targets during their November meeting. As a result the club is providing a deposit to Stallings Machine (the Right Sight people and importers of the Silver Mountain Targets).
We would expect delivery and deployment in time for the summer league in 2016. Perhaps before.