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"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.

2015 Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match Results

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.

Watch for more details here.....

The 2015 BSA Halloween Charity Match was conducted on November 7, 2015 at the Midland County Sportsman's Club in Midland, Michigan.  The normal Halloween date was postponed due to the F-Class Nationals, which just completed.

It was a cold, windy day, top temperature was in the high forties, but a good deal of gusty wind chilled the competitors.  Several shooters had weird shots appear a good distance off call for a shot or two, and then end up back in the "X" without a change.  Just an odd day.  However, it was still better than working....

The F-TR winner was Doug Boyer with a 590-12X, with John Luitink winning the Any Rifle category with a 593-29X.

With the contributions of Solomon Diving, the Midland County Sportsman's Club, and the Michigan Rifle and Pistol Association more than $600 was contributed to the Venture Crew.

2015 Halloween BSA Charity Match Final

Okay, it was the 17th of October.  It felt like the 17th of December.  We started in the mid-thirties, and ended in the low forties.  However, with the wind it was at times biting.  With everyone and their uncle on the way to Phoenix for the F-Class Nationals, attendance was light.

Four sling shooters, and 1.33 F-classers.  Just enough for an equal number of shooters and pit pullers.

Jake Bondy continues to drill 'em with his .223, a nice 598-35X to lead the sling shooters.  Tony Perry was the high of the 1.33 F-classers with a 540-4X.  Ray Gross was the 1/3 shooter, he only fired one twenty shot string.

2015 SMRP Match 5

Did I mention the near snow (ice crystals) that was falling when we finished?  Frankly, I was pleased to get back into my warm Mustang, and wasn't tempted at all to put the top down.

Next match is the Halloween BSA Charity Match on November 7, 2015.  Come on out, and bring your friends.  We will get pit service, and the Explorer Crew from Midland should make some money to assist in their activities for 2015-2016.

An interesting day at MCSC.  We had eleven (11) shooters, seven (7) sling (Target Rifle), and four (4) F-TR.

Peter Church was high Target Rifle with a 600-43X with scope.  In the Suburban Mid-Range Prone League that is the highest score ever recorded.   The next closest dated from July 4, 2009 and was a 600-41X with irons.   To provide an understanding about how difficult it is to produce this score, I counted more than ten (10) 599s shot since about 2004.

The next Suburban Mid-Range (and last for 2015) will be held on October 17, 2015.  Look in "Events" for details.

SMRP Match 5

On a day with a delayed start due to the heaviest fog I've see in the past five years twenty-two (22) competitors produced at least three National Records (still need to review all of the scores), and named two State Champions.  After the fog cleared we were met with clouds that opened to intermittently sunny moments.  When those occurred it was simply Africa hot.  The heat coupled with the humidity made for a miserable day for competing wearing a shooting jacket, but pleasant to be scoring in a T-shirt and shorts.

In the Any Rifle category, John Luitinik repeated his performance in the Michigan Fullbore Championship by producing a 595-38X to best Pete Church's 595-31X.  Notably, Pete's 77th birthday was a couple of days prior.  Pete is still impressing us.

In the F-TR category, Bryan Litz posted a 598-44X to win the category.  Paul Phillips was second with a 595-36X.

2015 Mid-Range Prone Championship Results

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.

2015 SMRP Match 3


A gray overcast day, but light winds, and almost no rain (other than a couple of drips).  Seven shooters, with the simple majority going to the sling guys.  Probably the first time in a couple of years, where the sling weenies out numbered the F-Classers.  We'll take it!

In the Sling category Leo Cebula and John Luitink both finished one down, but Leo posted 36X to John's 34X.  In F-Class, F-Open shooter Jarrod Methner dropped only two for a 598-38X, impressing his fiancee (who we will never see again after the wedding) who observed the match.

The next match is July 11, 2015.  Look it up in Events.

SMRP Match 2

The 2015 Michigan Fullbore Rifle Championship was shot on a day that started with frost warnings, but ended in an absolutely gorgeous Michigan spring day.  The winds were gentle.  Just enough to keep the barrel mirage from disturbing your aim, but not enough to disrupt the path of the bullet to the target.

In the Target Rifle aggregate, the winner and state champion was decided between seven (7) shooters separated by one point (446-447).  Ultimately, Kevin Nevius from Ohio (the state to our south, you know:  You are now entering Ohio, turn your watch back 25 years, that Ohio).  Kevin, a two time national smallbore prone champion posted a 447-25X besting the other three 447s and both 446s.  For resident state champion, two shooters produced 447-23X (John Luitink, and Peter Church).  Their tie was broken by 15.4b(1), as such John Luitink is named the Michigan Fullbore Rifle Champion (TR) for 2015.

In F-TR, Bill Litz posted a 446-21X to become the Michigan Fullbore Rifle Champion (F-TR) for 2015.  There were insufficient entries in F-Open to provide an award.

John Luitink (l) receives his 2015 Michigan Fullbore Prone Championship plaque from Charles Hayes, Secretary MRPA
John Luitink (l) receives his 2015 Michigan Fullbore Prone Championship plaque from Charles Hayes, Secretary MRPA



Bill Litz (l) receives his 2015 Michigan Fullbore Championship Plaque from Leo Cebula, President Michigan Rifle and Pistol Association.

2015 Michigan Fullbore Rifle Championship

The first Suburban Mid-Range Prone league was held on Sunday, May 17, 2015.  We had eleven shooters, who had the opportunity to shoot on Silver Mountain targets.  By and large the experience was positive.

The match ran on three targets with four relays and consisted of a 3x600.  We started around 9:15 AM.  All four relays completed at 12:10 PM.  Right around three (3) hours to complete four relays of a 3x600.

SMRP Match 1

F-Class using tablet to view shot location and score

An F-Class competitor using a tablet to view shot location and value.

Sling shooter using tablet

Jake Bondy using a tablet as above.

Target with microphones at the corners

Target with microphones in the corners.

Target Controller

Target controller.