It was an odd day. It looked like it wanted to rain, so we put out the rain canopies. So I suppose that is why it didn't rain. We had a good turn out (for a league match), of twelve (12) competitors.
Of note was a new shooter, Bruce Clothier, shooting F-Open who finished with a 600-36X. An outstanding score! High F-TR was Scott Burr with a 593-31. Ray Gross was high Target Rifle (Sling) shooter with a 598-34X. Compete results below:
On May 25, 2019 the Michigan Fullbore Rifle Prone Championship was held. We had twenty competitors who chanced a poor weather report and came to shoot. Fortunately, we had nice weather, some overcast, gentle winds. However, it did rain. Shortly after the targets were put away we had some sprinkles.
Of the Twenty (20), we had nine (9) F-Open Competitors, four (4) F-TR, and surprisingly seven (7) Target Rifle (sling) competitors.
The Winner and State Champion for F-Open was Marcel Bollinger with a 445-18X. F-TR was won by Steve Goyette with a 437-14X. Target Rifle was won by Leo Cebula with a 447-21X.
On Saturday, May 11, 2019 the first match of the 2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone League was held. We had thirteen (13) competitors, who enjoyed a bright, sunny day with temperatures in the high 40's and low 50's. It was a delightful, Michigan Spring Day.
Of our crowd we had three (3) F-Open competitors, lead by M. Ruhlman with a 580-15X. Five (5) F-TR competitors ruled by Tom Fisher with a 589-23X. Lastly, there were five (5) Sling Shooters, all using metallic sights. Ray Gross continued his winning ways with a 593-34X.
While the southeastern portion of Michigan got pummeled with rain, Midland enjoyed the sun and being dry. However, we did get wind. Enough wind that there were no cleans today. The closest were the two sling shooters, who both managed one 198.
After firing one of the 198s on my first string with my Mousegun Palma Rifle. I thought, that was easy, if I hadn't broke the two bad shots I would have been clean. Then I started the second string, and until my last five shots I don't between I had two tens together, and no "X's" until my very last shot. Moreover, there was no predicting where the wind was moving me.
The high sling shooter was Ray Gross with a 392-25X. Ray was using his Palma Rifle with 155s. The high F-Open shooter was Mike Ruhlman with a 387-13X.
We had one other "fun" faux pas with Tony Dekelaita. He had 60 rounds of ammo, but only 40 of them had primers. Over the years, we have all made mistakes, but this is the first time I saw this one. He explains he ran out of one lot of brass, and just grabbed some more, without noticing that it wasn't primed, yet.
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.
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
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.