Eleven stalwart shooters came out on a cold (28 degrees F) overcast day. Fortunately, other than contending with cold fingers and feet, the wind Gods were docile.
The high shooter amongst the seven (7) F-Open shooters was Dave Monette with a 399-25X, besting Tony Dekelaita who posted a 396-17X.
In the small end of the range we had four (4) sling shooters. Three (3) were scoped service rifles, and one (1) lonely Palma rifle. Of the service rifles the high score was Tom Feige with a 384-10X. The lonely Palma rifle was Leo Cebula with a 386-11X. Leo was sorry he wasn't at his winter home in Arizona....
Okay, I apologize I was off in Arizona enjoying the weather, and wasn't able to get these posted until I came back.
We have four competitions that have been held so far, two at Howell, one at Monroe, and one at Grand Rapids. As such, we have scores for matches 1, 2, and 3. For match 3 only one score has been posted, so I did reports on matches 1, and 2. Match 3 will be included once I have another match 3 score.
On a cool rainy Saturday in October, the Midland Sportsman's Club conducted their annual Halloween BSA Charity match. We have eleven (11) shooters who actually fired, and a few others who were almost rans, but chickened out with the rain.
Truthfully, we ended up not getting wet (unless you knelt in the wet grass), and had relatively calm conditions. Conditions so calm that Bret Solomon fired an F-Open score of 600-53X, which equalled the F-Open record (which Bret holds) for a 3x600. Needless to say, Bret was high F-Open. He was chased by Dave Monette with a 599-46X.
A notable achievement was her first clean. Marisa Tundo fired her first F-Open clean target on Saturday.
In the F-TR Category, Tom Fisher fired a 599-33X, second was Dale Lucy with a 596-29X.
For the sling shooters, we had three. I know I shot a legal Palma Rifle, but wasn't sure about the other two. At any rate I was high with a 586-29X, followed by Mike Quillinan with a 585-24X.
In terms of contributions to the Explorer Crew, we had contributions from Solomon Diving (Bret Solomon) and Pierce Engineering (John Pierce) as well as unsolicited contributions from Mike Ruhlman, and John Luitink. Adding to that the MCSC contribution of $10/competitor the Crew left with $740.00.
The next match at Midland is tentatively scheduled for November 27, 2021 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving). We will watch the weather closely that date and decide whether to run the match or not. Program is: 2021 Annual Foul Weather.
Eleven (11) shooters came out for the last Mid-Range Prone League match of 2021. After a lengthy delay due to fog, the match commenced.
We had a sprinkling of every category for this match. High (and only) Any rifle was Peter Church with a 596-35. High F-Open was Kelley Neeley with a 594-26. High (and only) F-TR was Ed Gostomski with a 593-29. High (and only) Palma Rifle Shooter was Ray Gross with a 599-31. Lastly, high service rifle shooter was Kyle Matzelle with a 575-15.
It was a pleasant, if a little cool September morning. The winds were certainly present, and did cause some difficultly, but were not terrible. We had seventeen (17) competitors and finished by Noon.
A few photos showing the shade we had in the early morning and Dave Monett's first string.
The highs by rifle type: Marcel Bollinger, 597-38X, High F-Open. Ed Gostomski, 576-23X, High F-TR, Leo Cebula, 588-16X, High Palma Rifle, John Luitink, 581-23X, High Any rifle, Kyle Matzelle, 577-18X, High Service Rifle.
September 5, 2021 was a somewhat dreary, overcast day, but with relatively gentle conditions. Once again, we filled the line with thirty-two (32) competitors.
For any rifle the winner was Matthew WIeczorek with a score of 593-20X. For F-Open we had a contest. The F-Open was won by Marcel Bollinger with a score of 598-40X, followed by Bret Solomon with a 597-40X, and Dave Monette with a score of 596-30.
For F-TR the winner is Larry Remsnyder with a 592-31X, and finally Palma rifle was won by Raymond Gross with a 597-30X.
We did have two service rifle shooters, of which Jason Quayle was high with a 580-18.
Well, it was an interesting day. The weather guessers said it would be overcast and cool. They were pretty much correct except the the last minute torrential down pour that was forecasted. So we waited, and Ray Gross stood up and said "Let it be dry". The storm split and went on either side of us, and we only felt a little drizzle. Well, the part about the storm going around us is true, I made up the part about Ray causing it.
In general the day had gentle conditions for the thirteen (13) shooters who came out. We had five (5) Any Rifle shooters (combination of Palma, any rifle, and service rifle), representing the "sling" shooters, and eight (8) F-Open Shooters.
The high F-Open shooter was Ed Gostomski with a 592-30X. Interestingly, we had two other F-Open 592's. Dave Strycharz and 29X, and Jim Weinrich with 24X.
In the Any Rifle category, Mike Quillinan was high shooter with a 586-22X, followed by John Luitink with a 584-20X. The remainder of the category was subject to varying levels of disaster. Ray Gross cross-fired and "X" (on a F-Class target, I might add), and Leo Cebula and Peter Church kept wondering why their shots were off call as their bullets passed through the low hanging branches of a tree on the high end of the range. Time to squad the F-Classers down there....
The weather is getting hot, not quite Africa Hot, but pleasantly warm. There was a breeze blowing, it did help to avoid Africa Hot, but it did cause some issues with scores.
We had nine (9) competitors, one fired a few shots, and decided his load wasn't going to work, and left. The other eight (8) were divided with five (5) F-Open shooters, and three (3) Any Rifle shooters (they may have all been shooting Palma Rifles, but I wasn't sure).
The contest for high F-Open was decided by "X's". Jim Weinrich and Dave Strycharz both posted 581s, with Jim having 21 X's to Dave's 18. High F-Open was Jim Weinrich with a 581-21X.
Amongst the sling shooters, Mike Quillinan was high with a 585-23X. We were pleased to see John Luitink come out for a match. I think the last time we was John was several years ago.
On a nice, but surprisingly windy day over Memorial Day Weekend, the 29th of May 2021 the Michigan Fullbore Rifle Prone Championship was held. Sixteen hardy competitors fired in winds of 10-20 MPH with sudden gusts.
A glimpse of the wind this morning. Midland County is normally a relatively protected range. Not so much today. That flag was pretty consistent, but we suffered from varying gusts throughout the day.
Our State Champions this year are:
Larry Remsnyder, F-TR 440-15X, Marcel Bollinger, F-Open 444-21X, and for Target Rifle, Jamie Root 440-17X.
After today's competition the competitors were treated to a Birthday Party luncheon in the block house at the range. Ray Gross was celebrating his 18th anniversary of his 39th birthday. Thank you, Nora Kay Folts, Ray's significant other.