On Saturday, September 2, 2017 the 2017 Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship was conducted at the Midland County Sportsman's Club (MCSC). We saw a day where the temperature went from 38 degrees F to the low 70's and mostly sunny. The result was twenty-seven (27) competitors, which may be the highest turn-out for a MCSC match, and the longest day I can remember.
For that we had some degree of drama, both from the competitors chasing state championships, and from electronic targets that chose to be fickle on the low end of the line. The target issues were resolved at 500, but then cropped up again in spades at 600 yards. We finally re-squadded shooters from target one to other targets to complete the 600 yard stage of the championship.
In the Any Rifle category (Sling Shooters), we saw Peter Church and Bob Steketee separated by X's moving back to the 600 yard line. When the dust settled Peter finished with a perfect score 600 with 40 X's, besting Bob's 599 with 37 X's.
There was another performance by a sling shooter of note. Jamie Root, fired a 200 with 18 X's. If you are an old guy (like me), you can remember when the National Record for twenty shots at 600 yards was 200-18 for about a hundred years (I exaggerate only a little, it was the record for a long time).
In the F-TR category, Josh Moore set the pace finishing with a 596-32X. He was chased by Bob Lorenz: 595-29, and 13 year old Sydnie Lipski, who had a 595-28.
In the F-Open category, Aaron Alexander was the high shooter with a 596-33X, besting Jake Oswald with a 592-27X.
We were pleased to see four (4) Juniors competing in today's match. They finished as follows:
2017 Mid-Range Prone Championship Results
Our congratulations to Peter Church, Michigan Mid-Range Prone Any Rifle Champion, Aaron Alexander, Michigan Mid-Range Prone F-Open Champion, Josh Moore, Michigan Mid-Range Prone F-TR Champion, and Sydnie Lipski the Michigan Mid-Range Prone Junior Champion. Commemorative plaques are being ordered and hopefully will be available for delivery on September 23 (next league match).
This completed our last registered match for the year. However, we have a couple more league matches for 2017 and two-three "special matches" left for the year. Our next league match in on September 23, 2017 followed on October 14, 2017 by the last league match for 2017. Both will be a 3x600s. For special matches we have our Halloween BSA Charity Shoot tentatively on October 26, 2017, then our Annual Foul Weather on November 25, 2017, and lastly the New Year's Eve Match on December 31, 2017 (we occasionally actually have this one...). Be sure to check the events tab on this site for information about the upcoming matches.