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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.

Marisa Tundo's clean.

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.

2021 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 6

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.

Bret Solomon presenting checks from Solomon Diving and Pierce Engineering to the members of the Explorer Crew.

Its that time of the year where we move indoors.  Look at the "Snow Country" matches (indoor F-Class and sling with .22RF Rifles), this year's program:  2021-2022 Snow Country English Match Series.

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.

2021 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 5

Our next match at Midland Country Sportsman's Club is the 2021 Halloween BSA Charity Match on October 23, 2021.

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.

Complete results:

2021 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 4

Our next match will be the last of the Suburban Mid-Range Prone Matches for 2021, it is scheduled for October 9, 2021.  Program is here: 2021 Suburban Mid-Range Prone League.

Remember, we have the Halloween BSA Charity Shoot on October 23, 2021.  Program is here: 2021 Halloween BSA Charity Match.

 

An F-Class target with the X-Ring blown out. Courtesy of Dave Strycharz, and Jim Weinrich.

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....

2021 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 3

Our next match is scheduled for September 4, 2021, and will be the Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship:  2021 Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship.

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.

2021 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 2

The next Suburban Mid-Range Prone League Match is July 3, 2021.  Program is:  2021 Suburban Mid-Range Prone League

On a sunny, but surprisingly cool morning (try 33 F in September), we had twelve (12) shooters compete in the third Suburban Mid-Range Prone match of 2020.

Ray Gross shot the score he should have shot two weeks ago in the State Mid-Range Prone Championship. However, today he busted a 600-39Xs. It certainly wasn't Ray's first 600, and hopefully not his last either. It was a very nice score from a .223 Palma Rifle.

Mike Ruhlman was high F-Open with a 597-34X. Lastly Doug Boyer was the only F-TR shooter, and finished with a 573-8X, a far cry from his State Championship finish. We have to wonder what broke.

The 2020 Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship was held on Saturday, September 5, the year of the Coronavirus (2020). There was a few of milestones reached for this match:

  1. The largest turnout we have ever had. We had 32, which is capacity. We have had matches prior that filled to capacity the week before, but with "morning of" cancelations we had never had a full line before.
  2. During this match we added competitor 424 in our database (Robert O'Donnel). At the same time we had competitor 1 from the database (Ed Gostomski) as a competitor.
  3. For the first time in a long, long time, we had more sling shooters than F-class (Thank you, Jamie Root!).
  4. We had sufficient entries to have awards for five categories: F-Open, F-TR, Any Rifle, Palma Rifle, and Service Rifle.

The day was overcast and ultimately rainy. After a vote was conducted it was decided to shoot the entire match at 600 yards, and to deploy our rain covers on the line. So, you tended to get damp when you weren't shooting, but you and your equipment stayed dry while you were shooting.

So, we have quite a list of winners:

Any Rifle: Chris Whitney with a 599-37X, out Xing Matt Wieczorek who posted a 599-25X.

F-open: Mike Ruhlman wins in a run away with 598-34X besting Dave Strycharz with a 593-25X.

F-TR: Doug Boyer with a score almost high enough to win in F-Open 598-33X. It was a contest with Austin Nelson finishing second with a 596-34X.

Palma: Hanne Brantner won the Palma Category with a dominating 598-39X over Jamie Root with a 593-29X. Since Hanne is not a Michigan Resident, Jamie is named high Michigan Palma Shooter.

Service Rifle: Tim Plowman fired a 587-20 besting Brock Murphy who fired a 583-22X. Unfortunately, neither Tim nor Brock are Michigan Residents, so Gordon Mason is named high Michigan Service Rifle Shooter.

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, we held our annual Halloween BSA Charity Match on the Midland County Sportsman's Club. The day looked worse than it was. On the drive up there was spotty rain.  When we arrived at the club there was spotty rain.  However, it cleared off and other than being a bit cool (I define a "bit cool" as I didn't feel like I needed gloves) it was a decent day to shoot.

We had a disappointing eleven (11) shooters, so we were finished by noon.  F-Open was won by Bret Solomon with a 597-37X.  F-TR was won by John Pierce with a 593-30X, besting Doug Boyer by 2X.  Target rifle was won by Mike Quillinan with a 597-34X.

2019 Halloween BSA Charity match

Bret Solomon (far right) presents checks to members of Explorer Crew 7772 at the completions of the 2019 Halloween BSA Charity Match.

2019 Winners: (left to right), Bret Solomon, F-Open; Mike Quillinan, Any Rifle (sling); and John Pierce, F-TR.

The next match planned at the MCSC is the Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match on November 30, 2019.  Program is here:  2019 Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match.

On a sunny, cool beginning of Labor Day weekend, thirty competitors took part in the 2019 Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship at the Midland County Sportsman's Club.

The day resulted in some outstanding performances.  Jack Abrams won the Any Rifle (Any sight sling shooters) with a 595-29X.  Jack used a scoped rifle with LoaderMonkey ammunition.  In second was Steve Bair with a 595-19X using an iron sighted Palma Rifle.  A great performance by both.

In the F-TR Category, Sydnie Lipski, a Junior from Hubbard Lake bested the field with a 590-30X, beating second place shooter Austin Nelson with a 589-26X by a single point and four X's.

F-Open was won by repeat winner Marcel Bollinger with a 595-29X leading Ed Gostomski's 590-24X.  Notably, the conditions must have been worse that last year, Marcel had posted a clean 600, a year ago.

We had a few bumps in the road during the match, but we may have learned from them.  At 300 yards, we were unable to open the file folder on the running access point.  So there was no way to see past strings.  We were concerned that this might be the precursor of worse things to come, so we switched over to another access point for 500 yards.  Unfortunately, for reasons that we suspect, but have not yet been confirmed, that access point was displaying shots 20-30 seconds after the round was fired.  At 600 yards we went back to the original access point and performance once again jumped to 1-2 seconds for each shot.  We still couldn't open the files folder, but the performance was excellent.  We are exploring with the Shot Marker manufacturer why that might be.

Way on the right on target eight, Ray Gross and Leo Cebula were getting wide unexplained shots at 500 yards.  Since I'm old enough (Leo) to not always see well, I attributed it to my vision.  However, Ray was using a scoped AR, and had no trouble seeing.  After a little detective work we realized our bullets were penetrating the lower foliage of the tree on the far right of the range.  Ray removed some lower branches and leaves before the 600, and I (Leo) was able to shoot a decent 600.  Ray, firing an AR, that was likely not as flat as my 80.5 Bergers at 3050 fps, shot his string on target 3.  Both of our scores were dramatically higher.  I think this means its time for some more landscaping at Midland.  At least on Target eight.

2019 Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship

Our next Suburban Mid-Range Prone League match is on September 21, 2019.  The program is here:  2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Championship

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:

2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 2