We had a decent, sunny day for Match 3 of the Winter Mid-Range Prone League. Moreover, we had the best turn-out of the year with ten (10) shooters.
Jake Bondy was the high Target Rifle shooter (sling shooter), with a 398-23X. John Roethlisberger was the high F-TR shooter with a 397-26X besting John Pierce by three X's. It appears everyone is starting to get into practice for 2017.
They appear to be of a notable F-TR shooter wearing a shooting jacket, slung up, and firing an Any Rifle. When we left Midland the competitors were still in shock.... We are withholding his name to protect his reputation.
Frankly, the weather was wonderful. Just plain wonderful. You could not believe it was February. Well, except for the ice:
First time in my life that I wore ice crampons to shoot a rifle match. Wasn't necessary on the line, but on the back of the firing mound, it was slippery from the unmelted ice.
For an early winter match we had a fair turn-out: six shooters.
Then we had some education, between Ray Gross and Bret Solomon. This revolved around how to deploy a Lab Radar to pick up the velocity of the bullet. They were successful (which puts 'em ahead of me, I still haven't got mine working).
We have established the following dates for the 2017 summer season:
Suburban Mid-Range Prone League: May 6, June 10, July 15, August 12, September 23, October 14.
Annual Foul Weather: November 25
Fullbore State Championship: May 17
Mid-Range State Championship: September 2
All of those matches are listed in the "Events" tab on this site, with their programs.
Remember, every weekend in March and April is shown as a potential shoot for the Winter Mid-Range league. We will announce on every Friday whether the match will be held on the following Saturday or not.
The league will operate on Saturday mornings in March and April of 2017 depending on the weather. If the temperature is greater than 30 degrees F, and the wind-chill shows a felt temperature of greater than 25 degrees F, and it is not raining (snow is okay!), then the match will run. In order to give every one an opportunity to attend, we will make the call to run or not on the Friday preceding the match by 9:00 AM, where possible.
This league opens the potential to get out and check out new equipment, or to just shake the cobwebs out of your gear.
Although the weather tends to be somewhat variable during the months of March and April, we generally find at least three (3) dates to shoot, often more.
The Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match was held at the Midland County Sportsman's Club on November 26, ,2016. The day started out cool, but sunny. Unfortunately, as the day progressed it became overcast, and the temperature began to drop.
Five shooters in total competed, Three F-TR and two sling any rifle shooters. The high F-TR shooter was Scott Burr with a 396-17X. High sling shooter was Jake Bondy with a 398-17X.
On a late October day that could best be described as a one in thousand, we were dry, and almost 70, we had ten (10) shooters, and five (5) Explorers. We used four (4) Silver Mountain Targets and the five explorers as score keepers. Basically, we had a good time, and our targets worked flawlessly.
The high F-TR shooter was Doug Boyer, with a 588-15. The high any rifle (Sling) shooter was Jake Bondy, with a 598-29.