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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.

2017 WMRP - Match 3

We did record a couple of concerning photos:

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.

We held the 2017 Snow Country English Match League Shoot-Off at the Jackson Sportsman's Club in Jackson, Michigan on April 1, 2017.  Nine of the Ten qualified competitors shot.

Kevin Nevius, Shoot-Off winner receives a check for $100 from Leo Cebula

Once again, Kevin Nevius won the Shoot-off with a score of 1188-81X.  He bested Dan Altman, and Ken Potter by three points in establishing his victory.

Kevin Nevius 591 37 597 44 1188 81
Ken Potter 593 34 592 32 1185 66
Dan Altman 595 31 590 34 1185 65
Matt Gorby 578 13 582 28 1160 41
Jake Bondy 578 22 580 25 1158 47
Leo Cebula 573 28 583 29 1156 57
Gary Duda 564 13 586 27 1150 40
Jamie Root 570 23 574 21 1144 44
Jason Piatek 564 12 575 25 1139 37

Competitors and their Equipment

Okay, the matches for March are complete.

Results to date:

2017 SC Match 1 - Irons

2017 SC Match 2 - Irons

2017 SC Match 3 - Irons

2017 SC Match 4 - Any

2017 SC Match 5 - Any

2017 SC Match 6 - Any

Final regular season results:

2017-03-18 SC Aggregate

Congratulations to Kevin Nevius on winning the regular season aggregate.

Shoot-Off, April 1, 2017:

The 2017 Snow Country Shoot-Off will be held at the Jacksons County Sportsman's Club on April 1, 2017.  The range will open at 8:00 AM.  We will commence fire no later than 9:00 AM.

The following shooters are invited to the Shoot-Off:

Kevin Nevius
Ken Potter
Dan Altman
Leo Cebula
Gary Duda
Jacob Bondy
Matt Gorby
Richard Pardini
Jamie Root
Jason Piatek

For Highpower Mid-Range Prone, watch for Winter League dates at Midland County Sportsman's Club. Program:  2017 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Program.

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).








Finally, we did shoot:

2017 WMRP - Match 1

No comments on the performance.  Its still the middle of winter in Michigan, and everyone was guessing about loads, and trying to remember to sight with right or left eye.....

The Winter League program (2x600) is here:   2017 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Program


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 program for the 2017 Winter Mid-Range Prone League is available:   2017 Winter Mid-Range Prone League Program.

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.

Well, it happened.  Favorable weather occurred for the New Year's Eve Match. Unfortunately, I was under the weather and couldn't attend.

However, we had five shooters, four of which reported scores.

2016 New Years Eve Match Final Results

Some surprisingly good scores for cold weather.

Lastly, we now have the technology to show scores as fired in the 600 Yard Range club house (which is heated....).

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.


Based upon a generous contribution from Solomon Diving, and the proceeds of the match, a total of $400 was presented to the members of the Midland Explorer Crew by Ray Gross.