22 Rimfire Challenge Epilogue

Despite the threat of possible snow or thundershowers, a good crowd of shooters eager to challenge the steel showed up on the Short Range on the morning of February 26, 2017for the scheduled .22 Rimfire Challenge Shoot.  Each participant had with them a .22 rimfire rifle as needed for this shoot.

One by one, each shooter stepped to the firing line and as directed fired 10 shots at the steel – in this case, eight white painted steel targets in the shape of squares, diamonds, and rounds and one square red painted steel stop target – set at 50 yards.  Each string of 10 shots was timed and penalties were assessed for target misses and other things.  Each shooter went through the sequence five times for a total of 50 rounds fired. 

In the .22 rimfire challenge game, the shooter faces off with either a .22 rimfire handgun and/or a .22 rimfire rifle against five or more steel targets placed at various distances and heights.  Firearms can be semi-automatics, lever actions, revolvers, etc. as long as they meet the requirements of the particular shoot.  No fancy equipment is needed. 

The challenging part of the .22 rimfire challenge shoot comes in as the shooter attempts to place shots, as directed, on each target as quickly and accurately as they can.  Each shooter, when called to the shooting line, loads 10 rounds and shoots at the steel targets as rapidly and accurately as possible.  The goal is to hit the targets as directed by the match director in the least amount of time with no misses.  Time penalties are charged for each target missed or for such things as shooting targets in the wrong order.  Each shooter goes through the first round of targets five times for a total of 50 rounds fired.  After all the shooters have gone through, the first target stage, they move to the second target stage, if there is one, and shoot those targets as directed, going through those targets five times for another 50 rounds fired.  At the conclusion of each stage, the shooter is allowed to toss out his/her worst time and then record the sum of his/her best four times for score for the stage. 

After all the score sheets were tallied for this shoot and the times placed into the official record, shooting honors for this event went to:

1st Place      Doug Harp

2nd Place     Dusty Freeman

3rd Place      Dean Backer

     

My sincere thanks to everyone who came out to this shoot, helped set up and tear down, and had a good time making the steel targets ring.  There will be another one, so for those who didn’t come out, watch the calendar for the next one.  Bear this in mind; every hit on the steel makes the steel ring – a sound that brings gladness to the ears and a smile to the lips.  Come on out and get your smiles on.    

Tim Brown…………Match Director

22 Rimfire Pistol Silhouette Epilogue

It was a not to bad partially sunny partially cloudy morning as set up of the range was completed and the shooters took to the line on the morning of February 19, 2017 for the scheduled .22 Rimfire Pistol Silhouette shoot.

Targets in the .22 rimfire pistol silhouette event consist of metal chickens set at 25 yards, javalina (pigs) set at 50 yards, turkeys set at 75 yards and rams set at 100 yards.  The targets are 3/8 scale duplicates of their full size high power rifle target counterparts.  All shooting is done off-hand and each shooter fires one round at each of the ten animals in front of them and then moves to their next shooting position and shoots ten more until they have fired ten rounds at each of the four shooting position for a total of forty rounds fired.  Each shooter goes through the targets twice for a total of eighty rounds fired.  What always makes the shooting of silhouettes so much fun is that there is no waiting to recover a target to see how well one did.  With every round fired, there is either the clang of a hit and the animal falls from its stand, or there is nothing but the sound of the shot and a miss.

When the shooting was over and the animals knocked from their stands were tallied, honors for this shooting event went to:

1st Place          Tim Delgrosso

2nd Place         Bruce Reynolds

3rd Place          Buster Watts

As always, my thanks to those who came out and enjoyed this really fun steel animals toppling event, and as always, my puzzlement over those who stayed home.  Silhouette shooting is a whole lot of fun and adventure.  Not to mention it can really improve your handgun shooting skills.  So mark you calendars and come out and join in.  There is always room for one more steel animal toppler.

Tim Brown…………Match Director

Centerfire Defender Pistol Scores Epilogue

It was another good turnout of shooters at the Short range on the morning of January February 25, 2017, for the scheduled Centerfire Defender Pistol Shoot.

At the ten yard line in front of each shooter was single target frame with stick-ons representing the vital parts of the human anatomy – the heart, the brain, and the guts.  Here each shooter laid out ten rounds, loaded five, and fired at each target as instructed by the match director.  Then they loaded and fired their remaining five rounds at the targets as instructed.

Then each shooter moved to the twenty-five-yard line their remaining forty rounds of ammo.  Here they had in front of them four bulls-eye targets and a silhouette target representing a lovely young lady with purple hair being held hostage by a bad guy.  Here each shooter loaded five rounds and fired at the bad guy and then the bulls-eye targets as instructed.  They repeated the process of loading and shooting five rounds as instructed until all forty rounds had been expended.  Any shots that hit the poor hostage cost the shooter points.  Each shooter went through the program twice for a total of 100 rounds fired.

  

After all the total bullet hits were counted, shooting honors for this event went to:

1st Place       Jim Garges

2nd Place     Tim Delgrosso

3rd Place      Jim Ritts

As said before, my thanks to all those who came out, helped with set-up and tear down, and took part in this fun shooting event.  And has also been before, those who stayed away missed out on a lot of shooting fun and great pistol practice.  So mark your calendars and come on out and give this fun shoot a try.

Tim Brown…………Match Director

Election Results and Awards

The annual election of club officers took place at the February 7, 2017 General Membership meeting.  From those who chose to throw their hats and hopes into the ring, the following persons were selected to direct your club in the coming year.

President Chris Alumbaugh
Vice-President Daniel Carroll
Secretary Tim Brown
Treasurer Joe McFadden
Executive Officer Daryl Fitzpatrick
Outdoor Range Officer Bob Chambers
Indoor Range Officer Rob Gibson
Trustees Bruce Reynolds
Mike Lulay
Dave Kopecky
Past President Tom Byerley

Also at the meeting awards were given out to deserving members for their service and dedication to the club.

The Chuck Weems Memorial Trophy award – granted to the member volunteering the most hours of service in the past year – was presented to Tim Brown.

Outstanding Member of the Year award – granted to a member, or members, who have throughout the year given outstanding service, above and beyond the ordinary, to the club – was presented to Mike Lulay, Dusty Freeman, Tim Taylor, Bob Chambers, Dan Radakovich, Craig Huston, and Bob Furgeson.

Life Membership – granted to a member with at least ten years membership and sustained outstanding service to the club – None this time.