Man braves elements to shoot poor defenseless paper targets.

John Hoffman decided to brave the weather to go shooting. He had the range all to himself when I left from taking photo’s of the club in the snow.  I requested to post his photo as proof that he braved the elements to have a good day at the range.  Hope you’re range time was productive and that the cold wasn’t too bad.  Our new roof on the cook shack should have provided some protection from the elements, as it seemed to be holding up nicely against the weight of the snow and ice.  We also had a visitor of the four legged type that snuck across the path behind me when I went for pictures of the long range.  They weren’t there when I went down but had magically appeared when I was walking back to the car to get warm.

.22 Rimfire Challenge Shoot

A good crowd of shooters eager to challenge the steel showed up on the Short Range on the morning of December 31, 2016 for the scheduled .22 Rimfire Challenge Shoot.  Each participant had with them a .22 rimfire handgun and a .22 rimfire rifle as needed for this shoot.  One by one, each shooter stepped to the firing line and fired 10 shots at the steel – in this case, steel in the shape of a prairie dog, a rabbit, a crow, a squirrel, and a rat – with their handgun in the order prescribed by the match director.  Very challenging targets to say the least.  Each string of 10 shots was timed and penalties were assessed for target misses and other things.  When all the shooters had completed the 50 round handgun shooting some switched to their rifles and proceeded to shoot at the rifle targets as directed.  Overall, each shooter fired a total of 50 rounds at the pistol targets and 50 at the rifle targets.

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 challenge 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 shooters have gone through the first target stage, they move to the second target stage 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      Daryl Fitzpatrick

2nd Place     Neil Dozler

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

Centerfire Defender Pistol Shoot

It was a good turnout of shooters at the Short range on the morning of December 24, 2016 for the scheduled Centerfire Defender Pistol Shoot.

At the ten yard line in front of each shooter was one target fame with three placing card attached to it.   Here each shooter laid out ten rounds, loaded five, and rapidly fired one or two rounds at each card as instructed by the match director.  Only bullet hits inside a card could be counted for score.

Then each shooter moved to the twenty-five yard line their remaining forty rounds of ammo.  Here they had in front of them three paddles of the six on the dueling tree and four bulls-eye targets.  Here each shooter loaded five rounds and fired their first shot at on of the dueling tree places on their side of the tree and than rounded off their remaining four rounds into the targets as directed. They continued this way until they had hit all three plates on their side at which time all further shots were fired at the bulls-eye targets as directed.  Each shooter went through 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      Dusty Freeman

As said over and over, 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 said over and over, 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

Rimfire Defender Pistol Shoot

It was another good turn out of shooters at the at the Indoor range on the evening of December 13, 2016 for the scheduled Rimfire Defender Pistol shoot.  As the shooters took to the firing line in front of them in the target holders were Christmas theme targets – a Christmas tree, a candy cane, a reindeer, and an elf-a-poodle.  As instructed by the match director each shooter loaded the announced number of rounds and fired at the targets in the order given – round and round and up and down, side to side, back and across, etc. – until they had gone through their first fifty rounds.  When the shooters came to the Christmas tree target, aim was important, as hitting the Christmas ball on the tree scored more than just hitting the tree.  After the first round of shooting was concluded, the targets were replaced, with one target being changed out for a snowman one, the shot ones scored, and the shooting fun continued for another fifty rounds.  When all the targets scored, and the range cleaned up, shooting honors for the evening’s fun went to:

1st Place        Jim Ritts

2nd Place       Tim Brown

3rd Place       James Krehmke

As said before, my thanks to those who came out and enjoyed the evening’s shooting fun and challenges.  And as before, those of you who stayed home missed out on a lot of shooting fun, great pistol practice, and really good fellowship.  So mark your calendars as this shoot is held every month.  Come on out and join in the fun.

Tim Brown…………Match Director