At each general membership meeting, the member number of a member is drawn from the BIG barrel. If that member is current on his/her dues and present at the meeting, then they are rewarded with money. The amount is based on what has accumulated in the POT-OF- GOLD up to that time with a maximum of $500.00. If they are not present then they get the crying towel. At the March meeting, member number 2621 belonging to Ronald Keyt was drawn. He was not in attendance at the meeting and so lost out on collected a check for $500.00. So, Ronald, it is boo hoo and the crying towel to you. The pot for the next meeting will remain at $500.00.
The following new members recently joined or rejoined the club: Michael Kelber, Dennis Johnson, Michael Bliss, Forest DeHart, Christopher Gauthier, Scott Barnes, Amos Hathway, Sean Ash, Gary Schnabel, Jason Thornton, Ken Morrell, David Smith, Ricki Kobernik, Gary Dewar Jr., Michael Trainer, William Gavan, Eddie Thompson, Asa Barber, and Darrel Hall.
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
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