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September 18, 2021

Match report: Sept 18th 2021

by Bob Wall On behalf of Zach Hard, Match Director  

Port Colborne Sept 18th 2021 

The day started off with a light rain. Which made the woods dark, damp and buggy while we set up the last 5 lanes of targets. But by the time we were set up and ready to shoot at the sight in range it was bright and sunny! 

Wind was light with slight gusts. Just enough to make it challenging at the longer ranges. With the sun shining through the leafy canopy, the mix of sun and shade made parallaxing difficult on some shots. Dark areas made it a job for those without illuminated reticles. Thankfully the heat of the day kept the bugs down. 

The course was laid out in 15 lanes of two targets per lane. This kept competitors spread out and moving quickly through the course. There were also two positional lanes.  

Open division shooters had the choice of how to shoot these lanes. This was tried with success first at HAHA and then at Grenville. Now Port decided to follow suit as all were in agreement that this was the way to go. This was a medium to hard level course IMO – small reducers and other targets out to max ranges. Generally, targets were at med and far distances with the few that were close had small reducers. Well, thought out, fun, interesting and challenging to shoot. Nice job! 

Most targets were handmade and well painted with clever actions. All of which added interest to this course. There were Vultures, mosquitos, beaver and a small target with two hit zones – one vertical the other horizontal. Both were very small and difficult to hit. Earns an A+ in my book for fun to shoot.  

There was a good turnout of shooters for this match. With a mix of veterans and new shooters.  9 PCP shooters and 6 piston shooters. Open division had the most shooters with 5 competitors. Which dropped to four as Peter Elsby had double his Fx crown preventing him from finishing the match, as no one had a rod to clear the barrel.  Hunter Piston with 4 competitors. Then WFTF Piston and hunter PCP had 3 competitors a piece.  Some impressive scores were posted. Open shooter Len J shot a near perfect score with a 59 out of 60! Mike P and Ron G in hunter PCP had amazing scores Mike posting a 116 out of 120 and Rob breathing down his neck with a 113 out of 120. Mark S was ahead of the pack in hunter piston with a 99 out of 120. Also, Rob W shot 90 out of 120 with Tom K showing steady improvement as a new shooter posting an 88 0f 120. WFTF Piston was a father and son tie. Both Zack and George shooting a 49 out of 60.  For full scores see blow. 

Once again there was a prize table a nice touch. Competitors picked prizes in the order in which they shot – 1st place and on down the line. With enough stuff for all to get a pick. Also see photos.  

Like to conclude with a Big thanks to Port Colborne District & Conservation Club for granting use of the range. Also, to Zack Harde as Match director for his hard work in putting on this match. Plus, George Harde, Danny K, Dennis, Lanny and the many others who helped to make this match happen, big thanks to you all. 

Open PCP 

First place Len Joe – 59  

Second place 

Dennis Eden —–50  

Third place 

Chris Holmes —–47 

Fourth place 

 Lanny Hann ——45 

DNF Peter Elsby 

Hunter PCP 

First place  

Mike Pitkanen –116 

Second place  

Rob Gastle——–113 

Third place 

Larry Young——-85 

WFTF Piston 

Frist place  

Zack and George Harde – 49 

Second place  

Bob Wall ——— 39 

Hunter Piston  

First place  

Marc Shelleau ———– 99 

Second place  

Rob W ———–90 

Third place  

Tom Ke ———-88 

Fourth place 

Danny Karutschek -65 

September 16, 2021

Cdn 2021 FT Nationals: Match Report

Canadian National Field Target Association Championship

Hosted by the Grenville Fish & Game Club on September 11th & 12th, 2021

Match Report by Tim MacSweyn

We had a great group of shooters show up and enjoy a super weekend of socializing and shooting.  I was very impressed and grateful for the help provided by so many of the competitors.  Setting up the gazebos, the sight in range and the prize table was all made easier when folks chipped in.  It was the same at the end of the day Sunday; people rolled up their sleeves and helped with anything that needed to be done.  Many thanks to all that helped in so many ways.  Thanks to all for showing up.

A huge thank you goes out to the Grenville Fish & Game Club for the excellent facilities and for the use of the Kawasaki Mule.  The mule was a life saver for a couple of folks for whom the walk would have proved very painful.  The Clubhouse was a great spot for our Marshalling Course on Saturday afternoon.  Thanks to Tom for cutting the grass; that made things much easier.  Many thanks to Lynn who has provided help and advice ever since FT restarted at Grenville.  Thanks, Lynn, from all of us.

Our prize table was once again a great success due to the generosity of air gun businesses.  Airgun Source provided items for much less than 50% of the purchase price and also donated a Elements scope that made a relatively new young shooter very happy.  Raman of Canada Shooting Supplies sent us three underlever spring guns that will provide great fun.  Wes, of Airgun Archery Fun donated a Discovery Scope that will be put to good use.  Thanks for supporting field target in Canada.

Friday was a day to get everything set up and ready for Saturday morning.  The sight in range was marked out and set up ready for any shooters that wanted to do some shooting Friday afternoon and early evening.  Targets were checked and painted in the hope of reducing cold lines.  It does not always work exactly as you plan.  Then again sometimes a plan works well, such as the garlic spray on the course that reduced the mosquitos in a big way.

Saturday rolled around nice and sunny with some significant breeze.  After all the registering, getting your partner and lane assignment and chronying the guns, it was off to the sight in range.  Thanks to Blane for volunteering to man the chrony station both days. 

After sight in, the shooter’s meeting took place and soon we were off to the woods.  The wind did pick up and did cause more than a few shots on the edges of the hit zones.  The gusts were unpredictable and were surprisingly strong in spite of the vegetation.

The Hunter shooters were assigned the yellow course for Saturday and some good rivalries were evident by the end of the shooting.  In Hunter Piston, only two points separated Richard T. and Marc S. and Blane was very close as well.  Some good matchups were set for Sunday.

The Open and WFTF classes shot the white course and some nice scores were posted.  Ryan and James were separated by one point at the top of the WFTF PCP class.  Joel jumped out to a good lead in the WFTF Piston class, but Brian and Tim were close.

Both courses features some tough long shots in the wind and those close, very small hit zone targets that Denis likes so much.  Sunday’s squads were based on your score on Saturday.  In each class, starting at the top, shooters were put in a squad with their closest rival.  No pressure at all.

On Saturday afternoon, Joel and Jeff conducted the first ever marshalling course in Canada.  Joel put it together based on his experience taking marshalling courses at the world matches a number of times and with input from the BoG.  From all reports it was a great success and something that will continue to be offered in the future.  Thanks to Joel and Jeff for their efforts.

Sunday started out cloudy, but the Sun pushed through and provided another great day for FT.  The wind was a bit weaker than Saturday, but still moved the pellet enough to cause a few groans throughout the match when the pellets clipped the edge.

In Hunter Piston, the largest group at the match, things stayed close right to the end.  Richard T., who was up by a few points after Saturday, had another great day and ended up as Canadian Champion in the class.  Both Marc S. and Blane had good days as well and finished second and third respectively.  Eric was close behind the top three and Tony R, who shot with us for the first time at Grenville rounded out the top five.  Jeff had a good match as did Jacob who was only able to shoot with us on Sunday due to work.

Tony L. was able to put together another good day to win the class.  Larry made a good run on Sunday to secure second.  Marc C. had a good match placing third followed by Richard O.

In Open PCP, Dennis improved his score from Saturday and won the class, followed by Pete.

In WFTF PCP, Ryan had an exceptional day scoring 57/60 and won the class with an overall score of 108/120.  James stayed consistent and placed second, followed by John B. and Denis.

In WFTF Piston, Joel put on a show; no other way to describe it.  After an impressive 56/60 on day one, he went on to post a 58/60 on day two, for a total of 114/120.  This is a new spring gun record for our Nationals and was also the high score for the match.  Tim and Brian both managed to pull up their scores from Saturday, with Tim placing second and Brian third.  Jon placed fourth followed by Bob.  Both of these shooters are relatively new to WFTF Piston class and are both improving fast.  Look out next year.

The medals were handed out after the scores were tallied and then came the prize draw, which is well known throughout the FT world.  This year was no exception with some great prizes up for grabs, based on nothing more than the luck of having your name pulled out of a hat.  You choose a prize and then draw the next name.  All competitors took home at least one prize a few took home two.

Cleanup was quick and quite easy due to all the help we had and that was greatly appreciated by the match organizers after a very busy three days.  Thanks to all that helped.

 The 2021 CAFTA Nationals is in the books and will go down as a great match and a very enjoyable weekend of shooting.  Ewe are hoping that the COVID situation continues to improve and the Nationals can begin the grow even larger as new shooters enter the sport.

A reminder that there are matches at Port and HAHA this month and matches at all three clubs in October.  HAHA has a match scheduled for November, weather permitting.  I encourage you to keep supporting your local club and know you are always welcome at Port Colborne, HAHA and Grenville.  Thanks to all and I look forward to sitting down with you on a lane soon.

                                                                                    Tim

CAFTA Nationals 2021 Results Chart

RankName ClassyellowWhiteTotalRifleScopePelletProv. State
 Difficulty rating31.230.9TAve 31.0T    
 WFTF Piston/60/60/120    
1Joel Goodwin5856114TX200 Mk3Sightron 10-50AA 8.44ON
2Tim MacSweyn**5248100TX200HC & SRPr Leupold 35XJSB 8.44ON
3Brian Wernham514495HW97Sightron 10-50.AA 7.87ON
4Jon Miller463985TX200Falcon 10-50JSB 8.44ON
5Bob Wall383472TX200Sightron 10-50JSB 8.44ON
         
 WFTF PCP       
1Ryan Landry5751108Steyr LG110Sightron 10-50JSB 8.44QC
2James Liu5150101Steyr LG110Sightron 10-50JSB 7.87ON
3John Birch494089FTP900Falcon 50XJSB 8.44ON
4Denis StJean363066AA S400FHawke 10-50JSB 8.44ON
         
 Open PCP        
1Dennis Eden **514697Steyr LG100S&B FTJSB 8.4ON
2Pete Elsby363066FX CrownElements NexusCr. 10.5ON
         
 Hunter Division/120/120/240    
 PCP       
1Tony Lau9087177Diana OutlawCZ 5-25JSBHON
2Larry Young7687163Kral PuncherCentre Pointe 3-9CrosmanON
3Marc Charlebois6877145D.S. WolverineTasco 3-10JSBHQC
4Richard Oszpar6060120Diana Storm R.West H. 4-16JSBHON
         
 Piston       
1Richard Tatasciore10399202AA Pro SportHawke 4-16JSB 8.44ON
2Mark Shelleau10195196TX200Hawke 6-24Cr. 7.9ON
3Blane Larone9891189TX200HawkeJSB 8.44ON
4Eric Clarke-Daws9393186HW97KVector 10XFTTON
5Tony Raposo8283165TX200Bushnell 5-15Sto 8.56ON
7Jacob Charlebois79DNS79Walther TerrusDiscovery VT-RJSBQC
         
         
September 7, 2021

Grenville Match Report

August 15th, 2021

After a lengthy delay, here’s a quick write up on the match in Grenville.

We have a solid turn out of 12 shooters in both Hunter Piston, PCP and WFTF Piston. An interesting fact, 10 of the shooters were in a piston class! A first for the club to see so many piston shooters. My bias plainly on my sleeve – outstanding!

The match was a great success with “Cold Line” Hemming only have to call out once! Another first with so few issues (not there is often very many).

The day dawned clear and cool for mid-August. No one was complaining either! The mosquitos were few and far between too!

The biggest challenge were the shadows. It added a wonderful challenge to a course which saw a good number of reducers out to max range. A worthy course for a wonderful day.

We had everything wrapped up and away by about 2:00 PM.

A big thanks to the Grenville Fishing and Game Club for hosting and the volunteers – Tim Mac, Dave C, John B and Blane L – for their hard work to get everything ready for an outstanding day of shooting. Thank you!

Results

DivisionClassMaxNameScoreGun Model
HunterPCP120Richard Oszpatz69DiannaStormrider
HunterPiston120Blane Larone95AirArmsTX200 Mk3
HunterPiston120Eric Clark-Dawes92HW97K
HunterPiston120Rich Tatasciope89AirArmsProSport
HunterPiston120Jeff Hemming83AirArmsTX200 Mk3 HC
HunterPiston120Jacob Charlebois76WaltherTerrus
HunterPCP120Richard Turgeon48CrosmanOptimus
WFTFPiston60Tim MacSweyn54AirArmsTX200 Mk3 HC
WFTFPiston60Ryan Landry42DiannaD56
WFTFPiston60Brian Wernham41HW97
WFTFPiston60Dave Cunningham34AirArmsTX200 MK3
WFTFPiston60John Birch27AirArmsTX200 Mk3

August 28, 2021

HAHA: 28 August 2021 Match

HAHA Field Target Match Report

August 28, 2021

Last Saturday proved to be great day for our second field target match of 2021. Warm temps, no rain and some shifty HAHA winds provided the perfect backdrop for our match. Ok, maybe I exaggerate with it being “warm”. It was 41C with humidity and some call this damn hot!!!

Twenty-one shooters started arriving early Saturday morning making set up smooth and quick. After a brief shooters meeting, the match started on time. Despite having 10 groups of 2 and a single, we managed to finish by 2:15 and had the course cleaned up quickly thereafter. The match director was a bit tardy tallying the scores and there was a HUGE desire to get into vehicle air conditioning so shoot offs were not held for the two first place ties that happened!

A special thank-you to the volunteers who showed up early to cut the grass (Jeff) and get the range ready for the day. These events can only run smoothly/on time with volunteers. Please remember to thank them and consider helping at an upcoming match.

Congratulations to our division winners and co-winners:

Len and Lanny – PCP Open co-winners

James – PCP WFTF

Rob and Tony – PCP Hunter co-winners

Brian – Piston WFTF

Marc – Piston Hunter

Some pics – HAHA. Good luck to those attending the Canadian Championships at the Grenville Club September 11,12. Hope to see everyone again at our September 25th match here at HAHA

Brian

Match Director

HAHA Field Target Club Match Results 
Saturday, August 28, 2021
PCP Open / 60ScoreGunSightPellet
Len J57FWB P70 FTSightron 10-50JSB Heavy
Lanny H57RAWSightron  JSB 8.4
Richard Stephens *54Daystate RedwolfJSB 8.4
Geoff M50AA S510Hawke AirmaxAA 8.4
Chris H49Kral JumboDiscovery 6-24JSB 15.89
Tony M46MarauderHawke SidewinderJSB 13.43
Dennis E42AnschutzLeupold 35XJSB 10.5g
Peter E 37FX CrownElement HelixJSB 14.35
PCP WFTF / 60ScoreGunSightPellet
James Liu53Steyr 110Sightron 10-50JSB 7.8
PCP Hunter / 120ScoreGunSightPellet
Rob G101Daystate RedwolfHawke  JSB 10.3
Tony L101Diana OutlawBSA 4-16JSB 8.44
Mike P   97FX StreamlineDiscovery 3-18JSB 
Piston WFTF / 60ScoreGunSightPellet
Brian W50HW97Sightron 10-50AA 7.9
Zach H46AA TX 200Big NikkoJSB   
Bob W38AA TX 200Sightron 10-50JSB 8.44
Piston Hunter / 120ScoreGunSightPellet
Marc S97AA TX 200Hawke 6-24Crossman 7.9g
Jeff H 96AA TX 200Sighron STACJSB Exact
Tom K    94HW 97Discovery 4-16JSB Exact
Dorian A74HW 77KHawkeH&N Baracuda
Rob W  73Crossman OptimusVector 3-12JSB 
Ryan R67Crossman   Bushnell 4-12Crossman 7.9g
* New Shooter
August 21, 2021

Port Colborne: First Match August 2021

Match Results

DivisionClassMaxNameScoreGun Model
HunterPCP120Rob Gastle101DaystateRed Wolf
HunterPCP120Mike Pitkanen89FXStreamline
HunterPCP120Larry Young78BenjaminMarauder
HunterPCP120Tom Ke70
HunterPiston120Jeff Hemming86AirArmsTX200 Mk3 HC
HunterPiston120Marc Shelleau81AirArmsTX200
HunterPiston120Rob Wright66HW50
OpenPCP60Lanny Hann49TheobenRapdi
OpenPCP120Chris Holmes45KralJumbo
OpenPCP60Dennis Eden37USFT
OpenPCP60Geoff MacGregor33AirArmsS510
OpenPCP120Peter Elsby26Crown
WFTFPiston60George Harde47AirArmsTX200
WFTFPiston60Zach Harde41AirArmsTX200 Mk3
WFTFPiston60Ted Gibson29AirArmsTX200
WFTFPiston60Bob Wall20AirArmsTX200 Mk3

Check out some pics in the gallery

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