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The clouds were already rolling in at 8:30 AM and the temperature was a brisk 32°F. By the time the match started at 10:00 AM, the temperature was up to 35° and there was a considerable crosswind on the first 11 lanes. After we turned the corner the wind was coming from behind for the last 4 lanes. As the day continued, it actually made it up to a balmy 40-41°F and the somewhat unpredicable wind persisted for the entire match.
After the first 32 shots before lunch, there were a few shooter vieing for the lead who had dropped 5 or 6 shots due to the wind and small killzones. There were 5 targets, 10 shots, on killzones less than .5”. The difficulty rating for the course was 33.5, average killzone .8” and the average distance was 25.2 yards. The afternnon consisted of 28 shots and most shooters stayed on the pace they had set in the morning. I was fortunate enough to drop only one more shot on the day, ending up with the high score of 54/60. Mike shot a 49 for second place and to make it interesting, Dennis and Will tied for third with 46. In an offhand shoot-off on paper targets at 25 yards, it took 3 rounds to find a winner. The first two rounds were too close to call and on the third round, Dennis edged Will out to claim third. Shoot-outs are fun, especially if your not in them.
Although conditions were not ideal, it felt great to be out shooting with the guys again. Our next match is on May 5th, with the shooters meeting at 10:45 and the match starting at 11:00 AM. The 60 shots will be completed without a break. If this is too long without something to eat for some people, a sandwich or snack can be eaten on the course during the match. The fee is now $20 for the match, so that Hans can purchase awards for the match winners. Be prepared to discuss the type of awards you would prefer. I hope to see all of the regulars on the 5th, and if you can bring a new shooter, great.
Please e-mail me and let me know if you will or will not be attending the match on the 5th.
|1) Tim MacSweyn||Rapid 17FT||Bushnell 8-32X||CP 10.5||54|
|2) Mike Ferarra||NJR 100||Leupold 18-40X||Baracuda||49|
|3) Dennis Eden||Rapid 17FT||Leupold 35X||CP 10.5||*46|
|4) Will Kwan||NJR 100||Leupold 18-40X||Baracuda||*46|
|5) Danny Reginato||AA TX200||Tasco 8-40X||FT Trophy||36|
|6) George Harde||AA TX200||Bushnell 8-32X||FT Trophy||33|
|7) Noel Seadman||Huntsman||Bushnell 6-18X||CP 10.5||27|
|8) Hans Bormann||Pro Target||Leupold 18-40X||Baracuda||22|
|1 Bert Habicher||AA s300||Simmons 6.5-20||Baracuda||240||37||49||80||73||479|
|2 Tim MacSweyn||AA s300||Tasco 8-40X||Baracuda||230||39||49||80||75||473|
|3 Mike Ferarra||NJR 100||Leupold 18-40||Baracuda||240||38||49||70||75||472|
|4 Doug Diver||Anschutz 2025||Leupold 6.5-20||Kodiak||240||38||48||60||79||465|
|5 George Harde||TX 200||B&L 8-32X||H&N||210||38||49||40||75||412|
|12) Will Kwan||AA s300||Simmons 6.5-20||Baracuda||190||39||49||70||63||411|
|7 Danny Reginato||AA 410 .22||B&L 6-24X||AA||220||39||32||50||66||409|
|8 Rino||AA 40 .22||Bushnell 4-12X||Kodiak||250||39||32||10||77||408|
|9 Dennis Eden||Theoben 17FT||Leupold 35X||CP 10.5||200||40||49||50||66||405|
|10 Tom Zumpe||AA 410 .22||Bushnell 4-12X||Kodiak||180||40||31||60||67||378|
|11Bill Horodecky||Pro Target .22||Bushnell 6-18X||CP 14.3||170||35||15||70||77||367|
|12 Andrew Horodecky||Pro Target .22||Bushnell 6-18X||Kodiak||150||40||49||70||40||339|
|11 Hans Bormann||Pro Target||Leuplod 18-40X||Baracuda||DNF|
FT = Outdoor Field Target (10 points per hit)
Indoors all at 20 yards
Hunt = Small paper animal targets will scoring rings on kill zone from 10 points on down
Luck = Paper target with multiple ring for scoring, but also penalties for missing
Chalk = Nine pieces of chalk on rotating arms (see about .75” of one piece at a time above wall on the move)
Bin Lad = Two sniper field targets with small KZ (two shots each) Two rotating pictures of Bin Laden where you
had to hit between the eyes for 10 (about the size of a .177 pellet)
On the outdoor course it was a balmy 30° F when we started and rose to a comfortable 38-40° as we finished. The wind was brisk and blowing from left to right and into our faces on the first 5 or 6 lanes and on the last 5 or 6 lanes, it was blowing right to left. For December 9th in this area of Ontario, we really can’t complain. We had a 30 shot outdoor field target match, with one target per lane on 15 lanes. Rino, who shot with us for the first time, was the class of the Ft shooters. He scored an impressive 25/30 with his new AA s400, using hold over and no clicking for elevation on his 12 power scope.
The indoor course was a real mix in terms of targets and it was warmer than outside. We shot small field targets, two different kinds of moving targets and a variety of paper targets. Andrew, Tom and Dennis cleared the hunting targets. Many shooters tied with 49/50 on the Good Luck targets. Bert and Tim scored 80/90 on the rotating chalk. Doug must have had the biggest grudge against Bin Laden, scoring 79/80 on this event.
When we put all the scores together, Bert was the overall winner, followed by Tim who only edged out Mike by 1 point. Congratulations Bert. The order of finish determined the order you chose your gift. Since the gifts were wrapped, there was no real advantage, just more choices to confuse you.
Many thanks to Hans, who did the organizing and much of the setup work.
There were a lot of close scores, but most were interested in having fun and spending a day together shooting before the long wait till spring. We exchanged gifts, ate pizza and offered each other best wishes for the Christmas Season and New Year. Now we practice and wait. The practice is fun, but the waiting, arrrg.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
|1) Dennis Eden||Rapid 17 FT||Leupold 18-40X||Baracuda||52*|
|2) Andrew Horodecky||AA 400 .22||Bushnell 4-12X||.22 CP 14.3||52*|
|3) Robert Barton||Z-Steyr||B&L 36X||CP 10.5||51**|
|4) Mike Ferarra||NJR 100||Leupold 18-40||Baracuda||51**|
|5) Lanny Hann||CR97 SE||Leupold 18-40||Baracuda||50|
|6) Bert Habicher||AA s300||Simmons 6.5-20X||Baracuda||47|
|7) Hans Bormann||Pro Target||Leupold 18-40X||Baracuda||47|
|8) Tom Zumpe||AA 410 .22||Bushnell 4-12X||.22 CP 14.3||44|
|9) George Harde||TX 200||Bushnell 8-32X||H&N Trophy||41***|
|10) Bill Horodecky||TX200||Bushnell 4-12X||CP 7.9||41***|
|11) Tim MacSweyn||Rapid 17 FT||Bushnell 8-32X||CP 10.5||41***|
***At this point, no one cared
Our last scheduled match of the year started out on a day that did not look promising. It was cloudy and cold and quickly turned to cloudy, windy and cold. The morning shoot went fairly well except for the wind that kicked up, gusting in the neighborhood of 20 mph. The rain held off in the morning until most groups were finished or just had a couple of shots left. It poured during lunch and then stopped as we finished lunch. Except for one quick flash shower, the rest of the day was acceptable, with the best weather coming after the match was over of course.
With a two shot spread between first and fifth, you can tell the competition was close. Dennis and Andrew were tied at the end and a one shot shoot off was held. A target was placed at 40 yards on the windy practice range and the one that shot closest to the center was declared the winner. Dennis edged Andrew out by about the width of a pellet. Andrew was shooting his new AA400 for the first time in competition and fared very well.
Robert made the long drive to shoot with us again and gun and shooter performed well. I would have liked to have seen a shoot off between Mike and Robert, but after drying their guns and packing them away, neither shooter was interested in getting them out again.
All the guns functioned well on the day, but my brain had some malfunctions. After shooting a close target at one full revolution of the elevation knob, I forgot to dial back down. Malfunction one. Then rather than the obvious, I thought the gun might be leaking air. I filled up and missed some more. Malfunction two. I still can’t believe it took me that long to figure out the problem. I’m sure I’ll find more creative ways to miss targets. When I have made all the mistakes and have it all figured out, I’ll be too old to shoot.
We are considering a shoot in November if weather permits, but if not, our Christmas shoot will be on December 9, 2001.
|1) Tim MacSweyn||Rapid 17 FT||Bushnell 4200 8-32X||CP 10.5||57|
|2) Mike Ferarra||NJR 100||Leupold 18-40||Baracuda||56*|
|3) Hans Bormann||Pro Target||Leuplod 18-40X||Baracuda||56*|
|4) Dennis Eden||Anschutz 2025||Leupold 35X||Baracuda||52|
|5) Robert Barton||Steyr LG100ZM||B&L 36X||Cp 10.5||49|
|6) Lanny Hann||CR97 SE||Leup 18- 40X||Baracuda||48|
|7) Tom Zumpe||TX200||Bushnell 4-12X||CP 7.9||46|
|8) George Harde||Diana 54||B&L 8-32X||H&N Trophy||44|
|9) Doug Diver||Anschutz 2025||Leupold 6.5-20X||Kodiak Match 10.6||42|
|10) Zack Harde||Rws Break barrel||H&N Trophy||13|
|11) Noel Sedman||Huntsman||Euro 4X||CP 10.5||DNF|
* Hans conceded to Mike because that’s the way he is. (Also wanted to avoid a shootout)
Sunday was one of those fall days you wish would continue for months. The sun was out, wind was light, the temperature was right around 70 and the air was clean and invigorating. Ten shooters showed up for the event including Robert Barton from about as far east in Ontario as you can get. Some of our regulars were on vacation or busy with fall chores on their land.
It was great to finally meet Robert after many e-mails throughout the past months. He fit in very nicely with the group and made some good friends. He was doing well, but unfortunately he bumped his gun late in the match causing some accuracy problems. Noel also was struck by some bad luck when his sling broke and the gun fell, moving the scope well off line. The breach on Doug’s gun kept popping open causing him problems throughout the match.
At the lunch break, Mike was the leader, having dropped only 2 shots. Tim and Hans were close behind having dropped 3 and 4 respectively. A couple missed long shots in the afternoon for Mike combined with Tim and Hans shooting clean in the PM led to the finishing order for the top three.
Tom Zumpe shot an impressive 46 with his TX to top the spring gun shooters. This is Tom’s first season shooting field target and he is improving very quickly. Zack Harde, George’s son, also shot with us and seemed to have a good day. With his dad’s help, it will not be too long before his scores will start to rise.
It was a great day for field target and spending time with familiar and new friends. We’ll have at it again on Oct 20, 2001. We are looking forward to another great fall day. I hope to see all the regulars and even a few new shooters for this the last 60 shot match of the 2001 season.
|Shooter||Gun||Scope||Pellet||D1 /60||D2 /60||Tot. /120|
|1) Mike Ferarra||NJR 100||Leupold 18-40||Baracuda||57||51||108|
|2) Dennis Eden||Anschutz 2025||Leupold 35X||Baracuda||57||49||106|
|3) George Harde||TX 200||B&L 8-32X||H&N Trophy||49||55||104*|
|4) Danny Reginato||AA 410 .22||B&L 6-24X||AA||55||49||104*|
|5) George Hamiliton||NJR 100||Leupold 13-38x||CP 10.5||59||44||103*|
|6) Andrew Horodecky||Pro Target .22||Bushnell 6-18X||CP 14.3||55||48||103*|
|7) Tim MacSweyn||AA s300||Tasco 8-40X||Baracuda||50||50||100|
|8) Bert Habicher||AA s300||Simmons 6.5-20||Baracuda||52||46||98|
|9) Lanny Hann||CR97 SE||Leup 18- 40X||Baracuda||53||45||98|
|10) Bill Horodecky||Pro Target .22||Bushnell 6-18X||CP 14.3||53||44||97|
|11) Hans Bormann||Pro Target||Leuplod 18-40X||Baracuda||48||41||89|
|12) Will Kwan||TX200 HC||Burris 8-32X||CP 7.9||46||29||75|
|13) Noel Sedman||Huntsman||Euro 4X||CP 10.5||31||32||63|
|14) Kevin Hann**||CR97 SE||Leup 18- 40X||Baracuda||50||Absent||50|
|15) Doug Diver||Anschutz 2025||Leupold 6.5-20X||Kodiak Match||49||Absent||49|
*Tie broken by longest string of hits
Saturday was a made to order FT day, with light winds (6 mph) and comfortable temperatures. Targets were set in the bush and some in the fields, with a blend of distances from 10-54 yards. George Hamilton from Florida shot an impressive 59/60 to lead all shooters. Mike and Dennis were close behind, each with 57. We welcomed 2 new shooters, Kevin and Jeff, who could only come for one day. We hope to see them both again.
Hans came up with another fun competition that involved 3 shooters trying to spat paint balls glued to paper groundhog targets. There were 38 targets set from 10 to 50 yards and a regular field target rigged to a timer to stop the time when all paint ball were splattered. It was great fun. A team consisting of Bert, Kevin and myself edged out the next best group by seconds.
Sunday was a different story. We have had one of the driest summers on record, but guess when Mother Nature decided to bring the much-needed rain. It started between 9 and 10 AM and just poured. We had all the targets ready on the bush trail, but it sure didn’t look like that was going to happen. We decided to pull all the targets and set them up on the 100 and 200yd ranges, where we could shoot from under a roof. It was not ideal, but I sure wasn’t driving the 2 hours home without shooting. We had to use the benches, because the grass and weeds blocked most of the kill zones from the sitting or prone positions. The scores for day 2 show how difficult the course was. There were strong winds and the direction was somewhat unpredictable due to the burms surrounding the ranges. George managed to dope the winds the best, shooting a 55 with his TX.
In the end, Mike put together 2 solid scores to win the title of “Canadian Champion” with a score of 108/120. Dennis was close behind with a 106 and George Harde, with a springer, was 3rd with a 104. Prizes for the match included beautifully made replicas of cannons, field targets and an interesting scope that contained a bottle of wine, all made by Hans. There were also tool sets, pocketknives and a variety of small prizes, some of which were donated by George Hamilton. Thanks George. The cannons are something to see. One is a replica of the first breach loading cannon, with everything but the tripod legs being made from polished brass. I took a quick count and there are over 30 parts that had to be made and polished on this one cannon. Dennis was fortunate enough to end up with that one. Prizes were on a large table and as you were called in order of finish, you went up and chose the prize you wanted. Every shooter received at least 2 prizes and some had 3.
For myself, the weather changed the match, but didn’t take any of the enjoyment out of it. It was great to see George and Virginia again and God willing we’ll see them again next year. Many thanks to Hans for organizing the match, coming up with a fun competition and being responsible for the prizes, many of which he made. Thanks to all the competitors who were a part of a great weekend of shooting and camaraderie.
By: Tim MacSweyn