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|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
|1) Lanny Hann||CR97 SE||Leup 18- 40X||Baracuda||58|
|2) Mike Ferarra||NJR 100||Leupold 18-40||Baracuda||55|
|3) Tim MacSweyn||AA s300||Tasco 8-40X||Baracuda||54|
|4) Bert Habicher||AA s300||Simmons 6.5-20X||Baracuda||54|
|5) Dennis Eden||Anschutz 2025||Leupold 35X||Baracuda||49|
|6) George Harde||TX 200||B&L 8-32X||H&N Trophy||48|
|7) Bill Horodecky||Pro Target .22||Bushnell 6-18X||.22 CP 14.3||47|
|1) Hans Bormann||Pro Target||Leuplod 18-40X||Baracuda||46|
|2) Andrew Horodecky||Pro Target .22||Bushnell 6-18X||.22 CP 14.3||43|
|3) Danny Reginato||AA s300||B&L 6-24X||Baracuda||40|
|4) Doug Diver||Anschutz 2025||Leupold 6.5-20X||Kodiak Match 10.6||39|
|5) Noel Sedman||PCP||Bushnell 4-12X||CP 10.5||21|
|6) Tom Zumpe||BSA||Leupold 2.5X||CP 7.9||10|
It was a great summer day with a breeze that sometimes gusted up to about 15 mph. The long shots were again the problem, with many of the misses coming at long range. Lanny, who shot only for the second time in FT, only missed two long ones on the day. Great shooting, Lanny. Mike came in at lunch without a miss and continued that way until the last 5 shots. Since his score ended up a 55/60, I don’t have to tell you what he did on those last five. I’m not going to say anything! I managed to place third in the A Division with a 54.
Hans placed first in the B Division with a 46, followed closely by our junior shooter, Andrew, with 43. Danny rounded out the award winners in this division with a 40.
The 3/8” kill zones caused some problems, as did a dark coloured duck in the shadows at 50 yards. The 54-yard target in the tricky wind section of the course humbled most of us, however a few shooters put it down both times. There was a good range of difficulty at this match and it was a good tune-up for or Canadian Championships on August 18 and 19.
Thanks to Hans for doing most of the preparation work and presenting the awards.
I hope we get a good turnout for the Championships and I’m sure it will be a great match. I’m looking forward to seeing George and his wife Virginia again this year.
See you on the 18th.
|1) Bill Horodecky||Pro Target .22||Bushnell 6-18X||CP 14.3||53|
|2) Bert Habicher||AA s300||Simmons 6.5 –20X||Baracuda||52|
|3) Dennis Eden||Anschutz 2025||Leupold 35X||Baracuda||50|
|4) Hans Bormann||Pro Target||Leupold 18-40X||Baracuda||49|
|1) Tim MacSweyn||Ripley AR5s||Bushnell 8-32X||CP 10.5||49|
|2) George Harde||AA TX 200||Bushnell 8-32X||H&N Trophy||46|
|3) Greg Stopelli||Pro Target||Tarco 8-40X||CP 10.5||45|
|4) Doug Diver||Ripley AR5||Leupold 6.5-20X||CP 10.5||39|
|5) Danny Reginato||AA s300||B&L 6-24X||Baracuda||34|
Ties broken by longest string of hits
It was cloudy and wet on the trip to the match, but it cleared up before we arrived. The sun came out and the wind rose, which made it a very pleasant day to be outside. The temperature was in the middle 70s and the mosquitoes were literally blown away. The 60 shots ranged from 10 to 50 yards. The wind made it impossible for most shooters to hold on the kill zone for shots outside of about 30 yards. I recall holding about 2” off the center of the kill zone, ¾” outside the zone to knock a 40 yard target down. Of course, I missed the first shot to find out how far to hold over. I was great fun and a valuable experience for doping the wind.
Bill, with his .22 Pro Target, fared the best on this windy day, knocking down 53 of 60. Bert’s came a close second and Dennis rounded out the top 3 shooters. I was just in the right place in the order to place first in the B division, followed by George shooting his TX 200. Greg, who was in from British Columbia, placed third in spite of a long layoff since his last match. It was nice to see Greg again and I was fortunate enough to be squaded with him for the day.
Hans dreamed up another fun match, this time with paintballs. He glued the balls on targets and place 8 targets out, 2 at 20 yards, 2 at 30, 2 at 40 and 2 at 50. To finish, a field target at 20 yards had to be knocked down to stop the timer. A squad of 3 shooters had to splatter the paintballs and take the target down. With the wind, the 50-yard shots were very challenging. Bert, Doug and Danny shot first, but a team of Dennis, Greg and myself splattered the paint and took down the target in the fastest time.
Some of the regulars missed this match due to other obligations, but we hope to have them back for the rest of the matches this season. As with every match I have been to, it was a great day and I look forward to the next one. Keep shooting field target and spread the word.
|1) Rick Willaert||Pro Target||Tasco 8-40X||Baracuda||53|
|2) Doug Diver||Ripley AR5||Leupold 6.5-20X||CP 10.5||51|
|3) Andrew Horodecky||Pro Target .22||Bushnell 4-12X||.22 CP 14.3||50|
|4) Mike Ferarra||NJR 100||Leupold 18-40||Baracuda||49|
|5) Bert Habicher||AA s300||Simmons 6.5-20X||Baracuda||49|
|6) Dennis Eden||Anschutz 2025||Leupold 35X||Baracuda||48|
|7) Tim MacSweyn||Ripley AR5s||B&L 36X||CP 10.5||48|
|8) Hans Bormann||Pro Target||Leuplod 18-40X||Baracuda||44|
|9) Bill Horodecky||Pro Target .22||Bushnell 4-12X||.22 CP 14.3||42|
|10) Danny Reginato||AA s300||B&L 6-24X||Baracuda||37|
|1) George Harde||TX 200||B&L 8-32X||H&N Trophy||48|
|2) Will Kwan||TX 200 HC||Burris 8-32X||CP 7.9||41|
|3) Sandro Assogna||RWS 46||4X||.22 CP 14.3||19|
|4) Tom Zumpe||BSA||Leupold 2.5X||CP 7.9||13|
|5) Bob McGillivrae||Slavia 631||Iron Sights||?||4|
The day finally arrived for our first match of the season. The weather cooperated and 15 shooters arrived to compete, many of them rookies or second time shooters. There was also an Airgun show that drew people to the venue to witness Field Target first hand; there was a great deal of interest.
The match consisted of 60 shots, from 10 to 54 yards. There was a fair amount of wind and just to make it more interesting, it had switched and was coming from the opposite direction from what we are use to. In the afternoon, it switched back and was coming from the Southwest again. The course was quite challenging, with a target in a wire cage, another behind a hollow log you had to shoot through and the long shots in the wind. The competition was great as the top 5 were only separated by 5 shots and the top 7 by 6 shots. Rick Willaert did the best job of figuring out the wind and putting down the “trick” shot targets. He was followed closely by Doug Diver, who shot very well, and second time shooter, Andrew Horodecky, who is a junior to boot. Great shooting, Andrew! The rest of the open shooters were bunched together and not far off.
George Harde won the piston class with a 48 that matched many of the PCP shooters. He is toying with the idea of a PCP gun; be afraid. Will Kwan followed George and then three newcomers rounded out the piston class.
It was great to see Bill and Andrew back and also to welcome Sandro, Tom and Bob, who were new to the sport of Field Target. I think Bob may use a scope next time.
Hans set up a fun shoot after the match, consisting of 15 targets from about 15 to 40+ yards and a team of three shooters had to put them down as quickly as possible. The last target stopped the timer. The team of Dennis Eden, Doug Diver and myself cleared the course in 45 seconds to win the quick shooters bragging rights.
It was just great to get out and shoot a match with the crew from Waterloo.