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|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.