|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