The job of Match Director pays nothing. It eats up your time both on and off the range. And it can be a thankless, aggravating job, much like trying to herd old cats. So who would volunteer to take-on a job like that? Brian Jones is who, and all us .22 rimfire shooters are grateful he did. He is a natural and did a fine job directing our first match of the year on Sunday, January 6th.
The morning of the match was breezy and bone-chilling cold. Although the harsh conditions did not stop eight bundled-up shooters from competing with cold hands and teary eyes, the conditions did have a negative effect on the scores. Everyone shot well below their best. Everyone that is except for Ron Ainsworth who shot a very respectable 702 to win the rifle match by a wide margin over the second place finisher. For the Charger match the breeze turned into a wind, making accurate shots much harder for some, but not for all. First time Charger competitor, Alan Coffin showed us he could dope the wind hitting 74 out of 80 targets, far out-shooting the rest of the field. Last year’s first place finisher better practice.
The match was fun, but it’s more fun when it’s not windy and cold outside. So here’s hoping the winds are calm and it’s much warmer for our next match on Sunday, February 3rd. Please come and check us out. Set-up is at 8 AM and the match starts at 9 AM. Shooting in this discipline is very affordable and all are welcome.
|Ron Ainsworth||702 21X|
|Joe Caporaso||688 14X|
|Ron Orton||685 15X|
|Brian Jones||677 11X|
|Bill Guida||671 16X|
|Dave Beck||667 9X|
|John Bender||637 11X|
|Alan Coffin||600 5X|
Custom Factory 22 Rimfire Bench Rest and Charger Matches
With the temperature hovering at 39 degrees some shooters decided to skip the December 16th match and stay home where it was warm and comfy. But the bone-chilling temperature didn’t keep everyone away. Seven bundled-up shooters braved the cold and windy conditions to compete in what would turn-out to be a very competitive rifle match. Although no one broke 700, the scores weren’t bad considering the conditions. After the rifle match was over four of the seven shooters wasted no time packing up and going home to thaw out. The three tough old coots that remained set up their Chargers and competed against each other for bragging rights and a possible second place Charger finish for the year. The shooter who has first place sewn-up was home in his PJs. All in all it was a good meet with a good group of guys.
|Ron O.||682 14X|
Sunday morning, November 25th started out warm and sunny with no clouds and just a light breeze – great conditions for a match. These conditions resulted in some very good scores. Of the nine shooters that shot the rifle match, five shot 700 or better with the next four following close on their heels. But after the rifle match the breeze turned into a wind, which jumped around and forced Charger shooters to employ Kentucky windage. Using just the right amount of Kentucky windage takes skill, blessed with a dose of luck. Speaking as someone who may be a bit less good than others, seems like the left-handed major league pitcher Vernon Louis ‘Lefty’ Gomez was on to something when he said, “I would rather be lucky than good.”
Our next match is December 16th. Please come and check us out. Set-up is at 8 AM and the match starts at 9 AM. Shooting in this discipline is fun and very affordable. All are welcome.
|John Bender||699 1X2|
|Howard Bloom||699 1X3|