Sunday, April 25, 2010

Match Report April 24th, 2010

Field Target Report 04/24/10.

Only 8 people shooting today, Rick brought a friend and his two sons 13 & 14 who had experience with a breakbarrels, but had not seen the likes of an Air Arms S410, MPR FT, or AAs400, let alone my USFT#06.

Bob keeps showing up on Saturday afternoons. We are having loads of fun, even if it's just the us two. He was so great about helping the new guys to learn the sitting FT position, safety rules, pellet arc, holdover and focus yardage estimating.

A quick lesson that showed results, the young men and their dad, shooting my three Air Arms, were shooting 50-60% real fast! They only shot 10 lanes and had to go, but they said they'll be back next week, so I was happy our numbers are increasing! And with good shooters to boot!

Bob & I shot another nice match. Bob is getting that .22 cal (dialed down to 19fpe), Marauder in the cherry custom field target stock, to really hit it's mark. He's only got a $60 Chinese scope on it, but his natural hold over skills are getting better as he converts from rim fire offhand and bench rest, to air rifle field target.

He shot (an improved again this week), 56/74. He was at 46/56 before the break, but then was 10/18 as we finished.

I was just ahead before the break with 47/56 shooting USFT #06, thinking damn it, Bob & his $600 rig is about to beat my butt, and I'm shooting a $3,000 rig :-) .. lucky I went 16/18 on the finishing lanes (even 10/12, standing offhand!) to pull out a 63/74 and hold on to my champions hat :-)

I think my choice to put nice FT stocks on the Marauders was smart and dumb at the same time... It could end up really biting me in the butt someday soon!

Wacky Wayne,
Match Director,
Ashland Air Rifle Range

Ashland, OR.