On the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend we ran our annual Mid-Range Prone Championship at the Midland County Sportsman’s Club. Twenty-four shooters participated on a day with rare Michigan Fall Weather. It was glorious.
In Any Rifle (a combination of Any Rifle and Palma Rifle Categories we had five (5) competitors. Jamie Root emerged the winner with a 598-30X. He was chased by Jack Abrams with a 594-28X and Charles Reynolds with a 591-28X.
In F-TR Larry Remsnyder lead the field of six (6) competitors with a 593-23X ahead of Mike Broughner with a 590-25X, and Richard Dixon with 588-21X.
In F-Open Mike Ruhlman beat a group of seven (7) with a score of 597-32X. ahead of Dave Monette with a score of 597-29X (a damnly close match), and Don Hicks with a 595-33X.
In a new category of three (3) competitors, Tanner Brenton led the way with a 598-35X in AR-Tactical (AR platform rifles fired with simple bipods, tactical back bags, and scoped).
Sorry for the delay in posting these. My schedule had me return home to pack for heading to the NRA Whittington Center near Raton, New Mexico for a combined practice of the U.S. Palma Team and U.S. Veterans team. As such, my Sunday was taken up with travel, and Monday during the day with running the practice. I will get awards ordered as soon as my schedule permits.
On a mostly rainy day, ten (10) motivated competitors fired the third match of the Suburban Mid-Range Prone league. It was still raining at 9:00 AM, so we waited for a let off. At 9:10 AM we decided to go. The rain held off while both relays finished and only started again around noon. Only two persons were finishing up when those rain drops started.
I will for reporting roll Any Rifle and Palma Rifle together. Peter Church firing an iron sight Palma rifle posted the high score with a 594-31X. High F-TR was Leo Cebula with a 579-11X. High Junior was Leo’s grandson, Reece Pippin with a 576-21X.
Of particular note was Peter Church’s first stage was a 200-15X with an iron sighted Palma Rifle. Not bad at 84 years old.
We had eighteen (18) competitors come out for the second Suburban Mid-Range Prone League match. We were greeted with a day that was absolutely delightful, except for a switchey wind during the later stages of fire.
We had another six hundred (600) posted. Valerie Marshall posted a 600-40X to be high F-Open competitor. Great job, Valerie! She was trailed by Nick Nadenoff with a 596-37X, and Mike Ruhlman with a 592-24X.
For F-TR, Leo Cebula was high with a 580-18X, followed by Dan Kramer with a 570-7X and Robing Retzloff with a 557-11.
Target Rifle had only three competitors, they were lead by Peter Church with a 594-25X. Additionally, there was one Any Rifle competitor, Roger Franklin who posted a 577-14X.
For the first time we had a couple of Tactical Rifle Competitors. High was Bartt Brenton with a 596-31X.
A total of twenty-one (21) competitors came out for the 2023 Michigan Fullbore Rifle Championship. The match was fired at 300, 500 and 600 yards with fifteen shots for score at each distance on a cool day with gusty winds.
The Target Rifle Champion was Ray Gross with a perfect score of 450-30X. He was distantly followed by Jamie Root with a 446-24X, and eighty-four year old Peter Church with a 444-23X.
In F-TR, the winner was Richard Dixon with a 447-22X, followed by Mike Boughner with a 443-20X, and Doug Boyer 442-23X.
In F-Open, the winner was Nick Nadenoff with a 449-30X, followed by Dave Monette with a 448-21X and Marcel Bollinger with a 447-31.
The final Winter Mid-Range Prone League match for 2023, match #5 attacted eleven (11) Shooters.
High Any Rifle was James Stewart with a 395-20. High F-Open was Mike Ruhlman with a 399-20 (winning on a tie breaker with his second twenty shots clean over Nick Nadenoff). High (and only) F-TR was Jeremy Jahr with a 387-10. High Palma Rifle was Ray Gross with a 399-19. Lastly Tom Feige was high Service Rifle with a 385-14.
Nine (9) competitors came out for the fourth Winter Mid-Range Prone Championship.
We had four (4) F-Open shooters lead by Don Hicks with a 396-10X. Two (2) Service Rifle shooters lead by Kyle Matzelle with a 392-20X. Then there were a group of cats and dogs with one each: Ray Gross 394-13X with Palma, Mike Quillinan with a 384-7X with Any Rifle, and Charles Hayes with a 390-10X shooting F-TR.
The Snow Country Shoot-Off for the 2022-2023 season will be held at the Jackson County Sportsman’s Club, 500 Mantle, Jackson, Michigan on Saturday, April 15, 2023. The range will open around 8:00 AM, and firing will commence by 9:00 AM.