The Varmint Rifle match of June 24 is cancelled. The next match will be on July 29 at the outdoor range.
The first match of the season was held on 8 April. Eight competitors came out to find only a little snow remaining under the canopy and a fairly dry range. Seems the snow built up heavily under the canopy during the winter and managed to create enough force to break a 6×6 support for the new windbreak.
We had the usual winds so, rounds were not hitting where expected. Mike Leintz, a first time shooter at our match, earned his cross fire badge.
Scores were running high for the shooters familiar with range conditions. Here are the top shooters and scores:
Colin Weisz, 655
Joe Kramer, 565
Doug Kitzan, 440
Colin Weisz, 450
Doug Kitzan, 425
Mat Heimbuck, 265
Colin Weisz, 385
Doug Kitzan, 270
Eric Miller, 55
Check out the video I shot at the match. Nearly every shot Mike took left a smokin’ hot 200 yard trail from his .22/250. Not the usual atmospheric distortion you usually see through a spotting scope. Nor, is it the bullet coming apart, all hits were a nice, clean hole. Anyone have a clue? I’m thinking it’s condensation, but no one else’s bullets were doing it.
Thanks to all for participating. Hope to see you all next month, on May 13.
The final match of the season was held on September 24. Eight shooters came to test their abilities and the weather was cooperative.
I was a little concerned that the new wind break would increase the noise. But, the concern was unnecessary. Sound didn’t seem to be any different. The wind, however, was pleasantly reduced. It took a little getting used to, being “boxed” in after years of an open canopy.
Scores were running above average. Here are the top shooters and scores:
Don Granlie: 540
Doug Kitzan: 520
Amanda Sager: 300
Don Granlie: 495
Doug Kitzan: 490
Tim Liebel: 305
Doug Kitzan: 415
Dan Peltier: 175
Thanks to all for participating. It was a good season. Now put that practice to good use and smack some coyotes!
I want to thank Matt Heimbuck for taking over the match for July while I was attending the US Optics Long Range Academy in Keene, ND. For anyone interested in learning how to improve their practical skills, I highly recommend it.
From what I’m told, there was a bit of rain delaying the start. Eventually, that cleared up and the game could begin. I see Richard Schatz made it. Good to have him participate. Sorry I missed him.
Here are the top scores:
First: Richard Schatz, 675
Second: Doug Kitzan, 610
Third: Collin Weisz, 595
First: Doug Kitzan, 590
Second: Richard Schatz, 480
Third: Collin Weisz, 440
First: Don Granlie, 550
Second: Doug Kitzan, 270
Thanks, again, to the participants and to Matt for taking over.
We had a good turn out for the August match. Thirteen shooters in all, some regulars and a few new. For the first time, we had nearly a full compliment of AR shooters. We also had junior shooters, Amanda and Cameron Hintz running a little brother-sister competition.
Little wind and comfortable temperatures made for a good day to shoot. It also helped up the scores… well except for Colin, who seems to shoot better on crummy days!
A big faux pas on my part… I neglected to mark all the targets according to category. With the help of everyone, I think we got it straightened out.
Here are the top scores:
First: Collin Weisz, 635
Second: Grant Baker, 570
Third: Doug Kitzan, 555
First: Doug Kitzan, 515
Second: Tim Liebel, 480
Third: James Staub, 470
First: Cole Potts, 530
Second: Collin Weisz, 460
Third: Doug Kitzan, 385
First: Amanda Hintz, 295
Second: Cameron Hintz, 200
First: Amanda Hintz, 555
Second: Cameron Hintz, 310
Thanks to all who participated and helped out. It was great to see you all, especially our junior shooters.
Sorry for the delay in the May write-up. Much to do around the place and not feeling much like doing anything by the end of the day.
Anyway, the May match was a bit of a surprise. Contrary to the April match, the wind was mild and the day perfect for a shoot, but we had only 8 people show up to shoot. Nevertheless, it was a fun day. Young Cameron Hintz came out to shoot the Junior AR and shot an impressive 450. I see him giving his sister a run for the money with more practice.
Custom: Colin took first with a 640, Doug second with a 440, and Don third with a 410.
Factory: Colin with 545, Joe with 410, and Don with 360.
AR: Colin with 430, Doug with 245, and Dave with 215.
And, of course, Cameron with 450 for Junior AR.
Another windy North Dakota day. Still it didn’t discourage our core shooters from showing up. Heck, anyone can shoot well on a calm day. So, those that miss a windy shoot, miss an opportunity to learn to shoot in unfavorable conditions.
My thanks to Matt Heimbuck for helping run the match. Sure made things run smoother.
Custom: Colin – 505, Don – 400, and Doug – 390.
Factory: Colin – 425, Tim – 375, and Doug – 360.
AR: Doug – 405