Best Long Range in the low-country
We strive to make the match safer, more comfortable and more fun every month. The outstanding assistance and participation of most of the competitors is the only reason that is possible. I want to thank everyone for their continued aid to new shooters and assistance with match duties.
August has been another great match for the Long Range crowd, we had 15 shooters this month, the match directors did not shoot or we would have had 17. A pretty good turnout for 100°F – 85% humidity. Fantastic scores as usual, 8 shooters shooting at least one target above 95% Competition is as tough as it gets yet somehow the cooperation for and coaching of new shooters gets better every month. Top score this month was Tom Finley, relatively new to the sport earlier this he was shooting a brand new rifle and posting average beginner scores, now he and a few other “upstarts” are regularly posting Master and High-master targets. And this month the T/R-class shooters actually topped the Open-class.
Before I go into details of the August match, I want to remind everyone that our September match is the State Championship Mid-range Tournament. 3 separate matches totaling 6 targets of 20 rounds plus sighters each, shot over two days. There will be two targets at each distance: 300yard, 500yard and 600yard. Each distance is a separate match with a slate of winners that will receive medals. The tournament winners in each class will get very nice medals or plaque and certificates to hang on the wall. Pre-registration online is required! Please see the match program and registration pages here: SC Mid-range Prone & F-class Championship and the program here: September Program
Also forward this blog and the links to anyone interested in competing at the state level. This is a championship, but shorter distances than most of our matches, so even beginners have a fair chance at a medal.
As usual we had great cooperation from every competitor, and managed to finish in record time (trying to beat the heat). A few shooters had minor equipment issues, one shooter had to drop out due to physical injury. Weather was sunny with mild to no wind, good light and plenty of mirage.
A few spectators were on hand and two new prospective shooters came out to learn match procedures and ask questions about equipment.
Here are the results; 1st T/R – Tom Finley @ 581-12x, 2nd T/R – Kevin Baker @ 579-13x, 3rd T/R – Peter Nistad @ 578-20x (had Peter not dropped a shot he would have one handily) Just edging out Steven Pietro who was robbed of Bronze by a technicality. In Open Class; 1st Open – Henry Neale @ 574-5x, 2nd Open – Layne Howard @ 561-11x and 3rd Steven (I don’t even need three targets) Chicca @ 357-2x.
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We have several events on the calendar at any given time, State Championship September 9-11, regular match October 8th. The 2nd Saturday match for November is moved to the 26th (Sat after Thanksgiving) where we squad-up with the XTC/High-power crew for a combination match. This is our best match of the year and everyone interested in High-power or Long Range should come out.