August Match Report

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 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.

Match Results

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.

Name  Rifle Class Best Net Agg Position Score-class
Henry Neale F-Open 196.01 574.05 1 Expert
Layne Howard F-Open 191.06 561.11 2 Sharpshooter
Steven Chicca F-Open 182.00 357.02 3 Marksman
Tom Finley F-T/R 197.03 581.12 1 Master
Kevin Baker F-T/R 196.06 579.13 2 Master
Peter Nistad F-T/R 194.07 578.20 3 Expert
Steven Pietro F-T/R 198.10 572.13 4 Expert
Donald Wagar F-T/R 194.08 567.15 5 Expert
George Neale F-T/R 188.02 560.08 6 Sharpshooter
Robert Zahrn F-T/R 188.02 534.04 7 Marksman
Mark Sightler F-T/R 188.00 512.00 8 Marksman
Max Eckemoff F-T/R 154.01 397.02 9 Marksman
John Ridgeway F-T/R 188.03 372.08 10 Marksman
Robert Herstine F-T/R 194.03 194.03 11 Marksman
Dawn Brandt F-T/R 114.00 184.00 12 Marksman


Upcoming Events

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.

July Match Report

July LR Match Results

July 14, 2016


Mike B.

Well its nice to have some fresh faces on the podium, this months winners are Malcolm Drennon 1st-Open (missing from photo), Matt Sarsfeld 3rd-Open, Steven Chicca 2nd-Open, Kevin (bacon) Baker 1st-T/R with 2 new club records, Bob Wills 1st-Service Rifle, Charlie Cheatham 2nd-T/R, Tom Finley 3rd-T/R.  congratulations guys this was one of the most competitive fields to date.  Average scores were well above marksman.

The Match

Weather was hot but dry, forecast was for 100 but it didnt get past 96.  Gentle breezes and the fan helped out a lot, no body was complaining about the heat, some complained about the shifting wind or bullets or whatever but everyone had a good score.  Several shooters shot for a personal best target or best match including 4 of our winners.

Fastest Match YTD as well

As usual Malcolm arrived very early and new shooter Robert Zahrn helped setup the frames before I arrived before08:00, we shot our first target before 09:00 and were all fed by 12:00.  We completed the last target after 13:00and were all ready to award medals by 14:00.  Great job team very smooth and easy match for me.

Here are the scores;

NameRifle ClassBest TrgAgg ScorePositionScore-classAgg %

Malcolm DrennonF-Open196.07586.151Master97.67%

Steven ChiccaF-Open187.04544.082Marksman90.67%

Matt SarsfieldF-Open183.04530.073Marksman88.33%

Kevin BakerF-T/R200.10590.261High Master98.33%

Charlie CheathamF-T/R197.04586.112Master97.67%

Tom FinleyF-T/R200.08585.173Master97.50%

Layne HowardF-T/R196.06573.154Expert95.50%

Donald WagarF-T/R194.04567.095Expert94.50%

Michael BarlettaF-T/R190.06553.086Sharpshooter92.17%

Dawn BrandtF-T/R188.02541.057Marksman90.17%

Robert ZahrnF-T/R179.03528.058Marksman88.00%

Bob WillsMatchRifle176.03490.04 Marksman81.67%

July Result Spreadsheet
If you need links to forms or files look in the links below.

Next Match(s)

There is a LR Competition Clinic July Sunday 23rd at11:00am – 3:00pm.  This will include a free “mini-match” 300 and 600 yards 10-20 shots each. Registration required, see link below.

June Match Report

June Long Range Results

 June 16, 2016

Mike B.

It was not as hot as expected, I think the weatherman kept the shooters away.  This was a small field for us with only 13 guns, but a great time was had by all and we posted some really great scores.
Peter Nistad posted a new club record for a single target, 200-14x.  his next target would have been a 199 if he didn’t shoot a 10 on my target… bigger numbers (larger than the targets) are on order 😉


Malcolm DrennonF-Open198.13585.251Master

Henry NealeF-Open197.06578.132Expert

Steven ChiccaF-Open140.00140.003Marksman

Kevin BakerF-T/R197.11590.221High Master

Steven PietroF-T/R197.10587.212Master

Tom FinleyF-T/R195.07583.173Master

Peter NistadF-T/R200.16572.264Expert

Charlie CheathamF-T/R194.05570.065Expert

Robert HerstineF-T/R190.01555.076Sharpshooter

Donald WagarF-T/R191.01553.077Sharpshooter

Dawn BrandtF-T/R184.06521.108Marksman

Michael BarlettaF-T/R  9

Lisa WilliamsF-T/R  9

July Long-range Clinic

We’ve recently received requests for another clinic. I need some shooters to help out demonstrating equipment and explaining the techniques necessary for success.  It will be 3-4 hours and include some shooting time for any participants that bring a scoped rifle.  We will demonstrate proper 100y zero, and explain MOA as well as show beginners how to practice effectively.  Anyone interested in helping bring new shooters into the sport contact Michael Barletta at your convenience.

Next Match

July 9th @09:00

As scheduled we will shoot both July and August, July’s match is Mid-range.  We will shoot 3-20 round targets at 600 yards.  Lunch will be served as usual, setup begins at08:00 and we should conclude by 14:00.

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