The good times just keep rollin’!
Saturday, 12 September was the annual John C. Garand/CMP Games match – and our string of beautiful days for shooting continued. The weather started out at about 60-degrees and cloudy bright but by the time that Relay 3 went to the line, it was mostly clear. The targets looked like black dots on white dominoes!
Winds were negligible, 3-7 MPH from the ENE, a 5 o’clock breeze that had no value. We had 20 shooters sign up to shoot a total of 31 individual matches – almost four full relays! The course of fire was the 5-sighter, 30 shot for record Garand Match Course A and we were able to shoot a relay in about 40 minutes on our Silver Mountain electronic targets. Our first shot went downrange at 8:05 and we finished up Relay 4 at 11:28. Thanks to all of the shooters for making it a very smooth match for the Range Officers to run.
The rifles were a classic Garand Match mix; twelve M1 and three Unlimited Garands, seven 1903 and 1903A3 Springfields, four M1917 Enfields , a Schmidt-Reubin Swiss straight pull and three AR-15 based modern military rifles. Eleven of the 20 shooters chose to shoot two or more rifles with one shooter shooting four different rifles and taking medals with every one of the four.
Thirteen medals were earned for the day – I’m listing them in no special order:
Mark Walters M1 Garand Gold 286-2X
Mark Walters M1 Carbine at 200-yards Gold 277-6X
Aaron Kohler Modern Military Gold 287-7X
Mark Walters 1903A3 Springfield Silver 276-4X
Mike King Unlimited Modern Military Silver 292-12X
Jeff Beierke M1 Garand Silver 275-2X
Jeff Beierke M1917 Enfield Silver 275-3X
Mark Walters Unlimited M1 Garand Bronze 277-6X
Jerry Johnson M1 Garand Bronze 264-1X
Doug Johnson M1 Garand Bronze 262-4X
Carl Johnson Unlimited Garand Bronze 273-5X
Josh Bonebrake 1903A3 Springfield Bronze 272-3X
Gary Mabis Modern Military Bronze 274-6X
Medals are on order from CMP – I will present them to winners when I see you, so come out to matches!
A statistical note; the CMP award scores are set to allow about 30% of shooters to earn medals. Over 50% of the FWRR Garand Match/CMP Games shooters earned medals – so it shows that our shooters are well above the national average. But, as the High Power Director it shows me that we need to bring new shooters into our group – we’re top heavy with really good shooters.
Our next club activity is Work Day on Saturday September 19th and then the Leonard Johnson Match on Saturday 26 September.
See you then – and be careful.