Leonard Johnson Memorial Match; September 26, 2020

2020 has been a bummer of a year for a variety of reasons, but our string of good luck for High Power shooting continued for the Leonard Johnson Match on Saturday, September 26th.  Again, we could have not asked for a better day; bright, cool but not nose dripping –finger numbing cold and just enough wind to challenge but not frustrate.

Holding Hard at 200-yards with a .22 rim fire

Three-and-a-half teams participated

The teams and results were:

The Buckeye Brothers – Bakies and Baker:

Rim fire:          375 – 6X          Center Fire:     365-7X             Aggregate:  740-13X

Theyrrre Back – Ron Dague and Doc Habel  (First Match for both of these guys this year!!!)

Rim fire:          370 – 0X          Center Fire:     366-7X             Aggregate:  736-13X

Johnson and Johnson – Jerry and Doug Johnson

Rim fire:          371 – 3X          Center Fire:     270-3X             Aggregate:  641-7X

(New rifle, serious issues and finally just plain ole broken and had to withdraw)

Our half-team was John Halter:

The Last Mohican – John Halter

Rim fire:          173 – 1X          Center Fire:     101-2X             Aggregate:  274-3X

In case you might wonder about the low center fire scores, we shot the 300-yard stage on the MR-52 target, which is a 600 yard target reduced to 200 yards – but we shot it at 300 yards.  The SR-42 target is a hard target, but the MR-52 is even more of a challenge.

A Classic Anschutz just about as old as the shooter

Doug Johnson took high .22 rim fire individual with a 190-3X.  Joe Bakies took center fire individual with a 191-6X.  Ron Dague shot an outstanding 186-4X center fire considering this was his first match of the year after some health problems.

I want to thank Joe Bakies and Jim Baker for turning their awards back to the club for our electronic target fund and for Joe’s very nice comments about the match on his Facebook page.

Construction Starts on New 100-Yard Firing Point

On Saturday September 26th, during the Leonard Johnson Match, Eicher Concrete called and asked if we were ready to move dirt for the new 100-yard firing point. It was short notice, but as you know, when you get a construction guy ready to go – you don’t put things off!

Eicher concrete moving a lot of dirt in a short time!

Eicher Construction was going to move excess dirt from the south end of the 200-yard practice berm and FWRR member Ted Smeltzer, who lives nearby, was going to use his Bobcat loader to level and feather dirt at the edges of the pile. Well, that plan went awry when Ted blew a track on his Bobcat.

This is a blowout on a Bobcat – dern the luck!

We put two truckloads of dirt on the firing point and put another load of loose dirt aside to do edges of the firing point and to fill some potholes and wet places on the range. The operator for Eicher did some leveling and packing with his excavator and we got the dirt pile roughly profiled.

Packing the pile and leveling it off

This is about what it is going to look like – we hope to get it all leveled and seeded before frost this year.

It’s a start – the new 100-yard firing point

This firing point will give us a 100-yard point for the electronic targets. Now, how are we going to use it?

We will shoot an NRA Approved Hundred Yard National Match Course next summer on one Thursday evening practice session every month, we will see if the Hoosier Home Range Hundred carries on into the new year and we are investigating the possibility of hosting the ISRPA Reduced Range State Championship in 2021.

I shouldn’t have to say this – but guys – please don’t drive across the fresh pile of dirt – it isn’t an off-road obstacle