Rifle Ranges Closed; Tuesday 27 July

All of the rifle ranges (100, 200 and 300 yard) will be closed on Tuesday, July 27 for work on the new bridge across the creek.

Pistol Bays 4 and 5 will be open

FWRR Meeting Reminder

WHAT:  Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club Meeting

WHERE:  FWRR Range; Harlan, IN

WHEN:  Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 7:00 P.M.

Indiana State Junior High Power Championship; July 10, 2021

Saturday was the Indiana State Junior High Power Championship at the FWRR Range.  We had worked on this since March or April and it was like waiting for Christmas when you were a kid.  You want it to hurry up and get here, but there is always that little nagging doubt that you might not get what you wanted – or in this case things just might not turn out as well as you hoped.

Not to worry!  This was a day to remember.  The three relays for the match filled up early and we kept getting more and more Juniors registering.  Our last Juniors joined the match Friday evening about 6:00 when Dad found a way to get a day off work so he could bring them. Since they were driving up from French Lick – way down in southern Indiana, it wasn’t a quick trip either.

We had eleven Juniors in all from as far south as French Lick;  Lafayette; Maumee,  Ohio; McCordsville and of course our Ft, Wayne Juniors.  If I recall correctly, none of them are old enough to drive as yet (most are 14 or 15) and one of our FWRR Juniors just turned thirteen.  This group is a great building base for a statewide Junior High Power program.

The day was perfect for shooting.  As the week went on, the weather prospects improved steadily and by Saturday morning conditions were perfect.  We had a First Shot Ceremony where Sue Mogle, the Indiana State Rifle and Pistol Association VP for High Power fired our first shot.  It gave us a hint of what the day could bring when her offhand shot from 200-yards showed up as an X on Target 6!

We shot a National Match Course in three relays.  Since ten of the eleven shooters were Marksmen (some shooting their first match) we allowed coaching for Marksmen – the one young lady who is shooting at a CMP Master Classification level had to rely on herself.  The match went very well – the most important thing was that the Juniors had fun.  The Juniors were supported by a large group of parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters as well as several shooters who just stopped by to see how the match was going.

Marshall; Indiana State Junior Offhand Champion
Our FWRR Junior Girls

There were seventeen “Old Folks” shooting as well – they had fun too, but the day was about the Juniors. 

After the match, lunch was served.  Michelle and Mark Walters acted as our caterers and laid out a spread of burgers, chicken, hot dogs, mac and cheese and just about anything you could have asked for to go with it.  If you went home hungry, it was your own fault.

We closed out the day with a quick Blind Draw Team Match where the Juniors drew team partners out of a hat and they drew a coach from the mix as well.  The Garand Course match fired on the MR 52 target (600-yard target reduced for 200-yards) proved to be a challenge.

By the end of the day, we were exhausted but on such a high that we didn’t realize it until we slowed down and sat for a while.  Our visitors had nothing but praise for our range.  Several visitors commented that it looked more like a golf course than a typical rifle range and a shooter from Wildcat Valley said; “These are the nicest firing points I’ve ever shot on.  I’ve played on worse putting greens.”  Even the Porta-Pots were bragged about!  Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make the range particularly nice for the day.

Junior State Championship Match results are:

Madelyn Schnelle; Indiana Junior High Power Champion

State Junior High Power Champion:             Madelyn Schnelle       489-23X

Classification Winners:

Master                                                            Madelyn Schnelle       489-23X

Marksman                                                      Robert Stevens           466-14X

Match Winners:

Offhand                                                          Marshall Rohrbach    95-1X  

Sitting Rapid                                                   Alex Becker                 95-3X

Prone Rapid                                                    Logan Becker              96-1X

Prone                                                              Emma Branson           182-6X

The top six “Old Folks” results were:

Mike King                    488-13X

Mark Walters             481-19X

Pete Yarbro                480-13X

Eric Becker                 479-  7X

Randy Jahn                 477-16X

Geoff Branson             473-  8X

Just to brag on the Juniors a bit; Madelyn Schnelle outshot Mike King by a point and ‘way out “X-ed” him.  Marshall Creedmored Mike in his offhand stage, 95-1X vs, 95-0X.  Mike had a pretty good day – but the Juniors came with their Game On!

Here is a link to a LOT of pictures from Saturday.  Thanks to Sue Mogle for capturing all the action.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/FDenVrQ1FkaP7bW16

Our next match will be a Mid-range match on July 24th. The match will not start until 11 AM (Registration opens at 9:45) – a deliberate late start so folks who have to come in from elsewhere won’t need to get up at oh-dark-thirty to get here for the event.

See you then!

RIFLE RANGE CLOSURE – JULY 5

The rifle ranges will be closed from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 P.M. on Monday, July 5 to allow maintenance of the ditch that crosses the property.

The pistol pits will be open.`