FWRR COVID-19 POLICY – August 8 Match

24 July 2020

The recent announcement from Indiana Governor Holcomb requiring the wearing of face masks has resulted in several questions concerning masks and our next match on August 8th.

The applicable portion of the Governor’s announcement is:

“Face masks will be required in indoor public spaces, including commercial entities and transportation services, as well as outdoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible.”

The italics are mine.  Our rifle match is in an outdoor space where we are able to maintain a six-foot social distance at just about all times.  We have been observant of social distancing issues during all of our matches this year.  There some exceptions, such as during check-in when we need to be closer but as we have found at Thursday practices and previous matches, keeping six feet apart is not a difficult task.

I do not see this announcement as a requirement to wear a mask at all times.  But there are times when we need to be masked.  When we are setting up and putting away targets, we need masks.  We get closer than 6-feet working on the catwalk under the pit roof.

During check-in, Stat Office workers and shooters need to be masked while interacting.  Our shooting positions are more than 6-feet apart. With our eight target setup we are able to spread out a bit more on the line to gain a little more space.  A scorer is more than 6-feet from the shooter’s head; (I really don’t think a shooter’s feet are an infectious area.)

Other parts of the Governor’s announcement are:

Masks are not required to be worn:

  • While participating in strenuous physical activity
  • If you have a medical condition preventing you from wearing a mask

High Power shooting is a strenuous activity.  Fogging of safety eyewear from a mask makes wearing a mask while shooting impractical.  If you have a medical condition that makes you unable to wear a mask – make sure that you are extra vigilant in keeping an extended social distance from other shooters.  A personal attitude that; “The Governor can’t tell me to wear a mask” is mental condition, not a qualifying medical condition.

I am not going to make wearing a mask at all times a requirement to participate in the August 8th match, but I am going to ask that participants do wear a mask at times and under conditions when it is appropriate

If you want to wear a mask most of the time, fine.

And, our usual precautions:

If, within the previous two weeks, you know you have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 or if you have tested positive for COVID-19 – STAY HOME!

If you have a fever, feel achy or just don’t feel well –STAY HOME!

If you have a cough, sore throat, if things just don’t taste right or if you are a little short of breath –STAY HOME!

And, of course, any and all of this could be changed by the next announcement from the Governor

Larry Beardsley

FWRR High Power Range Officer

800 Point Aggregate CMP Match Program: August 8, 2020

CMP 800-Point Aggregate High Power Match

Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club

WHEN/ WHERE: August 8th, 2020. Matches are held at the Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club range located at 15715 Rupert Road; Harlan, IN 46743. GOOGLE Maps and GOOGLE earth show the range and local roads.

Competition Open to: Any person not prohibited by law from owning or using a firearm. Competitors need not be a member of the Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club. All competitors must execute a notarized “Eligibility Affidavit and Liability Agreement” for the CMP.

COST: FWRR Non-members; $25.00; FWRR Members, $20.00. The match will be shot on Silver Mountain electronic targets. Shooters will need a Smart Phone, IPad or similar tablet to use as a display.

Schedule: Registration opens at 6:30. Registration closes at 7:30. Pits seal at 7:45. First shot at 8:00

Rules: Match will be conducted in accordance with the 2020 High Power Competition Rules, CMP Cup Match Events using either Service or Match rifles.  See Rule 5.5 and Table 5 for details.  Competitors are expected to be familiar with these rules.

Awards: Cash awards based on 33% of entry fees

Miscellaneous: No food or drinks available at range.   No tracer or incendiary ammunition allowed.

For Additional Match Information: Contact FWRR High Power Director at fwrrhpdirector@aol.com

FWRR Dominates Governor’s Cup Match

Governor’s Cup Match 18 July 2020; Camp Atterbury, IN

Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club shooters did very well for themselves and gave the Club reason to be proud of them in the Governor’s Cup Match at Camp Atterbury on Saturday.

Mike King, the reigning State High Power Champion, won the Gold Award with a score of 778-36X. 

But, hot on his heels in second place, capturing the Silver Award only one point behind,  was FWRR’s Mark Walters with a 777-24X.

Then, only slightly off the pace in 4th Place overall with a 768-13X was Mark Richard who took First High Master.

And, to finish out the FWRR domination of the match, Jeff Branson was ninth overall and took First Master award.

Congratulations to all of the guys and “Attaboys” for making us proud!

CMP Home Range Appreciation Match; 11 July 2020

The week following the Independence Day weekend was brutally hot, just the kind of weather where High Power shooters put on heavy coats and go out and lay in the sun with their rifles.  As the week went on, I had the feeling that even though there weren’t going to be National Matches at Camp Perry this year, the CMP had just sent us some Camp Perry weather to use at our local matches.

Relay 1 in the morning match

BUT – on Friday the oppressing heat and humidity broke and on Saturday morning for our CMP Home Range Appreciation Match we had a 69-degree morning.  For the morning match we had several cancellations and no-shows and we were able to shoot the morning session as a single relay match.  We had everyone there by 7:51 so we got started and were done by 9:40 – not bad for an 80-round match.

Three Distinguished Marksmen side-by-side in one relay!

The afternoon (really late morning) match started at 11:38 when the last two shooters came over from their earlier pistol match and we finished that session at 2:32.  The weather had warmed up a bit, but we had a nice breeze from the west that kept shooting conditions comfortable.  Thanks to everyone who came out and participated.

Joe Freiburger working hard

Mike King took high shooter of the day honors with a 781-20X in his afternoon session (he shot the morning match with a 780-26X, but he only gets to be the high shooter for the day one time).

 Jim Jackson had an excellent day as well, taking second place with a 770-27X including a clean 200-9X in Sitting Rapid at 200-yards.  Congratulations Jim! 

Geoff Branson closed out the top three this month with a 756-22X.

The Wailing Wall
Mike, we see the error in your PM Offhand score, but the total is correct

The match went very smoothly – in a large part because of the people working in places shooters never see.  Marty Didion and Chip Seidel gave some of the best Pit Management (aka Pit Sitting) that anyone could ask for.  As we went from the 200-yard line to the 300-yard line, those two guys had the target faces changed well before we ever got back to the 300-yard line.  We had a couple of uh-oh’s with the targets, but they resolved them in literally a couple of minutes and we never had a match interruption all day.

Mike and Glenna Grannis worked at the National Matches for many years and they are giving us NM class Stat Office support.  Glenna does registration and keeps me straight in regards to money. The money is always right!

Mike has discovered that if he sits on the porch of the new building, in the shade, his smart-phone will connect to the SMT Server, even when we are at the 200-yard line.  He can see what every shooter is doing, call up data from the server’s archives and he can enter scores into the scoring spreadsheet in almost real time.

Thank You to all of you folks who help with the “busy work” and let me pay attention to running the matches!

Our next match will be on the second Saturday of August; August 8th.  I will register it with the CMP as our second Home Range Appreciation Match – it is already an NRA Approved match.

Mowing Schedule; Summer 2020

Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club

Rifle and Pistol Range Mowing Schedule

Summer – 2020

Wednesday, July 8                          Morning

Wednesday, July 22                       Afternoon

Wednesday, August 5                    Afternoon

Wednesday, August 19                  Morning

Wednesday, September 2            Morning

Wednesday, September 16                    Afternoon

Wednesday, September 30                    Morning

Wednesday, October 14               Afternoon

Wednesday, October 28               Morning

Exact times are not known, depending on weather conditions and other considerations. If you would like to help with mowing (you get to learn how to run a BIG mower) contact Marty Didion, the mowing coordinator, at martindidion4@gmail.com

Electronic Target Range Day; Saturday, June 20

About a year ago when we were brainstorming ideas about the Silver Mountain Target electronic targets, one of the questions someone asked was; “Just how will these targets benefit members who are not High Power competitive shooters?

It was a valid question, so in the proposal I included electronic target Range Days that would be open to members and guests as well as a Deer Rifle Sight-In day.  Our first Range Day in May was cancelled because of the WooHooFloo, so Saturday June 20th was our first opportunity to have open shooting on the electronic targets for members and guests.

Our High Power luck held out again and we had a nice day to shoot.  It was hot, but not “pass out in your coat” hot.  Ten shooters took advantage of the opportunity, about half High Power shooters and half members and guests.

Electronic Target Range Day; Relay 2

The electronic target system worked flawlessly as we continue to work out issues and make fewer human errors.  Everyone’s phone, tablet or iPad logged in with no issues and we had no target dropouts or interruptions.  One guest shooter made the comment that the range at Roanoke needs to get one of these systems!

Thanks again to the people who help these events happen; Glenna, Mike, Marty and Aaron and Gary who stayed and helped us put things away.

Our next Range Day will be a Deer Rifle Sight-In on October 24th at 10:00.  We will offer sight-in targets at 100, 200 and 300 yards.  As an example, if you sight in at 200-yards, you can then  shoot at 100 and 300-yards to get exact hold under/over for the other two distances.

Now – just a couple of stories:

About 9:30, Marty and I were going downrange to start setup.  I was coming up on the ditch when a critter ran across the road in front of me – right to left.  Rabbits, groundhogs, dogs and the occasional cat are pretty common visitors to the range, but this was a solid black, low slung, slinky critter that looked like it had a leash on its neck.  It was gone in a flash, but after a second or so, I realized that I had seen a mink!  Minks hang out along ditches where they find frogs, crayfish and other delicacies and they are really not uncommon – just reclusive.

But, what about the leash?  It took another second or so and I realized that, of course, a mink would not have a leash.  This mink had caught a small snake and was dragging it out of the woods.  It just looked like it was trailing a leash.  After he crossed the road, he dashed into the weeds and went back down into the ditch to enjoy his breakfast.

There is another critter story too.

Marty called my attention to a very strong, musky odor around the dirt pile down by the pits.  Now we know that is a ground hog hotel, but this was a lot stronger odor than ground hog.  After a bit, we both agreed it was definitely the smell of fox urine – the scent we use to cover our scent when we go deer hunting.  We’ve seen foxes at the range several times, so we have a resident fox; maybe even a litter of fox kits; just something to keep an eye out for. Maybe the foxes will discourage the ground hogs!

June 13 50/80 Match

50/80 Match

June 13, 2020

When I woke up about 2:30 on Saturday morning, I thought I was hearing a mouse gnawing on something in the ceiling.  Then, as I got my wits about me, I realized it was worse than a mouse – that was rain pecking on the window.

Aw Poooh – why does it have to rain on High Power Match day? 

I tossed and fretted until 5:30 and I got up and got my day started.  I looked at the radar from several places and even though it was still raining, it looked like there was a good chance it would break up even if we had to delay an hour.

But, by the time I got to the donut shop at Harlan, the rain had stopped to the point it just needed an occasional swipe of the wipers to keep the windshield clear.  By the time I got to the range –the rain had stopped and it looked like we would not get rained on.  Mike and Glenna had already gotten the Stat Office set up started.  We waited a bit to be sure the rain was gone and we went downhill to start setup.

As we get more familiar with electronic target setup, we are finding that four or five guys can set up an 8-target line in just about the time it would take for 8 pit-pigs to go down and setup cardboard backers, smear paste and put on paper centers.

Looking downrange from midline

When we started at 8:10, it was cool and cloudy.  Jackets felt comfortable and that wind straight from 6:00 was cold on the back of your neck.  One target decided to act up, but we quickly figured out a work-around and life just went on.  The clouds broke up quickly and by the time Relays 1 and 2 went back to 300-yards, we had just about as beautiful a day to shoot as could be asked for.  The light was absolutely fantastic, wind was light and almost constant and the temperature was “just right”.  Relays 1 and 2 finished up at 10:49 – an 80 round match shot in less than three hours.  Good work guys!

Perfect light; no wind; this is as good as it gets!

The afternoon went just as smoothly; the rookie Range Officer ended up setting up a pair of shooters to shoot on an MR-63 F-Class target because of his fat fingers on the master control display.  But, at least the shooter doesn’t have the shot-out barrel he thought he had!  Relays 3 and 4 shot their 80-round match in just under three-hours as well!

We had 23 shooters for the day out of 27 registered, with 4 shooters cancelling for last minute issues.  We had some fantastic shooting, with many scores above 190 for the 20 shot stages.  Joe Bakies took top spot for the day with a 790-26X, but his 199-12X at 300-prone took second place to Robert winding’s 199-15X.  It was that kind of a day

Ready on the low end …

Results are:

First Aggregate:          Joe Bakies (Lima Sabers)        790-26X           $ 71

Second Aggregate:     Robert Winding                      776-31X            $ 51

Third Aggregate:         Mike King (FWRR)                773-15X            $ 28

High Offhand              Joe Bakies                               195-5X

High Sitting                 Mike King                                198-5X

High Prone Rapid       Geoff Branson                      199-9X (Correction)

High Slow Prone         Robert Winding                      199-15X                      

        Creedmore         Joe Bakies                              199-12X

One of the visiting shooters commented, “I haven’t been here for a couple of years.  I forgot just how pretty this range is.”

Our next High Power activity is a Range Day for just fun shooting on the electronic targets on June 20th starting at 10:00.

The next 50/80 Match is July 11 – it starts at 8:00.  Although I have not heard from the NRA, this may be the first NRA Approved Match of the season.

ACPDL Selects a New President

Steve Vinson has been elected as the 2020 President of the Allen County Practical Defense League (ACPDL).

His email address is: mail@vinsons.com

May 9th – Inaugural Electronic Target Match

Electronic Targets at the ready- The wind hasn’t picked up as yet!

Saturday, May 9th was the inaugural 50/80 Match on the new Silver Mountain electronic targets.  Our target setup can support five active shooters per relay (one target is held as a spare in case something happens with an active target) and we had scheduled two relays in the morning session and two relays in the afternoon session.  Twenty shooters quickly pre-registered for the two sessions and as things progressed, three shooters had to drop out and they were quickly replaced with three more.

Saturday morning dawned as a frosty morning; there was frost on the grass over much of the range – but the wind was initially calm.  We had scheduled to have our first shot go down range at 9:00, but the first and second relay had gathered by 8:40 and when Jim Sweeney, the FWRR President arrived for the First Shot Ceremony, we got things under way.  Jim noted that “… the future of organized High Power shooting was moving toward electronic targets and this match marked the start of a new chapter of FWRR High Power.”

Jim Sweeney fires the Ceremonial First Shot at the Inaugural Electronic Target match

As the first and second relays moved through the match, the calm wind conditions that existed at the start of the match quickly changed – and gusty, cold and blustery winds became the rule.  In accordance with social distancing guidelines, competitors were asked to wear masks except when actually shooting and it turned out that masks came in handy just to keep noses warm!  By the time we moved back to 300-yards, several shooters were heard to make the comment “I can’t feel my fingers”.  Such is May in Indiana.

But, if High Power shooters aren’t complaining about being hot, they have cold to mumble about, so we went back to 300-yards and finished the match. The morning session closed out about 11:15; two-and-a-half hours for an 80-round Regional Match Course.

As the morning shooters packed up and headed to the house to warm up, the afternoon relays took to the course.  We started about 12:00-noon and finished at 3:00.  The afternoon relays might not been as cold as the morning, but the winds became even more blustery as the day progressed.  One afternoon competitor measured winds at 25 MPH with gusts to 32+MPH.

Relays 3 and 4 – Sitting Rapid. Note the wind ribbon on the scope stand

But all in all, it was a good day.  Competition for top spot was close, but Joe Bakies from the Lima Sabers “Creedmored”  FWRR’s Mike King to take top honors for the day

Match Winner:           Joe Bakies                                           772-25X

Second Place:             Mike King                                            772-22X

Third Place:                 Mark Richard                                      762-18X

High Junior:                Madeline Schnelle (Wildcat Valley)  564-  4X

The electronic target system worked well.  There were some issues with targets going off the air, but we believe that this is due to some super-cheap Chinese cables supplied with the batteries.  We have replaced those cables with regular cheap Chinese cables and we believe that should eliminate cables as an issue.  We also had several bullets just vanish on the way to the target (probably about five bullets), but we believe that the extremely blustery winds might have had something to do with that.  A 99.68% arrival rate isn’t bad for a first outing.

I want to offer special thanks to the crew who acted as “Pit Sitters” for us; Marty Didion and Chip Seidel in the morning session (thanks for the donuts Marty) and Mike King and Mike Bailey for the afternoon.  Having people in the pits to resolve battery and cable issues as well as swap out target faces was a huge factor in moving the matches along.

And, as always, another huge THANK YOU to Glenna and Mike Grannis for their willingness to be my Stat Office; collecting money and registrations, gathering and tallying scores and just running around and helping in a lot of places.

Our next match will be June 13th – the second Saturday in June.  As of now I plan to run five relays in this match; two morning and three afternoon relays and I plan to start the match at 8:00 so we won’t run so late in the afternoon.  By 8:00 we have absolutely fantastic light on those white plastic target faces and it will make for a good early session.  This will give us places for at least 25-shooters, and if several things develop as they promise to do – we may have room for up to 35 shooters that day.  Stay tuned for more information on this!

NRA Cancels National Rifle & Pistol Championships due to COVID-19

Fairfax, Va. – Due to the current state of affairs surrounding COVID-19, the uncertainties associated with this pandemic at present, and shutdowns across our country that have impeded vital preparatory work, the National Rifle Association has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NRA Precision Pistol Championships, July 1 -5, 2020, 2020 NRA High Power Championships, August 9 -25, 2020 and the 2020 NRA Smallbore Championships scheduled for July 23 – August 4, 2020.

We are trying to make the best of the current situation by moving forward with range construction and other improvements as we look towards the 2021 NRA National Championships season. The NRA is also exploring the feasibility of hosting a variety of new NRA events at Camp Atterbury (if conditions are favorable) with the state of Indiana later this year.We share your disappointment that we had to cancel these competitions. The NRA wishes everyone good health and the best of luck. Stay safe and healthy.