Chris Berry set up a challenging course, 60 shots over fifteen lanes. It was a wet and muddy day with drizzle and mist in the morning and clearing by the end of the match. It was so bad that several had to have help pushing their cars out of the mud. FT is an outdoor sport, with all that brings with it.
We welcomed three new FT shooters today, Chris, Nick and Paul. All three seemed to have a good time and Chris Corey had a stellar day, bringing his Steyr and shooting a 52 in Open which was match high score. Us Open shooters better watch out for Chris!
We welcomed David Day who joined us after moving down to North Carolina last year. It was great to talk to David about FT and his club’s experience hosting the nationals. He’s going to be shooting in the nationals and hopefully he will be back to club events.
A big thanks to David Weaver. David had some tee shirts made up and donated them to the club. In addition to the usual paper awards tee shirts went out to the top scorers.
Ben Smith, our sole junior today, continues to improve with each match.
Ed Canoles continues to shoot his R9 well. Getting very close today to the top PCP scores. Joe Mags is coming on strong, loving his new HW97.
Ammon took top honors in Hunter PCP. Jimmy and Eric tied for second. It was so late we didn’t have a shoot off but someone did suggest mud wrestling; they declined and each took a tee shirt.
In Open, Chris Corey shot the high score and David Day and Will tied for second. Alas, no shoot off or mud wrestling. Maybe next time.
Mark and I shot together. He had to leave rainy North Carolina to head to San Diego. For his second FT match he was shooting very well, clearing several lanes and getting 3/4 on the standing lane. I was chasing POI issues all morning after making some changes to the moderator on my rifle after the last match. After Mark left to catch his flight I couldn’t muster the patience keep fighting my rifle to finish the match so I decided to do something productive and walked around and talked with the other shooters and distracted them as they were trying to finish the match.
There was discussion of a few changes for next match…. we will be using timers to get shooters used to that aspect of it. Look for a different layout of the targets. Also Joe is going to handle the shooters meeting, squadding and awards for the next match.
Turnout, especially with the weather, was strong with 19 shooters:
|First Name||Last Name||Rifle||Scope||Division||Class||Result|
|Scott||Allen||Walther LG300||March 8-80x||Open||PCP||DNF|
|Ed||Canoles||Beeman R9||Optisan Viper 3-12x||Hunter||Piston||47||1st Hunter Pistion|
|Chris||Berry||Air Arms FTP900||Nikko 10-50×60 diamond||WFTF||PCP||49||1st WFTF|
|Joseph||Magarelli||Weihrauch HW97KT||Optisan Viper 3-12×44||Hunter||Piston||42||2nd Hunter Piston|
|Nick||Baxter||RWS 34||UTG 4-16×44||Hunter||Piston||41 FP|
|Will||Piatt||Evanix Rainstorm||Hawke 8-32||Open||PCP||50||tie 2nd Open|
|David||Weaver||RWS 34||3×9||Hunter||Piston||45 FP|
|Jimmy||Fussell||Air Arms S500||MTC Mamba Lite 4-16X44||Hunter||PCP||44||tie 2nd Hunter PCP|
|Paul||Porch||Daystate MK4 IS||MTC 5-20×50||Hunter||PCP||37|
|John||Ford||FX Independence||Nikko Nighteater 4-16x||Hunter||PCP||36|
|Chris||Corey||Steyr LG110||March X 8-80||Open||PCP||52||1st Open|
|Eric||Smith||Air Arms S500||Hawke sidewinder 3-12×50||Hunter||PCP||44||tie 2nd Hunter PCP|
|Susan||Smith||Hatsan AT-44||Optisan Mamba Lite 3-12||Hunter||PCP||22|
|Ben||Smith||Hatsan AT-44||Optisan Viper 6-24||Hunter||PCP||27||1st junior|
|David||Day||Theoben MFR||Nikko 50X||Open||PCP||50||tie 2nd Open|
|Don||Armstrong||RAW HM1000||Aeon 8-32X50||Hunter||PCP||38|
|Ammon||Piatt||Evanix Rainstorm||Hawke||Hunter||PCP||49||1st Hunter PCP|
|FP = faceplates|