Sunday's Yegua FT and pistol silhouette match report (courtesy of Bobby Roberts)

Sunday's Yegua FT and pistol silhouette match report (courtesy of Bobby Roberts)

Joined: September 7th, 2001, 3:52 am

December 14th, 2010, 3:08 am #1

Yegua Airgun Club Match Results
Sunday, 12 December, 2010

RIFLE FIELD-TARGET (54 shots total):
Johnny Ingram PCP 43 First Place
Mike Vredenburg PCP 41 Second (tie)
Phillip Reedy PCP 41 Second (tie)
Jim Sheffield PCP 33

Carlos Garza HUNTER, FIRST PLACE 35
Doug Witkowski Hunter, SECOND PLACE 33
Paul Conover Hunter 32
Kelly Kennedy Hunter 26
Ron Robinson Hunter 26 DNF
Bob Thiery Hunter 24

Bobby Roberts, INTERNATIONAL FIRST PLACE, 32

PISTOL SILHOUETTE (Scoped, 40 shots total):
Ron Robinson 31 First place
Doug Witkowski 30 Second place
Mike Vredenburg 27
Bobby Roberts 23
Carlos Garza 22

Summary:
The day started out cold- in the upper 30's, which is very cold by Texas standards. Somebody up north let a Canadian cold front blow in, and blow it did. Winds were VERY gusty.
In the lanes carved through the forest, the winds were shifting out of different directions. Shooting on some lanes became a guessing game as to which way the winds would choose to attack during the shot. The few open lanes had a large horizontal pellet-splatter to the left of the kill-zones, as there was nothing to divert the wind on those lanes.
Paul Conover and Johnny Ingram had come in early to set up the course. There were a number of targets to 50 yards, and the close shots were half inch KZs at 15 to 22 yards. There were no target failures and everyone enjoyed the course layout, probably enjoying the fact they didnt have to help set it up.
The Hunter Class field target group has grown, and was the largest contingent at the December match. One Hunter Class shooter jammed a pellet in his transfer port and shot the second half of the rifle match with his pistol. Surprisingly, he went on to hit a few of the 40 to 45 yard targets with his PFT pistol, which made us rethink what distances PFT pistols can do.
The PCP group struggled with getting shooting harnesses over heavy coats, and learning to remove gloves so they could open and close the fasteners to get into and out of their harnesses. The sole international shooter got some great wind lessons.
Due to some equipment problems, we shot pistol silhouette instead of rifle silhouette (after the Xmas gift exchange). Holding the pistol in the stiff, gusting side-winds proved to be challenging. Everyone could adjust for wind-drift, but struggled with the wind pulling their aims off target when trying to hold their gun steady. We also fought a setting sun that caused an inordinate amount of glare on most shooters' scopes. Nonetheless, scores were higher than anyone hoped, considering the wind and sun glare. A follow-up discussion ensued on how to set-up the silhouette course to shoot in any other direction than into the setting sun.
Cold temperatures, a stiff wind and busy holiday schedules whittled the group down to five by days end, who finished the day enjoying fajitas, Pollo Loco, and enchiladas at the local Mexican restaurant.
Despite less than inviting shooting conditions, FT comraderie prevailed for a most excellent December match.
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Joined: February 16th, 2004, 3:40 am

December 14th, 2010, 3:26 am #2

in that match. Congratulations to JohnnyI, Carlos Garza & Ron Robinson on your victory. -d
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Joined: December 11th, 2008, 4:43 am

December 14th, 2010, 4:00 am #3

Yegua Airgun Club Match Results
Sunday, 12 December, 2010

RIFLE FIELD-TARGET (54 shots total):
Johnny Ingram PCP 43 First Place
Mike Vredenburg PCP 41 Second (tie)
Phillip Reedy PCP 41 Second (tie)
Jim Sheffield PCP 33

Carlos Garza HUNTER, FIRST PLACE 35
Doug Witkowski Hunter, SECOND PLACE 33
Paul Conover Hunter 32
Kelly Kennedy Hunter 26
Ron Robinson Hunter 26 DNF
Bob Thiery Hunter 24

Bobby Roberts, INTERNATIONAL FIRST PLACE, 32

PISTOL SILHOUETTE (Scoped, 40 shots total):
Ron Robinson 31 First place
Doug Witkowski 30 Second place
Mike Vredenburg 27
Bobby Roberts 23
Carlos Garza 22

Summary:
The day started out cold- in the upper 30's, which is very cold by Texas standards. Somebody up north let a Canadian cold front blow in, and blow it did. Winds were VERY gusty.
In the lanes carved through the forest, the winds were shifting out of different directions. Shooting on some lanes became a guessing game as to which way the winds would choose to attack during the shot. The few open lanes had a large horizontal pellet-splatter to the left of the kill-zones, as there was nothing to divert the wind on those lanes.
Paul Conover and Johnny Ingram had come in early to set up the course. There were a number of targets to 50 yards, and the close shots were half inch KZs at 15 to 22 yards. There were no target failures and everyone enjoyed the course layout, probably enjoying the fact they didnt have to help set it up.
The Hunter Class field target group has grown, and was the largest contingent at the December match. One Hunter Class shooter jammed a pellet in his transfer port and shot the second half of the rifle match with his pistol. Surprisingly, he went on to hit a few of the 40 to 45 yard targets with his PFT pistol, which made us rethink what distances PFT pistols can do.
The PCP group struggled with getting shooting harnesses over heavy coats, and learning to remove gloves so they could open and close the fasteners to get into and out of their harnesses. The sole international shooter got some great wind lessons.
Due to some equipment problems, we shot pistol silhouette instead of rifle silhouette (after the Xmas gift exchange). Holding the pistol in the stiff, gusting side-winds proved to be challenging. Everyone could adjust for wind-drift, but struggled with the wind pulling their aims off target when trying to hold their gun steady. We also fought a setting sun that caused an inordinate amount of glare on most shooters' scopes. Nonetheless, scores were higher than anyone hoped, considering the wind and sun glare. A follow-up discussion ensued on how to set-up the silhouette course to shoot in any other direction than into the setting sun.
Cold temperatures, a stiff wind and busy holiday schedules whittled the group down to five by days end, who finished the day enjoying fajitas, Pollo Loco, and enchiladas at the local Mexican restaurant.
Despite less than inviting shooting conditions, FT comraderie prevailed for a most excellent December match.
Bob T and Kelly K verifying their scope settings:
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Ron and Phil chatting with Mike V soaking up some sunshine!
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Jim S and Bobby R getting their gear ready:
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Carlos and Paul filling out cards, lane assignments and collecting $$
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Not sure what Kelly is waving with there
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Kelly trying to determine wind direction as Paul shows up a little tardy to the lane after filling out cards
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Paul still trying to convince me us that the wind is only 6mph I have video of a 4x8 foot score board with framed with steel angle iron that is flopping in the wind. Video to follow
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Paul still thinking he is the comedian of the group and doing a pretty good job!
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Kelly checking the yardage
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Lane 5 on the Aggie Course. Little Green ¾ bird on the right between the two cedar trees. iirc was 30ish yards. Ground hog second target back I do not recall the far target
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Paul preparing the shooting sticks to steady up his Mac1 prepped Marauder and a DIY finished thumbhole stock. I believe James L was the stock maker..?
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Paul checking the yardage on his bushnell scope. Also sporting his stylish Carhart beanie hat Hat, gloves and jacket all matching! Good Job Paul!
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Im not sure if this was a hit or miss?
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Kelly, you lost Paul You were supposed to be watching him!
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Someone down yonder shooting
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Bobby T and Ron R pose for the shot, while Bob T prepares his shot!
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Paul hiding in the trees
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And this is what Texas weeds look like!
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Kelly getting ready to shoot one of the most accurate air rifles I have ever had the pleasure to shoot
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Paul What did you do?
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Carlos G and his in an Elmer Fudd voice.. A hunting I will go!
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Paul again Not sure if this is a hit or miss?
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1/2, ¾, and 1 on lane 12.
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JohnnyI Getting ready
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Check out that wind flag plastered back on my gun
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anyone see where that pellet went?!
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Poor little wasp got all beat up! Just an example of the faceplate workout that targets received on Sunday!
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Doug Showing off his offhand skills:
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Carlos reviewing his list and checking it twice Ok he just checking the scores
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Bobby taking notes for the shoot results (nice report Bobby!)
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Paul and Carlos prepare for the gift exchange drawing order Bobby still making notes for match report
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Jim S checking to see what Santa brought
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Carlos Multi taking Chewing gum and unwrapping gift at the same time
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Looks like Carlos scored something shiney!
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Phil unwrapping Mike V scoping out and planning his attack
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Ron approves of Phil gift
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Kelly scoring a nice Stanley tool set just seconds before it is swipped by another
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Kelly trying to take cover with the tool set Not gonna happen Kelly!
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Bobby is the proud new owner of a nice Camo snuggie! I guess he can stay warm while squirrel hunting!?
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Yes Bobby, your snuggie is nice!
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Ron scores again! Ron unloading on a multi item grab bag
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Ron still unloading all of the loot
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Are you kidding There is more?!
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Kelly going back to the grab pile just after getting his nice tool set swipped
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Kelly says: look maaw..! I can see in the dark with this fancy gadget!
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Mike V scoring on the Gerber go go gadget knife/plier set!
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And Carlos does the deed and swipes Mike Vs momentary Gerber plier set score!
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Now where is that Video of the 6mph wind
Ok I have the video, but I cannot figure out how to post the silly thing!
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Joined: April 12th, 2006, 7:56 am

December 14th, 2010, 11:41 am #4

Yegua Airgun Club Match Results
Sunday, 12 December, 2010

RIFLE FIELD-TARGET (54 shots total):
Johnny Ingram PCP 43 First Place
Mike Vredenburg PCP 41 Second (tie)
Phillip Reedy PCP 41 Second (tie)
Jim Sheffield PCP 33

Carlos Garza HUNTER, FIRST PLACE 35
Doug Witkowski Hunter, SECOND PLACE 33
Paul Conover Hunter 32
Kelly Kennedy Hunter 26
Ron Robinson Hunter 26 DNF
Bob Thiery Hunter 24

Bobby Roberts, INTERNATIONAL FIRST PLACE, 32

PISTOL SILHOUETTE (Scoped, 40 shots total):
Ron Robinson 31 First place
Doug Witkowski 30 Second place
Mike Vredenburg 27
Bobby Roberts 23
Carlos Garza 22

Summary:
The day started out cold- in the upper 30's, which is very cold by Texas standards. Somebody up north let a Canadian cold front blow in, and blow it did. Winds were VERY gusty.
In the lanes carved through the forest, the winds were shifting out of different directions. Shooting on some lanes became a guessing game as to which way the winds would choose to attack during the shot. The few open lanes had a large horizontal pellet-splatter to the left of the kill-zones, as there was nothing to divert the wind on those lanes.
Paul Conover and Johnny Ingram had come in early to set up the course. There were a number of targets to 50 yards, and the close shots were half inch KZs at 15 to 22 yards. There were no target failures and everyone enjoyed the course layout, probably enjoying the fact they didnt have to help set it up.
The Hunter Class field target group has grown, and was the largest contingent at the December match. One Hunter Class shooter jammed a pellet in his transfer port and shot the second half of the rifle match with his pistol. Surprisingly, he went on to hit a few of the 40 to 45 yard targets with his PFT pistol, which made us rethink what distances PFT pistols can do.
The PCP group struggled with getting shooting harnesses over heavy coats, and learning to remove gloves so they could open and close the fasteners to get into and out of their harnesses. The sole international shooter got some great wind lessons.
Due to some equipment problems, we shot pistol silhouette instead of rifle silhouette (after the Xmas gift exchange). Holding the pistol in the stiff, gusting side-winds proved to be challenging. Everyone could adjust for wind-drift, but struggled with the wind pulling their aims off target when trying to hold their gun steady. We also fought a setting sun that caused an inordinate amount of glare on most shooters' scopes. Nonetheless, scores were higher than anyone hoped, considering the wind and sun glare. A follow-up discussion ensued on how to set-up the silhouette course to shoot in any other direction than into the setting sun.
Cold temperatures, a stiff wind and busy holiday schedules whittled the group down to five by days end, who finished the day enjoying fajitas, Pollo Loco, and enchiladas at the local Mexican restaurant.
Despite less than inviting shooting conditions, FT comraderie prevailed for a most excellent December match.
We're gluttons for punishment when it come to field target. The wind chill was definitely a factor for sitting in the shade. It's hard to stay still below 40*F with a 10-15 mph NE wind. No one cleared lanes 7 or 12. Middle target on 7 seemed to defy everyone as did the far target on 12 which was definitely makeable but seemed to play tricks on everyone. Could have been the wind coming down the creek. It was fun to watch the leaves fall in one direction at the front of the lanes and from the other at the back. According to the Weather Underground website, average wind speed was 12mph with gusts of 20-30 mph. Fun, fun, fun!
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Joined: February 5th, 2009, 10:35 pm

December 14th, 2010, 12:50 pm #5

Yegua Airgun Club Match Results
Sunday, 12 December, 2010

RIFLE FIELD-TARGET (54 shots total):
Johnny Ingram PCP 43 First Place
Mike Vredenburg PCP 41 Second (tie)
Phillip Reedy PCP 41 Second (tie)
Jim Sheffield PCP 33

Carlos Garza HUNTER, FIRST PLACE 35
Doug Witkowski Hunter, SECOND PLACE 33
Paul Conover Hunter 32
Kelly Kennedy Hunter 26
Ron Robinson Hunter 26 DNF
Bob Thiery Hunter 24

Bobby Roberts, INTERNATIONAL FIRST PLACE, 32

PISTOL SILHOUETTE (Scoped, 40 shots total):
Ron Robinson 31 First place
Doug Witkowski 30 Second place
Mike Vredenburg 27
Bobby Roberts 23
Carlos Garza 22

Summary:
The day started out cold- in the upper 30's, which is very cold by Texas standards. Somebody up north let a Canadian cold front blow in, and blow it did. Winds were VERY gusty.
In the lanes carved through the forest, the winds were shifting out of different directions. Shooting on some lanes became a guessing game as to which way the winds would choose to attack during the shot. The few open lanes had a large horizontal pellet-splatter to the left of the kill-zones, as there was nothing to divert the wind on those lanes.
Paul Conover and Johnny Ingram had come in early to set up the course. There were a number of targets to 50 yards, and the close shots were half inch KZs at 15 to 22 yards. There were no target failures and everyone enjoyed the course layout, probably enjoying the fact they didnt have to help set it up.
The Hunter Class field target group has grown, and was the largest contingent at the December match. One Hunter Class shooter jammed a pellet in his transfer port and shot the second half of the rifle match with his pistol. Surprisingly, he went on to hit a few of the 40 to 45 yard targets with his PFT pistol, which made us rethink what distances PFT pistols can do.
The PCP group struggled with getting shooting harnesses over heavy coats, and learning to remove gloves so they could open and close the fasteners to get into and out of their harnesses. The sole international shooter got some great wind lessons.
Due to some equipment problems, we shot pistol silhouette instead of rifle silhouette (after the Xmas gift exchange). Holding the pistol in the stiff, gusting side-winds proved to be challenging. Everyone could adjust for wind-drift, but struggled with the wind pulling their aims off target when trying to hold their gun steady. We also fought a setting sun that caused an inordinate amount of glare on most shooters' scopes. Nonetheless, scores were higher than anyone hoped, considering the wind and sun glare. A follow-up discussion ensued on how to set-up the silhouette course to shoot in any other direction than into the setting sun.
Cold temperatures, a stiff wind and busy holiday schedules whittled the group down to five by days end, who finished the day enjoying fajitas, Pollo Loco, and enchiladas at the local Mexican restaurant.
Despite less than inviting shooting conditions, FT comraderie prevailed for a most excellent December match.
and congratulation to other shooters.

Bartek
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Joined: December 11th, 2008, 4:43 am

December 14th, 2010, 3:01 pm #6

Yegua Airgun Club Match Results
Sunday, 12 December, 2010

RIFLE FIELD-TARGET (54 shots total):
Johnny Ingram PCP 43 First Place
Mike Vredenburg PCP 41 Second (tie)
Phillip Reedy PCP 41 Second (tie)
Jim Sheffield PCP 33

Carlos Garza HUNTER, FIRST PLACE 35
Doug Witkowski Hunter, SECOND PLACE 33
Paul Conover Hunter 32
Kelly Kennedy Hunter 26
Ron Robinson Hunter 26 DNF
Bob Thiery Hunter 24

Bobby Roberts, INTERNATIONAL FIRST PLACE, 32

PISTOL SILHOUETTE (Scoped, 40 shots total):
Ron Robinson 31 First place
Doug Witkowski 30 Second place
Mike Vredenburg 27
Bobby Roberts 23
Carlos Garza 22

Summary:
The day started out cold- in the upper 30's, which is very cold by Texas standards. Somebody up north let a Canadian cold front blow in, and blow it did. Winds were VERY gusty.
In the lanes carved through the forest, the winds were shifting out of different directions. Shooting on some lanes became a guessing game as to which way the winds would choose to attack during the shot. The few open lanes had a large horizontal pellet-splatter to the left of the kill-zones, as there was nothing to divert the wind on those lanes.
Paul Conover and Johnny Ingram had come in early to set up the course. There were a number of targets to 50 yards, and the close shots were half inch KZs at 15 to 22 yards. There were no target failures and everyone enjoyed the course layout, probably enjoying the fact they didnt have to help set it up.
The Hunter Class field target group has grown, and was the largest contingent at the December match. One Hunter Class shooter jammed a pellet in his transfer port and shot the second half of the rifle match with his pistol. Surprisingly, he went on to hit a few of the 40 to 45 yard targets with his PFT pistol, which made us rethink what distances PFT pistols can do.
The PCP group struggled with getting shooting harnesses over heavy coats, and learning to remove gloves so they could open and close the fasteners to get into and out of their harnesses. The sole international shooter got some great wind lessons.
Due to some equipment problems, we shot pistol silhouette instead of rifle silhouette (after the Xmas gift exchange). Holding the pistol in the stiff, gusting side-winds proved to be challenging. Everyone could adjust for wind-drift, but struggled with the wind pulling their aims off target when trying to hold their gun steady. We also fought a setting sun that caused an inordinate amount of glare on most shooters' scopes. Nonetheless, scores were higher than anyone hoped, considering the wind and sun glare. A follow-up discussion ensued on how to set-up the silhouette course to shoot in any other direction than into the setting sun.
Cold temperatures, a stiff wind and busy holiday schedules whittled the group down to five by days end, who finished the day enjoying fajitas, Pollo Loco, and enchiladas at the local Mexican restaurant.
Despite less than inviting shooting conditions, FT comraderie prevailed for a most excellent December match.
Early morning discussions before the match.

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Paul Conover shows his rifle carrier made from PVC pipe.

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(l to r) Jim Sheffield, Ron Robinson, Johnny Ingram, and
Phil Reedy on the practice range before the match.

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Ron Robinson shooting Hunter class on the lane.

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Bob Thiery shooting Hunter Class on the lane.

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Ron Watches as Kelly opens his gift at the white elephant gift exchange. Paul holds onto his gift to make sure nobody takes it.

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On the silhouette Range. The sun was setting causing glare on
lenses, including the camera lens. Stiff gusts of wind were at 90
degrees from the right.

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December 14th, 2010, 10:50 pm #7


Bob T and Kelly K verifying their scope settings:
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Ron and Phil chatting with Mike V soaking up some sunshine!
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Jim S and Bobby R getting their gear ready:
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Carlos and Paul filling out cards, lane assignments and collecting $$
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Not sure what Kelly is waving with there
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Kelly trying to determine wind direction as Paul shows up a little tardy to the lane after filling out cards
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Paul still trying to convince me us that the wind is only 6mph I have video of a 4x8 foot score board with framed with steel angle iron that is flopping in the wind. Video to follow
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Paul still thinking he is the comedian of the group and doing a pretty good job!
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Kelly checking the yardage
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Lane 5 on the Aggie Course. Little Green ¾ bird on the right between the two cedar trees. iirc was 30ish yards. Ground hog second target back I do not recall the far target
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Paul preparing the shooting sticks to steady up his Mac1 prepped Marauder and a DIY finished thumbhole stock. I believe James L was the stock maker..?
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Paul checking the yardage on his bushnell scope. Also sporting his stylish Carhart beanie hat Hat, gloves and jacket all matching! Good Job Paul!
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Im not sure if this was a hit or miss?
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Kelly, you lost Paul You were supposed to be watching him!
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Someone down yonder shooting
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Bobby T and Ron R pose for the shot, while Bob T prepares his shot!
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Paul hiding in the trees
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And this is what Texas weeds look like!
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Kelly getting ready to shoot one of the most accurate air rifles I have ever had the pleasure to shoot
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Paul What did you do?
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Carlos G and his in an Elmer Fudd voice.. A hunting I will go!
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Paul again Not sure if this is a hit or miss?
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1/2, ¾, and 1 on lane 12.
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JohnnyI Getting ready
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Check out that wind flag plastered back on my gun
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anyone see where that pellet went?!
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Poor little wasp got all beat up! Just an example of the faceplate workout that targets received on Sunday!
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Doug Showing off his offhand skills:
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Carlos reviewing his list and checking it twice Ok he just checking the scores
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Bobby taking notes for the shoot results (nice report Bobby!)
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Paul and Carlos prepare for the gift exchange drawing order Bobby still making notes for match report
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Jim S checking to see what Santa brought
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Carlos Multi taking Chewing gum and unwrapping gift at the same time
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Looks like Carlos scored something shiney!
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Phil unwrapping Mike V scoping out and planning his attack
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Ron approves of Phil gift
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Kelly scoring a nice Stanley tool set just seconds before it is swipped by another
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Kelly trying to take cover with the tool set Not gonna happen Kelly!
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Bobby is the proud new owner of a nice Camo snuggie! I guess he can stay warm while squirrel hunting!?
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Yes Bobby, your snuggie is nice!
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Ron scores again! Ron unloading on a multi item grab bag
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Ron still unloading all of the loot
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Are you kidding There is more?!
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Kelly going back to the grab pile just after getting his nice tool set swipped
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Kelly says: look maaw..! I can see in the dark with this fancy gadget!
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Mike V scoring on the Gerber go go gadget knife/plier set!
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And Carlos does the deed and swipes Mike Vs momentary Gerber plier set score!
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Now where is that Video of the 6mph wind
Ok I have the video, but I cannot figure out how to post the silly thing!
Hey Paul C, that bipod looks awfully familiar! LOL!
Johnny, You look frozen! Was that shooting jacket insulated?
You guys should of started up a fire like you had at the Nationals last year!
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Joined: February 15th, 2010, 10:01 pm

December 15th, 2010, 3:54 am #8

Yegua Airgun Club Match Results
Sunday, 12 December, 2010

RIFLE FIELD-TARGET (54 shots total):
Johnny Ingram PCP 43 First Place
Mike Vredenburg PCP 41 Second (tie)
Phillip Reedy PCP 41 Second (tie)
Jim Sheffield PCP 33

Carlos Garza HUNTER, FIRST PLACE 35
Doug Witkowski Hunter, SECOND PLACE 33
Paul Conover Hunter 32
Kelly Kennedy Hunter 26
Ron Robinson Hunter 26 DNF
Bob Thiery Hunter 24

Bobby Roberts, INTERNATIONAL FIRST PLACE, 32

PISTOL SILHOUETTE (Scoped, 40 shots total):
Ron Robinson 31 First place
Doug Witkowski 30 Second place
Mike Vredenburg 27
Bobby Roberts 23
Carlos Garza 22

Summary:
The day started out cold- in the upper 30's, which is very cold by Texas standards. Somebody up north let a Canadian cold front blow in, and blow it did. Winds were VERY gusty.
In the lanes carved through the forest, the winds were shifting out of different directions. Shooting on some lanes became a guessing game as to which way the winds would choose to attack during the shot. The few open lanes had a large horizontal pellet-splatter to the left of the kill-zones, as there was nothing to divert the wind on those lanes.
Paul Conover and Johnny Ingram had come in early to set up the course. There were a number of targets to 50 yards, and the close shots were half inch KZs at 15 to 22 yards. There were no target failures and everyone enjoyed the course layout, probably enjoying the fact they didnt have to help set it up.
The Hunter Class field target group has grown, and was the largest contingent at the December match. One Hunter Class shooter jammed a pellet in his transfer port and shot the second half of the rifle match with his pistol. Surprisingly, he went on to hit a few of the 40 to 45 yard targets with his PFT pistol, which made us rethink what distances PFT pistols can do.
The PCP group struggled with getting shooting harnesses over heavy coats, and learning to remove gloves so they could open and close the fasteners to get into and out of their harnesses. The sole international shooter got some great wind lessons.
Due to some equipment problems, we shot pistol silhouette instead of rifle silhouette (after the Xmas gift exchange). Holding the pistol in the stiff, gusting side-winds proved to be challenging. Everyone could adjust for wind-drift, but struggled with the wind pulling their aims off target when trying to hold their gun steady. We also fought a setting sun that caused an inordinate amount of glare on most shooters' scopes. Nonetheless, scores were higher than anyone hoped, considering the wind and sun glare. A follow-up discussion ensued on how to set-up the silhouette course to shoot in any other direction than into the setting sun.
Cold temperatures, a stiff wind and busy holiday schedules whittled the group down to five by days end, who finished the day enjoying fajitas, Pollo Loco, and enchiladas at the local Mexican restaurant.
Despite less than inviting shooting conditions, FT comraderie prevailed for a most excellent December match.
(+) Paul (+)
USFT #230
Daystate MK 4 iS MCT
FX Whisper .22
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December 15th, 2010, 4:11 am #9

Hey Paul C, that bipod looks awfully familiar! LOL!
Johnny, You look frozen! Was that shooting jacket insulated?
You guys should of started up a fire like you had at the Nationals last year!
Hey Bill! Yes the Gift exchange was a good time we did this last year and I understand the group has been doing this for some time... Everyone brought a wrapped gift. We had a white elephant gift exchange. Drew for names first person opened second person could take the unwrapped or go for the wrapped gift and so on...

Jacket was not uninsolated but I did have that hoodie, shirt and underarmor underneath the shooting coat! I had to borrow gloves to keep feeling in my shooting finger. It wasn't too terribly cold but not ideal either!
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Joined: December 11th, 2008, 4:43 am

December 15th, 2010, 4:12 am #10

and congratulation to other shooters.

Bartek
Thanks Bartek!
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