2011 Match Results

December

We were blessed with a very pleasant day for shooting FT. The temperature was in the high sixties with a very slight breeze. It was forcasted that we should get winds at about 12mph from the ENE with gust up to 20mph. For our last match of the year we set a fairly difficult course for a fifty two shot match. Dan, Ed & myself were the participants. Jerry showed up but only wanted to sight in his new set up from Jim Gaska. I never had a chance to look at his rig in great detail but at a glance what I saw seemed to be very impressive. Jerry we a very grateful that you gave us a hand with setting up the course. Ed's Daystate needed a new O ring for the fill valve which we managed to install after making a tool with a ball point pen to slip the tiny O ring in place.

We started the match about 10:00am. After cleaning the fist four lanes I dropped my first shot on the kneeling lane...it was an easy 28yd shot that I knew was a bad shot when I squeezed the trigger. I was not quite in position but I forced it and I got the result that I deserved....a miss. We soon felt the impact of the gusting head wind that was coming in from the north and swirling around when it hit the baffles. The pellets were hitting low and to the left on the west side of the range and low and to the right on the east side of the range. This made for some interesting hold over on the long targets. Dan and Ed improved on their scores from last month. We had a good time and it sure is a pleasure shooting in cooler temperatures. 

We will be back in January and hopefully we can get Jerry, Ziad and Pat to join us. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!  -donovan

Here are our scores:

Shooter                           Rifle                 Class                   Scope                         Pellet             Score

Donovan Taylor             USFT #28             Open     Sightron III 10-50X60        AA 10.34          47/52

Dan Chong                   Walther LG300      Open      Walther 10-40X56              JSB-H               39/52

Ed Escue                      Daystate H Mk2     Open        Hakko 8-32X                   CPH 10.5          36/52






November

The weather report forecast called for a windy wet day....and so it was. When I got to the range at 7:00 am the wind was already blowing at a steady pace. We were supposed to have rain with winds at 15mph gusting up to 24mph. At times our flag was blowing at ninety degrees straight out to the south and then it would whip around and blow in a easterly direction. The temperature was in the low seventies. After last months Nationals I decided that I would lay out a new course of fire.....instead of three lanes per target we did two lanes per target and I would use the timer so that I would not feel as intimidated whenever I shoot my next major match. We have a total of twenty five targets...therefore we were able to make thirteen lanes with two targets each except for the last lane with one for a fifty shot match.  We had two off hand lanes and one kneeling.

We had only Ed, Dan and myself competing this month. It was nice shooting a new course and I can see where it can be tweaked to make it a bit more challenging next month. I dropped my first point on lane one (off hand) on the first shot of the second target that was placed at about twenty two yards. It was an easy shot but I pulled off target just as I squeezed the trigger...the second shot was true. I felt the self imposed pressure of the timer...it was good. I dropped my second point on a long fifty three yard target. After carefully ranging and deciding that the target was at 53yds, I adjusted my clicks and settled in for the kill. All was looking good and just as I broke the shot a gust of wind blew it onto the face plate at nine o'clock. I regained my composure and carefully took aim again...this time the shot was good and the target fell. I dropped two points for the match. Dan was having problems with his zero. He was two to three clicks off  and this dogged him for the entire match. Ed had gun troubles and had to be filling his cylinder every five or so shots. This never helped his score any....hopefully he will have it squared it away for next month.

Although we were small in number we had a good time. Hopefully we can get a few more shooters to join us next month.

Here are our scores:

Shooter                           Rifle                 Class                   Scope                         Pellet             Score

Donovan Taylor             USFT #28             Open     Sightron III 10-50X60        AA 10.34          48/50

Dan Chong                   Walther LG300      Open      Walther 10-40X56              CPH                 35/50

Ed Escue                      Daystate H Mk2     Open        Hakko 8-32X                   CPH 10.5          34/50

HRPC FT Match








October:

2011 Nationals As I Saw It

I was blessed with getting the opportunity to shoot my second Nationals. The plane ride from South Florida to Nashville, TN was uneventful (just the way I like it). I picked up my rental car and drove the very pleasant eighty plus miles to my hotel and then headed for Roz's Hollow. I saw familiar faces and after a little meet and greet, I registered and decided to do some sighting in. The wind was blowing hard in every which direction. Looking at the flags, the near flags were blowing to the left and the far to the right. If I held on target at fifty five yards, the pellet would land on the bull of the adjacent bull high at eleven o'clock. After a few shots I decided that this was an exercise in futility because after the flight I could not really determine what my zero was in these conditions....was it shooting like it did back home or did something shift on the flight here? The weather was predicted to be calmer on Saturday morning so I decided that I would get to the range early so that I could do a proper sighting in.

Kevin, Lonnie, Hector A. and I along with some other shooters went to a Chinese buffet for dinner. It was quite pleasant food with good company.

Saturday morning came and I was up and ready to go. I stopped at McDonalds to get my morning jolt of caffeine. On the way to the meet, I also picked up some apples and bananas to keep me nurtured on the lanes. The weather conditions were as predicted all the wind flags were limp. On the sight in lane I took my first shot at fifty five yards and the pellet was true....it hit smack into the center of the target. I then took one at ten yards and I was ready for the games....bring it on my USFT #28 was ready and I was mentally and physically ready also.

After more meeting and greeting, our gracious host Roz, called the shooters meeting at approximately 8:15am (nothing like being on time). After the meeting I linked up with my squad mates Ivan Copo (Puerto Rico) and Stan Lipinski (MD). We were off to the white course. The order of shooting was: Ivan, I then Stan. Ivan cleaned the first lane, I dropped my first point on the first shot of the second target....it is just amazing the calm that came over me after that first missed target. IIRCC I dropped my three shots within the first five lanes then cleaned all the rest to end up with a first day total of fifty seven. I was very happy with my performance. Day one was in the bag. It was time to forget about day one.....it was no guarantee that day two would be as good.

After a good nights sleep it was day two. I(57) was squadded with Doug Miller(58) & Walt Roller(57). I guess this was so that we being the top three Open PCP shooters from the previous day could keep and eye on each other. I must say that I felt intimidated being the "new" kid on the block with these two veteran FT shooters. I had to remind myself that we all put on our pants one foot at a time happy.gif. We started on lane six with Walt shooting first, followed by me and then Doug. All was going well and when we got to lane fifteen I did a quick check of our score cards only to discover that I was leading Doug by one point overall and Walt by I think two or three. We had lane one through five to go on the red course. I was tasting victory....I could see it now...Donovan Taylor, 2011-2012 National FT Champion. Keep your cool, its not over til its over. Then it happened....my nemesis the wind showed up. Now I knew firsthand what Harold was talking about after the previous days shoot. He said that the Red lane is the luck of the draw...if you got lane fourteen through five early in the day you had a better chance of not being faced with the challenge of dealing with these exposed lanes when the winds showed up. After coming into lane one with two points down I dropped five points on lanes one through five. This is what separates the men from the boy. Doug did not skip a beat he got all ten hits on the final five and I think Walt got eight or nine.

Congratulations to Doug and Walt for a course well shot and thanks for the assistance and tips that you both freely imparted to me. I am most grateful to have spent the second day in your company. I must also congratulate Paul Plauche on placing second by out shooting Walt in the shoot off.
When the smoke cleared I finished in fourth place in the Open PCP Class.
Donovan receiving 4th place award from Robert Ray
Congratulations to all the victors in the various divisions and all the competitors who made the effort to participate in what was an amazing meet in near perfect weather conditions at a facility that is second to none.

Thanks to the organizers for putting this most pleasant meet together. From where I sat, everything went like clockwork.
Hopefully I will make it to Oregon next year.

Here is link to the full results:http://www.network54.com/Forum/451309/message/1318825201/2011+AAFTA+Nationals+Results+by+Class






September

It was that time again....time to sling some lead and have some organized fun. This month we had five shooters and I happy to welcome to the FT group a new young shooter..Patrick. Patrick has been a member of HRPC for almost a year and has been shooting primarily small bore silhouette. Last month I sold him a TX200 that he said would help him practice silhouette at home. I guess he got bitten by the air gun bug because yesterday he emailed me to say that he would like to shoot in our FT match. He had not quite gotten all his numbers dialed in on the TX so I offered to lend him my AA Pro Target. After our match today I think that he is hooked.

When I pulled up at the range for set up at 7:00am Patrick was already waiting and was very eager to help with the job at hand. Thanks Pat. The temperature at set up time was in the low eighties with a forecast for high eighties with a real feel in the mid nineties. The wind was out of the east at about 5mph with a forecast for 11mph with gusts to 15mph.

I tried a new set up with a 1 1/4" target set at about 12 feet high a distance of 30yds.  We had a 3/8" owl at 7 feet at about 12yds. To try and simulate a dark lane I set up one target at about 28yds under the shadows of out wheel barrow. It proved to be challenging because not everyone hit it twice.....at the end of the match the tire was flat.....challenging at a cost. The wheel barrow can be seen in the pics below. We shot our usual 50 shot match with lane one being a forced standing position for four shots and lane five kneeling for four shots.  We decided to start early because all known competitors were present...Pat, Ed, Dan & myself. I had completed four lanes when Roger who took third place in PCP at the recent Blue Grass 100 showed up after making the three hour trip from the west coast of Florida. We welcomed him to join in the fun.

Pat soon learned that FT is not quite as easy as it may seem. Granted he was using a borrowed gun and this was his very first time...but he admitted that it was more challenging that it seems. I am sure he will do well at this game because he is a very good shooter who won all kinds of awards at a recent national silhouette competition.

We had a blast. Roger thanks for joining us and I welcome our new shooter, Pat. When the smoke cleared this was our scores:

Shooter                           Rifle                 Class                   Scope                         Pellet             Score

Donovan Taylor             USFT #28             Open     Sightron III 10-50X60        AA 10.34          49/50

Roger Guilmette           FWB P70               Open     Nightforce 36X                   JSB-H              40/50

Ed Escue                      Daystate H Mk2     Open        Hakko 8-32X                   CPH 10.5          38/50

Dan Chong                   Walther LG300      Open      Walther 10-40X56              CPH                 36/50

Patrick Petrillo             AA Pro Target       WFTF   Sightron III 10-50X60         AA 8.4             22/50


FT Match 9.18.11





August

That time of the month rolled around again and we held our August match in the sweltering South Florida heat. At 7:30am when we were setting up it was 82 degrees but it felt like 90+. The forecast called for a high of 90 with a heat index over 100 degrees. The air was still and heavy with humidity. Some ominous clouds were visible on the horizon. By the time we got through setting up I was ready to call it quits...I was whipped. We had only three shooters for our match today; Dan, Ed and myself. Ziad had to go out of town and had to miss the match. Hopefully he will be able to join us next month. Ed brought a young guest....a potential new shooter named Tong. After a brief lesson on the safe handling of an air rifle, Dan loaned Tong his Marauder so that he could get a feel for shooting on our sight in targets.

We started our fifty shot match at 9:30am. We shoot nine lanes with lane one & five being forced position lanes. Lane one standing off hand at two targets and lane five kneeling at two targets. The other seven lanes have three targets each and these can be shot using the classic FT position. After completing lanes one & two the skies opened. It turned dark and started lightning, thundering and the wind was blowing like crazy.  I decided that I would try to shoot with the rain coming down as hard as it did. On a long target at about 45yds I hit the paddle with the first shot...no problem. The second shot hit face plate at 7 o'clock. Ed hit a fifty yarder twice and missed on a thirty fiver. We decided that we would wait for the rain to stop before losing any more points due to bad weather. After about fifteen minutes of the heavy down pour the skies brightened as the sun again took dominance of the skies. Here in South Florida after a short summer rain things really steam up....my lens was constantly fogging up from the rising steam. It was sweltering. I think that Tong took some pictures...I will see if I can get some to post later. He had a good time shooting an air rifle for the first time...hopefully we can get him to join us each month.

Dan had a personal best score for the year. Good job Dan! Ed had some problems with his scope and it reflected in his lower than normal score. Hopefully he will have it all squared away before our next match.

-donovan

When the steam cleared these were our scores:

Shooter                           Rifle                 Class                   Scope                         Pellet             Score

Donovan Taylor             USFT #28             Open     Sightron III 10-50X60        AA 10.34          46/50

Dan Chong                   Walther LG300      Open      Walther 10-40X56              CPH                 41/50

Ed Escue                      Daystate H Mk2     Open        Hakko 8-32X                   CPH 10.5          31/50





July

In an effort to beat the heat we started our FT match an hour early at 9:00am. At the start of the match the temperature was 84 degrees F but with the humidity it felt like 95. There was a light breeze from the west at 5mph with gusts up to about 12mph. We had only three shooters....Ed could not make it. You were missed Ed.

We shot our usual fifty shot match with two forced position lanes... lane one was four shots offhand and lane five was four shots kneeling. 

Ziad with his new side wheel had a personal best score of 38. He is certainly getting dialed in with his HW97...I am looking over my shoulders :)

I had an experience with my ear plugs that I never had before.....on the offhand lane I heard this thumping sound that was very distracting. To my astonishment it was my heart beating so hard I could hear it deep within my ears with the ear plugs in place. It felt as if my heart was beating "deep within my soul". It was so loud I could not concentrate on the shot. After removing the ear plugs it was all peace and quiet. I went on to make four successful kills on that lane.  I missed one easy 15yd target and one at 38yds. I was lining up on the 15 yarder when my trigger finger decided to do it's thing....missed at nine o'clock just outside the opening. The second miss was my first shot on the last target of the match. I was all dialed in on the 1 1/4" target at 45yds and determined to make the kill...there was a break in the wind and all was dead calm....as the shot broke, a gust of wind blew it off target to hit the face plate at 3 o'clock. Oh well so much for cleaning the lanes today. Hopefully we will have a better turnout next month.

We had a good time of it.

-donovan


Our scores:

Shooter                           Rifle                 Class                   Scope                         Pellet             Score

Donovan Taylor             USFT #28             Open     Sightron III 10-50X60         AA 10.34          48/50

Ziad Abudan                HW97                   Hunter      Hawke 10x42                      AA8.4              38/50

Dan Chong                   Walther LG300      Open      Walther 10-40X56               CPH                 37/50


FT Match july 17th 1911






June

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers in the house. We decided to start our match early so that we could get home to our families for the days festivities. We were planning to start at 9:00am but we instead started at 8:45am. The South Florida heat was upon us real early....it was 85 degrees F but real feel was 101 with a light breeze from the east at 6mph. It was sweltering...just sitting there, perspiration was dropping from our faces.

I was amazed at Ziad's machining skills....he showed us a 4" side wheel that he made for his new Hawke 10x42 Sidewinder Tactical scope. Very nice job! He is going to make a bigger one that will be more useful for 40+ yds. Do I have a new machinist??? :)

We had four brave souls for today's fifty shot match. Lane one was standing off hand for four shots and lane five was kneeling for four shots. We had a few long shots out to 55yds and one owl at 12yds with a 3/8" kill zone perched at about 8ft high....it proved to be a challenge because two shooters missed it with both attempts. The course was as challenging as could be without been too difficult.

Here are the results:

Shooter                           Rifle                 Class                   Scope                         Pellet             Score

Donovan Taylor             USFT #28             Open     Sightron III 10-50X60           JSB-H             47/50

Ed Escue                      Daystate H Mk2      Open        Hakko 8-32X                     CPH 10.5        39/50

Dan Chong                   Walther LG300      Open        Walther 10-40X56              CPH                 38/50

Ziad Abudan                HW97                   Hunter      Hawke 10x42                      AA8.4              31/50


FT Match June 19th 2011


                  





May

May 15th rolled around and we had our scheduled monthly match. I am happy that Roger G & Bill S was able to make the trip across the state to join us. We are always happy to have visitors shoot with us. Thanks guys!

We had a total of six shooters for our fifty shot match. Lane one was stan
ding off hand for four shots and lane five was kneeling for four shots.  At set up time between 7 & 9:00am the sky was overcast with dead calm conditions. The weather forecast called for winds out of the south at 8mph by 10:00am with an increase in wind speed to 15mph from the SW by 11:00am. As was predicted; so it came to pass. We had gusts up to 22mph with some light rain. The conditions made for a very challenging match because of our berms & baffles making the wind swirl and dip in different directions: at the beginning of the match the wind was blowing from the east and half way through it changed direction and started blowing from the west. I managed to post a respectable score for the win. A good time was had by all.

Thanks for reading our match report.  -donovan

Here are our scores:


Shooter                           Rifle                 Class                   Scope                         Pellet             Score

Donovan Taylor             USFT #28             Open     Sightron III 10-50X60           JSB-H             46/50

Roger Guilmette           FWB P70               Open     Nightforce 36X                    JSB-H &CPH   39/50

Dan Chong                   Walther LG300      Open        Walther 10-40X56              CPH                 38/50

Ed Escue                      Daystate H Mk2      Open        Hakko 8-32X                     CPH 10.5        36/50

Ziad Abudan                HW97                   Hunter      BSA 3x12                            AA8.4              32/50

Bill Shade                    AA TX200            Piston      Bushnell 4200                      CPL 7.9            27/50


FT Match May 15th '11





April


Our April match was canceled due to lack of enough shooters. Ed had  an Easter function that he had to attend and Domingo has moved away to Tampa. We have not heard from Harry in a while and Jerry is "missing" in action. Dan, Ziad and I did some chrono work on our guns and some sighting in. We spent about two hours on the range getting to "know" our equipment a little better and talking about scopes and such. We will be ready for our May match.

I had the pleasure of traveling to Baton Rouge for the Cajun Classics. I had a great time and it was really good to get some more experience shooting FT under completely different circumstances than I am used to. Here is my take on the trip:

Cajun Classic.....My Perspective


A heartfelt thank you to the organizers for making me feel welcomed and for giving me the opportunity to broaden my FT *experience. The event was well organized, the food was delightful and having air, water and bug spray on hand on the course was real nice. Congratulations to all who participated and a hearty congrats to the victors. Thanks to Greg Blair and Harold for assisting me in the lanes with filling my rifle with air. It was also my great pleasure to meet more of the faces that go with the names that I have grown familiar with on the forum.

*I have read on the forums about shooting in dark lanes and the importance of a scopes ability to gather light in the darkest of lanes. I never before now could appreciate what this meant....I shoot in sunny South Florida on a manicured lawn happy.gif. Looking down some of these lanes was like looking down a dark alley at dusk and wondering what lurks beyond. Who turned off the lights??? With the shadows and targets that were already shot up there was little contrast to work with....this made it even more difficult for me. As a student of this game, I have now gained some more valuable lessons in the sport/hobby of FT shooting.

Nationals made me mindful and aware of the wind....now the Cajun Classics have made me aware of the dark. I am having a great time learning this game. My next planned major match is Nationals at Roz's place.....I guess I will next learn about shooting inclines and declines????? Now if I can only tie all this together. Hmmmm!



Here are some links to pictures of the score board:



March

Another FT match in the record books. The day started with a cloudless clear blue sky in the high sixties. At 7:30am Jerry commented about how calm it was; I told him don't believe that it won't get windy....it was predicted to be windy with 10 to 15mph wind with occasional gusts to 20mph. By 8:30 the wind was upon us. It was blowing steady from the east. For today's 50 shot match we had four shooters. Jerry had to leave because he had some previous commitment. He helped us set up then he left.

I was happy that Domingo decided to accept my offer to use my ProTarget for the match...his EV2 has developed a leak in the regulator. He will need to send it to Korick to get it sorted. He scored higher than the first time he shot with us in January. This is his second time shooting in a match...he is the man to watch. Congratulations on a much improved score with a borrowed gun (also congratulations on the birth of his new daughter). Dan was trying CPH for the first time in his Walther..he never quite got it dialled in. He promised Ed that he is gunning for him and that he is going to out score him next month. Ed never quite got a hold of reading the wind properly...he still managed a respectable score. I missed one long target at 46yds because one of the promised 20mph gust occurred just as I broke the shot. The pellet hit face plate just outside the kill zone at 9:00 although I was already holding off on the edge at 3:00.   Then again it may have been my subconscious mind making me miss a shot...heeding Kevin Y's threat of getting on a plane and coming for his USFT #28 if I cleaned another course :)

We all had a good time of it. Thanks for allowing me to share our match experience. -donovan

Here are our scores:


Shooter                           Rifle                 Class                   Scope                         Pellet             Score

Donovan Taylor             USFT #28             Open     Sightron III 10-50X60           JSB-H             49/50

Ed Escue                       Daystate H Mk2      Open        Hakko 8-32X                      CPH 10.5        38/50

Dan Chong                   Walther LG300      Open        Walther 10-40X56              CPH                 33/50

Domingo Diaz               AA ProTarget      WFTF        Sightron III 10-50X60       AA 8.34           32/50



Click on the image to view a few pics from our match.

February

We were blessed with another near perfect S. Florida day for FT shooting. The temperature at set-up time was in the mid sixties and dead calm. The weather report mentioned that we would have sustained winds at 10mph with 15mph gusts. At 7:30am our range flag was completely limp  and showed not indication of the slightest breeze. We had four shooters for our match today. We are happy to welcome our new FT shooter Ziad who joined us shooting his HW 97K. This was his first match and I was happy to hear him say that he had a good time shooting at reactionary targets. We shot a fifty round match with two forced position lanes...one standing and one kneeling. Targets were set from about 11.5yds out to 53yds.

When sighting in I noticed that my long shots at forty five yards and beyond were low and to the left.....the promised 10mph wind was up on us.  Our range is tricky with the slightest wind because of the overhead baffles at 30yds & 55yds. We are located in the middle of a developed area and these baffles are needed to prevent bullets from leaving our property. The end result is swirls & downward drafts whenever the wind prevails. We had a head wind coming in from the right of our shooting position. I had to hold high & right just outside the kill zone to make a hit on the longer targets. I missed three long shots with my 12fpe ProTarget. More practice...more practice...more perfect practice. Ed improved on his last months score, while Dan dropped a bit. A good time was had by all. Here are the results:


Shooter                           Rifle                 Class                   Scope                         Pellet             Score

Donovan Taylor             AA ProTarget       WFTF       Sightron III 10-50X60         AA 8.34              47/50

Ed Escue                       Daystate H Mk2      Open        Hakko 8-32X                      CPH 10.5             42/50

Dan Chong                    Walther LG300      Open        Walther 10-40X56              JSB 10.2              35/50

Ziad Abudan                HW 97K                Piston        BSA 3-12x44                      JSB 8.4                26/50


FT Match February 20th '11



January

The weather could not have been better for our first match of 2011. We had clear blue skies, with temperatures in the mid sixties at the start of the match and it warmed up to the mid seventies. A light occasional breeze was blowing from the east at about 5mph.  I would like to extend a warm welcome to our first time shooter Domingo Diaz who joined us from South Miami. This was his first time shooting FT and we hope to have him join us on a monthly basis. He had never shot his EV2 past 10yds because that is all the space that he had to work with at home. Hopefully he can join us for our monthly matches so that we can make a FT shooter out of him. Dan's son Julian also joined us for the first time..... he never shot the match but he was having fun at the sight-in lanes and knocking down a few targets after we were through with them. I hope that he will also join us for the monthly matches.

We shot a 50 round match with two forced position lanes: one standing and one kneeling. A good time was had by all. Targets were set from a distance of 10.5yds out to about 51yds. Here are the results of our efforts:

Shooter                           Rifle                 Class                   Scope                         Pellet             Score

Donovan Taylor             AA ProTarget       WFTF       Sightron III 10-50X60         AA 8.34              48/50

Dan Chong                    Walther LG300      Open        Walther 10-40X56              JSB 10.2              40/50

Ed Escue                       Daystate H Mk2      Open        Hakko 8-32X                      CPH 10.5             38/50

Harry Steiber                Whiscombe JW60   Piston      Leapers 8X32                     CP .20                 22/50

Domingo Diaz              AA EV2                WFTF      Centerpoint 8-32                  H&N FT              16/50

FT Match Jan 16th 11




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