2013 Match Results

December


With the rest of the country experiencing a deep freeze it was awesome that we could enjoy our final match of the year in temperatures in the mid eighties. Light winds of about eight to ten miles per hour with occasionally slightly higher gusts made a challenging course that much harder... it kept us humble.

It was a pleasure to have Hector & Veronika shoot with us today. They were visiting the area and decided to join in on some local FT action. Todays match was contested by Hector, Veronika, Dan and myself. We also had  Carlos from Boca Raton stop by to see his first FT match first hand. He enjoyed what he saw and hopefully we can have him back with us in the new year. Ed was out of town doing the holiday rounds with his family.

Our match consisted of a fifty two shot course of thirteen lanes with two targets per lane and two shots per target. We had three forced position lanes, two standing and one kneeling. Targets were placed as near as of 10 yds to the longest being 51yds. We had few targets placed as high as about 20ft uphill in trees.  One off hand target up hill on lane one at about 29yds proved to be a challenge for all the shooters. I was "lucky" to hit it on the second attempt. 

It was great having Hector and Veronika shoot with us and I again extend an open invitation to anyone visiting the S. Florida area on the third Sunday of the month to come shoot FT  with us. Carlos, it was a pleasure meeting you and I am looking forward to you becoming a regular shooter with us.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. May we remember the reason for the season and touch someone less fortunate in a meaning full way. Have fun but more importantly do it responsibly.

Here are our scores:

Shooter                           Rifle                      Class                      Scope                               Pellet                       Score
Donovan Taylor     ISP MkIII AirStream      WFTF PCP          March 10-60x52                   JSB 7.87                  45/52
Hector Medina       Diana D54                     WFTF Piston       Bushnell 24x                         JSB 8.44                  40/52
Dan Chong             Walther LG300            Hunter PCP          Leapers 3-12x44                   JSB 8.44                  39/52
Veronika Ruf        Diana D54                     WFTF Piston       Aeon 8-32x50                       JSB 8.44                  36/52 

Here is a slide show of our match:

HRPC Match 12.15.2013

 





November


Today was a perfect day for flying kites but we chose to shoot FT instead. The wind blew steadily at 14+ mph the entire morning. With temps in the high seventies and warming up to the low eighties it was quite pleasant for shooting. A new lay out of the course combined with the windy conditions made it very challenging. One long 1 1/2" target placed 18' up a tree at fifty one yards had to be pulled because unknown to us at set up there was a small branch dissecting the kill zone in half....bummer. The long shots in the open field proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. Dan had a good showing shooting in Hunter class and Ed like myself had a bit of difficulty reading the switching wind.    

We had a good time and look forward to doing it again next month.

Here are our scores:

Shooter                           Rifle                      Class                      Scope                               Pellet                       Score
Donovan Taylor     ISP MkIII AirStream      WFTF PCP          March 10-60x52                   JSB 7.87                  45/52
Dan Chong             Walther LG300             Hunter PCP          Leapers 3-12x44                   JSB 8.4                   45/52
Ed Escue                Daystate H Mk2           Open PCP             Hakko 8-32X                      CPH 10.5                39/52

HRPC FT Match November 17th, 2013





October

Change is in the air....the morning started with temperatures in the low seventies with very low humidity. The task of setting up was that much easier because of the pleasant conditions. With Ed away on vacation Dan & I finished setting up the thirteen lane, fifty two shot course at about 9:45am.  A 10mph south westerly wind with occasional gust to 15+mph made for some tricky shots on the longer targets. We had a good time shooting to the chirping of birds and the wailing of the willow trees in the back ground.

Our scores:

Shooter                           Rifle                      Class                      Scope                               Pellet                       Score
Donovan Taylor     ISP MkIII AirStream      WFTF PCP          March 10-60x52                   JSB 7.87                  50/52
Dan Chong             Walther LG300             Hunter PCP          Leapers 3-12x44                   JSB 8.4                   39/52


YouTube Video



September


The threat of rain early in the morning did not deter us from shooting our monthly Field Target match. The sky had a very menacing look with it's gray clouds that was quickly sweeping over us. Ed & I started setting up the course at about 7:00am and got through at about 9:30. Just as we got through setting the course, the clouds opened up and the rain began. The weather report said that it would start raining at about 9:30am  and last until about 10:00am...it stopped raining at about 10:15. We quickly set up the sight-in lane and got going.

The east wind was blowing at a steady 10mph with gusts up to 20+ mph with temperatures in the low eighties but it felt like the low nineties. Halfway through the match the wind began to blow even harder. It made for a very challenging but interesting course. We had five up hill tree shots as near as 12yds and out to 40yds. It made for a fun match. Dan said that he missed a few because of the windy conditions. I can only blame one miss on the wind. I was holding off on a 46yd shot when the wind just suddenly stopped blowing....I hit where I was aiming...faceplate at 3 o'clock.

Here are our scores:

Shooter                           Rifle                      Class                      Scope                               Pellet                       Score
Donovan Taylor     ISP MkIII AirStream      WFTF PCP          March 10-60x52                   JSB 7.87                  47/52
Dan Chong             Walther LG300             Hunter PCP          Leapers 3-12x44                   JSB 8.4                   42/52
Ed Escue                Daystate H Mk2           Open PCP             Hakko 8-32X                      CPH 10.5                  41/52

A short video clip showing the conditions:

YouTube Video



August


Once again it's that time of the month...Field Target shooting. The day started hot (80°) and windy (10mph) and we were promised that it was going to get hotter and windier. We set a fairly challenging 48 shot course on our "new grounds". The early morning heat took a toll on us. By completion of set-up, we were winded. Dan, Ed and myself were struggling to get over the exhaustion from the heat. The steady breeze was a life saver but would prove to be our enemy later in the game.

In my final match before Germany, I shot the match in true WFTF style....one shot per target, two targets per lane within 3 minutes. It was tough getting up and down in the heat and moving from lane to lane but I was up to the task. The wind proved to be trickier than I anticipated on some of the long shots.....switching direction on some of the lanes. 

Ed and Dan commented about having similar difficulties with the windy conditions. We are looking forward to the end of Summer. A good time was had by all.

-donovan

Here are our scores:

Shooter                           Rifle                      Class                      Scope                               Pellet                       Score
Donovan Taylor     ISP MkIII AirStream      WFTF PCP          March 10-60x52                   JSB 7.87                  43/48
Dan Chong             Walther LG300             Hunter PCP          Leapers 3-12x44                   JSB 8.4                    36/48
Ed Escue                Daystate H Mk2           Open PCP             Hakko 8-32X                      CPH 10.5                 32/48

A few pics of our match today:

HRPC FT Match Aug 11th 2013



July 

Today was a new beginning for us at our range. For the past four and a half years we have shot from our covered firing line out onto a manicured lawn....how sterile is that? They say that necessity is the mother of invention....well nothing new was invented, but in my preparation for the Worlds in Germany I needed to find a training ground with inclines and declines. This brought me to the back of our range at Hollywood Rifle & Pistol Club. Behind our 100yd berm is about another 200yds that is never used because of the lack of baffles and berms to protect the residences to the east & north of us. This area is bordered by a beautiful lake on the west side.  This is a perfect location for FT.... trees, exposure to the wind, inclines and declines, shadows and open bright areas. There were a few iguana sightings and birds calling...the wailing of the wind blowing in the willow trees was divine   With a little work we will be able to move some of the dumped building materials and open up the area which will then make it a first class venue.

The heavy rains over the past few days flooded our front lot but it was perfect in the back. Once we successfully navigated the flooded road to get back there all was well. Ed and myself both drive AWD vehicles...this made the road passable.

The morning started out overcast and windless in the high seventies. It was forecasted to to get up to 86 with a real feel of 93 with winds ESE at 10-15mph.

Dan, Ed and myself had a great time at our "new" venue. It was a challenge on the long shots with the wind blowing off the side of "hill". On a target with an 1 1/2" kill zone at 51yds, I was holding at about three inches outside the kill zone with my 12 fpe ISP to make the kill. We had one tree shot and about eight targets on the hill. Lane one was off hand with both shots uphill one at 15yds and the other at 26yds. Did I already say that we had a good time? Yes, we did.

-donovan

Here are our scores:

Shooter                           Rifle                      Class                      Scope                               Pellet                       Score
Donovan Taylor     ISP MkIII AirStream      WFTF PCP          March 10-60x52                   JSB 7.87                  41/44
Ed Escue                   Daystate H Mk2           Open PCP          Hakko 8-32X                      CPH 10.5                  33/44
Dan Chong         Walther LG300            Hunter PCP       Leapers 3-12x44                JSB 8.4                     32/44

Some pics of todays match:

HRPC FT Match July 14th 2013







June

Today was a great day for FT shooting in S. Florida. The morning started out in the low eighties with a 15mph south easterly wind. The wind was steady making it easier to hold off for wind drift.....but at the same time it was a bit tricky because of the way it played off our berms. Ed, Dan and my self were competing for top honors.

We set up an average difficulty forty match course with two off hand and one kneeling lane.....the wind playing off the berms made it that much more difficult. The range was flooded from about sixty yards out to one hundred yards and by watching the wind created ripples on the water it could be seen where half of the "lake" was rippling to the east and the other to the west. 

Dan improved over last months score by two points....this was his second match shooting hunter class from the prone position. He cleaned a four shot off hand lane for the first time. Good job! 

Ed had a hard time with his off hand shots and this was clearly reflected in his lower than usual score.

I shot with my new ISP MkIII AirStream. What a dream it is to shoot this gun. I missed two off hand shots....one at 31yds & the other at 32yds. I got it a week ago and after testing a few pellets, the gun performed best with JSB Express 7.87gr pellets shooting at an average of 812fps. I printed these two fifty-five yard groups with it yesterday in 10mph wind:

Here are our scores:

Shooter                           Rifle                      Class                      Scope                               Pellet                       Score

Donovan Taylor     ISP MkIII AirStream      WFTF PCP          March 10-60x52                   JSB 7.87                     38/40
Dan Chong         Walther LG300            Hunter PCP       Leapers 3-12x44                JSB 8.4                       35/40
Ed Escue                   Daystate H Mk2           Open PCP          Hakko 8-32X                      CPH 10.5                    30/40

Some pics from today's match:

HRPC FT Match 06.09.2013










May

We held our monthly FT match under very fair weather conditions....temperature in the low eighties with winds from the south east steady at about six mph with gusts to about ten mph. The winds kept the humidity at bay.

Ed had to work therefore it was only Dan and myself shooting today. We opted to not erect the green wall and shoot on the commands of the rifle match being held on the adjoining range. This worked out pretty good for us because we completed our match before they got into timed fire leg of their match. Dan has adopted the prone position for shooting Hunter class and he is happy with the stability that this position offers. He is also using JSB 8.4 in order to benefit from a flatter trajectory. Dan improved on his last months score by six points......seems the changes that he made was worth the effort. I shot with my AA ProTarget. 

Here is the result of our efforts: 

Shooter                           Rifle                      Class                      Scope                               Pellet                       Score

Donovan Taylor          AA ProTarget            WFTF PCP        Sightron III 10-50x60             AA 8.4                       37/40
Dan Chong              Walther LG300        Hunter PCP       Leapers 3-12x44                JSB 8.4                      33/40

Dan shooting in the prone position:

HRPC FT Match May 19th 2013





April

The day started out in the low seventies, almost no wind, overcast with the forecast that it would get worst. The south easterly wind picked up and was steady at about 13mph with occasional gusts. By 11:00am we had clear skies and it turned out to be a be beautiful morning for FT.

On the sight in lane Dan inadvertently loaded a .22 pellet in his Walther...of course it got jammed and we did not have a .177 rod available to push it back. Fortunately we are five minutes from an Out Door World and he was able to purchase a rod to perform the extraction of the stuck pellet. 

Because of Ed's back injury we decided to shoot an abbreviated 40 shot match instead of our usual 52. The match got under way at about 10:00am and Ed soon realized that he would not be able to compete as he normally does in Open class.... he started out shooting a modified Hunter class (seated off the bench) but had to quit because the pain in his back was just too much to bear. The effort made to join us and help with setting up and taking down the targets and "green wall" was greatly appreciated. Hopefully he will be back in shape for next month.

On the longer targets I had to hold at five o'clock outside the kill zone to strike paddle. From the covered firing line my windicator was blowing east while out at the target the wind was blowing north west. Shooting sub 12fpe, it made for a fairly challenging match. My first miss was an easy thirty yard 1 1/2"offhand shot....got it on the second attempt. My second miss was a thirty five yard 1" target that I got on the first attempt (got cocky).

Dan is still working on his Hunter game and I am sure with a little more practice time he will get better at it. With temperatures rising to about eighty-one degrees and the wind blowing just hard enough to make it challenging, we had a very pleasant morning shooting FT.

Here are our scores:

Shooter                           Rifle                      Class                      Scope                               Pellet                       Score

Donovan Taylor          EV2
                         WFTF PCP        March 10-60X52               AA
 8.4                      38/40

Dan Chong                  Walther LG300             Hunter PCP         Leapers 3-12x44                   JSB-H                        27/40
Ed Escue                   Daystate H Mk2     Modified Hunter   Hakko 8-32X                    CPH 10.5                    DNF

A slide show of a few pics (click on pics to see full page slide show) :

HRPC Match 04.21.13






March

We had a beautiful day for our first match of the year. The morning started out in the high sixties and warmed up to mid seventies with a steady 8mph wind gusting up to 15mph per hour. Dan C, Ed E and myself competed for top honors. We started our 52 shot match at about 9:10am.

The thirteen lane course was set with two off hand and one kneeling. In an effort to make it more challenging, I extended one of the standing and the kneeling targets out to about 36yds. We had a few long targets out past 50yds and the closest being a 3/8" at 10yds. We missed a few long shots because of the difficulty in reading the wind on a course that is void of good wind indicators.....trees, shrubs, etc. Further compounding the problem is shooting from a covered firing line that renders the windicators on our rifles useless.

I decided to shoot the match following WFTF rules by using a timer set for three minutes and taking only one shot at the near and far target per lane then changing to the next.....in essence shooting the entire course twice. This effort left me winded at the end of the match. It was more difficult than I thought it would be. One reason for being so winded may be due to the fact that I was not squadded and shot the entire match without any real break in between lanes. 

Dan indicated that he was having difficulties with his numbers and he also accidentally dumped his container of pellets. Ed had some difficulties with his rifle cocking and being distracted by that problem he neglected to load a pellet on two occasions resulting in two missed opportunities. This game requires or full concentration at all times.

It was another fun day on the range.

-donovan 
 
Here are our scores:

Shooter                           Rifle                      Class                      Scope                               Pellet                       Score

Donovan Taylor          EV2
                         WFTF PCP        March 10-60X52               AA
 8.4                      46/52
 
Ed Escue                    Daystate H Mk2       Open                  Hakko 8-32X                    CPH 10.5                  38/52
Dan Chong                  Walther LG300           Hunter PCP         Leapers 3-12x44                     JSB-H                       34/52

 


Florida State match was held on March 10th. I successfully defended my title as State Champion. In preparation for Worlds later this year, I am now competing exclusively in WFTW PCP class. I had a winning score of 49/50. Here is a link to the match report and pics: 

-donovan

February

Match cancelled.




January

Due to my commitment to compete in the Arizona State match in January, we did not hold our usual monthly match. The trip to Arizona was a success.....I won the WFTF class. The full report and pics can be seen here:

-donovan

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