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Hans Apelles
« on: November 29, 2022, 02:28:29 PM »
From Hector Medina:

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My first interaction with the Apelles was back in 2002

Back then Hans and Ray were pioneering the FT game shooting EunJin Career rifles.
Of course Hans, being the great thinker he was, came up with the idea of regulating the pressure before the valve, and so, they made a few regulators for the Career.
I was lucky enough to get one and install it in a 0.20 Cal carbine.

I also always kept abreast of the FT shoots at DCPA through the AAFTA Newsletter; the "target in the drum" was (in)famous!

Fast forward to my emigration to the US and the first time I met them in person was at a DCPA shoot in May 2011.
Hans took the time to mentor my wife, Roni, in her SECOND FT shoot using her own HW95:



That was Hans.

Always with a good word, a smile, and a gentle manner.

We shared many a lane with both Hans and Ray, from Binghamton:


To the Crosman Northeast Regional matches:


Whether wet or dry Hans always shone:


A great gunsmith and shooter:


A great MD:


Indefatigable promoter of FT doing the hard, behind the scenes, work:


And a great Parent:


Hans has gone to where all the pellets are exactly identical and consistent, where the winds flow at constant velocities, and where targets always fall when hit in the KZ.
Because he enjoyed the challenge of FT and he would not have a place where the pellets ALWAYS hit the paddle.

One of his best phrases when someone was waxing poetic about X or Y rifle was: "Maybe, but it is still YOU the one that squeezes off the shot at the right moment".

Hans will be missed.




Roni and Hector"
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Benjamin Trail NP XL1100 (home tuned by muwah with Tuna trigger)
Stoeger X-20 RAMmed by Gene and Tuna trigger
AF Condor SS .25cal "Ruby"
Winchester 1000B RAMmed by Gene
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Re: Hans Apelles
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2022, 02:29:07 PM »
RIP Hans. You will be missed!!!
Revelation 760 PumpMaster (Vintage 1967)
Powerline 1000S .177 (semi-tuned by me & innards by kiwi Pete)
Benjamin Super Streak .177/.22 (converted to NP & w/GRT-III)
Weihrauch HW97K .177
Benjamin Trail NP XL1100 (home tuned by muwah with Tuna trigger)
Stoeger X-20 RAMmed by Gene and Tuna trigger
AF Condor SS .25cal "Ruby"
Winchester 1000B RAMmed by Gene
Crosman 1377 "Goldfinger"
FX Crown .22, .25, .30 & arrow set

Ain't this a great place to be

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Re: Hans Apelles
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2022, 05:27:40 PM »
God Speed Hans!

hugs and prayers out to Ray and the rest of the Apelles family
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Re: Hans Apelles
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2022, 06:03:33 PM »
Surely many many memories by those who knew him. His name is well known and his contributions are well documented.
God speed Hans !! ....
Best of wishes to his family and friends in this difficult time of mourning & remembrance.
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Re: Hans Apelles
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2022, 07:00:07 PM »
Boy I hate to hear that!  My first attempt at Marauder tuning was with their instructions!
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Re: Hans Apelles
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2022, 08:28:44 PM »
Shot my first field target match partnered with Hans, he gave me some good tips, a real good guy.
 Deepest condolences to family and friends. Rest easy Hans.
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Re: Hans Apelles
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2022, 06:36:40 PM »
Rest in peace Mr. Hans... i learned lots shooting FT with him in Long Island, where he and Ray would bless us with their presence. A great marksman, a fantastic teacher, a true Gentleman. Not a soul that had the pleasure to meet him will not be affected by his departure. My thoughts and prayers with Ray and his family...
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