For those who shoot FT on the west coast this match is a favorite because it is in beautiful Ashland Oregon !! generally very comfortable weather and being in a Rural and challenging environment adds to the experience too. The SVFTC had 13 of us make it up to Oregon making up the majority of those in attendance and this proved fruitful bringing home some METAL back to California.This a Copy & Paste off the AGW site: Match Report - Oregon State 2018 Rifle and Pistol Field Target Championships July 20th thru 22nd.Group photo and a few around the sight in range ...
The weather was amazingly 15 degrees cooler than predicted and 10 degrees cooler than that in the Oak Alley Forest we held the match in. Highs outside the oak forest were in the low 90s, but it felt like 75 80 on the course. The skies were a mix of light clouds and smoke from the nearby fires. Fortunately, the irrigated pastures that were cooling us off were also clearing up the air we were breathing. Those cooler winds were 2-4 mph when we started, but had climbed to 6 10 by the time we finished. They were coming from the NW, but switching 10 to 20 degrees toward due north on short occasions to the dismay of many shooters.
Saturdays Blue course was had 26 targets, 11 were past 40 yards, avg kz was 1.11 inches, and 30.96 in distance. The course dev was 5.62 and avg diff of 31.12 T. The hardest target was a 41.25T. On the Yellow course for Sundays event 26 targets also greeted the competitors, 12 were past 40 yds, 1.18 inches was the avg kz, the avg dist was 31.65 yds, std dev was 6.29 and the course Troyer was 30.90 Hardest target on the Yellow course was a 44T.
The Pistol course had 20 targets in 10 lanes with and avg kz of 1.16 inches, avg dist of 19.6 yds, std dev of 5.69 and course Troyer of 33T. Hardest target on the pistol course was a 48T.
4 would be steel critter killers came from as far as S. Ca., but most came for central and north Ca. We really thank all who took the time and spent the treasure to make the journey.
A total of 21 competitors challenged the winds, and 52 steel critters on the rifle courses, with two shots each Sat. & Sun.
Friday, the 20th, we held a 40 shot pistol match, followed by a Basic Break Barrel match on the same course after a late lunch. 10 shooters competed in the pistol match with 7 in the Hunter class and 3 in the Limited Pistol class. The match was a tight contest with 5 shooters within 2 points of the of the overall victory. Limited class saw the highest score with Scott Hull and Riz Marquez in a tie both with 36/40. Scott won the shoot off, but they both will share the 100% GP points. Cameron was right behind with a 34/40. On the Hunter Class side, Randy Ebersole was only one point off the overall win, but squeaked out the Hunter class win over Scott Schneider by one point with 35/40 and 34/40. I straggled in for a third place with 31/40.
The BBB match was a last minute thought for many of the 8 competitors with some sharing or borrowing a break barrel they never shot before to join in the evening fun. Three shooters made a race out of it with the rest of us in their dust. Mark Widert shared his HW 95 with Scott Schneider and they ended up as part of a three way tie with our local Jacob Sumner
all with a super score of 32/40. Note, Thats Almost as good as the PCP pistols and piffles shot the course.
Saturday morning was a little rough for those of us who joined in the beer and whiskey Friday night
or maybe Im only speaking for myself. My cross hairs were wandering in my sitting shots like they normally do in my kneeling shots. But, most shooters were having a great day. The targets preformed real well, with the only cold line from a string coming loose. All the hard work Randy Ebersole and Chris Lovitt put in the weeks before paid off!
Jim Whittlesey, shot the high overall score of the day with a 48/52, Son Lu the second highest from WFTF 12fpe PCP, with a 47/52 and sweet little Jessica Kerndt kicking the rest of us guys butts with a 46/52 in open class nipping at the heels of JW.
Scott Schneider in Hunter Class and Gabe Lucero in 12fpe WFTF PCP were close behind with a 45/52. Then John Knapp in Hunter class again, with a 44/52, and an amazing performance in Hunter Piston by Mark Weidert with a 43/52, which was also shot by Riz M in WFTF PCP
. (He might have joined in the
Friday nite whiskey fest come to think of itJ). All these shooters had a good chance for the overall victory, and the prized 100% AAFTA Grand Prix points, depending on their Sundays results.
Saturday afternoon & evening, we enjoyed a fantastic wild hog rib dinner. Randy got a friend from Georgia to send him 45 lbs of fresh frozen wild pork ribs. What a treat! They were so tender and lean. Randy E is a great cook! We all stuffed ourselves, but we still had lots left over.
Sunday, we started early to let the travelers get a good start on their drive home. The extra hour in very light wind, albeit varying, produced mostly higher scores for Sunday.
Scott Schneider shot the high score on Sunday with an impressive 49/52 in Hunter Class. Riz and Son Lu were right behind with 48/52 in WFTF PCP, while another WFTF PCP shooter, Gabe and Open class competitor, JW shot a 47/52. That meant that Son Lu and Jim Whittlesey were tied for overall high score with a 95/102. Both will get a 100% in the AAFTA Grand Prix. Scott Schneider added another metal with a win in Hunter Class and a second high overall score of 94/104. Gabe earned second in WFTF PCP with his 92/104 and Riz was close behind in 3rd WFTF PCP, with a 91/104.
Hunter class PCP was dominated by Scott Schneider, but a tight race developed for second between Jim Cyran and John Knapp. John shot a great score of 44 on Sat. but had a tougher day with a 38 on Sunday. Jim shot consistent both days with a 42 and 41 to edge out a 2nd over John by one point, so the MD from N. CA just beat out our elder match director from CASA in S. CA, who got 3rd. (John, as the elder statesman he is, should get two extra points for driving from S. CA by himself) but alas the rules.
The Combined Piston Class was a pretty close match, but Hunter class shooter, Mark Weidert aced out Cameron Kerndt in WFTF 12fpe Piston class with a 76/104 and 72/104 respectively. Our own Jacob Sumner took 3rd with a 68/104 shooting in Hunter Piston class.
In Open class PCP, Jim Whittlesey won by a good margin with his tie for over high score of 95/104 and Jessica falling off a bit on Sunday, but still holding on for a solid 2nd in Open PCP with an 87/104. Chris Merritt took 3rd with a 78.
After Sundays match, my sister Laurie served us up a great pasta dinner, we gave out the awards, took a group photo, and most folks got started home before 2pm.
Here are the details of the scores and equipment: (If the competitors provided the info).Hunter Pistol:
Randy Ebersole 1720T 3-12x44 UTG AA 10.34 @ 11.6fpe 35/40
Scott Schneider BSA Scorpion Carbine MTC Connect 4-12 x H&N 8.6 FT @11fpe 34/40
Wayne Burns 1720T 3-12x44 UTG H&N 8.5 sniper med @ 11fpe 31/40
Jessica Kerndt 1720T Hawke 3-12 x AA 10.34 @ 11fpe 29/40
Darren Taylor 1720T 3-12 x44 UTG AA 10.34 @10.5 fpe 27/40
John Knapp 1720T Hawke 8-12x50 CPL 7.9 @ 8.8fpe 27/40
Lonnie Smith Crosman 1700P Aeon 3-12x50 JSB 8.4 @ 10.5 fpe 26/40Limited Pistol :
Scott Hull Marauder Pistol UTG 3-12x44 AA 10.34 @12fpe 36/40 won shoot off, tie over all high score pistol
Riz Marquez Thomas Air Pistol 10x42 SS JSB 8.4 @ 11.5fpe 36/40 tie first over all high score pistol
Cameron Kerndt Beeman AR 2079 AirMax 3-12 AA 10.34 @ 11fpe 34/40Basic Break Barrel
Scott Schneider HW 50 Clearridge 4.5-14x40 JSB 8.4 @ 11.5 fpe 32/40 won shoot off
Mark Weidert HW 50 Clearridge 4.5-14x40 JSB 8.4 @ 11.5 fpe 32/40 second in shoot off
Jacob Sumner Benjamin Trail UTG 4-16x56 AA 8.4 @ 14fpe 32/40 third in shoot off
Cameron Kerndt Remington Express UTG 3-12x44 H&N 8.64 @ 12fpe 21/40
Darren Taylor Remington Express UTG 3-12x44 H&N 8.64 @ 12fpe 21/40
Riz Marquez - Remington Express UTG 3-12x44 H&N 8.64 @ 12fpe 11/40
Wayne Burns Diana 36 UTG 3- 9 -32 H&N Sniper med 8.5 @ 10fpe 11/40
Combined Piston Rifle Class
Hunter Piston Mark Weidert TX 200 Hawke 8-32x56 JSB 8.4 @11.25 76/104
WFTF Piston Cameron Kerndt HW97 TAC Vector H&N 8.64 @ 11fpe 72/104
Hunter Piston - Jacob Sumner HW 97 Viper 4-12 x44 AA Express 7.9 @ 11.7 fpe 68/104
WFTF Piston - Lonnie Smith HW 97 BSA 10 -50 x60 JSB 8.4 @ 11.8 fpe 66/104
Hunter Piston - Darren Taylor B 40 Hawke 4-12 x50 H&N 8.64 @ 13fpe 61/104
Open Piston Alan Hull QB 58 Monstrum 6-24x50 H&N 8.5 @ 11.5 fpe 53/104
WFTF Piston Jim Poh TX 200 Sightron 10-50x60 JSB 8.4 @ 11fpe 34/104
Hunter PCP Rifle :
Scott Schneider Raw TM- 1000 Optisan 4-16 JSB . 20 cal. 13.4 @ 19.8 fpe - 94/104
Jim Cyran Theoben MFR S&B 5 25 x56 JSB . 20 cal. 13.4 @ 19.2 fpe - 83/104
John Knapp Raw TM 1000 Hawke 8-32x56 JSB 10.34 @ 18.3 fpe 82/104
Al Padilla Air Arms S500 Aeon 4-12 x50 JSB 10.34 @ 18fpe 79/104
Chris Lovitt Marauder Sightron III JSB 13.4 @ 19.5 fpe 64/104Open PCP Rifle :
Jim Whittlesey USFT Nikko 10 50 x 60 AA 10.34 @ 19.8fpe 95/104 tie for overall high score
Jessica Kerndt Steyr LG110 Tac Vetor 10-40 x JSB 13.4 @ 19.8fpe 87/104
Chris Merritt USFT # 27 Nikko 10-50x60 AA 10.34 @ 19.9 fpe 78/104
Scott Hull Umarex Gauntlet Monstrum 6-24x50 CPH 10.5 @ 18.9fpe 77/104WFTF PCP Rifle
Son Lu Steyr LG110 Sightron 10-50x60 JSB 8.4 @ 11.3fpe 95/104 tie for overall high score
Gabriel Lecero Steyr LG110 Sightron 10-50x60 JSB 8.4 @ 11.3fpe 92/104
Riz Marquez Thomas March 8-80 JSB 8.4 @ 11.5fpe 91/104
Wayne Burns USFT 144 Nikko 10-50x60 H&N sniper med. @ 11.8fpe - 80/104
Randy Ebersole Thomas Nikko 10-50x60 AA 8.4 @ 11.6fpe 74/104THANK YOU
My first thank you goes out to our range master Randy Ebersole. He committed himself to clearing the 26 lanes of branches and briars which is no small task by itself, but then back with the weed eater to make sure no grass was in the way. Then the walking paths were raked and groomed with the weed eater too. Then, fresh paint and target testing for 3 days solid. Then he insists on cooking a fantastic wild pork rib dinner for us
no wonder he was so wiped out by match time! Squad mate, Chris Lovitt was right there helping Randy most of the time too. To help out each day, He has a one hour drive each way coming down from the home of National Bench Rest champions in Grants Pass, Or. He is still finding out how much harder Field Target is than Bench Rest. Hes the only one on the Bench Rest team that comes down to give FT a try in AshlandJ Also, a big thankyou goes out to Jacob Sumner for helping out on the courses and covering the registration for me.
My sister Laurie and wife Christine also get love and appreciation for preparing meals Friday and Sunday. Only those who host these three day Grand Prix events can know how many unpaid woman & man hours go into preparing and hosting an event. But, thats not all it takes. It takes all the competitors who travel so many miles for so many hours taking time off work and away from their family. Its so important that we all do the best we can to attend these Grand Prix events the clubs work so hard to offer. Thanks so much to all those who attend and do the hosting!
Be safe, shoot straight, have fun.. Who knows, you might win too !
Match Director2018 Oregon State Field Target Championships
Hosted by Ashland Air Rifle Range