We had a fun time at the DIFTA match yesterday. The weather was uncharacteristically cool for a Maryland July, and we were even treated to a decent breeze now and then. Even though Paolo couldn't be with us for the match, he set up a very nice 72-shot course for us. This included a forced offhand lane, and a "fast" lane where shooters had three minutes instead of the usual seven to make six shots. Not for the first time, Paolo set out, ranged, and leveled all 36 targets, even though he wasn't shooting the match! Thanks, Paolo!!! You spoil us!
The match marked the quiet but auspicious return of a dear old friend of DIFTA: after what? two years in the repair shop, Long Tom himself reappeared on the course! Great to have you back, Tom! I'm sure we'll be seeing less and less of Tom at future matches, by which I mean I bet the ranges to Tom will steadily increase as the matches tick by *grin*.
Competition was tight all day, across the classes. Eric and Dean were neck and neck all day until Eric's breech seal gave out halfway through the last lane! Al and Tinh shot a complete nail-biter, despite Tinh's constant assurances that Al was blowing him out of the water, making him look bad, etc. BTW, Tinh's hand-made bullpup stock for his Pro Target is a sight to behold, and a wonder of ingenuity, even by Tinh's standards! And Keith blew us all away, tying the match high score shooting WFTF-Piston style! It was a real pleasure shooting with first-time FT shooter Marty Boegner. Shooting offhand, Marty'***** rate was high for targets where he had his rifle zeroed. He's gonna be wicked after a few minutes with Chairgun!
The full results:
Shooter Rifle Scope Pellet Score/72 Division Class
Dean Mihalovits AA S500 Millet TRS-1 CPH 64 Hunter PCP
Eric Thesing Marauder Millet TRS-1 CPH 61 Hunter PCP
Henry Canoles Jr. R9 Bushnell 4200 4-16 CPL 59 Hunter Piston
Ed Canoles R9 Vortex Diamondback CPL 55 Hunter Piston
Bill Price R9 Centerpoint 4-16x40 CPL 42 Hunter Piston
Mark Martin Daystate
Air Ranger Hawke 10x CPH 34 Open Offhand
Marty Boegner RWS 34P 3-9x ? 10 Open (Novice) Offhand
Al Otter USFT #16 March X 8-80 CPH 62 Open PCP
Tinh Nguyen AA Pro Target
Bullpup Bushnell 4200 JSBH 61 Open PCP
Karl Krchma Crosman 2250 Simmons CP .22 23 Open PCP
Keith Knoblauch TX200 Burris 8-32x JSB 8.4 64 WFTF Piston
Art Deuel HW97 Leupold 6.5-20 EFR CPL 42 WFTF Piston
Jan Vandenberg Walther LGR-U match peep sights AA 7.3 20 WFTF PCP
Our next matches are the Fun Shoot on August 10, followed by a regular match on August 24. See the chapter calendar for the full schedule.
See you next time!