Connecticut Air Gunners Match Report – 2017 July 1
Location: 80 North St, Lebanon, CT 06249 (GPS 41.614582, -72.255081)
Match Site: Long and narrow flat open field with a pond on one side and trees on the other. Open corn field beyond the trees and marshy swamp land beyond the pond.
Temperature: 79 degrees Fahrenheit – Very humid and sunny with some sprinkles early.
Wind: 5-12 MPH
Number of Targets: 30 (60 points maximum)
Average Distance: 39.9 yards (16 targets over 40 yards)
Average Kill Zone: 1.37” (Mix of 15mm, 1, 1 ½” & 40mm kill zones)
Course Difficulty: 33.32T (40.64T with Wind)
Bonus Target: three shots at 2 1/16” paddle (Paul Porch target) at 75 yards (3 points max)
Match Times: Setup 6:30-9:00 AM, Practice 9:00–10:00 AM, Match 10:05 AM-1:00 PM, Course Takedown 1:00 PM-1:30 PM
Results/Attendees: (12 shooters total)
45/60 Tom Holland – Crosman Challenger – H&N Sniper Mediums 8.5 grains - 785 fps – 11.63 FPE –Nikko Diamond 10-50x60
39/60 John Eroh - Air Arms EV2 – AADF 8.4 grains – 770 fps – 11.06 FPE - Sightron SIII 10-50x60 FT MH
50/60 Brian Van Liew - FX400 FT – AADFH 10.3 grains – 875 fps – 17.5 FPE – Nikko Diamond 10-50x60 (Match High Score)
41/60 Chas DiCapua – RAW TM1000 – JSB Exacts 8.44 grains – 970 fps – 17.63 FPE – Sightron SIII 10-50x60
DNF Hans Apelles – Crosman 1720T – AADF 8.4 grains – 760 fps – 10.77 FPE - Leupold Competition 35x45 (Leaking Air Cylinder)
4/60 Rosalie Paulsen - Crosman 1720T – AADF 8.4 grains – 760 fps – 10.77 FPE – Mueller 8-32x44
37/60 Ray Apelles – Custom D54 Bullpup – AADF 8.4 grains – 780 fps – 11.35 FPE – March FX 5-40
29/60 Nathan Thomas – Walther LGU – AADF 8.44 grains – 795 fps – 11.79 FPE - Sightron SIII 10-50x60 FT MOA-H
(DNC) 30/60 Leo Gonzales - Walther LGU – AADF 8.4 grains – 780 fps – 11.35 FPE - Sightron SIII 10-50x60 FT MOA
22/60 Jeffrey Buckridge – Walther LGU – JSB Exact 8.44 grains – Hawke Sidewinder 8-32x56
15/60 Tom Wade – Crosman 1720T – AADF 8.4 grains – Hawke 3-12x50
14/60 Tony LaSaracina – Benjamin Marauder – AADFH 10.34 grains – 912 fps - 19.1 FPE – UTG 4-16x42
13/60 Nathan Thomas – Crosman 1720T – AADF 8.4 grains – Hawke 3-12x
Bonus 75 Yard Target Results:
Ray Apelles (2/3) Piston WFTF
Nathan Thomas (2/3) Piston WFTF
Brian Van Liew (1/3) PCP Open
John helped set up the course again and he built and installed two floating target bases for the standing lane. One of floating bases with the Remington Rabbit target (tall –high center of gravity) developed a 30 degree tilt. The target still functioned with a kill zone hit but looked very disconcerting. For the next match, I will use a shorter target (lower center of gravity) for the floating bases on the water.
Jeff also helped set up the course, donated some snacks and had two American Flags staked in the open field for this Independence Day weekend match.
The weather was in the mid upper 70s. It was very humid and sunny with winds making the leaves on the trees to move around.
Judging the hold offs for the wind was the challenge for me for this match. It was either not enough or too much. Tom Holland and Brian Van Liew seem to have no problems with it. Brian again scored match high in open class followed by Tom.
Nathan shot his pistol as well as his 12 FPE springer. The course was not designed for pistols with only 9 targets under 35 yards. Nonetheless, Nathan shot a respectable score and was able to knock downsome of the 50 plus yard targets.
Tony (“tonyl” of Airgunnation) was able to shoot his Marauder rifle for this match. He was a spectator for our previous matches. I hope he enjoyed his first field target match and become a regular FT shooter.
Thank you very much again to all who attended and also to those who helped take down the course.
Next match: July 29th (Saturday)
CT Air Gunners
Link to photos, course planner and match report below.