On Saturday, July 18th the first ever Dust Off Your .22 Challenge Match was held. The weather didn’t look promising initially with a Scotch mist hanging over the area but by match start time the skies were beginning to clear and it turned into a beautiful weather day. After registration, shooters were given a brief safety overview and then the shooting was underway. In total we had 12 shooters including two from Sudbury.
A number of different targets were available to shooters who could shoot any target type as often as they liked. Everything from USBR targets for serious ‘benchresters’ to Zombie targets for those looking for some serious fun. Targets were selected so that no session lasted more than 15 minutes and for some of the targets, two were posted at once. This gave competitors lots of opportunity to try different targets or to perfect one particular type.
The new 50m range proved very popular. Surprising was the number of shooters who were using open sights so next year we promise to have more targets suitable for use at 50m with those sights. There was an impressive demonstration by the younger group including Sophie and Stéphane, who with their vision returned some very good results using open sights. Also of note, Erin, who managed to shoot almost all of the targets at 25 and 50m, as well as a group size target at 100m.
Around noon we stopped for a lunch prepared by Pat (Thanks!). It was a chance to talk and get to know each other a little better. There were lots of shooting and hunting stories around the table. Following the lunch break, most headed back to the range for more shooting. Some of the shooters visited Mark over at Range 4, who was hosting the Caldwell shooting gallery.
Things began winding up around 2:00 pm. Feedback was that it was a fun event and we should consider hosting it again next year. The event will be easier to organize next time as we learned a lot and will likely have fewer things to figure out. Perhaps the biggest return on the event this year was the motivation it provided to get the 50m range in operating condition. We welcome all feedback and if you have comments you can post them below or email email@example.com.
Winners of the raffle prizes were:
Jason M – Screwdriver set donated by Richard L
David S – Bahco knife donated by Barry S
Many thanks to all those who contributed and helped out.