Ambs Industries will be working on raising the Pistol Range backstop. Starting Monday September 7th the Pistol range will be closed for safety reasons to all shooting between the hours of 730 am and 5 pm daily, until further notice.
When the contractor is on site, the rope barrier will be placed across the Pistol range road.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Sunday August 30th twelve shooters attended our last benchrest for score match of 2015.
Donovan Jack from Emo broke his 2014 range record by 11 points in Varmint Hunter Class.
Calvin Yanchycki from Brandon shot the club’s first ever 50 target at 200 meters in Varmint Hunter Class.
Left to right:
Rod Jack, Jacques Choquette, Burt Bastien, Dwayne Cyr, Ron Pettigrew, Calvin Yanchycki, Matt Cyr, Gavin Carlson, Donovan Jack, Spencer King, Ken Chambers, Rod MacDonell.
The wind was mild to moderate in the morning but picked up and was switchy in the afternoon.
In Open/Varmint for Score Class Matt Cyr was shooting like a machine for 4 perfect targets on his way to break the old range record of 248 – 5X. Then he dropped 3 points on his last target.
1st Rod Jack 232 – 3X .308
2nd Rod MacDonell 212 – 1X .308
3rd Ken Chambers 209 . 308
Varmint Hunter Class
1st Donovan Jack 237 – 2X .223
2nd Calvin Yanchycki 234 – 2X .223
3rd Gavin Carlson 232 – 3X .223
Open/Varmint for Score Class
1st Matt Cyr 247 – 4X 6ppc
2nd Dwayne Cyr 247 – 3X 6ppc
3rd Calvin Yanchycki 243 – 2X 6ppc
Thank you to the shooters who travelled long distances to attend and thank you to the volunteers who helped run the event.
Thanks to the drive and determination of Eric Liznick and the Pistol leadership, one rack of falling plates has been returned to service on the Pistol range. The activity of shooting falling plates was shut down during the 2013 inspection unless frangible ammunition is used or the plates are bunkered to the backstop and fully enclosed. Eric was not willing to give up or lose any more activities so he said he would bring them back and he followed through on his word. This is an example of your $25 Pistol levy at work.
Back in the day there were two racks of falling plates and two shooters raced to knock them down. Due to trying to satisfy many activities with range space being at a premium, we will have to be content with one rack. Competitions can be run with an Electronic Shot Timer to record the fastest time to flatten the 6 plates.
The rules for the falling plates are the same as the dueling trees. No magnums, no .223 class rifles, minimum safe distance 15 meters.
Eric deserves our gratitude and appreciation for bringing back the pure fun factor and instant feedback of these steel reactive targets. “Life is good when you can shoot steel.” Also, thank you to the active members who were inconvenienced and took a break from their recreational shooting activities to allow construction to be completed.
Submitted by Dwayne Cyr
This is a picture of Club member Gord Wald’s 5 shot group that he shot at 100 yards on the morning of Saturday August 15th at the Manitoba Provincial Benchrest Championships held in Selkirk Manitoba.
In Bench Rest vernacular, any 5 shot group shot at 100 yards measuring less than .100” center to center of the two bullet holes furthest apart is referred to as a “screamer”.
The 5 shot group need only land within the record box and does not need to be in the center as in Score shooting.
In case you think it’s a scam, there is a moving backer system behind the target which moves a blank sheet of paper at a rate of one inch per minute to verify that 5 shots were indeed fired on the target in the 7 minute time limit.
It looks like you could fire 1 shot on the target and the other 4 into the backstop and claim it was a screamer. But, the Official Scorer checks every target backer paper to verify there are 5 bullet holes, and if there’s not, the shooter is assessed a one inch penalty for each shot not on paper. A one inch penalty is impossible to recover from and will put the competitor to the bottom of ranking for the weekend.
Screamers are a little more common than a hole in one in golf. The current Selkirk Range Record for smallest 100 yard 5 shot group is a .048” shot by Murray Benson of Selkirk on August 18th 2012.
The current Canadian record for smallest 100 yard 5 shot group is .032 shot by Al Mirdoch October 9th, 1982. Gord’s target is signed and dated by the Match Director and will be framed with the backing paper verifying 5 bullets passed through one hole at 100 yards.
Congratulations Gord, well done.
Submitted by Dwayne Cyr
We are planning to offer a Black Badge course October 3rd and 4th. This is the certification course for IPSC shooting and a requirement to participate in IPSC matches. More info about IPSC can be found on the IPSC Canada website. The course cost would be $150. Please email Andrew if you are interested and for more details.
The Pistol range will be closed Tuesday August 11th and Wednesday August 12th.
Also stay tuned for a possible closure for the week of 17th to 22nd to raise the backstop on the Pistol range.
On Sunday July 26th, seventeen shooters vied for bragging rights in the summer heat as temperatures topped 30 degrees Celsius. Good thing we had the shade of our new roof to make the day more comfortable. The morning started off with calm winds, but by late morning the conditions had changed to an interesting switchy tail wind. Shooters had to bear down hard not to lose a shot. The day was filled with good natured rivalries and anticipation of upsets that never materialized. Special thanks to Carla Jack for filling in when needed, and to Al Carlson for scoring. Also a well-deserved thank you goes out to the competitors and volunteers who came out in good number to support the Club and help run the event.
Semi Auto Class
1st Bill Gabryluk 726 18X
2nd Ken Chambers 695 9X
3rd Brian Prouty 629 4X
1st Donovan Jack 741 24X
2nd Katelyn Jack 738 17X
3rd Rod MacDonell 729 17X
1st Phil Nick 749 41X
2nd Rod Jack 749 32X
3rd Ted Biggs 748 31X
*Note: Phil Nick is undefeated in the last 9 of our Rimfire Benchrest matches that he attended since our first match July 2010.
Submitted by Dwayne Cyr
Weather permitting every Wednesday from 6.00 – 7.00 (ish) is the Ladies Only Pistol Shoot.
This is an opportunity for you to try new guns, new grips, new stances, or just perfect what you already do. The Club guns will be there for you to try something different if you wish.
A perfect no-stress fun time to bring a friend, visit, ask questions or just shoot.
Front row L to R: Rick Pollock, Hugh Williamson, Phil Nick
Back row L to R: Dan Opal, Dan Henderson, Dwayne Cyr, Murray Benson
Members Phil Nick, Gord Wald and Dwayne Cyr competed at the Canadian National Benchrest Championships sanctioned by Benchrest Shooters Canada and held in Selkirk Manitoba July 4th/5th. The top two places went to members of Team Canada who will be competing at the Worlds Benchrest Championships to be held in St. Louis in 2015.
Congratulations to Team Ontario who were the runners up in the Prairie Provincial Cup (PPC)!
Congratulations to Phil Nick who came in 4th place against some very tough competition.
Submitted by Dwayne Cyr
June 17th our Club was inspected by Chief Inspector Peter Niedermaier, Jeff Barnes and Richard Gray. Generally we came through the inspection in good shape although there are some backstop and side berm issues that will be corrected shortly.
Something new for 2015 is that all Clubs in Ontario are now required to have gunshot trauma kits. The inspectors were very impressed that we were the only club in Ontario to already have one on each range since 2012
Special well deserved thank you to the crew of volunteers who groomed the Club property before the inspection. Thanks to Eric Liznick, Colleen Coker, Al Carlson Jacques Choquette, the Division Chairmen and others. And thank you to the general members who show pride in our facility and clean up after themselves.
The Club received compliments on the overall well maintained clean condition and neat appearance.