ASI (Action Shooting) Pistol Match 1 Results
- Kathy McBride for registering and tracking the scores.
- Tom Brooks for his assistance as Range Safety Officer and providing pointers.
- Doyle Estes for his support, advice, and who probably pasted more holes than everybody together.
There was a report that the Chinese spy balloon passed overhead during the match, recording the obvious quality of the shooters, but this remains unconfirmed as of this date.
Year-End F-Class Tournament Results
With the completion of the PCGC 2022 F-Class competition season, it is with the greatest pleasure that we can publish the names of the folks that shot particularly well in the 2022 tournaments.
While we single out the top three shooters in each subclass for seasonal awards, it is important to note that other competitors achieved scores that came very close to those of the top winners, with the best shooters winning purely on "X-count." This competition also has proven that shooting excellence is not limited by youth, age, or gender! The PCGC F-Class community as a whole is a very "high achieving" group and the top-scoring competitors deserve our commendation for very impressive shooting!
The "top three" PCGC F-Class competitors in each subclass for 2022 were as follows:
Our thanks to all those who participated in the F-Class tournaments, and our particular praise for the superb achievement of the top shooters! We look forward to even greater successes when F-Class competition resumes at PCGC in April of next year.
7th F-Class Tournament - October 22nd, 2022
PCGC hosted its final F-Class Tournament of the year on Saturday, 22 October, with a total of twenty competitors on the firing line. The weather for the tournament was exceptionally nice - pleasant and sunny with minimal wind, except for the usual tricky breezes at the end of the morning.
Mark Thompson maintained his position as the "shooter to beat" in F-Open while Jim Laietta did the same in F-Target Rifle as did Bill Grubbs in Small Bore. Shawn Risdon "wowed" his colleagues again by shooting F-Open and F-Target Rifle simultaneously and achieving second place in both subclasses.
It was a great pleasure to see four new F-Class shooting colleagues on the firing line in this tournament. Competitors seemed to enjoy great shooting fellowship with a good exchange of ideas and techniques, and there was some disappointment that F-Class had ended at PCGC for the year. F-Class competition will resume at PCGC in April 2023.
6th NRA High Power Rifle Match - September 17th, 2022
Polk County Gun Club held the 6th and final NRA High Power Rifle Match of the Season Saturday, September 17th, 2022. I want to thank Bobby Robinson for calling the match. Also a big thanks to Greg Ficklin for another great performance operating the SM Targeting System even while he was competing in the match. Our attendance in September was 7 competitors.
Thomas McManus attending from the Belton SC Club was the match winner 775-24Xs. Junior Ray Allen was the high Expert 735-14Xs. The Silver Mountain Electronic Targeting System ran flawlessly. Having direct, accurate feedback to the competitors allows them to perform at a level not previously enjoyed.
The NRA HPR Service Rifle match season will begin in April on the third Saturday, it is my fondest hope we will see all of our regulars. The CMP Garand/Springfield/Modern Military matches throughout the Fall and Winter Season on the 3rd Saturday starting October 15th, 2022, and will run through January 21st, 2023.
Plan to attend the club Frozen Chosin Match on February 18th, 2023. The winner will have their name and score inscribed on the coveted club trophy. The only restriction is your firearm must have been designed prior to 1953. Anyone wanting to shoot with us using a Modern Service Rifle is welcome too, you just won’t be competing for the trophy.
By the way, if anyone wants to have a copy of the Excel files of this year's match reports please contact me [email protected] and I will e-mail the files to you.
~ Sam Summey
3rd Long Range Handgun Match - October 4th, 2022
Polk County Gun Club hosted its third and final Long Range Handgun match of 2022 on Tuesday evening, 4 October. Nine shooters assembled on the firing line for the match and fired their twenty record shots at a groundhog target in the allotted time of fifteen minutes. The club's Board of Directors distinguished itself in the competition, with Doyle Estes taking first place amongst the rimfire competitors and Terry Lynch taking first place in the centerfire class.
The 2022 Long Range Handgun match was an experiment at our club, the brainchild of Shawn Risdon whose misspent youth included lots of time shooting accurate pistols in soybean fields amidst piles of dead varmints. He wondered if there were fellow club members that had long-range pistols languishing in gun safes that would enjoy an opportunity to shoot them competitively. The result was the PCGC match. It was designed to evoke the atmosphere of an evening groundhog hunt on a family farm. From the outset, it was structured to provide a separate but equivalent competition for rimfire shooters and for centerfire shooters. Somewhat surprisingly, the competition proved to be particularly attractive to rimfire handgunners.
The three Long Range Handgun matches this year saw a significant increase in attendance and interest as they went along, enough so that the Board of Directors approved a continuation of the competition in 2023. The match depends on enough evening light for effective shooting, so it is conducted during the daylight savings time of the year. The next PCGC Long Range Handgun match is scheduled for Tuesday, 4 April 2023 at 6:30 pm, and the program will then continue on the first Tuesday of each month through October.
6th F-Class Tournament - September 24th, 2022
PCGC hosted its sixth F-Class tournament of the year on September 24th with a total of twenty competitors. Shooting weather was very pleasant, though with the usual tricky PCGC range winds to keep everyone on their toes. The F-Class community was happy to welcome several new shooters (new to us, anyway). Kudos to the high scorers: Robert Risdon in F-Target Rifle, Shawn Risdon in F-Open, Bill Grubbs in F-Small Bore Heavy and Greg Ficklin in F-Small Bore Light. Team Risdon deserves special mention for a particularly noteworthy shooting performance - perfect scores with extraordinary X-counts. (Robert's score of 600/50x is rarely equaled anywhere in FTR competition.) Special thanks to Shawn for also serving as Match Director during this tournament. All scores are attached below. The seventh and final F-Class tournament of 2022 is scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd.
2nd Long Range Handgun Match - September 6th, 2022
Polk County Gun Club hosted its second Long Range Handgun match on Tuesday evening, September 6th. Eight intrepid pistoleers turned out to shoot their handguns at long range: six rimfire shooters and two centerfire shooters. Interest in this match seems to be growing, and participants appeared to enjoy the relaxed evening atmosphere. Ron Shook amazed us all by shooting a perfect score at 100 yards with his Bergara .22. Other match scores are noted below.
The Long Range Handgun match currently offers two classes: centerfire at 300 yards and rimfire at 100 yards. The match consists of twenty shots for the record on a "groundhog" target marked by scoring rings, with a potential maximum score of 100. The twenty rounds are fired within a time limit of fifteen minutes. First-place winners in each class are awarded a cash prize if the class has three or more participants. The entire match, from setup to prize award, takes about an hour. It is designed to evoke the atmosphere of an evening groundhog hunt on the family farm.
The next match in this series is scheduled for Tuesday evening, 4 October. The tentative start time is 6:30, though the start time may be adjusted slightly to ensure enough shooting light.
5th F-Class Tournament - August 27th, 2022
PCGC hosted its fifth monthly F-Class tournament of the year on August 27th, with a total of twenty competitors. Shooting weather for the event was sunny and relatively pleasant (for late August) with just enough wind to make things interesting. Mark Thompson set a club record in F-Open, with a truly remarkable score of 600/58x. Jim Laietta took first place in F-Target Rifle with an impressive 599/43x. Ron Howell took first place in F-Small Bore (Heavy) with a score of 587 and Dan Henk took first place in F-Small Bore (Light) with a score of 592. Shawn Risdon amazed us all by shooting both F-Open and F-Target Rifle simultaneously and taking second place in both. The F-Class warriors have two more opportunities this year to demonstrate PCGC shooting excellence - with the next tournament scheduled for September 24th. Scores for the August tournament are posted here.
5th NRA High Power Rifle Match - August 20th, 2022
Polk County Gun Club held the 5th High Power Rifle Match of the Season Saturday 8/20/2022.
I want to thank Jim Laietta for filling in for me while I was on vacation with my wife and older son and his wife to Alaska. Also a big thanks to Greg Ficklin for another great performance operating the SM Targeting System
Our attendance in August was 5 competitors. I want to apologize to all our regulator competitors that didn’t show up for the match because of the mix-up between the 4-H competition and our regular 3rd Saturday match date. As you well know I set the dates on the 3rd Saturday back in January for the entire season, this is the traditional day (since the HPR program was restarted in 2002-2003). It is NEVER my intention to deviate from the 3rd Saturday date. Once this date is reserved and approved by the NRA Competitions Division it cannot be modified by a whim or inclement weather.
Jeff Minder was the match winner 772-23Xs. London Howell, one of our new Junior Competitors, shot her first, full-stage across-the-course match. The Silver Mountain Electronic Targeting System ran flawlessly. Having direct, accurate feedback to the competitors allows them to perform at a level not previously enjoyed.
Next month’s HPR Service Rifle match will be held Saturday, September 17th which will be the last match of the NRA Summer season, it is my fondest hope we will see all of our regulars and there will be no other competitions scheduled over the High Power Rifle Program in the future.
It hasn’t been announced or placed on the PCGC Calendar yet, but I assume we will be having a CMP Garand/Springfield/Modern Military matches throughout the Fall and Winter Season on the 3rd Saturday starting in October.
~ Sam Summey
3rd Buffalo/Vintage Rimfire Match - July 30th, 2022
1st Long Range Handgun Match - August 2nd, 2022
Polk County Gun Club hosted its first Long Range Handgun (LRH) match on Tuesday evening, the 2nd of August. Four intrepid pistoleers turned out for this inaugural event. Two center-fire competitors fired at groundhog targets at the 300 yard line and two rim-fire competitors fired at similar (but reduced) groundhog targets at the 100 yard line. The event started at 7 pm, with a safety briefing, and competitors then were given five minutes to move their shooting gear, by hand in one trip, from the parking lot to the firing line. They then were given a two-minute prep period to settle into place. This was followed by the shooting - twenty rounds fired at one groundhog target in a time period of fifteen minutes. The event took about 45 minutes and shooters were on their way home by 8 pm.
This match was designed to evoke the informality, camaraderie and generally relaxed atmosphere of an evening groundhog hunt. It also was intended to allow participants to develop proficiency with handguns they have but rarely get to use in any kind of competition. As in all competitions, it is a great opportunity to compare notes about equipment, borrow ideas and techniques, and think about how to "improve the game" personally. Participants in the inaugural match seemed to enjoy the event and were eager to shoot in future Long Range Handgun competitions. Two more are scheduled this year, the next on Tuesday, September 6th at 7 pm. For additional information, please contact Dan Henk at (828) 440-1029 or email: [email protected].
4th F-Class Tournament - July 23rd, 2022
Polk County Gun Club hosted its fourth F-Class tournament of the year on 23 July. Competitors included eighteen high-power shooters on the 300-yard firing line and six small bore shooters on the 100-yard firing line. (The tournament consists of three 20-round matches, for a potential score of 600 points.)
The day itself was sunny and exceptionally warm - what the old drill sergeant would have called "character building" - but wind was relatively light, allowing for some superb shooting despite the heat. Kudos to the high scorers: Tyler Vojta in F-Open with a score of 600/45x; Shawn Risdon in F-Target Rifle with a score of 600/46x, Ron Howell in Small Bore-Heavy with a score of 593 and Ken Weglarz in Small Bore-Light with a score of 569. Shawn Risdon was serving as interim match director for this match, a role that easily distracts from shooting, so his outstanding score was particularly noteworthy.
The next monthly F-Class tournament is scheduled for August 27th. For additional information, contact F-Class Match Director Dan Henk at ph (828) 440-1029 or email: [email protected].
4th NRA High Power Rifle Match - July 16th, 2022
Polk County Gun Club held the 4th High Power Rifle Match of the Season Saturday 7/16/2022.
The morning dawned with sunshine. The temperature started around 87 degrees F. As the day progressed, the sun got hotter and the competitors welcomed retiring to the 300 yard to enjoy the shade/shadow provided by the firing line cover.
Our attendance in June was 8 competitors, and we were joined in July by one of our past Juniors, Page Arrington and her dad Nelson. The Nelson’s are preparing to compete at the National Matches at Camp Perry Ohio along with our Junior Team members, Ray Allen and Ethan Fullman. Sarah Konieczny and Haley Robinson are also preparing for the Nationals at the end of this month. Bobby Robinson has developed an effective program to turn out successful young High Power Rifle Competitors.
Junior Ray Allen won the Expert Class. Ethan Fullman won the Sharpshooter Class and Haley Robinson won the High Master Class and was the overall Match Winner. It was good to see Steve Lyons and Jeff Minder attending also.
The Silver Mountain Electronic Targeting System ran flawlessly. Having direct, accurate feedback to the competitors allows them to perform at a level not previously enjoyed.
Next month’s HPR Service Rifle match will be held Saturday August 13th and it is our fondest hope we will see all of our regulars and some new faces there.
June F-Class Tournament - June 25th, 2022
Polk County Gun Club hosted its third F-Class tournament of the year on June 25th, with twenty high power shooters and six small bore shooters competing in the event. This is close to a record number of participants in a PCGC F-Class competition.
Despite a little drizzle early on, the weather for the tournament was remarkably good - the wind came up in the third match and blew the bullets around a bit, but overall scores were impressive. It also was gratifying to see several new-to-PCGC High Power shooters. The club has seen some extraordinary shooting improvement during the past 8 years of F-Class at PCGC, thanks to the shared experiences of our members. We hope that the new shooters will help us continue this trend.
For future tournaments, the club is working to find a workable solution to placing more than twenty shooters on the high power firing line in order to add shooters while maintaining our one-relay (3 match) format. We also are looking at ways to speed up the scoring process and installing permanent wind flags along the sides of the range.
Our next F-Class tournament is on Saturday, July 23rd.
3rd NRA High Power Rifle Match - June 18th, 2022
Polk County Gun Club held the 3rd 2022 High Power Rifle Match of the Season Saturday 6/18/2022. The morning dawned overcast with a threat of rain. A light shower arrived but ended up being of no consequence. The temperature high was around 87 degrees F. As the day progressed, the sun came out.
Our attendance in June consisted of 9 competitors, which included new SC shooter Scott Johnson, new competitor (PCGC) Ron Nelson, and Juniors Ray Allen (who won the Expert Class) and London Howell. This was London’s first experience shooting at a match. She is a pleasant and attentive person and did quite well for a first event.
Also attending was match and High Master winner Haley Robinson. It was good to see Sid Landers, Steve Lyons, Thomas McManus (SC), Jeff Minder attending also.
Greg Ficklin has gotten a handle on the Silver Mountain Electronic Targeting System and it ran flawlessly. Having direct, accurate feedback to the competitors allows them to perform at a level not previously enjoyed.
Next month’s HPR Service Rifle match will be held Saturday July 16, and it is our fondest hope we will see all of our regulars and some new faces there.
May F-Class Tournament - May 28th, 2022
Polk County Gun Club hosted this year's second monthly F-Class tournament on Saturday, 28 May. Twenty-three competitors participated, including four that were shooting with us for the first time.
The day was sunny and pleasant, but a very tricky wind provided some interesting shooting challenges - particularly in the third and last match of the morning. Special thanks to Jim Laietta for his considerable work to repair and restore our target reflectors in time for the tournament and to Shawn Risdon for serving as match director this time around. Kudos also to the tournament champions: Mark Thompson (shooting with us for the first time) in F-Class Open, Charlie King in F-Class Target Rifle, Bill McCall in Small Bore-Heavy and Al Vincoli in Small Bore-Light. These shooters definitely earned their medals in the windy conditions of our tournament!
The next F-Class tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 25th. For additional information, contact match director Dan Henk at phone (828) 440-1029 or email: [email protected].
2nd NRA High Power Rifle Match - May 21st, 2022
Polk County Gun Club held the 2nd 2022 High Power Rifle Match of the Season last Saturday 5/21/2022.
The morning dawned with the prospects of a beautiful day. The temperature high was around 90 degrees F with a cloudless sky. As the day progressed moving back to the 300 yard was enjoyed by all due to the shade/shadow provided by the firing line cover.
Our attendance was off this month because of a match at Oak Ridge Tenn and several others in the area. Bobby Robinson had two Juniors, Ethan Fullam and Ray Allen, attending along with Sarah Konieczny and Haley Robinson. It was good to see Sid Landers and Steve Lyons attending as well.
Greg Ficklin has gotten a handle on the Silver Mountain Electronic Targeting System and it ran flawlessly. Having direct, accurate feedback to the competitors allows them to perform at a level not previously enjoyed.
Next month’s HPR Service Rifle match will be held Saturday June 18th, and it is our fondest hope we will see all of our regulars and some new faces there.
May Vintage Rifle Tournament - April 30rd, 2022
The Polk County Gun Club had a great day for our Vintage Rifle match on 30 April. The weather was clear and sunny, with a good turnout. We had 7 shoot the Buffalo rifle, 4 shoot the mini Buffalo and 12 shoot Rimfire. All the participants seemed to enjoy themselves, commenting positively on the matches. We were excited to see the success of the tournament. The next scheduled Vintage Tournament is scheduled for 30 July. We hope to continue our success and growth of this shooting activity.
April F-Class Tournament - April 23rd, 2022
Polk County Gun Club held its first monthly F-Class tournament of 2022 on Saturday, 23 April. Twenty-one shooters turned out to participate in the tournament. The weather was sunny and pleasant, the morning starting with mild wind and finishing with some rather challenging gusts. The late morning wind impacted the scores of the final match. Despite the late-arriving wind, scores were surprisingly good - and close. Special congratulations are due to our first-place competitors, Robert Risdon (our youngest shooter) in F-Open, Jim Laietta (NOT our youngest shooter) in F-Target Rifle, Dan Henk in F-Small Bore Heavy and Barry Postell in F-Small Bore Light. Our next F-Class tournament is scheduled for 28 May.
NRA High Power Rifle Match Season Begins - April 16th, 2022
Polk County Gun Club initiated the 2022 High Power Rifle Season last Saturday 4/16/2022. The morning dawned with rain, and the prospects of holding the match were definitely in question. Around 8:00 AM the stalwarts, Greg Ficklin, Bobby Robinson, and the Junior Team arrived. They held off installing the Silver Mountain Target System until almost 9:00 hoping the rain would cease. Right on time the rain stopped, the sky lightened, then the clouds parted and the sun began to shine.
Shortly after 8:30 competitors began to arrive, Carol Willard drove from the southern part of SC 3 hours away Friday night so she could compete with us on Saturday even with the prospect of being rained out. John Arcularius was visiting family, shot with us, Dewayne Louis came up from Greenville, Thomas McManus from the Belton club, and a young junior shooter, Hunter Blankenship, from Eastern NC around Camp LeJeune was visiting relatives locally and decided to shoot with us. Hunter won the Marksman Class. We had 14 competitors including our Junior Team Members. Haley Robinson and Sarah Konieczny (won Master Class) shot as adults for the first time this year. These two young women can teach us old guys a thing or two about high-power rifle competition. Bobby Robinson was in his usual fine form and won the High Master Class and was also the highest-scoring competitor (793/800).
I would like to thank our regular competitors Ken Lore, Steven (Bear) Louis, Steve Lyons, and Junior Tem members Colby Cossette and Ray Allen for their continued support of the PCGC High Power Rifle programs.
Frozen Chosin Vintage Rifle Match Results - February 19th, 2022
The 13th annual Polk County Gun Club, Korean War Commemorative Frozen Chosin Vintage Rifle Match was held February 19, 2022.
Jim Laietta was the Match Director in Sam Summey’s absence. It was a truly warm and beautiful sunny day. Greg Ficklin did an excellent job as always calling the match.
We had 8 competitors vying to have their name engraved on this coveted trophy. It proved to be a close match between Tom McManus (Belton Gun Club) for First Place 374-7x and last year’s winner Ken Lore 374-5x. Most competitors were shooting the M1 Rifle but Walter Smith shooting a Springfield 1903A3 bolt action rifle, turned in a respectable Third Place score of 336-3x. As in past years, this match is a 40 shot (400 point) match shot Standing (slow fire) Sitting (rapid fire) Prone (rapid fire) and Prone (slow fire).
This match is the yearly “kick off” match for the 2022 season NRA Approved Service Rifle across the course tournaments starting April 16. These will be 80 shot matches conducted at 200 and 300 yards with a reduced size target for 300 yard slow fire prone.
We want to thank everyone who have supported and continue to support the PCGC High Power Rifle Programs.