Results from April 03, 2010 in Camp Verde, AZ

Group gearing up before the match.

OK, let’s see, if we mix bright sunshine, Airguns, mild weather, Airguns, food, Airguns, great people, Airguns, challenging targets, food, and more Airguns, you have the perfect recipe for field target shooting in Arizona!

Seriously, the weather could not have been any more perfect than it was to shoot our April field target match, hosted once again by Bobby and Sandy Corcorran in Camp Verde. The skies were clear and vivid blue without a cloud in sight. The temps were just about 70 degrees by mid-day, and there was little, if any wind. With all the rain that Arizona has had so far this year, everything was green, and the grass was thick and lush.

Debbie keeping the paperwork in order.

Larry Nelson traveled on Friday to help Bobby set up the course, and we were presented with a wide variety of target placements. Some were close and downhill, others were stretched waaaay out there, some were almost hidden, and one owl was situated almost 30 feet up in an old cottonwood tree. We followed the string and it just kept going up and up and up and there, nestled on a horizontal branch, with lesser branches draped in front, was this frickin’ owl. It sat there, looking at you as if to say, “What did you expect, a rabbit?” It was only about 34 yards out, but way up there and posed a very interesting shot. Bobby and Larry did a great job on course layout again. Thanks guys!

Ray checking his settings.

Fifteen shooters were in attendance the day before Easter and we thoroughly enjoyed each others company. I was squadded with Scott Rogers and Ray Horneman this month and we had a great time. Ray and I especially liked watching Scott “try” to shoot. This was because Mary Anne, his wife, was on the lane next to us, happily shooting, knocking down target after target, and pulling the reset string, all without a care in the world. Needless to say, Scott was struggling. Must’ve been all that snow shoveling and no airgun practice this past winter. At the end of the match, Mary Anne was ecstatic that she finally and handily outshot hubby.

I was fully intent on shooting my spring gun again this month. I had a good 3 hour practice session several Saturday’s ago with Larry Nelson, and have good sight settings. The elevation at Bobby’s place, and where Larry lives is vastly different, and I was not hitting anywhere near where I was supposed to. Before the match, I switched guns and shot PCP. No problem.

We had a visitor, Mike from Flagstaff, come to watch the proceedings. He is primarily a firearms varmint hunter and does not yet own an airgun, but we think that may change in the very near future. I think he enjoyed his visit with us and is chomping at the bit to give it a go himself. We should see more of him.

We had 11 lanes this month, each with 2 targets per lane for a possible score of 44. Steve Montgomery spanked all of us by shooting a 42. Steve is usually quiet and unassuming and just gets down and shoots! A bunch of us were all clumped together in the mid 30’s, and we needed a shoot off to determine the other placements, seeing that Steve had Match Winner all wrapped up.

Steve’s wife, Robin, and Steve Timarac squared off and dueled for 1 st and 2 nd place, with Robin edging Steve. Third place was also a tie, with Bobby and Dale posting even scores. Bobby did not want to get into another shootoff and conceded to Dale, so Dale ended up in the 3 rd spot and the rest of us got to eat lunch. Have I mentioned in the past that this group really enjoys eating? If I haven’t, let me just say that this group really enjoys eating!

Here are the scores:

Position Shooter Total Airgun Scope Pellets
PCP Class
Match Winner Steve Montgomery 42/44 USFT Leupold 45 JSB 10.4
1 Robin Montgomery 37+ USFT Nikko 10-50 JSB 10.4
2 Steve Timarac 37+ USFT Nikko 10-50 CP 10.5
3 Dale Keiser 36 Daystate CR-X Burris 8-32 CP 10.5
4 Bobby Corcorran 36 Theoben Rapid Bushnell 6-24

CP 10.5

5 Debbie Keiser 35 Daystate CR-97SE Burris 8-32 CP 10.5
5 Scott Jones 35 Daystate Huntsman Nikko 10-50 JSB 10.4
7 Larry Nelson 34 USFT Nikko 10-50 CP 10.5
7 Mark Kauffman 34 Daystate CR-X ST Bushnell 6-24 JSB 8.44
9 Mary Anne McLeo 30 Steyr B&L 15-32 JSB 10.4
10 Scott Rogers 27 USFT Nikko 10-50 JSB 10.4
10 Ray Horneman 27 Daystate Air Wolf MTC Viper CP 10.5
12 Sandy Corcorran 24 AA Pro Target Bushnell 8-32 CP 10.5
13 Jay Bronaugh 22 Benjamin Discovery Centerpoint 12x CP 10.5
14 Holli Bronaugh 5 Steyr Bushnell 8-32 JSB 10.4

Jay and Holli Bronaugh, minus kids this month (they were off doing other things) brought along smoked pork roast for lunch. After heating on the grill for about 20 minutes, it was melt-in-your-mouth tender and with BBQ sauce was almost a religious experience. Oh, that was good! I had three helpings; mmmm, mmmm, mmmm! Sandy provided the rest of the fixings, and as a group, we are always appreciative of the members’ culinary efforts in satisfying our hunger cravings. Many thanks to Sandy, Holli, and Jay. We also want to thank Bobby and Sandy for hosting the match again this month. The club is very fortunate to have folks like Bobby & Sandy, Dale & Debbie, and Ron & Bonni Jo for unselfishly allowing the use of their respective homes for the purpose of socially congregating and shooting airgun.

Jay cutting the smoked pork.
Chatting airguns over lunch.

After lunch, we presented awards, had a brief club meeting and then all hands helped in taking down and packing away the targets for next months match at Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix.

Airguns of Arizona is sponsoring a 2 day shoot on the weekend of May 15 & 16. They are providing raffle prizes, awards for Pre-charged, spring piston and hunter field target classes, and also lunch on both days. In addition, Robert Buchanan and staff will also be shooting along with us. They work at the business so much that they hardly get a chance to come out and play with the rest of us. It’ll be good to see them get their batteries recharged. More information on this match will be coming out in the near future once everything gets finalized. For information and directions to the range, see their website at: www.azgfd.gov/basf.

Until next month then, practice and shoot straight.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark Kauffman

Secretary / Airgunners of Arizona