Results from February 20  in Wickenburg, AZ

My goodness, what a beautiful day! This is supposed to be February and the temperature was hovering in the mid 70’s, with high wispy clouds, and the slightest of breezes at times. Folks, it just does not get any better than this, except that it was shared with a bunch of like-minded airgunners. It was perfect!

It was in the midst of this reverie that we realized that Dale Keiser was feeling much better from his recent bout of health concerns, and he decided to test out mettle with a somewhat diabolically laid out course. That innocent (read, evil) grin on his face told us that we were in for a challenge, and we got one. I have to sit here and chuckle at his target placement, and better than that, the size of the kill zones relative to the target distances. This was going to be fun, and it turned out to be just that!

Larry loading his Daystate Timberwolf

There were some loooooong distances involved here. He had a squirrel in a tree at just about 45 yards with a 1” kill zone (This was knocked down only 5 times – I missed it twice). He had a bird at almost 50 yards with a ¾” kill zone (I got that little sucker twice, but missed the squirrel – go figure). He had a lot of targets out between 40 and 55 yards, and those that were closer had tiny kill zones. He had 2 standing targets that had a couple of shooters talking to themselves. I know; I was paired up with, and listened to Larry N. mumbling away incoherently about something or other. LOL. He still made some amazing shots, and his score was not indicative of his abilities. It was fun to watch when I wasn’t nodding off from working all night. (Long story and I won’t bore you with the details)

Scott shooting his USFT

We had some flip flop shooters also. Scott Rodgers, who normally shoots a mean TX-200 was shooting his (beautiful) new USFT. Vince Pacheco, who usually shoots his USFT, showed up with a TX-200! We also had several other members with new guns that they were shooting for the first time, and some other members who we haven’t seen for a while were able to attend. It was good to see and chat with everyone. With minor exception, most members were shooting Daystates! Tony Belas would have been proud. We had just about every flavor that they offer being shot.

Eddie loading his BAM

Debbie and Dale Keiser were, once again, our gracious hosts and provided a sumptuous lunch for us upon completion. Turkey with gravy, BBQ beef roast, all kinds of other goodies and beverages were offered, and devoured! I said it before, and I will say it again; this crew likes to eat! Many, many thanks to Debbie and Dale for their warm hospitality.

Even with the course difficulty level, most of the scores were really close and clumped together. Bobby Corcorran was Top Gun this month shooting his CRX-ST that he loaned to me for the November 2008 state shoot, and using my sight settings. He did miss the squirrel twice; I checked his score sheet to be sure, but he still bested the rest of us. Here are the results:

Position Shooter Total Airgun Scope Pellets
PCP Class
Match Winner Bobby Corcorran 48 / 54 Daystate CR-X ST MTC Viper 8-32 CP 10.5
1 Dale Keiser 47 Daystate CR-X Burris 8-32 CP 10.5
2 Larry Piercy 45 Daystate CR-X Custom Superb 8-24 CP 14.3 .20
3 Jim Russell 44 Daystate Mk4 MTC Viper 6-24 JSB 10.3
4 Scott Rodgers 43 USFT Nikko 10-50 JSB 10.3
5 Klayton Kidd 42 Daystate X2 B&L 6-24 CP 10.5
6 Debbie Keiser 41 Daystate CR-97 SE Burris 8-32 CP 10.5
6 Mark Kauffman 41 Daystate X2 FT Bushnell 6-24 JSB 8.44
7 Larry Nelson 33 Daystate Timberwolf Bushnell 8.32 JSB 10.3
8 Ray Horneman 24 Daystate Air Ranger Bushnell 6-24 JSB 8.44
Spring Class
1 Vince Pacheco 37 AA TX200 Nikko 10 JSB Light
2 Eddie Olguin 19 BAM Leapers 8-32 CP 7.9

We were missing some of the usual suspects this month, most notably Robin Montgomery. Word has it that she took a tumble on the ice in Flagstaff and is out for a bit. This probably frustrates the daylights out of her because she just recently took possession of her new USFT. Best wishes go out from everyone for a speedy recovery. The good news is that Steve gets his (USFT) gun back in his hands. Ron and Bonnie may still be trying to get out of their ranch from the recent snows in their neck of the woods. Ric is on the mend from his bout with appendicitis, and Guy seems to always be scheduled to work when we have a match.

Because we adjusted out match schedule to accommodate more shooters, our next match will be in 2 weeks, on Saturday, March 7, in Camp Verde, AZ. Contact Bobby Corcorran for details and directions. See website at www.airgunsofarizona.com/Airgunners for contact information.

Thanks to Jim Russell for taking the pictures for this report, and thanks to Michelle for “allowing” him to attend. His 3 month old daughter, Paige, is the cutest little thing.

For those who could not make this match, and you know who you are, we hope to see you in 2 weeks.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark Kauffman

Secretary, Airgunners of Arizona