NEWSLETTER May 2004
Here is the monthly report.
As you can see from the scores we had some real horse races
with one resulting in a two shot shoot off. A couple of shooters came back
from less than steller performances to capture metal later. You can't keep
a good man down. It was a long hot day, we can be proud of our
performances. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves which is always a good
measure of success.
This will be my last game as director so I'd like to
take a moment to say thanks to everybody for the help and support and the
good times. We look to an uncertain future but I hope to see everyone on
the range again.
Good shooting Gentlemen!
CANYON State Games; Winter Games 2004
Indoors Air Pistol:
( Any Sight Silhouette )
. BRONZE MEDAL
Pistol: ( Open
Sight Silhouette )
GRAND CANYON State Games;
Winter Games 2004
Indoor Air Pistol: ( International 10 meter match )
MM Pistol winners.10
MM Pistol winners.
.. John Zurek.......................................................Bill
Score 587 / 600 24 X's.................................Score
558 / 600 10 X's............................Score
549 / 600 08 X's..
NEWSLETTER March 2004
The Winter 2004 Grand Canyon State Games Match started
out with a lot of wind and not from the shooters for a change; but
Mother Nature. So the Outdoor venue was canceled and the whole lot was
moved to the Indoor range for some fun with metal animals and paper
We had nine shooters for Air Pistol Silhouette; outstanding turn out for
the Games. The Grand Canyon State Game director Erik Widmark stopped in
for a spell to check participation and enjoy our company. He stayed
We had a great match with Silver in both Iron sight and
Any sight being decided with a shoot off. Chickens at the Ram line. It was
a good day to shoot.
After all the trash talking and scoring was finished up
we moved over to the 10 meter line where nine more shooters lined up to
have their way with the paper targets. Carlos Garza, an old shooter of
ours now living in Texas did the honors of holding down last place with a
borrowed gun in a sport he does not shoot in; barely missing 400 with a
396 3X. Can you imagine what he would do with practice?
Naturally John Zurek, fresh from Olympic training,
stormed into the range and burned the place up with a National Record
quality score of 587 24X. It was good enough for Gold. His fellow buddies
Bill Poole scored 558 10X for silver and Mario Stajner shot a 549 8X for
the Bronze. Bobby Corcorran gave a valiant effort shooting 543 8X. The
rest of us were happy to stay over 500 and we will leave it at that.
But we all had fun and I hope we can see you folks next
time. We have the Summer Games coming up way too soon so if you're in town
I hope we see you again.
NEWSLETTER February 2004
month we seen Robert Schattler our very own web site master receive a
award for keeping up with all the scores. Not only that he does the
web site on his own and he is the one that engineered our resetable
targets. He is the heart of this club. GREAT JOB ROBERT.
Today we finally shot outdoor rifle. Even though only couple of us
participated me and Bob. Too bad I was not much competition for Bob
he thrashed me soundly.
Indoor was some fun, we were shooting while Seaton "the grip man" was
howling away with the Dremel tool. No problem, nobody said it was a
library. Seaton will be back next month if anyone is interested in
grip work. Also a thanks to Chiron Ramirez for calling the match.
He is our Junior shooter and volunteered to call the match. He did a
great job did not let us gab for too long between strings and kept us
going. GREAT JOB CHIRON. I hope he volunteers more often.
No records fell but we did have and interesting shoot
off. Me and Bob were in a shoot off. Bob asked what do long
range pistol shooters do, IHMSA shoots off at chickens at 200 meters.
So we shot off on chickens set at the 18 yard mark. Bob had a
handicap as he shot his Pardini K58 in the any sight class and myself a
Tau-7M with a 4x Meopta. I think Bob let me win this one as he hit
couple of chickens and I got all five.
Then we shot the 10 meter targets, again no records fell but a lot of us
had a great time.
Come out and join us, and bring a friend.
NEWSLETTER January 2004
first shoot for 2004 looked promising. Outdoor events have been
canceled by the range due to some other event.
But no matter the weather was rainy and windy. A very bad
combination for air guns of any type and power.
Chiron Ramirez shot his best personal score to beat out Dad,
Dan Ramirez. OOOPS, I did not supposed to mention that did I Dan?
Well, that will teach ya' to show up only once in a while. Also
Mario Stainer shot his first silhouette match with his Hammerli 480 and
very succesfully I may add. For the any sight event he borrowed my
Tau-7 with a scope and started with a five in a row. Way to go
Chiron and Mario! I was in a battle with Bobby Corccoran for open
sight category with me comming out on top by one criter.
And a good thing since Bobby was using my Walther. Loosing to my own
pistol could have been embarassing.. But then again a darn good
shooter was using it so maybe not. Also
worth a mention all shooters were using .177 with John Engel being the
only exception using the .20 in his P-1. That is unusual since some
shooters almost always use a .22.
As for the 10 meter competition we had four shooters stay
behind and compete.. Interesting to note where silhouette
is noisy everyone joking, laughing, trash talking, but not so
the 10 meter. All is quiet and everyone is concentrating as hard as
Next month we hope to be outdoors also. So bring a
friend and come and have some fun.
NEWSLETTER December 2003
year came to a close at the airgun range with a surprise. Having our
shoot on the 28th I did not expect for anyone to show. I did not even
bring a rifle to shoot. Well, so much for thinking. Not only did we
get a lot of shooter for us we had some new faces that shot. Bill
Courington came to shoot all the way from
California. I think he was visiting
someone here, but we will just think it was us he came to shoot with.
Also worth a note is he shot a FWB P70 and it was windy. His score I
am sure is much higher in calmer conditions. But it was very
respectable indeed. Also in the pistol category a new shooter Greg
Koster. I hope I spelled it correctly looks like the cold got to his
handwriting. Not only did Greg borrowed a pistol he shot left handed
with a right hand grip on a IZH. I was impressed with the score.
GREAT SHOOTING TO BOTH, BILL and GREG!
The indoor silhouette was sort of a surprise, nobody wanted to shoot it.
But instead the 10 meter range got the workout. Not looking at the
scoreboard I think we all improved our best so far. We even had Ron
show up our previous director. His scored did show he does not
practice except when he is with us. So the remedy is to show more
I hope everyone had a great year shooting with us. And hope to see
more shooters come and give it a try. We seem to have fun, spread
I would like to wish everyone a great New Year and many successes into the
years to come.
Again our outdoor
match was canceled due to wind. To give you an idea how windy it
was. We had a visitor from the 300 meter high power match.. He
stopped just to say hi and see what we were doing. They canceled the
300 meter shoot also.
Indoor was not much better. I think too many of our shooter were
gone either for the holiday's or watched the weather report. It was
not windy indoors, honest, so stop by next time. But I think they
were all gone for Thanksgiving somewhere. We canceled the indoor
silhouette. But the good news is the 10 meter went on. John
Zurek showed up and that gave us the incentive to shoot and see if we
could beat him. Ya right! Bobby Corcorran came closest with a
527. I posted three points better then last month. But the one
with the largest improvement over last month is our own Robert the web
master. Good shooting Robert..
I hope to see some more shooters after the next holiday, Christmas.
Bring out your new toys and try them out, bring a friend we will loan our
new toys, at lest I will.
Finally at the end of October we get some better temperatures, that is
under a 100. But with that came some winds topping 20 mph so we
skipped the outdoor shoot and decided to do only indoors.
Indoor we did not see any records fall. But we have couple of Junior
shooters that seem to have a load of fun, and are safe about it.
Also Nick Papagalas shot the very fist Lov 21 to come to these shores from
the Czech Republic. In fact it has been State Side only couple of
days before Nick got a hold of it and came in 2nd in the open sight
category. Not bad for $85.00 pistol (to shooters from the club) and
Nick just happen to stop by to say hi. One day Nick will stop by and
show us how it is done when he gets his own pistol.
Also today we decided to see how much interest there is in the 10 meter
game.. We will shoot it after all the silhouette is of not only the
score but the done. It will be shot five shots per target and one
hour time limit. We will keep record (that is Robert will) 10's and
the X'es. At the end of the year we will come up with a end of year
award for the most points 10 etc. For next year we will come up with
something similar. So lets get some scores in the books.
Also for year 2004 the only shoots canceled were; January 25, March 21,
and November 25 all are outdoor shoots. So we are good for all the
we had another nice match with perfect weather.
No wind a bit hotter then perfect but not too bad. What I cant
explain why the lame scores. We shot only rifle outdoors but none of
us had a great score or even a 10 in a row. We are sad to see Carlos
Garza leave us for Texas. I guess he is tired of winning here in
Arizona and needs more competition. Since for some reason we still
cant seem to get that many shooter to show up. I hope cooler
temperatures will bring out more shooters.
Indoors we did have some fun. Chiron Ramirez our Junior shot the new
Tau-7 J 'Pistolka'. He liked it quite a bit but I dont know how
successful he was persuading Dad to purchase it for him. Common Dad
it fit him perfectly! No great scores to report there either.
I think we were just too bummed to se Carlos leave us. Maybe next
month we will be over it and hope to see more shooters there to cheer us
to my surprise we had a good turnout, even Magie Conlin came out to have
some fun. The day was hot and humid. Did it effect the scores?
Not really, just gave some of us more excuses and I tell you we are
getting good at them. I did hear the .177 shooters had lot more
windage to content with them my .22 or Joshn's .20. Those
complaining were told to just get a .22, therefore the problem was solved.
We were more comfortable indoors but it is still hot. Next month
will be better so I hope to see more shooters.
Fun was had by all.
Come and join us!
morning at the Grand Canyon State Games (GCSG) found Dan Rameriz and I
poised on the 10 meter line; pistols in hand, ready to fight it out. An
hour later Rada Plesinger showed up to make it fight for the Gold. He
tried. After ninety minutes of shooting - we do not need to brag about it.
Many have done better and with luck we will too. But you can't win unless
you play and we played.
It all the years I have shot in the summer games we had the nicest indoor
weather I have ever shot in. Not too hot, quiet - a perfect day at the
range. Dan pulled in a Bronze, Rada the Silver, just three points behind
with the Gold. One of our local boys was away at Fort Benning Georgia
kicking some butt shooting some scores anybody would be proud of.
Sunday dawned with just a couple more shooters. Dan took the day off with
Robert from Kingman and Carlos from Surprise and Maggie from Tempe joining
the rest of us for some Outdoor rifle and pistol silhouette.
Hotter than Saturday, the shooting was not much better. Everyone medalled
but I must pause to mention that Robert Schattler, not known in these
parts as a keen iron sight shooter shot a blistering 31 to take Gold in
Outdoor Iron Sight Pistol. He picked a fine day to show his mettle. I hope
he will insert the other scores in here as I have forgetten them, (Go
Silhouette Which is at the bottom of this page).
Suffice to say that some of us had better
days. I do remember Carlos and Rada fighting it out in Rifle. All had a
good time resetting the Turkeys, as long as you did not strain your
shooting arm. Robert had brought in resettable targets for the pistol and
We had the usual hunt for Chickens that had been shot off into the desert;
inspite of our back stop. We even found one chicken we had lost several
Ending our fun on the Outdoor range we moved to indoors with our pistols
and our search for more Gold. Few found it.
Just as we were ending the first string Executive Director, Erik Widmark
of the Grand Canyon State Games showed up to inspect our little group. He
gamely tried his hand at Ron's airpistol. Rest easy shooters, two tries,
two clean misses. But he was a good sport.
We finished up the Indoor matches in a building that was warmer than
Saturday, with no scores to brag about really and a good time had by all.
We missed some regular shooters; we hope they will be able to attend next
year. Madison Walker, our shooting sports director, in concert with Rada
Plesinger and Ron Boe; ASRPA Air gun Director and GCSG Air gun director
respectively held the entry fees to $10 for GCSG shooting events. No limit
on the events entered. $10 for the silhouette matches; no limit on guns
entered. A real deal for a
real special weekend.
Hope to see you next year and bring a friend!
month for some predictable reason we had the lightest turnout.
Predictable because we are in the heat of Arizona summer. We had only
three shooters for the rifle event. The scores were rather close all the
way. John is coming closer and closer to winning and dominating the rifle
event. And just in case I did not mention it he is using a RX-2 in .20 to
do it. Great shooing!!
Also this month looks the greatest for CO2 pistol shooters. My Tau seems
to do better then 550 in 22 cal making for a very flat trajectory. The
winds did bother us this month but the TAU with all the velocity seemed to
over come that. Not that the same can be said about the rifle shooters.
Both .177 shooters (Me and Carlos) we trying to figure out the wind
deflection while John with his .20 just listened and almost beat me. I
think I will have to break out my .22 for the rest of the season. I hope
more shooters brave the heat next month.