Match Results 9/16/07
By Dick Otten
Eight stalwart souls braved the elements to shoot in the first "Fall" match of the De Soto airgunners schedule. I say "Fall" because we were all drenched with sweat and falling down from heat exhaustion by the time the match concluded. Can you say HOT AND HUMID? Heat index of 97 was the order of the day, and as usual, shade is rare at our venue. Gordon fared the worst and had to bail out before finishing his last lane. He looked like he had just finished the cross channel swim while fully clothed. I'm sure Ron was in his swimming pool 20 seconds after his feet crossed his home threshold, and my post match afternoon nap was most welcome.
We had several firsts and near firsts today. Ron introduced his new/used ZM Steyr, I shot my new 12 ft/lb EV2, (12 ft/lb with even a slight breeze = misses by Mr. Otten) Bill Frazee finally got to shoot in his first FT match, but with a gun/scope combo not quite formally introduced to each other, and I believe Harry West shot in only his 2nd or 3rd match.
The match format was a bit different this time to give some expected, but absent, newcomers a bit more "match practice". I used 14 targets, and set the course a bit easier than normal, (TF 23.5) requiring 3 shots per target instead of the normal 2, for a total of 42 shots.
We did have some trouble with a "non standard" target. The large Gator on lane 5 with the 4" hole and the smaller disc for a target gave everyone trouble. Apparently the target was leaning a bit too far forward and the weight of the 12" target face was a bit too much for some pellets to overcome. Many good hits failed to take the target down. Of the 21 shots at the target, (Gordon passed on lane 5) only 3 took the target down. All 3 shots were from the 2 match winners, Ron and Fred.
After shooting in the heat and humidity of the match, the 74 degrees inside the CLOCK Restaurant felt like the inside of a refer box on a cross country pork delivery. Yummy.
Our next match is in November and it should be delightful weather, Oh yes..I have found another lane position, and will try to expand some of the matches to 8 lanes in the future. This could offer us a comfortable 48 shot match when it cools off a bit here in Southern Florida
Piston Division-- 1st - Fred Poole 38/42, 2nd - Harry West 27/42, 3rd - Aubrey Miley 24/42
Precharged Division-- 1st - Ron Zeman 38/42, 2nd - Dick Otten 33/42, 3rd - Ed Escue 31/42, 4th - Gordon Hodson 28/42, 5th - Bill Frazee 18/42.
Hope to see you in Nov. Next match will be 30 shot Field Target followed by a 20 shot airpistol silhouette match.
Match date - Nov 18th.