USA -(AmmoLand.com)- The 2016 Eastern Nationals is in the books! Congratulations to Brian Chilson, winner of each day’s match as well as the overall Iron Man.
We had a total of 52 rifles on the line over the course of four days, 31 shooting Iron sights and 23 shooting scope. Not everyone shot both days hence the number of 52.
The weather was outstanding with warm days and cool nights. The temperature swings did make for some interesting conditions with mirage being the main culprit. The conditions are easily seen in the aggregate scores – Iron sight scores on Thursday and Friday were higher than scope on Saturday and Sunday. There were many 15 pins awarded, though none for chickens. (Brian came close on Thursday with 12.) See the complete results below.
With so many talented competitors, shoot-offs were inevitable. And we had many! Unless otherwise noted, everyone shot chickens to determine the winners, indicated in bold below.
Thursday (Iron sights)
- John Bly and Jim Dietlein with 49s for 3rd Open
- Jim Radcliffe and Greg Vest with 41s for 3rd Master
Friday (Iron sights)
- John Bly and Greg Lauver for 2nd AAA
- Bob Clipp and Larry Kiehl with 31s for 2nd AA
Aggregate Iron Sights
- John Bly, Jim Dietlein, and Kenny White with 89s for 3rd Open
- Vince D’Allessandro and Larry Kiehl with 64s for 1st AA
- Steve Decker, Ken Pointer, and Kenny White with 40s for 2nd Master
- Ernie Bennett and Glenn Davis with 41s for 1st AAA
- Marshall Chase and Mark Chronister with 44s for 2nd Open*
- Brad Ryan and Kenny White with 43s for 1st Master
*Marshall and Mark shot chickens starting with 5 animals in 7 minutes. They both hit 1 and moved to sudden death – 1 animal in 1 minute – and both shot 1. So they did it again. Marshall came out on top.
- Rodney Barton and Glenn Davis had 75s for 2nd AAA, settled by coin toss.
- Great shooting, everyone! Again, see below for complete results.
Prizes and Sponsors
After Friday’s match, we were off to the BBQ and prize drawing. The club put on a great meal with chicken, fixings and free beer. The prize table was well stocked and folks all got several cracks at it. (We award all prizes by drawing names.) In a separate drawing, Tim Gifford, AKA “Mr. Lucky” had his name drawn to win a 22 Silhouette rifle courtesy of CPA Rifles. Thank you to Gail and Paul Shuttleworth for your generosity!
Thanks to our other sponsors. In no particular order:
- Swiss Power for the powder, coffee mugs and other items
- Wolfe Publishing for the books and magazines
- Brownells for the hearing protection and 22 ammo
- SPG for the gift certificates and posters
- Starline Brass for the gift certificates
- Green Mountain Barrels for the gift certificates
- MVA sights for the gift certificate
- Circle Fly Wads
- Walters Wads
- Boomers Moulds for the gift certificate
- Steve Brooks Moulds for the gift certificate
- Distant Thunder for the sight inserts
- BPCN for the subscriptions
- 603 Brewery for the beer
- And a friend here in NH for the antique powder tins and reloading equipment
We usually have spectators at our matches and this month was no exception. My back-of-the-napkin calculations put the number at 46. Most of the folks coming to watch are interested in getting started in BPCR Silhouette. I work hard to get them back and shooting.
On Saturday, we had 3 guys from the PA school of gunsmithing. They ended up staying for the day so they could try our rifles first hand. Many thanks to all who offered their advice, knowledge and experience – I’m sure they won’t forget it.
Last but not least, Representative GT Thompson from the PA 5th. Congressional district stopped by on Sunday to try his hand at BPCR Silhouette. GT is a strong advocate for our 2nd amendment rights.
I’d like to thank the Ridgway Rifle Club for all their help in hosting the event, and volunteers who devoted their time to make the event a success, and the NRA for sending Greg Connor up to help us in keeping it official.
2016 seemed to be a great year for our sport thanks to the efforts of Match directors nation wide. 2017’s going to be better!