The weather was perfect -- some wind would have been nice both to help with a warm (80s) afternoon and to make the shooting more "interesting." I am sure everyone would forego wind for no rain and pleasant temperatures (a week earlier it would have been in the high 90s).
The registrations were excellent even with some problems with the match director's email being down for 3 days just before the match. A total of 31 shooters participated, and we even had two spectators. (I always tell people that watching grass grow might be more exciting and to come shoot since we can get them a gun.) The match drew people from Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Maryland (perhaps this should be the Mid-Atlantic Championship -- all we were missing was Delaware?).
Course difficulty was about 26 although with our heavily treed lanes it was very dark and one could easily apply the "dark" factor. (Oddly enough, it was "lighter" when the clouds occluded the sun.) In addition to our usual 12 lanes, we added two lanes on the sight-in range which were designated as all off-hand. For fun, one off-hand lane had a Quigley Bucket that Frank Turner created several years ago to mimic the Quigley Down Under bucket shot in that motion picture but scaled to 55 yards. Another lane was the Earl Brooks Lane since we had Earl shooting with us again after a few years hiatus (shooting Cowboy Action instead of FT) and Earl had created several targets for our club over the years. The course-of-fire was a total of 80 shots on one of two sets of 7 lanes (6 "regular" and one on the sight-in range) with those shooting the "uphill" course swapping and shooting the "downhill" course in the afternoon and vice versa. (For those not familiar with the lanes at DIFTA, uphill and downhill are not by shooting direction but by how you have to sit if you shoot right-handed -- only one or two of our lanes end up with the shooter sitting "level.") Lunch was provided and served between the two halves of the shoot.
Many thanks to those who helped run the match including Phil Dean, Paolo Amedeo, Bill Gazdik, and Darlene Canoles.
PCP Division Winner and Class Results:
|Steve Schulz||LDSS #2||Nightforce 36X||CPH||75|
|Abe Diaz||ZM2002||Weaver T-36||JSBEH||74|
|David Day||Theoben MFR||Nikko 10-50X||FTS||70|
|JC Brown||Pro Target||Weaver T-36||CPH||69|
|R Thomas Jones||P70 OM||Nikko 10-50X||JSBEH||69|
|Joe McDaniel||Steyr LG100ZM||Leupold 35X||JSBEH||66|
|Werner WIcha||Walther LG300DM||BSA 10-50X||JSBEH||63|
|Ed Reinheimer||Steyr LG110ZM||Nikko 10-50X||JSBEH||42|
Hunter Division Winner and Class Results:
|Michael Flickman||Steyr LG110HP||Nikko 10-50X||JSBEH||64|
|Henry Canoles||R9||Bushnell 5-15X||CPL||57|
|Ed Canoles||R9||Bushnell 5-15X||CPL||54|
|Tim Avara||Diana 350||Bushnell 3200 5-15X||Logun Penetrator||44|
|Phil Dean||Logun Solo||Bushnell||CPL||43|
|Ben Avara||Diana 46S||Bushnell 4-12X||Weirauch||28|
Off-Hand Division Winner and Class Results:
|Jim Wilcox||Falcon FN19||Nikko 10-50X||JSBEH||33|
|Joe Napolillo||Falcon PF25||Leupold 6.5X20||JSBEH||29|
|Hans Apelles||NJR100||Bushnell 4200 8-32X||CPH||23|
|Don Mathisen||S200||Bushnell 4200 8-32X||JSB||20|
|Dale Bensen||RWS 460||Bushnell Banner 6-24X40||CPH||20|
Piston Division Winner and Class Results:
|Mike Miller||HW97||Nikko 10-50X||JSBE||64|
|Rex Gori||TX200||Leupold 6.5X20||FTS||62*|
|Ray Apelles||TX200SR||Nightforce 36X||JSBE||62*|
|Carl Johnson||TX200 Carbine||Leupold 35X||JSBE||59|
|Paul Bishop||TX200||Bushnell 4200 8-32X||JSBE||56|
|Bill Gazdik||R9||Leapers 3-12X||JSBE||27|
|Karl Krchma||TX200||Bushnell Trophy 8-16X||CPL||19|
|Don Kaighn||HW77||Tasco 3-9X||CPL||17|
|Tim Berlett||TX200||Leapers 8-32X||H&N||8|
* Tie determined by shootoff.
Junior Division Winner and Class Results:
|Hannah Brown||Crosman 2250XT||BSA 2-7X||CP .22||74*|
* Scoring: 2 for a "kill", 1 for a face hit.