2011 Results

 

Directors Message


As the echo of the last shot faded and the RO’s cleared the line the 2011 BC Tactical Rifle Championship came to a close. We had a terrific three days of shooting and despite some delays most came away with a positive vibe.


The higher round count and increased difficulty over previous years seemed well received and some amazing performances where achieved. This year spotting had a bigger effect than in the past and a quality optic and the ability to read trace played a pivotal role.


We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather. Originally forecast for rain on two of the three days we actually had great weather for all but the final day. Of course mother nature saved it for the toughest matches and shooters had to deal with driving rain and strong, gusting winds on the 600m mound. As a final reminder of who was in control, as the last shot was fired the rain tapered off and the sun came out for the remainder of the day.


We have some terrific feedback from the shooters and we will be looking for ways to streamline the match and make it more accessible in the coming year. Finding a balance that works for the majority is a challenge and having a great bunch of competitors that are willing to take the time to work with us makes it easier. For those that have taken the time to fill in the questionnaire and provide feedback I appreciate it.


A big thank you to the competitors, sponsors and staff for making it another great year.


See you in 2012.


Ed Begg



Sponsors


The BC Tactical Rifle Championship again received incredible support from some of the biggest names in the business. We are grateful for the generosity of the companies that partner with us and help to ensure a successful match. Competitors and Staff give huge thanks for their commitment to our discipline.



GOLD LEVEL


Task Force Targets

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V Bull Precision

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Dave’s Surplus and Tactical

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The Shooting Edge

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SILVER LEVEL


Tactical Response

www.tacticalresponse.com


Barrett

www.barrett.net


Mystic Precision

www.mysticprecision.com


MDT

www.mdttac.com


Hirsch Precision

www.hirschprecision.com


Ruag

www.ruag.com


Reliable Gun

www.reliablegun.com



BRONZE LEVEL


Sierra

www.sierrabullets.com


Highland Rescue and Safety


Technical Design and Development

www.tddinc.com


Atomic

www.atomicflashlight.com


Dropzone

www.dropzonetactical.com


Lever Arms

www.leverarms.com


Wolverine Supplies

www.wolverinesupplies.com


P & D Enterprises

www.p-d-ent.com


Tactical Tailor

www.tacticaltailor.com


Marksman Supplies

www.marksmansupplies.com



Individual Grand Aggregate



1. Craig Myers                 941.4

2. Ryan Steacy                 938.8

3. Andrew Howton          879.0

4. Rod Hadley                  856.9

5. Rick Tuyttens         853.1

6. Marlin Karcmar          836.3

7. David Newman         834.4

8. Rob Brooks                 828.0

10. Roy Schulz         776.8

11. Shane Hofer         779.8

12. Mike B.                        776.1

13. Joel Davidson           764.4

14. Greg Trigg         746.7

15. Chris Ewert         744.3

16. Pete Swan                 722.2

17. Shawn Hardman        714.3

18. Laszlo Klementis      714.1

19. Victor V.                    694.7

20. John Filippelli         676.5

21. Mike Wagar         675.7

22. Dale Campell         674.8

23. Che LeBlanc         668.2

24. John Larmont            665.3

25. Ante Zulj                 647.2

26. Gord Murphy         636.5

27. Brent Anderson        627.2

28. Claude Murdoch       615.3

29. Chris Cap                 611.9

30. Eric Boucher         607.8

31. John Gumienny          601.8

32. Chris NG                595.0

33. Ken Richards         594.3

34. Darryl Porteous       582.8

35. Jeremy Taguci            573.5

36. Tom Byerley         562.2

37. James Low                 527.2

38. Les Gramantick         517.2

39. Shane Weinmeyer      499.3

40. Oleg G.                474.8

41. Gale Mackenzie        468.9

42. Bob Abrams        456.1

43. Adam Rhodes        446.9

44. George Karvelis      403.9

45. Adrian Slater        393.5

46. Mike Kornitsky         386.0

47. William Burwood     376.2

48. Ted Komik                335.2

49. David Hill                286.3



Match Report


This year’s match was held over three days on the July long weekend. Shot at General Vokes Range in Chilliwack, BC, Vokes Range is one of the nicest and best maintained ranges in Canada.






Sight In Day - 30 June


Held on Thursday the 30th of June, many competitors took advantage of the opportunity to refine their dope and four separate relays were run as many fine tuned their come ups for the match. For many it was their first opportunity to get come ups for extended ranges and as usual, more experienced shooters took the time to ensure that everyone had their equipment sorted. This camaraderie, apparent over the entire match, is one of the nicest things about the event and makes it much easier for new shooters to enter and acquire the knowledge needed to compete and enjoy the experience.




As the range was cleared, last minute details were sorted and staff finalized preparations for the coming event.



Day One - Friday 1 July


The first day dawned clear and sunny with temps in the low twenties. For many, this event is their only exposure to the precision/tactical community and as the parking area filled there were many greetings and handshakes as people who hadn’t seen each other in a year were able to renew acquaintances and catch up.


Registration proceeded smoothly and relays were assigned. After a brief address by the Match Director and a safety brief by the RO’s the match kicked off and the first relay settled in behind their rifles.




Stage One was the Cold Bore Shot at 100 meters. It was readily apparent who had sighted in the previous day as shooters reconfirmed the importance of come ups based on elevation, temperature and humidity. As many found, the 100 points possible for the CBS on day one is not a given and many had to determine whether trigger control was responsible or decide to apply scope corrections.




Stage Two was the infamous Dots of Doom. Shot at 100m, shooters have 90 seconds to fire up to ten shots at 3/4 M.O.A. dots. You can shoot as many or as few as you like and each dot is worth ten points however a miss produces an overall stage score of zero. As usual there were some amazing performances including a new match record of nine hits (90 points) but the majority came away with no score. This is the match that most love to hate.




Stage Three was Three Position Heartbreak. Shot at 100m, shooters have five sizes of circles and must fire five shots at an individual circle from each position of standing, sitting/kneeling and prone. For many it was a difficult match but positional shooting is part of sniping and you won’t always be able to go prone. While seated can be a very stable position to shoot from it requires practice and standing, with a long and front heavy rifle, is a skill that few have mastered. The correct use of a sling is critical and those that had practiced for this event had a distinct advantage.






As the line cleared and moved to the 200 meter mound, many vowed to add this to their practice in the coming year.


Stage Four was the 200M Flash. Targets are presented or ‘Flashed’ for fifteen exposures of three seconds each and shooters must acquire and shoot quickly. It is a good match and provides a nice warm up to the 200m events. Most shooters did well though those using higher magnification ran the risk of cross fire on neighbouring targets. This is one of those matches that through experience you learn to dial down the magnification so you can see your entire target bay (with number).








Stage Five was Quit Breathing. Shot while using your spotters shoulder as a rifle rest, competitors had to find the best way to ensure a steady rifle. Most chose sitting but kneeling too is popular. Critical is a spotter who can hold still (quit breathing) for the duration of sight picture and subsequent shot. With fifteen exposures of three seconds there is just enough time to aim in and press the trigger. Shooters were additionally challenged by penalties for misses.






So ended day one.


Day Two - Saturday 2 July


The second day was even better than day one. Clear and sunny in the high twenties with a light breeze it quickly climbed into the thirties and became hot though nothing like last year.


Stage Six was Show Your Face. Shot at 200m prone off a roof top, competitors had to come up with a method of balancing their rifle across the fulcrum of the roof peak. Most chose their bean bag but a couple of shooters used a folded jacket or other like object. With ten exposures of five seconds each competitors shoot five shots at each of two targets....Easy enough, not! With increased felt recoil and an improvised rest coupled with contorted body positions many turned in a less than perfect score.






Stage Seven was Weak Side, Wrong Side. Again at 200m competitors had to shoot alongside a wall opposite their strong side. Again, it’s not a perfect world and you may find yourself having to shoot off the left side of an object while remaining behind cover.






Shooting off your left shoulder with your left hand is an uncomfortable exercise if you are a right handed shooter (or vice versa) and many had to deal with issues such as different eye relief, cheek risers that were ‘backwards’ and trigger control with a hand that just wasn’t used to that sort of finesse. With the same target set up and exposures as stage six it was a challenge but most got into the groove and did well.


Stage Eight was Die Tired. The first ‘movers’ stage and a perennial favourite, it is shot at 300m with a target on a stick that moves across the target bay over eight seconds. Since the spirit of stage is a moving target, most chose to hold over and ‘trap’ the target which means they aim ahead of the target and fire just before it crosses in front of them, this is another stage where your spotter is critical. Added to the challenge was a gusting wind that seemed to change direction for every shot. This is also a match that is very individual as the targets move at different speeds and what your neighbour has to do may be very different from your own situation.




Stage Nine is Fighting In Built Up Areas (FIBUA) or the ‘Hotel’ stage. Shot prone at 300m, shooters are presented with a building with 30 windows. In one window is a shoot target with anywhere from one to six very similar No Shoot targets spread randomly in the remaining windows. With fifteen exposures of six seconds each there is just barely enough time to determine your target and shoot. Spotting is critical as it is almost impossible to find the correct target in the time allowed. With ten points for a hit on the shoot target this match is worth a possible 150 points however there is a ten point penalty for hitting the no shoot target so it is also possible to score minus 150. Most shooters did well however there were quite a few hits on the no shoot targets as well.




With the match done for the day shooters headed for the stats shack to check scores on the ‘Wailing Wall’. While challenges were dealt with others wiped down and stored their equipment and settled in to wait for dinner. Saturday night is the traditional barbecue and this was the third year that Highland Search and Rescue sponsored the event. In the past the match staff have cooked our food but in an effort to cut down on wait time and give them a break we had the dinner catered by Smoke and Bones BBQ of North Vancouver. Best laid plans and all, the caterers where delayed by traffic and dinner ended up being an hour late. Not all could stay but those that did were treated to an excellent feed consisting of pulled pork on fresh ciabatta buns, baked beans, coleslaw and potato salad. To say that we decimated the food would be an understatement and the day ended on a positive note.


After eating the beans this was appropriate


Day Three - Sunday 3 June


Sundays stages started on the 600m mound and to make it interesting shooters were treated to rain, wind and a flat, low light. As the line settled in competitors had to deal with keeping equipment (and chambers) dry as well as themselves.




Due to delays in scoring a number of matches needed to be cut and the day started with...


Stage Fifteen is a Cold Bore Shot. Done prone at 600m, shooters have one exposure of thirty seconds in which to make a single shot on a head size target. Worth a possible 75 points, many came away with a less than perfect score including one competitor (me) that dialled in four clicks of windage correction THE WRONG WAY. Watching your bullet impact 48cm to the right of your point of aim is not the best way to start your day.




Stage Sixteen is a Flash stage. Again, shot at 600m, shooters have fifteen exposures of five seconds each to hit a head sized target. As competitors struggled with rain, wind and sticky chambers one minute and bright sun with significant mirage the next most were pushed to the limit of their capabilities. Worth a possible 75 points most would struggle to do well and it was a good introduction to the rest of the day.




Stage Seventeen was the Reach Out stage. The second moving target stage of the match, shooters have twenty exposures of eight seconds each to make hits on a target as it moves across their bay 600m away. Wind, rain and a bullet flight time of almost a second meant doubling the lead used in the 400m match. Spotting became an exercise in futility for most as trace seemed to disappear somewhere around the 400m line and hits on targets could not be resolved in the steady rain. Despite the challenge many competitors did well and the overall consensus was that of a challenging but excellent stage.




Stage Eighteen is the popular Nut Check stage. Again from 600m, competitors have one exposure of ten minutes to fire twenty shots at their choice of two different sized targets. Most chose to play it safe by firing at the full body target but a number of shooters chose to go ‘head hunting’ and tried their hand at the higher value but much smaller target. Most that concentrated on the small target where disappointed but some did surprisingly well and were rewarded with a significantly higher score.


The final stage of the day moved the line to 500m to shoot...


Stage Fourteen Another flash stage, shooters had twenty exposures of five seconds each. With a head sized target the same as the high value target from the previous match, shooters had it slightly easier than the previous stage but with driving rain one minute and blazing sun with the attendant mirage the next, many where challenged  to the limit. With a possible 100 points on the line concentration was fierce as competitors tried to end the match with the best possible score.




As a final slap in the face and literally as the last round was fired, the clouds cleared, the sun broke through and the wind died. Seems mother nature loves to mess with the competitors at this match and no matter when it is held she does her best to provide us with her worse. Although we have yet to experience a blizzard most feel it is but a matter of time.


As the RO’s cleared the line and equipment was wiped down, staff began tabulating scores and dealing with challenges. While the competitors waited, most took the opportunity to peruse the prize table and make a mental ‘wish list’ of their choices.


With the results finally determined everyone gathered for the trophy presentation. After the top shooters and teams were presented with their plaques and trophies it was time for the prizes. Several excellent door prizes where available and the recipients of the Browning A Bolt Target Rifle, MDT Chassis System and SKS w/ammo where a pleased bunch.




One of our sponsors had stipulated prizes for the last three places and these shooters where the happy recipients of a $1000 five day sniper course for last place and two $500 two day shooting courses for second and third last.


As the rest of the shooters took their turn at the prize table we were again able to provide a prize for everyone and most left with swag worth far more than their entry fee, a testament to the incredible support this match receives from our sponsors.


As clean up was completed and equipment packed away the competitors traded contact info and shook hands. As all vowed to return next year and step it up a notch the 2011 BC Tactical Rifle Match came to a close.


Good Shooting, Good Times, Good People.