WCW’s first CMP Game for 2020 had terrific participation. Special thanks to Martin Morehouse for serving as match director at the last minute due to my illness.
Fourteen competitors came from as far away as Whidbey Island to participate in the game. The competitors shown in this photo beginning with the front row left to right are James Huetteman, Robert Shuey, Milt Schneider, and Lee Henry. In the second row left to right, Travis Allen, Andrew Hermer, Brien Schremp, Arnie Graham, Bruz Marzolf, Cayman Smith, Klaus Brauer, Mindy Paturzzio, and Jacob Nickle. Not in the photo, James Illson.
The competitors gave a broad representation of rifles in this competition, ranging from Garands, Modern Military, Unlimited Modern Military and Vintage Military.
Nine competitors earned achievement awards per Annex G. Lee Henry earned Bronze Modern Military with a 426-3X, Mindy Paturzzio earned Gold Modern Military with 466-9X, James Huetteman earned Silver Garand with 463-5X, Milt Schneider earned Bronze Vintage Military 428-3X, Brien Schremp earned Gold Unlimited Modern Military with 486-29X, Andrew Hermer earned Bronze Modern Military with 432-2X, and Jacob Nickle earned Gold Modern Military with 464-12X.
The next WCW match will be a CMP Game on April 5, 2020, which is the first Sunday of the month as Easter is on the second Sunday.
Looking forward to another flash mob for the April Game.
George G. Smith
Below is the info for the upcoming tournaments at Missoula’s Deep Creek Rifle Range. Additional info about other various locations and shooting disciplines in Montana can be found at the mtrpa.org website. Also, it looks like we will be adding 2 across the course matches this year in Townsend, MT. More info in a future email!
All Missoula tournaments will be fired on Shotmarker Electronic targets in 2020. This means many things; including easier accessibility to shooting sports to those that are unable or have difficulty performing pit duty, less time on the range as matches go significantly quicker, and no pit duty. We may be able to fire additional matches too! We ran the Northern Rockies Tournament last year on Electronic targets and things went well. The vast majority of problems occurred on day one at the tournament, and what appeared to be shot detection issues were actually due to shooter error – not knowing your zeros and crossfires being the main shooter errors. We did see some trouble in the cold weather with 20″ 308 Winchester rifles firing M118LR with the 175 SMK (or its equivalent). The rounds had difficulty being detected due to their low velocity at the target. The low velocity generated by short barrels, marginal BC of the bullet in this application and the low Density Altitude environment from the early Winter weather all contributed to shot detection issues. All other rifles, including 308’s firing other bullets, did not have this problem. This was a unique problem limited to just a couple rifles, but it is something to be aware of. These targets require a supersonic snap of the bullet at the target. We were able to solve this issue by getting the shooters 185 grain berger 308 rounds to shoot.
Last Spring, Don Erpenbach did a fairly good sized analysis of several 1000 yd targets with many shots on each, and found the plotting of the scores to be within ~.15″ of the actual impact on the target and no statistical change of score. (If you know Don, you know he is detail oriented and through!) While these target systems are not cheap, they are affordable and offer many advantages to the shooters, match directors and increase the overall enjoyment of competitive marksmanship.
Each tournament will have a team matches as previous years. I am a big fan of these matches, as the team match provides shooters with a great training opportunity and helps improve a shooters ability to read the environmental conditions. Plus, they are a lot of fun. We will continue to have additional prizes and chances in the raffles for those shooting in the Northern Rockies team matches. We will also recognize shooters that rack up the most “first shot is an X”. This is a fun award to reward marksmanship for those shooting an X on their first cold bore round down range at any match.
Other match info:
- Registration will be only by the included form in the match programs. We ARE NOT utilizing practiscore this year.
- Because of our electronic targets and EZ-Up canopies, we will hold matches rain, snow or smoke – whenever possible. Over the last 10 plus years, we have had one match shortened due to weather and last Fall we had to cancel our first day of shooting ever as visibility of the 1000yd targets was not possible, due to snow. So, in other words, plan on shooting!
- In the very unlikely event of electronic target system wide failure (incredibly unlikely), we will revert to manually pulled targets.
- 2020 Event Dates and courses of fire are below. Match programs with the registration forms are attached as pdf documents.
Camp Perry 2019 and 2021
This past Summer, the MRPA sponsored a team of 9 adult and junior men and women shooters that attended the National Rifle Matches at Camp Perry. Newer shooters learned a lot, and two of the shooters made the Presidents 100. Plans are now being made for a return to Camp Perry in 2021. We are always looking for additional shooters to join us on this awesome, patriotic and fun trip. Start thinking about it for next year.
Warhorse DevelopmentChas Bales of Valier, MT will be hosting two national level NRL and PRS tournaments this year, and these are the only national level matches to be held this year in Montana. These matches require significant volunteer help and Chas needs people to step up and assist in making these tournaments a success. The tournaments are June 18-20th and September 25-27th. The range officers are needed to spot impacts and score at the various stages in the tournaments. Chas has some perks for those that do volunteer and they will be able to shoot the some of the course. Contact Chas at firstname.lastname@example.org or see warhorsedevelopment.com if you are willing to lend a much needed hand!
2020 American Battle Buddies Warfighter Challenge
Ben W. has forwarded me info about what looks to be a great match that will be taking place in Central Montana this June 5th. It will involve 16 mile ruck, land nav, and shooting events. For more info follow this link: https://www.ar15.com/forums/general/Registration-Now-Open-American-Battle-Buddies-Warfighter-Challenge-5-6JUN2020/5-2285962/ Hopefully, this match is the start of some endurance challenge type shooting matches in Montana!
2020 Memorial Day Weekend Ironman High Power Rifle and Pistol Matches
This coming Memorial Day Weekend we will continue to have a great spread of rifle and pistol matches along with an alternative course of fire for the Field Precision Rifles. Eric and James are the Points of Contact for the Pistol Matches. Pre-registration for the rifle matches are by the mailed in registration form that is in the attached match program. This match is sold out typically, and your spot on the firing line is held by registration and payment.
- Friday and Saturday, May 22nd and 23rd: Crawford Memorial 2700 Outdoor Precision Pistol – James Poelstra CMP Service Pistol EIC and CMP .22LR EIC matches – Eric Gillitzer
- Friday, May 22nd 2-5PM: 600 yd practice. Pre-registration required and a small fee will be required. Assistance with target set up required.
- Saturday, May 23rd, Across the Course (XTC), 100 shot match which will include 2 x 600yds. Service and Match Rifles with a separate course of fire for Field Precision Rifles*.
- Saturday, May 23rd – 10:30AM – F-Class and Prone 2 x 600yds. Fired at the same time as the XTC/FPR course of fire. Limited squading.
- Sunday, May 24th: Sling, F-Class and Field Precision Rifle* – 3 x 600 yds. Plus Team Match 1 OR 2 matches at 600yds
- Monday, May 25th: Sling, F-Class and Field Precision Rifle* – 2 x 1000 yds. Plus Team Match 1 x 1000 yds.
2020 Montana State Designated Marksman Championship
All rifle types are welcome in this state Service Rifle Championship (winner will fire a service rifle). See Match Program for further details.
- Friday, June 26th 2:00: Marksmanship clinic and practice. Pre-registration required.
- Saturday June 27th: CMP State Service Rifle Championship. XTC 100 shot match which will include 2 x at 600yds.
- Sunday, June 28th: CMP 2 person team match in AM followed by 50 shot CMP EIC Leg match.
2020 Northern Rockies Long Range Tournament
All levels of shooters are welcome to come out and shoot in our premier tournament, and mingle with national champions, international shooters, national record holders and professional military shooting team members. This event is split into 2 weekends; one weekend for sling, service and field precision rifles and the other weekend for F-class. These matches are typically sold out and require registration and payment to hold your spot. Registration will be by mail in form only (we are not using practice score this year).
Sling/Service/Field Precision Rifles Weekend
- Friday, September 11th: ~11:00. 4 person team match, Palma format with 15 shots fired each fired at 800-900-1000 yds.
- Saturday, September 12th: Individual matches. Palma format match followed by 20 shot 1000 yd match.
- Saturday Evening: Catered dinner and prizes.
- Sunday, September 13th: Individual Palma format matches.
F-Open and F-TR Rifles Weekend
- Friday, September 25th: ~11:00. 4 person team match, 2 or 3 1000 yd matches, 20 shots each.
- Saturday, September 26th: Individual matches. Palma format match followed by 20 shot 1000 yd match.
- Saturday Evening: Catered dinner and prizes.
- Sunday, September 27th: Individual matches with two 20 shot matches at 1000 yds.
*Field Precision Rifle
“Whats a Field Precision Rifle?” Mentioned up above is that some tournaments will include a separate course of fire for Field Precision Rifles. Field Precision Rifles include hunting rifles, military M24, M110, M2010 rifles along with PRS/NRL style rifles. Suppressors are encouraged, muzzle brakes discouraged, and rifles must utilize folding bipods. The idea is that this would be an actual rifle that you would CARRY with you in the field! This division is a further evolution of this unofficial rifle division we began a year ago. We had a number of shooters in this division last year and received good input on the new course of fire from them.
New this year fr the Field Rifles are different positions at various yard lines using diverse equipment to challenge shooters in scenarios which might be encountered in competition, tactical environments, or when hunting. You will be firing at electronic targets from 200yds out to 1000yds, and receive nearly instant and exact feedback on your shot placement. This will afford you an excellent opportunity to see the effects of wind drift and your POI offset with differing positions and equipment use. Our goal, as with traditional high power events, is to help shooters improve their marksmanship fundamentals to better prepare them for their chosen activity. This course of fire will be fired along side the other matches that are going on at the same time. The course of fire may be further modified to challenge field match shooters and hunters alike. The course of fire for the May Ironman Tournament is being hammered out now and it looks to be a lot of fun! We will have future announcements about the FPR division courses of fire for Missoula matches in the near future.
Below are the results of this weekend’s Korean War Memorial service rifle match.
Congratulations to this year’s winner, “steady wins the race” Adam Maxwell from Tri-Cities. Adam managed to move up 3 spots from Saturday’s competition to edge out Roger McRoberts of Medical Lake by 4 points. Congratulations to Dusty McQuary of Spokane for best score with an M1 Garand rifle.
Both days were very windy, especially day 1 in which there were winds near 35 mph at the final course of fire at 600 yds.
Thanks to all for attending.
TCSA High-Power Rifle Chairman
Merry Christmas – (by the time you see this article, it will be Happy New Year – unless it is January 7, then it is Old Christmas).
Santa came early for all the competitors save one in that ALL earned achievement awards. WOW!
All is not lost even for the bridesmaid of this group. Klaus Bauer had a good run with the old Krag. No saved rounds, no mechanical mishaps and all rounds were on the paper – better than that, I think they were all in the scoring rings. With a 395-1X score Klaus is closing in on a Bronze award for Vintage Military. Perhaps he’ll get one next March when WCW host’s its next CMP game.
Bryan Schremp earned Modern Military GOLD for the third match in a row, firing a 483-10X – a score that was nearly identical to his last score – the difference being just 1 point to the good. Bryan was the high score for this shoot. After a bit of a hiatus, James Illson returned with a rifle that was also in the Unlimited class to achieve Gold as well, firing 476-12X. Andrew Hermer had a plus up performance from the previous month earning BRONZE Modern Military, also a third consecutive game award. Not so easy to do using a M-14. Last yet not least, Martin Morehouse using an AR-15 A2 configuration – that’s Modern Military class, not Unlimited – fired a 451-8X, earning a Silver award. Terrific performance compared to those using optics in the Unlimited Modern Military class. Thanks to all for participating and supporting the WCW High Power Program.
A task for myself in the coming days will be to post the 2020 match bulletins on club bulletin boards, though Martin Morehouse already has the CY 2020 schedule on the club’s web page calendar, which will save a you a trip to a bulletin board.
To save you some effort, the next match will be a CMP Game, on March 8, 2020.
Hope you will join us in March.
Are we having fun? – Looks like Milt has his game face on. For the record, this photo was before the match – even if your score is not as you wished, be happy, you’re burning powder with friends. Left to right (no one confessed to being in the WPP) – Klaus Brauer, Milt Schneider, Bryan Schremp, Andrew Hermer and Stan Vlcek.
Notable for attending this match, Klaus Bauer rejoins us as a CMP Game is his Game, Milt Schneider would typically be shooing steel with Jo, who was getting ready for a business trip, so she was kind enough to let Milt come join us – Thanks Jo. A very special guest – Stan Vlcek, the club’s long time emeritus High Power Match Director, joined us as well. Great to have had Stan join us as he has been away for quite a while, years!
This game had a broad spectrum of rifle representation, yet sadly no Garands or Springfields.
In the old smoke pole category – correctly named Vintage Military in the rule book, Milt Schneider used a Swedish Mauser and Klaus Brauer had his Krag. Both these guys had really high scores for the prone matches and I thought that award pins were a given, yet those old guns couldn’t hang with the rapid fire and standing matches – oh so close. Oh well – there’s November.
Andrew Hermer and Stan Vlcek were in the Modern Military category, about 20 years apart, in rifle design that is. Andrew was using his new M14 (he told me that M1A, is proprietary name to Springfield). He had evaluated that the M14 was more operator friendly to a lefty and apparently from his score was correct. Andrew earned a Bronze Award pin yet was just 2 points short of crossing over into Silver Medal category by firing a 442-7X. Very good for a first outing with the M14.
Stan Vlcek being a combat veteran of the South African Army used an AR 15 instead of what I assumed a preferred FN FAL. Maybe he didn’t have the ammo for it? Anyway, no matter. After a very long hiatus from the WCW Kenmore matches, Stan still had his MOJO firing a 448-8X, earning a Silver Award Pin.
At the top of the score sheet yet at the bottom of this article, is Bryan Schremp. Bryan’s rifle is in the new for 2019 category of Unlimited Modern Military. What’s that you ask? AR rifles with optic sights (4 power is the limit) and or that weigh more than 7.5 pounds are categorized as “Unlimited”. Bryan, an unclassified – not for long shooter, fired a 477-9X earning a Gold Award pin in this category. Note to other match directors, if you have any Modern Military Gold pins, let me know – Bryan snatched the last one that I had.
If you are interested in past WCW match results, see the bulletin board on Range 1 – all of CY 2019 match results are posted. Bring your glasses, as I choose to print the match results on letter size paper, so the font is necessarily small.
Our next match will be a CMP Game on November 10th. My standing guidance for interested participants is bring what you have, and we’ll figure out the category. If we can’t – come shoot anyway. Games are just $20 and if you shoot well enough in a recognized category, you will qualify for an award pin, hopefully I won’t have to issue any IOUs for Modern Military Gold. Also, don’t forget, the club has M-1 Garands to use in a WCW match. Simple rules to use one:
- Let the match director know in advance of the match that you want to use one.
- Remind the match director to bring clips (if you don’t have any) for a Garand.
- Come early for registration to give us time to open the vault to retrieve one.
- Use approved Garand Ammo (available for sale at the range office)
- Clean the rifle after the match – remind the match director to bring cleaning materials or better yet bring your own.
Two last announcements:
- The 2020 WCW High Power matches are already on the club’s web calendar (Thanks Martin).
- CY 2020 is the last year that I will serve as the WCW High Power Match Director. If you are interested in taking over the reins, let me or Martin Morehouse know.
See you on the range.
George G. Smith