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To break the stranglehold Greg Sauve and Harold Rushton have had on the WFTF PCP division for the past five years of the Crosman All-American Field Target Championship (CAAFTC), Jeff Paddock knew he had to be nearly perfect. And he was, taking the top match score by succesfully knocking down 115 of 120 targets over two days, besting Rushton by a single shot. The two-day event saw no repeat winners in any of the nine divisions as 95 rifle and pistol shooters competed June 13-14 at Rochester Brooks Gun Club in Rush, NY.

Among the competitors were Sauve, who is the current WFTF PCP National Champion, four members of Team USA, Team Canada and Andre Gross of Webster, NY, the reigning American Legion Airgun Sporter Class champion. “It was as strong a field as you will find in this sport plus we had several families including one with an eight-year old who traveled with his brothers and father from Indiana for the event,” said Mark DeBoard, Shooting Services Manager for Crosman.

The championship, now in its sixth year, welcomed shooters from seventeen states and Canada with 75 rifle and 20 pistol competitors. The CAAFTC is sanctioned by the American Airgun Field Target Association and is a featured AAFTA Grand Prix event. “The Crosman match is the largest of its kind in the U.S. outside of the AAFTA National Championship and it’s a great way for Crosman to support and  grow the sport of airgunning,” said DeBoard.

Attendees were treated to a Crosman Factory Tour and a weekend-long on-site store at the event. “I came home with an extra gun and enough pellets to last me through the rest of the year,” said competitor Don Armstrong of Virginia. “I drove ten hours to get here and will do it again!”

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WFTF PCP

World Field Target Federation (WFTF) division competitors utilize rifles producing a maximum of 12 foot pounds of energy and any form of sighting system. Shooters opting for this division have an eye towards world competition and generally shoot the highest scores.

After Day One, Ohio’s Jeff Paddock and Harold Rushton of Tennessee, the 2010 and 2013 winner of this event, were deadlocked at 59 – each shooter missing just a single target. Throughout the final day both shooters remained tied and it came down to the final lane as Paddock was able to knock down one more target than Rushton to add a WFTF PCP title to his 2012 Pistol Division, Open Class CAAFTC title. Greg Sauve of Wisconsin, the defending champion, finished third with a score of 110.

1

Jeff Paddock

115

2

Harold Rushton

114

3

Greg Sauve

110

4

Paul Cray

104

5

Tyler Patner

104

6

Tom Holland

102

7

Nathan Thomas

98

8

Joe McDaniel

92

9

Joel Yaddow

89

10

David Bartlett

85

11

Walter Gregory

68

12

Brian Milne

67

 

WFTF PISTON

Matt Brackett was a last-minute fill-in for another competitor and his trip from his home state of Massachusetts was worth the drive as he took home the first place prize with score of 96. Jerry LaRocca Jr. of New York was the defending champion and finished second this year with an 88. Paul Bishop of Connecticut won the 2014 Open Division Piston Class and opted to compete in the WFTF Division in 2015. Arriving at the event as a walk-in after driving through the night, he finished third with an 85.

1

Matt Brackett

96

2

Gerald LaRocca Jr.

88

3

Paul Bishop

85

4

Art Deuel

79

5

Ray Apelles

76

6

Hector J Medina-Gomez

76

7

Tim MacSweyn

71

HUNTER PCP

Hunter Division allows for rifles shooting up to 20 foot pounds, up to a 12x magnified optic and the use of a seat and shooting sticks.

Always a popular class, this year’s edition featured 37 shooters with Joel Gupta of New Jersey leading the way with a score of 103. John Eroh of Massachusetts finished second with a 99 and Maine’s Bill Day, the 2013 event winner, was third with a 97. Brothers Dennis (97) and Thomas Himes (91) of Pennsylvania finished 4th and 5th, respectively.

 

1

Joel Gupta

103

2

John Eroh

99

3

Bill Day

97

4

Dennis Himes

97

5

Thomas Himes

91

6

Susan Tenney

90

7

Glenn Thomas

89

8

Christopher Helm

85

9

John Tyler

84

10

Gregory Pusz

82

11

Daniel Bott

81

12

Justin Heckert

80

13

Harold Schaefer

79

14

Sean McDaniel

77

15

Don Armstrong

75

16

Matthew Himes

75

17

Andre Gross

74

18

Tom Miller

72

19

Douglas Rogers

71

20

Chip Hunnicutt

70

21

Wallace Malheiros

63

22

Rick Rehm

63

23

Grant Ellison

62

24

Robert McIntosh

62

25

Shawn Pragle

60

26

Mark DeBoard

59

27

Garrett Ellison

59

28

Stephen Archer

58

29

Kim Yaddow

55

30

William Duranti

50

31

Levi Rogers

44

32

Andrew McDaniel

36

33

Johnson Kynon

27

34

Ronald Ours

24

35

Ike Ellison

16

HUNTER PISTON

Always a contender, Greg Shirhall of New York took home the hardware with a 78, beating Pennsylvania’s Kevin Kunkle by six shots. Eric Brewer of New York finished third with a 63.

1

Greg Shirhall

78

2

Kevin Kunkle

72

3

Eric Brewer

63

4

Paul Manktelow

60

5

James Wilcox

50

6

Peg Brewer

42

OPEN PCP

Rifles capable of up to 20 foot pounds, any sighting system and clothing and minimum seat heights are the rule in this class.

Ron Zeman flew in from Florida and took top honors with an impressive 105 score. Dennis Eden of Canada was a distant second with a score of 94.

1

Ron Zeman

105

2

Dennis Eden

94

3

Mike Harris

81

4

Stan Lipinski

81

5

Richard Bassett

80

6

Noel Tenney

80

7

Albert Otter

78

8

Hans Apelles

70

9

Mark Oehlberg

50

OPEN PISTON

With no competitors in his class, Larry Bowne of Pennsylvania didn’t let off the gas and finished with a score of 65.

PISTOL

The Pistol competition featured three classes based on equipment used and shooters faced a varying course of 45 targets. Joe McDaniel of Maryland won the Hands-Only Class with a score of 14. Bill Day took the Hunter Class with a 37 and Nathan Thomas of New York won the Open Class with a 22.

Pistol Hands

1

Joe McDaniel

14

2

Larry Bowne

13

3

Richard Bassett

10

4

Thomas Wade

5

 

Pistol Hunter

1

Bill Day

37

2

Chris Helm

35

3

John Tyler

35

4

Tom Miller

34

5

Craig Evans

33

6

Joel Gupta

33

7

Kevin R Kunkle

30

8

Harold Schaefer

29

9

William Duranti

27

10

Glenn Thomas

23

11

Don Armstrong

20

12

Mark DeBoard

10

13

Ronald Ours

10

14

Robert McIntosh

9

 

Pistol Open

1

Nathan Thomas

22

2

Walter Gregory

3

QUIGLEY BUCKET CHALLENGE

Joel Gupta successfully knocked down a 1.75” target at 55 yards three out of five tries with an open sights rifle shooting 12 foot pounds, matching the record set the previous year by Sportsman Channel’s Fred Eichler, host of Predator Nation. The event is modeled after the triumphant scene in the Tom Selleck film “Quigley Down Under” in which Selleck’s character shoots a bucket multiple times at an estimated 700 yards.

TEAM CHALLENGE

The friendly Team USA vs.Team Canada match was opened up this year to any groups of four shooters wanting to participate. Team USA featuring Harold Rushton, Greg Sauve, Tyler Patner of Ohio and Hector Medina-Gomez of Connecticut led the way with a team score of 404, followed by Team 7’s Matt Brackett, John Eroh, Bill Day and Tom Holland of New York with a 394. Third went to Team EFTCC including Hans and Ray Apelles and Glenn and Nathan Thomas, both father-son teams of New York and  they scored 333.

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