The 2011 Northeast Regional Field Target Championship concluded on Sunday after three days of competitive shooting across a variety of disciplines. Nearly 70 rifle shooters participated in WFTF, Hunter, Off Hand, PCP, and Spring Gun divisions. Saturday afternoon showcased the largest field target pistol match in over ten years.
The event kicked off Friday with competitors from across the country and Canada descending upon the Crosman campus for a day of sighting in, touring the Crosman factory, shooting the new MAR177 and Rogue .357 rifles and competing in the Quigley Bucket Challenge. Alongside professional field target shooters, amateurs were welcome to participate in “single day” shoots.
Field target is unique to airgunning and involves targets shaped as woodland animals such as squirrels with a target area, referred to as the “kill zone”, that when hit, causes the target to fall. Targets are placed in varying locations to replicate hunting situations. They may be as close as 15 yards and as far as 55 yards. Kill zones are anywhere from 1 3/4″ in diameter to as small as 1/2″. ”Competitors enjoy the variety that field target offers, the challenge, and the disciplines that cater to everyone’s shooting styles and preferences,” said Mark DeBoard, Shooting Services Manager for Crosman. The NRFTC course had 30 lanes with two targets per lane. Participants shot twice at each target for a possible two-day total of 120 points.
Hunter Division was the most popular with 20 registered shooters. First place went to Jerry LaRocca who scored 93. In second place was Brian Williams with an 86 and third was Steve Harding with an 84.
Of the 16 shooters in the PCP Division, Brian “Dutch” Lipsmire won with a 93. Stan Lipinski and Al Otter each ended with a 91 and Lipinski took second place after a shootoff.
The top scorers for the match were in the WFTF Division. First place came down to a shootoff between Greg Sauve and Ray Apelles, who both scored 106 of a possible 120. Sauve won the shootoff and the title. Third place went to Tim MacSweyn.
Hector Medina shot a 93 to win the Spring Gun Division. Paul Bishop took second with a 91 and Tony Narracci placed third with an 89.
The Off Hand Division was won by David Fontaine with a 67. William Benson Jr. and Michael Gombola tied with scores of 50 and elected to decide the second place finisher with the flip of coin instead of a shootoff. Benson won the coin toss.
Saturday’s Pistom Match featured 35 shooters shooting one target twice across 15 lanes. In addition to the standard one point for a knockdown, they could opt to shoot in an unsupported, off hand position and earn two points. Brian “Dutch” Lipsmire won with a blazing 50 points of a possible 60 while Ray Apelles took second with 33 and Crosman’s own Ed Schultz scored 28 for third place.
David Fontaine won the Quigley Bucket Challenge by hitting a 1.75″ bucket placed at 55 yards using a Crosman Challenger shooting 6.5fpe. The event is based on the Tom Selleck film “Quigley Down Under” in which Selleck’s character proves his shooting ability by hitting a bucket at an estimated 550 yards with his Sharps rifle. Fontaine won a Crosman Challenger featuring a Paul Bishop custom stock styled after the rifle used in the film.
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