NRFTC Ends With 6OT Thriller

It seems three days of the 2012 Northeast Regional Field Target Championship (NRFTC) just wasn’t enough. Defending NRFTC  WFTF Class and Overall Champion Greg Sauve and Ray Apelles were tied with 108 successful hits of a possible 120 at the end of regulation and needed six rounds of overtime to determine a winner. When the smoke cleared, Sauve had retained his title by knocking down a 3/4″ target at 55 yards.

“This was the third year Crosman has hosted the Northeast Regional Field Target Championship and it keeps getting better. These shooters are among the finest field target competitors in the country and they just put on one heck of a show,” said Mark DeBoard, Shooting Services Manager for Crosman and event manager for the NRFTC.

Crosman took on the event in 2010 and in 2011 turned it into a three-day affair on the first weekend following Independence Day. Friday the company opened the sight-in range all day, offered factory tours, discounted product for sale and kicked off the competition with the Quigley Bucket Challenge.

The scene from Quigley Down Under (1990) is unforgettable, as Quigley (Tom Selleck), successfully shoots a 17″ bucket at approximately 550 yards not once, but several times. The event recreates the shot, scaled for airguns. The “bucket” target measures  1.75″ and is placed at 55 yards.  Shooters use 10-meter guns (6.5 ftlb limit) sporting open and iron sights or non-magnified sights only. Best-of-5 shots wins. Over forty attempted and just eight hit the bucket. These eight were whittled to three, including Croswords contributor AJ “JrSquirreler” Stewart who was looking forward to his first field target competition. In the end, Richard Bassett came out on top and won a Crosman 1720T and Benjamin 90 cu in air tank. Dillon Schissler was runner-up followed by Stewart.

The 2012 edition of the NRFTC included 63 shooters in the two-day rifle competition across five disciplines and 22 pistol shooters in three classes.  ”The NRFTC is unique in that we welcome single-day shooters to participate. This makes the sport accessible to those who would like to try it for a day and families looking for a fun activity that they can do together,” said Roy Stefanko, VP Marketing for Crosman. Single-day shooters are scored just like the event competitors so they are able to judge themselves against the pro’s.

Open PCP

After Day 1, Tom Holland and Dennis Eden were tied with 48 hits of a possible 60, with Stan Lipinski in the hunt at 47, Al Otter at 44 and Crosman’s Ed Schultz, Director of Design Engineering at 43. Dennis Eden remained steady on Sunday and posted a 50 for a combined total of 98 to take the win.

OPEN PCP 1-15 16-30 TOTAL
Dennis Eden 48 50 98
Tom Holland 48 44 92
Stan Lipinski 47 41 88
Albert Otter 44 43 87
Ed Schultz 43 40 83
Richard Bassett 41 38 79
Doug Diver 38 37 75
Nathan Thomas 36 36 72
Christopher Schissler 34 36 70
Michael Gombola 35 32 67
Alex Schultz 24 33 57
Noel Tenney 31 24 55
Dillon Schissler 29 23 52

 

Open Piston

Kevin Yee lead wire-to-wire, scoring 50 each day.

OPEN PISTON 1-15 16-30 TOTAL
Kevin Yee 50 50 100
Tony Narracci 45 44 89
Larry Bowme 34 29 63
Arthur Deuel 32 23 55

 

WFTF

Ray Apelles and his hybrid Benjamin Marauder ended Day One in a tie with Dan Brown, each posting 57′s. Greg Sauve and Jeff Paddock, also shooting a Benjamin Marauder, were not far behind at 54 and 52, respectively. Brown could not keep up the pace on Sunday and Apelles gave up three shots to open the door for Sauve to tie and eventually win in a shootoff.

WFTF 1-15 16-30 TOTAL
Ray Apelles 57 51 108
Greg Sauve 54 54 108
Dan Brown 57 49 106
Jeffrey Paddock 52 53 105
Tim MacSweyn 46 45 91
Joe McDaniel 45 40 85
Sean McDaniel 44 35 79
David Bartlett 30 27 57
Brian Milne 26 23 49

 

Hunter Piston

Hector Medina dominated the Hunter Piston Class, posting a leading 47 on Day One followed by a 36 on Day Two for a championship total of 83. The talk of the class was shooter Jeff Hanson, a Crosman engineer shooting the new MAV77 Underlever. Expected for release later this year, the rifle was one of the most-talked about guns introduced at SHOT Show and Hanson, in his first field target event, won second place with it.

 

HUNTER PISTON 1-15 16-30 TOTAL
Hector Medina 47 36 83
Jeff Hanson 30 34 64
Dean Buczek 19 32 51
Paul Manktelow 26 22 48
Carl Mason 26 17 43
Steven Trumpowski 11 24 35
Spyros Zouzias 17 13 30
Vicky Zouzias 11 10 21

 

Hunter PCP

This tightly contested class was also the most popular, with 24 shooters competing. Over half were using Crosman and Benjamin rifles. Dan Finney, shooting a Benjamin Marauder, led Day One with a 53 of a possible 60 and closed out the event with a 47 to hang on for a three-point win over Jerry LaRocca, also shooting a Marauder.

HUNTER PCP 1-15 16-30 TOTAL
Dan Finney 53 47 100
Jerry LaRocca 50 47 97
Bill Day 44 51 95
John Tyler 50 44 94
Max Lewin 51 41 92
Chris Helm 47 44 91
Chris Berry 41 48 89
Kevin Kunkle 44 44 88
Greg Shirhall 40 47 87
Joe Erler 40 46 86
Doug Trumpowsky 45 39 84
Robert Felton 34 46 80
Glen Thomas 42 38 80
Hans Apelles 44 35 79
David Freeman 40 37 77
Tyler Krick 39 38 77
Jim Wilcox 38 39 77
AJ Stewart 41 35 76
Ellie Sanford 38 35 73
Thomas Wade 32 41 73
Hector F. Medina 22 35 57
Doug Roger 29 25 54
George Wasickanan 19 33 52
Jacob Pattison x 31 31
Justin Heckert 11 x 11

 

Pistol

The Pistol Class competition took place Saturday afternoon and included shooters in three divisions: Hands, Hunter and Open. Scores are out of a possible 30.

Pistol Class Score
Larry Bowne Hands 14
Joe McDaniel Hands 13
Ed Schultz Hands 10
Richard Bassett Hands 10
Sean McDaniel Hands 8
Michael Gombola Hands 7
Dan Brown Hunter 24
John Tyler Hunter 24
Hans Apelles Hunter 23
Chris Berry Hunter 22
Greg Shirhall Hunter 22
Robert Felton Hunter 18
Bill Day Hunter 17
Thomas Wade Hunter 17
Dan Finney Hunter 14
Craig Evans Hunter 12
Joe Erler Hunter 8
Jeff Paddock Open 28
Ray Apelles Open 27
Jerry LaRocca Open 25
Art Deuel Open 18
Chris Helm Open 13

 

Thank you to all the competitors who traveled far and wide to be here and we hope to see you in 2013! Click here for more photos from the 2012 NRFTC.

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