Armadas Perform At Extreme Benchrest Competition October 30, 2015 Competition Twitter0Facebook48LinkedIn0Contributed by Ron Gill. You can follow him on his blog, Blueflax Airguns. Ron Gill and David Read, members of the Idaho Airgun Field Target Club, competed in the 2015 Extreme Benchrest match for airguns in Mesa, Arizona, October first, second and third. There were two hundred entries from Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Extreme Benchrest is a match for professionals and sportsmen. This year Extreme Benchrest moved back to the Rio Salado range east of Mesa, and to near record temperatures. On the sight-in day the thermometer hit 105 degrees fahrenheit. A donor supplied over 1000 bottles of water. It was hard to say which was more appreciated, tanks of free air or bottles of chilled water. Rio Salado is located on 140 acres of sonoran desert that abounds with native plants that were way different from our homes in Idaho. The signature 75 yard match had an expanded format. This year, competitors fired two 25 shot matches over two days to qualify for the third and final 25 shot match, In the final match the targets were moved back to 100 yards. The same 5 ⅛ inch targets with a ½ inch ten ring were shot at 75 and 100 yards. Also added this year, due to the excellent facilities and Rio Salado, were a full Field Target match and a 200 yard benchrest match for air rifles shooting cast bullets.