Other Match Competition Results
The state SASS championship was held this Labor Day weekend at the very nice facilities of the Mountain Valley Vigilantes in Hot Springs. Shooters began competition on Friday with Wild Bunch and side matches then spent Saturday and Sunday banging and clanging away. I haven’t been in this wonderful game very long and this was my first trip to the state match. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was quite impressed by what I saw, felt, and heard. I have never been to a place with so many guns going off at the same time! I was awed by the professionalism of all those involved. My wife was with me and kept going on and on about how friendly everyone was. It was a great time and we can’t wait to attend next year.
Our shooters represented the club in grand fashion bringing home quite a few trophies. Naildriver took top honors as Men’s Overall State Champion and State Forty-Niner Champion. Ambler was State Silver Senior Champion, Rip A Lot was State Lady Forty-Niner Champion, C.S. Brady was State Cowboy Champion, Just Charlie took the State Senior Champion title, Cowpolk took 3rd in Wrangler, Road Maker earned 2nd in Forty-Niner, and John Greywolf took 3rd in Gunfighter.
Winnsboro La-OFGC’s Mallory Nichols maintained her #1 sub junior ranking by beating the best young smallbore silhouette shooters from the United States, Mexico, and Austrailia at the 22nd Southern Nationals Smallbore Silhouette Championship held at the Winnsboro Gun Club this past weekend. Nichols had already bested Canada’s best smallbore shooters in the Conard Cup held at the PeEll Sportsman’s club in Washington earlier this year. Traditionally, the best smallbore silhouette shooters in the world have come from either Mexico, Austrailia, or the United States, where the sports enjoys a large following and typically has the most competitive environment for smallbore rifle silhouette.
In spite of the heat and humidity and a nagging equipment problem that surfaced at inopportune times, Mallory was able to fire a 128/160 over the two day match, winning the sub-junior championship by a stunning 32 targets over her nearest competitor. Mallory also placed high in the Open Master division which is open to shooters of all ages that have achieved Master Class distinction.
Mallory will continue to compete at our local OFGC club matches which are held the 2nd and 4th Saturday starting at 10:00 am at the 100 meter range at the Old Fort Gun Club. Next stop on the National circuit will be the NRA National Championships which will be held at the NRA’s Whittington Center in Raton New Mexico in August.
Congratulations to all the members of the Old Fort Gun Club who competed in the Arkansas Section Handgun Championship June 1,2 and 3 at the CASA Range. The Old Fort Gun Club had quite the representation and a great time was had by all. We would also like to thank the Central Arkansas Shooters Association range for hosting the event and providing an enjoyable and safe event. For more information and to see the match results please follow the link below.
Just back from Washington State where Mallory competed in the Conard Cup Invitational Smallbore Silhouette Championships. This is the premier event on the West Coast and was Mallory’s first trip out west. There were 120 shooters and 41 masters shooters.
Mallory finished 14th overall and first in the sub junior division.
She set three national records while out there, the across the course hunter rifle National record with a 38/40 (old record was 36/40) and also set national long runs in the turkeys and rams. She also finished up her Hunter rifle Grand Slam and is likely the youngest shooter ever to acheive a NRA grand slam in Silhouette rifle. Research is still ongoing to find any other 12 year old holding a grand slam.