One of our own (Mallory Nichols) is receiving quite a bit of attention. We have shot two majors this year. Mallory has completely dominated the junior ranks and has two top 3 finishes in the open division shooting against the very best shooters on the US, Canada, and Mexico. The club’s foresight to allow silhouette matches and the support of the board has provided a nurturing environment.
Check out the article on Mallory here: http://www.shootingwire.com/story/321782#sthash.YyLPCsQ5
A couple of years ago, the Old Fort Gun Club board passed a resolution to allow the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department use of our facilities for the training of their officers. While the department has access to short range practice facilities they lack access to longer range practice areas. With both Old Fort Gun Club facilities being located in Crawford County this seemed like an ideal opportunity to give back to the community to which we are members.
This resolution allows for the department to train and practice as a whole, though an invitation has been extended to them to join the club so that they may make use of the facilities as individuals and with their families.
Please note that should you approach someone on the range and request to see their membership badge, if their response is that they are members of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, they may not have club identification but their department ID will suffice.
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.
The Old Fort Gun Club would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the honest member that helped in the return of an expensive item to it’s rightful owner when it was left behind at the Alma facility. It’s members like these that make the Old Fort Gun Club the great family friendly organization that it is!
Old Fort Gun Club Board of Directors
A few weeks ago we had a new shooter come out for the new Tuesday night SASS match to give it a try. Below is a link to his blog post and is a prime example of just how great the local SASS folks of Old Fort Gun Club really are.
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.
What an educational weekend it was at the Old Fort Gun Club. Troy McManus did a great job educating this class of 13 USPSA members looking to advance their knowledge, skill level and participation abilities in the sport. Thank you to Troy and to all those who attended and took the class!
Johnathan Hanna, who was in attendance at our April meeting during the presentation by 1SGT Griffin of the Alpha Battery 2/142nd, won the raffle for the Ruger 10/22 rifle. CONGRATULATIONS Johnathan!
*PROGRESS REPORT *
Today’s work day on the roof is proceeding and a new photo was just sent in. What a great job the volunteers working at the range today are doing!!! You can see the roofing crew below thanks to Debby who was out there working hard as well, but somebody had to take the picture so she’s behind the lense.
The roof project over the connex trailers is making great strides in progress!!! We want to give many thanks to those who have volunteered their time and skills for the project so far, but there is still much work to be done.
Want to work off some Range Maintenance fees for next year? Bill Striplin has a deal for you.
Next Tuesday, May 8, Bill and his small crew will start working on putting the tin roof on the cover between the two trailers at Bay 1 on the pistol bays. They need some help.
Bill will start work at 0600 on Tuesday morning. Get the work done before the tin roof gets hot.
Please, come out and help is you can.
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.