As has so often been true in years past, the first weekend of April held many surprises for the athletes who dared to test their skills at this year’s Capt. James Hill Smallbore Conventional Prone match at the Los Angeles Rifle & Revolver Club. Held April 2nd and 3rd, 2016, this 3200 point NRA Regional match saw some of Southern California’s most talented riflemen going head-to-head to determine who would take home the final honors.
In the sling division, newly-minted Master Michael Nies threw down the gauntlet early, with a 400x35 in the Dewar. Before the day was over, though, Allen Thomas and Randy Teissedre, both holders of multiple California State Championship trophies, would take over 1st and 2nd places with a 1597x117 and a 1596x111, respectively. Mr. Nies ended the day in 3rd with a 1595x112.
Going into Any-Sight Day, Mr. Thomas would continue his domination, shooting a 1600x129 to secure his victory and one of the three required legs for his Smallbore Distinguished award; Mr. Teissedre remained in 2nd place/First Master, shooting a 1598x134. Third place went to Lt. Col. Mark Gould, US Air Force, who started the day in 4th, but posted an excellent 1597x129 to take the bronze by just one point.
Over in F-Class, veteran shooters Mel Flint and Bobby DePasque battled it out over the two day event. Despite outstanding shooting by Mr. DePasque, Mr. Flint won seven of the eight fired matches to claim the aggregate victory by fifteen points.
Join us for our next match on May 21st and 22nd, as we kick off the 2016 CRPA State Championship season with the Southern California location of the CRPA Metric 3-Position (NRA Rules)/60-Shot English Prone match. The CRPA Conventional Prone 3200 follows on June 4th and 5th.