August 20 & 21, 2016 – Forks Mid-Range Rifle Regional
Mid-Range Regional Participants
Rifle Class Winners
Left to Right:
Bob Peasley, Coby Dalgliesh, Duane Holien,
Eric Johnson, Brian Suhr, Garald Gillies, Todd Zaun
August 13th – 2016 ND State Championship Vintage Rifle Match
Medal winners in the Vintage Sniper Rifle Match.
Back row Left to Right:
(Gold Medal Winners) Kevin Fire & Tom Reiten both shooting 1903 A3-A4 Sniper Rifles.
Front Row Left to Right:
(Bronze Medal Winners) Ron Depue shooting a 1903 Marine Corp Sniper Rifle; Rick Kraft shooting a 1903 A3-A4 Sniper Rifle
(Silver Medal Winners) Coby Dalgliesh, Don Grunlie, both shooting 6.5 X 55 Swedish Sniper Rifles
July 30th – 2016 Summer Sizzler F Class Rifle Match
Fred Martinez Fred Martinez shooting a rifle chambered in 260 Remmington.
The Summer Sizzler F Class Rifle Match was held at the Forks Rifle Club. Match Director Mike Cobert put on the 60 shot, 600 yard NRA Classification F Class Match on July 30, 2016. Fred Martinez was the marksman class winner. Other class winners were not present for pictures.
June 25-26th – 2016 ND Regional Hi Power Match
On the 25th and 26th the Forks Rifle Club hosted the ND Regional Hi Power Match. Just like the May 21st match, it was also a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) MI match followed by a leg match.
Andy Johnson had the Hi Score with an MI rifle for the CMP match.
These are a few of the pictures of the match. Note the wind flag in the background
July 19th – 2016 New Club Trap Thrower
The Forks Rifle Club has added a Trap Thrower for instructional purposes:
This is an electric thrower powered by a solar charger to keep the battery fuly charged.
To operate it take off the cover and fill the magazine it takes standard size pigeons. Members are to provide their own pigeons. The round piece on the front of the machine is a safety guard to remind shooters to stay clear of the throwers arm which could cause serious injury.
There are two switches to operate the thrower. First turn on the power on the main disconnect (the large silver ON/OFF switch). Then turn the toggle switch to the “ON” position (staying clear of the throwing arm).
The operating switch is located on the end of a 25 foot cord, this can either be operated by hand or by foot. The machine is mounted to throw straight away targets which is best for beginning shooters as it is the best way to establish the proper sight picture and for side shots simply move to either side.
When done shooting turn the toggle switch to the bottom position to release the arm then turn the main disconnect switch to the “OFF” position and put the weather cover back on.
June 17th – New Shotgun Shooting Area
The Forks Rifle Club has made a shotgun shooting area. This can be used for both new shotgun shooters and experienced ones.
The thrower has a magazine on the top that will hold about a case of birds. It is operated by a 12 volt marine battery with a solar charge keeping it fully charged.
To operate the thrower, first remove the weather protecting cover. The machine has two switches, the main disconnect switch is in the metal box on the plywood enclosure marked on/off, this is to be in the off position when machine is not being used.
The toggle switch is the machines operating switch. As a safety reminder the thrower has a spring loaded arm that throws the clay pigeon, all body parts must be kept clear when the pigeon is thrown or when the machine is turned off to prevent injuries.
After the magazine is loaded with pigeons you can turn the machine on by first turning on the main disconnect to the on position then turn the toggle switch to the on position. The machine is operated by a switch on the end of a 25 foot cord the switch can be operated by hand on by your foot.
The machine does not oscillate so for new shooters who want to learn how the shot a shogun the best way is to stand behind the machine and shoot straight away targets this will teach the shooter what the proper sight picture is so when shooting at a straight away target the shooter needs to be looking straight down the rib so that the bead lines up in the center of the rib and the bid will cover the target (field gun) or beneath the target for a trap or sporting grade.
The machine has a long cord on the switch so once the straight away targets have been mastered the shooter can try shooting from either side to figure out the amount of lead and follow through needed for side shots.
The club has a gun rack and a picnic table for shooters convenience. When done shooting roll up the cord; turn the toggle switch to the release position and leave the throwing arm in the uncocked position, turn the main disconnect switch to the off position and put the weather cover back on the machine.
May 21st – First Civilian Marksmanship program (C.M.P.) match of the season
On May 21, 2016 the Club put on the first Civilian Marksmanship program (C.M.P.) match of the season. These C.M.P. matches are done with vintage rifles of WWI and WWII. These rifles must be all original and are done from 200 yards. The first string is 15 shots prone with a sling. The first 5 shots are your sighters and 10 shots for record. The next string is 10 shots with sling in 80 seconds. The third string is offhand standing, no sling for a total of 30 shots for rapid fire score.
Winners of these catagories are:
Back Row – Gene Norheim; Tom Reiten (match director); Joey McGregor; James Ladwig.
Front Row – Kevin Fire; Coby Dalglish
This match was followed by a MI carbine match. All carbine matches are shot at 100 yards
That afternoon Match Director Tom Reiten put on a vintage sniper match which is done at 300 and 600 yards a vintage sniper rifle is any military sniper rifle used up to 1954.
Building a Full Course Rifle Silhouette Range
Garald Gillies is hard at work welding up more target stands. Last year we built 4 target carriers (in the pits) and this summer we would like to get 4 or 5 more target carriers. Target carriers are the steel frame work that support the target frames in the pits that hold the targets used for 300 and 600 yard shooting. These frames are designed with counter weights so the shooter that is pulling targets can easily pull the target down for scoring then push it back up.
Thanks to several of our members with building trades experience to make all these things possible.
The Club is building a full course rifle silhouette range. This is shot all off hand at chickens – 200 meters; pigs 300 - meters; turkeys – 385 meters; and rams at 500 meters. This range is in addition to the Monday night silhouette league shooting.
For information on any of the silhouette shooting call Mike Knain at 701-215-3237.