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  • ‘peace to the gentle shade’…

    by Hap Rocketto One of the lessons I try to teach young shooters is to expect the unexpected. In a rifle match things can, in the words of Robbie Burns, “Gang aft agley.” You have to be prepared for events

    July 4, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Edgar Martinez, Ron Blomberg, Ed Jensen, And Me

    by Hap Rocketto While leafing through an old Sports Illustrated magazine, as I waited for Dr. Ron Serra, my optometrist, to call me in for my annual pre-outdoor shooting season checkup. my eye caught an article celebrating the fortieth anniversary

    June 1, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Morton Mumma, Mr. Bryson, and Me

    by Hap Rocketto While researching an article on the Herrick Trophy I ran across an old photo taken at the National Matches featuring ‘Kernel Mumm’s Amateurs.’ LTC Morton C. Mumma, the National Match Executive Officer, had organized a pick-up team

    April 30, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

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  • 2017 Rhode Island Outdoor 3P NRA Regional and RIRRA State Championship

    2017 Rhode Island Outdoor 3P NRA Regional and RIRRA State Championship

    2017 Rhode Island Outdoor 3P NRA Regional and RIRRA State Championship It was a gem of a summer morning, warm, light breeze, warm, and a bright sky, when Range Officer Brenda Jacob called the shooters to the line at the South County Rod and Gun Club for the prone stage of the 2017 Rhode Island […]

    July 30, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle ChampionshipsDay Two-Any Sight Metric Position Championship

    2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle ChampionshipsDay Two-Any Sight Metric Position Championship Aggregate Iron Man (Based on Preliminary Scores)     The 2017 National Smallbore Rifle Champions moved into the last day. While the Any Sight Championship was in the fore in the back of everyone’s mind was the Iron Man.   McPhail, one of […]

    July 17, 2017 | 2 comments | View Post

  • 2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle Championships Day One-Metric Position Championship-Metallic Sights

    2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle Championships Day One-Metric Position Championship-Metallic Sights   The 2017 NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships entered it penultimate day with the start of the Metric Position Championship under partly cloudy skies.   George Norton, making a play to recapture the Iron Man Trophy, lead off the match with a 396-24X […]

    July 16, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle ChampionshipsDay One-Day Conventional Position

    2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle ChampionshipsDay One-Day Conventional Position     The first day of the 2017 NRA National Smallbore Conventional Position Rifle Championships opened with 120 shots in three positions with metallic sights.     Army’s Patrick Sunderman, who had a solid prone performance in that championship, opened with the tournament with a […]

    July 15, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle ChampionshipsDay Five-Day Team Matches

    2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle ChampionshipsDay Five-Day Team Matches (Based on Preliminary Scores)   Your Correspondents in the Field Joe Graf and Hap Rocketto   The final day of the2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle Championships featured a trio of fired matches and an unfired team aggregate.   The Black Hawk Ladies, Michelle Bohren, […]

    July 14, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle ChampionshipsDay Four-Day Two Any Sights and Grand Aggregate

    2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle ChampionshipsDay Four-Day Two Any Sights and Grand Aggregate (Based on Preliminary Scores   Your Correspondents in the Field Joe Graf and Hap Rocketto   The Randle Team scores show that Erin McNeil’s 400-33X is the winner of the Eleanor Dunn Award. She led the team to a 3978-252X aggregate […]

    July 12, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle ChampionshipsDay Three-Day One Any Sights

    2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle ChampionshipsDay Three-Day One Any Sights (Based on Preliminary Scores   Your Correspondents in the Field Joe Graf and Hap Rocketto   After the stormed tossed last day of metallic sights the shooters arrived at the range to find it hot, humid, and still.   With scopes replacing metallic sights […]

    July 11, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle Championships

    2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle Championships Day Two Metallic Sights (Based on Preliminary Scores   Your Correspondents in the Field Joe Graf and Hap Rocketto     The weather radar was glowing red and, after consultation with local experts, the Match Director declared a three hour rain delay to start of the match. As […]

    July 11, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle Championships

    2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle Championships Day One Metallic Sights (Based on Preliminary Results)   Your Correspondents in the Field Joe Graf and Hap Rocketto   It was rather a surreal experience for any shooter with several years of National Smallbore Championship experience. It was the first single relay match since the 1948 Championships […]

    July 9, 2017 | 1 comment | View Post

  • 2017 Nite Owl League, Match 10 Results

    Results from Match 10 of the 2017 Nite Owl League can be viewed below: 2017-Nite-Owl-Match-10 (PDF, 14KB) The Nite Owl League is a smallbore prone league that shoots 40 shots at 100 yards, each week, throughout the summer. HPM participates in this league and scores are submitted weekly to the the Nite Owl statistician. Complete results are posted at http://pronematch.com/all-results/nite-owl-league/ so you can […]

    July 5, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • ‘peace to the gentle shade’…

    by Hap Rocketto One of the lessons I try to teach young shooters is to expect the unexpected. In a rifle match things can, in the words of Robbie Burns, “Gang aft agley.” You have to be prepared for events that are outside of your control and respond to them with a measured plan of […]

    July 4, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 2017 Nite Owl League, Match 9 Results

    Results from Match 9 of the 2017 Nite Owl League can be viewed below: 2017-Nite-Owl-Match-9 (PDF, 30KB) The Nite Owl League is a smallbore prone league that shoots 40 shots at 100 yards, each week, throughout the summer. HPM participates in this league and scores are submitted weekly to the the Nite Owl statistician. Complete results are posted at http://pronematch.com/all-results/nite-owl-league/ so you can […]

    June 28, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 2017 Nite Owl League, Match 8 Results

    Results from Match 8 of the 2017 Nite Owl League can be viewed below: 2017-Nite-Owl-Match-8 (PDF, 27KB) The Nite Owl League is a smallbore prone league that shoots 40 shots at 100 yards, each week, throughout the summer. HPM participates in this league and scores are submitted weekly to the the Nite Owl statistician. Complete results are posted at http://pronematch.com/all-results/nite-owl-league/ so you can see […]

    June 21, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 2017 Nite Owl League, Match 7 Results

    Results from Match 7 of the 2017 Nite Owl League can be viewed below: 2017-Nite-Owl-Match-7 (PDF, 29KB) The Nite Owl League is a smallbore prone league that shoots 40 shots at 100 yards, each week, throughout the summer. HPM participates in this league and scores are submitted weekly to the the Nite Owl statistician. Complete results are posted at http://pronematch.com/all-results/nite-owl-league/ so you can […]

    June 15, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • DAY THREE BLACK HAWK OPEN

    DAY THREE BLACK HAWK OPEN:   Congratulations to the trophy winners and thanks to everyone who attended!  Thanks too to all those who made this match work so smoothly.  A quick review of results: Winner – Mounsey – Eric Uptagrafft 3199-283 Regional 2nd – Mark DelCotto 3199-279 Regional 3rd – Howard Pitts 3197-256 Iron Agg […]

    June 12, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Day Four: The 2017 Mid Atlantic 6400

    Day Four: The 2017 Mid Atlantic 6400   The four day 640 shot grind began its final day with a leadoff 400-39X at the hands of Justin Tracy. Two thirds of the competitor cleaned the match with Reya Kempley tailing Tracy by and X for second. George Harris pulled into second on a tie breaker […]

    June 11, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • DAY TWO: BLACK HAWK OPEN MATCH

    DAY TWO: BLACK HAWK OPEN MATCH   More beautiful weather to match some really nice targets!  Eric Uptagrafft continued his winning ways taking the Iron Aggregate and the Harry Tevis Memorial Trophy with a 1599-141X over first aster  Mark DelCotto who shot a 1599-133X.  Uptagrafft was winner of the first three matches of the day […]

    June 10, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Day Three: The 2017 Mid Atlantic 6400

    Day Three: The 2017 Mid Atlantic 6400   With the metallic sight match completed scopes came out of their boxes and the Mid Atlantic took on a new flavor. As expected 400s bloomed like desert wild flowers after a rain storm. The handsomely mustachioed George Harris jumped to the fore with a near perfect 400-39X […]

    June 10, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Day Two: The 2017 Mid Atlantic 6400

    Day Two: The 2017 Mid Atlantic 6400   Day two of the 2017 Mid Atlantic 6400 began much the same as day one. With good conditions 15 shooters cleaned the 50 yard metallic sight match. Steve Angeli, the most recent member of the 6400 club-a score he shot with irons at the Mid Atlantic in […]

    June 10, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Day One of the Black Hawk Open

    Day One of the Black Hawk Open has concluded.  Winner of the English Match was Eric Uptagrafft with a 597-39X, followed by first Master Howard Pitts, 589-36X, second Master Patrick Sunderman, 589-32X close behind.  F-Class was a tight race with Richard Bordelon pulling out the win 596-46 over David Rabin’s 595-38  In the 3-P event, […]

    June 10, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Day One: The 2017 Mid Atlantic 6400

    Day One: The 2017 Mid Atlantic 6400   The 2017 Mid Atlantic 6400 began today as one would expect the premier east coast 6400 to begin, hard and fast. In the first event, 40 shots with metallic sights at 50 yards, 16 perfect scores were recorded. Leading the pack was Reya Kempley, even though her […]

    June 9, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post