After just completing 500 12-gauge targets the day before, five brave souls joined another 20 shooters for a format of 200 Doubles at Fairfax Rod and Gun Club (Manassas, VA) on April 14. Federal taxes were due the next day, so this was a good way to release some frustration before writing our checks to the U.S. Treasury.
There were three rotations, and shooters shot their first 100 Doubles, then took a two-hour break before completing the second 100 Doubles. The weekend weather was perfect for the shooters, with the results reflecting the conditions. Champion was Brian D’Souza (190), runner-up Jim Hickerson (189), and third Peter Bogdon (188). Class champions were Muhamed El-Zoghbi AA1, Nick Gravina A1, Alan Gale B1, John Liberty C1 and Craig Childress D1. Although no one ran a perfect score, we did have one shooter post a 99 during one set of the Doubles.
One of the interesting outcomes of this event was that the Handicap event had only a single winner. The Handicap event was set up so that the following additional targets applied to each class: AA – 4, A – 8, B – 16, C – 28 and D – 38 additional targets. There were 18 shooters participating, and John Liberty had the only 200 (with handicap). A new option that is being tried is called “last man standing,” in which the shooter with the best long run from the front wins. This option is a miss-and-out by target with ties dividing. Peter Bogdon (NY) outlasted the other option participants and was the last man standing.
The same referees who participated in the 500-target shoot the day before – Bub Hitchcock, Bill Lancaster, and Bobby Wilkin – stayed and pulled the Doubles event. We thank them for their dedication in pulling so many targets over the weekend. Lastly, kudos to our club manager, Jamie Martin, for making sure that all the machines and facilities were in the usual perfect condition.
– Contributed by Jeff Bond