Nevada State AAFTA Grand Prix is June 1-3
We have a lot of fun at this one!! The location is remote but lodging is very reasonable in Battle mountain. Our match is held in a beautiful, scenic desert canyon with a creekside setting, populated with lush sage, enormous rock outcroppings, dotted with desert wildflowers and local wildlife. Our course in Horse Canyon emphasizes the "field" in field target and the terrain there provides for a very fun and challenging course. We will have both incline and decline angles, light, dark, multiple directions, all nestled in an area that is worth the trek.
The scheduled events are:
Friday June 1st 1:00pm: (Sight in at 11:00am) A 40 shot Pistol field target match
Saturday June 2nd 9:30am: (sight in at 8am) Day 1 of the 112-shot rifle match. with a BBQ picnic style lunch following the match.
Sunday June 3rd 9:30am: (sight in at 8am) Day 2 of the 112-shot rifle match with awards and a BBQ picnic style lunch following the match.
Registration is $50 and includes the BBQ picnic style lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Paid registration must be submitted by May 1st. If we do not have at least 15 paid registrants by May 10th the match will be canceled. So Don't Miss out on the fun and get your registration in soon.
Remote? thats a minor understatement. But he's not understating what a wild and beautiful place it is. great venue that creates a challenging course.
Lonnie, what about camping on site?
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Registration update: I need 15 confirmed and paid registrants by May 1st to keep this match on the schedule. Thus far I have received the following registrations.
1) Bob Kidd - WFTF Piston
2) Lonnie Smith - WFTF Piston
3) Chris Merritt - Open PCP
4) Terry Eanetta - Open PCP
5) Jim Cyran - Hunter PCP
6) Fred Biergiel - Hunter PCP
7) Scott Hull - Hunter PCP
8) Wayne Burns - WFTF PCP
9) Randy Ebersole - WFTF PCP
10) Chris Lovitt - Hunter PCP
11) Cameron Kerndt - WFTF Piston
12) Jessica Kerndt - Open PCP
13) John Knapp - Hunter PCP
14) Len Niles - Hunter Piston (Pending)
15) Pat Callihan - (Pending)
16) Jim Whittlesay - Open PCP (Pending)
If you are planning to participate I need to receive the Your official registration (forms and fees) very soon....thx!! I'll update the list as I receive registrations.
I just paypaled you the payments for Randy Ebersole, Chris Lovitt, and myself. Randy and I are shooting WFTF PCP this year, and Chris is shooting Hunter PCP. Looking forward to that rugged beauty again, and the total workout. Like has been said many times before.... Battle Mt puts the "field" back into field target game...
Get those reg forms in for the "Humiliy Hill Challenge" too.
Thank you shooters for getting your registrations in!! We have 15 confirmed and registered shooters and two pending with a rumor of a few more in limbo. so The Nevada GP is a "GO!!" Awards have been ordered based on the registrations. Nevada State GP will be awarding the following divisions:
WFTF-PCP....WFTF-Piston..... Open-PCP..... and Hunter-PCP in rifle class. Plus Limited and Hunter in the Pistol class. Additional registrars and walk-on's are likely welcome. Advance notice is appreciated so I can plan accordingly, however keep in mind if you plan to shoot in an AFFTA GP class/division other than those listed above, we will not have time to order awards for additional divisions in time for the match.
UPDATE: We have found a portable sanitation company that will service our site and plan to upgrade the site's amenities to include porta potties and hand washing station. We also will have a shaded picnic area to accommodate our BBQ picnic style lunches Saturday and Sunday. We will have coolers with ice and beverages/water each day.
We all know how hard it is to get back into town for ice... so this year I'm bringing a solar outfitted rig with a battery and 12v refrigerator. In theory, it can make ice too, but don't count on that. It will keep our bacon, eggs and other essentials safe.. and my personal beer bottle cold:-) I'm working on an upgraded version with more capacity and I hope it'll be ready by then, and I'll be able to provide power to the whole camp.
Wayne that sounds amazing!! ...
I've been putting a lot of extra time into the targets this year. I have everyone of the 56 targets functioning properly at 3.5-4fpe without falling with a face plate hit. My goal is zero protests failures. There have been a few more registrants sine May1st. Looks like we might reach 20 shooters.
Can you squeeze another ??
John Knapp (CASA) asked me if I wanted to come , I would like to shoot Open PCP and Limited PFT.
call me to confirm I can Paypal and send reg form to you
I woulda shot better, If I hadn't missed so many.
Great Match Lonnie! Well done on target placing and prepping too. You and Chris Merritt did a terrific job! I heard Jim C and Scott S came early to help. Thank you guys too! The course was really tough with the winds as usual. Moderate troyer kill zones but uphill across the canyon with the switching winds was the test. Team Ashland had A blast.. love camping in that rustic canyon... (especially in my new van) and thanks so much again for all your hard work to host the match for us!
Ashland Air Rifle Range
What a wonderful event set in High Desert Beauty!
Lonnie, you guys did great. Sincere thanks for setting a fantastic course and doing a TON of work.
That is just a gorgeous setting, Chris M! Thanks for hosting us in Horse Canyon.
Canyon walls. Lizards. That yummy smell of sage. Comfortable shade tent. Delicious lunches.
And Blue Moon Porta-Potties!!
Heck yes, I liked it.
Just look at that blue sky!!
(Lonnie is carrying a knapsack full of squad pairings and clipboards ... juz like a high desert camo Santa Claus.)
Hats off to Lonnie, Chris M. and Chris B. for all the hard work required to pull this match off. It is one of my favorite location's to shoot a match and as Scott S. says it puts the "field" back in field target. This is without a doubt the wildest and remotest GP event in the country and one of the prettiest.
I was blown away when we ended up with 27 shooters who participated in the match. That is a bunch of hard core FT shooters as there is nothing easy about the match. From the drive in, to the terrain, to the primative camping, to the shooting conditions, all is a challenge. My congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated and made it the fun and competetive event it turned out to be.
Jim in Sacramento
Oh my, my…what looked for sure, in my estimation, to be a canceled match due to lack of registration, turned out to be NAG’s (Nevada air gunners) largest AAFTA Grand Prix turnout to date! ……. and what an adventure it was.
Horse Canyon, near Battle Mountain is a discreetly tucked away oasis that even most locals have never set foot in. There is a running creek fed by mountain springs and snow melt. There are baby trout swimming in the pools, chukars clucking from enormous rock formations, sage grouse making their way up the mountain side bush to bush, Tiger swallow tail butterflies fluttering by, and even Pronghorn antelope galloping through the valley.
The mountain range that surrounds the valley is quite vast. The small town of Battle Mountain is the base camp to the Nevada Outback. The location is remote, the terrain is rugged, and the amenities are few. Battle Mountain’s mantra on their chamber of commerce sign literally says, “Battle Mountain, are you tough enough” However that’s exactly why we do this match each year. How often do you have an opportunity to shoot field target in a setting like this?
Well, this year, 27 shooters seeking AAFTA glory tested their skills against the metal quarry installed on the canyon walls amongst the lush sage, next to a running creek, bordered by rockwork, and cotton willows. Some of us camped out in the canyon to enjoy the natural setting day and night, some took advantage of the reasonable cost of lodging in town only a short drive away. This year we invested in two heavy duty 10x15 shade canopies to cover the picnic table area, a small BBQ, and also arranged for the much coveted porta potty service delivered to our site.
The weather that week was a bit precarious for setting up the target course. Intermittent thunderstorms rolled through a few times Tuesday and Wednesday. At one point 25-30mph winds rudely attempted remove our shade canopy. Fortunately, we wisely tied the and staked the canopy down the day before. When the high winds showed however, we had to tie it off on the roof rack of my truck. The canopy took some wear and tear but it thankfully stayed put and we were able to work on. By that evening, we had all the lanes staked out and distributed the assembled targets to each lane, ready for install Thursday morning. With an early start, and some very much appreciated afternoon help from Jim and Scott from Sacramento Valley FT, we had a GP quality course set and ready to shoot by that evening. Fridays activities included a 1:00pm pistol match. By then, the weather had cleared and temps were pretty nice. We had only light winds and a beautiful sky. A solid dozen PFT shooters, six in Limited and six in Hunter readied themselves. The 40 shot PFT contest with a course Troyer rating of 31.76T was pretty challenging, but necessary as you can see by the scores. Ronnie shot a very strong PFT match for the win in Limited. Also a very close contest for 2-4 in Limited and a shoot off for 1st place is Hunter between Jessica and Scott of which even Scott was rooting for Jessica but he was going to make her earn it. It took two rounds, and Scott prevailed.
Limited Pistol Hunter Pistol
Ronnie Easton 36/40 Scott Schneider 32/40 (1st by shoot off)
Rizdale Marquez 32 Jessica Kerndt 32
Scott Hull 31 Randy Ebersole 30
Cameron Kerndt 30 Wayne Burns 29
Vince Pacheco 18 Terry Eannetta 21
Ron Jobbes 15 John Knapp 14
For Saturday and Sundays rifle match we had some warmer temps in store for us. Forecast said mid 80’s with 5-10 mph winds to contend with on Saturday and only intermittent light winds on Sunday. Near perfect conditions I say, to test the marksmanship skills at an AAFTA Grand Prix match. Our course is set with 27 lanes along fire road that snakes its way up the canyon crossing the creek multiple times. However, due to heavy rains and higher creek flowage, this years course was set up limited to only one “shallow boot sole deep” crossing. The 27 lanes are divided in to two courses, a Red course (ODD number lanes) or Yellow course (even number lanes). To improve organization and reduce confusion The scorecards, the Lane # signs, and Target signs are color matched either Red or Yellow per their course assignments. Course difficulty calculated out to 28.61T on the Yellow course which consisted of 13 lanes sporting 26 targets. The Red course difficulty calculated to 29.00T with 14 lanes consisting of 28 targets…..Total of 108 shots possible. Awards were given for 1st-3rd in each division. The Troyer difficulty was on the minimal side for an AAFTA GP but the conditions were tough. With the warm dry temps, challenging winds and updrafts, lots of distance changes between targets and wide variety of angles and direction to the winds, nobody dominated the course. At the same time, it was a close contest in every division. 1st place in WFTF PCP had to be decided by shoot off between Wayne and Rizalde.
1. Jim Whittlesey 86/108 1. Scott Schneider 88/108
2. Ronnie Easton 83 2. Chris Lovitt 85
3. Scott Hull 81 3. John Knapp 84
Vince Pacheco 78 Jim Cyran 77
Chris Merritt 77 Al Padilla 76
Jessica Kerndt 75 Scott Steenhok 71
Terry Eannetta 72 Jim Mizer 63
Andrea Schwab 63 Fred Biergiel 60
Ron Jobbes 51 John Bagakis 58
John Berquist 42 Len Niles 29
1.Rizalde Marquez 81/108 1. Lonnie Smith 67
2.Wayne Burns 81 2. Bob Kidd 61
3.Randy Ebersole 62 3. Cameron Kerndt 58
Pat Callihan 55
After each match we met at the picnic area for a backcountry BBQ picnic lunch. The menu consisted of BBQ chicken, Sausage and hot links, burgers with fresh lettuce tomato and onions, Potato chips, fresh fruit, potato salad, and various beverages. Of course, with the warm weather we kept the cooler full of ice cold water at all times so everyone could stay hydrated
I will close the report with … Congratulations to all the shooters for there accomplishments. Thank you for making the 2018 NV-GP such a success. Additional thanks to all that helped take down the course. I appreciate that very much. A special thank you to Chris Merritt for arranging the use of this wonderful location. I also want to thank Dave at Blue Moon portables for trucking those porta potties and handwashing station out to our site. Job well done sir!!
Lonnie Smith- MD NV-GP
I especially liked the off hand rock wall of shame on the red course, that must have been an endeavor to set the targets up there.
You said it, JK!
Good thing that muscle girl Jessica was spotting me on those shots. I was pretty sure I was gonna topple over backwards.