October 8th, 2019
IBS Match Report — 2019 1000-Yard Nationals at Hawk’s Ridge
More than 100 Major Shooters Competed at the 2019 IBS 1000-Yard Nationals.
Match Report by Blake Wilson, IBS Match Editor
The International Benchrest Shooters (IBS) 1000-Yard Nationals had been, when once again, a results. The Hawk’s Ridge Gun Club in Ferguson, North Carolina, hosted a flawless occasion more than Labor Day Weekend. More than 100 of the nation’s leading shooters, from 19 states, gathered to compete for the crown of “National Champion”. Events such as this take an army to make perform and the 2019 IBS Nationals had been no unique. But the occasion was a significant results, in spite of some difficult situations on Day A single. We congratulate Glenn Hiett, who shot superbly to win Each the Two-Gun General AND Light Gun General 2019 Championships. Nicely accomplished Glenn! We also recognize IBS Heavy Gun General Champion Sam Edwards.
Best Situations Transform Promptly on Saturday
Hawk’s Ridge is a really gorgeous variety. But “The Ridge” can from time to time have really difficult, unfriendly winds. Labor Day weekend 2019 was no unique. Situations began close to fantastic early Saturday morning — the day started with mild temps and wind flags hanging low. Issues then changed for the worse. The good situations only lasted a handful of relays as winds became unpredictable, displaying the competitors how difficult Hawk’s Ridge can be. Tiny groups and higher scores promptly turn out to be scarce and shooters started to really feel the effects of switching, really hard-to-study winds.
|2019 IBS 1000-Yard National Championships Major Competitors|
Two-Gun General Champion: Glenn Hiett
Light Gun Group Winner: Scotty Powell
1000-Yard Nationals Course of Fire
IBS 1000-Yard Nationals is a six-target Aggregate occasion more than a two-day period for Light Gun and Heavy Gun. Light Guns have to not exceed 17 lbs. weight and shoot five rounds per target. Heavy Guns have no weight limit and shoot 10 rounds per target. At the Nationals every single shooter gets 3 Light Gun targets and 3 Heavy Gun targets. The final results are aggregated with each other to decide Two-Gun General, Light Gun General, Heavy Gun General. There are also separate awards for Light Gun Group and Score and Heavy Gun Group and Score.
Day 1 incorporated a Light Gun target, Heavy Gun target and ended with a second Light Gun target. Just after two Light Gun targets, quite a few shooters had been feeling good about their possibilities — Robert Banner, Brian Buttrick, and Dan Pantinski all had 99 scores, just a single from fantastic. Jerry Powers had the greatest Day 1 Light Gun Agg, a three.472″ typical (.33 MOA). Justin Morrow shot the smallest Light Gun Group — two.604″. That operates out to a really impressive .249 MOA at 1000 Yards!
Donna Matthews shot this outstanding 50-2X, three.257″ LG target on Saturday.
Participants Rewarded with Renowned Hawk’s Ridge BBQ
As Saturday came to an finish, the smell of chicken had taken more than the variety. Variety owner Mike McNeil is identified for his popular secret sauce BBQ chicken. From the comments of the crowd as they sunk their teeth into chicken, potato salad, fresh baked desserts — they had no complaints whatsoever. Bellies complete, guns cleaned, absolutely everyone headed to their rooms for some significantly anticipated rest.
Much more Readable and Constant Situations on Day two
Feeling refreshed and excited for the challenge and anticipation for the final day, shooters showed up raving about the BBQ chicken and prepared to shoot. For the most aspect, Day two was significantly much more forgiving and calm than Day 1. The format was the opposite of Saturday — Heavy Gun relays had been performed initial and final with Light Gun in the middle.
Excellent scores, smaller groups and all the things in amongst was shot. Shooters created adjustments and for the most aspect they worked. But some created the incorrect alternatives and the value was paid.
IBS 1000-Yard Nationals Gear List (CLICK to Zoom):
CLICK PHOTO to view Substantial Gear List.
Editor’s Comment: Hunting at the Two-Gun Major 20 Gear List above, we see the Light Gun Ranks had been dominated by 6mm Dashers, and six BRAs (BR Ackleys), most applying Hodgdon H4895 powder. There had been rather a couple of 300 WSMs amongst the leading Heavy Guns. Krieger, with 10 selections, was the most preferred barrel decision, followed by Bartlein (four), and Brux (three).
Much more than Marksmanship — Competitors Appreciate the Camaraderie
These events are generally a pleasure to attend. You get to place faces with the names you have heard, compete against the greatest across the nation, and see how you stack up to them. It is entertaining to shake hands with the likes of Tom Jacobs (Vapor Trail Bullets previous National Champion), Bart Sauter (Bart’s Bullets and existing holder of 600-yard records), Mike Wilson (Present Light Gun Group and score record holder), the Hornady Group and several much more.
This amazing sport has no shortage of good males and ladies from several unique states and cultures. Match director David Matthews, as properly as Robert Smithey and the whole Hawk’s Ridge Gun Club employees, surely showed how to place on a almost flawless occasion. We can not overlook Kent Bratten for his tireless efforts in getting prize donations for the match. The IBS offers a specific thanks to all our good sponsors who make the prize tables so abundant. Thanks for your generosity!
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