By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Keith Schachle, 61, of Brooks, GA, undoubtedly produced his initial trip to the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Oklahoma Travel Games a memorable a single – each for himself and these subsequent to him on the firing line.
“The Oklahoma Games are currently on our calendar for subsequent year,” he mentioned.
The Oklahoma Games is a single cease on the CMP’s series of Travel Games, which function a wide variety of vintage and contemporary military rifle competitions as properly as an assortment of pistol matches and studying possibilities. The CMP Cup events, also on the Oklahoma schedule, give competitors the likelihood to participate in Excellence in Competitors events, exactly where they can earn points toward coveted and challenging-sought Distinguished Badges.
CMP Cup events function two 800 Aggregate matches, an EIC Match and a four-Man Group Match. Travel Games competitions contain 3- and 4-Gun Aggregate awards for the Major Scoring people of the occasion.
A standard face at other Travel Games events all through the year and the National Matches at Camp Perry each and every summer season, Schachle decided to give the Oklahoma Games a attempt although also providing himself and his wife, Brenda, a mini getaway (applying the trip to stop by loved ones members in the region).
“The OKC Gun Club is a terrific venue for these matches,” he mentioned. “Local variety people had been pretty welcoming and accommodating.”
Schachle mentioned the trip worked out properly, not only with the likelihood to catch up with relatives, but also with his performances on the variety.
Throughout the Games, he led each the 3- and 4-Gun Aggregate competitions – displaying off his vintage and contemporary military rifle abilities. He led the 3-Gun by a 10-point margin and the 4-Gun by almost 15-points.
He was also shocked to see his initial tarantula on the variety, but even in the face of the friendly eight-legged visitor, Schachle mentioned the largest challenge on the firing line was the unrelenting circumstances.
“The climate didn’t start off acquiring rough till Friday,” he mentioned. “Temps dropped drastically, and the wind was worse than I had ever shot in, like Camp Perry.”
“Prones had been not an challenge, but offhand was hard,” he continued. “I truly saw a shooting cart get blown more than.”
In spite of the added obstacle, along with a couple of individual gun challenges, Schachle managed to overtake the Springfield Match (ending only 3 “x’s” away from the present record score) and the Garand Match Course and was also Higher Senior of the Vintage Military and Modern day Military events.
“I felt ready going into the matches, but any time guys like Larry Stonecipher show up, you have your function reduce out for you,” he mentioned.
Yet another standard to the Games, Larry Stonecipher, 67, of Ada, OK, ended in second in the 4-Gun Agg. behind Schachle and went on to earn the major spot in the Modern day Military occasion, exactly where he set a new Oklahoma Games record score of 293-15x – a single “x” above the former record, set in 2018. Stonecipher was also the general Match Rifle competitor in the Cup Matches
Throughout the CMP Cup Matches, Schachle similarly reached constant scores each and every day of the 800 Aggregate events to earn the Higher Senior title and a new record for Service Rifle, with a score of 1561-48x.
Curtis Bohlman, Jr., 54, of Luther, OK, led general in the Cup Matches Service Rifle category with a score of 1580-54x. Following winning the initial day of the 800 Aggregate, Bohlman landed in second spot on Day two behind Nick Till, 45, of Howell, MI. In the finish, Bohlman overtook the two-day aggregate by just a single point more than Till.
Till, a member of CMP’s highpower rifle group, returned to claim victory of his personal in the EIC Rifle Match with a score of 491-21x.
Fellow CMP highpower group member Sara Rozanski, 41, of Elmore, OH, earned the title of Higher Lady in the CMP Cup, finishing in the Major 15 general. Rozanski is the present Oklahoma Games Higher Lady record holder.
The four-Man group occasion was topped by the OKC Gun Club Morris. Curtis Bohlman combined his talents with Thomas Sims, Kent Shomber and Kurt Schmidt to record a score of 1928-59x.
In Travel Games pistol events, Andrew Granberry, 56, of Germantown, TN, led the Service Pistol Aggregate with a score of 851-14x. Granberry earned the win in the As-Issued 1911 Pistol Match with a score of 361-4x and joined Robert Cantrell to acquire the win in the Pistol Group occasion.
1SG Robert Kolesar, 65, of the U.S. Army Reserve, earned the general wins in each the Pistol EIC and .22 Rimfire Pistol EIC events. Richard Sensible, 62, of Yukon, OK, topped the 40 Shot Match, although James Smith, 72, of Oklahoma City, OK, overtook the Military & Police Service Pistol Match title.
Other major rifle Travel Games final results integrated Eric Pauls, 53, of Fenton, MO, who received second behind Schachle in the 3-Gun Agg. and obtained the win in the Vintage Military Match. Pauls also set a new Oklahoma Games record in the M16 EIC occasion that accompanies the Tiny Arms Firing College with his score of 385-7x, just a single point above the preceding record.
Richard Bodine, 60, of Frederick, MD, led the Carbine Match with a score of 364-4x, although the Vintage Sniper Match Manual group of John Brewer and LTC James Lacy (Henry County Gun Club) combined forces to set a new record score of 390-12x. Also setting a record in the Vintage Sniper Match was William Meade and Jerry Penn, who teamed up in the Semi-Automatic class to earn a score of 379-6x.
LtCol Lucas Keck, 41, of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve was the higher non-Distinguished competitor and earned second general, with a score of 376-9x.
For a full list of final results, stop by https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=17803.
Pictures of the occasion can be identified on the CMP Zenfolio web page: https://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f473956436.
About the CMP Travel Games:
The Travel Games are regional competitions held in distinctive corners of the nation all through the year, featuring exclusive CMP rifle and pistol outside events. A popular aspect of the CMP schedule for the final decade, the Games are centered about recreation-oriented competitors and educational activities that are made to accommodate skilled marksmen as properly as these just starting the sport. To understand a lot more, stop by the CMP web site at http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-travel-games/.