Report by Mike Jones
We had an outstanding participation by SMGC members at this years State Championship.
From our club we had: Gary Atkinson, Janusz Dabrowski, Lee Davis, Duane Fitzgerald, Walter Lange, Mike Jones, Jerry McDonough, Marc Mittry, Allan Morita, Marco Rojas, Jeremy Spray, Martin Tardiff, Allen Thomas, Bill Tusch, Simon Wagner, Charlie Wallace.
Our group did well with the following people getting aknowledgement for first place finishes over the three days of shooting, in either the Friday Club shoot, Saturday, Sunday and Overall aggregate:
- Gary Atkinson
- Lee Davis
- Mike Jones
- Jerry McDonough
- Marko Rojas
- Allen Thomas
- Simon Wagner
- Charlie Wallace
Allan Thomas was 3rd overall, Jerry Mcdonough was 6th overall in sling. Gary Atkinson was 4th overall in FTR. Mike and Charlie finshed first and second in Expert overall, Lee Davis finished 1st in FTR Sharpshooter overall. Great shooting by all.
Attendance this year was fantastic with 71 competitors, a big increase from last year.
The winners of the Bears this year were:
- Bob Gill – Sling
- David Gosnell – F-Open
- Nikilas Montin – FTR.
For those of you who haven’t shot at Coalinga before the typical wind call was 1 MOA max and virtually the entire match was governed by your ability to read the mirage. Far different conditions than what we see at Range 117. The target frames are the easiest I have ever experienced you could move them with one finger if needed.
If you are concerned about cost, there is camping at the range. The grass area is great for tent camping. There is a gravel lot for RVs and trailers. It was $5 for tent camping and $15 for RV or trailer.