Large turnout and variety of rifles at Bull River Shooters event

Top Gun Eric Boos of Washington using a standard rifle highly modified for precision. - Photo submitted
Top Gun Eric Boos of Washington using a standard rifle highly modified for precision.
— image credit: Photo submitted


We saw a great turn out at the range for our first match of the season and enjoyed a typical “Spring” day in the Kootenays!  We had a great mix of men, women, juniors and all abilities.  Results are as follows:

Small Bore Standard Rifle:

Match Winner Rob McKeeman

AAA - 1st Jeramey Marsh, 2nd Rocky Marsh

AA - Trudy Phillips

A - Greg Nyquist

B – 1st Mike Keeling, 2nd Justin Marsh

Small Bore Hunter Rifle:

Match Winner Rob McKeeman

AAA – 1st Jeramey Marsh, 2nd Trudy Phillips

AA – Rick Fraser

A -  Gary Phillips

B – 1st Mike Keeling, 2nd Justin Marsh, 3rd Emmiline Aune

On Sunday, shooters gathered for a High Power match and it took a shoot-out to determine the top 3 rankings:

1st Jeramey Marsh

2nd Rob McKeeman

3rd Al Albers (Lethbridge)

Generally the turnout for a high power club match is lower and so we often don’t break the group into classes of ability or gun… the shooters are just excited to be shooting together!  For those not familiar with our sport, small bore refers to .22 calibre rimfire, with most shooters using .22LR in standard velocity.  The “hunter rifle” is an off the shelf model with strict limits on weight, stock configuration and trigger pull weight.  The “standard rifle” has more liberal limits and is where you see some fancy modifications! The small bore class is by far the most popular and affordable discipline.  Most shooters choose a quality rifle that meets hunter requirements and use it in both classes; this doesn’t work the other way!  The high power discipline requires shooters to use a rifle in 6mm (.243) or bigger and must not be a magnum cartridge (you would not want to shoot that 40 times in a match!) to protect the targets from damage.  The most popular cartridges are: .260 Rem, 7mm-08, 7mm BR, .308 or .243.  Silhouette shooting is like a big shooting gallery.  We shoot from the standing position with the rifle held free-hand.  Small bore sees targets from 40 metres to 100 metres and high power is shot from 200m to 500m.  To score a hit the target must fall down.  “Ringing” a target is a hit where the target turns or wobbles but stays standing… and is not scored as a hit!  Targets are made from steel and are cut in the shape of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams; they are cut to standard dimensions as per NRA rules.  The animal shapes stem from the historical beginnings of our sport in Mexico.  Live animals were staked out at set distances and the successful shooters took food home!  Shooters are classified based on their scores and only compete against shooters in their own class.  As you compete, your scores are recorded and when you achieve enough scores in the next class you move up… which is everyone’s prime goal.  Generally you are competing against yourself in your desire to improve your scores and all silhouette shooters help you celebrate any accomplishment with gusto!

Our next club match is April 12 for smallbore and April 13 for high power.  All matches start at 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted.  Anyone can participate in a club match, even non-members (we expect you’ll likely want to join because you will have had so much fun and will realize what a great group we are!)  We do ask that participants arrive by 9 a.m. to register which allows us to organize the match and gives everyone a chance to warm-up and check settings on scopes.  Starting promptly at 10:00 allows the day to progress in a timely fashion.  We shoot a match in the morning and again in the afternoon, with most shooters competing in 2 classes of guns (so 2 matches in the am and 2 in the pm).  Lunch is usually available for a few dollars.  Match fees are $10 per gun for the whole day.

If you’re new to silhouette and feel nervous about trying it, then our Intro Shoot April 6 is perfect for you.  Members will be on hand to coach and even let you try some of our rifles.  The event will start at 10:00am.  We are very proud of our growing contingent of new and junior shooters and many of our members relish in the opportunity to mentor a new shooter (young or old!)  Don’t be shy.  Our range is out toward Fort Steele, between the Cranbrook Rod and Gun Club and the Archery Range.  Please give Rob a call (as noted below) for directions if needed.

Membership fees for the BRSA are $90 for the year (April 1 ~ March 31).  Additional dependant family members may join for $15 each, which covers insurance costs.  In addition to insurance (which includes liability protection for members if ever involved in a shooting accident) and ongoing club expenses, dues cover your participation in 4 club matches, scheduled throughout the season.  Juniors compete for free.   Membership for those 65 years and up is $35.00 but does not include any match fees.  Memberships can be purchased from Rob McKeeman at 250-426-2794.   Memberships can also be purchased at any club match.

A wealth of information about Metallic Silhouette shooting can be found on the Internet.  For information about the BRSA please contact Rob as noted above.    New members are always welcome!  We look forward to seeing you at the range.

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