August 14th, 2007

Major Matches Kick Off Soon

Major Benchrest and long-range rifle matches are slated for the next few weeks around the country. Our top shooters will be busy. Here are some of the most important events set for the next month:

IBS Score Nationals: August 18 – 19
Canastota Conservation Club, Warners Road, Canastota, New York. Pre-Register by contacting Ward Tarasek, (315) 348 4366, P.O. Box 152, Turin, NY 13473. Info/Registration form.

World Benchrest Championships: August 26 – Sept. 1
The 9th World Benchrest Championships (WBC9) will be held in Austria, at the benchrest range in Hölles, about 20km (13 miles) south of Vienna.

Top shooters from around the world (as far as Japan and South Africa) will compete. Official Training sessions commence on the 26th, and matches begin on the 28th. CLICK HERE for range photos and lodging info. You can also download a List of Competitors.

IBS 1000-Yard Nationals: September 1 – 2
Virginia 1000 Yard Club, Quantico, Virginia. Utilizing Range #4 U.S.M.C. Base, Quantico Virginia. Take Exit #148 from Interstate 95. Registration Form.

Quantico, Virginia Rifle Range

IBS 600 Yard Nationals: September 6 – 8
Co-sponsored by the Varmint Hunters Association. Hosted at the VHA Range, 28050 US Hwy 14/34, 6 Miles west of Ft. Pierre, South Dakota. Match Information Page | Map.

NRA Nat’l Fullbore Rifle Champs (SOA): Sept. 9 – 12
NRA Nat’l F-Class Championship: September 13 – 15

Events hosted at the NRA Whittington Center, Raton, New Mexico. The Spirit of America Fullbore event will be followed immediately by the U.S. F-Class Championship. For more info on both championship matches at Raton, contact Al Coots, P.O. Box 52024, Mesa, AZ 85208. Here are links for Whittington Range Information and Housing and Camping.

NBRSA Group Benchrest Nationals: September 17-22
Major event for LV, HV and Sporter Class Rifles. The NBRSA Nationals will be hosted at the Kelbly Range in North Lawrence, Ohio. Map to Range.

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August 14th, 2007

Joe Krupa Wins Big at IBS Group Nationals

Just last week the 38th IBS Group National Championships concluded, hosted by the Benchrest Club of St Louis (Wright City, Missouri). During this marathon, 6-day event, 118 shooters competed in four different classes: Heavy Bench, Sporter, Light Varmint, and Heavy Varmint. The match saw some very impressive shooting, with small groups in the .060+ range in many events. Joe Krupa was the big winner in St. Louis. Joe won top honors in Three Gun, and Four Gun, and also placed first in Sporter Class Grand Agg, and Heavy Bench Grand Agg. Lowell Frei captured the Two Gun title, followed by Billy Stevens and Krupa. Benchrest legend Tony Boyer took the HV Grand Agg with an impressive 0.1850 Aggregate, while Bill Goad won the LV Grand Agg, edging runner-up Joe Krupa by a mere .0054! We offer a hearty congratulations to big Joe and to all the shooters who made this a great (and hotly contested) event.

Four-Gun Overall Results:
1. Joe Krupa 0.2478
2. Tony Boyer 0.2689
3. David Reynolds 0.2690
4. Larry Costa 0.2731
5. L. Hottenstein 0.2733

Heavy Bench Grand Agg:
1. Joe Krupa 0.2934
2. Lee Hachigian 0.3126
3. David Reynolds 0.3176
4. Jay Lynn Gore 0.3188
5. Bill Goad 0.3229

Sporter Grand Agg:
1. Joe Krupa 0.2155
2. Larry Scharnhorst 0.2301
3. Larry Costa 0.2320
4. David Reynolds 0.2323
5. Steve Robbins 0.2331

Light Varmint Grand Agg:
1. Bill Goad 0.2214
2. Joe Krupa 0.2268
3. Billy Stevens 0.2493
4. L. Hottenstein 0.2540
5. Ira Rolley 0.2621

Heavy Varmint Grand Agg:
1. Tony Boyer 0.1850
2. Lowell Frei 0.1993
3. Donal Powell 0.2181
4. Lee Euber 0.2199
5. Bill Symons 0.2219

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