October 8th, 2019

IBS Match Report — 2019 1000-Yard Nationals at Hawk’s Ridge

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Over 100 Top 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 were, once again, a success. The Hawk’s Ridge Gun Club in Ferguson, North Carolina, hosted a flawless event over Labor Day Weekend. Over 100 of the nation’s top shooters, from 19 states, gathered to compete for the crown of “National Champion”. Events such as this take an army to make work and the 2019 IBS Nationals were no different. But the event was a big success, despite some challenging conditions on Day One. We congratulate Glenn Hiett, who shot superbly to win BOTH the Two-Gun Overall AND Light Gun Overall 2019 Championships. Well done Glenn! We also recognize IBS Heavy Gun Overall Champion Sam Edwards.

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Ideal Conditions Change Quickly on Saturday
Hawk’s Ridge is a very beautiful range. But “The Ridge” can sometimes have very tricky, unfriendly winds. Labor Day weekend 2019 was no different. Conditions started near perfect early Saturday morning — the day began with mild temps and wind flags hanging low. Things then changed for the worse. The great conditions only lasted a handful of relays as winds became unpredictable, showing the competitors how tough Hawk’s Ridge can be. Tiny groups and high scores quickly become scarce and shooters began to feel the effects of switching, hard-to-read winds.

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2019 IBS 1000-Yard National Championships Top Competitors

Two-Gun Overall Champion: Glenn Hiett
Light Gun Overall Champion: Glenn Hiett
Heavy Gun Overall Champion: Sam Edwards
Highest-Placing Female: Donna Matthews
Junior Champion: Hunter Hall

Light Gun Group Winner: Scotty Powell
Light Gun Score Winner: Robert Banner
Heavy Gun Group Winner: Sam Edwards
Heavy Gun Score Winner: Tod Soeby

IBS 1000-Yard National Championship Hawks Hawk's Ridge North Carolina NC 1K Heavy Gun Light HG LG Score Benchrest1000-Yard Nationals Course of Fire
IBS 1000-Yard Nationals is a 6-target Aggregate event over a two-day period for Light Gun and Heavy Gun. Light Guns must not exceed 17 lbs. weight and shoot 5 rounds per target. Heavy Guns have no weight limit and shoot 10 rounds per target. At the Nationals each shooter gets three Light Gun targets and three Heavy Gun targets. The results are aggregated together to determine Two-Gun Overall, Light Gun Overall, Heavy Gun Overall. There are also separate awards for Light Gun Group and Score and Heavy Gun Group and Score.

Day 1 included a Light Gun target, Heavy Gun target and ended with a second Light Gun target. After two Light Gun targets, several shooters were feeling great about their chances — Robert Banner, Brian Buttrick, and Dan Pantinski all had 99 scores, just one from perfect. Jerry Powers had the best Day 1 Light Gun Agg, a 3.472″ average (0.33 MOA). Justin Morrow shot the smallest Light Gun Group — 2.604″. That works out to a very impressive 0.249 MOA at 1000 Yards!

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Donna Matthews shot this excellent 50-2X, 3.257″ LG target on Saturday.

Participants Rewarded with Famous Hawk’s Ridge BBQ
As Saturday came to an end, the smell of chicken had taken over the range. Range owner Mike McNeil is known for his famous 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 full, guns cleaned, everyone headed to their rooms for some much anticipated rest.

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More Readable and Consistent Conditions on Day 2
Feeling refreshed and excited for the challenge and anticipation for the final day, shooters showed up raving about the BBQ chicken and ready to shoot. For the most part, Day 2 was much more forgiving and calm than Day 1. The format was the opposite of Saturday — Heavy Gun relays were conducted first and last with Light Gun in the middle.

Perfect scores, small groups and everything in between was shot. Shooters made adjustments and for the most part they worked. But some made the wrong choices and the price was paid.

IBS 1000-Yard Nationals Equipment List (CLICK to Zoom):
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CLICK PHOTO to view LARGE Equipment List.

Editor’s Comment: Looking at the Two-Gun Top 20 Equipment List above, we see the Light Gun Ranks were dominated by 6mm Dashers, and 6 BRAs (BR Ackleys), most using Hodgdon H4895 powder. There were quite a few 300 WSMs among the top Heavy Guns. Krieger, with 10 selections, was the most popular barrel choice, followed by Bartlein (4), and Brux (3).

More than Marksmanship — Competitors Appreciate the Camaraderie
These events are always a pleasure to attend. You get to put faces with the names you’ve heard, compete against the best across the country, and see how you stack up to them. It’s fun to shake hands with the likes of Tom Jacobs (Vapor Trail Bullets past National Champion), Bart Sauter (Bart’s Bullets and current holder of 600-yard records), Mike Wilson (Current Light Gun Group and score record holder), the Hornady Team and many more.

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This wonderful sport has no shortage of great men and women from many different states and cultures. Match director David Matthews, as well as Robert Smithey and the entire Hawk’s Ridge Gun Club staff, definitely showed how to put on a nearly flawless event. We cannot forget Kent Bratten for his tireless efforts in finding prize donations for the match. The IBS gives a special thanks to all our great sponsors who make the prize tables so abundant. Thanks for your generosity!

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July 3rd, 2019

IBS Seeks Match Report Editor — Help Popularize Our Sport

IBS Match shoot report editor hire job writing 2019 Jeff Stover president international benchrest shooters website accurateshooter.com

Would you like to become a respected gun journalist/editor — and work with the nation’s most talented benchrest shooters (from 100 to 1000 yards). Do you enjoy photography, and like to see images of beautiful ranges and the world’s most accurate rifles? Then here is a great opportunity…

IBS Match shoot report editor hire job writing 2019 Jeff Stover president international benchrest shooters website accurateshooter.com

The International Benchrest Shooters (IBS) is looking for a new Match Reports Editor. This individual will work with AccurateShooter.com to deliver photo-illustrated reports on important IBS matches around the country. These match reports can appear here in the Daily Bulletin, on the main Accurateshooter.com site, and on the IBS website (in modified format).

IBS Match Report Editor Job Opportunity
IBS seeks a part-time Editor to manage reports on the IBS Nationals and Featured Matches on Accurateshooter.com. The duties include communicating with match organizers, receiving match reports and equipment lists, and managing digital images. In addition, the Editor will help with some special IBS features and equipment articles. Salary is negotiable, based on experience and work output.

Contact IBS President, Jeff Stover at: ibsprez @ yahoo.com

No Expert Skills Required — Just Enthusiasm for the Sport
You don’t need to be a computer whiz — no programming is involved. If you can use a basic writing program and can email photos then you’ve got the skill set needed. Basically the IBS is looking for someone who enjoys benchrest shooting and would like to help the sport by showcasing the fun and camaraderie of IBS matches. Here are some images from past IBS match reports:

IBS Match shoot report editor hire job writing 2019 Jeff Stover president international benchrest shooters website accurateshooter.com

IBS Match shoot report editor hire job writing 2019 Jeff Stover president international benchrest shooters website accurateshooter.com

IBS Match shoot report editor hire job writing 2019 Jeff Stover president international benchrest shooters website accurateshooter.com

IBS Match shoot report editor hire job writing 2019 Jeff Stover president international benchrest shooters website accurateshooter.com

IBS Match shoot report editor hire job writing 2019 Jeff Stover president international benchrest shooters website accurateshooter.com

IBS Match shoot report editor hire job writing 2019 Jeff Stover president international benchrest shooters website accurateshooter.com

IBS Match shoot report editor hire job writing 2019 Jeff Stover president international benchrest shooters website accurateshooter.com

IBS Match shoot report editor hire job writing 2019 Jeff Stover president international benchrest shooters website accurateshooter.com

IBS Match shoot report editor hire job writing 2019 Jeff Stover president international benchrest shooters website accurateshooter.com

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