Friday, December 10, 2010

Finally made the switch to air... no more CO2

I finally retired my CO2 Steyr LP 10 and have picked up a Steyr LP 10E. I had that last Steyr LP 10 since 2001 and it replaced my Walther CP3 Match-MV which I had for over a decade before that. Classic!

There are quite a few technical changes from the last decade that have gone into the latest LP 10 iteration which are new for me. For starters there is the change from CO2 to compressed air, the 8 duct compensator, the electronic trigger, and the ball bearing trigger.

I've started to train with the new LP 10E and getting the sights and trigger setup to something similar to my last LP 10. The electronic trigger is smoooooth! I've tried out electronic triggers in the past but until this year was always all about the mechanical triggers. This Summer at Nationals, when I tried out the new Steyr LP 10E from Air Guns Plus!, I was convinced it was time to switch to electronic.

My first competition with the Steyr LP 10E will be at the 2011 Canadian Airgun Grand Prix in Toronto, Canada on January 21, 22 and 23, 2011.

Monday, October 25, 2010

2010 WCAGC Match Winner!

Busy week! I was down in Redmond, WA at the Microsoft campus on Friday and then drove back, in time for a few hours sleep before flying to Calgary Saturday morning.

John Berta and I were the BC Team that attended the 2010 Western Canadian Airgun Championships. We took a 7am flight out of Vancouver and drove from the airport straight to the Calgary Rifle & Pistol Club and were shooting our first match of the day a few minutes later.

I shot a 560 / 600 and a 564 / 600 which put me in 1st place going into Finals on Sunday. I was 14 points ahead of 2nd going into Finals so there wasn't a lot of pressure -- but it is Finals and anything can happen. ;) Ultimately, I pushed a bit further ahead and locked in the 'Match Winner' title.

Here are some photos of the scores for 10m Air and 10m Rifle Finals:

10M Pistol Men

10M Pistol Women

10M Rifle Men

10M Rifle Women

Impressive, as always, are the World class rifle scores that Cory Niefer shoots... 594! 54 10's out of 60! Awesome.

Thanks to Bernie, CRPC, the range officials, and volunteers for hosting an excellent match in Calgary.

My next competition is at the 2010 Hibernation Match in Richmond, BC in a couple of weeks.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Canadian Airgun Grand Prix -- January 2011

The 2011 Canadian Airgun Grand Prix will be held January 21-23, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. Complete details are available here:
This is one of the best shooting matches in Canada... see you there!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Oct 22-24 2010 - Western Canadian Airgun Championships (Calgary)

The Western Canadian Airgun Championships are being held a week later on October 22-24, 2010 in Calgary Alberta. These will all be shot on MEGAlink electronic targets and the competition is limited to 36 competitors.

Registration form is available online here.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Gold in 10M and 50M team pistol events

I don't have all of the final scores with me but our 10M team consisting of Edmond Lee, Stan Wills, and I took 1st place. This is the 3rd year in a row that Edmond and I have had the top team at Nationals. It definitely helped getting Stan Wills on our team this year. Our 50M team consisted of John Berta, Edmond Lee, and I. I'll see if I can get the scores all posted up later.

Gotta run.... time to board the plane!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

New personal best in 50M Pistol!

I shot a 522 / 600 and a 532 / 600 in the 50M Pistol event at the 2010 Canadian Nationals. The 532 / 600 is a new personal best for me in this event. My scores were high enough to finish 3rd overall in a field of about 30.

This is an event I don't spend a lot of time training for due to the lack of nearby shooting ranges back home where I can shoot at 50 metres. The last time I shot 50M was at last year's Nationals. I will be making more of an effort to train for this event and putting some time into making a few modifications to the grip when I get back.

National Team Trials in 10M this afternoon and then Finals!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Arrived in Granby, Quebec!

Edmond Lee and I got into Montreal yesterday morning after taking a late flight out of Vancouver. *yawn* We met up with John Berta, another BC shooter, who arrived about an hour ahead of us. *yawn* I didn't get any sleep on the plane, but after the drive to Granby, getting some food, and checking into the hotel a small power nap fixed that.

This morning we went to the outdoor range to get our equipment checked and registered. After that we got in some training time on the 50M range which went really well. The weather was excellent, sunny, not too hot, a light breeze... compared to the cold and rainy day yesterday it was beautiful.

Getting my Pardini sighted in at the 50M range

Once we finished up at the outdoor range, we headed over to the indoor range to get some 10M training time in. The indoor range feels a little dark, but it's using similar light conditions to how I train back home so I like it.

After getting some time in on both ranges we went out for some lunch and ate poutine, apparently the best in Granby according to a few reviewers. It was pretty good!

Competition Round 1 begins tomorrow morning - 50M at 9am and then 10M in the afternoon.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Flying to Montreal next week!

Final training preparations are wrapping up for my trip to the 2010 Canadian National Pistol Championships being held in Granby, Quebec next week.

I'll be shooting my new Pardini FPM in the Olympic 50M event. I decided to retire my old Pardini and picked up this one:

Being a restricted firearm, there is some extra paperwork you need to do to be able to transport it. I sent it all to the Canadian Firearms Program with the RCMP and I received my authorization a couple weeks ago. I am all set!

I fly out late Tuesday night and return on the 31st. I 'plan' to do daily updates while I'm there, but we'll see... I really don't want to be on a computer too much. I do that enough as is. ;)

Monday, July 5, 2010


Well I didn't really go anywhere, but this blog did. It had to be moved and going through that process kind of put the brakes on any updates from me.


The 2010 Canadian National Pistol Championships are coming up in August near Montreal, Quebec and I will be there!

More to come!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Tied for 1st place at 2010 BC Airgun Championships

I ended up tied for 1st place at the 2010 BC Airgun Championships in Richmond, BC. The way the tie-break is done though is by counting back from the last shot to find who ended better. Out of 3 complete courses of fire (180 shots) both Edmond Lee and myself ended up at 1686/1800 points.

Congrats to my fellow Team BC teammate Edmond Lee who had a slightly better last target than me.

I'm off for a few weeks before getting ready for Provincials in Campbell River (early May) where I'll break in my new 50M pistol which should arrive in a couple of weeks. Next up after that, will probably be the 2010 Canadian National Pistol Championships being held in Granby, Quebec August 25 to 31, 2010.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Currently in 1st at the 2010 BC Airgun Championships

This weekend is the 2010 BC Airgun Championships being held in Richmond, BC. This is the same range where I train at most weeks. Today I shot a 563/600 and a 565/600, a slight improvement over my pair of 560/600's I shot at the Canadian Airgun Grand Prix in Toronto 2 weeks ago. To add some context, the Olympic minimum qualification score for 10M Pistol is 563/600.

I'm currently in 1st place with one more relay on Sunday... Stay tuned for updates!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Finished 4th overall at 2010 Canadian Airgun Grand Prix

This will be a quick update... finished 4th overall at the 2010 Canadian Airgun Grand Prix -- one of my best finishes at this annual match. My scores for the weekend were 560/600 on Saturday and 560/600 on Sunday. Full scores are available here.
I'll be at the 2010 BC Airgun Championships March 6-8.. details can be found at the BC Target Sports Association website. There are still a few positions open if you haven't registered yet.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

6 points off the leader after Relay 1

I finished today with a 560/600, a little lower than my recent practice scores. Took me a little while to get settled into a groove. That's something I'll be working on more over the next few weeks going into the BC Airgun Championships next month.

My 3rd set of 10 shots though was a solid group and I got into a good flow.

tyler johnson snapped this photo of me between shots

I shoot again tomorrow morning, then Finals will be held in the early afternoon.

Arrived in Toronto

I left Vancouver early Friday morning and arrived in Toronto around 2:45pm local time that afternoon.

It's definitely a lot colder here than in Vancouver! Good thing I brought along my Olympic 2010 Mittens. ;)

I compete 12:30pm on Saturday and at 10:15 on Sunday and will post up details later.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Flying out to Toronto tomorrow morning

I'm all packed and ready to go to the 2010 Canadian Airgun Grand Prix held in Toronto, Canada this weekend. Leaving first thing tomorrow morning and getting in to Toronto around 2:30pm local time. Then off to practice, make sure our BC Team gets signed, and get ready for the competition the next morning.

I'm flying back Sunday evening and coming home to Vancouver to get back to more of this:

Looking down the 50M range in Calgary, Alberta
robson st in downtown vancouver. GO CANADA GO!


Monday, February 1, 2010

Coming up fast... the 2010 Canadian Airgun Grand Prix and 2010 BC Airgun Championships

It's been awhile since I've made a post! Lots has been going on... lots of good things!

A few notes...
  • Canadian Airgun Grand Prix is happening February 19-21, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario. Details can be found on's website.
  • BC Airgun Championships are in Richmond on March 5-8, 2010 -- details can be found on the BC Target Sports calendar. The BCTSA AGM will be held on March 7th at Sportstown BC from 7pm-9pm.

I'll be at both of these matches. More updates as the Grand Prix approaches.