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.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Kamloops - Level III Rifle & Pistol Technical Coaching Course (Nov 20-22)

There is a Level III Rifle and Pistol Technical Coaching Course happening in Kamloops, BC on November 20 - 22, 2009. Details can be found in the LevelIIICourseForm.doc.

One more week until the Hibernation Airgun Match being held in Richmond, BC. See you there!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Hibernation Match 2009 - Nov 6-8 Details

One of the last shooting competitions of the year is quickly coming up on November 6-8, in Richmond, BC. Details and registration form can be found on the BCTSA website (Registration Form).

This is one of my favorite matches of the year. 3 complete courses of fire over 2 days. I've shot some of my best 10M pistol scores at this event.

See you there!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

2009 Western Canadian Airgun Championships October 16-18

After a 4 week break with only a couple of shooting sessions I'm back to training on September 14th to get ready for the 2009 Western Canadian Airgun Championships being held in Calgary, Alberta on October 16 - 18.

Another busy work week, some drinks with friends, then back to shooting 10s starting next week.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Defending champions BC Team wins Gold at 2009 Nationals

We did it again! The BC Team won Gold in the 10M event. This is the second year in a row our team has won the team event.

Individually, I missed Finals by 1 point and finished 9th. I found the indoor range to be a challenge to shoot in due to the changing lighting from the overhead skylights which were located over a few of the middle positions. My scores were 553/600 and 561/600, which are lower than where I was hoping to be.

Shot up van at Campbell River Gun Club
gold medal for the BC Team consisting of Edmond Lee, Tyler Johnson, and myself

I ran into a few preparation problems before the 1st relay due to forgetting my competitor number and gun check information. I didn't have time to drive back to where I was staying to pick it up without possibly losing competition time so I made a new competitor number by hand. Awesome. Luckily I was able to get a photocopy of my gun check information from the officials. Small issue but that burned through 20 minutes of time which I normally would have used for getting ready mentally and physically.

After the morning relay I drove back and picked up all of my paperwork and competitor number and made it back with lots of time to run through my regular pre-shooting routine. By now, the sun was almost overhead and shining through the skylights and reflecting right off the floor. I couldn't sit in my chair without having a really bright glare in my eyes. Bright. Sunshine + squeaky clean linoleum floor = Arggghhhh.

Good learning experience to make sure I have everything packed and ready (I thought I did! :)) before shooting as well as to train in different lighting conditions... maybe even pack some sunglasses. 10M is always shot indoors so I didn't anticipate possibly needing any kind of tinted lenses.

For the Finals, they used an electronic target scoring system which is projected on to the wall and shows changes to the leader board in real-time. Very cool. It was great to have my two BC teammates shooting in Finals. Edmond Lee (553/600, 573/600) finished in 3rd behind Mark Hynes (Ontario) and Stan Wills (Alberta) thanks to his impressive 573 he shot in the afternoon relay. Tyler Johnson (558/600, 559/600) finished in 6th.

Sitting at the Calgary Airport now and waiting to fly home.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Back into 50M Free Pistol Shooting! 3rd place finish for Team BC.

Last week I was issued a an authorization to transport permit so I could take my classic Pardini PGP 75 .22 to Calgary for Nationals. Shooting the 50M event is a natural progression from shooting the 10M air event.

I didn't have much in the way of expectations considering I haven't fired a .22 pistol since 1994 but it's an event that I wanted to start competing in. My 15 minutes of sighter shots were basically all the practice I would get to shoot before shooting my first scoring shot.

Looking down the 50M range in Calgary, Alberta
what the 50m range looks like from my phone's camera

I ended the day with a 512 and a 484. My BC teammates, Tyler Johnson and Edmond Lee both shot 502 on their first round and then brought their scores up in the 2nd round. Edmond Lee made finals and finished in 7th overall. Our combined score gave our BC Team a 3rd place finish.

My main event is on Friday... I shoot at 8:00 am and again at 12:30 pm. I'll be off tomorrow and will probably take a look around the city. The 10M range isn't open for practice times until around 6pm tomorrow evening.