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Independence on the Two Med Long Range Match

On July 3rd, Warhorse Development of Valier hosted its third competitive long-range shooting match. There were 17 shooters that came from around the state as well as a few local shooters. A Women’s Division was held for the 3 ladies that were brave enough to battle the sun, the hills and the rattlesnakes. We also had a novice division and expert division.

The match consisted of ten different stages in which the shooters had to engage multiple targets at various distances. Some were as close as 214 yards with some of the longest distances pushing out to 1312 yards. Different size targets are used at different distances to increase or decrease the difficulty depending on the match director’s whims when he sets his course of fire. Each stage also had requirements such as shooting with your rifle on your left side, or utilizing rocks or other barriers. There was also a pistol stage where vital hits got extra points.

Brandon St Clair and his wife Rachel of Livingston, MT took 1st place in both the Expert and Women’s Division. Seth McAnaly of Great Falls, took the Novice Division. Congratulations to all the shooters!

Overall it was a great day. The heat was pretty rough on some of the competitors, but there was plenty of water available. Wind conditions were better than they have been, but this is Valier, so the wind is pretty much just part of the fun. Everyone got to kick back and relax while the scores were being tabulated and enjoy a homecooked burger and baked beans dinner.

Thank you to all the competitors for your support and participating in our matches. We really appreciate that many of you are willing to make the long trip to Valier. There were numerous sponsors and businesses who generously donated prizes or helped make the match possible. Pacific Steel and Recycling (Great Falls), Mitchell Supply (Great Falls), Jones Creek Precision (Miles City), Bar 11 Leather Maker (Miles City), AEM Precision (Jordan) and Brandon St Clair (Livingston). A huge thank you goes out to these businesses and individuals. Also, a big thank you goes to our range officers James Kapp and Jim Eff. They were responsible for making sure everyone stayed safe and spotting the shots. Ashley Barrett generously donated her photography skills to capture the action.

The next Warhorse Development match won’t be until late September. It will most likely be a Pro-Am Team Match, where just beginning shooters will get paired with an expert who will provide guidance and knowledge for those just getting started. Stay tuned for more information which will be on our facebook page and website as it gets closer to September.

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