Friday, December 13, 2013

Arizona State Palma Championships December 6-8, 2013

The 2013 Arizona State Palma Championships has now become part of the rich history of this storied range, aka the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. With over 70 competitors from thirteen states the match was well attended and despite the cold temperatures and fickle winds, some very good scores were fired. As usual I had my trusty Nikon with me and I put together a little pictorial of the match that can be viewed by clicking HERE


If nothing else, the scores that David Gosnell, Match Winner and runner-up Allan Rosenthal put up in the F-Open division, proves that in the right hands the 7MM's are still a potent caliber. David's 1344-86X effort with a straight .284 is a new State record for the event and Allan's 1338-68X score was a full four points better than Steve Blair could muster with his much heavier recoiling 300WSM. Food for thought for those considering one of these calibers for FO competition.


Back in 2008, Steve Lockwood was just a friend at work who, at the time, was a serious paintball competitor. I remember how he always perked up when I would talk about some match or another and little by little I reeled him in to the point where I got him to join me at a club match. Well the rest, as they say is history as Steve has gone from borrowing a rifle five years ago, to getting a full blown Doan Trevor creation of his own and along the way has turned into one of Arizona's top F-TR shooters; underscored I might add by his wire to wire victory over runner-up Scott Harris in this year’s Championship. In looking at the scores I would caution against resting on your laurels though Steve as Scott just seems to be getting better and better every match!


The winner of the Palma Rifle division needs no introduction. Bob Gustin has been winning matches for decades and in spite of falling short in each of the daily aggregates, Bob's solid scoring over the three days earned him yet another victory to cap an incredibly successful year for the veteran shooter. Fellow Californian Brian Prescott was this year’s runner-up in the Championship with a fine 1337-55X. I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge one very special accomplishment in the palma division. Fourteen year old Ryan Hayes, in his first palma match I might add, stunned the bondage bunch with a day two victory by virtue of a very well executed 448-25X effort and then followed that with a six down 444 on day three! One can only wonder if this young man had shot all three days would we have seen a different outcome in the grand aggregate? Only time will tell as we continue down the road but what a great start with the palma rifle and he doesn't even have his learners permit yet!

In the Team Championship the Blue Stars, consisting of Emil Kovan, Adrian Harris, Mike Dunia and Jim O'Connell put together a stellar score to win the Team Match! US Tactical Supply shooters, Greg Gamboa, Steven Powell, Robert Maust and Allen Spiker took the Silver and ASRPA Red squad of Doug Frerichs, Ken Nelson, Rick Curtis and Phil Hayes took the Bronze


Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who came out to join us in this years Championship. The weather wasn't the best but I sincerely hope you enjoyed yourselves and I look forward to seeing you all back next year.

For Team Results click HERE   F-Open Results HERE   Palma Rifle Results HERE   F-TR Results HERE

On behalf of the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association and the Desert Sharpshooters Rifle Club I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!



Rick Curtis

1 comment:

artandscience said...

None of the links work for me in either Chrome or Safari (the results links).