Last updated on October 17th, 2018 at 11:04 am
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The 2018 season officially ended at Midnight on October 15th. We had 38 shooters actively participate from all over the country, as well as a few international participants. League shooters fired over 23,000 shots in 600-yard, 1000-yard, and Palma matches in the 6-month period from mid-April through mid-October. Along the way I think we mostly had a good time, and collected a lot of interesting data that to my knowledge has never been tracked before. Even though we all shot at different ranges in different conditions throughout the year, I think the info gathered gives a reasonably good representation of season-long performance. Now, onto the shooting part:
Things came right down to the wire, and we had some surprises happen on the very last weekend of the season. In the 600 yard aggregate, Kim Rowe had held the lead since September 19th, having overtaken Nate Guernsey that week by less than .01%. Last weekend, Ray Gross continued his streak of excellent scores at SEMNO by firing a 597 out of 600 possible. Those 60 shots gave him enough to qualify for the agg, and moved him straight into the number 1 spot with the clock expiring on the season. Ray’s 99.79% season average makes him the 2018 Postal League 600-Yard Champion. I had to go to a 3rd decimal place to figure out 2nd and 3rdplace, but Kim’s 99.692% just edged out Guernsey’s 99.689%.
2018 600-Yard Champion
1st Place: Ray Gross 99.79%
2nd Place: Kim Rowe 99.692%
3rd Place: Nate Guernsey 99.689%
The other half of Team Rowe had been sitting atop the 1000-yard aggregate since 9/26, when Chuck also overtook Nate Guernsey for the late-season lead. Chuck had been hanging right around 98.7% since then, but one last day of Palma and an extra 20 shots at 1000 at Alliance Rifle Club meant that it wasn’t over just yet. Chuck’s lead was only .04% over Kim, and 35 shots for each of them at 1k would decide the champion. In the day’s Palma match, Chuck had top X’s for the day, But Kim had one more point as they finished with 445-27x & 446-20x, respectively. The extra 1k went the same way, with Kim’s 199-9x taking another point against Chuck’s 198-7x. This finish couldn’t have been any closer, and I had to double-check the math before I was positive who won, but when the smoke cleared, Kim Rowe got her revenge from the 600-agg heartbreaker by winning the 1k agg over her own husband by .0335%! Kim’s 98.70% is top for the season. Chuck’s 98.67% was good enough for 2nd, and Brian Mrnak took 3rd at 98.16%.
2018 1000-Yard Champion
1st Place: Kim Rowe 98.70%
2nd Place: Chuck Rowe 98.67%
3rd Place: Brian Mrnak 98.16%
There were no surprises whatsoever in the Palma agg. Brian Mrnak took the lead the very first week he qualified back on July 18th, and no one has ever really gotten close enough to give him any serious threat since then. Brian finished the season with an astounding 99.53% average, which works out to an average Palma match score just shy of 448. Kim Rowe’s husband was again the bridesmaid at 99.08%, and young Party Marty Gunderson rode his awesome 450-33x at the Midwest Palma Championship and excellent scores the rest of the season to a solid 3rd place finish in the Palma agg.
2018 Palma Champion
1st Place: Brian Mrnak 99.53%
2nd Place: Chuck Rowe 99.08%
3rd Place: Marty Gunderson 99.07%
I also compiled overall stats for everyone who participated in the league. We had 11 shooters that qualified in all 3 of the aggs, and 7 more that qualified in 2 out of 3. The remaining 20 either qualified in one agg, or none, which is not a problem. I’d like to get the numbers up a little next year, but I realize that not everyone can shoot as much as we’d all like. Looking at the final overall spreadsheet, it’s best to only compare shooters within the same bracket, and even that data can be somewhat misleading, as comparing 600 averages to 1000 averages is sort of akin to comparing apples to bananas.
With that said, I was able to order the top overall shooters for the season, based on overall averages. In 3rd place, Chuck Rowe caps off a great year averaging 98.81% over all 3 aggs. Chuck fired 1105 total rounds in the league, with 43.71% of those being X’s. Yours truly finished in 2nd place at 98.92%, winning the Iron Man (most shots fired with 1650) and X-Man (highest x-percentage at 51.33%) awards along the way. Not surprisingly, Kim Rowe is your 2018 Palma Alliance Postal League Grand Champion. Kim finished the season with a near-perfect 99% average over 1035 shots, with 48.5% X-count. Both Kim and Chuck switched to shooting .308 rifles in the middle of the 2018 season after shooting .223 Palma guns in previous years. After some brief growing pains, they both showed that doubling the bullet and powder weight was no deterrent to them shooting great scores. I am thinking these guys should put down the crutches of their Any Rifles and step onto the true Palma path. I have spots in the Alliance reserved for you two whenever you are ready…
2018 Grand Champion
1st Place: Kim Rowe 99.00%
2nd Place: Erik Rhode 98.92%
3rd Place: Chuck Rowe 98.81%
Thanks to everyone who participated in this league. I will probably do this again next year if there is enough interest. If there is, it will likely start up again around March or April 2019. I’d love to hear your feedback (positive OR negative) on the league, and am open to suggestions on how we can make it better next time.
See you next year!
2 weekends left to shoot matches! All scores must be turned in no later than Monday, October 15th.
If you know that you aren’t going to be shooting any more matches between now and 10/15, please let me know so I can get your final stats figured out.
We are getting down to it, folks. 3 more weekends of matches, and then it’s all over for 2018.
No changes in the 600 yard agg, everyone stayed in the same places as last week.
At 1000, we had a new qualifier come in and shake things up. Chuck Rowe rides an awesome 597-32x straight up to the #1 spot with a mighty 98.69% average over 350 shots! The only person I could see topping that would be his own wife - Kim is currently sitting at 98.67% over 290 shots, just shy of qualifying! I know the Rowe’s have more 1000-yard matches before the league season ends, so this could come down the the wire…
Morgan Dietrich made good use of his 2 individual Palma matches in Montana over the weekend to hit the Palma minimum number and move straight into 5th place at 98.93% for the season. Well done!
Keep sending your scores to PalmaAlliance1@gmail.com!
Kim Rowe moves into the lead in the 600-yard agg! Kim Hasn’t shot a ton of matches with the Palma gun at 600 this year, but she’s made them count when she has. 99.70% average will be tough to catch in the next 3 weeks. I have no more 600-yard matches left on my schedule, so I’m out. Can Nate Guernsey do it?
Speaking of Guernsey, he still leads the 1000-yard agg with a stout 98.11% average. Brian Mrnak remains atop the Palma agg with a ridiculous 99.49%, probably uncatchable at this point. There is a 2-day Palma regional coming up this weekend in windless Montana where at least a few league members will be, so there could be some movement lower on the list. Kerry Spurgin set a new NRA National Record at this match last year with a shocking score of 1097 out of 1100 possible points (2 palma matches + and extra 20 shots at 1000). That’ll probably hold for a while.
Ok, we are back online after 2 weeks in Canada. The league should hit the 20,000 shot mark in the next week, that’s a lot of shooting! With the low numbers in the 600 aggregate, I made an executive decision to lower the qualifying number again, this time to 200 shots. This gets a bunch more people qualified, and makes it a better competition. If I do this again next year that agg will be lower from the start.
Just an FYI, I decided to lower the qualifying number for the 600-yard agg from 400 shots down to 300. People just aren’t shooting as much 600 as I expected, so hopefully this will get some more people into the agg. This change gets both Nate Guernsey and Brian Mrnak in this week, and moves Guernsey into the #1 spot.
It’s not too late to join the league! It will run until October 15, 2018, so if you want to get in on the fun, send an email to PalmaAlliance1@gmail.com!
There will probably not be a league update until late August or early September due to the Canadian Fullbore Nationals. Good luck to everyone going up there to shoot.
Keep sending in those scores!
No major changes from last week. Leaders in all 3 aggs are the same, but Nate Guernsey is 10 points away from qualifying in the 600 and his 99.64% average has me scared. Nate had another dominant performance over the weekend, breaking his own national record for the Fullbore course of fire. I think he may be the best overall Palma shooter in the country right now.
We are less than 3 weeks away from the 150th DCRA Fullbore National Championships in Ottawa, where some of the best Palma shooters from the USA and the rest of the world will all be competing head to head. This will be my first trip there, and I can’t wait to see all of my friends from around the world and shoot against the best of the best!
Keep sending your scores to PalmaAlliance1@gmail.com!
Last week’s Long Range National Championship Matches at Camp Atterbury have pushed the total league round count up to almost 16,000, and got us 2 more qualifiers in both the 1,000-yard and Palma Aggs.
My good buddy Brian “Short Pants” Mrnak delivered on his promise to own the Palma Agg - his awesome 448 score at Atterbury locked down the number #1 spot with a ridiculous 99.47% average over 5 matches. That’s going to be tough to catch. Adam Fitzpatrick is the only other qualified shooter over 99%, and he and Chuck Rowe round out the top 3.
The Beard of Destiny Nate Guernsey is still in command of the 1,000 yard agg; sitting pretty with a 98.08% average over 520 shots. John Field (97.78%) and Adam Fitzpatrick (97.47%) are in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
I am still on top of the 600 agg with a 99.55% average over 555 shots. That could all change this week with the Mid Range Nationals going on. There could be some tough shooters qualifying in that agg, so we will see what happens…
Just a reminder, please send all match results to the PalmaAlliance1@gmail.com email address! Results sent via text or Facebook messenger have a tendency of getting lost and/or forgotten.
The league is moving right along. We have 40 shooters signed up, and so far 22 of those are actively participating. Hopefully the rest of you will start sending scores in soon. 5,160 shots have been fired so far in the aggs, so the data is beginning to shape up. A few shooters are already getting close to required minimums to qualify for the aggs, and we still have 5 months to go.
The Palma Alliance Postal League is picking up steam, with 40 shooters signed up as of today. A little over half are already sending in scores. Standings are all preliminary at this point as no one has reached the required minimums yet, but some of us are getting close.
The league season will run until October 15th, 2018. The league is free to join, and you can join at any time. You do not have to be member of the Palma Alliance to participate in the league, but only scores shot with iron-sighted Palma rifles and sub-156 or sub-81 grain bullets are eligible.
Send me an email if you’d like to join!
The Palma Alliance™ is now officially registered as an NRA Club. This means that Alliance Members can enter NRA team events as
a Palma Alliance™ Team and be recognized for awards.
Members are encouraged to use the Palma Alliance™ club name for team events.
Since the season is getting into full swing in most parts of the country, I will be posting weekly Postal League updates on Wednesdays. If you want your scores to be listed, make sure to get them to me by Tuesday night, otherwise they will be on the next week's update.
It's never too late to join the league, send me an email at PalmaAlliance1@gmail.com to sign up.
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