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August 12-13, 2017: Summer High Power Matches 2017 – Bismarck/Mandan Rifle and Pistol Association

Last updated on November 26th, 2017 at 05:41 am


2017 Summer Matches


FIRED August 12 and 13, 2017


Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2017 Summer High Power Matches on August 12 and 13, 2017.  Our turnout was a little lower this year probably because we had just about a record rain fall on Saturday morning.  But after a 2 hour delay we were able to get in the M1 Garand Club Championship and the Palma match.

Once again - a BIG thanks again goes out to our line officer for the M1 Garand, Long Range and Over-the-Course events – Bob Cunningham.  Bob also posted most of the scores.  I REALLY appreciate Bob’s help because I would not be able to fire the events if I didn’t have his help – THANKS again.

Congratulations to our 2017 Bismarck/Mandan M1 Garand Club Champion – Garth Weber from Valley City.  Garth fired an impressive 268-4x over the 300 point course.  This was good enough for the Club Champ and a Bronze CMP Medal. Also to note – Ryan Holien fired the high score in the Garand match (260-10x) firing his 6BRX (and good enough for a bronze medal in the “Modern Military/Anything Goes” category). Jim Ladwig from Argusville fired a 267-3x for a Bronze Medal.

As stated, Saturday morning started with a rain storm – just like last year – I think we had close to 2 ½ inches in the rain gauge when Saturday was done.  This delayed the start of the day about 2 hours.  Once things cleared – we got underway with our usual breezy morning – challenging for offhand. And of course when we finally got the Palma match underway it was windy – not too bad – a head on wind from the east which did make for some rather challenging conditions for long-range.

Congratulations to our Palma match winners – Neil Jensen (432-15x) in Conventional and Brian Suhr (441-13x) in the F-Open class. We only had 1 F-TR shooter at the match – so Roger had to be combined with the F/O class.  I also had an “Any Rifle” class for the sling shooters that don’t have a 308 Palma Rifle.  Ryan Holein took that class with a 433-13x shooting the 6.5x284.  We welcome a new shooter – Brad Bachman joined us for his first F-Class match at our range.  Welcome aboard Brad – hope you can make some more events this summer.

We had a great day on Sunday for the over-the-course match – a little cool to start the day (I actually kept my shooting sweatshirt on for much of the day) and not much wind – by the time the last string of 600 was being fired – the wind had dropped to just about ZERO (No kidding!).  Russ Theurer fired a 775/800 for the match win.  Tom Thompson was first in the combined High Master/Master class with a 773/800.  Tom Headrick was first in the combined Expert/Marksman class with a 743/800.



The FINAL High Power event at our range this year will be the Northern Great Plains Regional Championship the weekend of September 9 and 10.  This event is a 2 day, 100 shots for record, NRA Long Range Regional Event for Conventional, F-Open and the F-Target Rifle Classes.  We will shoot 3 – 20 shot matches on Saturday, and 2 – 20 shot matches on Sunday (with unlimited sighters for each match – so make sure you bring enough ammo).  All matches will be fired from 1000 yards.  Please plan to attend – pass the word and bring a friend along.  This is also the weekend of the United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck – so hotel rooms are tight. Therefore, if you plan to attend this 2 day event – start making your hotel reservations now!  I sure would like to give away a lot of Regional Medallions at the Regional event.  I need 5 shooters in a category for the Gold, 10 for the Silver and 15 shooters for the Bronze Medallion – so get your shooting buddies lined up and plan to attend.

Like I say every year - summers are short and winters are long in this part of the country (wow – they are sooo short). We ONLY have 5 more High Power events this YEAR.  So make your plans and save the dates.  The remaining match schedule is listed below.


9/9/17 Bismarck/Mandan


Thanks again and I hope to see everyone at the rest of the events this season.

Tom Thompson

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