by Al Myers
I’m sure everyone is wondering how the shooting competition following the Dino Gym Challenge turned out. Well, it ended up taking about as long as the meet to complete! I had several entrants in each shooting division, with some outstanding marksmanship taking place. Luckily, we had a perfect day of weather with very minimal wind. Four divisions were contested, and each person could enter whichever division they wanted, depending on what their shooting expertise was. Darren Barnhart was the only one to enter all four divisions. The four shooting divisions were:
1. Shotgun Trap Shot
2. Small Bore Rifle (.223 caliber and smaller)
3. Large Bore Rifle (above .223 caliber)
The TOP THREE in each division are as follows:
Shotgun Trap Shot – 25 blue rock targets were throw from an electric trap thrower, with each shooter getting one shot per target.
1. Darren Barnhart – 18/25
2. Thom Van Vleck – 16/25
2 (tie). Chad Ullom – 16/25
Small Bore Rifle – 5 shots at 100 yards and 5 shots at 200 yards.
1. Dave Glasgow – 61 points
2. Darren Barnhart – 58 points
3. Chad Ullom – 36 points
Large Bore Rifle – 5 shots at 100 yards and 5 shots at 200 yards.
1. Thom Van Vleck – 71 points
2. Darren Barnhart – 16 points
3. Dan Wagman – 0 points!
Handgun – 5 shots at 3 yards, 5 shots at 7 yards, 5 shots at 10 yards
1. Dave Glasgow – 176 points
2. Dan Wagman – 152 points
3. Chad Ullom – 96 points
Now for a little commentary on the days shooting. First, I didn’t compete, but instead acted as the official to make sure everything was done on the “up and up”. I was most surprised by Chad Ullom. Chad continues to show everyone that he seems to be a natural at everything. He doesn’t even own a gun, and very rarely has ever shot one, but wanted to compete so he borrowed a shotgun from Darren to enter the shotgun contest. He started off miserably – missing his first half dozen shots. At this point – he made a newbie mistake and jammed up Darren’s gun so it wouldn’t work anymore. I then had to let him borrow one of mine to finish his shoot. At this juncture I gave him a few shooting tips and reminded him of the value of my shotgun, and that I would hold him accountably for it if he broke it. Well, this motivational talk of mine must have got him focused and he seemed to “get on fire” and started hitting every target!!! Thom was solid as expected in the Trap Shoot, but still ended up with a tie with Chad for second. Darren won the event with a very good 18 out of 25. Next up was the small bore rifle competition. Again, Chad was up against a couple of seasoned shooters in Darren and Dave, but made a fine showing to get third with again a borrowed rifle, edging out John O’Brien who scored a 27. Darren had the lead after round 1 at 100 yards, but sharp-shooter Dave eclipsed him in round 2 at 200 yards to win the small bore. The large bore rifle had three entrants: Thom, Darren, and Dan. A controversy immediately resulted as Dan was going to enter using his 5.56 M4 Colt Carbine. A discussion ensued that this division was for .223 caliber and above, but after a group consensus, it was determined that the 5.56 caliber was indeed just slightly larger than the .223 caliber, and thus within the rules to be entered. Thom was one hand with his trusty 6mm Remington rifle. I could tell by the way he carassed his gun that it was a trusty ole friend of his, and that he had an intimate relationship with it. I want to mention something here about rifle shooting. Long distance rifle shooting requires a steady hand and a silent concentration – not exactly the mindset that most weightlifters have. Most of us that have been around Dan in the weightroom know that he gets about “as jacked” as any lifter could before an attempt. I could see his jugular pulse beating away as he set up for his shots. I thought for a moment that he was going to pull an ammonia cap out of his pocket to give him more of an adrenalin rush. Add in the fact that he was shooting “open sights” and that the M4 Colt is designed to be shot as “accuracy through volume”, it was not adding up well for him. I was slightly embarrassed to tell him that not only did he not hit the target once – but that he wasn’t even on the paper!!! Now Thom was another story. He destroyed the target with each shot using his bolt-action rifle in systematic fashion, and won by a HUGE MARGIN. But Thom told me afterwards that his years in the Marines trained him well for distance shooting, and that paid off in his victory in this division. We finished the day with the handgun division. We conducted the event under the rules established for qualifying for the Kansas concealed license. Darren was shooting a ultralight handgun that looked like it would fit in your front pocket without being noticed. Chad borrowed a .22 pistol from Darren, Dave was shooting a 9mm semiautomatic, and Dan was shooting a huge 45 caliber. Quite a diverse set of handguns for this competition. Dave showed his years as a policemen training on the 9mm that he was in a “class of his own”. His shooting technique was superb and hit the center on practically every shot. Dan shooting his huge 45 made it about impossible for me to tally his score as he shot the entire center of the target out, and Chad really surprised me by hitting the target on every one of his shots. Overall, this was a great competition and a fitting ending to a great day at the Dino Gym!!!