Saturday, December 14, 2013




Tuesday, December 10, 2013


As of December 21, 2014:

Many of you may already know that the RNBRA Board of Directors and Executive Committee recently received the resignations of President Bob Kierstead, Treasurer Bobby Jones, First Vice-President Paul Richie and 2nd Vice-President Morrill Sisk. We thank these folks for their work on behalf of shooters, coaches and especially young shooters in New Brunswick over a long period of time and wish them well in their future endeavours.

These resignations have required some rapid changes and adjustment on the part of many people and these adjustments have, in turn, affected the make up of the executive of the Fullbore Section. After considerable soul-searching, Michael Lutes has accepted to take on the responsibility of presiding over the Board of Directors of the RNBRA and is now Interim-President. This meant that he could not perform his duties as Fullbore Chairman and Representative to the RNBRA Board and so Bert deVink will move to Fullbore Chairman while Don Coleman takes over the job of Fullbore Representative to the RNBRA. Bert's position of Fullbore Section Vice-chairman will be taken over by John Holleran.


Michael Lutes - Interim President:
April Brewer - 1st Vice-President:
Don Brown - 2nd Vice-President:
Steven Stewart - Past President:
Michelle Cormier - Treasurer:
Lorraine Chapman - Secretary:
Don Coleman - Membership Sec. and Fullbore Rep.:
Larry Shriver - IPSIC Representative:
Ed Chapman - Director at Large:
Wayde Clifford - Director at Large:
Matt Wolf - Director at Large:


Bert deVink - Chairman:
John Holleran - Vice-Chairman:
Don Coleman - Secretary and Rep to RNBRA:
Conrad Leroux - Treasurer:
Daniel Chisholm - Representative to DCRA:

Well, that's it so far. We will post any further developments on this Blog. To all these folks we express our thanks and wish them well in their new jobs.

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Monday, December 9, 2013


The Annual General Meeting of the RNBRA Fullbore Section was held on December 8th, 2013 at the Fairway Motel in Sussex.
In attendance were Paul Bastarache, Daniel Chisholm, Wayde Clifford, Don Coleman, Bert deVink, Brian Doherty, John Holleran, Conrad Leroux, Michael Lutes, Paul McIlveen, Ron Surette, with Steven Stewart sending his regrets.
The Chairperson for the meeting was Daniel Chisholm and Bert deVink took the minutes.


1.     AGENDA
               i)    Minutes of AGM - 2012
              ii)    Business Arising from the Minutes
             iii)    New Business
                             - Treasurer's Report
                             - Committee Reports
                             - Insurance
                             - RSO Training
                             - Electronic targets
                             - Annual RNBRA Proceedings Book
                             - Election of Officers and Liaison with RNBRA and DCRA
                             - Presentations
             iv)     Adjournment
            iiv)     Scheduling Meeting

2.     MINUTES OF THE AGM - 2012
         Moved by Conrad Leroux and seconded by Don Coleman that the minutes be adopted as read. Carried.

            i)      Insurance - Daniel Chisholm contacted Bob Kierstead, President of the RNBRA, who, by March 2013, arranged for insurance to cover shooters who were members of the RNBRA. Wayde Clifford related the history of insurance coverage with the DCRA. Further discussion was deferred to New Business.
            ii)     Mandatory Membership to the DCRA - This issue will be deferred to a future AGM.
           iii)     Electronic Target Scoring - During 2012, the Fullbore Section continued to use electronic targets with only a few glitches. These were rented on a per diem basis from the manufacturer.
           iv)     Match Fees - During 2012, match fees remained the same as in the previous year and on average, matches were self-funded.
            v)     Matches at Batouche - The requirement that Range Control be notified of the calibers that are being used for each match is still in effect. During 2012, precision shooters regularily notified Range Control while target shooters were not as consistent.
           vi)     First Aid Training - Certification in First Aid is running out for some members and will need to be renewed. John Holleran, Mike Lutes, Paul McIlveen and Brian Doherty are still current for 2014.
          vii)     Trophy Books and Crests - Updated trophy books were available from Murray Watts and some can be obtained through Don Coleman. Blazer Crests are available through Lorraine Chapman, Secretary of the RNBRA.
         viii)     Membership List of RNBRA Members - This is now available to members of the Board of RNBRA. We would like Match Directors of the Fullbore Section to also have access to this List. Brian Doherty raised a concern with publishing directions for running a match at Batouche so that unauthorized people do not run shoots or use our building (in particular members of the Oromocto Shooting Club). This issue is really a matter for Range Control to manage.
           ix)     Pre-registration at the APM - Our experience last year with pre-registration was that all shooters at the APM were pre-registered and this was helpful with planning, squadding and preparation of score sheets. Nova Scotia will continue with their pre-registration requirement  while PEI did not require pre-registration and will continue that practice.
                    Moved by Michael Lutes and seconded by Don Coleman that pre-registration continue as in 2012. Carried 10 in favour, 1 against. Our policy will be to require pre-registration and to levy a non-refundable 50% of the match fee for the APM. We will not levy a late fee or turn away late registrants providing that there is room for them without having to squad an additional relay.
                    Moved by Conrad Leroux and seconded by Bert deVink that novice shooters cannot shoot at the APM. Shooters at the APM must have attended at least 1 match before the APM and must satisfy the Match Director that they are capable of shooting the match (this would include such considerations as being familiar with the routine of shooting, scoring and adjusting their equipment. For long range matches they must have a reliable zero). This motion is to address problems encountered last year with novice shooters seriously disturbing their shooting squad with avoidable difficulties that could have been solved by attending a previous match.
              i)     Treasurer's Report - Conrad Leroux presented the financial statements of the Fullbore Section as of December 6th, 2013. At present we have a surplus after disbursements and liabilities of about $3000.
                     Moved by Conrad Leroux and seconded by Michael Lutes that the Treasurer's Report be accepted as presented. Carried
             ii)     Chairperson's Report - Daniel Chisholm presented a brief report stating that one task remains to be done during his tenure as chairperson and that is to ensure that members of the Fullbore Section are reimbursed for travel expenses.
            iii)     Report of Fullbore Section Liaison Person to RNBRA - Michael Lutes presenting a report indicating that some difficulties have been encountered in the past year resulting in no election of a new slate of officers for the RNBRA. The next meeting of the RNBRA Board is on January 5th, 2014. The RNBRA Website needs to revamped and Bert deVink will represent the Fullbore Section on this effort. A new Airgun Section was established in the RNBRA on November 24th, 2013. The issue of trust funds earmarked for the activities of the Fullbore Section and other Fullbore funds deposited with the RNBRA will be adressed during the coming year.
                     Moved by Wayde Clifford and seconded by Don Coleman that Michael Lutes continue as the Fullbore Liaison Person with the RNBRA Board. Carried.
            iv)     Report of RNBRA Representatives to Atlantic Hi-Power Committee - The Fullbore Section was represented by Ron Surette and Michael Lutes and the latter presented a brief report of the discussions. Dates for matches were set, a discussion about the smooth movement of trophies among the 3 provinces was held and the selection process for the Mini-Palma will take place at the Atlantic Championships. The full minutes of this meeting may be read here: Minutes of Atlantic Hi-Power Meeting - 2013
             v)     Vice-Chairperson Report - Bert deVink reported on the APM last summer and hi-lighted the crucial role of all the volunteers who made the Match a success.
                     Moved by Michael Lutes and seconded by Wayde Clifford that the Vice-Chairperson of the Fullbore Section automatically becomes the Match Director for the APM in the following year. Carried.
            vi)     Insurance - Much discussion centered on the need for adequate coverage for each individual shooter and guests at Fullbore or Precision matches. Some local clubs provide for their own insurance and so Fullbore shooters of those clubs are covered. This would mean that their fees would go up and the Insurance Companies would be "double dipping". It is clear that members of RNBRA affiliated clubs are not automatically covered by RNBRA insurance.
                     Moved by Michael Lutes and seconded by John Holleran that the Fullbore Section Liason Person to the RNBRA Board brings up to the Board and that the Board ensure that the RNBRA provides shooting insurance for all of it regular members. Carried.
           vii)     RSO Training - At all of our matches it is a requirement (especially at Batouche) that a certified RSO be responsible for safety at the firing line. Ron Surette and Wayde Clifford are certified Trainers. Wayde Clifford volunteered to provide the necessary training for both new and previously trained RSOs.
                     Moved by Don Coleman and seconded by Michael Lutes that Wayde Clifford provide an RSO Training course for Fullbore Section Members at a date and place to be set by the Fullbore Section Chairperson. Carried. Ron Surette volunteered that this could take place at the St. Antoine Range.
          viii)     Electronic Target Scoring - for this discussion Daniel Chisholm declared a conflict of interest as the manufacturer of the electronic scoring system and relinquished the chair to Michael Lutes. He abstained from voting on this matter.
                                                                  - It was generally agreed that we will be continuing with electronic scoring and that, on the whole, it has proven to be a reliable system that provides us with some real benefits. Much discussion took place on the various options and merits of buying or renting. It is clear that we need to develop rules for the fair application of electronic scoring.
                      Moved by John Holleran and seconded by Conrad Leroux that we continue to use the electronic scoring system provided by Daniel Chisholm for our Fullbore Section matches and that the Fullbore Executive find means of supplying the scoring system. Carried.
             ix)     RNBRA Proceedings Book - Wayde Clifford presented and read from an earlier RNBRA Proceedings which collates ALL the activity for that given year. As Section Historian he would like to continue this practice and would like e-mails of all activities and matches to be sent to him. This is all available on the Blog-site and automatic e-mail delivery is available from this site.
              x)     Election of Officers -
                      a)     Chairperson
                               Moved by Don Coleman and seconded by Bert deVink that Michael Lutes be nominated to the position of Chairperson. No further nominations. Acclaimed.
                      b)     Vice-Chairperson
                               Moved by Wayde Clifford and seconded by John Holleran that Bert deVink be nominated to the position of Vice-Chairperson. No further nominations. Acclaimed.
                      c)     Secretary
                               Moved by John Holleran and seconded by Conrad Leroux that Don Coleman be nominated to the position of Secretary. No further nominations. Acclaimed.
                      d)     Treasurer
                               Conrad Leroux agreed to serve for 1 more year as Treasurer of the Fullbore Section. Appointed.
                      e)     Liaison Person to RNBRA Board
                               Michael Lutes was elected as Liaison Person to the RNBRA - see Item 4-iii
                       f)     Liaison Person to the DCRA
                               Daniel Chisholm will continue as Liaison to the DCRA

 Don Coleman, Michael Lutes, Bert deVink, Conrad Leroux

              xi)     Presentations - Michael Lutes as the new Chairperson, presented a plaque to Daniel Chisholm and to Conrad Leroux for their outstanding contributions to Fullbore Shooting and to the Fullbore Section over many years.

              xii)     Adjournment - The AGM was unanimously adjourned and all members present formed a Committee of the Whole in order to work on the schedule of matches for 2014. This schedule may be viewed here: 2014 FULLBORE SCHEDULE

Respecfully Submitted
Bert deVink

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


The meeting of Fullbore and Precision shooters in the Maritime Provinces took place in Amherst NS this past Sunday. Although the weather was anything but good and the driving was bad, Michael Lutes and Ron Surrette attended and represented New Brunswick. Andy Webber took the chair while Wendy Reid took the minutes.

This meeting is a forum to discuss issues of relevance to Fullbore shooting, to agree on rules for shared matches, to co-ordinate the various competitions that all Maritime shooters might wish to attend and especially to schedule the traditional matches - three AGMs, Inter-Maritime Match, British Team Match, the Atlantic Championship and the Mini-Palma Match.

Minutes for this meeting may be found here: 2013 High-Power Meeting

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Oromocto MLA Ross Wetmore, Don Coleman and Sheila Coleman
Our good friend and shooting colleague, Don Coleman, who lives in Gagetown NB, was honoured by the community of Oromocto on Saturday, November 16, 2013 and inducted into the Oromocto Sports Wall of Fame for Marksmanship and Coaching.

He relates that his shooting career began with top performance as a cadet on the Atlantic Shooting Team in 1966 and he was the top Junior at the New Brunswick Annual Prize Meet. He has been unstop-able since then and most recently won the Governor General's Medal at the 2013 APM (he states that this happened after receiving his first Old Age Pension cheque, which, incidentally puts him is pretty good company among Maritime shooters).

Don has attained several Coaching Credentials (Level 3 Theory, Level 2 Cross Country Skiing and Level 1 Biathlon) and has been devoted to coaching young biathlon shooters in the Gagetown area where they won one gold, two silvers and a bronze with one shooter going to the Canada Games. He also coached biathlon in Oromocto with a bronze and silver at the Cadet Provincials. The Canada Games Girls Standing Air Rifle Team in 2003 came from Gagetown.

In his usual understated manner he states that "it was a good ceremony which I enjoyed in spite of myself".

Congratulations from all of us in the Fullbore Section to Don for this well deserved honour.

Friday, November 1, 2013


  1. At Range Control: signing out keys etc.

  2. Prior to commencing fire, get permission to go live

  3. Hourly Radio Check

  4. When finished firing

Monday, October 21, 2013


At the 2013 Annual Meeting of the RNBRA, I was given the Andy Gunther Award for my contribution to the maintenance of this blog. It was very late in the day and I was a bit overwhelmed by this surprising turn of events and so did not say all I had wanted to. I wanted to thank you for your vote of confidence in what I am doing with this site and to express my gratefulness that you think my efforts worthy of this award.

The idea of the Blog as a communication tool for the Fullbore Section came from Daniel Chisholm who started it several years ago. Because of his many other responsibilities, I offered to become the "editor" early in 2012 and have looked after it since then. Michelle Cormier and others have contributed many photographs of matches I could not attend. I believe the Blog started out and has quickly grown into a useful tool and record of the activities of the Fullbore Section.

In all honesty, I have enjoyed very much posting new information, match results and pictures of events and the shooters who take part in them. I especially have liked the opportunity the Blog affords me to sing the praises of New Brunswick Fullbore and Precision Shooters and the Teams we send to represent the Province of New Brunswick or the Maritimes. I hope to continue to do this for a long time to come and I look forward to your suggestions to make the blog even better.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013



From Bob Kierstead:

Greetings Fellow Shooters
Our 2013 outdoor shooting season is nearing a close and the various hunting seasons are soon approaching us with thoughts of moose, ducks, geese, deer and great camaraderie around the campfire.  It’s also that time again for the Annual General Meeting of the Royal New Brunswick Rifle Association.  Please mark on your calendar the day of this year’s meeting, October 20.  The meeting will be held at the banquet room of the All Seasons Restaurant at 1015 Main Street, Sussex. Coffee service will be ready for 9:30 with the meeting beginning at 10:00 am, lunch will be provided at noon. Club representatives please bring a brief report of your club’s activities during this past season to present to the meeting. This is always a good opportunity to meet and talk with shooters from clubs around our province and share information. We are all in the great fraternity of target shooting whether our particular interest is rifle, pistol, shotgun, black powder, or collecting.
Enjoy our Fall shooting weather which is often pleasant in New Brunswick and I’ll see you at the AGM and perhaps on the shooting range.
Good Shooting

The Meeting was called to order by President Bob Kierstead followed by a reading of the minutes of our last Annual Meeting of 2012 by recording secretary Lorraine Chapman. These minutes were adopted as read.
Next followed the reports of the Officers of the Association - President Bob Kierstead, Membership Chairman Don Coleman, and Past-President Steven Stewart. The financial statements of the Association were tabled in the absence of the Treasurer, Bob Jones. Members may contact Lorraine Chapman with specific questions to be forwarded to the Treasurer.
The President also invited Francis Bezeau to relate to the membership his experiences of shooting on the Canadian Team to Bisley - this appeared for him to be a life changing experience. Similarly, Don Coleman spoke of his successful but trying experiences shooting at the Palma Match of 2011 in Australia.
Among all the successes and accomplishments of shooters, coaches and officials of New Brunswick which were presented to the membership,it should be mentioned that both Bob Kierstead and Ed Weatherdon have received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for lifetime devotion to shooting sports in Canada - 2 of only 3 medals awarded to Canadians in shooting sports.
The meeting continued with the reports of committees, trustees, representatives and affiliated clubs. Daniel Chisholm reported on the Fullbore Section and highlighted some team and out of province events with the season ending with a "Mini-Palma" against the New England team. Paul Richie reported on the Smallbore section with emphasis on the Modified Target Rifle match in Woodstock and the Target Rifle match at Springfield. The Pistol Section (IPSC) was represented by Jodi Warren who informed us of the successful national event and other matches they hosted. The Youth Air Gun Section was represented by Don Brown who, with his daughter, related a variety of very successful match results. The Trophy Trustee, Murray Watts, told us of the many valuable trophies in his care and made the new catalogue available for $15. The Rifle Trustee, Wayde Clifford, has successfully liquidated the rifle holdings of the Association and is now devoted to recording the history of the Association. Bob Kierstead and Daniel Chisholm informed us of the activities of the DCRA.
Representatives of several clubs presented a report to the meeting. These included the Cap Pele Gun Range; The Sackville Gun Club; the Moncton Fish and Game Assn; the Saint Antoine Gun Club; the Lake George Gun Club; the Saint Gabriel Range; the Lamecque Gun Club; the Upper Miramichi Rifle and Pistol Club; the Petitcodiac Sportsman's Club; and the Woodstock Rifle and Pistol Club.
With respect to elections of officers and board members, Ed Chapman presented a synopsis of the deliberations of the Board and concluded that because of many errors and problems that surfaced after the call for nominations,  the Board is recommending that elections not be held this year but that the current Board and Officers serve for another year. Bob Kierstead and Steven Stewart answered question about this issue and also about the proposed constitutional changes. The new executive/Board will examine the elections procedures and nomination forms and make recommendations for constitutional changes to the membership at our next annual meeting.
A question about our website, under New Business, received the reply that Stephen Fox and Lorraine Chapman are working on renovating the current website to make it active and interactive.
Jason Arsenault of the Sports and Recreation Branch was on hand and answered many questions about funding of athletes and of the RNBRA.
Finally, the Andy Gunther Award for contributions to the RNBRA during the past year was presented to Bert deVink for his work on this blog.

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Monday, September 23, 2013


 The Annual Mini-Palma Match was held at the Springfield Ranges (Fredericton Recreational Shooting Association) outside of Fredericton on September 21 followed by an open "Fun Shoot" the next day. This is the 38th year that teams from the Canadian Maritime Provinces have met with their shooting friends and colleagues from the American New England States for a friendly match.
The venue alternates yearly between an American location and a Canadian one - this year it was in New Brunswick and next year it will be held in the USA.

The Canadian/Maritime ProvincesTeam for 2013: 
Captain, Coach and TR Shooter John Marshall,
Other Coaches and TR Shooters were Ian Hogg and Daniel Chisholm,
Other TR Shooters were Don Coleman, Jeff Jenkins, Marcel Kolb, and Ron Surette,
The Alternate TR Shooter was Conrad Leroux,
The FTR Shooters were Paul Bastarache, Bert deVink and Michael Lutes.

The American/New England States Team for 2013:
Captain, Coach and TR Shooter Ron Sekellick,
Other Coaches and TR SHooters were Jeff Cutlip, Pete Desantis, John Field, Ron Ouimette, Larry Racine, and Bob Riel,
Other Coaches and FTR Shooters were Mo DeFina, Bob Leach and Larry Piazza.

1.     Overall Results
Maritime provinces Team - 2282V103
800 M - 781V46; 900 M - 751V34; 900 M - 750V23
New England Team - 2241V126
800 M - 757V44; 900 M - 746V42; 900 M - 738V40

2.     TR Results
New England Team - 1538V126
Maritime Provinces Team - 1522V103

3.     FTR Results (V=6)
Maritime Provinces Team - 760
New England Team - 703

Beside the shooting, which we all enjoyed, there was lots of time for camaraderie and socializing both at the range and at the banquet later that evening - which, unfortunately, not all could attend.
The weather was beautiful with lots of sun, some cloud and no sign of rain - all-in-all a fine day for a shoot. The wind was very tricky at times and cost many shooters a point or two but even so some very good scores were posted.

A Match like this requires a lot of work on the part of many people in order to make it a good experience. The following people, plus those who worked behind the scenes, all volunteers, deserve a tremendous vote of thanks.
  • Thanks are due to the two Captains Ron Sekellick and John Marshall for their coordinating efforts.
  • Match Director, Daniel Chisholm, did a lion's share of work setting up and maintaining his electronic scoring system, organizing the match, coaching and shooting - and.  .  .  .  . . cooking chili (which was very good!).
  • The range, which is cut out of the woods, needed a lot of preparation and Daniel along with John Holleran, Michael Lutes and Jeff Seely did a marvelous job ensuring that the sight lines were clear and mounds neatly trimmed.
  • Lunch at the range was organized by Conrad Leroux and enjoyed by all.
  • During the shoot several people devoted their time to score for the other team - the New England Team was scored by two fine Acadian Ladies -  Michelle Cormier and her friend France Bourgeois. The Maritime Provinces Team was scored by two excellent gentlemen from Massachusetts - Jeff Cutlip and John Fields.
  • Range Officer duties during the match was shared by Michael Lutes and Bert deVink.
  • Michelle Cormier also did the excellent photography.
Individual scores may be viewed at this link

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

07-09-2013 All COMERS Match at SPRINGFIELD - RESULTS

Seven lucky shooters made it to the All Comers Match at the Springfield Ranges today. This was the last scheduled match of the Fullbore season and it was a beautiful day with frequent sun peeking through the cloud cover. Although it was a bit cool in the morning it quickly warmed up and became a warm, clear day perfect for enjoying shooting. Temperatures were around 15 C and the winds were mostly down range during the 300M match. At 500 M they died down with only a few gusts while at the 600M they were a bit more steady from the right and down range. The Match Director and RSO today was John Holleran. We used the electronic scoring system provided by Daniel Chisholm. Everything ran very smoothly without any glitches.

Daniel Chisholm - 149V21

Bert deVink - 150V28
Mike Lutes - 150V25
Moe Bennett - 150V22
Francis Bezeau - 150V21
John Holleran - 148V25
Gord Holloway - 148V11

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


The Atlantic Championships for 2013 were held in PEI at the Alexandra Range during the Labour Day weekend. Six TR, 10 FTR and 2 FO shooters came from all the Maritime Provinces and Quebec. All reports indicate that a good time was had by all with only a few glitches here and there.
The weather was mixed with at last one major downpour which did no good to ammunition and rifles, not to mention the shooters, but at least this was shared equally by all relays.
TR scored 0-5+V (HS = 150+30) while F Class scored 1-6 (HS = 180) for each of the 4 matches - the Bluenose, the Lady Slipper, the Down East and the Herring Choker. Each match was composed of 2+10 at 300yds, 500 yds and 600yds.

RESULTS - TR Shooters:
BLUENOSE                         LADY SLIPPER     HERRING CHOKER         DOWN EAST
Barry Langille - 149V13              149V21                         147V16                     148v16
Ian Hogg - 148V19                     150V16                          143V21                    150v15
Marcel Kolb - 147V12                 148V12                         147V10                     144v12
Bob Barwise - 140V7                  136V6                           132V4                       138v10
Myron Ling - 117V2                    131V6                            113V2                      117v3
Peter Dobson - DNC                   134V5                             DNC                         DNC

RESULTS - FTR Shooters:
BLUENOSE                          LADY SLIPPER     HERRING CHOKER         DOWN EAST
Francis Bezeau - 178*                    173                              172                          174
Ken Ferguson - 178                        178                              176                           171
Wendy Reid - 178                          170                              169                           174
Andy Webber - 177                        174                              177                           167
Mike Lutes - 177                            179                              172                           171
Bert MacDonald - 176                     163                              174                           164
Paul Bastarache - 174                    174                              174                           177
Mark Miller - 174                            166                              163                           158
Al Mutch - 172                               169                              162                           168
Dale MacLeod - 171                        169                              170                          165

RESULTS - FO Shooters:
BLUENOSE                            LADY SLIPPER     HERRING CHOKER   DOWN EAST       
Leo D'amour - 178                             175                             175                             164
Raymond Turcotte - 169                    155                             164                             155

TR CLASS:                               FTR CLASS:                       FO CLASS:
Barry Langille - 593V66              Ken Ferguson - 702              Leo D'amour - 692
Ian Hogg - 591V46                     Paul Bastarache - 701          Raymond Turcotte - 643
Marcel Kolb - 586V46                 Mike Lutes - 699
Bob Barwise - 546V27                Francis Bezeau - 697
Myron Ling - 478V13                  Andy Webber - 695
Peter Dobson - DNC                   Wendy Reid - 691
                                                 Bert MacDonald - 677
                                                 Dale MacLeod - 675
                                                 Al Mutch - 671
                                                 Mark Miller - 657
see further details at and go to RESULTS
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013


The DCRA TR Championships held at the Connaught Ranges in Ottawa, have just finished this past Saturday the 24th with too many highlights to mention. Here are a couple of results that showcased some of the shooters from the Maritime Provinces. Congratulations to all for some very good shooting!

Canadian Masters Championship
1rst - Jim Paton from BC - 688V84
7th - Ian Hogg from PEI - 681V64
10th - Ray Smeltzer from NS - 680V69
20th - Barry Langille from NS - 667V62

Canadian TR Championship
1rst - Jim Paton from BC - 872V108
7th - Ray Smeltzer from NS - 864V94
10th - Ian Hogg from PEI - 863V76
15th - Daniel Chisholm from NB - 859V98
19th - Don Coleman from NB - 856V73
31st - Barry Langille from NS - 849V81
40th - John Marshall from NS - 834V71
44th - Jeff Jenkins from NS - 829V66

Monday, August 19, 2013


Last week and concluding this weekend the DCRA F-Class Championships were held on the Connaught ranges in Ottawa. Although many F-Class shooters were attending the World Championships in Raton NM, a good number of top notch shooters vied for the canadian title.

In F-OPEN, the winner of the Grand Aggegrate was Leo d'Amour with 735.51
In FTR, the Grand Aggregate winner was Fred Harvey with 734.54

New Brunswick shooters who attended, were Michael Lutes and Matt Wolf who placed 7th and 8th respectively with scores of 691.33 and 690.28. Congratulations fellows!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013


This SATURDAY 10 August, we will hold a long distance MATCH and also a long distance CIRCLE TRAINING session, on BATOUCHE RANGE at CFB Gagetown:
- the match will be run by John Holleran.  Course of fire is 2ss15 at 800m, 2ss15@900m, and another 2ss15@900m.
- the circle training will be run by Daniel Chisholm, and will be held at 800m and then at 900m.  36 rounds should be plenty.
- you may shoot either the Match or the Circle Training.  The fee for either is $20.
- shooting will start at 10:00
- we'll shoot on electronic targets

We have Batouche booked for both Saturday and Sunday, so if the weather on Saturday looks to be threatening, we'll move both events to Sunday.  If this happens, it will be posted on the blog no later than 0600 Saturday morning.

(apologies for this relatively last minute update; originally we had scheduled the Sat. match to be at Springfield and the Sunday circle training to be at Batouche.)


We had 8 people turn up.  Weather was bang on the forecast, a beautiful sunny and fairly windy day.  Three people did a Circle Training session and the other five fired the Match.

Monday, August 5, 2013


At this year's Annual Prize Meet of the NSRA, 24 shooters attended - 9 TR; 13 FTR and 1FO.

1.     Kennedy Gold Medal Match 300
           FTR - Andy Webber; TR - Marcel Kolb
2.     Legion Match 500
           FTR - Robert Smith; TR - Ray Smeltzer
3.     Corbin 300/500/600
           FTR - Mike Lutes; TR - Ray Smeltzer
4.     Stanfield 300/500
           FTR - Robert Smith; TR - Barry Langille
5.     Higgins-Merchants 500
           FTR - Dale MacLeod; TR - John Marshall
6.     H.H. Morse 800
           FTR - Robert Smith; TR - Marcel Kolb
7.     Navy 600
           FTR - Andy Webber; TR - Ray Smeltzer
8.     Higgins - Brown 800
           FTR - Robert Smith; TR - Barry Langille
9.     MacDonald-Stewart 600/800
           FTR - Ken Ferguson; TR - Marcel Kolb

                                                         RESULTS - AGGREGATES:

1.     Higgins (Friday) Aggregate
           FTR - Robert Smith; TR - Ray Smeltzer
2.     Zwicker (Saturday) Aggregate
           FTR - Robert Smith; TR - Marcel Kolb
3.     Ventham (Sunday) Aggregate
           FTR - Andy Webber; TR - Ray Smeltzer
4.     Elliot Challenge Cup - Short Range Aggregate
           FTR - Wendy Reid; TR - Ray Smeltzer
5.     M.A. Smith Memorial - 500 M Aggregate
           FTR - Andy Webber; TR - Barry Langille
6.     The Haley Trophy - 600M Aggregate
           FTR - Ken Ferguson; TR - Ray Smeltzer
7.     Secretary's Award - Long Range (800M0 Aggregate
           FTR - Andy Webber; TR - Marcel Kolb
8.     Lieutenant Governor's
           FTR - Andy Webber; TR - Barry Langille
9.     Grand Aggregate
           FTR (HPS - 756) - Ken Ferguson - 732
           TR (HPS - 630) - Ray Smeltzer - 622/56V
           FO (HPS - 756) - Marius deChamplain - 752

Monday, July 29, 2013


The 141st Annual Prize Meet of the Prince Edward Rifle Assn. was held on July 27 and 28, 2013 at the beautiful Alexandra Range. This range is immaculate with very good shooting mounds and a beautiful view of Northumberland Strait. It was a very good shoot and we all enjoyed ourselves a great deal.
To make an APM run smoothly and a good experience for the shooters, it takes a lot of effort and work from many people. At the risk of leaving some out, our thanks go to Ian Hogg and his daughter, Chuck Bachmanek, Dale MacLeod, and the folks who worked behind the scenes.
Additionally we thank the young butts crew for whom this experience was their first - a very steep learning curve - and who did a marvelous job of scoring each shot on target. Not easy even for the experienced.
At the beginning of the first day, the weather looked like it would be awful to shoot in - very windy, wet, cloudy and cool. As it turned out, we had very little rain which amounted to a light sprinkling now and then. The wind was the big story for the first day - it was the strongest wind (about 35 km/hr with lots of gusts coming fairly steadily from 1 or 2 o'clock) most shooters could remember on the Island. Even so , some very good scores were recorded. The second day was quite different with the same precipitation and clouds but much diminished wind coming from 5 or 6 o'clock with occasional complete reversals. This was very tricky at times requiring substantial wind adjustments from shot to shot. This caught several shooters by surprise at times - ouch!



Additional pictures may be found at this link:

RESULTS:                                                                                                                                                                                           1. Wendy Horton Match: TR - Daniel Chisholm, FTR - Mike Lutes
2. H.L. Sear Insurance Ltd. Match: TR - Daniel Chisholm, FTR - Mike Lutes
3. Vesey's Seeds Ltd. Match: TR - Barry Langille, FTR - Bert deVink
4. George Rogers Memorial Match: TR - Ian Hogg, FTR - Bert de Vink
5. Perley Taylor Memorial Match: TR - Barry Langille, FTR - Bert deVink
6. MacDonald Stewart Match: TR - Barry Langille, FTR - Mike Lutes
7. Jones Memorial Match: TR - Daniel Chisholm, FTR - Paul Bastarache
8. All Comers Aggregate: TR - Barry Langille, FTR - Bert deVink  

9. Grand Aggregate: 

TR Class:  Barry Langille - 541.51
Daniel Chisholm - 540.59    
Ian Hogg - 533.52    
Raymond Smeltzer - 532.44    
John Marshall - 520.32   
Alexandre Hamel - 516.24    
Conrad Leroux - 512.39    
Bob Barwise - 510.22    
Steve Maly - 487.19    
Chuck Bachmanek - 465.13    
Clifford Craswell - 414.8    
Glen Craig - 277.4                                         

FTR Class:  Bert de Vink - 635
Mike Lutes - 625
Ron Mason - 620
Paul Bastarache - 615
Al Mutch - 610
Dale MacLeod - 595    

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