Airgunners of Arizona April 10 Match Report

This is the group sitting on the patio next to the hot tub. Field course is on far side of fence line in background.

Bobby and Sandy Corcorran hosted the April FT match, at their place, with 16 shooters in attendance including several newcomers.

The day started out bright and sunny with cool morning temps that gradually warmed to about the low 80’s, with a slight breeze. I state that it started that way, but gradually got windier, and windier, and by the time we broke for lunch, the wind was literally howling! What is with this wind?? It has been that way for the last 3 monthly shoots and seems to coincide with the scheduled 3rd Saturday of the month. We are either going to have to reschedule the shoots, or we are going to get really good at shooting in it!

Bobby set up a 40 shot match; 10 lanes with 2 targets per lane amongst the cottonwood trees beyond the back border of his yard and adjacent to one of the branches of the Verde River. It is a beautiful location with a lot of trees, grassland, and some blowdown from when the river flows heavy. This is a great area in which to situate field targets and make for some interesting shooting, especially the locations of the firing points. At one point, about mid morning, we thought it was snowing due to all the cottony stuff falling off of the cottonwood trees, drifting in the breeze, and falling to the ground all around us. It really did look like we were in the midst of a snow storm.

Here are the results from the morning’s field target match:

Place Shooter Score/40 Class Gun Scope Pellet
Match Winner Bobby Corcorran 35+3 PCP USFT Bushnell 4200 8-32 CP 10.5
1 Vince Pacheco 35+2 PCP USFT BSA 10-50 JSB 10.3
2 Steve Montgomery 34 PCP USFT B&L 8-32 JSB 10.3
3 Larry Piercy 32 PCP Daystate LR-90 B&L 8-32 CP 10.5
4 Larry Durham 32 PCP USFT Bushnell 4200 6-24 CPH 10.5
5 Klayton Kidd 31 PCP Daystate CR-X Nightforce 8-40 CP 14.3 (.20)
6 Ron Drye 29 PCP Daystate Huntsman Centerpoint 8-32 unknown
7 Jeff Bates 27 PCP Daystate Huntsman Bushnell 4200 8-32 Kodiak Match
8 Mark Kauffman 21 PCP Daystate X2 FT Bushnell 4200 6-24 JSB 8.44
9 Robin Montgomery 20 PCP BSA Scorpion Nikko Sterling 10-50 CP 10.5
10 & 1st SP Scott Rogers 18 SP AA TX200 B&L 8-32 JSB 8.44
11 Jim Russell 17 PCP Daystate Air Ranger Nikko Sterling 24 JSB 8.44
12 Bonnie Jo Drye 17 PCP Daystate MK3 Centerpoint 8-32 unknown
13 Sue Smith 16 PCP Steyr LG-100 Bushnell 4200 8-32 JSB 10.3
14 Larry Nelson 14 PCP FX Cyclone Centerpoint 4-12 JSB 16 (.22)
15 Joe Gramont 10 PCP Theoben unknown CP 10.5

Bobby Corcorran-MW, Vince Pacheco-1st PCP, Larry Piercy-3rd PCP, Scott Rogers-1st SP, Steve Montgomery-2nd PCP

After we finished shooting, Sandy Corcorran had lunch fixed for us, and had enough to feed an army. She spent most of Friday evening and all Saturday morning fixing a marvelous spread for us. She had the tenderest beef brisket, pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, potato salad, deviled eggs, coleslaw, corn relish, baked beans, and a bunch of different cookies and fudge for dessert. I swear, most of these shooters just show up to eat! The aroma drifting through the air made you want to forget about shooting and just chow down!

A very heartfelt thank you is conveyed to both Sandy and Bobby for their hospitality and opening their home to our motley crew. They, like Debbie and Dale Keiser at the January and February matches, have our endless gratitude for going above and beyond to make us all welcome. We cannot thank them enough.

After lunch and a short club meeting, we commenced to brave the windy elements (we are talking about trees bending over and anything loose flying through the air!!) to shoot a 32 target Hunter Field Target match. Only half of the group decided to give it a try. Here are the results:

Bobby Corcorran – 21
Klayton Kidd – 20
Mark Kauffman – 18
Steve Montgomery – 18
Sue Smith – 11
Ron Drye – 10
Joe Gramont – 8
Larry Nelson – 8 / 20
Jeff Bates – 2 / 6
Larry Piercy – DNF (Equipment failure)

Next month's match will be Saturday, May 17 at Rocky Park. Please refer to the website: for times and directions.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark Kauffman
Secretary, Airgunners of Arizona