DIFTA Maryland State July 18 Results

The weather could not have been better! What a fantastic day to shoot -- we even had enough wind to make it interesting but not so much as to make it frustrating.

Thanks to all who helped with setup. Special thanks to Phil Dean, Bill Gazdik, and Paolo Amedeo for their help when I was possibly going to be unable to direct the actual match.

There were a couple of "course malfunctions" that resulted because the MD failed to remeasure the target blocks on some lanes that have been used solely for offhand in the past couple of years. We ended up with two targets more like 9yds instead of 10 -- one got corrected before shooting began but the other one did not.  We used the new AAFTA shooting rules including empty chamber indicators (piece of weed-whacker line with a figure-8 knot in one end).

The (intended) course design was as shown below (the target names are not correct and, I think, the graph x-axis is off by a factor of 2.....):

Please note that instead of Troyers, I used DIFTAs which are based on the formula DIFTA=yds*yds*1/40.844)/(kz-.266). This formula automatically compensates for distance to the target rather than applying a factor for those targets over 45yds. It also compensates for "inward scoring" with the factor of kz-.266 (assuming a 75% split will still result in a kill).

This course was longer -- 72-shots -- and somewhat more difficult than the typical DIFTA match. The top score was 66 from Ray Apelles -- all the more remarkable because he was shooting WFTF rules with a Crosman Marauder Prototype and a Leupold Competition 35X scope! Excellent shooting, Ray! The range of scores was remarkably small for the PCP shooters with a "low" score of 51 and a high of 61. Also remarkable was that we had no Piston shooters (other than in Hunter) this year.

Awards were wood pellet boxes engraved with the DIFTA logo (sort-of -- the Turkey is our iconic target and the logo shows a shaky offhand shooter trying to hit a turkey).


NameClass Score
(out of 72)
Ray Apelles
WFTF
66
Chris Oldfield
WFTF
55
Chuck Jordan
WFTF
34
Shelby Oldfield
WFTF
32



Joe McDaniel
PCP
61
Tinh Nguyen
PCP
59
Keng-Hao Liu
PCP
59
Al Otter
PCP
55
Mike Malinconico
PCP
55
Carl Johnson
PCP
54
John Manarte
PCP
54
Don Mathisen
PCP
51
  
Henry Canoles

Hunter

54
Ed Canoles
Hunter
51
Phil Dean
Hunter
45
Singson Tiu
Hunter
30
Bill Gazdik
Hunter
25



Paolo Amedeo
Offhand
28
Dale Benson
Offhand
20



Benjamin Oldfield
Junior
37