Event: Minnesota 2013 Air Pistol Championship Match
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Location: Bill's Gun Shop & Range, Robbinsdale MN
Hotel: Home, sweet home
Podium Boy Personal Results
Goal: Set new personal record for 60 shots (12 targets)
Actual: Series 1 - 139; Series 2 - 145; Series 3 - 131. Total of 415 (6.92 avg score per shot) - New PR
Overall: 3rd in Males 18 & under
This was Podium Boy's first air pistol competition. It was a very exciting event for him. He has watched every season of Top Shot. He has set up his own challenges in the home using all variations of Nerf guns known to mankind to replicate the challenges from the Top Shot show.
He has now begun his foray into Modern Pentathlon. His first MP event will be coming up on May 18 in River Falls, WI. He started to train in earnest earlier this year and is progressing through practices in shooting and fencing, under the watchful eye of his MP coach, Todd McIntyre.
|Podium Boy & Coach Todd|
|The brilliantly packaged Steyr LP2|
Podium Boy was very relaxed and went into the competition with a good frame of mind. He was at ease with setting up his station and then finding his Zen place.
|Targets are 10 yards away.|
|From one of Podium Boy's recent practice rounds|
Approved equipment was air pistols of 4.5 mm (177 Cal.) which met the NRA and ISSF rules, ie total weight no more than 3.3lbs, trigger weight 500 grams, and grips which do not circle the hand and meet the other size restrictions. Other than the inspection, pistols were cased until they were brought to the line.
|Setting up his station|
|Looking for a friendly face|
|Podium Boy near the end of Rd One|
|You can see by his hips the arms were getting heavy|
- Colin Catlin: 136-141-140 for total of 417
- Ben Heiniger: 122-155-139 for total of 416
- Graham Maas: 139-145-131 for total of 415
It should be noted that the junior boys were smoked by the top junior girl. Katie Penvose shot 170-165-174 for a total of 509 pts out of a possible 600 with a average score per shot of 8.48.
Podium Boy has only been shooting in earnest for about ten weeks. To put his scores into perspective on a national level, at the 2012 National Junior event, the boys in his age group were all shooting in the 470-490 range for 60. Coach Todd thinks Podium Boy can be shooting in that range in short order. Especially when he becomes even more comfortable with the new pistol.
Next Podium Boy Event:
Apr 7 - Aramis Youth Fencing Challenge at the Minnesota Sword Club. Podium Boy will compete in his first fencing event in the Youth 12 Mixed Epee competition.