PPC Match 2019

PPC Match 2019

This year we send an ambitious team of MRPC shooters down to Halifax:

  • TerryEldridge
  • Tom Kummer
  • Lars Kummer
  • Sven Kummer
  • Kirk Best
  • Ryan LeDrew
  • Joe MacHoll

As you can see in the picture below the team was in good shape, had a tremendous amount of fun while competing and it wasn’t the last time. For sure.

It was the first time for Kirk (made it to the ‘Top 15’ shooters in Nova Scotia) and Ryan (only 35 points needed to make it to the ‘Top 20’). Tom shot a 45ACP 1911 – imagine what he could have achieved with a decent competition pistol. A solid performance (as always) of Terry – only 18 points behind Tom.

We did well. Here are the results:

Marksman class
Silver for Tom Kummer
Gold for Joe MacHoll

Expert class
Silver for Lars Kummer
Gold for Sven Kummer

Team Score:
MRPC won Silver (second by only 2 points!)

The complete results can be downloaded here.

2019 Club Matches

PPC Match 2019

2019 Cheddy Hollingsworth Memorial Match results:

 1st Andy Maxwell 489
2nd Tom Kummer 433
3rd Kirk Best 395
4th Terry Eldridge 387
5th Jon MacVicar 383
6th Mel Howley 272
7th Andre Desjardins 221
8th Braydon Hooper 199
9th Paul MacLellan 82
10th Andre Hervey 71
11th Antle Hervey 51  

2019 Terry Eldridge Center Fire Match: 

1st Andy Maxwell 365
2nd Terry Eldridge 350
3rd Tom Kummer 331
4th Blair Williams  306
5th Jon MacVicar 298
6th Kirk Best 288
7th Paul MacLellan 272
8th Braydon Hooper 223
9th Andre Desjardins 204
10th Kyle Slade 122

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2019 Abie Libbus Memorial Match

2019 Abie Libbus Memorial Match

The Metro Rifle and Pistol Club hosted the 3rd annual Abie Libbus Memorial Air Gun Tournament Sunday, June 9th, at the East Bay Firehall. Abie was a local veteran, past Club President and long time local organizer of the shooting sports in Cape Breton.

The format for the match is the same format as used in Olympic competition.  Athletes shoot two regular 60 shot matches in their Air Rifle or Pistol disciplines and their scores are combined to determine ranking. The top 8 Athletes have their score returned to zero, and are called to the line to shoot again in a final against each other.  The finals consist of Athletes firing five shots in a short timeline, then turning to face the crowd while an announcer calls out the results. The stress then becomes apparent as top athletes start showing a noticeable decrease in performance. Athletes fire five shots again and the process is repeated, results are announced. Then 2 shots are fired and the athlete in 8th place is cut from the finals and sits down. The process continues, 2 shots and another athlete is cut until a Gold Medal Tournament winner is determined.  This finals proved to be one of the best to date in Atlantic Canada  as the two top Athletes, Bob Selig (Provincial and National Medalist from Dartmouth N.S.) and  Mike Kelly (2019 Silver Medalist in Atlantic Canadians & in the International Grand Prix In Ontario from East Bay) went shot for shot ending in a tied score. The tie was broken with an additional shoot off with Mike Kelly gaining the upper hand and taking home the Gold Medal.

Rene DeHaitre from Ontario (Member of the Canadian National Pistol Team in Russia 2015) won Bronze and also put forward a stellar performance setting the Atlantic Canadian 60 shot record of 553 out of a possible 600 points in his second match.

However, the real star of this year’s match was junior Lauren Chettle (Provincial Medalist from Marion Bridge), winning both Gold Medals in Women’s Pistol and Women’s Rifle.  That has never before been done in Atlantic Canadian Competitions!  Way to go Lauren!
Pistol Finals, left to right: Rene DeHaitre, Bob Selig, Andy Maxwell, Kirk Best, Joe MacHoll, Hubert Mertens, Lauren Chettle, Mike Kelly

A short note in the Cape Breton Post after the match:

All results can be found in this PDF

Fall 2018 Airgun Provincials

Fall 2018 Airgun Provincials

The Roman philosopher Luicius Annaeus Seneca was often quoted as stating Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.  That would perhaps be the best descriptor of the results at the annual Nova Scotia Fall Airgun Provincials, held the first weekend of December in Truro, NS. The Cape Bretoners got lucky but it was only because of the countless hours of preparation and diligence that we manifested wins when the opportunity presented itself. 

The Airgun Provincials follow strict adherence to the internationally recognized ISSF rule book. An athlete’s ranking at the completion of 2 day of shooting determines their individual placing for the match. It is at this juncture the real match begins. The top 8 match finishers, the best in Atlantic Canada, all head to the firing line for another match; this time against each other. Their scores are now returned to zero and they start again.  At the firing line they each have a few short minutes to fire 5 perfectly aimed shots, each athlete keenly aware anything but a 10.9 point ‘bullseye’ will through them way down in the rankings.  In the finals, all athletes are capable of perfect scores so the holes in the target are measured down to the tenth of a millimeter away from the bullseye with a 10.9 being a shot perfectly centered in the target.  The images of their targets are displayed on a large screen with the audience watching as they shoot. The athletes then turn, facing the audience of spectators and the images of their targets are displayed on a large screen as the ‘new’ ranking of 1st to 8th is read aloud by the announcer.  It is at this juncture you start to notice the stress affecting the athletes. The athletes once again turn towards the targets down range and have a short time to fire 5 more precision shots. With 10 shots on target, the athletes turn again to face the audience of spectators and the images of their targets displayed and it becomes apparent stress has had quite an effect on the ranking.  Many top competitors go from shooting 10’s to shooting 8.5’s and 9’s while some of the lower placing competitors, that worked too hard to allow stress to take them out of the run for the ‘Gold’, go from shooting 9’s to shooting 10’s.  At the most memorable events, there is usually a pronounced shift in the rankings at this juncture and the Fall Provincials proved memorable indeed! It was exciting! Again the athletes fire two more shots and turn and face the audience. Again the targets and rankings are projected on a big screen for all to see. Again the announcer calls out the order but this time the athlete in 8th place leaves the line. And the process begins again with 2 more shots fired, athletes turn and face the audience and the 7th place finisher leaves the line and so on until the winner is determined.  This year both the Rifle and the Pistol events were “nail bitters” right to the very end with the top positions going back and forth individuals separated by only tenths of a point!

The Capers this year, tempered by adversity and a determination rarely seen outside of the field of elite professional athletes, shined in both the rifle and the pistol matches.  We had a long hard climb to victory but VICTORIOUS our rifle and Pistol Shooters were!  The Pistol Team were definitely on their ‘A’ game, shooting a consistent, unrelenting match. Tyro (First Time Shooter) Kirk Best, with a whole 3 weeks of shooting experience kept his calm and with the focus of a Zen Master, annihilated most of the other seasoned competitors; all of which had Provincial and National Team experience. Kirk took 5th place overall in the match surprising everyone.  It is an inspirational rarity when a previously unknown individual just ‘Shows-up’ and kick the asses of seasoned competitors. Well Done Kirk!

The next best pistol placing for the Metro Rifle and Pistol Club was me, Mike Kelly taking the Silver Medal for second place. I tried my best, shooting one of my best final ever; alas it was not good enough to beat the master.  No matter the intensity of my focus there was no way I could outshoot this year’s Gold Medal Winner! When it came down to the final shots I was just ‘outgunned’, I was humbled. The only solace, I was humbled by my friend, one of  Metro Rifle and Pistol Club’s own, Joe MacHoll!  He was untouchable and has the huge gold medal hanging in his living room that proves it! It is interesting to note Joe only bought an air pistol last summer and this was only his second match with the gun! I‘ll bet with a year of practice Joe will be able to ascertain another ‘Surprise’ victory at nationals! Well done Joe!

As for the rifle shooters, not to be outdone by pistoliers, their finals was every bit as exciting! The real story there was another ‘unexpected’ Cape Bretoner on the podium! A little girl from Marion Bridge, Cape Breton got wind of the event and convinced her parents to drive her up to Truro to compete.  Lauren Chettle, a 15-Year-old Riverview High Student, showed up to a Provincial Championship Match, never having shot one before, with no coach, no shooting jacket, no shooting pants, nothing but Mom and Dad in the audience cheering her on and a pellet rifle they had bought for her; she did way better than anyone imagined. Laurens first experience shooting was 2 years ago at the Biathlon training program provided by her Air Cadet Squadron. Soon after the Air Cadets introduced Lauren to shooting she advanced to a Level 4 Distinguished Marksman, winning the Wilfred Hart Memorial Award. Sadly there is no longer any biathlon training venue in Nova Scotia so Lauren convinced her parents to let her try just shooting air rifle. In provincials, her biathlon training became evident as she was running with the top of the pack until an errant shot knocked her out of contention for the Gold Medal. Not one to just give up, as many young people might, Lauren hung in there shooting top scores and finished as the Provincial Bronze Medal winner. Way to go Lauren! We can see many more meals in your future girl!

Al Roland, the Chief Range officer for the event and a well respected, season competitor with over 50 years shooting experience; and a plethora of Provincial and Regional Titles, sang the praises of this year’s Fall Provincials. What stood out most was his comment at the end of the match, “It was the closest and most exciting finals this Province has ever seen; good thing the Cape Bretoner’s showed up!”. Al summed up eloquently what everyone was thinking. It was an awesome match and one of the most exciting I have ever attended.

Full results are available at http://www.sfns.info/past-event-results.html

Regards,

Mike Kelly

President  Metro Rifle & Pistol Club

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ISSF Canadian Pistol Nationals 2018

Veni Vedi Veci – we came, we saw, we conquered…

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Well maybe not so much the conquered part but we did go and we did see a lot more than we expected! The summer of 2018 was the first time since the 1970’s Nova Scotia had a team attend the International Shooting Sports Federation, the governing body for the Olympic Shooting Sports, National Pistol Championships at the Lou Anderson Shooting Center in Cooke’s Town Ontario. Michael (Mike) Kelly, Randall Nelson, Joe MacHoll, Henry (Andy) Maxwell, and Robert (Bob) Selig, seasoned and medaled competitors on the Provincial Pistol Shooting circuit were that team. We made the journey from small town Nova Scotia to represent the Province against almost 100 of the best shooters in Canada has to offer and we did way better than any one of us expected!

It all started as a conversation in 2017 at the PPC Provincial Shooting Championships. This annual event, hosted by NSRA, is perhaps the most attended pistol shooting championship event in Atlantic Canada. Here shooters from various pistol disciplines attend, all with aspirations of carrying that colossal trophy, and the Title that comes with it, back to their home club. With such a broad spectrum of shooters the conversations always turns towards the shooting sports but that year there was a lot of discussion as to why, with so many great pistol shooters, Canada, and in particular Nova Scotia, isn’t more directly involved with the well respected Olympic Shooting Sports. And so a few simple conversations, forged during the adrenalin fueled spirit of the PPC Championships turned into an idea. The idea was to start offering specific ISSF matches provincially and having the top provincial finishers attend the national event. Bob Selig (VP of SFNS) took the lead changing over some of the NSRA Matches to fall within the parameters of the ISSF guidelines and also offering new matches and opening them up to other clubs in the province. The Metro Rifle and Pistol Cub followed suit offering ISSF competitions and provided free training for any of its members interested in the competitions. The goal was for all of the ISSF Pistol disciplines to have at least one Provincial Championship per year to encourage the development of the ISSF sports. It proved more successful than anticipated and within a year a team had evolved to compete at the national level; and compete we did!

Nova Scotia Team members competed in all 6 of the ISSF Men’s Pistol disciplines with most team members competing in 4 or 5 out of the 6 events. There were multiple team members in multiple events finishing among the top 10 in Canada with some doing significantly better. Specifically ‘Eagle Eye’ Randall took home the Gold Medals in the veterans divisions of both Standard and Centerfire Pistol! Not to be outdone, Bob smoked through the Rapid Fire Match like he was inspired by Deadshot, taking home the Gold Medal in the veterans division!

The boys were on fire! The ‘Hawkeyed’ Nova Scotia Free Pistol Team (Joe, Andy, and Bob) were also on their ‘A’ game for sure. They fought a hard battle, the day was one of the hottest on record, the competition was fierce, it was neck and neck with 2 other teams until the final shots went down range! The team, showing the concentration of Zen Masters emerged victorious! The Nova Scotia Free Pistol Team are now the number one Free Pistol Team in Canada! We got the Gold!!

 ISSF Canadian Pistol Nationals 2018-2.jpg And our Standard Pistol Team, Mike, Randall and Andy, they were not to be outdone! With the focus of a bear in a beehive, their concentration never wavered as they went shot for shot with the best teams in the country! Alas, an errant final shot stole the Gold and the team had to settle for taking home the silver medals in the team event. I guess being only ‘second best’ in Canada will have to do… Until Next Year…

In the 10m Air Pistol Team Event, an event requiring both a male and female team member Nova Scotia narrowly missed Bronze ending up in 4th place overall in Canada. This is a new sport and will make its Olympic debut in Toyoko in 2020. Luckily Toronto Police Detective Lori Kronenburg of Toronto had a court case delayed allowing her time to shoot the match. She joined up with the Mike to enter a team into the event. A big thanks goes out to Lori for allowing NS to compete in the event!

ISSF Canadian Pistol Nationals 2018-team.jpg With regards to thanks, thoughtful recognition goes out to the multi-provincial volunteers that made it possible for a National competition to materialize. Bernie Harrison and his ever vigilant and impressive team, Ron Morales, Richard Horne, Dennis Pyle, Pat Vamplew, Avianna Chao to name just a few who worked countless hours long before, and after the competition to ensure a World Class Event. These people did an outstanding job and cannot receive higher praise. Without volunteers like them, the organized shooting sports would suffer a certain death in Canada; I hold them in the highest regard.

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In summation, the Nova Scotia Pistol Team did very well and had an enjoyable week. We shot well, ate well, and consumed a few beverages with old friends all the while making new friends. The atmosphere was collegial and we learned more specifics on shooting talking to the high performance athletes’ during our week than we have individually over years of shooting. Where else do you get to ask Olympic and National Team shooters sport specific advice on components like stance or trigger control? And get answers from established shooters who have moved past your level of shooting and shoot as well as you would like to shoot! That was an invaluable component of the trip! The high performance athletes were more than willing to help us newbie’s and for that, we are in their debt! Avianna spend hours answering questions I have had for years on specifics in different events. Avianna won a Gold Medal for Canada in the 2007 Pam am Games securing Canada a quota spot in the 2008 Olympic Games which she attended. When someone with her credentials and experience gives advice on improving shooting, listen! There was also a lot of discussion amongst the team on how best to implement new matches and an ISSF circuit in Nova Scotia. I have the feeling the ISSF disciplines will be growing in Nova Scotia in the future and I for one will be glad to see it happen! The more lead down range the better!

Mike Kelly

Will a Handgun Ban Prevent Gun Violence?

Will a Handgun Ban Prevent Gun Violence?

Increasingly, I hear of a `Handgun Ban’ to solve the gang violence and mass shooter issues in Canada and it causes me trepidation. I am a sport shooter and coach who enjoys competing in the Olympic Shooting Sports. I am the President of The Metro Rifle and Pistol Club, which is well over 500 members strong.  However, I am also a parent with a child, niece and nephew in the school system, a sister serving on the Fredericton Police Force, relatives serving on local Police Forces, the RCMP and working as Teachers in schools. Gun violence and mass shootings worry me, as the primary concern in my life is keeping my loved ones safe.  However, I am entrenched in the fact that vilifying and/or banning an inanimate object, the ‘Handgun’ will do little to prevent violence.  Outright ‘bans’ have never prevented individuals from attaining something they want. Look no further than the illicit drug trade for verification of this fact. Illicit drugs are banned; however they are more common on our streets than ever before. If a ban would prevent gun violence I, and many of my club members who are parents and grandparents as well, would gladly turn in our firearms for destruction. Statistically however it is well documented that nothing would change if I destroyed my guns, the issues would continue as the firearms criminals use are not locally sourced (CBC- Gun Statistics, 2018).

Handguns have been registered and their sale in Canada closely monitored since 1935. Just as registering cars does nothing to prevent drinking and driving; handgun registrations have done nothing to thwart violent crime.  Almost all handguns used in criminal acts in Canada are not obtained from legal licensed gun owners as some sources now seem to be suggesting; hence the destruction of those legally owned and acquired firearms will do little to prevent gun violence.  I have been a competitive sport shooter since the 1980`s and have met and socialized with thousands of individuals pursuing the shooting sports.  I have not met anyone who sold, or had handguns stolen, that were later used in criminal endeavours; no one.   Criminals guns do not come from law abiding citizens, almost without exception, criminal’s guns come from criminals. Gun owners in Canada are amongst the most law abiding citizens in the western world.  Gun owners’ names are run daily through the criminal data base to ensure they haven’t been charged with a violent crime in the previous 24 hours.  If they have, their firearms are immediately confiscated. In order to purchase a handgun in Canada, citizens are required to take a mandatory safety course.  If they pass the course, they are required to take a second safety course covering safe use and safe storage, then undergo a criminal background check, a mental health screening and only then is their application even considered. They are then required to join a gun club and pass the clubs safety protocols; a process that can take years.  We have some of the strictest gun control laws in the world (CBC-2018). The problems don’t stem from legitimate handgun owners.

In reference to firearms attainment, cocaine has been illegal in Canada for a long time.  Yet, if I wanted cocaine I am certain I could obtain it in short order. It would be naive to think that the criminal importers of cocaine would not also take guns into Canada for sale if there was a market.  3D printers and CNC machines are now cheap, locally available, can and indeed are, easily producing untraceable handguns. Prior to the start of WWII, England had few military guns so they developed a machine gun, the ‘STEN’ Gun that could be built with easily sourced springs, pipes, a drill and a file; the plans are all over the internet. Also, an individual could leave Cape Breton in the morning and before dinner be in a country where they could purchase a handgun at a flea market, legally.  It would be naive to think Canadian criminals interested in acquiring firearms are not pursuing any of these easy avenues of acquisition. Prohibition does not work; that was one of the rationales used recently by the Federal Government for the legalization of marijuana.  

The solution to handgun violence and mass shooting I believe is twofold, short term and long term.  Both require input by law abiding citizens, a solid foundation in historically verified methodologies, mimicry and education.  The solution for the short term is easy, more Police on the street. Our governments need to collectively increase Police funding drastically so Police can efficiently do their job. Augmenting this should be a requirement that all trained police, military, armoured car personnel, sheriffs, and armed security professionals be required to carry their handguns off duty as well.  These people are not allowed in Canada to carry a handgun unless they are ‘on the job’ even though they are proven qualified professionals. If all these professionals were required to be armed all the time, instead of just at work, we would increase the number of qualified professionals, ‘good guys’ with guns protecting citizens by over 10 fold. It would cost the Canadian taxpayer nothing to do this and our society would be by far safer.

If history proves anything it is that more ‘good guys’ with guns trumps criminals or ‘bad guys’ with guns when responses to violence are required.  The only reason the Nazi Party did not  succeeded in Europe was because many of our parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts became part of a group of ‘good guys’ with guns that traveled overseas to defeat the ‘bad guys’ with guns. Currently our Canadian ‘Peace Keepers’ are deployed worldwide doing exactly the same thing, good guys with guns preventing bad guys with guns from causing violence against innocent civilians. When our veteran’s returned home after war and Peace Keeping Deployments they don’t gravitate towards crime because of their familiarity with firearms, they maintained their honourable status as law-abiding citizens.  Switzerland, as referenced in TIME Magazine, has followed this model of societal protection for centuries and even though it is one of the most armed countries in the world, every citizen between the ages of 18 and 65 has an assault rifle at home; it has the lowest crime rate in the world. It is time to mimic this component of Swiss culture in Canada.

For the long term, education, engagement, cultural understanding and mental health should be the focus, especially with our youth.  Mass shooting, like many gang shootings, have the same common denominator; a person usually, a younger male detaches from mainstream society and uses a gun or now commonly, a van to commit violence.  Many of our detached youth that don’t commit violence against others choose self-harm; since 2000 suicide is one of the leading causes of death in Canadian youth. This is unacceptable.  It should be an ongoing focus of the Mental Health Community to reassert their focus on understanding why many male youth are detaching from the main stream and seeking violent ends; and they should get the funding to accomplish this imperative task.  Their findings should be continually forwarded to educators who can effect change. This is not a new or revolutionary concept, Education works.

In the 1970’s when I became interested in Hunting there were ample firearms related injuries with multiple fatalities annually during the hunting season. At that time, after considerable study, the NS Dept. of Natural Resources admirably took the initiative to implement a Hunter Training Program.  The result of the implementation of this training was that firearm related hunting accidents decreased annually to the point that there has been all but one death since 2005. Education has been historically proven to effect change; Education works.

In the recent past Iceland had the highest rate of youth detachment, substance abuse, and increasing youth violence in Europe.  Icelanders relied upon the education of youth and families in the values of personal interactions with family, friends, culture, and sport to rescind these issues. In addition, the Government of Reykjavik provided families a Leisure Card ($5050.00 Canadian per year) for families to use towards fees incurred when their children participate in sports, arts, dance, music and other extra-curricular activities that interest them.  Iceland turned around their youth issues in short order and now has the highest percentages of psychologically and physically balanced youth in the western world.  It should be noted the Leisure Cards are mostly funded by saving accrued from the surplus of Healthcare agencies since the implementation of these youth programs; youth no longer required as much hospitalization and treatments saving the citizens money which was funneled back to the Leisure Cards (atlantic.ctvnews.ca/).

If Canadians truly have an interest in scaffolding a viable solution to gun violence in Canada, the use of common sense and methodologies that have proven track records is the only way to achieve success. Vilifying inanimate objects will do nothing to protect our loved ones. It will buy politicians votes in the short term but in the long term, the violence will become worse.  We owe it to our youth to provide them with a stable platform to begin their life, a culture removed from senseless violence, just like Switzerland and Iceland.  

Michael Kelly

Parent, Teacher, Gun Owner

The ‘Cheddy’ Hollingsworth Match + The Eldridge Center Fire Match

The 'Cheddy' Hollingsworth Match + The Eldridge Center Fire Match
We had a great time and overwhelming attendance on July 22, 2018!

The first ever ‘Cheddy’ Hollingsworth Match

July 22, 1:00 pm at the Leiches Creek ‘B Range’

This match is named after longtime life member ‘Cheddy’ Hollingsworth who passed away on March 14th, 2014.
Cheddy became a member of the Metro Rifle and Pistol Club in the 1970’s and will always be remembered by those that knew him as an honest, hardworking and caring man who would sacrifice so that others could gain.

For many years Cheddy ran our youth shooting program supplying the training, rifles and most times the ammunition from his own supply. Cheddy served on the Executive of the club as our Chief Range Officer for decades and was at the forefront of firearms safety. In addition, Cheddy has done an incredible amount of work, much of it behind the scenes, to ensure the harmonious operation of the club.

Ched was a tremendous asset to the Metro Rifle and Pistol Club since becoming a member, and because of this, the 1st Place Trophy for this event is named in his honour.

First place in this event received a Gold Medal, the coveted “Metro R&P Beer Stein” handcrafted from crystal mined from the New Waterford Coal seam, and is immortalized by having his name engraved on the cup for future generations to ascribe to. Second Place received a glistening Sterling Silver Medal handcrafted from the rods of Ched’s drag race cars, third a coveted Bronze Medal, and 4-10 a medal of recognition for being among the finest pistol shooters on Cape Breton Island.

The ‘Cheddy’ Hollingsworth Match follows the same format as the internationally recognized Olympic ISSF Standard Pistol Match.

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The match consists of three events each with 4 stages and is shot with a .22 Pistol or Revolver:

Event 1 – Slow Fire Stage
In this event the shooter fires 5 shots in 150 seconds (4 times) for a total of 20 shots on a standard ISSF Pistol target at 20 meters

Event 2 – Timed Fire Stage
In this event the shooter fires 5 shots in 20 seconds (4 times) for a total of 20 shots on a standard ISSF Pistol target at 20 meters

Event 3 – Rapid Fire Stage
In this event the shooter fires 5 shots in 10 seconds (4 times) for a total of 20 shots on a standard ISSF Pistol target at 20 meters

Total number of Shots fired is 60, any shot fired over the times will be a deduction of the highest scoring shot on target. All shooting is done using only one hand. Anyone wishing to use two hands is allowed but will be given a 50 point handicap. Any .22 firearm is allowed providing it is safe with a trigger pull of 2lbs or over.

The Eldridge Center Fire Match

July 22, 3:00 pm at the Leiches Creek ‘B Range’

This match is named after life member Terry Eldridge. Terry has been perhaps the most determined member of the Metro Rifle and Pistol Club since joining in the mid 1980’s. For many years Terry served on the Executive in various positions and was instrumental in organizing competitions and encouraging and coaching new members throughout the duration of his membership.

In addition Terry is a tenacious competitor at the forefront of the competition world. He has competed in ISSF, ISU, PPC, multigun, 3 Gun, and IPSC competitions over decades, achieving a vast array of titles, trophies and medals represent Metro R&P Club all over our great country. Terry has also represented our country, as a member of the Canadian Pistol Team at World IPSC Shoots. Terry is a seasoned competitor that has been a tremendous asset to the Metro Rifle and Pistol Club since becoming a member and because of his exploits the 1st Place Trophy for this event is named in his honour.

First place in this event received a Gold Medal, a coveted “Metro R&P Beer Stein” fabricated from crystal deposits in Cape Breton Highlands, and is exalted by having his/her name engraved on the cup for future generations to awe. Second Place is awarded a Sterling Silver Medal crafted from the remains of Terry’s silver tipped bullets, third place is awarded a Bronze Medal, and 4-10 a recognition medal for being amongst the most proficient pistolero’s on Cape Breton Island.

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The match consists of two events each with 4 stages:

Event 1 – Rapid Fire Stage
In this event the shooter fires 5 shots in 15 seconds (4 times) for a total of 20 shots on a standard ISSF Pistol target at 7 meters

Event 2 – Precision Fire Stage
In this event the shooter fires 5 shots in 20 seconds (4 times) for a total of 20 shots on a standard ISSF Pistol target at 15 meters

Total number of Shots fired is 40, any shot fired over the times will be a deduction of the highest scoring shot on target.

All shooting is done using only one hand. Anyone wishing to use two hands is allowed but will be given a 50 point handicap. Any centerfire pistol is allowed providing it is safe with a trigger pull of 3lbs or over.

Club President News: New Club Shoot Times 2018 / 2019

Club President News: New Club Shoot Times 2018 / 2019
Members of The Metro Rifle & Pistol Club,
I have an update regarding the use of the Range at Leiches Creek. DNR is under increased pressure to make the facility available to the general public. They have been receiving ongoing reports of range time that has been booked by one organisation or another, but no one is showing up for their time and the range is vacant, preventing others from booking it. Because of this, they have stopped the local Police, RCMP, Brinks, and others from booking huge blocks of time they require for their yearly qualifications.
For this, I applaud DNR’s efforts. However they have also cut our Club range time as well which at first caused me concern, but I do comprehend why. I have been doing some shooting during our clubs booked time this spring and more often than not the range has been empty when I arrived, during my stay, and when I left.  We cannot continue to monopolize range time when club members are not present. It is just not fair to those wanting to use the facility.
We now have access to the range as a club during the following times:
 
July, August, September
 
First Saturday of the month only: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, both A + B Range
 
Every Sunday: Noon until Dusk, (B Range / 25m only)
 
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month: Noon until Dusk, A + B Range
 
Please Note:
The Cape Breton Sportsman Club has the range booked the second Saturday of every month in July, August, September so please do not interfere with their range session. 
 
October & November
 
Saturday – No Club booked Shoots
 
Every Sunday: Noon until Dusk, (B Range / 25m only)
 
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month: Noon until Dusk, A + B Range
 
December 2018 to April 2019: the same times as September
Club members still have access to the range anytime they would like. All that is required now is that you use the public booking system online. All of our members have been qualified on range operation during the Range Orientation Program required for membership as regulated under the firearms act, so there is no issue with our members booking and using the range at their leisure.  As an example, some of our members have been meeting at certain times of the week for training sessions. That is still perfectly acceptable the only difference being members must go online and book the facility before they go. 
 
Please remember any time there are two or more people on the range, someone must act as a Range Safety Officer. This is a requirement of the Firearms Act. If there is ever an incident because of a lapse in safety I can guarantee our range access will be severely impacted, so please follow the posted rules. We have a great working relationship with DNR and I don’t want to put unnecessary strain on that relationship.   
 
I would also like to inform the membership construction of the pavilion to be constructed on B Range (the pistol bay) has been put on hold until a general meeting takes place in fall 2018.
 
I would also like to take this time to congratulate our Club Members Andy and Joe for their accomplishments at the Canadian Nationals ISSF Pistol Shooting Championships held last week at the Pan-Am Center in Cookstown Ontario. They were members of the first Nova Scotia Team since 1965 to compete and were the top team in the Free Pistol Event. Congratulations guys, job well done!
 
Regards,
Michael Kelly
Metro R&P Club President 

MRPC members can shoot at Lingan Trap and Skeet Club

MRPC members can shoot at Lingan Trap and Skeet Club

The Lingan Trap and Skeet Club is looking to promote interactions between both of our clubs. They have offered to let members of the Metro Rifle & Pistol Club shoot Trap and Skeet all summer without having to become members of their club.
That is a great offer that shouldn’t be passed up. I would encourage members that take advantage of this gracious offer to reciprocate.

All that is required is that you take your current Metro Card to prove you are a member and insured, your shotgun and Shells (#7-1/2, #8 #9 shot or smaller) and $5.00 for each round, you want to shoot. A ’round’ is 25 clay targets.

Lingan Trap and Skeet shoot on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm and Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm.
They are located just down Lingan Road from the old radar base.

Shoot Safe and Have Fun

Mike Kelly
President MRPC

2018 McDonald Challenge & Selig Cup

2018 McDonald Challenge & Selig Cup

The Team Metro Rifle and Pistol Club sent to the McDonald Challenge (Olympic Standard Pistol) and the Selig Cup (Olympic Free Pistol) this weekend devastated
………again………

taking first place in both and of course the trophies back to Cape Breton
………again………!

Andy Maxwell, our esteemed secretary, dominated the Selig Cup. He shot that match with the determination of a Rabid Pit Bull and went shot for shot with mainlander Bob Selig (provincial air pistol Champion who has won the match more than anyone else in its history) along with our own Joe MacHoll to take first place! Andy is a tuff competitor!!! Joe, proved no slouch either, narrowly missing silver and took home the bronze medal for our club; which astounded everyone since he only first fired an Olympic free pistol this past Wednesday……… for an hour……… I expected Joe to be last place (the new guy!), but he kicked my ass too! I think we will all see Joe accomplishing great things in the shooting sports in the future!

The Standard Pistol was even more eventful with first place moving back and forth among the top five shooters on the line as the match progressed! What amazed everyone in this match was not the winning but the sheer grit of Terry Eldridge. Terry started shooting competitively when the Dead Sea was still alive; that’s a long time ago! Not one to miss a Standard Pistol Championship he went; with a torn rotator cuff so he was unable to lift his pistol! Rather than give up, as anyone I have ever met would, he walked up to the line and grabbed his gun with his weak hand. I thought he was going to put it back in the case and go home but to everyone’s surprise, he shot the god darn match with his weak hand! I have been shooting competition since 1985 and have never ever seen anyone ever even attempt to do this before! And he was hitting!!! He narrowly missed placing on the podium because Andy inched by at the last moments of the match! I managed squeezed into first to take the Trophy. What a great day!

Article by Mike Kelly