California Sharpshooters Take Top Titles

Cal-Diego PVA Rifle and pistol shooters at the Lytle Creek Range, Lytle Creek, Calif.

Cal-Diego Spring Shoot

World War II veteran Ken Rogers of Las Vegas gets ready to shoot Saturday as Robert Butterfield watches during the Paralyzed Veterans of America Trapshoot at Redlands Shooting Park. (John Valenzuela/Staff Photographer, Redlands Daily Facts, Sunday, 1 April)

Cal-Diego PVA’s 24th annual spring shooting event took place in Riverside County at the end of March and the beginning of April. When the dust settled after three days of shooting, the home team added more titles to its already long list, with the trap team again in first place and Doug Vann named the trap event’s top wheelchair shooter.

A center-fire pistol and rifle event kicked off the fun on March 30. The pistol event consisted of 50 rounds with PVA providing the ammunition and the competitors the pistols. Anything larger than a .22 but not larger than a .45 was allowed, iron sights only. The course of fire was ten rounds of practice at the 15-yard line followed by ten rounds slow fire and ten rounds quick fire, also at 15 yards. The targets were then moved to the 25-yard line for ten rounds slow fire followed by ten rounds timed fire. Vann was the top pistol shooter (412/440).

For the rifle competition, the targets were set at 100 yards, with the course five rounds slow fire, prone position; five rounds quick fire, prone position; then five rounds slow fire, standing, and five rounds timed fire, standing. Kurt Nelson had high score with 188/200.

Following the pistol and rifle events,  trapshooting practice took place at the Redlands Shooting Park in Redlands, Calif. During two days of competition, shooters had 50 singles, 50 handicap, then 25 pair of doubles capped with 25 “wagon wheel” targets. Wagon wheel consists of trap targets with participants firing from skeet field positions. Top scorer for Saturday’s singles was Vann (50/50). He broke 48/50 the next day, sharing the top spot with seven other shooters. Vann’s total score for this shoot was 278/300. The Cal-Diego Trap Team broke 1289/1500 targets, 200 more than second-place Nevada PVA.


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