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Extreme Benchrest 2015 – Day 1

Extreme Benchrest 2015 is being held from October 1 – 4 at the Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club in Mesa, AZ. Today is Day One!

Extreme Benchrest 2015 - Day 1

Of course, Extreme Benchrest 2015 is a major event in the airgun shooting calendar. Competitors come from all over the US, and it also attracts some of the best-known personalities in the international airgun world, including Tony Belas from Daystate in the UK and Fredrik Axelsson, the owner of FX Airguns in Sweden.

Below, Tony Belas from Daystate shoots in the Field Target Competition at Extreme Benchrest 2015.

Tony Belas from Daystate shoots in the Field Target Competition at Extreme Benchrest 2015.

Extreme Benchrest is a hot event, literally! Temperatures on the first day have been well above 100 degrees F, although it’s expected to “cool down” somewhat to below 100 degrees for the remaining days. Phew!

Extreme Benchrest is well-known for, er, extreme long range benchrest shooting with air rifles. But there’s more to it than that. Day One has seen a Field Target competition in a beautiful range among the Sonoran desert, as you can see from the following photographs.

Extreme Benchrest 2015 - Day 1

Note the shades provided over every firing point. Good planning, and essential with the extreme temperatures at Extreme Benchrest 2015.

Extreme Benchrest 2015 - Day 1

This is one of the relatively few Field Target courses where the competitors have to avoid prickly cacti ( I saw plenty of these) and possibly dangerous snakes (fortunately none put in an appearance) when shooting the course.

Also taking place on Day One of Extreme Benchrest 2015 was sighting-in on the 25-yard, 75-yard and 100-yard ranges for the main benchrest competition that begins on Day Two, Friday October 2, 2015.

Among the many benefits of attending Extreme Benchrest 2015 is the chance to participate in a raffle. There’s over $25,000.00 value in products – yes TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS – being given away. All it takes is to buy a card of 25 tickets for just $20.00. You take the tickets and put them into the boxes for the product you want a chance to win.

Here’s my tickets, subtly placed on top of an exciting new FX Impact air rifle that’s made it’s debut with the FX team at Extreme Benchrest 2015.

Extreme Benchrest 2015 - Day 1

Clearly there’s a huge amount of time, work and planning involved in staging such an impressive event as Extreme Benchrest 2015. The team at Airguns of Arizona are behind it, of course. They’ve been planning this shoot for many months, and it shows!