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Extreme Benchrest 2015 – Day 2

Day Two of Extreme Benchrest 2015 started with a Speed Silhouette shoot. Success in this discipline requires speed in target acquisition, accuracy and dexterity to load and fire at top speed. It’s not easy, but it is great fun!

Below we see some competitors shooting Speed Silhouette at Extreme Benchrest 2015. Darren Schollmeyer of AOA (standing second from left in red shirt) ran the Silhouette and Extreme Benchrest ranges with efficiency and professionalism.

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In addition to the 120 competitors at Extreme Benchrest 2015, there’s many other attendees, family members, supporters and others (like me!). That’s a lot of people.

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Of course the main event at Extreme Benchrest 2015 is the Extreme Benchrest shoot itself. Now in its fifth year, the Extreme Benchrest competition has grown in scope and number of competitors.

Each shooter has 30 minutes to make 25 shots on 25 targets at 75 yards. Competitors can use spotting scopes and refill with air as required. There’s also a row of “sighting” targets at the bottom of the card that don’t score. But if you end up with 26 shots – or more – on those 25 bulls, each one scores MINUS 10 points. Ouch!

Here’s Jim Stannis, the owner of Precision Airguns and Supplies, adjusting his rest before shooting.

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And here’s Michael Wendt, of the Airgun Nation forum, shooting with the new FX Impact.

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Downrange during “cold line”, target cards are posted in the frames at 75 yards. At the same time, competitors set out their wind gauges and tell-tales to help judge the perfect shot.

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Of course, a big part of Extreme Benchrest 2015 is the chance to meet old friends, find new ones and talk about airguns. Here Fredrik Axelsson of FX Airguns and Tony Belas of Daystate share a joke.

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Below, Robert Buchanan, the President of Airguns of Arizona, talks airguns with two younger competitors.

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More tomorrow…..