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Burbank Muzzleloaders February Newsletter

Burbank Muzzleloaders Newsletter February 2021

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On January 31st, Burbank Muzzleloaders held its first walk through of 2021. The weather was ideal given that Piru’s climate is typical of Southern California’s moderate winters. A jolly day it was on the trail, and members had no excuse for poor shooting! In the end, John Clevenger stole the show with a whopping 22 hits out of 25! Way to go, John! You really exuded confidence and connected well with your rifle that day. Of noteworthy news was the race for second place given that three other members each scored 16. Following the match, through scrupulous tie-breaker verification by Sam Baseman, it was determined that Eric Blakely scored 2nd place. He and Sam had each hit the same tie breakers until the last when Sam had a “fluke” at the Big Red Gong. Yeah, you know, “The one that anybody can hit,” (quote by Sam Baseman himself). He questioned the hearing of Stanly and Eric, who were in attendance to witness the shocking moment, for they had determined that he hadn’t hit it. In order to supply further proof, Stanley then hit it proudly to demonstrate what a solid hit sounded like, which ended the dispute.

Sam Baseman came in third.

Moving right along...the club also enjoyed its regularly scheduled silhouette match on February 14th with chickens, pigs, turkeys, and rams at 50, 70, 80, and 100 yards, respectively. In this match, Lee Bowman (no surprise by the way) commanded attention with his elegant poise! He scored a fantastic 16 out of 20! On top of that, he earned a ten-pig pin. Lee, that’s showin’ ’em! Jannu Lorentson and Sam Baseman each scored a nice 11 with the latter shining at the end and earning a ten-chicken pin. Don’t worry, Sam, you’re still relevant. It really was a match day worthy of remark as Lee and Sam at the end both immersed themselves in the challenge of seeing how many pigs and chickens each could hit in a row. Reminiscences of past records were struck up. All in all, it was an above average match to go down in the club’s history.

Burbank Muzzleloaders’ next match will be Tom Trevor’s cartridge walk through on March 14th. Coincidentally and lamentably for some, this match always falls on the morning of the time change to daylight savings time when we “spring forward.” With the match in physical reality being earlier in the day, the sun is lower on the horizon and right in the shooter’s eyes, the perfect thing to blame poor shooting on! Anyway, it will be 2021’s second walkthrough of the year, and it will be interesting to see if John Clevenger begins solidifying his lead for the yet undetermined cumulative walk through prize for 2021. Any suggestions or possible donations for such a prize?

Lastly, the author would like to thank Tom Trevor for composing the newsletters for December and January as the author, Eric Blakely, needed to be temporarily away for work commitments. He’s back and grateful to be authoring the newsletter for the club again.

Well, that’s all folks, so don’t forget about Burbank Muzzleloaders, the place to shoot!



Shooter of the Year

  Stanley Sam Lee John Tom T. Jannu L Eric B. Jerry Griffith   Jeff Eley SKIP    
January - Shooter Year 4 12 16 8 20
February - Silhouette 7 10 15 5 7 10 3 2
March - Cart. Walk-Thru
April - Silhouette
May - Musket
June - Silhouette
July - Benchrest
August - Silhouette
September - Springfield Rifle
October - Silhouette
November - Turkey
December -
X-mas Agg of 10
Total 11 22 31 13 7 30 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
Stanley Sam Lee John Tom T. Jannu L Eric B. Jeff Eley SKIP




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