Ruger state championship draws nearly 100 shooters

On Saturday, May 21, the Rockford Sportsman’s Club (RSC) hosted the Michigan state championship of the Ruger Rimfire Shooting Competition. This was a charity shoot and RSC will be donating a check for $2,700 to Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA).

The sport is popular and there will be 12 sanctioned regional and state Rimfire matches in 2011, reported Scott Fries, match director. “We had 77 registered shooters. A .22 caliber pistol and rifle were required. Each of the six unique stages involved all steel targets, which allows the shooter to instantly tell if they had a hit or a miss,” Fries said.

Winners of a prize table with over $3,000 in donated items from 19 national and local sponsors were chosen by a random drawing. Among the prizes shooters could win were three Ruger firearms. A junior competitor won a $350 bow package from the Great Lakes Outdoors Foundation. All shooters that completed the courses of fire took home a prize that included gift certificates and firearms accessories.

“This match was made possible by twenty RSC member volunteers that step up again and again to ensure that our events are fun, well organized, and safe,” said Fries.

Winners included: first place Men’s Limited Division, Reuben Mishler of Kalamazoo (first place, men’s limited division), and Jake Wedge of Belding (second place). First place in men’s open division was Terry Waskul of Richland, with Garrett Beck from Port Huron in second. First in women’s limited division was Tiffany Wedge of Belding. All junior shooters received a participation award plaque.

“It was truly a great way to celebrate Armed Forces Day!” reported Fries. “We have received dozens of 100 percent positive e-mails and comments about this match, and we all very much look forward to hosting this event again next year,” Fries said.

For more information and pictures regarding this and future events, check out RSC is a 501-C3 organization and all events are open to the public.

More information about HAVA may be obtained online at


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