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Shooting in Brand New Dirt

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Eric Rulofson puts his first picked present back

Eric Rulofson puts his first picked present back on the barrel after revealing the white block on Saturday. For this stage. The shooter had to pick up a present that covered a colored block signifying which of the three target locations to shoot first. After the white location, the shooter would return to the barrel pick a new present to identify the next designated target until all three were complete. Rulofson was shooting a rifle that was fit with handgun ammo allowing it to still compete amongst the other handguns - although in it’s own class.

Rex Harvey calls out the shots

Rex Harvey, left, the range officer for this group, looks for the bullet holes as he announces the scores for each target after a shoot on Saturday. Austin McWhorter, center, was tracking the points on the iPad for the shoot, and Tena Rulofson was waiting with tape to cover the holes once they were recorded.

Members of the Buffalo Action Shooters met up for the regular monthly shooting competition at the shooting range on the Southeast side of Buffalo. The range has recently been updated, with new dirt allowing for the creation of several new lanes. The group was doing a handgun shooting competition that included four stages. 

The recently expanded range includes a number of new shooting ranges

The recently expanded range includes a number of new shooting ranges with the tall berms on each side and the full backstops. The still soft dirt serves as the safety background that allows shooting inside each individual range without fear of escaping bullets.

Four stages were set up to shoot

Four stages were set up to shoot in on Saturday, each with it’s own specific target layout and round requirements. The fourth range was an X pattern that spread targets around three sides of the X. All participants were required to keep their gun barrels within the 180 degree range that faced into the course at all times for safety.

One of the shooting groups makes their way to stage three

One of the shooting groups makes their way to stage three on Saturday. The day’s shooters were split into two groups to minimize numbers and promote COVID-19 safety.

Dallas McWhorter tapes over the old bullet holes in a target

Dallas McWhorter tapes over the old bullet holes in a target on Saturday. The tape covers all the old holes so that the new holes can be identified and scored accurately.

Many attendees kept a few strips of tape

Many attendees kept a few strips of tape on their pant leg for easy access when covering up holes on the target. The holes had to be covered up after each individual shooter finished their course before the next could go.

John Pourdin smokes a cigarette as he waits for his turn to shoot

John Pourdin smokes a cigarette as he waits for his turn to shoot at the second stage on Saturday. John was shooting a .22 gauge handgun that uses the same bullets as would a .22 rifle. Pourdin kept his extra ammo in a crown royal bag that was hooked around his knife sheath.

Kurt Ulrich laughs with Bill Gallant after Gallant’s shoot

Kurt Ulrich laughs with Bill Gallant after Gallant’s shoot on Saturday. Ulrich was working as the range officer for the second group of shooters - making for one in each group.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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