by Tip Curtis
Congratulations to all of the top ten winners and many thanks to all of you who participated in the 1997 Territorial.
The coming year will have a few changes in the format. Any state that wishes to have more than one territorial may do so. Pleases contact: Tip Curits, P.O. Box 203, Cross Plains, TN 37049, for approval of location.
There will be a four match sub-junior aggregate and a four match junior aggregate. Metals will be given in these aggregates as all other aggregates. I have added a smoothbore aggregate with no rear sight, 54 cal. minimum, flint only, single pull trigger. The smoothbore aggregate we had last year will be called ``sighted smoothbore aggregate.'' Both aggregates will have one animal target. All smoothbore guns will have mandatory inspection before entering the match.
Another new rule in the Territorial matches will require all competitors to turn their targets in after each relay except for matches that require two consecutive relays. Failure to do so will disqualify the target for that relay. These rules are the same as we use in our national matches.
The purpose of the Territorial matches is to give competitors national competition and national top ten recognition. Each competitor has a chance to earn the top gun patch each year. The top gun program introduced in 1996 has been a challenge to many of you.
The top gun program is as follows: scores are recorded in each aggregate category at the end of the year. The top ten scores are compiled in order. The person with the highest score in each category wins the top gun patch. The more matches a competitor competes in the US and Canada as many times as you wish will give you a better chance to compile a higher score in the top ten list. If you are in first position at the end of the year, you will receive top gun in that aggregate and ten points toward overall top gun. Second will receive nine points, third will receive eight points, etc. The more aggregates a competitor shoots will give them a better chance to compile a higher amount of points. Remember this is for men and ladies for overall top gun.
Ladies, the more aggregates you shoot, even in the aggregates that are not listed for ladies, will qualify you for the overall ladies top gun. Although you have to be in the top then in that category at the end of the year. There are quite a few lady bench, pistol, and even smoothbore competitors out there, so ladies get your guns and shoot these matches. They are for you also.
Overall Top Gun Winners
This year overall men's top gun was J.L. Hargis from Illinois. He had a first in one gun, first in hunters, second in X-stick, third in musket, third in flint, fourth in bench and seventh in offhand with a total of 56 points. H.P. Gregory with 37 points placed second. Good shooting for a great pair of competitors.
Ladies overall top gun was repeat winner Sharron Smith with a score of 24 points. Sharron had a super ladies aggregate with a score of 187 for first, (two points higher than her last years score). She placed third in the ladies offhand. This lady also shoots smoothbore and finished in the top ten with a fifth place score of 154 2X. That is fantastic shooting, Sharron. ``Ladies'' we need more shooting. Sharron needs more competition! Marnie McCausland was second with 15 points. Marnie, keep up the good shooting!
Top Gun Aggregate Winners
Ed Dennis, Michigan, was top gun in flint with 183 3X. This score is also one point higher than last years top score. This is a great score for offhand flint shooting. Congratulations, Ed!
Don Warner, Ohio, was top gun in bench with a score of 197 7X. Don is one of the most respected bench competitors in the country and has set many records at Friendship in all muzzleloading competition. Also, his entire family and grandchildren will give anyone strong competition on the lines. Good shooting, Don!
Stan Foster, Illinois, was top gun in musket with a 266 3X. We would like to see more shooting like that at Friendship, Stan. (How about it?) Congratulations on a great musket score.
J.L. Harris, Illinois, was top gun in one gun with a 188 3X and top gun in the hunters aggregate with 179 6X. J.L. is the best ``Marathon'' competitor I have ever seen. J.L. sets a trend that a lot of competitors would like to achieve. J.L., congratulations on a great year of competition in the territorial.
Phil Davidson, Michigan, was top gun in X-stick with a 194 5X. It sure looks like the Michigan competitors were out for blood in this years aggregate winners. Good shooting, Phil!
Sharron Smith, Michigan, was our ladies top gun in ladies aggregate with a score of 187 which is one point higher than last years score. It would be hard to put into words the accomplishments Sharron has done for competition and promotion for the NMLRA. Sharron and Guy, many thanks for the work and support you have contributed to the territorial program. Congratulations on great shooting!
Jeremy Franklin, Alabama, was junior top gun this year with a score of 130. Good shooting, Jeremy!
Bill Carmichael, Tennessee, and Ed Wintermute, Ohio, tied for the top gun in skeet with a score of 46 birds. This is the first year for a 50 bird aggregate in skeet. This is great shooting, congratulations!
Jackie Truelove, Indiana, was top gun in trap with a perfect score of 50. This is the first year for a 50 bird trap aggregate, also. Jackie, when I put the 50 bird aggregate in the program, I predicted one of the Jasper shooters would break a perfect score and you were on my mind. You are a great competitor, congratulations!
Norman Ensley, Ohio, was top gun in pistol with a 291 10X. This score is 4 points higher than last years top score. This is a great score for pistol competition, which is only two points off the Territorial record at Friendship. Congratulations on a super pistol aggregate!
Bill Koppos, New York, was top gun in the primitive aggregate with a score of 174. This tied last years score. Good shooting, Bill!
This year's sub-junior top gun is Mike Blazier, Pennsylvania, with a score of 100 9X. Followed by Mary Taylor, Alabama, with 100 8X, Tracy Torrance, Louisiana, 100 7X, Brittany Warner, Ohio, 100 6X, Richard Albright, Arizona, 100 5X, Charles Kuhns, Pennsylvania, 100 5X and Kyle Warner, Ohio, 100 4X. Never in the Territorial history has there been such good competition in the sub-junior class. To all of you sub-juniors, we all congratulate you for your great shooting.
David Scheid, Oregon, won top gun in the sighted smoothbore aggregate with a score of 166. Good shooting, David!
Chad Cleland, Ohio, was top gun in the unlimited longhunter aggregate with a score of 189 1X. This was nine points higher than last year. Chad this is the best unlimited scores I have ever seen on any of the targets fired on. Super good shooting, Chad!
Marnie McCausland, Ohio, was top gun in ladies offhand with a score of 172 1X. Marnie was second last year in this aggregate but 1997 was your year in this aggregate. Congratulations to a great shooter!
The 1997 Territorial attendance was down early in the year, due to the bad weather we encountered this spring. Later in the year, clubs with good weather had larger attendance than last year,. Because of this reason, we were down 190 competitors and 413 aggregates sold totaling $2,767.10 difference in revenue from last year. Total gross revenue this year was $33,982.60 with $14,560.00 going to host clubs and $19,422.60 going to the NMLRA. This is still $1,670.20 higher than we had in gross revenue in 1995. On the brighter side, we signed up 268 new members in the Territorial matches for 1997.
The Territorial matches are our memberships chance to compete on a national level. Let us take this opportunity and challenge to participate in the 1998 territorial matches. If so, you will probably be one of the top ten members next year or maybe top gun? See you somewhere at the territorial!
1997 Territorial Top Ten
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