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FEATURE | F-CLASS

DAY 1
F-OPEN

F/TR

Mark Walker

599-23X

Jim Crofts

593-27X

Dan Biggs

597-37X

Derek Rogers

593-23X

John Myers

596-29X

Brad Suave

588-19X

At day's end, F/TR competitor James Crofts,
the 2012 Champion, had the lead. Derek Rodgers,
2013 Champion, locked in second place with
a record 200-12X on his second string, breaking his own record of 200-11X that was set a few
days earlier in the Arizona Long-Range Regional.
Third place belonged to Brad Sauve, three-time
Champion (2004, 2006 & 2007). Hanging in 4th
and someone to watch out for was Raton, NM's
Trudie Fay, with a 587-17X.
On the other side of the house, F-Open shooter
and U.S. Open Team Vise-Captain Mark Walker,
lead the pack with a 599-29X (200-11X, 199-9X
and 200-9X). Two points back was two-time
F/TR National Champion Dan Biggs. Dan shot
a 200-12X on his 2nd string. In third was John
Myers' 596-29X. John cleaned the first and last
string, but lost four points on the second. Seven
competitors were within five points of Mark, and
the Championships were still young.
Did I mention it was hot? The only things cool
were the free ice-cold water bottles and inside
the air conditioned port-a-potties. Yes, I said
air conditioned.

DAY 2
F-OPEN

F/TR

David Gosnell

596-31X

Derek Rogers

589-26X

John Meyers

596-28X

Trudie Fay

589-25X

Larry
Bartholome

596-28X

Brad Suave

589-24X

Day 2 weather was a repeat of the first, only
hotter. Another three strings of 20 shots were
fired at 1,000 yards. In the F/TR division it was a

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tight race, with the top three all shooting 589s.
These scores juggled the aggregate list a bit, with
Derek Rodger taking the lead with an 1182-49X.
Second went to Jim Crofts' 1179-48X, followed by
Brad Sauve's 1177-43X and Trudie Fay's 1176-39X.
At the close of firing in F-Open, there were six
596s shot. This shook up the running aggregate
standings a bit with John Myers moving to the
top with 1192-57X. David Gosnell moved to second with an 1190-65X. Third place was Dan Biggs
with an identical 1190-65X. My habit of shooting
for 10's put me in fourth with an 1190-57X.

DAY 3

▲ Team Long Shots dressed appropriately and fired on the line
in their Halloween costumes during the 2014 National F-Class
Championships. From l. to r: David Gosnell, David Bailey,
Michelle Gallagher, Ken Dickerman and Mark Walker.

Day 3 was Team Day and you could cut the
excitement with a knife. F-Class Nationals Team
Day is the big day. The team matches are always
hard fought and scores are always close, coming
down to one or two points, or X's. Eleven F/TR
and 16 F-Open teams participated.
This team day was different than all previous
ones because it was Halloween. America's
best loved family of long-range shooting-the
Gallagher-Tompkins clan, decided to make merry.
Michelle Gallagher's Long Shot Team dressed
up as Snow White and the four (not so small)
dwarfs. Her mother Nancy Tompkins' team, the
Spindle Shooters, wore Mickey Mouse ears and


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