Seasoned campaigner Ryan McKinnon became the first shooter to ink his name on the lien trophy when the El Dorado Trading sponsored, Guyana Sports Shooting Federation (GSSF) Steel Challenge Cup which was held in commemoration of the entity’s first anniversary.
With Executive members of the sponsors, El Dorado Trading of 136 Young Street Kingston on hand, the experienced McKinnon easily won ahead of Joseph Chin and GSSF President Ms. Vidushi Persaud, the lone female competitor.
The tier 1 match which was held at the Guyana Defence Force Timehri Ranges, Linden Soesdyke Highway, consisted of three sanctioned S.C.S.A. stages (Smoke & Hope, Roundabout and Accelerator) with shooters competing in two Divisions; Limited and Wildcat.
In every stage competitors were required to shoot five steel targets, positioned at various angles and distances, one of which is designated as a “Stop plate” which is shot last. Registering a hit on the stopplate stops the time. The total time it takes to hit all five plates is used for the score (your time is yourscore.) Any misses add 3 penalties seconds to the time per miss.
The best 4 out of 5 strings make up the total time per stage and ultimately the shooter with lowest time (score) wins.The competition requirements were as simple as the scoring, the shooter would assume his/her position in a 3 feet square shooting box with hands above their shoulders, upon the beep of the electronic timer, he/she would then draw their firearm and shoot at the targets, the timer stops when the shooter hits the stop plate.
One of the attractions of this GSSF’s First Anniversary Match, was that members shooting full power handguns (Limited Division) were competing for the privilege of holding the El Dorado Trading Steel Challenge Cup.
When the evening stepped in and the dust settled at the Ranges even after a bit of rain intervened but played no major part in curtailing the event; the fleeting total time for all three stages in the match, which amounted to under a minute of actual shooting when calculated, saw pre-match favourite and Guyana’s leading handgun shooter Ryan McKinnon being declared the winner and being the first recipient of the prestigious El Dorado Trading Challenge Cup.
McKinnon staved off a stern challenge from veteran shooter Joseph Chin who placed second ahead of GSSFPresident Ms. Vidushi Persaud who claimed third.
At the presentation of trophies, Managing Director of El Dorado Trading, Mr. Tamesh Jagmohan noted that the Challenge Trophy is one that McKinnon will have to defend in 2016 during the month of June in honour of the anniversary of the GSSF. Each year the winner’s name will be affixed to the Cup’s base.
Ms. Persaud conveyed thanks to El Dorado Trading for sponsoring their First Anniversary Steel Challenge Match. She commended the Match Committee, Range Master, Range Officers, Stats Officer-Dr. Pravesh Harry and shooters for ensuring the efficiency and safety standard with which the match was run.
Additional trophies were presented by Mr. Pavasky Jagmohan of El Dorado Trading to the top three overall in each division.
The first stage named “Smoke & Hope” saw targets set at various distances with the Stop Plate located closest the shooting box. This caused some excitement as seasoned shooters missed the fairly close stopplate and had to take follow-up shots in order to stop the clock ticking.
The second stage named “Roundabout” saw targets set at closer distances but in somewhat of a tricky arrangement, which caused shooters to engage them in random orders as they each felt was best.
The third stage named “Accelerator” caused both the shooter’s trigger finger action and their heart-beat to accelerate as they engaged the various targets set in a challenging layout. All eyes were glued to GSSF’s electronic time display board which was reflecting live shot per shot time from the electronic timer, there were many anxious glances directed towards the board from shooters as they battled it out, pushing for faster times.
The GSSF is expressing gratitude to the Chief of Staff of the GDF, Brigadier Phillips, Colonel Benn also of the GDF, GPF Commissioner Seelall Persaud, Assistant Commissioner Ramnarine, Commander Hicken, OC TSU Superintendent Dehnert, Corporal Dunn and the ranks of the GPF Armoury and TSU for the support towards making the event a success.
The federation is also expressing thanks to Mr. Tamesh Jagmohan of El Dorado Trading, Mr.
Mohamed Qualander of Queensway and Mr. Lennox Cush of Star Party Rentals.
Limited Division Wild cat Division
Shooter Time Position Shooter Time Position
Ryan McKinnon 58.10 1st Peter Hugh 78.84 1st
Joseph Chin 68.67 2nd Mohamed Gamal Khan 254.71 2nd
Ms. VidushiPersaud 84.51 3rd Roberto Hochand 266.27 3rd
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