Just a few weeks ago the Guyana Sport Shooting Federation received a National Sports Award for the Most Improved Association for 2015 and there is no question that merely a few months later, Sport Shooting has once again been taken to an even higher level in Guyana after last Saturday’s successful hosting of Guyana’s first 3-Gun Match. There was a time when “shooting competition” meant firing at targets from a fixed position at your own pace, but in the last few decades sport shooting has evolved by leaps and bounds to become complicated adrenaline-fueled drag races full of challenging obstacles and difficult shots that test a shooter’s ability like nothing else can.
3-Gun gets its name from the fact that you use three different types of firearms over the course of the competition: a shotgun, a rifle, and a pistol. You score points by hitting designated targets, which include clay targets, cardboard targets and steel targets of varying sizes.
On Saturday last, the Practical Shooters of Guyana were given a chance to display their Accuracy and Speed while managing Power at the GSSF’s Inaugural Multi-Gun Match sponsored by Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc., in continued celebration of Guyana’s Golden Jubilee of Independence at the GDF’s Timehri Range as new and experienced shooters alike showed up to test their skills against each other in four challenging courses of fire.
Built around safety, the sport simultaneously measures the ability of the competitor to shoot rapidly and accurately in the GSSF’s Inaugural Multi-Gun Match in a fun, fair, and competitive environment.
Match Director Mr. David Dharry welcomed participants and spectators, while the safety element was monitored by Range Master, Mr. Ryan McKinnon. Scoring uses the competitor’s total points divided by the time it takes to shoot those points on the targets in each stage which results in a Hit Factor. The shooter with the highest accumulated points from all stages in a match wins overall.
Shooting was under the USPSA Practical Shooting Handbook Rules. Stage 1 called ‘Steel Drops’ comprised 11 Pepper Poppers and 8 Plates which were placed behind cover forcing shooters to move to various strategic positions so as to have visibility of the targets. Stage 2 named ‘Lil Bit’ required the shooter to start standing in a crouched position with hands on knees facing up-range. The unloaded handgun was placed on a mat and all magazines were on the shooter. Upon the start signal of the electronic buzzer, shooters had to turn and engage the target with 2 rounds, perform a mandatory reload and engage the same target with 3 rounds. Stage 3 was named after famous Guyanese dishes to commemorate its independence: ‘Cook-up or Metemgee”. Shooters had to stand relaxed in the box corresponding to the dish they chose and upon start signal engage all targets from within corresponding boxes for the target arrays specified. There were 4 separate arrays of 4 targets each totaling 32 rounds needed minimum. Procedurals were awarded per shot for any fired at an array not corresponding to those pointed out in stage brief. This stage in particular tested shooters’ fitness levels as they ran the long distance from the various array layouts.
Stage 4 was adjudged the best stage for the afternoon and was named ‘GT Gun Fun Run’. The start position was “standin’ wid hands pun de fence gyaffing wid yuh fren”, handgun loaded and holstered. On start signal the shooter had to retrieve the shotgun from a table and engage 4 clay targets with the shotgun. A broken clay was considered an A. However, the pistol was allowed to be used after firing at least 1 shot with shotgun if desired. The shotgun then had to be placed on the table with muzzle in safe direction and safety engaged before moving to Area B where the shooter was then required to engage three targets with the pistol. The final part of this first-ever stage to be set up in Guyana, required the shooter to retrieve a rifle from another table further up-range after holstering the pistol and engage 2 steel targets and 2 paper targets with rifle only. Thereafter, after unloading and leaving the rifle on the table, the shooter had to proceed to Area D to engage remaining four targets with Pistol.
Scoring was tallied by the scoring software for the sport and managed by Stats Officers Dr. Pravesh Harry who released the results as follows:
OPEN DIVISION OVERALL – First Ryan McKinnon 305.0000, Second Harold Hopkinson 256.8085, Third Mohamed Qualander 90.4576.
PRODUCTION DIVISION OVERALL – First Azaad Hassan 391.4472, Second Shawn Smith 317.7273, Third Rajiv Latchana 283.5121.
LIMITED DIVISION OVERALL – First David Dharry 366.5206, Second Ray Beharry 306.0744, Third Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon 290.4332.
Present at the Range to present the beautiful trophies to the Prize Winners was the Managing Director/CEO of the sponsor company, Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc., Guyana’s Premiere Aviation, Land and Sea Security Services and Licenced Firearm Dealers, Mr. Harold Hopkinson. Special Stage Medals were presented by the President of the Federation, Ms. Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon to the top three in each division.
OPEN DIVISION PRODUCTION DIVISION LIMITED DIVISION
Stage 1st – Ryan McKinnon Shawn Smith David Dharry
2nd Place – Harold Hopkinson Fabian Stuart Ray Beharry
3rd Place – Azaad Hassan Peter Hugh
Thanks was extended to the Match Officials for ensuring the efficiency and high safety standards with which the match was run and for this big step in sport shooting in Guyana to commemorate the nation’s 50th Independence Activities and to the Match Sponsor. The Federation also thanks Chief of Staff of the GDF, Brigadier Phillips, Colonel Doodnauth, GPF Commissioner Persaud, Asst. Commissioner Ramnarine, Commander Hicken, OC TSU Superintendent Dehnert, Corporal Dunn and the ranks of the Armory and TSU.
More information on the GSSF is available on its website www.GuyanaSportShooting.com.
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