The Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) and the NVR Security Services Inc. hosted a successful Open Practical Pistol Shoot last Saturday at the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF’s) Timehri Ranges.
Despite inclement weather, shooters suited up with their rain gear, extra shoes and cleats as they competed in (4) stages. The first stage was called “Services”; it required shooters to engage 2 paper targets, 1 Popper and 3 falling plates.
Stage 2, called “NVR,” consisted of 9 classic targets and 1 No-Shoot (NS) located just above the furthest target. Any hits on NS targets would attract a penalty of -10 points per hit.
The third stage, dubbed “Security”, was adjudged as the most fun stage, with a start position lying flat on one’s back with one hand on each side of a line demarcated on a make-shift bed, with the gun unloaded and placed on either table. The stage consisted of 7 classic paper targets and 2 poppers.
The final stage, named “Inc.”, was declared the most challenging but fun stage. This stage saw shooters engaging 11 paper targets surrounded by three NS targets; shooting while on the move, giving consideration to ideal shooting positions.
These stages required the shooter to engage as accurately as possible multiple targets that were set up in various scenarios, while moving to various points and positions; and all the while striving to do so in the shortest possible time. Points were deducted for any misses and hits on no shoot (penalty) targets.
In the end, it was a veteran’s sweep in the Production Division, as GSSF President Ryan McKinnon shot himself to first place with 365.0000 points. Second place was occupied by Michael Blake with 256.8107 points, and Andrew Phang was 3rd with 204.6491 points.
The Limited Division saw the top three spots being sealed by the likes of 1st place 353.3000 points — Rajiv Latchana; 2nd place 312.8991 points — John Phang; 3rd place 276.0648 points — Mohamed Qualander.
Following the match, President of the GSSF, McKinnon, delivered the Vote of Thanks, expressing thanks to the sponsors: Mr. Rajiv Latchana, Managing Director of NVR Security Services Inc., to Harold Hopkinson for participating, and for the kind loan of the props and targets for the match.
Also, Guyana Police Force’s (GPF’s) acting Commissioner David Ramnarine; the OC, TSU, and the ranks of the GPF Armoury and TSU were thanked. Additional thanks are extended to Brigadier Patrick West and the GDF for the use of their range facility at Timehri.