March 3, 2019After 2 solid months of rain, Southwest ULR held the first match of 2019 Radelow Blades spring series. It seemed like all the shooters of Southwest ULR mean business in 2019 with new and bigger long guns. The weather was fantastic! High corrected altitude and almost no wind equaled many impacts, the most we have recorded thus far. Every shooter connected at multiple distances over 1 mile, no goose eggs today!
Randy Allen our reigning Top Gun and sporting a brand new 37XC connected twice at 1760 and twice 2127, proving heavy is the head who wears the Southwest ULR crown. Gina Rossi was fighting a sticky bolt, with her 416 Barret, which needed assistance with a dead blow hammer, that didn’t stop her from her personal best, hits 5 at 1760 and a solo impact at 2127. Robert Propios got his 338 Lapua doped in quickly at 1760 scoring 7 impacts and then followed up with an impact at the longest target at 2625. Bill Wood was the first shooter to connect at all distances, 6 at 1760, one at 2127 and one at 2628, after his Facebook fame developing 50 cal loads and 375/50 wildcat Bill elected to shoot his 375 Cheytac. Kurt Stone was all business showing up with a brand new 375 Cheytac over his infamous 50BMG, and Robert Messenger with a 375 Cheytac performed identical with the exact same hits at the same distances 5 at 1760 and 4 at 2127. This was Ernesto’s first time with Southwest ULR shooting a 338 Lapua and he shot great connecting with all targets 6 hits at 1760, 2 hits at 2026 and one hit at 2630, a freshman performance like this makes him a force to be reckoned with on upcoming events. Carlos Perazza also showed up with a new toy, a 375 Allen Magnum, and was on fire with 6 hit in a row at 1760, and then unfortunately bent an extractor, with the big gun down Carlos salvaged the day by switching to his 338 Lapua and made an additional 3 hits at 2126 and a single at 2630. Bruno Niestatek ditched his 338 Snipetac in favor of a freshly barreled 9.5 x 77 (AKA 375 Cheytac) and it proved to be a wise decision, with multiple hits at each distance 6 at 1760, 3 at 2126 and 2 at 3630. On any given Sunday Bruno’s 155 points would put him in contention as the Top Gun.
Tony Wong, took full advantage of the conditions and a brand new 375 Cheytac, dropped a sighter and then rained down fire and fury at the 1760 target cleaning the stage with 10/10 impacts (100% hit ratio), 4 hits at 2127 and a single hit at 2630, finishing with 233 points. 10/10 at 1760 is a new Southwest ULR stage record previously held by Tu Nguyen’s 8/10 at 1760
Scott Austin’s new 375 wildcat was not ready so he shot his retired 416 Barrett, a Vortex Gen2 Razor was mounted before the match and zeroed it during the first stage at 1760 scoring 4 hits in the process, and then followed Tony’s direction at 2126 intentionally dropping a sighter and went 10/10 (100% hit ratio) and then 2 hits at 2630, Spoiling Tony’s newly held and short lived Southwest ULR record, finishing with 260 points as the runner up.
Unfortunately for Bruno, Tony and Scott, who all shot amazingly well, Chris S. simply shot better!
Chris S. shooting a brand new and self smithed 375 Cheytac, Bat Action, March Optic and Cutting Edge .375 400Gr Lazers at 3050 fps were too much for anyone. At 1760 his sighter was a no call, without a sighter and seemingly un-phased he then impressively cleaned the stage 10/10 (100% hit ratio), at 2126 he connected 7/10, and a solo impact at 2630. That single impact was enough best Scott and his new 10/10 at 2126 Southwest ULR record. Chris finished the day on top with 273 points and is the current Top Gun, he was awarded with $150 of Cutting Edge Bullets and is the currently leading the points towards winning the custom Radelow Blades Knife.
Congratulations Chris S.
Special thanks to Tu Nguyen who did not shoot but still came out to be our Match Director.
Dcember 2, 2018
Traveling in from San Francisco to San Diego, Arizona and Nevada, 14 Shooters lined up with large caliber rifles with hopes of hitting targets 1 – 1.5 miles away. The weather forecast predicted an improving shooting condition, so the directors elected to start shortly after sun up; many of the shooters took advantage of this by way of a nice warm hotel bed the night before. However if there is one thing we know the weather forecast in the desert of the Southwest is not easy to predict. Instead of an improving condition we had the opposite. A true marksman is un-effected by conditions and we proved that Sunday morning!
Vince Teach, our reigning Top Gun from last month, was first to connect at the 2615 yard target. Followed by two shooters making their freshman appearance with Southwest ULR, Amy Morgan connecting with her 4th shot at 2615 and Rommel Jimenea connected 3 times at 2615, giving him a healthy point’s lead. As the stages progressed more shooter were able to get on target and start chipping away at Rommel’s lead. John Harms recoded a hit at 1860. Gina Rossi had a pair of hits at 2160 and 4 hits at 1860 including a first round impact. Robert Propios, hit 3 times in a row at 1860, racking up bonus points. Eddie Vargas hit twice at 1860, welcome to the Mile Club Eddie! Scott Austin scored 4 hits at 2160, and 4 Hits at 1860. Tu Nguyen, the runner up, eclipsed Scott’s slim lead on the last stage by way of 2 hits at 2160 and then very impressive 7 hits at 1860, 70% is the highest distance hit ratio recorded so far at Southwest ULR, way to go Tu! But the Match was decided before Tu even pulled the trigger on his last stage. Randy Allen totally dominated, consistently connecting at each distance, once at 2615, 5 times at 2160 and 3 times at 1860. This is Randy’s second Top Gun title and as we close out 2018 Randy’s two-time Top Gun performance makes him the guy we all chase. Soon Randy will be changing from his tried and true 338 Lapua Magnum Desert Tech SRS to the new all new 37XC.
Randy and Tu were both awarded $150 of Cutting Edge Bullets for their top finishes. Southwest ULR would like to thank Cutting Edge Bullets for their support!
The Radelow Blades Spring Series starts next match!
November 7, 2018
Sunday morning, was a day long range shooters dream about, visibility for miles, zero wind and optimal weather conditions making projectiles fly far and true. Over a mile away are 3 freshly painted 40x40 steel targets with redundant electronic hit indicators. As the sun rose over the beautiful and calm desert of the Southeast we drew for shooting order and 12 competitors began firing large caliber firearms in hopes of becoming the next Southwest ULR Top Gun.
Skip Remsen, shooting a 416 Barret, took an early and commanding lead scoring multiple hits on the first and farthest stage, just over 1.5 miles away. His dominate lead seemed unbeatable. Un-phased by the early point’s deficit Phillip Heintz, Kurt Stone, Tu Nguyen and Vince Teach banded together and made strong, come from behind run, racking up multiple impacts and eventually eclipsing Skip’s early lead. During the last and final stage the wind changed Phillip, Tu and Vince were able to quickly identify and adjust putting them on target and setting off the hit indicators as if they were surgical drone strikes. First Phil took the lead, then it was Tu, and finally Vince, who drew the last shooting position, down in points and the pressure on, the rest of the competitors watched in awe as “Impact” was called over and over. Vince’s consistent shooting with multiple back to back impacts and performance under pressure, earned him the title of Top Gun this November. Rumor has it Vince is converting his Desert Tech SRS to shoot the new 37 XC (.375 caliber) from his winning .338 Lapua, we will be watching with anticipation to see if bigger is better.
Vince the current Top Gun and Tu, last month’s Top Gun and this month’s runner up, were each awarded with certificates for $150 of Cutting Edge bullets (compliments of Cutting Edge Bullets).
It was also a special day for Carlos as he bested fellow long time competitors Scott Austin and Bill Wood; he also just retired from a long career in the US Military. Southwest ULR Shooters Association would like to thank Carlos very much for his sacrifice and many years of service.
October 7, 2018
It was raining hard and flash flood warnings were activated the night before. Shortly after sunrise the wind picked up and was gusting over 30 MPG. This made a normally windy day look calm. Tu Nguyen overcame the elements and connected with 2, 3-in-a-row impacts at 2117 yards, this stage performance and 4 hits at 1730 yards is an great performance in normal conditions but in the massive wind was truly exceptional. Tu is shooting a Desert Tech HTI chambered in .416 Barrett, with Nightforce optics, a custom bipod with hand loaded ammo. This combo was shot from modified massage table. We are all going to need our “A” game next month to unseat the current SouthWest ULR Top Gun, Tu Nguyen.
September 2, 2018
The day started off with beautiful shooting weather, 80 degrees and no wind, and that changed real fast with switching right to left at about a 30 degree tail winds gusting over 20 MPG. This made the Ultra Long Range targets (40x40) difficult to hit. However Randy Allen, the current SouthwestULR Top Gun, showed us how it’s done maximizing the conditions with a very impressive 5-in-a-row hit string on the first stage and then a first round hit on the second stage racking up the bonus points. Randy is shooting a Desert Tech SRS factory barrel; factory chambered in 338 Lapua Magnum and shooting factory Desert Tech ammo.
Aug 5, 2018
We held a "friends and family" match to work out the bugs with targets, scoring and format. Visability was poor, the haze made it impossible to see anything past about 2000 yards, and you cant hit what you cant see. We made the most of it and had great day of shooting!