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Thread: Great Lakes Invitational 2021, SMGC, Mattawan Mi …Deadline July 31, 2021

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2020

    Results for the Great Lakes Invitational 2021, SMGC, Mattawan Mi

    “Great Lakes Invitational”
    (Air rifle Benchrest match USARB style competition and targets)

    Provided will be, Meals, Trophies, and Tee Shirts
    We plan to have sponsor gifts and some drawings throughout

    Sept 24-25, 2021
    Practice and setup starting noon on the 24th,
    Match ending evening of the 25th

    Southern Michigan Gun Club (SMGC Pneumatics)
    22471 38th Ave., Mattawan, MI 49071

    $125 pre-registration via Check, or Money Order
    or PayPal $130 to cover fees
    Contact Paul Becigneul for details,

    General notes about this match...

    What: “Great Lakes Invitational” Air Rifle Benchrest match
    (25 meters USARB style competition and targets)

    When: Sept 24-25, 2021, from noon on the 24th until evening on the 25th

    Where: Southern Michigan Gun Club (SMGC Pneumatics)
    22471 38th Ave., Mattawan, MI 49071

    How: …much will this cost $125 which can be pre-registered via Check, or Money
    Order, $130 PayPal

    The entry fee will include Dinner on Friday night, and Lunch on Saturday, and a cool T shirt for each Competitor, Preregistration will be required. We have the capability of hosting 30 shooters. There will be trophies as well. We are working for sponsor prizes, and we may do drawings throughout the day Saturday.

    For those traveling distance, Paw Paw, MI is closer to the range than Kalamazoo, and may provide nicer arrangements for Hotels / Motels.

    Plans are to have practice and bench assignments, and meet and greet day on Friday, then dinner. Start with the matches on Saturday morning at 9 am. The matches will consist of 2 complete (3 targets each) USARB “styled” matches with USARB targets at 25 meters. Competitors can shoot 2 rifle classes for a combined “2 gun” score, or they may shoot the same rifle twice for a chance at the best rifle in that class. Classes will be Springer, Light Gun, Heavy Gun, & Open.

    We will allow air rifles to be 177 -22 caliber. Light gun can be up to 12 FPE, Heavy can be up to 20 FPE, and Open can be up to 35 FPE… Springer is not rated with FPE

    “2 gun” aggregates will be as follows… Springer and Heavy, or Light and Heavy, or Heavy and Open… that will give shooters 3 classes in which to register for the 2 Gun recognition.

    Pre-registration is required to me Paul Becigneul at on or before July 31 2021… checks and money orders made payable to SMGC, my address is on the Registration form.

    PayPal through Chris Martin, also on the form. All shooters will sign the club waiver / release when arriving at the club. Junior shooters (those under 18) must be accompanied by an Adult. Awards will be given to all First, Second, and Third Place finishers with more than 3 shooters in a class, mentions and certificates will be made to all winners with less than 3 in a class.

    Awards will also be given for all top Finishers in each “2 Gun” division with 3 shooters in a division. Again, certificates if there are not 3 in the “2 Gun” division. Raffles / drawings will be held through the day on Saturday depending on what we pull as sponsored merchandise.

    There will be a Swap and Sale area set aside.

    Most of All….

    Why: Because this is Extremely Fun!!!


    Great Lakes Invitational 2021
    Sept 24,25 2021
    Southern Michigan Gun Club
    22471 38th Ave.
    Mattawan, MI 49071

    For registration copy this and fill it out then email it to me. Then send payment. Deadline is July 31, 2021 Paul Becigneul @



    City State and Zip:

    Tee Shirt size:

    Over 18 years old? Yes or No (any minors must be accompanied by an adult)

    How many rifles registered? 1 or 2
    Classes of rifles?
    Springer, Light gun sub 12 fpe, Heavy gun sub 20 fpe, Open sub 35 fpe

    Pellets for each rifle?

    Speed fps for each rifle?

    Scope brand, model, and magnification for each rifle?


    Payment of $125 per 2 gun Aggregate
    PayPal Add $5, $130 to cover fee PayPal to …
    Check or Money Order, payable to Southern Michigan Gun Club
    Mail check or money order with copy of registration to :

    Paul Becigneul
    8584 Rynn Rd.
    Avoca, MI 48006
    Last edited by Pbike257; 09-26-2021 at 09:25 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2020
    One thing I should mention for those of you traveling with your PCP's to our beautiful range for the first time, we do have a very good compressor and fill station on site. So we can refill your pony bottle, SCBA bottle in the morning or evening to get you through the days events.

    Paul Becigneul

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    You’ll get my registration at the match Saturday July 3

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2019
    Looks like fun, count me in.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2020
    I just got done building the first of 10 new target frames for the upcoming Great Lakes Invitational. Our deadline for entry is July 31, we need to be able to order Trophies and shirts and get our meals plan finalized. Please get your registration in to me this week.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2020
    The Tee shirts and Trophies are in we are set to hold the GLI this weekend. We have a full house and Registration is closed. Final preparations are being made. If you are signed up for this, we will see you this weekend, Friday and Saturday. Travel safe. I plan to Open up the range for practicing about noon Friday... We have the meet and greet Friday evening with Dinner. We will start shooting at 9 am Saturday right after the Safety briefing.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    I’m leaving in about an hour for Kalamazoo, Mattawan, Paw Paw, places west for the big match.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2020
    As Borat would say... Great Success!!!

    Results are here.

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I’m home from the long and exciting weekend that was our Great Lakes Invitational from Southern Michigan Gun Club (SMGC). I’ve been accused of writing long match reports. Well, a short one wouldn’t do this match justice. This was the Match of the season for the Great Lakes region and it turned out to be the best, most highly contested Benchrest match that we have seen locally in a very long time.

    Before I go into who shot this way or that way. We have some well earned “Thank Yous" to mention. Firstly The Club, Chris Martin the Pneumatics Director at SMGC spearheaded the movement to get this match going. He came to me Early this spring and we chatted about the idea, and there was little time to waste in getting everything ready in order to pull this match off. Eric Simmons (My Son) and my IT guy helped us with the design for the match logo, which was used in our advertising and our tee-shirts, and trophies. Michelle Becigneul, (my very forgiving Wife) basically spent many hours with me getting things such as targets and target frames and and awards worked through. Francis Becigneul,(my Father) who’s been shooting with us and running centerfire matches at Harrison has been printing target labels that we’ve been sticking to our targets to make it so much cleaner and easier for me and the shooters. For the catering we used Chris Martin, and his right hand man Mike Aspan. Mike Aspan drove from Chicago suburbs and spent his time helping us. The 2 of these guys basically fed an army of air rifle benchrest shooters this past weekend. Food was delicious, and perfectly timed with our activities. One of the Items was an awesome chocolate cake donated and cooked by the infamous Dave Lovio (Cake Dave). We had a few shooters, Donnie Reed, and Michael Gann come up from Ohio… These two work with Dennis Baker of Baker Airguns. Dennis has been very supportive of our Pneumatics program, and had sent 10 Gift Certificates with Donnie and Mike as awards to shooters in our program. We shooters need to remember this and be sure and patronize Dennis’ shop, “Baker Airguns”. Throughout the summer getting things ready Chris Martin came to me with some volunteers from the club as we needed to put together a target crew to ease some of my load through the day. Bill Mehl, and Terry Wood did a great job and took time out of their weekend to help me immensely by doing the leg work that I just couldn’t do. These guys probably could have been doing some shooting of their own, but they helped us. Also throughout the Summer any help we needed along the way, Mark King, John Ayers, and Greg Vaughan were right there to help. Thank You all above, we couldn’t have done this without you.

    Now getting into the match results. We shot 4 classes of Rifle, HV, LV, Open, and Sporter. As shooters preregistered they were given the opportunity to choose to shoot 2 rifles, or 1 rifle twice. Most chose 2 rifles, which set them up for a 2 Gun Aggregate. The classes that we chose for the 2 gun were Sporter / Heavy, Light / Heavy, and Open / Heavy. Most of our shooters chose the Hv or the Open as their primary rifle, and therefore, Heavy / Open was our most contested class. We also had a fair number of shooters that only shot the Sporter.

    In the sporter class we had Mark King, Albert Duster, Alan Moerdyk, and John Ayers. Albert Duster and Nancy drove from North Central Pennsylvania to come to our match. Mark King topped that Class, Al Duster coming in second, and Alan Moerdyk third. Some very good scores were posted by these guys, and you know they have been practicing.

    Light Varmint class we had 2 shooters, Vern Bouws, and Michelle Becigneul. Man was Verns Air Arms working well and he did a great job steering it. Michelle came in second also with some very good scores.

    Heavy Varmint class, we had the most shooters. Joe Chapman, Michelle Becigneul, Francis Becigneul, Ryan Parks, Tom Evans, Eric Simmons, Donnie Reed, Michael Gann, Greg Vaughan, John Ayers, Mike Hagerty, and Rod Parks. Greg Vaughan smoked everyone by shooting a 248 on all 3 of his targets, plus 2 more targets that were on his next Aggregate, his total for the day was 1485-54 out of 1500-150 possible. Second in HV was Eric Simmons, and third was Joe Chapman. We had, sun, puffy clouds, cool weather, and a rain last night which made for some tricky mirage. All the shooters did real well. Michael Hagerty drove from south central Illinois to compete with us again. And Donnie and Mike drove from Columbus Ohio Area. We had the Great Lakes Region covered

    Open class we had “Cake Dave Lovio”, Joe Chapman, Francis B, Ryan Parks,Tom Evans, Donnie Reed, Michael Gann, Mike Hagerty, and Rod Parks. On Friday during practice, Cake Dave showed up with a rifle he got from Chris Martin. He was going to shoot the match with this rifle, and Francis and I talked with him and helped him “Tune” the rifle for the match. The rifle had been a very good shooting rifle, but for some reason was just not performing at it’s best. All of a sudden this thing just came alive again. Dave seemed satisfied how it was shooting. I guess so. He basically Ran away with the Open Class recording a 744-27, and a 737-25, totaling 1481-52 out of 1500. Only his 744 score was used in the class, and he lead the class. In second place was Joe Chapman, with 740-31, then Michael Gann with 732-12, then Tom Evans with 731-26.

    So those are the individual placings in the single gun aggregate. The 2 Gun Aggregate that was really contested was the HV/ Open. Joe Chapman, One of regular “hard to beat” guys won the “Great Lakes Invitational 2 Gun Aggregate’ with a combined score of 1474-54 Xs. Second was Eric Simmons with 1468-55 Xs, and Third was Tom Evans with 1462-45 Xs.

    Below I’ll attach a word file with the full score sheet.

    I’m tired and it’s time for bed. But I need to say, as much work as we put into this, It was definitely worth every hour, knowing that the competitors and the sponsors and the club got every hours worth out of this event.
    Last edited by Pbike257; 09-26-2021 at 07:55 PM.

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