SAGOLA - Top shooters from throughout the Upper Peninsula attended the Sagola Township Sportsmen's Club's inaugural Combat Pistol Tournament.
Shooters were tested by four scenarios that challenged their speed, accuracy, reloading abilities, ammunition management and mobility.
Shooters earned a score based on time and accuracy. (Time is added for each shot that is not on the mark.)
Iron Mountain shooters Gary Erickson (110.75 seconds), Matthew Chang (132.52) and Tina Erickson (182.98) earned the top three places in Class B and will advance to Class A next year.
First place in the Revolver Class went to Tony Erickson (81.15) of Kingsford. Drew Ambrose (102.39) of Houghton took second, followed by Chang.
In Class A, Ambrose (58.59) ran his Smith and Wesson M&P to top honors. Tony Erickson (67.72) followed with his Glock 34, while Jesse Kennedy (68.51) of Iron Mountain was less than a second behind with his Glock 19.
"Much like NASCAR, who run 500 miles to finish by a bumper, we compete all afternoon to win or lose by less than a second," said Tony Erickson.
In the first of two side events, Ambrose scored his final target at 45 yards to win the "sniper walk off." Kennedy was able to convert at 40 yards and placed second.
In the dueling tree event, Ambrose bested seven other shooters, with Ken Nichols placing second. Ambrose earned $50 from the walk off, donated by Rocconi Ace Hardware, and $50 from Bullseyes to Badguys for winning the dueling tree.
Lunch was supplied by the Country Clovers 4-H Club.
The Sagola Township Sportstmen's Club holds pistol shoots every other Saturday throughout the summer. For more information, contact Tony Erickson at (906) 396-1119 or visit the club's Web site and click on Handgun Activities in the Forums section.