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  First International Affiliation for MSSF-MAAC ~ ERABSF
« on: August 20, 2008, 19:41:35 PM » by Luger
Following this months 2008 Bench Rest World Chamionships in Milan, the annual ERABSF (European Rimfire and Air Rifle Benchrest Shooting Federation) AGM took place. I was personally present for the occasion together with the rest of the international member delegates to decide which association or federation should officially represent Malta. The delegates unanimously voted in favour of MSSF-MAAC to represent Malta. 

Now MSSF-MAAC are not only the official representatives for airgun bench rest shooting in Malta but also for rimfire .22lr bench rest shooting too.

The following is the official report of my visit to the 2008 Milan World Bench Rest Championships and ERABSF AGM.

For report with pics please download this link :

http://www.scribd.com/doc/4910081/World-1st-Rim-and-Air-Bench-Rest-Championships-2008

Kris Debattista
MAAC PRO


MALTA @ the
World 1st Rim and Air Bench Rest Championships, Milan Italy 2008

The Malta Shooting Sport Federation recognized as the ERABSF representative for Malta

The first ever World Rimfire and Air Rifle Benchrest Championships took place in Milan, Italy from 27 July to 3 August 2008.  A total of 11 countries participated in this event. Amongst USA, UK, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Czech Republic, Russia, Finland, and Belgium, there was Malta present for this unique event. The event was dominated by strong contingents from Australia, South Africa, Italy, Czech Republic and the UK. Strong teams from USA and Italy dominated the podium. Malta was represented by Mr. Kris Debattista from the Malta Allied Airgunners Club who competed in the Unlimited Rim Fire Class 50 meters.

Rim and Air rifle Benchrest has been practiced for many years in a number of countries. The UKBR22 association together with other rim and air rifle Benchrest associations in Europe, officially formed the European Rimfire and Airrifle Benchrest Shooting Federation (ERABSF) on the 22nd September 2007 after the 1st European Rim and Air Benchrest championships held in Milan that year. Since then other European nations showed interest to join this growing federation. Other nations beyond Europe such as USA, Australia and South Africa also showed interest in Rim and Air Bench Rest and hence the worlds 1st Rim and Air Benchrest championship was set for 2008, less then a year since the formation of ERABSF. Benchrest is a sport for all women and men, young and old.

Maltese Air rifle and Rimfire enthusiast also showed interest in this shooting discipline and interest in joining this federation. The recently formed Malta Allied Airgunners Club (MAAC) which is an affiliated member of the Malta Shooting Sports Federation (MSSF) immediately showed interest that Malta should join ERABSF. MAAC submitted a formal application with full support of MSSF to join ERABSF. In a relatively very short time, it was decided that MSSF/MAAC should have at least one shooter present during this event. With some help from some sponsors, MAAC and Kris own expenses, Malta was represented in Milan from the 1st till the 4th August 2008. Here Kris shared the emotions of an international event and gained experience.

   Contacts between MAAC and ERABSF officials made it possible also for Kris to compete in one of the events. Although Kris like all other Maltese enthusiast have no opportunity yet in Malta to practice Rim fire Bench Rest, he used his “short” experience in Air rifle Benchrest. A few days of intensive training after working hours with air rifle bench rest shooting at the Victoria Shooters Range made it possible for him to compete in one of the most sought after classes, the Unlimited Rim fire Class 50 meters. A member of the Italian BR team offered his €4000 Anschutz BR 50 rifle and other equipment necessary for Bench Rest to Kris to compete in this Class. Although the equipment was top notch, it is not just the equipment that contributes to good scores. Other elements and experience along with a good knowledge of your equipment is key to success in Bench Rest Shooting.

Kris was a bit unfortunate, since complications arising in Friday’s 1st August event lengthened the Light Varmint class duration, and all training time available for shooters had to be cancelled. Kris literally had to shoot the Anschutz BR50 without any preparation. A total of 85 competitors took part in the Unlimited Rim Fire Class event on Saturday 2nd August. Kris first shots were on the scoring targets. During the event 3 official scoring targets must be shot at 50 meter distance. Each target has 25 scoring targets that must be completed within 30 minutes. The maximum score for each target is 10 points. Hitting a 2mm circle in the center zone of the target, and obliterating it, gains you a bonus X. The maximum score for each score card is 250-25X in Rim and Air Bench Rest discipline. On his first run, Kris missed one target due to time out, but scored   228-1X. In the second run, Kris managed 231-3X and ended the third run with 238-1X

With this score Kris ranked 83rd place from 85 international shooters in his class. The score total for Kris is 697-5X and this is more then satisfactory considering all the odds and the huge experience of the other shooters. In Kris class i.e. The Unlimited 50 meters the top 3 shooters were.

1st Danny Allan Hepler – USA- 250-8X: 249-8X: 249-10X Total : 748-26X
2nd David Kenimer – USA – 247-12X: 249-5X: 247-7X Total: 743-24X
3rd Jan Fokt – CZ – 249-8X : 249-6X : 244-9X Total: 742-23X


The lowest score in this class was from Roberto Giarletta Italy with a total of 486-2X.
It is good to mention that Danny Allen Hepler (USA) walked away with 5 medals including 3 gold

The Malta Allied Airgunners Club members have gained some experience in Air Rifle Benchrest during competitions organized locally this year. When one analyze the Air Bench Rest results from the 1st World Championships and compare the results with those obtained locally one can say the with respect to Air Bench Rest the Maltese Air Bench Rest enthusiasts are not far away from such results. The results gained locally by Maltese Air Bench Rest enthusiasts on a local level will place us within the first ˝ of the classification results obtained by other international shooters in the 1st World Championships in both the Hunter AR Class and the Unlimited B Air Rifle Class. I have personally assisted Kris in his training session with air rifle prior to his visit to Milan. If Kris had the opportunity to shoot in the Air rifle classes with his own equipment, his scores would have been ranked within the first 10 places. This is very interesting for Maltese Airgunners.

The World first Rim and Air Benchrest Championship ended with an Annual General Meeting. During which the ERABSF and world delegates had amongst other item on the agenda the approval of Malta to join the ERABSF organization. Two applications were present for Malta. The 1st application was rendered invalid since the original applicant was not more representing the organization any more. The organization that submitted the first application did not show interest to renew that application, after several attempts and reminders from ERABSF. Thus the application of MAAC in the name of MSSF and the presence of Mr. Kris Debattista (MAAC) in the 1st world championship sealed this affiliation. MSSF is now the official ERABSF representative for Malta. The two delegates representing MSSF for Malta in ERABSF are Mr. Stanley Shaw and Mr. Kris Debattista.

Without doubts it is also a must to have private ranges licenses issued in Malta as soon as possible to provide the required environment for Maltese Bench Rest enthusiasts in Rim and Air Bench Rest to start developing their skills. The Maltese rim fire bench rest enthusiasts must start gaining the required experience without further delays. At the moment only air rifle bench rest is possible. The Malta Allied Airgunners Club shoots air bench rest together with other air gun disciplines like Field Target (FT) at the Victoria Shooters Range, Limits of Tal-Handaq Qormi. Although cartridge shooting for civilians can now take place at AFM range in Safi, rim fire rifle shooting is not allowed yet. It is also very important that bench rest facilities are included in a future private ranges and in a future National Shooting Range complex, this is not impossible task. Such projects will increase the possibilities for Malta to be host of future International Rim and Air Bench Rest events. The next Europeans championships are set due 2010 and the second World Championships will take place in USA in 2011. The European championship venue is still not finalized so Malta is still in time to market its name along with Germany and Italy for the next Europeans.

MSSF, ERABSF delegates for Malta and representatives from other MSSF affiliated clubs and associations will in the next weeks setup the structure of ERABSF-Malta. ERABSF-Malta Council has the aim to promote Rim and Air Rifle Bench Rest sport in Malta, beyond club level to a National Level for all Maltese enthusiast, both in Rim and Air Bench Rest. Definitely there is a long road ahead, but with joint efforts from clubs, associations, all the Maltese bench rest enthusiasts and local authorities we can succeed in this sport. More details will be released as they become available about ERABSF-Malta.

For more information about other air rifle and air pistol shooting disciplines and bench rest shooting please contact the Malta Allied Airgunners Club (MAAC) on maacmalta@gmail.com or visit our website www.malta-maac.blogspot.com .In our website you can see all relative information about the disciplines practiced and MAAC activities. Should you have any queries do not hesitate to contact us or visit us at the Victoria Shooters Range Limits of Tal-Handaq Qormi. MAAC will host two open air rifle bench rest matches till end of 2008 on the 28th September 2008 and 21st December 2008.

Stanley Shaw
MAAC Chairman
(ERABSF Malta Delegate)

 


         
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  Re: First International Affiliation for MSSF-MAAC ~ ERABSF
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2008, 08:18:33 AM » by erk063
i would like to find out if we are allowed to shoot .22 rim fire and where? and any type of rim fire rifle?

thanks and well done you made us all proud. Smiley
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  Re: First International Affiliation for MSSF-MAAC ~ ERABSF
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2008, 09:17:53 AM » by Luger
Thanks erk063.

No at the moment there are no available ranges that cater for rimfire shooting but we will very soon with the completion of the Victoria Shooting Range in Handaq Qormi.

MSSF and MAAC will be working side by side for the formation of ERABSF-Malta Council for the development and promotion of Airrifle and Rimfire Bench Rest shooting.

We know that there are many rimfire enthusiasts out there that can't wait to start shooting their rimfire rifles and they will be satisfied soon  Wink

More will be revealed in the near future.

Kris Debattista
MAAC PRO
ERABSF-Malta Delegate

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  Re: First International Affiliation for MSSF-MAAC ~ ERABSF
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2008, 16:47:05 PM » by p3x795mt
I've heard some bad news on Handaq range. Is it true that someone in the vicinity is protesting against the completion of the range because he wants to build up a Villa somewhere down there?

I wish to congratulate you and the MAAC and MSSF for all the work with foreign clubs.

Thanks erk063.

No at the moment there are no available ranges that cater for rimfire shooting but we will very soon with the completion of the Victoria Shooting Range in Handaq Qormi.

MSSF and MAAC will be working side by side for the formation of ERABSF-Malta Council for the development and promotion of Airrifle and Rimfire Bench Rest shooting.

We know that there are many rimfire enthusiasts out there that can't wait to start shooting their rimfire rifles and they will be satisfied soon  Wink

More will be revealed in the near future.

Kris Debattista
MAAC PRO
ERABSF-Malta Delegate



« Last Edit: August 21, 2008, 16:52:11 PM by p3x795mt »
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  Re: First International Affiliation for MSSF-MAAC ~ ERABSF
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2008, 18:16:17 PM » by Edwin Vella
Welcome on board
Let us all be proud of our SPORTS
MSSF PRO
Edwin Vella
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  Re: First International Affiliation for MSSF-MAAC ~ ERABSF
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2008, 18:22:03 PM » by Luger
Thanks Edwin, looking forward to a bright future with this new international recognition as MSSF and MAAC.

Regards
Kris
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  Re: First International Affiliation for MSSF-MAAC ~ ERABSF
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2008, 18:39:07 PM » by Luger
p3x795mt,

Regarding your concern about the works at Victoria Shooting Range being halted, rest assured that works are in progress and have no intention in stopping  Wink

Rumours about this villa being built have been going on for ages, but truth is that the Victoria Shooting Range and it's surroundings are a green area and no development will take place.

Hope this clarifies your query and don't let anyone fill you with such absurdities  Wink

Regards
Kris Debattista
MAAC PRO
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  Re: First International Affiliation for MSSF-MAAC ~ ERABSF
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2008, 04:52:56 AM » by p3x795mt
From your lips to God's ears.

p3x795mt,

Regarding your concern about the works at Victoria Shooting Range being halted, rest assured that works are in progress and have no intention in stopping  Wink

Rumours about this villa being built have been going on for ages, but truth is that the Victoria Shooting Range and it's surroundings are a green area and no development will take place.

Hope this clarifies your query and don't let anyone fill you with such absurdities  Wink

Regards
Kris Debattista
MAAC PRO
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  Re: First International Affiliation for MSSF-MAAC ~ ERABSF
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2008, 20:09:04 PM » by sasmalta
For all those interested in Air Rifle Benchrest  please contact us on maacmalta@gmail.com or visit our website www.malta-maac.blogspot.com.

We have a special page dedicated for Benchrest shooting : .http://maac-arbr.blogspot.com/ here you can find rules and other BR info.

The Malta Allied Airgunnerd Club (MAAC) has an open Air Rifle Bench Rest event scheduled for Sunday 28th September 2008.
Anyone individual or club/association who is interested to participate in this event please contact us for more information @ the above email address.

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