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OKC Gun Club to host IHMSA championships beginning Friday

The Oklahoma City Gun Club has one of the best shooting ranges in the country for International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association matches. The gun club north of Arcadia will host the IHMSA world championships for the fifth time in six years beginning Friday. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES PHOTO]   

The Oklahoma City Gun Club has one of the best shooting ranges in the country for International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association matches. The gun club north of Arcadia will host the IHMSA world championships for the fifth time in six years beginning Friday. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES PHOTO]   

The Oklahoma City Gun Club is again the site for the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association world championships beginning Friday.

The nine-day event is expected to draw about 200 participants who will be competing in a variety of shooting contests.

Shooters from across the globe attend the IHMSA championships. In addition to the United States, countries represented include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Paraguay and the Philippines, said Jim Fields, match director.

“This will be the fifth time we have hosted this huge event in the last six years,” Fields said. “They (IHMSA) like the centralized location of our club, dead center in the USA.”

Fields said the IHMSA contests feature some of the finest long-distance handgun shooters in the world.

In IHMSA matches, shooters must knock down heavy metallic silhouette targets of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams from various distances from 50 up to 500 meters.

Distances range from 10 to 18 yards for air pistols and 25 to 100 yards in the small-bore division (pistols chambered for .22 long rifle cartridge only).

In the big-bore division for powerful centerfire handguns only, there is a short-range course for distances from 50 meters to 200 meters and a long-range course featuring shooting competition from 200 meters to 500 meters.

Shooters have a 30-second load command and two minutes to fire upon a group of five targets.

The Oklahoma City Gun Club, located north of Arcadia, has a pneumatic target auto-reset system out to 500 meters.

One push of a wireless remote transmitter raises more than 6,000 pounds of targets out to 500 meters all at once.

For more information about the event or the IHMSA shooting sport, call Fields at 405-203-1268.

Grand, Texoma make magazine's list of top bass lakes

Bassmaster Magazine's annual rankings of the best bass lakes in the country didn't change much from last year as far as Oklahoma is concerned.

The same two Oklahoma lakes that made the list last year are also the only two in the 2018 rankings: Grand Lake and Lake Texoma.

Grand Lake is ranked 13th in the Central Region while Lake Texoma is ranked No. 24. Bassmaster Magazine ranks the top 10 lakes in the country and the top 25 for each region.

Oklahoma has had as many as five lakes listed in the past. The overall top bass lake this year is Lake Sam Rayburn in Texas, according to Bassmaster Magazine.

“Although there were some pretty spectacular numbers being produced from other lakes this year, Rayburn was a clear No. 1,” said James Hall, editor of Bassmaster Magazine. “While some lakes were boasting of a single 30-pound, five-bass limit being caught, Rayburn was spitting them out in rapid succession. And to top it off, a 40.28-pound limit was recorded in June.”

This is the seventh year the magazine has ranked the best bass lakes in the country.

The 100 best bass lakes will be published in a 12-page section of the July/August issue of Bassmaster Magazine. The complete rankings can also be found in Bassmaster.com photo galleries.

DU state convention Friday and Saturday in Bricktown

Ducks Unlimited will hold its 2018 state convention Friday and Saturday in Bricktown in Oklahoma City.

Friday's festivities kick off with a Red Dirt Rangers concert at Tapwerks with special games, raffles and food.

The Hampton Inn in Bricktown will be the site of the DU hospitality suite and other activities, while Saturday's business meeting will be next door at Springhill Suites. An awards banquet and auction are scheduled at Crabtown that night.

Among those attending the DU state convention will be Dale Hall, chief executive officer of DU and Rogers Hoyt, the president of DU. Hall will be speaking at Saturday's business meeting.

Anyone interested in learning more about DU is welcome to attend Saturday, said Katie Ward, a volunteer with DU in Oklahoma.

"We will cover what DU is and what our mission is," she said. "We will also cover current wetland projects going on in Oklahoma as well as in the Prairie Pothole Region.

"We will also cover different things going on in the districts as what our money is going towards. It's the best way for people to get a big-picture idea of what being a member and what a volunteer means."

For more information, go to www.OK.ducks.org or call Randall Cole at 479-220-9735, or contact Ward at 405-476-1668 or at OKDucksUnlimitedPR@gmail.com.

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›

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