Benchrest Shooter Banned from Club

Spowcan, WA – Members of the Big Tree Rod & Gun Club met last week to determine the fate of another member.  James VanMikal claims that the club is unfairly targeting him because of his recent winning streak.  The entire benchrest shooting community eagerly waits for the mailed club newsletter to announce his fate.

Benchrest Controversy and Conflict

VanMikal wins a lot.  Like, a lot.  The other local benchrest guys haven’t beaten him since before the Digital Video Disk was first released.  If you’re 80 years old and running out of time to win, that will piss you off.  Indeed, it has.   Every single one of the 11 benchrest shooters at BTRGC signed a formal Declaration of Upsettedness against VanMikal.  As a result, the club elders convened a Council of Wisdom to decide his fate.

The Council of Wisdom

The Council is an ancient tradition of benchrest shooters– it’s almost as old as the shooters themselves.  It begins with a one week fasting from the local newspaper.  After that, members spend several days at the early bird buffet at Country Kitchen discussing the hearsay facts at hand.  Ultimately, they cast votes by means of placing nearly imperceptible flaws into a round from their most recent test load.  The Grand Metrologist then reads those flaws to interpret the voting result.

Typical Benchrest Shooter

“We respect the ancient traditions we invented to keep younger less patient people out of this sport” said the Grand Metrologist.  “Those young folks with kids in highschool have no respect for the time and attention to detail this sport requires!”

The Verdict

As a result of the Council, VanMikal will be marred slightly on his ogive with a 0.001″ impression.  Additionally, his head will be canted out of concentricity with the rest of his spine by 0.15 degrees.  This punishment will make him unsuitable for use in benchrest competitions.  No worse punishment has ever been given in the history of the BTRGC.

Other clubs are already reacting to the verdict.  “We are deeply saddened that the verdict was so strict” said Bringham Marmudack.  “Two people, nearly half our club, has passed away this past decade.  If we keep scaring away the newly retired kids, we’ll never survive.”

Another club called for more punishment.  “He should have been executed!  No one needs to win that many times!!  I WANNA WIN, DAMMIT!!”  The interview had to be stopped due to a medical emergency, after this club representative stood up and fell from his wheelchair.


Nom de Plume

Started shooting guns with my daddy. Shoot a lot of guns now. Hope to teach my grandson how to shoot one day.

7 thoughts on “Benchrest Shooter Banned from Club

  • March 7, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    it is truly time we shooters quit eating our own…we scream about how republicans attack their own and how all that does is fuel the opposition; its no different when it comes to firearms

    • March 7, 2017 at 7:07 pm


  • March 7, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I was thinking of taking up the sport, but I’m only 76 and very impatient. There’s fewer and fewer things lately that I will stand in line for and I hate to wait. I don’t buy green bananas. I don’t get the car out of the garage on days that folks aren’t gone to work or kids are out of school. Maybe I’ll reconsider in a few years.

  • March 8, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Wait… this isn’t satire?

  • March 8, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Who built that rifle? Chip Foose?

  • March 8, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Regardless of the satire, who wouldn’t want to drag that RIFLE out to their range for a few rounds?

  • March 9, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Well if you want to win, you should practice more, or shoot better, Or do you all give participation trophy s

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