Pine Tree Rifle Club hosts IBS nationals

JOHNSTOWN – The 2016 International Benchrest Shooters 100/200-yard score national championships were held on the weekend of Aug. 27 and 28 at historic Pine Tree Rifle Club.

Nestled between the southern foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and the ridges of the majestic Mohawk Valley, the PTRC stands as one of the finest rifle ranges in the northeastern United States.

The Pine Tree Rifle Club boasts 39 benches of which 30 are used for IBS competition during the year.

The historical significance of this year’s event relates to the fact that the PTRC hasn’t hosted a nationals match in more than 30 years and this is the first time a score nationals was hosted on the range. Further, modern benchrest competition had it’s origins on this range as the first benchrest match was hosted at the PTRC in 1947.

The weather gods couldn’t have been kinder as blue skies prevailed with warm, humid conditions tempered by light winds. The match and target crews were certainly up for the task handling range duties effectively and efficiently. The kitchen crew prepared delicious meals and sponsorships were generous as every competitor left with a door prize. Some were lucky enough to win major prizes including gift certificates for two Nightforce Optics 42×44 fixed competitions scopes as well as gift certificates for bullets, barrels, actions, and more. Overall, a very well run, successful, and enjoyable event.

A total of 54 competitors participated in this year’s score nationals with 45 entered in Varmint for Score (VFS) and nine Hunter rifles registered.

Six shooters competed for the two-gun award.

A total of 12 states were represented in the 2016 IBS Nationals including: Connecticut, Florida, Maryland,?Maine, Michigan,?North?Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,?Vermont and Virginia.

Martinez/Paganelli shine

Maryland’s Hillary Martinez was impressive as she led the charge in a field of 45 competitors in Varmint for Score by capturing the VFS Grand Aggregate award with a score of 500-33X.

Robert Brooks of Maine was second with an identical score of 500-33X (creedmored), while Jim Paganelli of Maine finished third with a 500-29X.

Earning fourth- and fifth-place finishes, respectively, were Virginia’s Wayne France with a 500-28X and Maryland’s Dean Breeden with an identical score of 500-28 (creedmored). A total of 10 VFS shooters posted 500-point 100/200 grand aggregates.

Martinez secured first-place honors on Day 1 in the VFS 100-yard aggregate while Michigan’s Larry Feusse finished second and Pennsylvania’s Josh Shrum placed third with identical scores of 250-23X (creedmored).

Finishing fourth and fifth respectively were New York’s Albert Edwards and Vermont’s Allen Euber.

Jim Paganelli rallied on Day 2 by capturing the 200-yard aggregate with a score of 250-14X. Brooks finished in second place followed closely by Martinez in third place. Finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, were Breeden and Pennsylvania’s Dave Short.

Southern shooters

well represented

A strong contingent of shooters from the south visited the PTRC, some for the first time. It was no surprise that these gentlemen are terrific competitors as they added character and significant credibility to the ranks.

Breeden, Martinez, Wayne France, Jerry Powers, Jim Cline, LaDonna Earl, Mike Clayton, and James Parham were but a few of the southern folks that helped make the 2016 IBS Nationals a memorable event.

Maine shooters impressive

Some of the finest IBS shooters in the nation come from New England and no state was better represented than Maine. The Maine contingent featured 2016 IBS Score VFS 200-yard national champion, Jim Paganelli.

Paganelli wasn’t even sure he was going to attend the event, but was happy that he did.

Paganelli suffered rifle failure issues on Day 1, but rebounded nicely on Day 2 to capture the VFS 200-yard national championship. Paganelli also went on to finish third in the VFS grand aggregate. Maine’s Robert Brooks finished second in the VFS 200-yard championship and secured a second place finish in the VFS grand aggregate. Brooks’ weekend was capped off when he drew one of the top door prizes, a Nightforce Optics 42×44 fixed competition scope.

One of the most decorated Maine competitors, Randy Jarvais, had an strong weekend as he secured a second-place finish in the Hunter Grand Aggregate.

On Day 1, Jarvais placed third in the Hunter 100-yard Aggregate and on Day 2, he placed second in the Hunter 200-yard Aggregate. Jarvais went on to also anchor a second-place finish in the two-gun grand aggregate. Maine’s Peter Hills, also had a strong weekend as he secured a third-place finish in the Hunter Grand Aggregate.

On Day 1, Hills placed second in the Hunter 100-yard Aggregate and on Day 2, he secured a third-place finish in the Hunter 200-yard Aggregate. Maine’s Orland Bunker, had a solid showing as he placed fifth in the Hunter Grand Aggregate and fourth in the two-gun grand aggregate.

Breeden fares well

Maryland’s Breeden brought his A-Game to the Pine Tree Rifle Club as he continued his dominance of the IBS Hunter Rifle division.

Breeden captured the Hunter Rifle Grand Aggregate award with a score of 500-31X. Second place was secured by Jarvais, while Hills placed third. Fourth- and fifth-place finishes in Hunter Grand Aggregate were earned by New York’s Claudio Alzapiedi and Bunker, respectively.

Breeden won the Hunter 100-yard Aggregate with a score of 250-21X. Hills claimed second place, followed closely by Jarvais in third.

In the Hunter 200-yard Aggregate, Breeden again earned gold with a score of 250-10X. Jarvais followed in second place while Hills secured third.

Two-Gun Grand Aggregate

The Two-Gun Grand Aggregate division saw Dean Breeden again step to the forefront, capturing first place with a score of 1,000-59X.

Earning second place in Two-Gun Grand Aggregate was Jarvais followed by Alzapiedi in third.

Breeden’s combined performances may have helped him set three new world records.


The sponsorship table for the 2016 IBS Nationals was both generous and impressive as gift packages and services totaled more than $10,000.

Every competitor received a door prize as drawings were made at the conclusion of each relay on both days.

Major prizes included gift certificates for two Nightforce Optics 42×44 fixed competition scopes as well as rifle barrels, actions, bullets, and more.

Frank’s Gun & Tackle Shop sponsored many gifts as well as raffled off a Ruger 10-22 rifle on Sunday to benefit a PTRC project. 50/50 raffle drawings were conducted on each day. IBS Nationals T-shirts and hats were also available.

A book, “Pine Tree Rifle Club – A Pictorial History (1937-2014)” written by John DelSavio was also for sale. DelSavio is a local benchrest legend and historian and his book features the PTRC’s influence on the history and evolution of rifle accuracy and benchrest shooting. He was on hand to sign each of the copies.


VFS Grand Aggregate Results

1.Hillary Martinez500-33x

2.Robert Brooks500-33x

3.Jim Paganelli500-29x

4.Wayne France500-28x

5.Dean Breeden500-28x

6.Ken Wood500-27x

7.Roscoe Murray500-26x

8.Dave Short500-25x

9.Allen Euber500-24x

10.David Steen500-24x

11.Josh Shrum499-33x

12.Greg Palman499-31x

13.James Parham499-30x

14.Albert Edwards499-28x

15.Allen Euber499-26x

16. Blaine Mcray499-23x

17. Robert Blanchard499-19x

18. Randy Jarvais498-26x

19. Jim Cline498-26x

20 Ken Alfredo498-25x

21. Lee Euber498-24x

22. Lance Hicks498-24x

23. George Pariso498-24x

24. Jerry Powers498-22x

25. Claudio Alzapiedi498-16x

26. John Cascarino497-26x

27. Paul Bielec497-25x

28.Parker Hills497-23x

29. Lance Hicks497-22x

30. Orland Bunker496-26x

31. Rocky Ruby496-24x

32. Albert Puco496-22x

33. Butch Randall495-21x

34. Richard Maretzo495-19x

35. Dennis Diego495-14x

36. Mike Clayton495-13x

37. Glenn Olenick495-13x

38. Thomas Benoit494-19x

39. Harold Miller494-15x

40. Larry Feusse493-26x

41. Victoria Olenick493-14x

42. Louis Sposato492-20x

43. Don Cameron491-18x

44. LaDonna Earl489-16x

45. Richard Maretzo Jr.244-10x

Hunter Grand Aggregate Results

1.Dean Breeden500-31x

2.Randy Jarvais496-24x

3.Peter Hills496-19x

4.Claudio Alzapiedi496-12x

5.Orland Bunker493-10x

6.Larry Feusse491-13x

7.Glenn Olenick485-12x

8.Timothy O’Mara475-10x

9.Scott Garman236-08x

Two-Gun Grand Aggregate

1. Dean Breeden1,000-59x

2. Randy Jarvais994-50x

3. Claudio Alzapiedi994-28x

4. Orland Bunker989-36x

5. Larry Feusse984-39x

6. Glenn Olenick980-25x

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