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October 10th, 2018

Sportsman’s Team Challenge This Week on the Pursuit Channel

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STC Archive photo. Doug Koenig now shoots with Team Ruger. He did not compete this year, instead dedicating his time to running the match.

Speed on Steel. That’s what’s featured in the latest episode of Doug Koenig’s Championship Season on the Pursuit Channel. This week features steel courses of fire at the 2018 Sportsman’s Team Challenge (STC) National Championships in Ridgedale, Missouri. Teams shot plate racks and various steel targets set at distances from 10 to 90 yards. Adrenaline levels were high as fixed time limits were displayed on digital clocks. These steel stages tested competitors’ speed, accuracy, and rapid-loading skills. With over $125,000 in cash and prizes this year, competitors were highly motivated.

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The pistol stage featured brightly painted plate racks, shot with time limits.

At this year’s STC, fifty teams competed in pistol, rifle, combo, and three different shotgun courses of fire. Competitors came from 14 states and three countries. The three-day event is a family-friendly celebration of community and teamwork, with shooters as young as eight years old in the Sub-Junior and Junior divisions. Colorful reactive targets and visible countdown timers make this multi-discipline event spectator-friendly. It’s a great experience for all competitors — from new shooters to top pros.

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The STC was directed by 18-time NRA Bianchi Cup National Action Pistol Champion Doug Koenig — now in his third year at the helm of the STC. Koenig said this year’s Big Cedar Lodge venue, home of the Bass Pro Shooting Academy, is a “phenomenal location overlooking Table Rock Lake. [Big Cedar Lodge] demonstrated why it’s a world-class shooting facility … with its stunning vistas and close proximity to nearby entertainment capitol Branson, Missouri.” You can see the lake in this photo:

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Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, purchased Big Cedar Lodge in 1987. This Missouri venue now serves as a Nature Park and the Bass Pro Shops’ Outdoor Shooting Academy.

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Doug Koenig’s Championship Season can be viewed on Pursuit Channel, available On Demand at Learn more on Doug Koenig’s Facebook Page or @dougkoenig on Instagram.

There was major industry support for this event. Sponsors included: Berger Bullets, Hornady, Hogue, Lapua, Leupold, Otis Technology, Remington, Ruger, Sierra Bullets, SK Ammunition, Sig Sauer, Starline Brass, and Vihtavuori.

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2021 Dick Mann Team Challenge National Championship Update

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Five teams of diverse AHRMA racers are racking up points in the 2021 Dick Mann Team Challenge.

The standings after Round 1will be posted following the off-road events at Cahuilla Creek in Anza, CA March 6 and 7.

To level the playing field, each team’s score will include only the top four points-scorers for the season, dropping the lowest scoring member. This change will make it easier for all teams to remain competitive in the event they lose a member mid-season.

The Dick Mann Team Challenge is based on teams made up of one competitor from each AHRMA competition discipline. Team members are selected at random from the group of AHRMA members who registered for the Team Challenge. The results of individual team member performance at selected ARHMA events during 2021 will determine the winning team.

Team members were selected from the Vintage Motocross Premier 500 class, the Observed Trials Premier Heavy Weight and Light Weight classes, the Dirt Track Seventies Singles and 750 Sportsman classes, the Cross Country Premier and Classic classes and the Road Racing 500 Premier class.

Five teams are competing in the 2021 Dick Mann Team Challenge:

Team A includes Luke Sayer in Cross Country on a 1956 TriBSA 650, Beno Rodi in Dirt Track on a 1967 Norton P11, Ron Melton in Road Racing on a 1962 Norton, Rob Poole in Observed Trials on a 1957 Ariel 500, and Ronald Smith in Vintage Motocross on a 1971 Triumph 500.

Team B includes Michael Stivason in Cross Country on a 1973 Triumph TR5T, Hunter Longshore in Dirt Track on a 1976 Yamaha TT500, Stuart Carter in Road Racing on a 1967 Matchless Seeley G50, Mark Sturtevant in Observed Trials on a 1965 BSA B40, and Al Anderberg in Vintage Motocross on a Dick Mann-built 1960 Matchless.

Team C includes Debbie Poole in Cross Country on a 1973 CZ 125, Tim Grow in Dirt Track on a 1968 Rickman/Triumph 500, Chuck Crocco in Road Racing on a 1971 BSA B50, Matt Parsons in Observed Trials on a 1956 Ariel HT500, and Kelly Shane in Vintage Motocross on a 1955 Cheney/Ariel 500.

Team D includes Dennis Brown in Cross Country on a 1967 Greeves Wessex 250, David Aldana in Dirt Track on a 1974 Honda XL350, Wes Orloff in Road Racing on a 1967 Honda CR450, Tyrus Wilson in Observed Trials on a 1964 Greeves TFS, and Cliff Mee in Vintage Motocross on a 1956 BSA Goldstar.

Team E includes Chad Bebout in Cross Country on a 1959 Triumph 650, Colton Roberts in Dirt Track on a 1974 PDV Gringo 360, Larry Poons in Road Racing on a 1971 Seely Condor, Robert Bellicitti in Observed Trials on a 1966 Triumph Cub, and Michael Miller in Vintage Motocross on a 1957 BSA Goldstar.

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Remember the 90's when you saw teams shooting steel targets with rifles and pistols out to 90yds on the clock? No support slings or jackets or vertical grips on the rifles. Just good .22lr rifles and steady hands. Well the Chevy Truck Challenge is known as Sportsman's team challenge and has been the same event since its inception in the 80's. We just wrapped up the 2014 National Championship match in Marble Falls, Texas at the amazing Copperhead Creek Gun Club.

Sponsored by Smith and Wesson, Vortex, Browning, Eley, XS Sights, C More, Sierra Bullets, Hogdon Powder, Sun Optics, Lapua, Ruger, Midland Radio, Dillon Precision, and many more companies, the prize table this year was worth close to $30,000.

Here's the run down on the event:

Rifle Event:
-4 banks of 10 targets at 45, 60,75 and 90 yards
-1 inch star and diamond target apertures at 75 and 90
-other target apertures are 2-4 inch circles, squares, triangles, ovals and hexagons of different point values
-all steel targets
-6 "frog eye" 1 inch targets at 40 yards that are 2 points each
-teams get 1:30 to 2:30 based on classification to shoot 46 targets
-2 and 3 man teams compete so strategy is key
-3 x 10 round magazines each, no speedloaders

Combo Event:
-one rifle shooter, 2 pistol shooters, one of which becomes the magazine loader for the other two
-there are three horizontal plate racks with 3 and 4 inch target apetures at 15 and 20 yards
-2 green uprights at 45 and 50 yards with five 4 inch apetures that must be shot to open up the windows for five 2 inch plates to be shot for 3 points each
-one blue upright at 60 yards, same layout as the green listed above, but it is woth more points per target
-one red upright at 75 yards with five 3 inch target apetures worth 3 points each
-The rifle starts with 3 x 10 round magazines, 2 x 10 round magazines for the pistols
-one pistol shooter will load empty magazines for the other two shooters after expending their ammo on target
-1:30 to 2:30 based on class to shoot the targets

Pistol Event:
-three stages, one .22lr and two centerfire
-.22lr consists of 24 targets, twelve four inch target apetures at 25 yards and twelve 6 inch target apetures at 30 yards
-Action plates are 12 Steel Challenge style targets to be shot with a centerfire pistol
-No more than 6 rounds in .22lr and centerfire magazines
-Final stage is precision centerfire plates are 4 inch squares without apetures at 25 and 35 yards
-competitors start from a box behind the event and run to their stage, complete it, then run back before the next shooter starts.
-no FMJ
-1:30 to 2:45 based on class to complete

Now for the shotgun events!

This is pure adrenaline, imagine 5 birds coming at once over your heads at 40 mph frrom 30 yards away. There is a wall in front of the traps so you cant see the birds until they are already flying at you. 5 clays are thrown at once for the initial, then every second to 1.75 seconds after that, 50 total clays

Similar to Flurry, but the layout is different. There are two crossers from the left, a teal in the middle and two crossers from the right. Same rules apply! Five at once, then another is thrown every second to 1.75

Mixed Bag:
-This is 5 stand
-All true pairs
-all targets are setup in a 5 stand manner, crossers, teals, chandel rabbits, and so on

All shotgun events are 50 targets each, with each target worth 2 points.

Doug Koenig, Jerry Miculek, Kay Miculek, Lena Miculek, Michael Plaxco, Jim Clark, Bruce Piatt, Doug Fuller, Lones Wigger, Larry Nelson, and many more compete every year! So the question is, are you ready to grab two friends and compete in the most entertaining and challenging match around? can you shoot a rifle steady as a smallbore shooter yet run a pistol as fast as Doug Koenig and shoot sporting clays as well as Doug Fuller all in the same day? Test your skills and come out! There's a classification level for everyone!

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For the finest presentation-grade surface, we suggest a painted finish. Six solid paint colors are available.


A new speckletone granite finish is also available. Choose any solid base coat color and specify either one or two speckletone paint highlights to create an attractive custom finish.


When you order any paint finish, the underlying stock is hand-sanded, primed, and painted to eliminate all surface imperfections. This is the finish most manufacturers specify for the McMillan stocks that are sold with their custom shop rifles.


The paint we use is an industrial grade, non-slip pebble finish similar to that found on power tools, office machines and industrial equipment. This polyurethane paint is the most durable we can find and is suitable for conditions found from the Arctic to the tropics. However, any painted finish will scratch when dragged over rocks, limbs and other hard surfaces. It is impervious to most gun cleaning solvents, but harsh solvents should be wiped off immediately.


Repainting an existing McMillan Stock


We can repaint any McMillan stock for our customers at a nominal charge.


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Spectre Patterns

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The Spectre Series is McMillan’s new molded-in finish that mimics aspects of digital camouflage. It is currently available in four different color schemes.


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Ambush Patterns

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Desert Ambush is the first offering of the Ambush series. The color pattern was developed for the desert terrain and foliage of the Southwestern United States.


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Marble Patterns

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Molded-In Colors to Create a Unique Marble Pattern.


Molded in colors are the most durable finish we offer. With a molded finish, the color is impregnated into the gelcoat, or exterior surface layer of the stock. All of the molded-in finishes below should be considered utility-grade. Mold lines, sanding marks, fiberglass cloth and small imperfections may be visible.


Molded-in stocks are provided with a matte finish to minimize light reflection. After receiving your stock, some customers take it upon themselves to further wetblock sand and buff the surface to achieve a polished, warm luster finish. This is particularly attractive with marble patterns.


A molded-in stock will weigh several ounces more than a painted stock due to the additional resin material that is used.


We do our best to make your particular finish as attractive as possible. However, we are limited in what can be accomplished with molded-in colors. Solid colors, especially darker ones, produce the greatest challenge, whereas the camouflage patterns tend to look better because the various colors and shapes hide imperfections. Marbled colors offer the best choice for creating a finished look with a molded-in color.


Marble Finishes


A marble finish is created by swirling two or three different colors into the surface of the stock. The result is a beautiful effect that is unique to your stock. McMillan pioneered this finish, which has become a familiar hallmark of our brand.


Choose any 2 or 3 of the molded in colors to create a unique swirled marble pattern finish for your custom stock. Literally thousands of different patterns can be created, including any you see on our website.


No two stocks are ever made alike as the marbling action is totally random in occurence.


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The most popular marble finishes are shown here. Virtually any color combination is possible and some color combinations are inherently more pleasing than others.


Note that a marble finish can be used as an effective camouflage pattern when using olive green, black, gray and other common camo colors.


Each finish is done by hand and it is impossible to duplicate any particular marble pattern. Because marbling is created in the mold under pressure, patterns are random and not controllable. Specific vertical or horizontal patterns are not possible. Also, colors will change shades somewhat due to the mixing of colors while the swirling is done. Marble stocks may not be returned because of dissatisfaction with the color. However, you may opt to have us paint the stock at our regular price.


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Camouflage Finishes

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McMillan Uses Molded-In Colors to create a Unique Camouflage Finish


Standard Camouflage Patterns

Eleven basic camouflage patterns are standard order items. The colors are not painted on the surface, but are molded into the stock for durability when used in extreme environments. Many military units specify this finish for their tactical stocks, with the choice of colors dependent on the part of the world where the rifle will be deployed. Custom camo patterns of any three or four colors are optional at no extra charge.


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Challenge sportsmans team

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season presents the 2014 Junior Sportsman’s Team Challenge

This week, Trevor Koenig returns to the Lone Star State to reunite with his teammates ‘The Eliminators’ in the Junior Division of the Sportsman’s Team Challenge and compete alongside his Dad in the two-person event. Trevor shares how important working together as a team on the shooting line is and by identifying each other’s shooting skills and strengths will achieve a knock-out shooting performance.

The course of fire is six events, three of which are reactive steel targets shooting .22 rimfire rifles, .22 rimfire pistols and centerfire pistols at different distances. The remaining three events involve shooting clay targets thrown randomly simulating hunting scenarios.

Coming off the line Trevor commented…

“Stepping up to the line with a shooting strategy in place is one thing, but as the targets rush past you, the fun factor kicks in and focusing on the target becomes a real test of discipline.”

Trevor Koenig has competed in the Junior Division the past five years, and has developed his own shooting style and level of confidence.

A strong advocate in supporting the next generation of shooters, Doug said, “Watching the juniors participate with their families and friends each year reinforces what the Sportsman’s Team Challenge is all about, creating a fun-filled event that builds confidence and friendships.”

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to the Sportsman Channel. Each week Doug delivers hunting and shooting tips whether he’s stalking big game, on a fair chase hunting adventure or preparing to compete at a world class level match. Doug’s success and dedication to the shooting sports is captured along with his passion as an avid hunter; so come along to share the excitement with your entire family to ensure your day afield is memorable.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season can be viewed on Sportsman Channel.

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  • Monday 12:00 p.m. (Eastern) re-airs
  • Friday 3:00 a.m. (Eastern) re-airs

Sportsman’s Team Challenge Photo Gallery

Doug and Trevor Koenig - Loading Up

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We've all had defining moments. On an individual level, those moments don't happen very often, and they rarely happen on a mass, grand scale affecting an entire industry, but is exactly what the Sportsman's Team Challenge did. The significance the STC made on the shooting sports is felt in competition shooting today.

The STC had a lot of firsts. Designed to promote the shooting sports and for television, a championship round is shot with the top scoring three teams in each class shooting the same course of fire to determine the winner. A format the Olympic shooting sports later adopted with some modifications.

It was the first event broadcast on national television on then-new ESPN cable network. Over it's 10-year run on ESPN, the STC sometimes preceded an NFL game exposing millions to the shooting sports.

In the late '80s, there were few serious shooting competitions. Action pistol was still in its infancy and the STC inspired the movement towards those action-oriented fun events we see today. The STC was the first event to have a non-endemic sponsor in Chevrolet, spawning "Chevy Truck Shooting Sports America." It was the first to offer substantial prize money and there are a dozen more firsts.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the STC was created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Bob DelFay and Doug Painter. Debuting in the late 1980s, the STC team format included handgun, rifle and shotgun events designed from the ground up to emphasize fast-paced, instinctive shooting where timing and strategy were as important as being a good shot.

With an overall cash purse of more than 1100,000 and the winning team taking home $30,000, the event brought in Rob Leatham, Michael Plaxco, David Tubb, Doug Koenig, Jerry Miculek and some of the other great shooters of the day.

But this was a different type of competition than what these guys were used to. It wasn't specialized for just one discipline. The participants needed to be proficient in all three disciplines. To even the playing field more, three different classes--Open, Sportsman's and Industry--separated the pro shooters from the others.

There are three clay target events and three steel target events, which is why being proficient in only one discipline will leave you standing in the dust.

The 3 shotgun events are shot with a 12 gauge. The preferred gun is an over/ under to minimize the chance of a jam or misfire and only 2 shot shells can be loaded at a time.

Flurry Event: Five computer-controlled traps throw 50 clay targets from 35 yards toward the shooters who are standing in side-by-side shooting cages. The initial flurry is 5 clays at once, followed by one about every second. Coming at you pretty fast, teamwork is essential with this event. One gun always has to be loaded and the shooter ready to fire, while the other two are loading. Synchronization and communication with other team members is critical. Get out of sync, targets fly by untouched or two shooters shoot the same target.

Mixed Bag Event: Twenty-five pairs of clay targets are thrown from 5 to 8 machines in a sporting clay type scenario. Simulating bird-hunting situations, targets are thrown from unknown traps. The 3-person team stands in shooting cages side by side with traps 30 to 50 yards away. One shooter shoots calling, "Pull," while teammates call out the target's launch point.

Flush Event: The reverse of the Flurry event, 5 traps throw 50 going away clays at different angles and height at 1-second intervals. There are crossing, straight away and rising targets. Like the Flurry, one team member not loading fast enough or shooting out of sync causes multiple misses.


Timed rifle and pistol stages add the pressure of a ticking clock. In Open/ Pro Class, the team is allowed up to 1 minute, 30 seconds, while the other classes have 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

Rimfire Rifle: These rifles are pretty tricked out as there are no weight or stock restrictions. Each team member is allowed to start with three 10-shot magazines already loaded. There are four banks of 10 steel aperture targets at 45, 60, 75 and 90 yards. The shooters stand side-by-side, shooting off-hand. Rifles are unloaded and placed on the table in front of each shooter and when the timer sounds, the shooters pick up the rifle, load and start shooting. Depending on the team strategy, the shooters can all shoot at the same bank of targets or shoot assigned banks. No limit on shots fired, and once all three magazines are emptied, a shooter can reload magazines until time runs out.

Pistol: Three stages within the handgun event combine 48 metal targets with two banks of center-fire and one bank of rimfire targets in the context of a team relay race. Each target is worth 2 points and 1 bonus point is awarded for each bank of 12 targets knocked down for a total of 100 possible points. Athleticism comes into play in this event as the shooters have to run to their shooting positions, control their breathing and hit targets.

Each shooter has unlimited magazines, but since this is a timed event, hitting the target as quickly as possible is the key. For the centerfire stages, calibers range from 9mm to .45. Different size targets and distances are used in each stage. The .22 rimfire stage uses 4--and 6-inch round targets. The Action Pistol stage is a variety of steel target sizes and shapes and the Long Range Centerfire stage is 4-inch square targets.

Shooters stand at the starting table a few yards behind the shooting stage tables holding the guns and magazines. The first shooter starts the timer and runs from the starting table out to the shooting table, loads and shoots.

After hitting all the targets or running out of ammo, the gun is cleared (slide locked back), placed on the table and the shooter runs back to the starting table and tags a teammate. He runs to the 2nd stage shooting table, repeats the process, runs back to the start table, tags the 3rd team member who then runs to the last shooting table, knocking down the last set of plates. All shooting is done off-hand and standing.

Combo: One team member uses a .22 rifle and the others use .22 handguns. As in the rifle event, the team shoots simultaneously knocking down 50 round aperature targets from 25 to 80 yards ranging in aperture size from 2 to 4 inches. In addition, some targets are not in view until a clearing target is knocked down prior to hitting the "real" target. Spare magazines may be loaded for the rifle and pistol shooter by the other teammate only after the original rounds are expended.


Over the years, though, the STC has hit a few rough spots. Its popularity, industry participation and prize money dwindled. Various organizations took turns running it, but failed to bring it back to its former glory. Champion shooter Doug Koenig took over last year with a passion and vision to rebuild it.

"The STC is my favorite match of the year," Koenig said. "It's dear to my heart. It's a different type of event. It's not like the high-pressure matches we compete in, where everybody is super focused, straight-faced and you need special guns. At the STC, you can use whatever's in your gun safe. This is a different atmosphere. It's fun, it's family oriented. We've got great shooters here and yeah, everyone is here to compete, but because they're working together as a team, two minutes after they walk off the line, they're talking, laughing and smiling.

There were teams from all over the world shooting in this year's match. There's a loyalty for the STC, because it brings in new shooters and promotes all the shooting sports.

The biggest challenge is industry participation. On the 30th Anniversary, the only Industry team was Team Smith & Wesson. STC changed the perception of who and what we are as a sport, creating a new image. It would be a shame for this match to disappear into the archives because the industry has forgotten about it.

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Caption: Team Smith & Wesson Doug Koenig and Jerry Miculek (above)shooting rifle at this at this year's event. Doug shoots a Volquartsen topped with a Leupold scope. In 1997, USA Shooting sent an Industry Team comprised of (below, left to right) former team members Carl Bernosky, Richard Aitken, Lones Wigger and our Shari LeGate Coaching.

Caption: The 3 different stages comprising the Pistol event include the farthest left targets of 4- to 6-inch round targets (left) for the .22 rimfire. The big plates in the center are the variety of size and shape target plates for one of the centerfire stages and in the far right are the 4-inch square centerfire targets.

Caption: Team Smith & Wesson shooting the Mixed Bag at this year's event included (left to right) Doug Koenig, Jerry Miculek, Trevor Koenig. Trevor is keeping an eye on the tower trap located behind the shooters to be ready to call out when a target is released.

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