Good news reached us from the 2011 Canadian National Championship in the pistol practical shooting, held on 27 to 31 July at the Frontenac Rifle and Pistol Club shooting range near the city of Kingston, Ontario. Two shooters of Team CZ Shooting of Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod succeeded there – Miroslav Zapletal in the Production Division and Robin Šebo in the Open Division. And the pistols CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow dominated the competition in the Production Division.
Excellent shooters from the USA and Canada participated in the Production Division competition. The greatest rival of our Miroslav Zapletal was the two-time champion of Canada in this division, a very young and promising shooter Jean Philippe Drolet, Montreal, who uses the pistol CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow in a calibre of 9x19, same as Zapletal. They have met for the second time this year and Zapletal was victorious in both their encounters.
The weather was good, except for the afternoon hours of Friday, 29 July, when the competition was hit by rain which was so heavy that it looked more like a swimming not shooting competition according to our international Miroslav Zapletal. Unfortunately, Robin Šebo, a shooter of Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod, who had to shoot during the rain was at the receiving end of the weather, while his greatest rivals shot during the afternoon hours when the rain stopped and the sun was shining. The young and very promising shooter, Robin Šebo, was thus apparently deprived of his win in the Open Division. He thus lost the opportunity to defeat Chris Tilley, USA, one of the world’s leading shooters in the Open Division. However, the practical shooting competitions are held under any weather conditions, albeit painful. It is always an extreme test of shooters as well as their arms. It is not for nothing that the practical shooting is also called the Formula 1 of shooting.
The shooters faced very demanding shooting situations at the Canadian Championship. A great challenge for the shooter was that almost every shooting situation offered several possible solutions, which made the competition very attractive and difficult, especially when planning shooting actions. From the perspective of foreign shooters, this was definitely not an easy competition also due to the fact that 10-round magazines are required by the Canadian legal regulations. The Canadian shooters, good at a quick replacement of magazines, thus enjoyed an advantage over the rest of the field.
1. Tilley, Chris USA GM
2. Šebo, Robin CZE GM Pistol CZ 75 TS Czechmate
3. Chang, Don CAN GM
1. Zapletal, Miroslav CZE GM Pistol CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow
2. Drolet, Jean Philippe CAN GM Pistol CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow
3. Engh, Robert CAN Pistol CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow
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