Summer 2022: after 2 long years marked by the pandemic catastrophe filled with restrictions and social deprivation, we were finally able to hug our old friends, the MLAIC athletes who proved themselves in different European locations during August 2022.
Summer activities started on August 1st, in the charming town of Szentendre, Hungary, where athletes were challenged for a week on targets placed at considerable distances during the 1st MLAIC Long Range World Cup.
There were various types of guns, both muzzle loading and metal cartridge models, all rigorously loaded with black powder and no modern sights, optics, magnification tools to make life easier – only iron sights, tunnel sights and micrometric sights.
So much for the skeptics who still question the performance of these guns, targets were positioned at different ranges: 300, 500, 600, 900 and 1000 yards!
It is difficult to try to explain the range of emotions of the participants as they engaged in such hard disciplines where an inaccuracy in loading, a hesitation in the breath, an unfortunate and sudden change in wind direction, is enough to get a dissatisfactory result. But satisfaction and gratification are immense when the bullet shot by a late 19th century does reach its target, after a parabolic trajectory that can be appreciated in all its long path, embodying all the activities needed for the shot preparation.
The powerful emotions continue well beyond the Hungarian events, when only a week later, on August 14, in Pforzheim, Germany, the 29th MLAIC World Championships began. This event was marked by the presence of athlete shooters who took to the field competing in multiple disciplines, from the 25 m pistol to the 100 m rifle, as well as the clay shooting competitions.
Results? They were top notch – you can see them here on the MLAIC website. But of a world championship, you can expect nothing but the best.
In this case, however, we are on par to rival the best Olympic athletes, where the difference between winners and losers is determined not by the final score, but by a slight difference in the group diameters, in the order of millimeters.
The presence of shooting veterans, side by side with a new generation is idyllic, thanks to their considerable and unbeatable experience and knowledge of this romantic sport. This new generation of young shooters, boys and girls of all ages, have chosen to carve out this moment in time, devoting themselves to this noble discipline, full of meaning and history and destined to deeply enrich them, taking time out from the frenzy and superficiality of adolescent life.
Many guns from the Italian Pedersoli company were in the field at both events.
Among the medals winners who competed with Davide Pedersoli guns:
- Peter Kaepenick, gold in the Michelet discipline, totaling 97/100 with the AN IX musket.
- Kilian Fich, silver in the Whitworth Youth discipline, scoring 91/100 with the Gibbs rifle.
- Martin Zurek, silver in the Vetterli Youth discipline, totaling 96/100 with the Tryon rifle.
- Martin Crix, silver in the Lorenzoni discipline, hitting 47 clays out of 50 with the 12-ga Gibbs shotgun.
- Tamas Dobos, silver in the Manton discipline, hitting 42 clays out of 50 with the 12-ga Mortimer flintlock.
The best representation of Pedersoli's presence was the podium in the Pennsylvania discipline, that was conquered by:
- Mathieu Ducellier, gold, scoring 99/100.
- Walter Massing, silver, scoring 98/100.
- Nemeth Balazs, bronze, scoring 97/100.
All three competed with the Swiss Match flintlock rifle.
I would like to conclude by thanking the organizers of the two Events, the support staff, the journalists and obviously all the participants, who once again demonstrated how passion and stubbornness can take us everywhere, overcome prejudice, and defeat fears.