History

About the Cup…

(a semi-official history of how and why things came to be)

That which we all aim for...

That which we all aim for...

The Findlay Cup is a practical/tactical match held in central Washington state for the past ten years. What started in 2000 as a bunch of local rifle enthusiasts getting together for bragging rights has evolved into one of the better known events in the Pacific North West.

The match has been held every year since 2000. Typically the actual date has been somewhere around the end of April to the first part of May. The prize started primarily braggin’ rights, your name up on a plaque in One Shot Firearms, and of course the dubious honor of displaying the traveling trophy in your place of residence…

In 2007 the prize table got a lot more interesting, thanks to a lot of support from well over a dozen vendors. Tactical Solutions, Warne Mounts, Berger Bullets, Rock Creek barrels, TAB Gear, and many others helped make the prize table something to look forward to! In addition, we had about a half-dozen volunteers helping with setting up, tabulating the scores to resetting the targets, fixing lunch and lord only knows what else! Without the help from these volunteers, the event definitely wouldn’t be possible!

Some of the stages and rules are still reminiscent of a tactical match; others lean towards NRA High Power a bit. The course of fire changes a little every few years to keep things interesting, but it is available to shooters before the match – no super-secret surprise stages, although you may have to wait to find out the exact details. The general theme that continues year to year is that anything goes as far as rifle… you want to shoot a .30-30, go for it. If you want to shoot a full-blown NBRSA 1k benchrest rifle… knock yourself out. The catch is, there are some standing and sitting stages mixed in, and anything used for a rest must stay attached to the rifle the entire time… so if you want to bring out something that resembles a field artillery piece, go for it but you are going to have to hold that sucker up for Offhand like everybody else. Later events have added carbine and pistol stages. As the match has moved from mostly paper targets to mostly steel, magnums may be allowed on a case-by-case basis… but expect a surcharge to account for the extra wear-n-tear on the targets (they ain’t cheap!).

¬†As to where did the name ‘Findlay Cup’ come from… Jim Findlay, one of the sponsors, shoots in the match and is a very very good shot… he puts in a lot of trigger time while most of us are just talking about it, and it shows on match day. He won the match for the first three years in a row I believe, and the match got the nickname ‘the Findlay Cup’ or ‘the Plumber’s Cup Match’. A few years back we figured Jim was going to win (again) and since we couldn’t find a tiny trophy-sized toilet to make into a suitable award for his efforts, some genius came up with the idea of a big porcelain bed pan, with a suitable logo emblazoned on it (as pictured at the top of the page). Jim’s been a pretty good sport about it though, so the legend continues…

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