Moses at Stage Ten
Marlon Moses takes aim at a target in Stage Ten of the 2016 Top Gun Handgun Shooting Championships. Moses was sixth at Stage Ten and third overall.
Top Three Top Gun
Anthony Bailey (centre), winner of this year's Top Gun Handgun Shooting Championships. Bailey poses with runners-up Darren Jagpersad (right) and third-placed Marlon Moses.
Anderson at Stage 2
Kelston Anderson aims at the target in Stage Two from the lying position of the 2016 Top Gun Handgun Shooting Championships. Anderson was 16th at Stage Two and 11th overall.
Marlon Moses (left) finished third overall at the 2016 Top Gun Handgun Shooting Championships. He won Stage Two and received his trophy from Sarika Martinez (right).
Bailey at Stage 3
Champion Anthony Bailey competes in Stage Three of the 2016 Top Gun Handgun Shooting Championships. Bailey recorded the best score at Stage Three en route to his victory.
Reid at Stage 1
Walt Reid in action in Stage One of the 2016 Top Gun Handgun Shooting Championships. Reid finished 23rd in Stage One and Overall.
Anthony Bailey emerged as champion of the this year's Top Gun Handgun Shooting Championships
Anthony Bailey emerged as champion at the 20th annual Top Gun Handgun Shooting Championships at the Tucker Valley Range, Chaguaramas on Saturday, December, 3. Bailey accumulated 911.5603 points after the ten stages of the contest to beat a field of the 25 of the best shooters in country. The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) marksman reclaimed the title he first won in 2014 and improved on his sixth place finish last year. With the support of his father, son and wife cheering him on Bailey won three stages (Stage 3, 4, and 6) and showed great consistency, finishing in the top four in other seven areas. He was second in Stages 1, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and fourth in Stage 2. Defending champion Darren Jagpersad had to settle for second place this year with 805.2661points. Jagpersad claimed Stage 1 and 9 and was second in Stages 2. He was third in Stage 3 and fourth in Stages 4 and 5. Marlon Moses (720.4053) took third spot after securing Stage 2 and was second in Stage 3 and 4 and was fourth in Stages 1 and 6. Gerard Persad (720.4053). Avesh Phagoo (666.1206), Christopher John (633.3146), Mohammed Ali (609.3146), Nigel Marchand (606.4511), Jude Gordon (587.9816) and Dave Ramlal (583.5976) completed the top ten finishers. Bailey was rewarded for his consistency as he was named the Most Accurate Shooter on the day ahead of Moses, Jagpersad and Phagoo and also was the Top Military competitor. Persad was the Top Law Enforcement Officer at the meet while Ramlal took home the Top Senior honours. Aneel Ramjit collected the Top First Time Entry trophy. Marchand (Stage 5), Phagoo (Stage 7), Ali (Stage 8) Persad (Stage 10) were other stage winners.
The winner took the lead after the mid-way stage of the competition. After the end of Stages 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 in the morning session Bailey was ahead of Jagpersad, Persad and Moses, Ali, John, Anderson and Kelston Anderson. Stages 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 were held during the afternoon period.
Speaking after this triumph, Bailey said he was thankful. "Today there were ten exciting stages and I am really grateful I was able to hold it together and come out with the victory. It was very humid and very taxing on your feet as we were walking about all day so I was a bit fatigued. However, I was able to hold my mental game together and take the victory. " The now-two time winner was pleased with the mental readiness for the competition. "I was happy with my mental performance, most importantly. Amidst all the humidity, fatigue, noise and complex stages I was pleased with how I held it together." He said that surrendering the title in 2015 spurred him to want to win this year. "Losing last year was the motivating factor for me. Last year I was the defending champion and I came sixth and I was really disappointed after putting a lot of hard work but I was not able to win. So I went back to the drawing board and came out with the victory today." Bailey also praised the efforts of the second and third place finishers. "Darren Jagpersad is master like myself and is a really good shooter also Marlon Moses. So I know those two would have been my main rivals today. The competition was excellent the TRA and other shooting clubs put on really good show. "
Brian Armstrong was the best of the two Tobago shooters in the competition finishing 19th (519.0532) with Walt Reid in 23rd (361.5227). Armstrong was also third in Stage 10 and was fifth in the Most Accurate category.
The top shooters were selected from a total of six competitions held by clubs and associations during a ten month period. Points are awarded to each competitor and ranked to select the top 25 competitors with five reserves.
The Top Gun competition was (TRA) staged by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and the Trinidad Rifle Association (and was first held in 1996. Initially, the top five shooters from each shooting club/association were selected. However, the tournament has developed into a highly competitive and dynamic shooting competition which tests the shooter’s knowledge, skills and abilities in the sport of practical shooting. This year the event was held using the rules of the IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation). The TRA has been fully supportive of the Top Gun initiative throughout the years and this year the ten competition stages were developed and built by the TRA with the assistance of the TTDF & TTPS personnel. All props and targets were sponsored by the TRA. The certified range officers, stats officers and arbitration committee were members of the TRA. Kenrick Mohammed served as Range Officer of the competition.
1st Anthony Bailey (911.5603),
2nd Darren Jagpersad (805.2661),
3rd Marlon Moses (742.8799),
4th Gerard Persad (720.4053),
5th Avesh Phagoo (666.1206),
6th Christopher John (633.3146),
7th Mohammed Ali (609.3146),
8th Nigel Marchand (606.4511),
9th Jude Gordon (587.9816),
10th Dave Ramlal (583.5976),
11th Kelsto Anderson (563.9743,
12th Ramadin Ramnarine (554.6243),
13th Ken Williams (540.2912),
14th Peter Frederick (535.6120),
15th Richard Hopkinson (529.8211),
16th Aneel Ramjit (525.2467),
17th Dale Singh (423.4351),
18th Kelvin Sebastine (521.5628),
19th Brian Armstrong (519.0532),
20th Nicolas Ali (426.4989),
21st Roger Umaid (378.0722),
22nd Amarnath Bridgelal (266.3386),
23rd Walt Reid (361.5227), dq Devanad Bhagwhansingh, Tarike Phillip
Stage 1 (Inside The Mind): 1st Jagpersad, 2nd Bailey, 3rd Moses, 4th Persad, 5th Gordon, 6th John, 7th Ramlal, 8th Phagoo
Stage 2 (No Escape): 1st Moses, 2nd Jagpersad, 3rd Phagoo, 4th Bailey, 5th Ramnarine, 6th Persad, 7th Sabastien, 8th Ramlal
Stage 3 (Bring It): 1st Bailey, 2nd Moses, 3rd Jagpersad, 4th Persad, 5th Anderson, 6th Marchand, 7th Singh, 8th Hopkinson
Stage 4 (December To Remember): 1st Bailey, 2nd Moses, 3rd John, 4th Jagpersad, 5th Anderson, 6th Anderson, 7th Williams, 8th Persad
Stage 5 (Mission Accepted) : 1st Marchand, 2nd Bailey, 3rd Persad, 4th Jagpersad, 5th Ali, 6th John, 7th Gordon, 8th Phagoo
Stage 6 (Standards For Pro Only): 1st Bailey, 2nd Phagoo, 3rd Moses, 4th Frederick, 5th Armstrong, 6th Gordon, 7th Ali, 8th Jagpersad
Stage 7 (You Have My Attention): 1st Phagoo, 2nd Bailey, 3rd Hopkinson, 4th Moses, 5th Persad, 6th Ramjit, 7th Marchand, 8th Jagpersad
Stage 8 (An Affair To Remember): 1st Ali, 2nd Bailey, 3rd Anderson, 4th Persad, 5th Ramlal, 6th Singh, 7th Moses, 8th Marchand
Stage 9 (Unleash) 1st Jagpersad, 2nd Bailey, 3rd Phagoo, 4th Persad, 5th Moses, 6th Ali, 7th Gordon, 8th Hopkinson
Stage 10 (Not An Illusion) 1st Persad, 2nd Bailey, 3rd Armstrong, 4th Phagoo, 5th John, 6th Moses, 7th Jagpersad, 8th Ramlal
Most Accurate:1st Bailey, 2nd Moses, 3rd Jagpersad, 4th Phagoo, 5th Armstrong, 6th Persad, 7th Frederick, 8th Ramnarine
Runners-up Darren Jagpersad (left) won Stage One and Nine at the 2016 Top Gun Handgun Shooting Championships. Jagpersad collects his prize from Elicia Rivers at the Top Gun prize giving ceremony. He was second overall.
Armstrong at Stage 6
Brian Armstrong shoots from the kneeling position at Stage Six of the 2016 Top Gun Handgun Shooting Championships. Armstrong was fifth in the stage and 19th overall.
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The top ten finishers
From left: Dave Ramlal (10th), Christopher John (6th), Marlon Moses (3rd), Anthony Bailey (winner), Darren Jagpersad (2nd), Nigel Marchand (8th), Mohammed Ali (7th), Jude Gordon (9th) and Avesh Phagoo (5th). Missing is Gerard Persad (4th).
Photos courtesy: Trinidad Rifle Association at the 2016 Top Gun Handgun Shooting Championships at the Tucker Valley Range, Chaguaramas on Saturday, December, 3.
Stage Five winner Nigel Marchand (left) receives his trophy from Stacy Bailey at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Top Gun Handgun Shooting Championships. Marchand was eighth overall.