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Erik Cortina wins 2023 South African Open Target Rifle Championship

Congratulations to Lapua’s Erik Cortina winning the 2023 South African Open Target Rifle Championship with a grand aggregate score of 687-65x. Cortina competed in the F-Open division.

The 86th South African Open Target Rifle Championships were held March 10-18th at the Genl De Wet Shooting Range in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The multi-day individual match had some tough conditions with twitchy, strong winds and rain delays.

Erik, fresh off his first-place finish at the Berger Southwest Nationals, used Lapua 6.5 PRC cases necked up to 7mm in his 7mm PRCW. He also took 2nd in the President’s Cup, 4th in the Jack Mitchely Cup and 11th in the Dalrymple Cup.

“Traveling ten thousand miles and competing on an unfamiliar range is always nerve racking, but it’s comforting when the preparation pays off and things fall into place,” Erik commented. Erik is currently in South Africa with the US F-Class team competing in the 2023 F-Class World Championships.  Visit to stay up-to-date on the US team’s accomplishments.