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The SMGC is looking for volunteers for the World Police and Fire Games to help conduct the matches being hosted by the SMGC. Volunteers can work any combination of days of Aug 11, Aug 12, and Aug 13 and any help will be much appreciated.

If you can commit some of your time on any of aforementioned dates, please send an email to Harry Harrison indicating the day(s) you will be able to help. Then use the following link to register as Technical Support Personnel:

It is important to email Harry in order to coordinate the personnel for the event.


2017 SMGC BoD Election Results – [.docx] [.pdf]


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IMPORTANT: Effective 02/01/2016, non-military ID persons will not be able to enter the base by simply providing a Driver’s License. The person must also be sponsored.

Sponsorship for non-military match participants is provided by the Santa Margarita Gun Club when registering and providing Driver’s License information to the club by NOON (Pacific Time) on the Wednesday *BEFORE* the weekend of the match in question.

MCB Camp Pendleton Security Regulations require the match sponsor (SMGC) notify the appropriate Base agency of Non Department of Defense (DoD) persons participation in the Match on the Wednesday preceding the Matches. This notification is generated by the received match entry forms and intention to enter correspondence. DRIVER’S LICENSE NUMBERS AND STATE OF ORIGIN ARE PART OF THIS INFORMATION WHICH IS TURNED INTO THE BASE SECURITY. Therefore without this information, your entry onto MCB Camp Pendleton may be denied. Additionally, persons who have expired driver’s licenses will not be granted entry onto Camp Pendleton.

Please use the secure, encrypted online form to submit your updated DL information, in addition to your match registration.

All Electronic Entries for ALL Matches & Non-Firing Participants, must be done by NOON on WEDS before the Match otherwise Civilians will not placed onto the Base Access Roster and there by will NOT be allowed on Base.

2017 June 18 Across the Course and MITT Report

On Sunday following the Mid-Range match we had a group of instructors from SOI-West join us for an Across the Course and MITT practice match. In total we had 10 Marines join us with Colonel Holt’s full support. Joining us were Major Bedle, GySgt Flynn, SSgt’s Gallagher and Zappone, Sgt’s Thomas, Castillo, Villafane, Cpl Horesky, and Pvt Crookson.

The private was the ammo driver for the day and had nothing else to do, so he shot my rifle with ammo donated by Dave Whitsitt of US Lapua. Thank you very much Dave we are starting to put that to work!

The Marines were shooting their M27s with new optics on them so had to collimate the optics in the morning and then zero the rifles at 200 yards. Once we got thru that evolution we proceeded with the regular XTC match. Getting them some experience and zero’s out to the 600 yard line with 62 grain green tip ammo. By the late afternoon I was seeing 68 inches of wind drift with the green tip ammo from the 600 yard line with my rifle.

Thanks to Van for being the Medic for us. It was great to be able to tell a group of Marines that their Medic for the day was a 22 year Navy veteran, 9 of those years served as a corpsman with the Marines and 2 tours of duty in Viet Nam! John Hermsen, Chris Birchard and Mike Jones divided up the RSO and OIC responsibilities for the day.

While the wind came up and provided the normal challenges on R103, at least that kept us from getting too hot.

So the great quote for the day:

[Ken Letwin speaking to Aaron Perkins] “I came here today to beat you by one point.”

Unfortunately Ken lost by a point or two, but it was game on for both of them. It was

great to see the friendly competition and challenge thrown out to each of them.

June 2017 SMGC Work Party

The Santa Margarita Gun Club puts on a great venue for shooters from all over Southern California and beyond to enjoy. Of course after each shot sent down range we all expect to see a spotter, scoring disc, and tape over the last well placed shot. This wouldn’t happen without members pitching in to refurbish and replenish the supplies and targets we all shoot on. Today was such a day where members volunteered to give up a Saturday morning for the benefit of all participants. It was a “Making Lemonade Day” as Mike Jones put it. Our match this weekend was canceled due to fire break maintenance going on in the impact zone area. With all the new growth we’ve seen on base this year I’m sure it’s a seriously big job to keep Camp Pendleton safe from wildfire. Thanks to all the guys who were out there today doing just that!

Today’s service entailed cleaning up the club CONEX boxes on R116A, stocking and cleaning the pit service cans, correcting overgrowth, and rebuilding the targets we use on Range 117A. None of this would have happened without much of the same organization and controls you’d see on a day the club was hosting a live fire event. Mike Jones had to schedule and get approved our time on the range. We had to have a medic on hand and Van Texas was gracious to provide his presence to cover this duty. A big thanks to Van for coming out and being prepared to help any of us if required! Thanks to Dave Ellis and Mike Jones for providing the tools and directing the activities to get the most of our time on the range.

Today’s work party crew consisted of:
Mike Jones – OIC
John Hermsen
Marc Mittry
Gary Atkinson – RSO
Bill Baston
Dave Ellis
John Kountz
Dan Shapiro – Honorary LR for a day GSM guy
Van Texas – Medic
Simon Wagner – RSO


We got started promptly at 09:00hrs per Mikes’ directive. I managed to waltz in fashionably late at 09:15 and escaped photographic evidence of the transgression by the skin of my teeth. We left Dan Shapiro and John Hermsen at the CONEX boxes to work on the pit service cans and clear out old material that no longer served the club. Dave Ellis struck out with resolve to tame the tenacious outgrowth of mustard plants with his landscaping gear and the remainder of us went to the the pits at 116A to begin work on the targetry


One of the highlights of the morning – We all got a chance to check out Gary’s new (to him) F250. This rig was a ‘barn find’ of Gary’s – a real time machine! It’s going to serve him well no doubt about it.

In rebuilding the targets, job one is to shuck the faces and then extricate the staples. Here Bill and Mike dig at the barnacle like staples while Gary mixes up the glue

Here Mike Jones is giving Gary a lesson on the staple gun manual of arms. I can tell you that Gary’s eyes were glazed over right about now. The moment he heard ‘trigger’ he was done listening.

Gary completes a round of stapling until his gun is ‘all out’. John Hermsen is scoring, Marc Mittry is coaching. Mike Jones is at the ready with a reload.

Here we are preparing the cardboard to take the target. Did I mention the targets are divided in quadrants?

Clearly this takes some solid communication skills and a dose of luck. The four pieces of the target interleave and won’t tolerate a shift in order or misalignment.

A good foundation is where it starts. The first corner is critical, and when done right  you can count on the rest of the job going well.

Careful alignment of the quadrants ensures a round and smoothly matched X ring. Marc Mittry was supervising to make sure the ring wasn’t any bigger than permitted. Apparently us F-Class Pukes can’t be trusted!

As the targets were completed they were laid out in the lot to allow them some time to dry

True to his word, Mike Jones oversees the final load out right at noon as promised.

Thanks again to all who came out to help! I’m sure we’ll enjoy the fruit of our labor on the 25th/26th LR match.

2017 May 20-21 NRA Midrange Regional 3×600 Awards Ceremony

The annual Santa Margarita Gun Club NRA Midrange Region Match was a huge success. Thank you to all competitors and staff for making it so! We are especially thankful to those who helped out to make it all happen. The club would like to recognize the following people for their extensive efforts!

  • Harry Harrison MGySgt, Wife Cindy, and son Zach for their tireless efforts to make this and every other event the best it can be
  • Ken Letwin as statistician and for providing assistance to Harry in running this big event
  • Marc Mitry and Dave Ellis for coming out on Friday to set up for the match
  • Dr John Childs for making the long journey down to the match to provide us with Medical staffing
  • Paul Guy and Mike Nies for providing Medical staffing for the event
  • RSOs Mike Jones, Walter Lange, David Ellis, and Simon Wagner

Below are the various match winners listed by award as presented by Harry Harrison MGySgt our Match Director

Match Winner – Oliver Milanovic

2nd Place Overall – Mike Kelley

3rd Place Overall & first Place F-Class – Allen Thomas

High Match / Palma – James Cobb

High Senior – Doug Frerichs

First Place High Master Class – Marc Mitry

High F T/R – Lee Davis, MCPO

High Service Rifle – Ken Letwin

High F-Open – Mike Jones

First Place Marksman Class – David Ellis

First Place Sharpshooter Class – Jeff Lovat

First Place Expert Class – Janusz Dabrowski

First Place Master Class – Michael Nies

In addition to the overall placement awards we also recognized individual match winners of each individual match over the two day event. As you might expect, overall winners tend to sweep these awards as well, but Ken Letwin did manage to best Oliver Milaonvic by a single point for his Division Trophy!

1st Marine Aircraft Wing Trophy – Oliver Milanovic

1st Marine Division Match Winner – Oliver Milanovic

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Trophy – Oliver Milanovic

2nd Marine Division Match Trophy – Ken Letwin

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Trophy – Oliver Milanovic

Saturday afternoon was host to a team match after the three individual matches had been completed. The late afternoon match was tricky with the wind in full effect. This put the match outcome equally on the shoulders of both the shooter and the coach. Thanks to all who stayed to compete after a long day in the sun. It was a good race with only 15 points separating the top three teams. In the end our Match Rifle team from Arizona took the Medal – well done guys!

Team Match Winners – The Desert Sharpshooters

The Three Overall Match Winners on ‘The Podium’: Allen Thomas – Bronze, Oliver Milanovic – Gold, and Mike Kelley – Silver


Here are some additional photos from the event

Our shooting venue, Wilcox Range 103

Harry Harrison and Ken Letwin hard at work checking us all in

We deployed the clubs new shelters for the first time and struggled with some environmental challenges on the first day. We had one of three standing on Saturday afternoon

The lucky shaded few!

F-Class shooters are welcome to shoot in any Mid-Range match and have an opportunity to compete against other F-Class competitors for awards over the two day event

The turn out for F-Class at the regional was solid with 18 shooters across the two disciplines of F T/R and F-Open

The Team match at the end of the day put both shooters and coaches to the test. We had five teams competing of which three were composed of F-class shooters. As seen above, the Desert Sharpshooters Match Rifle team dominated beating the second place team by 11 points.

At the conclusion of the Saturday shooting events the Club put the talented Duane Fitzgerald in charge of a delicious championship meal. Duane cooks likes he shoots, exceptionally!

We had ribs, beans, and slaw that were top notch

On our way home we saw that a fire was in progress at the Northern end of the base. This continued into the next day with heavy radio traffic on the base radio dedicated to managing it.

On Sunday morning we took valuable lessons learned the day before to construct the line shelter with some reinforcement

Canting the shelters forward allowed us to maintain shade on the line throughout the day

Dave Ellis came to the rescue with a fish tape to fix a ‘wounded’ cover from the previous days mayhem. Talk about being prepared!

Gary and his neighbor Joe deep in strategic discussion. Joe is not a firing participant in the match, but comes to help Gary and anyone else he can. Joe goes out of his way to haul gear or set up the range. His above and beyond participation in the club is very much appreciated!

Some photos from the line on day two


The crew from Arizona

Oliver Milanovic and his analog stopwatch marking time and X-ring hits

Unpacking the coveted awards for the match

The awards ceremony back at ‘The Thunderdome’

Eagerly awaiting the final results

Harry and his Wife Cindy prep the awards for the ceremony

The team who brought you this event – Harry Harrison MGySgt, Ken Letwin, and Dave Ellis.


2017 May 20-21 NRA Midrange Regional 3×600 Results

The results for the 2017 May 20-21 NRA Midrange Regional 3×600 have been posted on the Match Results page.

Summary of winners:

  • Oliver Milanovic – 1st Overall
  • Mike Kelly – 2nd Overall
  • Allen Thomas – 3rd Overall and 1st F-Class

The club thanks all who participated, both competitors and match staff.

Wounded Warrior Training Camp

Wounded Warrior Training Camp – Special Delivery!

In case you didn’t know Harry is dedicating a solid week of support and coaching at the Wounded Warrior Training Camp on MCB Camp Pendleton. This is the training camp for the Marines leading up to the DOD Wounded Warrior Games in Chicago during July.

The Shooting Coaches are (Left to Right) John Flores (GySgt, USMC Ret), Harry Harrison (MGySgt, USMCR Ret), Phil Bryant (SSgt, USMC Ret), and Mike Rios (GySgt, USMC Ret).

My wife and some of her friends made batches of cookies for all the competitors, we will see how well they get shared. Thank you to Anne Galvan, Mary Brown and Tiffany Jones.

As a reward, Tiffany got a little training from Harry here is her first group with the Olympic Air Pistol!

For those of you who haven’t seen this shooting, the rifle target is shown below the 10 ring is a dot! All shooting is from 10 meters, and yes it is hard.


The Pistol Target