Santa Margarita Gun Club
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Directions to the 200-Series Ranges posted.

Regular Membership Tally as of 2019-01-10:

107 Military

24 Civilian


The following is most recent instructions for MCB Camp Pendleton base entry and DBIDS (valid 05/15/2019 through 07/15/2019):

Thank you for your submission, NEXT step after 4 business days, Wednesday  5/15/2019 or any day after, instruct your guests to check in at the Visitor Center (BLDG 20255T) to receive their access pass for the requested dates during operational hours. Sponsor, you are not required to be present in order for your guest to receive their pass, we have request in our system.

ALL ADULTS MUST RECEIVE AN ACCESS PASS, NOT JUST THE DRIVER! We are located in the back of the parking lot of the Main Gate off the I-5 in a triple wide trailer labeled VISITOR CENTER.

Per MARADMIN 595/18 and DoD Manual 5200.08 V3 (As of Jan 2 2019), driver licenses and identification cards marked not valid for federal purposes, federal limits may apply, or any other similar language may not be accepted by DoD for the purpose of unescorted access (i.e. to obtain a Visitor Pass or DBIDS Credential).

If your guest has an ID with similar verbiage, instruct them to bring along with their DL/State ID a passport or original Social Security Card and Birth Certificate.

If they are issued an Resident/Green Card please inform them that they are required to bring it in as well, no copies or photos on phones.

If they are driving on base, they must bring in current vehicle registration and current insurance for the vehicle to be permitted to enter base.

Are they driving a rental? They must have Liability insurance through the rental agency or provide us with a copy of their own insurance card.

If your guest needs access during the Visitor Centers closed hours (i.e. weekends/evenings) they will need to be escorted by a Military ID card holder.

Sponsor, don’t have four days to wait for your online sponsored visitor request to process; guests need access now? Sponsor, you can meet your guest at the Visitor Center and check them in for their pass OR you may escort up to two additional cars behind you, your guest will not need to have an access pass if you are planning to escort the guest on the base, “The black car behind me is with me”.

The Visitor Center hours are:

Monday-Friday 0730-1530
Wednesday     0745-1530

Office number: 760-763-8435


SMGC Inc. is proud to announce the appointment of Major Bedle USMC to the position of Executive Director, effective immediately. Major Bedle will be executing all official business for the Club and BoD with MCBCP henceforth.

The second appointment will be that of CWO IV Gunner, Chris Jones USMC to the position of Chief Operations Officer. Gunner Jones will be coordinating SMGC events and the requisite logistics with MCBCP for the future.

Lastly, SSgt. Wayne Gallagher will assume the post of Director of Operations. SSgt. Gallagher will be working with the Gunner to effectively manage RSO/OIC Training, submission of TARs (Training Area Requests) and etc. in support of operations.

July 27-28 Match Information Update

The July 27 Practical Rifle and July 28 Mid-Range Matches have been approved and are currently open for registration on Practiscore:

You will have to setup an account on Practiscore (its free) to register and pre-pay for these matches.

Fees are:

  • $10 for Military
  • $20 for Annual SMGC Members
  • $35 for Non-SMGC Members (daily membership forms must be completed at the range).

The deadline for registration for anyone needing base access is Thursday 7/18 at 9pm.

Regular SMGC members can register up to Friday, July 26 at 6pm.

2019 July EIC Match Report

The Santa Margarita Gun Club had its first EIC match at Camp Pendleton in quite some time. We have a new range there now. Range 214 in the Horno area. It is a very nice range and more secluded than our previous range.

It offers pistol, rifle and LR shooting.

Twenty-two (22) rifle shooters came out to join us in our inaugural rifle match there and they all rolled well with the “first time” shooting there surprises and discoveries. For example, who’d-a-thought white pasters stored in a conex on base for two years would cement themselves to the backers they are on but the black ones wouldn’t?

Eighteen (18) shooters were non-distinguished.

Kevin Cooper came out on top with a 477 and 9 to get a silver and is now, pending CMP approval, a Distinguished Rifleman.

Jason Van Curen earned a bronze and is now at 24 points and on the cusp of earning his DR medal. He shot a 472 with 11.

High Service Rifle shooter of the day was Gregory Brown with a 485 and 14.

High Match Rifle was Harry Harrison with a 483 and 14.

Thanks for coming out to shoot and thanks for everyones help.

– Jeff Lovat

More July 2019 Matches

Two additional July matches are now on the calendar:

  • July 27th (Saturday) – Practical Precision Rifle Match
  • July 28th (Sunday) – Mid-Range 3×500 (500 yards, not 600 yards)

The registration links are found on the Events page (be sure to click “Find out more” for the specific match).

27 June 2019 – Letter from the Club

SMGC Members,

We have some good news to report!  First things are progressing on the lease renewal, there have been a lot of ups and downs in the process, but it appears that we are getting consensus from the Base on what we do, why we do it and what we need to do it.

Currently, the contract administrator is expecting lease paperwork to be completed by the Navy and sent to the base for review shortly (2-3 weeks), fortunately the Base administration just had a great (in our minds) meeting with Gunner Jones and proposed a common sense solution for most of our issues.  This brings a lot of good things that help streamline our match operations, only a few impediments that we were already planning for, and gives us access to Ranges that are very rarely closed for maintenance of the impact area.

Thanks to Gunner Jones, Mr. Vaineharrison and Mr. Marshall for listening and finding a solution that accommodates our needs and provides additional training and competitive marksmanship opportunities for USMC personnel.  

So here are the backstory and details:

  1. Wilcox R103, will be closing permanently. In any case they are going to have to do a fair amount of work to it if were to be used again and planning, surveying and any work would only interfere (prevent) our use.
  2. The X-Ray impact area has been shrinking do to some activity and installations placed further down the canyon from R116 and R117.  Those ranges will continue to be used by the USMC, but calibers are restricted to 5.56 and 7.62.  300 Win Mag and 50 cal are authorized for military necessity only.  Hence the recent restrictions to our calibers allowed on R117A.
  3. MCCS has experienced great success since their relocation to R216. That move opened up their allowed calibers, facilitated improved placement of steel targets on the range at greater distances and easier parking. The attendance and participation of Marines at the range Friday thru Sunday has been outstanding and continues to grow. Its a clear demonstration of build it and they will come, and the Marine Corps preference to have this recreational activity provided on the Base.

So here is where we are headed:

  • We will utilize the following ranges (the 200 series are in the Camp Horno area):

    R117A – will be usable with the above mentioned caliber restrictions, and the current limitations on range transportation. Given what was offered below, we may not use it going forward other than for some emergency.
    R213 – 25 yard Pistol with turning targets.
    R214 – 200, 300 and 500 yard rifle, MidRange, XTC, EIC Rifle, GSM with calibers less than 50 cal. Parking allowed at the Range.
    R215A – Can be used for MidRange (600 yards) and  Long Range NRA up to 1200 Meters – paper targets only (think Electronic Targets on stands) with calibers less than 50 cal. Parking at adjacent R214 – an easy walk even with our gear.  We need to look at optimal positioning for target placement for MidRange and Long Range, but No Pits so e-targets only for our use.
    R218A – Practical Rifle and Long Range NRA up to 1200 Meters (Electronic Targets on stands) with calibers less than 50 cal.  The USMC snipers tell us this is the best range in the Marine Corps.  Parking is not as convenient as the rest, but immediately across the street from the range access road is Deer Park,  we hope to be parking there.

    The downside to this is that we need to get the electronic targets before we can conduct anything other than a MidRange or XTC match.  They are on order, and when I checked with Adam the manufacturer he had a problem with the latest batch of the circuit boards and was waiting for resolution before shipping our targets.  Hes was expecting a few week delay which should push our delivery into mid-July.
  • Equipment – All of our Conex Boxes will get sighted at R214 which will provide easy access to these ranges.  This will minimize the hassle that the Match directors are taking on by loading and transporting targets from the SOI area to R117 currently, and making the return trip after a long day or weekend at the range. So once again, everyone will be expected to pitch in loading and unloading targets from the conex boxes.
  • Scheduling – We continue to have the same priority as before.  We can request the range and let the principle scheduler know quarterly what we would like, but until we are 3 weeks out, and no USMC or reserve unit has requested the range, we will not be booked.  The great news here is that the chance of all 3 being used is very small so we simply have to flex to another range and conduct the match.
  • Calibers – These Ranges will allow us to conduct our matches safely within a Surface Danger Zone appropriate for the range of modern competitive calibers currently used in NRA and PRS matches.  We expect all 6mm, 6.5 mm and 30 calibers to be usable on these ranges.  ON Range 214, we will be restricted to certain target numbers for calibers other than 223. We do not believe this will be an issue in conducting a normal match. As you all are aware, and as we have mentioned at each recent event….. “Factory Loads Only”
  • DBIDs – as soon as we have a signed lease, we will be requesting as exemption from the 60 day DBIDS renewal.  Essentially we would like the same courtesy extended to the Golf Club and stables.

So for all we are planning on the following schedule: 

  • July 6 – CMP Rifle EIC at R214
  • July 27 – Practical Rifle at R218A
  • July 28 – MidRange Match and GSM at R214
  • August TBD – Pistol at R213
  • August 24/25 – Long Range at R215A
  • Sept 7/8 – Practical Rifle Clinic/Match
  • Sept TBD – MidRange at R214

27 July 2019 Practical Precision Rifle Match

On Saturday 27 July the Santa Margarita Gun Club will host a practical precision match. This style of match consists of shooters firing precision rifles at reactive steel targets ranging from 200-1100yds from various challenging positions and props under time constraints. This is a fast-paced exciting venue that challenges shooting fundamentals, target acquisition, time management and critical thinking. The match will allow participants to put their training to the test and is sure to challenge even the most experienced shooters. 

Shooters of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to come attend this event. Experienced shooters will be on-hand to help coach and instruct new shooters and run the stages at the match. 

For more details, get the Match Flyer in PDF.

Registration is at

Note: This match will take place at Range 218A.