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IMPORTANT: The 1000 point aggregate and EIC match dates have been swapped. The 1000 point aggregate will now be on Sunday, Sep 25. The EIC matches will be on Saturday, Sep 24. This is due to possible airspace issues later in the day on Sep 24. Please read the CPO Sep 19 Bulletin (PDF) for critical match date and time information.

The SMGC is open to any and all volunteer help for the Camp Pendleton Open. If you can attend as a non-shooting volunteer, please contact the club ASAP.


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.

2016 September 10 NRA Mid-Range 3×600 Results

The 2016-09-10 NRA Mid-Range 3×600 results are now available on the Match Results page.

The overall match winner for was Duane Fitzgerald with 592-22x.

The SMGC would also like to thank the Wounded Warrior Battalion for participating in Mid-Range event as well as all the club members that helped host the WWB with rifles, ammo, and coaching.

September 2016 – SMGC Hosts Wounded Warrior Battalion

On Saturday, September 10, five Marines and support personnel from Camp Pendleton’s Wounded Warriors Battalion participated in a 600 yard, Mid-Range Shooting Match at the Wilcox Range Complex (R103) aboard Base.


The Match, conducted by the Santa Margarita Gun Club Inc. (SMGC), was arranged so that the Wounded Warrior participants would shoot with, and be coached by, nationally recognized Mid and Long Range Competitors.


Rifles and ammunition were provided by SMGC to the Wounded Warriors. In addition, SMGC hosted several Active Duty Marines at their first Mid-Range Match ever, with rifles and ammo provided by


On Sunday, a Long Range Match (1000 yards) was held at Range 117 with one of the Wounded Warriors from the previous day joining us for that event. He was shooting 308 Winchester and 284 Winchester rifles at 1000 yards, no easy feat! This event required the same discipline and control as the Air-Rifle events they typically participate in, with the the added complexity of the particularly vexing wind calls at 1000 yards; sometimes as much as 50” left or right of the Target to allow for the wind, with the Bull’s Eye being a 5” circle!

As Marines, the ability to participate in a Precision Rifle Match was particularly rewarding for them as it allowed them to feel the recoil, hear the report, and smell the powder burning again. The group included: Coach Phil Bryant, Mike Rios, Jenae Piper, John Flores and Ron Gomez (Battalon Physical Therapist). The Wounded Warrior squad was composed of the Wounded Warrior Regiment, Battalion West Camp Pendleton’s, Air Rifle and Pistol Team members and coaches.

Based on the enthusiasm of the participants and coaches, further Mid-Range Matches, including a potential Three Gun Match, are being evaluated.

For further information please contact: Mr. John Hermsen, President/CRSO via the SMGC Contact Form.

06 – 07 August 2016 Long Range Match Report

We were able to conduct a Long Range Match this past weekend and were greeted by overcast and relatively cool temperatures for early August.

Thank you to Van Texas and Rich Elliott for Medic Services for the weekend, John Hermsen, Kamran Sadaghiani, and Jerry McDonough for RSO/OIC duties.

We had a good day on Saturday with moderate winds for R117. We had 4 enlisted Marines join us for shooting on Saturday.

Thanks to Rich Elliott, Mark Roth, Gary Atkinson, Kamran Sadaghiani and Duane Fitzgerald for bringing rifles and ammo for the Marines.

We also found all of the wind flag locations and had substantially improved coverage of the range on Saturday.

Sunday, 12 shooters showed up and with an additional flag added to the mix we were in fantastic shape. From here on, Gary and Duane should have us well covered on the flag locations. It seemed like the wind was a bit more shifty on Sunday. I started shooting in 2MOA left conditions, shot thru a series of boils and ended up the string in 2MOA right conditions. I know it got tougher from there based on the afternoon scores.

I think the outstanding performance for the weekend goes to Bill Tusch for shooting a 194-9 in his final string on Saturday in challenging conditions, everyone around was listening to Lee scoring him “another bleeping X”. Good shooting Bill!

Scores for the weekend:

  • Duane Fitzgerald 1116-18
  • Charlie Wallace 1112-20
  • Gary Atkinson 1112-13
  • Bill Baston 1112-11
  • Simon Wagner 1081-12
  • Kamran Sadaghiani 1058-8
  • Jerry McDonough 583-24
  • Mark Roth 582-14
  • Martin Tardif 581-17
  • Marc Mittry 576-20
  • William Tusch 558-14
  • Lee Davis 551-6
  • Janusz Dabrowski 539-3
  • Amante Tordil 511-14
  • Jonathan Ocab 511-2
  • James Jiao 505-2

See you all in September

Mike Jones.

25 June 2016 Mid-Range Match Report

The match results for the June 25th Mid-Range match are now available on the Match Results page.

The top three scores were:

  • Match Winner – Julianne Roth – 579-21
  • Second Place – Marc Mittry – 579-16
  • Third Place – James Minturn Sgt, USMCR – 579-10

2016 June 11 and June 12 Long Range Match Report

Thanks to the very large group of participants at this months match.

Saturday we had 24 shooters, including seven Marines and one Naval Special Warfare trainee as guests at the range. We also had 2 women shooting with us and one baby tarantula that kept try to climb onto to my shooting mat, thankfully, it was gently removed and relocated by Jessica who is working on a Masters in Biology.

Sunday was down to 14 shooters in very gloomy and wet conditions.

Thank you to Mark Roth, Walter Lange, Duane Fitzgerald, John Hermsen, Van Texas, Rich Elliott, and Mike Jones for bringing and extra rifle and ammunition for Saturday’s 1000 yard match. donated 308 Federal Gold Medal Match ammo for the Marines that brought rifles to the range. I think it was helpful for the guys to have the opportunity to try an number of different guns that are setup for this particular style of shooting. They had the opportunity to shoot bolt actions in 308 Win, 260 Remington, 6.5X47, 6mm BR and 284 Win and could see the difference in wind deflection amongst the calibers.

Multiple Marksmanship pins were earned! Some of you need to claim them at the next match.

  • Robert Sullivan – Gold
  • William Tusch – Gold
  • Charlie Wallace – Silver
  • Duane Fitzgerald – Silver
  • John Encarnacion – Silver
  • Julianne Roth – Bronze
  • Janusz Dabrowski – Bronze
  • Kamran Sadaghiani – Bronze
  • William Baston – Bronze

High Scores for Saturday:

  • 1st – Duane Fitzgerald 576-8
  • 2nd – Charlie Wallace 568-14
  • 3rd – John Encarnacion 559-11 (Mark Roth’s rifle and ammo)

High Scores for Sunday

  • 1st – Duane Fitzgerald 582-14
  • 2nd – Mark Roth 581-19
  • 3rd – Rich Elliott 563-5

Overall Match (Saturday and Sunday)

  • 1st – Duane Fitzgerld – 1158-22
  • 2nd – Bill Baston – 1108-23
  • 3rd – William Tusch – 1081-17

Congratulations and Great Shooting guys!

Thanks to Van Texas and Rich Elliott for the necessary Medic services, John Hermsen as OIC, and Dave Ellis as RSO on Sunday.

We will continue to meet and stage from the Range 116 Parking Lot for all future shoots. This seemed to work fairly well Saturday as we were still able to get the range set up, Safety Brief completed, squadding and the first round down range at 9:15! It was going so well, I want to note, that Van did not even have the opportunity to provide encouragement to “hurry up and get shooting!” Thank you to our Marine pit pullers for the help in getting the pits set up and torn down. Sunday we were torn down and cleared off the range and parking by 1:15 or 1315 for the military folk.

Mike Jones
SMGC Long Range Director