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Ladies and Gentlemen and fellow High Power Rifle Shooters:

As you may already know, SMGC is going through a process which was brought up by Base Range Control with the ammunition expenditures. We have a restriction of current Military ammo usage. SMGC did put in for waivers to allow the other calibers less than 8mm along with all of the ballistic information they would possibly need to ensure the ammunition used in our competitions would fall under the current SDZ’s (Surface Danger Zones).

As of this date (May 17th) we (SMGC) have not received any additional information on the lifting of this caliber restriction, we are currently under by the Base Range Control.

Therefore all ammo usage for the Mid-Range Regional Match must be either 5.56mm or 7.62mm for this Regional. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you all. We still have some excellent Trophies for this Tournament and some limited merchandise to award out.

We do plan on having our “Club Chef” and fellow F-Class Shooter, Duane Fitzgerald providing a meal for you all after the Matches on Saturday. If you were here last year, you will again enjoy his cooking efforts.

As a reminder, please bring your forms with you to the range along with your payment. SMGC Annual Members: Please check & bring your 2017 membership cards with you as well. If you didn’t renew your club membership for 2017, you will pay the Daily Membership prices.

There will be pullers at this match for those who signed up for one. Pullers are $25.00 per/day, per person, for Individual Matches.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing you there on RANGE 103 (WILCOX Range) on Saturday and Sunday at 0700 hours.

Semper Fi,

Harry D. Harrison
MGySgt, USMCR (Ret.)
High Power Rifle Director

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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:

https://wpfg2017.fusesport.com/registration/526/wpfgwebsite/

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

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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.

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

May 06-07, 2017 Long Range Match Report

We had to change up our plans due to the predicted storm over the weekend. Originally we planned to shoot 1000 yards on Saturday and 600 yard Sunday so everyone could get some practice before the Mid-Range Regional on May 20 and 21. With the near 100% chance of rain Saturday night I decided to run the 600 yard match on Saturday while we could get down the range and then do the 1000 yard match on Sunday if the rain held off. We had 12 brave souls show up to shoot on Saturday as well as Van Texas a our medic. Thanks to Van, Marc and Gary for their efforts as Medics and RSOs for Saturday. Also a big thank you to Marine Cpl Kenneth Ring and Juan Enriquez for their duties as pit pullers. You guys were a big help and great pit service!

Since Simon wasn’t present and I was running the match, we did not get any pictures. Unlike Simon’s previous lush green images and fording the lake/swamp near the pits from April 9, the range is drying out and other than a single large Mustard plant in Mark Roth’s target line the rest of the range was pretty well brown and recently mowed.

We had on and off drizzle which made a slight mess, but no soaking during our 60 shots for record. Lee Davis won the match in FTR shooting his 223 with a 594-34X. Fantastic shooting Master Chief! Marc Mittry was second overall with a 593-26X. Rounding out F-Class, Gary Atkinson was second with a 592-30X, Mike Jones finished 3rd with a 592-22X.

At the end of the shoot, a quick check of the forecast and I decided to cancel the match for Sunday. Fortunately, I woke up to wet streets and rain in San Clemente this morning (Sunday) and feel vindicated. I would have hated to give up the day if there was no rain.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and helping with the range setup and breakdown. Scores for the day are shown below.

  • Gary Atkinson FTR 592-30X
  • William Baston FTR 573-14X
  • Lee Davis FTR 594-34X
  • Mike Jones F-OPEN 592-22X
  • Marc Mittry Match 593-26X
  • Randy Nations FTR 525-4X
  • Mark Roth F-OPEN 589-18X
  • Kerry Stottlemyer FTR 545-6X
  • Eugene York FTR 570-13X

Match Report – Modified Infantry Trophy Team – 30 APR 2017

Kick off or Count down to the Gunners Cup?

Sunday after the EIC matches, SMGC held its inaugural “MITT” (Modified Infantry Trophy Team) Competition. This was the Individual’s work up towards the “Gunners Cup”.

We had our usual crew of officials: Doctor Child as Medic, Harry Harrison as Match Director, Brad Losey and Dave Ellis as RSO/OIC. We had 13 Marine Combat Marksmanship Instructors from SOI (School of Infantry – West) and their Commanding Officer, Colonel Jeffrey Holt as participants, as well as 4 civilians including the Club’s President and Long Range Director (at least he (I) have a valid excuse for my score).

So with a little bit of a late start, I believe the first shot down range was at 1600. We were running a modified version so all of the participants could get familiar with the general course of fire, sequence and timing. Also the Marines don’t typically shoot from 600 yards so they needed the opportunity to get zero’s for that yard line.

The MITT course basically went like this with 110 shots for record: We started at the 600 Yard line.

  • 600 yards – Prone (echo silhouette): 2 minutes for 5 sighter shots. String 1 – 10 rounds in 50 seconds, String 2 – 10 rounds in 50 seconds for record. Clear rifles and go to condition 4 (Chambers empty, Magazine Removed, bolts forward, ejection port closed and safety on.
    Move forward to the 500 yard line.
  • 500 yards – Prone (echo silhouette): 2 minutes for 5 sighter shots. String 1 – 10 rounds in 50 seconds, String 2 – 10 rounds in 50 seconds for record. Clear rifles and go to condition 4.
    Move forward to the 300 yard line.
  • 300 yards – Sitting (dog silhouette): 2 minutes for 5 sighter shots. String 1 – 10 rounds in 50 seconds, String 2 – 10 rounds in 50 seconds for record. Clear rifles and go to condition 4.
    Move forward to the 300 yard line.
  • 200 yards – Standing (dog silhouette): 2 minutes for 5 sighter shots. String 1 – 10 rounds in 50 seconds, String 2 – 10 rounds in 50 seconds for record. Clear rifles and go to condition 4.
    Finished, now head for the pits.

Sounds easy right? You Are Wrong! Harry sped up the evolution as we moved forward and people got the hang of it. It was fun but by the time I got to the 200 yard line I couldn’t hold the rifle on the dog silhouette. The first 10 shots were a ZERO, OUCH! I did put rounds on the silhouette in the second string, but ouch all the same. So each course of fire or relay would take about 30 minutes start to finish when this runs in real time.

The actual “Gunner’s Cup” will be a (4) four man Team competition with (1) Team Leader/Coach. Each team will have a “Bank” of targets, 6 in all to shoot at. Two shooters (Straight Away’s) will shoot onto one target each and the other two shooters (aka: Swings) will have to fire onto two targets at each yard line. There will be NO SIGHTERS in the Match, HITS are the ONLY thing that counts.

So, what did I learn:

  1. Bring ALL your magazines loaded, for each yard line.
  2. Bring a belt and magazine pouches.
  3. Shoot off a bipod at 600 and 500 if allowed. It will make these next stages easier in my opinion.
  4. Be mobile! Skip the spotting scope bring binoculars.
  5. Know your zeros at each yard line.
  6. Your match gun might need the weights removed since you have to drag it across the range.
  7. Thank GOD I didn’t have to shoot at two targets at the same time!
  8. You don’t have to have a semi-auto! Sergeant Pike demonstrated bolt action in use!

Thanks to Colonel Holt for bringing the SOI Marines to the match and opening the armory to accommodate their needs for rifles and ammo. We definitely plan to host another of these training matches within the next few months and again another in the late Summer. Harry wants to target holding the “Gunners Cup” in Late October or Early November. So keep your eyes on the website for more details.

Dinner (ribs, cole slaw and baked beans) )was provided by the Club’s Chef – Duane Fitzgerald, as score were being tabulated by the Assistant Match Director Brad Losey.

Match Winner: Evan Wandry (USMC) – 159 (center)
Second Place: Brian Linhares (USMC) – 158 (left)
Third Place: Tyrel Pike (USMC) – 156 (right)

Final Scores for Competitors:

2017 April Long Range 3x1000yd Match 4-9-2017

The theme of our match this month is undoubtedly “What was old is new again”. I’m not just talking about the continued bloom of green that carpets the range, but the events of the day as well.We had new participants, new roles assumed by members, new target faces, new occupy procedures, and new shooters too. We had a great turn out with 21 participants total and 16 of them shooting for score. A number of people came out to observe and I can tell you from first hand experience they got a good show from the wind this day. The challenge laid at our muzzles by the unique geometry and orientation of Range 117A is daunting for sure. However, when I tell you that the 2nd place F T/R rifleman (3rd overall) used a 5.56mm bolt gun and beat thirteen 30 caliber competitors in doing so, you can certainly agree that with dedication and patience anything is possible!

This match began like any other with arrival at the Range 116 parking lot. Those of us early enough were treated to a glorious sunrise (Yes, I reclaimed my title of first to arrive for those who may have been concerned). Mike Jones our match director was there to take your money in exchange for the ‘E-Ticket’ – your score card – that scheduled you for what was a truly thrilling day. Equally important John Hermsen coached me on my first time through completing the ORM (Operational Risk Management) document and preparations of the Expenditure Report per the roster of shooters on hand.

My next task was to gain permission to occupy the range, and I joined John Hermsen at the gate of Range 117A to call LONGRIFLE and request the clearance to start our day. While I had just recently passed my RSO training, this match was the first time I would be on everyone’s books (The Base and the clubs) and actually available to perform such duties. We were quickly able to establish contact and took control of the range as OIC and RSO. We were granted our occupy status, and just like that I was the brand new OIC. Also new this morning was the adaptive method we adopted to safely ferry shooters and their gear to the range. First off, gear was strapped to the Toyota FJ locomotive bomb cart train for an unattended trip to the firing point. Being that riflemen are resourceful and prepared it was no problem to secure all the gear to the flat beds for safe delivery to the firing line.

Next, with timetable precision members were escorted to the firing point in the comfort of the larger crew carrying vehicles owned by some of the staff. This carefully managed procedure ensured that at no time we had more than two vehicles on the range but got everyone to the line while keeping their arms and legs inside the ride at all times! I can tell you right now that pit changes executed with Harry’s air conditioned Excursion were far more luxurious than pit changes of the past. Most of us agreed that the only thing that would make it better was ice cream – but Gary Atkinson wasn’t quite able to come through on that one. Our Corpsman Van Texas and his evacuation vehicle are seen dutifully on station. As always everyone’s safety is important. It’s reassuring to know we all have access to top notch medical care right on the firing line!

Another very welcomed change, we arrived to a well groomed firing point with much of the plant life landscaped into manageable form. If you have it, take a minute to look back to last months report here for a dramatic change in scenery!

With everyone to the line setup begins. Here we’re just about ready but are not moving rifles until the pits are sealed to ensure the safety of the target pullers.

Down in the pit area the new target repair centers Gary and Joe put together for the club did wonders for increasing speed and accuracy in scoring targets. You can see one of the repair centers below against the wall near the bomb cart.  These were suitable for framing, and I know Gary’s was especially as he took first place in the F T/R class and second overall!

One of the many great things about shooting on Camp Pendleton is the scenery. This morning we got some very intriguing cloud cover rolling in. It resembled the tide coming in or perhaps the rings of Saturn.  While it was beautiful to look at it was also bringing with it some challenging wind conditions to shoot in. While these winds humble many we all enjoy rising to the occasion and learning from the experience. It helps you understand your true grasp of the sport and certainly helps you appreciate those days when conditions are less ambitious! At least the impacts down here were finally becoming more visible again with the drying of the floor of the valley.

Enough with sightseeing and down to business now,  The riflemen set about their task of closing in on the ever elusive 5 inch X-ring 1000 yards away. In relay one, the morning was still quiet and the scores reflected it. However after returning from pit duty around noon the conditions were giving everyone trouble and caused a dip in most everyone’s scores.

All of us struggled to keep up with the let offs and pick ups of the surging winds.

The flags below show a uniform pattern for the moment, but by no means did they keep this nice arrangement! Stay sharp, you’re on 117A!

Even on our ‘Big End’ of the range, shooters find difficulty in beating the wind with F-Open calibers of 300 Win Mag

Sometimes repairs are necessary too. Another ‘New’ event for the day, my coveted Stinger Missile case lends a hand as a sturdy workbench for a rail section that is misbehaving on this fully safed rifle (note the bolt is out).

Today we were also visited by Range Control to audit our occupation of Range 117A. I’m happy to report that we passed our inspection and that our inspector was quick and efficient in giving us the green light to continue with our training exercise. While we take a pause for that inspection, one can’t help but admire the quality and pride of workmanship seen in each and every station along the firing line. What a great place to come out and see how that next piece of gear you were thinking of buying is used under real world conditions. The cutting edge hardware seems to have felled the surround grass just by proximity alone!

After Inspection we go right back to it. As is typical of the day at 117A the magnitude of the wind grows and with luck it’s fickle directional vector starts to take a set.

Gary and Bill work the wind at the small end of the range

Harry and Kamran score for Walter and Jordan

The club caters to the safe involvement of any shooter of any skill level and encourages anyone who is interested to come out and give it a try. Here we see our time honored shooting champion Harry Harrison coaching his son Zach on the finer points of long range shooting. Harry’s entire family participates and gives back to the club and our sport on a regular basis, thanks so much to all of guys on Team Harrison!

If I had only gotten to reading wind flags at Zach’s age, just think of all the experience I’d have under my belt by now. We’ve seen this before and it’s certainly where champions come from!

As the day comes to a close we pack up our gear and pick up our trash. In doing so John Hermsen demonstrates his unbounded versatility once again. This time as Tactical Barista. Meanwhile Mark Roth our match champion looks on knowing he could empty each of those cups individually with his rifle at 1000 yards. The rest of us will settle for drinking them dry.

It is my honor to especially thank the following people for their contributions and participation in our club’s event today:

  • Our Military participants: MCPO Davis, SSgt Sadaghiani, Sgt Cubo, Cpl Suebing, CPO Texas, MGySgt HArrison
  • Wounded Warrior: Sgt Jorge Toledo (Ret)
  • First Class Limousine Service: Harry Harrison
  • Medic: Van Texas

And without further delay here are the scores for the single day event.

SMGC Long Range 4/9/17 Aggregate of 3 Matches  
Range 117A 3x1000 LRClassScoreX
LarryAkinFTR1813
GaryAtkinsonFTR56711
WilliamBastonFTR5171
JohnCrockettFTR3422
JanuszDabrowskiFTR5424
LeeDavisFTR5556
SamHoskinsF-OPEN5281
MikeJonesFTR1866
WalterLangeFTR5498
JonathanOcabFTR5097
MarkRothF-OPEN57216
KamranSadaghianiF-OPEN3706
KerryStottlemyerFTR5033
WilliamTuschFTR5406
SimonWagnerFTR5334
IkeUrbanikF-OPEN4071

Additional Photos:

Range Records Page

SMGC Members and Guests,

We have recently compiled a list of Range Records that is now posted a page on the club website. This will give everyone the information of what its going to take to make “The List”. All of these are outstanding scores that have been accumulated over the years.

The photo below is Steve Blair’s 200-11X from August of 2014.

I am sure that I may have missed some accomplishments and want to let everyone know it is not my intention to exclude anyone, but our records are spotty in places. If you have shot a score that should be posted give me a call or reach out and let me know. With these written down at this point in time its going to be far easier going forward to keep these current.

For the Long Range Records I went thru our published data as far back as 2012, but with 3 match directors over the years and incomplete records I may have missed something.

For the Mid-Range Matches I went through all of the 2015 and 2016 data. If you know of a score that should be posted from an earlier year let me know.

Great shooting to everyone on this list!

Mike Jones