Santa Margarita Gun Club
Promoting safe, competitive shooting sports for active and retired military, civilians, and juniors.

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The Santa Margarita Gun Club has executed the documents with the Government, and is once again in full operational status!

DBIDS changes will be coming soon and be good for one year, stand by for more information.

As you may,  or may not know,  SMGC operations have changed to the Whiskey Impact Area and the Horno Area specifically.

A work party in preparation of the resumption of activities is necessary and demands maximum effort on September 28th, please make plans to attend.


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.

SMGC Work Party 09/2019 Announcement

Friends and Members of the Santa Margarita Gun Club:

As many of you know, SMGC has been without a Licensing Agreement since September 2017.  We finally got our NEW Licensing Agreement signed recently and it is now time to get our house in order completely.  The Officers, Board Members and a few select individuals of this club have worked very hard to get the club back and running.  The club’s future plans are going to be looking great once we get our house in order.

All of the club’s range assets and conex boxes have been moved onto the R213 and R214 complex.  The move itself has shifted all of the contents within those conex boxes around dramatically.  This,  along with the 2 years of lack of use and various rodents having made nests inside of them means, these boxes are in need of immediate attention by all club members if we are to get our regular monthly matches under way !!!!!   

In order to start our 2020 Shooting Season off correctly, the first of two much needed work parties has been approved by the base.  The Board of Directors are requesting ALL of the club members to clear their personal calendars and make it to this first work party in order to get the conex boxes and their contents squared away.

Since SMGC is a Mutual Beneficial Organization and one of the club’s membership requirements of each member is to donate a minimum of 6 hours per year to participate in the club’s work parties. EVERY CLUB MEMBER is responsible to help out in this task. 
If we can get EVERY Available person to come out and donate a few hours of your time we can get this portion of the much needed club work party done very quickly and within a few hours.  There is an old saying, “With many hands makes small work”.

So this is what is planned for the club’s Work Party No. 1. (General Cleaning and Inventory)

Saturday September 28, 2019

START TIME0800 (8:00 AM) 

END TIME1500 (3:00 PM)

  • a.  Removal of all contents within the Conex Boxes (Five conex boxes in total)  2 on R213 (Pistol Range) and 3 on R214 (Rifle Range)
  • b.  All Conex Boxes floors swept or blown out and all materials/contents cleaned
  • c.  Materials Organized and Inventoried
  • d.  Target Frames examined and determined if new Target backing is needed on them or note. 
  • e. Target Frames separated into different stacks: (By Yard lines and by)  Electronic, New, Usable, Un-serviceable
  • f.   Paper Targets organized and placed into protective containers 
  • g.  Range Ammo Cans cleaned out and resupplied
  • h.  INVENTORY MADE:    
    • 1. All Items inventoried – Usable Items kept, Un-usable items discarded   
    • 2. Items which need to be re-stocked listed so they can be re-ordered
  • i.   Conex Contents moved back into the respective Conex Boxes and Organized for ease of use   
    • Conex Box No. 1  – PRS (R214) 
    • Conex Box No.2  – XTC / GSM (R214)
    • Conex Box No.3  – Mid Range / Long Range  (R214)
    • Conex Box No.4  – Pistol (TAN Conex Box on  R213) 
    • Conex Box No.5  – Overstock Items and Items in need of repair. (Old Green One on R213)

Work Party participants should bring the following Items:

  • Work Gloves (Personal Use)
  • Mask to cover breathing (Personal Use)
  • Safety Glasses (Personal Use)
  • Water/refreshments/ice chests/food

If any members can commit to bringing some of these Items and/or also donated some items to make things go faster and easier it would be greatly appreciated: PLEASE CONTACT ME DIRECTLY IF YOU CAN PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS.

(Use of Only – Items)

  • Air Blower 
  • Air Compressor 
  • Generator 
  • Extension Cords
  • Power Strips
  • Brooms Label Maker 
  • Circular Saws

(Donated Items)

  • Rags 2″ x 4″ wood  
  • 2″ x 6″ wood   
  • 2″ x 2″ x 8′ Wood 
  • 1/2″ and/or  5/8″ plywood Sheets (in fair to great condition)
  • 2″ Screws (1 large box)
  • The Wood products are in order to fix the stairs in the pits and for Conex flooring/Shelves and future overhead cover between the conex boxes on R214.
  • Trash Bags (Large) and ties  (Donated)
  • Cardboard boxes or Clear Plastic Boxes for storage of loose items  (Donated)
  • Spray Paint Cans:  Colors Requested:  Red, White, Blue, Yellow, Black and Florescent  Orange/Green  (Donated)
  • Zip Lock Bags (Large/Small)  (Donated)

IF SOMEONE IS UNABLE TO PHYSICALLY PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE WORK PARTY,  Please contact me directly.  The club is also in need of personnel to update the club’s website material for each Discipline.  We also need an Attorney to review the club’s ByLaws and update with the necessary changes already made.  So if you’re better with your mind than body, WE CAN STILL USE YOUR Talent and HELP!

The other Club’s Work Party No. 2. (Target Frame Re-build & Target Build) for the club’s Electronic Targets and Normal Paper Targets) will be held on a date: TBD – To Be Determined.

Thanks ahead of time.  Semper Fidelis

Harry D. Harrison 
MGySgt, USMCR (Retired)
MCDSA Board of Governors
Senior Officer, Fountain Valley P.D. (Retired)
SMGC Vice President, Board of Directors

August 2019 CMP EIC Pistol Match Report and Results

What a great day for shooting this past Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Camp Pendleton.

We had a very large turn out for the pistol EIC matches.Perfect weather.

We had people come from out of state, juniors, women, one of the most diverse crowds I’ve seen in a very long time and that’s good for our sport.

Thanks to the Marines who operated the turning targets at 25 yards and everyone who worked together to make the match occur.

Most importantly, for the first time in a long time, as this pistol shooting is tough, we had three people get “legs” or more officially, points toward their goal of becoming a Distinguished Pistol Marksman.

In centerfire pistol Harry Hall got eight points for shooting a 260.4

In rimfire pistol we had 4 people who shot good enough to have earned points, but only two legs were available.

Marc Lerwick came out on top with a 274.7 and earned 8 points and already double distinguished and on his way to triple distinguished!!!!

Gy Sgt Wayne Gallagher, USMC, earned 6 points by shooting a 263.4.

Right on their tails were Harry Hall with a 262.2 and Dusty Carr with a 260.1

Congratulations to Tiffany Jones for getting High Woman…and beating her husband Mike !!!!

Jeff Lovat

Match results are available on the Match Results page in PDF.

08/29 – SMGC General Meeting

Attention All Hands,

A General Meeting of the SMGC Membership will be convened on Thursday August 29th,  1800 at the American Legion Post 416, 210 West F Street, Encinitas 92024.

This will be a great opportunity to renew Memberships, complete the required paperwork for continued Membership and receive a briefing on the contract completion, DBIDS changes and other information about the new programs.

Dinner is served $10.00, as well as a full service bar and open mike night.

We hope to see as many of you as possible to celebrate the completion of our contract negotiations and Licensing with Base!

John Hermsen, President/CRSO