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

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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:

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

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.

May 2019 SMGC Pistol Program Kick-Off Report

Report by Mike Jones

Saturday we held the kickoff activity of the Pistol program. We had to do this at R117 due to a USMC Reserve Unit training on R213/214, so we flexed and made the most of it. Thanks to Howard and Randy for their support with Medic duties. Thanks to Walter Lange for picking up the pieces and getting the pistol program up and running. Walter and I were sharing a target in alternate relays, it took some abuse during the activity.

This was a pistols skills clinic that was used to emphasize/develop Pistol Marksmanship skills. The lead instructor was Harry Harrison – MGySgt USMCR (ret), Senior Officer FVPD (ret), and Swat Team Member.

In this we started by working on trigger/sight control by shooting supported off the benches, then advanced to shooting 2 handed and single handed. All to emphasize trigger control and sight alignment.

The second portion was to learn and then start to slowly execute “pistol draw”. This advanced to draw and fire activity. In one of the pictures you can see our step wise draw under Harry’s cadence, in another, our “junior” Catalina is working on the movements behind her father.

Overall a great day at the range!

Also we had a great show during a Cease Fire of HMLA 369’s Family Day with the Cobra and Huey gunships doing low altitude flyovers and gunnery demonstrations. You dont get to see that on most ranges!

June 2019 Long Range Matches

For all interested, the next matches are open for registration on Practiscore.

We are looking for a date to do a mid-range match, but the usual range/impact area maintenance the first 2 weekends of June and Harry supporting the USMC Wounded Warrior Team in mid/late June may move that out to July.

Congratulations 2019 All Navy and Pac Fleet shooters

  • Gunnery Sergeant Wayne Gallagher (SMGC BOD Member)
    • 1st Overall – All Navy West Pistol Grand Aggregate
    • 2nd – Pac Fleet Pistol match
  • Jeffrey Lovat (GSM Director):
    • 8th – All Navy Rifle EIC, 17th
    • All Navy Rifle NMC #1
  • Hector Miro:
    • 2nd All Navy Rifle EIC
    • 10th All Navy Rifle NMC #1
  • Eric Villareal:
    • 13th All Navy Rifle NMC#1
  • Kevin Cooper
    • 3rd in Pac Fleet Rifle EIC
    • 4th in Pac Fleet Rifle Agg

Apologies to anyone missed but the site has not updated the scores. Great Shooting by our club members!

2019-04-21 Club Update

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our FRUSTRATIONS are finally coming to an END!!!!!!!!!

Whether you have only been a long time member of the gun club or a member for just a very short time, most of you do not understand everything the Board of Directors has done to get things up and running.  Allow me to remind you of our circumstances:

Our Licensing Agreement expired back in September of 2017, “YES 2017”.  We have been out of business since then even though we submitted to get the licensing squared away a year in ADVANCE of that date and yet here we are.  There are some factions aboard the base which have their sights on our club because they perceive the club to be a Civilian Club INSTEAD of a MILITARY CLUB which just happens to have Civilians inside of it. 

I have been a Military member of this club since the early 1980’s, and this is the biggest struggle I have seen in getting the club in operations in all my time.  Between struggles with several entities aboard the base, we have done the best we can to get our club up and running again  We thank you for helping us raise the revenue to get over one of the major hurdles we faced, but now we are very close to crossing the finish line.  Once the Licensing Agreement is finally signed, we will set the SMGC Calendar of Events to the traditional days of the month which each discipline can set their calendars to.

The club has scheduled and been approved to conduct a LONG RANGE Match on May 4th and a PRS Type Match on May 5th at Range 117A.  This was done because the assets which are necessary to conduct a match are already on location.  REGISTRATION for these events may be done by going to these sites:

May 4 – 1000 yards:

May 5 – Practical Precision Rifle:

Some of you may not be aware, but the Wilcox Range complex suffered damages due to the last flooding of the base and as of right now, the range complex is closed for operations and appears will not be funded to re-open and will be decommissioned.  This affects not only us, but also the Marine Corps as well, since they train over 7,000 Marines annually.  More information will be passed out at the above listed matches.

As a reminder to you all, EVERYONE of the club’s officers and BoD are Volunteers.  All civilians are guests of the U.S. Marine Corps to be on the base for any SMGC Events, so please keep this in mind.  All future Club events will get notifications via word of mouth along with the club’s website and on the club’s Facebook page.  We look forward to seeing you on the Range!