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

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Directions to the 200-Series Ranges posted.

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Regular Membership Tally as of 2020-01-07:

133 Military

24 Civilian

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DBIDS Credential Cards

(Last updated 20 September 2020)

The Gun Club is now operational. Members in good standing and current status should go to the Las Pulgas Gate, Contractor’s Access Office,  anytime after September 23 during business hours to receive their new DBIDS passes.  These passes will be good until 15 December,  at which time their replacement will be a 1 year DBIDS access card.

In order to receive the 1 year access cards in December,  all Members will be REQUIRED to be current on Membership Dues.  Payment made and received before December 15 will ensure your addition to the DBIDS Access List.  Members who do not pay or don’t submit payment until after December 15,  will be scrubbed from the list and will not have access to DBIDS until there is a remedy,  AND the next list is submitted to Base (about every quarter);  NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.

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Base Sponsor Name: Santa Margarita Gun Club
Base Sponsor Phone Number: 858-735-7222

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Employer Name:
SMGC
P.O. Box 4552
Laguna Beach, CA 92652
Employer Phone Number: 858-735-7222

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Supervisor: John Hermsen
Supervisor Phone Number: 858-735-7222

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Work Hours 0600-1800 Fri, Sat, Sun

The following are instructions for MCB Camp Pendleton Base Entry to receive your DBIDS Credential Card:

  • SMGC is an official NFE (Non-Federal Entity) with the base and is your official Sponsor to get onto the base. We have submitted a roster of the Official Civilian Club’s Members.
  • You are required to go to the Visitors Center located at the Camp Pendleton Main Gate. They are located in the back of the parking lot of the Main Gate (Right side) off the I-5 in a triple wide trailer labeled VISITOR CENTER

The Visitor Center hours are Monday thru Friday ONLY. The Visitor Center hours are:

Monday-Friday 0730-1530
Wednesday     0745-1530

Office number: 760-763-8435

Call first prior to traveling there to ensure the computer systems are up and running.

IMPORTANT NOTE, PLEASE READ!!
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 current Drivers License/State ID a passport or original Social Security Card and Birth Certificate.

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

If driving on base, you must bring in current vehicle registration and current insurance for the vehicle to be permitted to enter base.
Are you driving a rental? You must have Liability insurance through the rental agency or provide us with a copy of your own insurance card.

WEEKEND BASE ACCESS (NO DBIDS CARD)

Civilians wanting to enter to participate in SMGC Rifle or Pistol Match must have Registered for that event through the PRACTISCORE application ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE EVENT. Failure to do so will result in you NOT Being allowed onto the base.

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. NO EXCEPTIONS!

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SMGC Inc. is proud to announce the return of Major Nathan Bedle USMC. Major Bedle holds the position of Executive Director and he will be executing all official business for the Club and BoD with MCBCP henceforth.

CWO4 Marine Gunner, Chris Jones USMC, continues in the position of Chief Operations Officer. Gunner Jones has been coordinating SMGC events and the requisite logistics with MCBCP.

GySgt Wayne Gallagher continues the post of Director of Operations. GySgt Gallagher has been working with Gunner Jones to effectively manage RSO/OIC Training, submission of TARs (Training Area Requests) and etc. in support of club operations.

SMGC Meeting – 10/25

This is the follow on notice of Elections and Club Meeting for Santa Margarita Gun Club.

The Club will have a meeting for all Members, Officers and the BoD following the events on October 25th at Range 216, the MCCS Recreational Fire Range; events should conclude and the meeting will commence at 1300 hrs., or thereabout.

We will conduct elections for the BoD and all Regular Members in attendance will form the Quorum needed that day.

Thank you all for your support and we hope you’ll come out for the event, as well as the meeting.

See you on the Range,

John Hermsen, President/CRSO
SMGC Inc.

Club Officer Positions

The Club is is immediate need of someone to take on the role of Treasurer. The job consists of balancing receipts for the Month, filing Taxes and generation of a January report to Base on expenditures, income and etc.

It should take about 2-3 hours per month and 2-4 hours for annual reporting.  Please consider stepping up for this vital role.

In addition, the Club will need a Member to step into the HP Directorship Harry will be vacating.  This would include coordinating the HP Program’s Mid-Range and XTC Matches.

If a volunteer cannot be found to replace Harry,  the High Power Program will have to be decommissioned until such time as someone steps forward.

Please consider either of there roles,  and we look forward to working with you to create the excellent programs we know we’re capable of holding

Many thanks, see you on the Range,

John Hermsen, President/CRSO
SMGC Inc.

Letter from SMGC President RE: DBIDS

The Gun Club is now operational. Members in good standing and current status should go to the Las Pulgas Gate, Contractor’s Access Office,  anytime after September 23 during business hours to receive their new DBIDS passes.  These passes will be good until 15 December,  at which time their replacement will be a 1 year DBIDS access card.

In order to receive the 1 year access cards in December,  all Members will be REQUIRED to be current on Membership Dues.  Payment made and received before December 15 will ensure your addition to the DBIDS Access List.  Members who do not pay or don’t submit payment until after December 15,  will be scrubbed from the list and will not have access to DBIDS until there is a remedy,  AND the next list is submitted to Base (about every quarter);  NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.

Please check back regularly to this website for any changes and updates.

Thank you all, carry on,

John Hermsen, President/CRSO
SMGC Inc.

ref: https://www.pendleton.marines.mil/Base-Access/Contractors-Vendors/

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Base Sponsor Name: Santa Margarita Gun Club
Base Sponsor Phone Number: 858-735-7222

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Employer Name:
SMGC
P.O. Box 4552
Laguna Beach, CA 92652
Employer Phone Number: 858-735-7222

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Supervisor: John Hermsen
Supervisor Phone Number: 858-735-7222

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Work Hours 0600-1800 Fri, Sat, Sun

Letter from SMGC President RE: Range Operations / Licensing

Attention All Hands,

The notice you’ve all been waiting for!  SMGC will resume operations in the very near future,  our first event looks to be occurring at Range 117,  our old stomping grounds;  stand by for notice to follow shortly on the website for date and time.

DBIDS:  All  current Members will receive instructions on this website when it is time to renew DBIDS.  This should occur in the next 2 weeks as new procedures are implemented.  Please,  STAND-BY and take no action until instructed to do so.

Licensing:  SMGC executed a 3 month extension on the Lease today,  IOT refine the additions necessary to the existing licensing agreement,  and to add necessary Ranges to our list.

The Club is in great need of someone to immediately step forward and accept the position of Treasurer and Secretary as Harry and Cindy (our current Treasurer and Secretary) are leaving the State.  

I would also like to announce to you,  your next Vice President of SMGC Inc. will be,  Marine Gunner Chris Jones!  Thank you Chris,  we look forward to welcoming you to your new position on the BoD,  and look forward to many years of promulgating Marksmanship Skills. 

This is also all Members,  30 day notice of elections and General Club Meeting.  Time,  Date and Location to be posted as soon as I can book a location (COVID-19 Restrictions. Oy Vey!),  most likely the VFW Post in Encinitas should they be open… Any Members in attendance will be considered a Quorum and voting shall proceed.

The Club is also in need of someone to step forward and accept the Directorship of the HP,  Midrange and XTC Program.  With Harry’s departure,  my intent is that Midrange Matches will run concurrently with PPR and Carbine Matches at R218;  while XTC,  GSM/ Vintage Rifle Matches will occur at Range 214 on alternate weekends.  If you are interested,  please ask any questions and I hope to be working with someone interested in promulgating those particular disciplines with Jeff Lovat,  our GSM/Vintage Rifle program Director, soon. 

Thank you for your attention,  carry on,  God Bless America

John Hermsen,  President/CRSO
SMGC Inc.

2020-2021 DBIDs Information

FYI: ALL DBIDs cards issued to SMGC members expire on Sept 15, 2020. 

We are waiting for the license extension to be signed that allows for these 1 year cards. 

John Hermsen is pushing the base as hard as possible from the civilian side, while Gunner Jones pushes on the “green” side.

Until the license is created and signed, we cannot get the one-year cards.
As soon as we are informed that the license is signed, our roster is ready to submit and we will let all of you know when the trips to the visitors center can start.