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April 30 Work Party

2016 US Police and Fire Championships Volunteers


2016 US Police and Fire Championship – June 18 and 19

Match Programs Now available.


 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.


The 2016 SMGC Membership Applications are available on the Membership information page.


The official mailing address for the SMGC is:

Santa Margarita Gun Club
PO Box 79363
Corona, CA 92877-0178

This address is also saved on the Contacts page.

Work Party – 30 April 2016

Hello Fellow SMGC Shooters:


WHO: Ladies and Gentlemen, Participants of SMGC Events, may hands are needed!!!

WHAT: Work Party, April 30, 2016

WHERE: We will all assemble at Range 116A (Parking Lot) and go from there.

WHEN: 0700-1800 hours

HOW: Bring your Work Gloves, shovels, Brooms and any other tools you might think of.

GOAL:  We will divide up the personnel assembled to work on these various areas which need to be addressed.

  1. Get ALL of the Club Targets FIXED, Full Faced and Scoring Disks placed onto Targets
  2. Get the Impact Area on R117A cleared so bullet impacts can be seen.
  3. Get the Conex Boxes (116A & 103) Cleaned Out and Targetry/Supplies Inventoried.
  4. Get Range Cans Cleaned out and reorganized with appropriate supplies placed inside of them.
  5. Get Pistol Supplies (Targets, Repair Centers, etc.) Organized and in order

We will break down into teams to get this accomplished.

Team 1:  Will work on All Targets and Remain on R116A Pits to Reface All targets.

Team 2: Will clean out the (2) Conex Boxes on R116A and Inventory Supplies then they will assist Team 1 in Target Repairs.

Team 3: Will work on R117A to Clear Impact Area, Clear Number Board Holes and repaint the Target Point Markers

Team 4: Will work at Wilcox Range (103): They will clear out the Conex Box and Inventory Supplies.  Part of the team will move remove the Targets from R103’s Conex Box and bring those Targets from to R116A for repair.  They will return those repaired Targets back to R103.


SMGC Team Wins Arizona State Mid-Range F-Class Team Match

The SMGC fielded at team at the 2016 Arizona State Mid-Range Regional Championship that took place from April 8th through April 10th. The SMGC team won the F-Class Team Match with team scores of 782-25x and 781-28x in two (2) 600 yard 4-person team matches.

The SMGC team consisted of:

  • Michael Jones
  • Walter Lange
  • Lou Murdica
  • Mark Roth
  • Duane Fitzgerald – Team Captain

Early this year at a Wilcox Mid-Range match, Duane Fitzgerald, Walter Lange, Mark Roth and I (Mike Jones) decided to put a SMGC F-Open team together and compete in the team matches at the Berger SW Nationals in early February. The team captained by Duane Fitzgerald finished 16th in our first event at a match with over 400 shooters and teams from eight countries.


The pictures here are from this past weekend. We represented SMGC in the AZ State Mid-Range Championship in Phoenix on a blustery and rainy weekend. We competed against some of the best shooters in the country including a women’s team that set a Women’s National Record at the match. We took the honors with a first place in F-Open. Shooters were Walter Lange, Mark Roth, Lou Murdica, and me, with Duane Fitzgerald as Captain.


We plan on continued efforts at local regional and national matches.


-Mike Jones


L to R: Lou Murdica, Walter Lange, Duane Fitzgerald (Team Captain), Mark Roth, Mike Jones, and Janusz Dabrowski



2016 US Police and Fire Championship Update

The US Police & Fire Championships will be hosted by the Santa Margarita Gun Club again this year. The dates will be Saturday, June 18th (XTC Match) and Sunday, June 19th (Tactical/Sniper Match).

This year there will be a twist in the events. In addition to looking for some of our SMGC club members to volunteer running these two matches, we also have arranged for members to participate in the XTC Match as well. I have worked it out with the Police Federation to allow Civilians to shoot side by side with our friends in Law Enforcement and Fire Services. There is a potential of drawing new members to the club who can act as RSO’s and Medical Staff for our club.

Ted Falencki will be Coordinating the events along with me. We have had a good turn out in the past and running these matches are a benefit to the club both financially and in the membership we are able to draw from this event. I hope you can place this weekend on your calendars to both participate and help out. The XTC match almost runs itself; however, the Tactical/Sniper Match has a lot of moving parts that we will need help with both in the Pits and on the firing line.

If you are able to help the club out please contact me asap. I will forward the USPFC Volunteer sign up page to you and give you the steps to “Officially Sign Up”. Volunteers will be given a Free T-Shirt along with a meal and beverage for each day you work. Contact me directly at “”

Thank you all,

Semper FI,

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


Message from the SMGC President – Club Access to MCBCP

I would like the Membership at large to know what SMGC is facing and that we have 18 Months, actually less,  to seek a policy change or some form of relief from our politicians on this matter.

This is an exception to the intent of the SECNAV’s policy changes with regard to Non-DoD use of Federal Land in SMGC’s opinion,  in that,  there are times when a program such as our Nonprofit provides so much more than a sterile,  “pay for play” policy can equate.

ALL HANDS:  This is your call to action!  Pick up the phone and call Duncan Hunter and Darrel Issa,  you have everything you need to know contained in the message below to voice your concerns.  SMGC’s President has already made the calls and is awaiting their response,  please help light a fire under their response by voicing your concerns to their offices immediately.

County Supervisor Bill Horn will be called on Monday,  please try to beat me to it.

Thank you for your more than 60 years of service to the shooting community SMGC!  and many more to come with your continued support,  we need you now,  more than ever!

John Hermsen,  President/CRSO and the Board of Directors

Mr. Hermsen:

Good afternoon…. The following is in response to a request from the Santa Margarita Gun Club (SMGC) received by the MCIW-MCB Camp Pendleton G-3/5 (Operations, Training, and Plans) office for a modification to the existing Real Estate License Agreement (N6871192RP02Q35):


  1. The MCIW-MCB Camp Pendleton G-3/5 is opposed to the SMGC expanding the number of ranges currently authorized for use and delineated in the existing agreement.
  2. The current agreement will be in place for another 18 months, during which time the SMGC may continue to operate at Wilcox Rifle/Pistol and R-116A/117A as stipulated in the existing agreement at no additional costs.
  3. Upon expiration of the current agreement, if the SMGC should choose to pursue continued range use aboard the base, expect the following as a result of recent changes to SECNAV policy regarding Non-Federal Entities and use of DoN land:
  • NAVFAC administrative processing fee’s associated with new license agreements (approx. $3,000.00)
  • The execution of an Environmental Conditions Report checklist with all costs associated with this effort to be borne by the SMGC (no clear-cut estimate, but most likely in the thousands of dollars…)
  • Fair Market Value for use of the range (s)… This would also require a Fair Market Value Appraisal, for which the SMGC would be responsible for all costs associated with this effort; to include subsequent costs associated with use of the range, based on fair market value…Again, no estimate readily available for the aforementioned costs, but it’s fair to assume costs would be well into the thousands of dollars.


In short, there is a “pay for play” mandate in effect. Even if the G-3/5 were to support expanded range use for the SMGC as requested, a new agreement would need to be established, bringing all factors identified above into play. We understand there has been a long-standing relationship between this installation and the SMGC; however, this installation is bound by Secretary of the Navy policy and guidance.


If you have any additional questions relative to this issue, please feel free to contact me via email, or the phone number provided below. If you would prefer a formal letter of response, please advise and we will provide.