Santa Margarita Gun Club
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An updated revision of the match forms as of August 20th are now available for download in either PDF or Word/docx.

The CPO XTC 1000 aggregate will be on Sunday, Sep 27 (not Sep 26). The Rifle and Pistol EIC matches will be on Saturday, Sep 26 (not Sep 27).


It is our deepest sympathy to inform the competitive shooters of the Santa Margarita Gun Club of the passing of David Ming.

Club President John Hermsen shared some thoughts about Dave…

Dave was a member of SMGC for several decades. He was an outstanding supporter of the club and did the last official audit and participated in the realignment and incorporation of the club. Dave was a HP shooter and very good. Most remarkable was his excellent demeanor and fantastic sense of sportsmanship. A true gentleman who will be sorely missed by the fellows that had the privilege to fire with him.

Dave had the distinction of being raised aboard Base as a young man on a farm before being relocated and CP established on the land. I thought of him as the gentle giant.

Oddly he’d contacted me recently to tell me he’d be back out soon….too bad we didn’t have one more visit.

John Hermsen



The 2015 SMGC Membership Application form and Release of Responsibility Waiver form are now available for download in both PDF and Word/docx on the About -> Membership page.

Please take note of the new mailing address for the SMGC:

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

This address is also saved on the Contacts page.

June 2015 Midrange Regional Results

Congratulations to the Winners of the June 2015 SMGC Midrange Regional.

The overall match winner is Allen Thomas with a score of 1188-52X.

A summary of the overall aggregate Winners and the Category Winners are listed below

Name Day 1 Aggregate Day 2 Aggregate Grand Aggregate Awards
Allen Thomas 595-26 593-26 1188-52 Match Winner, 1st Place Conventional Gold Medal
Christine Harris 588-25 591-28 1179-53 1st Place F Open, Gold Medal
Scott Harris 588-23 588-25 1176-48 1st Place F TR, Gold Medal
Randy Teissedre 581-37 594-38 1175-75 2nd Place conventional, Gold Medal
Gary Elisio 588-23 585-21 1173-44 2nd Place F Open, Silver Medal
Greg Taylor 589-27 582-20 1171-47 2nd Place F TR, Silver Medal
Mark Roth 584-26 585-27 1169-53 3rd Place F TR, Bronze Medal
Justin Bertino 584-27 579-22 1163-49 3rd Place F Open, Bronze Medal
Ken Letwin 560-19 591-15 1151-34 3rd Place conventional, Bronze Medal
Andrew Marumoto 544-9 528-7 1072-16 High Service Rifle

Full results are available on the Match Results page.

I would also like to thank all of those who helped make this match happen.  Special thanks to Dave Ellis and John Kountz who set up the range on Friday night preceeding the match.  Also to Dave Ellis and John Hermsen for calling the line.  Thanks to Duane Fitzgerald for cooking burgers Sunday afternoon.

I hope you all had a good time and will return to next years match.


13 June 2015 – CMP GSM Match After Action Report

Santa Margarita Gun Club at Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Base, California. A bright beautiful day found thirty (30) competitors itching to shoot Saturday morning the 13th of June on range 103 Wilcox.

Registration was speedy and the targets were set up and we began shooting shortly after 0800.

There was a wonderfully diverse crowd and we had our first Woman Marine shooter, Tatiana Resto! She handled that Garand quite well!

What a plethora of old wooden rifles: Garands, 03’s, 03A3’s, Mosin Nagants, Enfields, M1A’s

Match 1 had twelve (12) medal winners:

  • Paul Guy and an M1A (modern military class) shot a 286.11 for a gold
  • Jim Minturn shooting an 03A3 shot a 286.4 for a gold
  • Kevin Cooper and his Garand scored a 284.3 for gold
  • Russell Carr shot a 279.3 with his Garand for a gold
  • Steve Hobart shot a Garand for a score of 279.1 for gold
  • John Hermsen using an ‘03 rifle shot a 277.5 for silver
  • Michael Miller shot a 276.1 with his Garand for silver
  • David Ellis shot a 275.6 with his Garand for a silver
  • Joe Vampole used his Garand to obtain a 274.0 for silver
  • Mark Marshall shot a 270.4 with his Garand for bronze
  • David Lukens shot a 265.0 with his Garand for bronze
  • And Richard Martinez got that vintage medal he has been coveting with a 261.4 using a 1917 Enfield for a bronze

Match 2 saw a departure of a few shooters so we had 26 shooters and nine (9) medal winners:

  • Shooting an incredible score of 291.4 with his Garand Richard Martinez earned a gold and promoted the reputation that Marines know how to shoot!
  • Right on his heels using an 03A3 was David Ellis shooting a 282.4 for a gold
  • Michael Miller shot a 280.8 with his 03A3 for a gold
  • Paul Guy earned a silver with his M1A shooting a 278.4
  • Jeremy Cail got a 274.4 with his M1A for bronze
  • Jim Minturn earned a silver with the Garand and a 274.2
  • Kevin Cooper shot a 272.2 with his Garand for a silver
  • Steve Hobart shot a 272.1 for a silver with his Garand
  • John Hermsen shot an ’03 for a bronze with a score of 266.5

Pit clean up went well and the Conex was put away nice and neat due to help from many.

  • Thanks to John H for RSO, helping and leading.
  • Thanks to the father and son “Guy’s” for medical
  • Thanks to new man Brian Chamberlain for medical
  • Thanks to Van for medical and for manning up when “somebody” was needed in the pits for pulling targets…..
  • Thanks to RSO Richard Martinez and all the other RSO’s who offered
  • Thanks to Harry H for advice even as he was driving over the Mississippi River at the same time!
  • Thanks to Ken L for answering questions as they popped up in my mind
  • Thanks to Gunny Berenguer USMC for finding six good pit puller Marines who showed up on time and worked hard and with smiles.
  • Thanks to Richard Martinez for locating and giving to us free of charge, black pasters as we were out.

Please forgive me if I forgot a kindness or assistance you provided to me at the match as I am still treading water here and swallowing some water as I do but I was proud of all the shooters, helpers, and our pit pulling crew of the six Marines.

Semper Fi,
Jeff Lovat
GSM Director SMGC
June 18, 2015

Farewell message from one of our members

On Jun 17, 2015, at 10:26 AM, John Hermsen  wrote:
Thank you for the kind words Michael.  It has been our pleasure to have you participate with us when you did.  Not many come along that are the great combination of excellent skills,  outstanding coaching ability,  a gentleman as well as competitor with the most affable demeanor at all times;  you will be missed on our Ranges.

Fair winds and following seas to our friend Michael,  come and visit when you can.
With Respect,
John Hermsen  President/CRSO

On Jun 15, 2015, at 7:33 AM, Michael Sierra  wrote:
Harry, Steve, BoD, Officers, Match Directors & Assistants-
Thank you for extending to me the opportunity to join the SMGC for a day of learning and sharing of experience.  However, unfortunate timing will cause me to be unavailable as the Corps has decided it is time for me to move.
I would also like to thank you and SMGC for being welcoming to all who seek to improve their marksmanship skills, regardless of barrel length and individual skill starting point.  My work schedule proved as demanding as I anticipated, perhaps more than I admit–otherwise, I would have definitely participated in many of the scheduled events.
Continue to train, develop and mentor our shooters with the open and approachable environment you and the club showed me.  Dry fire often to shoot hard and shoot straight.
Thank you again.
Semper Fidelis-

29 Palms GSM Match

I received this notice from Jeff Lovat (the SMGC GSM Match Director) about a GSM match at 29 Palms.  the referenced flyer (match bulletin can be found here.



Apple Valley and Santa Margarita GSM shooters,

I hope by now you have all seen the flyer for the wonderful shoot 29 Palms is providing us the D-Day week end of June 6 & 7.
If not, I have attached it here.
Several people have written or called me with similar questions so I will try to answer them here for everybody.
They are having an authentic “three-gun” CMP shoot: Garand, Springfield and Vintage. And a pistol and rifle EIC.
First question: “can we shoot the same rifle (Garand or Springfield or ?) in all three GSM matches?
Answer: Yes.
You would only be eligible for award pins in “the” match dedicated to that rifle, but, you can still shoot all three matches with the same rifle, if desired.
Second question: “can we camp out Friday night in addition to Saturday night?” 
Answer; Yes.
I myself and at least two others plan to be dry camping behind the 600 yard line berm Friday night.
The range house has toilets and an open shower available and there are also porta potties outside.
Contact Cpl Evans via his e mail address or by phone, and make him aware of your intention to shoot.
It will make your entrance to the base much simpler if you do.
Cpl Evans:

Contact: Kevin Evans   


Work Phone: 760-830-6700

Whether you shoot one, two or all three GSM matches the price is the same…so shoot all three!
I and at least four others will shoot the pistol EIC Saturday and we are all beginners to it so don’t be shy to shoot that. With the rule changes for this year there are a plethora of allowable pistol models to shoot now.
Then there is the rifle EIC Sunday after the morning GSM Vintage, and it is not classified as military as someone asked me and as such even if you shot the Navy/PacFlt this one will count towards your five (5) allowed EIC’s per year which the new rules this year allowed.
Re Sunday mornings Vintage match, examples of vintage rifles include: Enfields, 1917’s, Krag, Swedish and German Mausers, Arisakas, Lee-Navy, 30-40 1895 lever action, Mosin Nagant, Swiss Schmidt Rubin, Swiss K-31, etc
Jeff Lovat
cc: Cpl Evans