Santa Margarita Gun Club
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ATTENTION: The Aug 25 (SUN) High Power Rifle XTC match has been cancelled due to lack of participation, RSO, and Medical personnel.


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.

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

08/10 and 08/11 Practical Precision Rifle Clinic and Match

The SMGC is holding a Practical Precision Rifle Clinic on SAT August 10th and a Practical Precision Rifle Match on SUN August 11th. Both events will take place at Range 218A.

The registration for both events are on Practiscore:

Arrive by 0730 for each event.

FYI: Directions to the 200-Series Ranges are available at