Santa Margarita Gun Club
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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.

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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.

2017 World Police & Fire Games

The 2017 World Police and Fire Games

The Santa Margarita Gun Club was proud to host the 2017 World Police and Fire Games on Wilcox Range 103, Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Base. This amazing event host teams from all over the world in the true spirit of both camaraderie and competition. Competitors performed under the diverse conditions of the course and proudly brought victory home to may parts of the globe. We salute you all for your service and your achievements, the world is a better place for it! Please enjoy some candid photography of the games on Saturday and join me in thanking all those for responsible for putting on this top notch event. We salute you all!

World Police and Fire Games Awards

A complete list of the results can be found here: World Police & Fire Game Match Reuslts

 

SMGC Board Member Scores at F-Class Worlds in Canada

Walter Lange, one of the Santa Margarita Gun Club Board of Directors, and a member of the USA F-Class Team participated in the F-Class World Championships in Ottawa, Canada. He ended up 26th overall with a 474-29V (international target) and was 15 points behind the overall winner. In Sunday’s Grand Aggregate, he was 6th overall with a 216-13V.

He also was part of the Bronze Medal USA Red Team in the Rutland matches.

Changes to the SMGC Corporate Structure

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.

Thank you all for your dedication and support,

John Hermsen, President/CRSO
SMGC, Inc.

August 2017 Hybrid LR/MR Match Report

This months Long Range Match took on a new format which gave shooters a day of 1000yd LR shooting at Range 117A and a day of 600yd MR shooting at range 116A. Unfortunately only a few days before the scheduled mid range 600yd match on July 29th the venue was canceled due to work being performed in the impact area. As the World Police and Fire Games were looming on the horizon (600/500/300yd matches) the Base and the Club took on the extra effort required to switch gears and get a day in for the mid range shooters on Range 116A.This was a good opportunity for many of us to try out or gear back-to-back on two different ranges. I personally had not shot on 116A so it was a new venue for me with new twists and challenges to experience.

Day 1 – Range 117A – 1000yd Long Range Match

First off, a big thanks to those who make these matches possible:

  • Mike Jones, John Hermsen, and Harry Harrison for getting us out and on the mound
  • Rich Elliot and Van Texas as our expert medical staff
  • Our Target Pullers from the base who shove targetry around in the hot sun for those of us who cannot
  • Special thanks to Lee Davis for jumping in as Statistician so we’d have some scores to report at the end of the day

Of course Range 117A was up to it’s old tricks right off the bat. Wind flags of nearly any value and direction could be yours for the choosing. Just pick one and hum the Sesame Street tune “One of these things is not like the others…”

So we got down to business and started throwing lead down range to figure the best way through the maze of wind currents

You’ll notice in this photo that nearly all the flags or pointing right-ish, well, except of course the one loan one pointing left half way down the range!

Harry Harrison our Club Vice President runs a shovel to fight back yet an other assault of mustard weed and scrub. This stuff incessantly makes the attempt to reclaim the 1000yd berm and needed another thrashing back. It was hot and humid at 10am and no picnic to swing a shovel at the offending brush. This man is clearly dedicated to the shooters of SMGC!

Meanwhile the flags decide to point at each other, laying blame on each other for the misdirection of the projectiles flying past.

On the line we do our best to be proactive in the change

Here’s an unusual sight, Duane shooting a T/R gun on an Open rest. His Open class rifle is still benched due to caliber restrictions so like many of the Open Class shooters he’s learned to adapt.

Today was the first test of my new rifle. While it looks very much the same as my last rig, you’ll note the new Barnard Model P action mated to the Brux 32″ barrel. What a pleasure to shoot!

For sure the most common flag condition we see at the 1000yd line is exemplified below. The dreaded fishtailing headwind. Believe it or not a fair number of our T/R guys are doing very well with 5.56 chambered rifles on 117A

Here Januz Dabrowski lays down a fine score for the little 90 grain pills he’s sending down range. Hmmm, my projectiles way over twice as much and he beat me by 8 points and four X ring hits. These guys might be on to something!

Of course Marc Mittry once again laid waste to the top F-Class score with his Match Rifle and his Sling. Way to shoot Marc!

Lee Davis puts on a good show too, keeping his cool behind the rifle as well as off the line. Lee won the F class match for the day, congratulations!

The big wigs of the club confer on a number of things. Without these guys the next match just wouldn’t come to be. Thanks for all the hard work you guys put into making these matches come together!

As the day moves on the last relay does their best in the every increasing offshore flow

Harry, Lee, and Duane put in a little practice for a team match to round the day out.

And now for the scores!

CLASSCOMPETITOR EQUIPAGG.X TOTAL
COMBINED - ANY ANY
MARCMITTRYMATCH57323
COMBINED F-CLASS
WilliamBastonFTR5388
JANUSZDABROWSKIFTR55213
LeeDavisFTR5678
Duane FitzgeraldF-OPEN5396
DavidKokFTR4804
SamPeraltaFTR5172
KamranSadaghianiF-OPEN5293
KerryStottlemyerFTR5302
SimonWagnerFTR5449
Chuck WellsFTR5290
EugeneYorkFTR5457

 

Day 2 – Range 116A – 600yd Mid Range Match

The occupation of the range on day two of our event was unusually easy when compared to the logistical complexities of shooting on Range 117A.  We could just pull up, park, and upon receiving permission to occupy the range walk our gear to our firing positions. Even range setup was simplified as flag poles are permanent fixtures here. To put icing on the cake, it was overcast and cooler than the wholesale baking we got on 117A birght and early the morning before! I’d like to take the time to thank Paul Guy, Steven Smyth, and Mike Nyes for being our medical staff on hand today. We sure had that base covered with these guys on deck. Thanks also go out to Harry Harrison for organizing the match along with Mike Jones and John Hermsen.

Of course in his usual fanfare Gary Atkinson welcomes us to the range.

Our target pullers for the day got a primer on Harry’s new scorecard-like shot value ladder.

And with everyone in place firing commenced. Not wanting to be left out, the sun came out and joined us as well.

Out on the line you can see we’ve got a nice wide shooting berm and all the aggressive scrub of 117A is missing. It was a nice change for sure!

Some of our local World Police and Fire games athletes take advantage of the 600yd practice, best of luck next week guys!

Range 116A still shares some characteristics of it’s sister range over the hill at 117A, wind will funnel up towards you and give you a good reason to watch both the middle-of-the-range flag and the side range flags

As you can see in the next few photos we had good participation with plenty of competitors on hand to give the 600yd targets the club recently refurbished some good face time with our muzzles!

Near the end of the match we had a chance visit by the Commanding and Executive Officers of the 4th Raider Battalion. They were excited to see that we had both civilian and military participation in our event. John Hermsen’s invitation to bring some of their soldiers out to our next match was well received and we look forward to shooting along side of them next time we’re out. In the photo below John is demonstrating a new aiming device both Mike Jones and himself have been working on.

And now for the scores:

LAST NameFIRST NameClassScoreX
MITTRYMARCPalma58823
NIESMICHAELPalma5184
EDWARDSWILLIAMMatch57016
GOODNERDONALDMatch51710
PERKINSAARONMatch57717
ELLISDAVIDService5127
MINTURNJAMESService5397
TURNERTHOMAS (JON)Service3693
JONESMICHAELFCO55910
SMYTHSTEVEFCO4260
AKINLAWRENCEFTR55911
ATKINSONGARYFTR56311
BASTONWILLIAMFTR5588
CRUSEDAVIDFTR3300
DABROWSKIJANUSZFTR5488
DAVISLEEFTR57618
EIDENMULLERERIKFTR3482
ELLIOTTRICHFTR5305
GUYPAULFTR5424
KOUNTZJOHNFTR4465
MAHNKEPATFTR4020
STOTTLEMYERKERRYFTR54710
WAGNERSIMONFTR56010

See you guys next time!

Announcing Our New SMGC/USMC BOD Members

 

All:  Please join me in welcoming our new SMGC/USMC BOD Members.

We would like to announce the addition of Major Nathan Bedle as Executive Officer, Gunner (CWO4) Christopher Jones as Operations Officer,  and SSgt Wayne Gallagher as Liaison Officer.  They will be responsible for communicating with MCB Camp Pendleton directly and assist in encouraging and recruiting more Marines to come shoot at our weekend matches.

Each have been supportive to the Club;  and formalizing their roles will aknowledge their service to our organization.  SSgt. Gallagher has already been extremely helpful in getting the word out at SOI about our activities and shooting opportunities.  A brief bio for each is attached.

Major Bedle is the Director of the Combat Instructor School at SOI-W and Captain of the SOI-W Shooting Team. The Major has been competitively shooting for the last 11 years, primarily in USPSA, 3-Gun, precision rifle matches, as well as IDPA. He has also shot at multiple USPSA Pistol Nationals, USPSA Multigun Nationals.
Gunner Jones (CWO4) is the 1st Marines Regimental Gunner having recently transferred from the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at SOI-W. Gunner has participated in both F-Class and PRS matches with us at Camp Pendleton and while stationed at Camp Lejeune.

SSgt Gallagher is a Combat Marksmanship Instructor at SOI-W and the Team Coach for SOI-W Shooting Team. He is also a double Distinguished Shooter in both Rifle and Pistol (2013) and has been a Marine for 13 years.