Ladies and Gentlemen:
We (SMGC) finished the January MR Match at approximately 1530 hours today and shortly afterwards it began to drizzle. When I left Wilcox range this evening at 1730 hours it was still drizzling. Upon my return home I checked on the National Weather Forecast for Camp Pendleton’s conditions for Sunday and here is what it read:
“A chance of rain, then rain and possibly a thunderstorm after 10 A.M. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 58. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.”
Therefore, I will OFFICIALLY pass along that the Sunday XTC Match will be postponed due to weather. AGAIN NO SHOOTING SUNDAY 1/31/2016 for SMGC. The weather will not be favorable to our targetry, and I am reminded of a couple of “Old USMC Sayings”, “One doesn’t have to train to be miserable, it occurs naturally!” And this one, “It is easy to be hard….. Hard to be smart.”
So with this in mind, I am sure you are disappointed in the match being postponed, and I truly hope you are. The XTC Numbers for our matches has slowly been decreasing. So I charge all of you to bring along a friend to come and shoot with us at our next XTC Match. We had approximately 40 shooters firing the Mid Range Match and I believe they all enjoyed themselves. Most had shaken some of the rust off of themselves while others were doing some fine tuning for the Berger Long Range Matches in February at Ben Avery Shooting Range in Phoenix.
I am also reminded of how important “Communications” are. I wanted to offer some tips which some had forgotten about. It is critical for you to do the Electronic Entries for Matches. It is also very important for you to also notify me if you DO NOT PLAN ON MAKING THE SMGC EVENT. I can be reached via e-mail, texting or phone calls. Please be considerate of the time, all the Match Directors spend, organizing our events. We want our matches to be very enjoyable to all of the shooters too.
One other topic. The SMGC Website has some great reference materials on Scoring Guidelines and Pit Operations. It is under the “Rifle” Heading on the Main Page of the Website and then look for Scoring Guidelines- High Power Rifle. I suggest all of you review these materials before coming out to the range to compete. There was a lot of time wasted due to some being on their own program vs. the NRA program the rest of us assume everyone should be on.
Overall I was very pleased to see those who came out to shoot. One very important detail for all club members and participants to be aware of. MCB Camp Pendleton is in the process of tighten security. Non-Military members will not be allowed onto the base unless you have a Sponsor and have a reason for being on the base. This will include those riding as passengers or observers to our Events.
The club is forced to submit a roster of all participants by Wednesday preceding the SMGC events. THEREFORE, IF YOU DO NOT ENSURE YOU HAVE REGISTERED FOR AN EVENT BY THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE IT IS SCHEDULED, AND YOU WAIT UNTIL AFTER 1200 hours on that Wednesday to enter the event……. YOU WILL NOT MAKE THAT ROSTER WE ARE REQUIRED TO TURN IN. You will more than likely be turned away at the gate entrance and there is NOTHING the club will be able to do for you. Please don’t be the BAD example for others .
We look forward to seeing you at your next event.
Semper Fidelis and Keep them in the Middle,
Harry D. Harrison
MGySgt, USMCR (Retired)
Senior Officer, Fountain Valley P.D. (Retired)
SMGC Vice President, Board of Directors