Historical Winter Shoot

January 14, 2012

The Arms Collectors would like to publicly thank the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs for the use of their Cherry Ridge Range Facility, located near Vernon, NJ. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we could not hold this shoot without their greatly appreciated help.
In memory of the hardships faced by friend and foe alike in the many winter campaigns from the American Revolution through present day hunting in Winter Alaska, The New Jersey Arms Collectors Club was proud to sponsor our Annual Historical Winter Shoot featuring arms used in Winter Conflicts 1775 - 2012.

Shooters were encouraged to wear appropriate battle dress for this occasion. Weather reports placed the early morning temperatures in the teens, but by the time shooting started, the temperature had risen to the low 20's.

Lou Sonnenberg arrived early and was totally prepared for the cold. He had a Coleman stove and coffee pot and offered up some great Chicken Noodle Soup, coffee and hot chocolate. - Thank you Louis.

Dave Johnson and Rich Gajda handled targets and registration. We had over 40 participants in the shoot and all but one contest had entrants. Tom Plante brought the target frames. Rich Gajda helped Tom with the scoring.

Our usual "chef" Joe Lutz was out with a severe cold, so Chuck Collins filled in with cooking Hot Dogs, Kielbasa, Kraut, and beans. Chuck did an excellent job and there were no complaints.

Stan Gurski, our shoot chairman ran the line as usual. Following a quick meeting to discuss procedures and safety, the shoot got underway about 10:00AM.

In addition to the Usual Suspects, we had a new Young Warrior, and a couple of women shooters as well. However, our women shooters never turned in a score, so the Sarah Palin Trophy was not awarded.

We had one entry for Balkan Front, but the rifle used was wrong for the match, so we had no entries for that match either.

Shooters were asked to score their own targets, and Rich Gajda and Tom Plante verified the scores. Several targets actually scored higher than indicated. The matches ended by 3:00 but scoring was just completed by 3:45. Trophies were handed out and everyone went home happy.

Most of the benches were used as we had more than 35 shooters enter the match.

Copies of all winning targets have been scanned and can be seen by clicking on the score.


January 16, 2010

ANJRPC Cherry Ridge Range
Canistear Road, Vernon, NJ


Members: $5 /Event or $20.00 for 5 or more events, $2.00 Reentry
Non-Members: $10.00.Event or $30 for 5 or more events, $2.00 Reentry
(Included lunch and hot beverages)
Curios and Relics of the period-Original Stocks and sights
All contests are 10 rounds in 2 Minutes at 100 Yards - Any position including bench rest* unless otherwise noted.
*NOTE: All guns must be fired from shoulder unless excused for medical reasons
SHOOT CHAIRMAN Stan Gurski GurskiLTC@aol.com

Some of our past regulars were notably absent this year, however several of our perrennial champions did return this year.

  • Andy G won Winter Sniper and Heurtengen Forest
  • Paul M won FIVE events (3 uncontested - but still with excellent scores)
  • Matt B brought his Brown Bess, Kentucky Rifle, and his IV Enfield to win three events.
  • John R and his son entered the "Fredricksburg" Contest and shot great scores. John shot a 90, but Scott won with a 93!

Winning Results are below:

1) Battle of Trenton
Any Flintlock Smoothbore
Matt B
Brown Bess Musket
2) Mountain Man
Civilian Percussion or Flint Rifle
Matt B
Kentucky Rifle Flint
3) Fredricksburg
Any Civil War Muzzloader
Scott R
C-W Musket
4) Winter War
Any Finnish or Russian Mosin Nagant
Dan S
Finnish Mosin Nagant
5) Balkan Front
Any Yugoslav, Austrian, Italian,
Bulgarian, Romanian or Greek
WWII bolt action rifle
No Entries  
6) Eastern Front Semi-Auto
G-41, G-43, Tokarev 38 and 40
Herb K
Tokarev SVT-40
7) Battle of the Bulge Bolt
98K, 'O3 Springfield, Enfield III, IV, M17 Enfield
Matt B
IV Enfield .303 Cal
Ralph G
#4 MK1 Enfield .303 Cal
8) Battle of Heurtgen Forest
M1 Garand, G-43, G-41
Andy G
M1 Garand
9) Scandanavian Bolt
Swedish Mauser, Norwegian or Danish Krag
Paul M
Swedish Mauser
10) Alpine Defense
Any Swiss, Italian French, Austrian
Mil. Bolt or Semi Auto
Paul M
K11 Swiss Schmidt-Rubin
11) Chosin Resevoir
M1 Garand, Mosin Nagant,
Japanese 38, 99, or Mauser 98
Paul M
Mosin Nagant 91/30
12) Afghan Hills
Any NJ Legal Semi Auto in
5.56, 7.62 Nato, 7.62 x 39, 5.45 x 39
Jack S
13) Klondike
Any Black Powder Cartridge Firearm
Paul M
Winchester 1886
14) Alaskan Hunter
Any Sporter Rifle in Sporterized Military
(iron sights)
Paul M
Winchester 1886
15)Winter Sniper
Orig. Military Sniper Rifle w/orig. Optics
1 Shot -100 Yards
Andy Gisondi
Mosin-Nagant 91/30
16) Polar Bear
Any Sport, Military or Police Rifle
W/Iron Sights or Scope
(Non-GI Optics, .270 Cal or Larger)
Martin M
8mm Mauser
17) Sarah Palin Trophy
Any Female Shooter
No Entries  
18) Young Warrior
Any Shooter Under 18 Years Old Shooter
Will C
.22 Mag (Winter Olympian)
19) Winter Plinker
Any .22 Rimfire
Ben Masters
.22 Rimfire
19) Winter Olympian
Any .22 Rimfire
Jack Stankiewicz
Savage .17 HMR

Click Here for a html file of all Scores Submittted

For Corrections, additions or deletions and proper photo ID's please contact our webmaster
Tom Plante
and he will make the changes.