In commemoration of the
97th Anniversary of the End of the WW-I
and in honor of the men and women who served so valiantly to preserve our freedom in
THE WAR TO END ALL WARS

The New Jersey Arms Club, Inc.
Invited the proud owners of
World War I Rifle and Handguns
to participate in our
ARMISTICE DAY MATCHES
A Marksmanship Contest Using:

FIREARMS OF WW-I
DATE: Saturday, November 14, 2015
TIME: Longarms: 10:00am - 1:00pm
(Sight-in 9:30-10:30 )
Handguns: 2:15 - 3:45
LOCATION: ANJRPC Cherry Ridge Range Vernon, NJ
PRIZES: Trophy to best in each contest
FIREARMS: Curios and Relics of the period -
Original Stocks and sights-Accurate reproductions true to originals accepted.
CONTESTS: All contests are 10 rounds in 2 Minutes at 100 Yards- any position including bench rest
SHOOT CHAIRMAN Stan Gurski . . .e-mail: GurskiLTC@aol.com


THE SHOOT

It was "The War To End All Wars," a senseless slaughter that set the stage for the bloodiest century in human history. By 1915 World War I had effectively settled into a bloody stalemate along the western front in France. As a result, the Allies attempted to score what was thought to be an easy victory against the Ottoman Empire with a naval campaign to capture Constantinople and knock the Turks out of the war. After a failed attempt by British and French warships to force their way through the Dardanelles (the strait linking the Sea of Marmara with the Aegean Sea), the Allies, led by Britain, launched a large-scale land invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula in April 1915. The invasion of the heavily defended peninsula proved a dismal failure, and by November, England and France were planning a full retreat from Gallipoli after suffering over 250,000 casualties (50,000 killed) and a humiliating defeat. Ottoman casualties were about the same showing how narrow the margin of victory was. The war still had 3 long years to play out.

On Saturday November 14, 2015 the New Jersey Arms Collectors Club (NJACC) sponsored it's 17th Annual Armistice Day Match in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the fighting at Gallipoli and in honor of all of the men and women who served so valiantly in the Great War.

A stalwart band of the some of the hardiest WW I military arms collectors and re-enactors from all parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York gathered at the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs' (ANJRPC) Cherry Ridge Range at Highland Lakes, New Jersey for a day of friendly competition sponsored by the NJACC.

Match participants brought various highly collectible and prized examples of the rifles and pistols used by the Allied and Central Power nations in that long ago war to compete for trophies and the ephemeral glory by being mentioned in this report. Contest rules required shooters fire 10 rounds in 2 minutes at a standard SR21-C target placed at the 50 yard line. Military rifles of the WWI era with the exception of the Lee Enfield (SMLE) MK III have battle sight settings that are fixed at anywhere from 350 to over 500 yards making it extremely challenging to hit the small 6" SR21 bull at close range.

This year there were thirteen (13) rifle contests in the course of fire with six (6) new matches added to allow participants to bring some of their more rare and seldom fired pieces. In addition there were four (4) handgun events requiring the use of century old pistols with archaic period sights that tested the sharp eyes and steady handed marksmanship of the competitors.

A quick tour of the benches disclosed that competitors had brought a variety of U.S., British, French, German, Russian, Turkish (and Turkish clones), Italian, and Japanese rifles. There was a rare and seldom seen Winchester Model 1895 rifle in super condition that had been made for Czarist Russia during the great war, and a pristine Remington made Mosin Nagant model 1891 identical to those used by American troops involved in the Siberian intervention in 1918 after the Bolshevik revolution. There was also a plethora of 1903 Springfields and 1917 US Enfields all in excellent condition, two Enfield P-14s,and a very nice French made Berthier Model 07/15 and a Lebel Model 1886/93. Although not listed for a specific contest one shooter brought an early and rare Russian Mosin Nagant Model 91/30 with a hex receiver. There was also one very nice SMLE MK III in it's original WWI configuration with magazine cutoff and volley sights and a near mint Italian model 1870/87 Vetterli rifle in the original 10.4 MM Italian caliber.

The rifle match events commenced precisely at 10:00A under the joint supervision of an ANJRPC Range Safety Officer and Shoot Meister Stan G. assisted by Deputy Shoot Meister Dave J. and Chris K.
Deputy Shoot Meister Dave J. and Chris K.
also provided a unheralded but extremely valuable service by collecting and scoring targets thereby greatly expediting the match completion and results process.

The rifle events were followed at 1:00P by a hearty lunch prepared for the participants by the NJACC's own Marquis d'Sauce, Tom P. who verified target scores and tallied match results. Luckily there was enough military style 100% pure beef tube steak, liberty cabbage, crusted chili, pork and beans, and soda with nuitritious Drakes apple pie desert to satisfy the appetites of these connoisseurs of fine food and drink. Happily no trench emptying or bunker clearing gas attacks or similar post lunch events were reported to have resulted from this year's menu d'Jour.

Following a leisurely lunch, the winners of the rifle events were announced with some highly notable acheivements. High score of the day (100-5X) went to Russ P. using a 1917 US Enfield in the Doughboy event. Close on his heels was John M. and Jay R. who both scored impressive 99-3Xs and Rich H. with with a not too shabby at all 99-2X. Also worthy of note, John M. went home as the top shooter of the day with three (3) trophies, while Russ P. and Jay R. won two contests each. A father and son team, Dionigi and Giancarlo M. did some very fine shooting with a Carcano 1891 rifle and walked away with top honors in the Vittorio Veneto and Young Warrior contests respectively.

The handgun events commenced on the pistol range after lunch under the direction of Shoot Meisters Dave J. and Chris K. Top honors went to Andy M. using a German P-08 Luger and US model 1911, and Jim R. using a Webley MK VI revolver. This year's Young Warrior winner Giancarlo M. much to his enjoyment was able to take the opportunity to fire both a Mauser C-96 Broomhandle pistol and a Webley revolver during the pistol event.

The next NJACC sponsored event known as the "Historical Winter shoot" will be held early next year at the Cherry Ridge range. Click on link for Downloadable Winter Shoot Flyer with details.

The winning scores follow:

RIFLE CONTESTS
WINNER RIFLE SCORE
Click on the scores to see the winning target
YOUNG WARRIOR Any Contest, Youth Under 18 years old
Giancarlo M. Vittorio Venuto
Carcano '91
77
1) DOUGHBOY US Enfield, M1917 Rifle
Russ P US Enfield, M1917 100-5X
2) BELLEAU WOOD US Springfield 1903, Straight Stock, Open Sights
Jay R. '03 Springfield 99-3X
3) GALLIPOLI Enfield Mark III, Lebel, 7.65 Mauser, Turk 93,03, Argentine Mauser
John M. Enfield M1 MK III 99-3X
4)FLANDERS FIELDS Canadian Ross, P14 Enfield
Jeff A. P14 95-2X
5) VITTORIO VENETOItalian 1891, or any Italian WWI Longarm
Dionigi M. Carcano '91 87
6) NORTH RUSSIA INTERVENTIONk Mosin Nagant Infantry Rifle,
Winchester '95 in 7.62-54R
Russ P. Win. 95 96-4X
7)VERDUN French Lebel, Bertier Rifles / Carbines in 8mm
John M Bertier 93
8)CENTRAL POWERS RIFLE GEW '98, 88/05, Kar98
John M GEW '98 93-3X
9)RIFLE WITH BAYONETAny of Above w/Bayonet
Jay R '03 Springfield 99-3X
15)TRENCH SNIPERAny WWI Sniper w/Orig. Optics
No Entries    
16)JAPANESE ASSISTANCEType 30, 35, 38 Rifles
Sold to Russian and Britian, Used in Arabia
Paul M. Arisaka Type 38 90-1X
17)BALKAN FRONTAny Greek, Bulgarian, Serbian Rifle not listed above
No Entries    
HANDGUN CONTESTS
Outdoor Range @ 50' - Ten Shots Off-hand
WINNER HANDGUN SCORE
10) CENTRAL POWERS PISTOL P08, C96, M12
Andy M P08 Luger 82
11) Allied Revolver Webley, Colt, S&W in .45 ACP or .455 Webley, Nagant 95,
Lebel 92, Japanese Type 26, Italian Bodeo
Jim R. Webley MK6 96-4X
12) Allied Auto 1911 .45 ACP, .455, (No A1 Variants), Glisenti, Nambu Type-A
Andy M. US Model 1911 77-1X
13) Stocked Pistol Broomhandle Mauser, Artillery Luger(9mm, 7.63mm)
No Entries    
14) SMALL PISTOL Browning 1900, 1903, 1910, Mauser 1914, Ruby Type, Colt 1903, 1908, Walther Model #4, Savage 1907 - Match Shot at 15'
No Entries    
2015 Armistice Day Scores






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