In commemoration of the
99th 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 11, 2017
TIME: Longarms: 10:00am - 1:00pm
(Sight-in 9:30-10:30 )
Handguns: 2:15 - 3:45
LOCATION: ANJRPC Cherry Ridge Range Highland Lakes, 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


In commemoration of the 100th Anniversay of the entry of the US into WWI 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 Collectors Club sponsored it's 19th Annual Armistice Day Vintage Firearms Shoot on Saturday November 11, 2017 at the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club's Cherry Ridge Range at Highland Lakes, NJ.

The events of 1917 proved decisive in ending the war, although their effects were not fully felt until 1918.

At the outbreak of the war, the United States pursued a policy of non-intervention, avoiding conflict while trying to broker a peace. When the German U-boat U-20 sank the British liner Lusitania on 7 May 1915 with 128 Americans among the dead, President Woodrow Wilson insisted that "America is too proud to fight" but demanded an end to attacks on passenger ships. Germany complied. However, Wilson also repeatedly warned that the United States would not tolerate unrestricted submarine warfare, in violation of international law. Wilson was narrowly reelected in 1916 as his supporters emphasized "he kept us out of war".

In January 1917, Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare, realizing it would mean American entry. The German Foreign Minister, in the Zimmermann Telegram, invited Mexico to join the war as Germany's ally against the United States. In return, the Germans would finance Mexico's war and help it recover the territories of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. The British intercepted the message and presented it to the U.S. ambassidor in London. From there it made its way to President Wilson who released the Zimmermann note to the public. In February, Wilson went before Congress, announcing the break in official relations with Germany. After the subsequent sinking of seven U.S. merchant ships by submarines, Wilson called for war on Germany, which the U.S. Congress declared on April 6, 1917 paving the way for the the introduction of US troops into the brutal stalemate on the western front.

The Russian Empire collapsed with the abdication of Emperor Nicholas II in February and the old regime was replaced by a Provisional Government . In the second revolution that October, the Provisional Government was toppled and all power was given to the soviets. In December, the Central Powers signed an armistice with Russia, thus freeing large numbers of German troops for use in the west. With German reinforcements and new American troops pouring in, the outcome was to be decided on the Western Front.

The Central Powers knew that they could not win a protracted war, but they held high hopes for success based on a final quick offensive. Furthermore, both sides became increasingly fearful of social unrest and revolution in Europe. Thus, both sides urgently sought a decisive victory.

On May 3, 1917, during the Nivelle Offensive, the French 2nd Colonial Division, veterans of the Battle of Verdun, refused orders, arriving drunk and without their weapons. The French Army Mutinies eventually spread to a further 54 French divisions totalling nearly half the French army on the western front and saw 20,000 men desert. Appeals to patriotism as well as mass arrests and trials (not to mention executions), encouraged the soldiers to return to defend their trenches, although they refused to participate in further offensive action. Robert Nivelle was removed from command by May 15th and replaced by General Philippe Pétain, who suspended all bloody large-scale attacks.

Elsewhere in the world during 1917, Western legend Buffalo Billy Cody died of kidney failure on January 10th while visiting his sister in Denver and received glowing tributes at his funeral from world leaders including King George V and Kaiser Wilhem II. John F. Kennedy was born in Massachusetts and Mata Hari was arrested as a spy in Paris and after being convicted at a show trial was executed by firing squad in October.

On Saturday November 11, 2017, a hardy band of stalwart WW I military arms collectors and dedicated marksmen from all parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York braved the early morning early morning sub arctic like temperature (16° F) and gathered at the ANJRPC range at Highland Lakes, New Jersey for a day of friendly competition sponsored by the NJACC.

Match participants brought highly collectible and prized examples of firearms used by the Allied and Central Power nations in the Great War to compete for trophies and the glory by being mentioned in this report. Re-enactors, Gary B. and Edward G. appeared in full WW-I Battle Dress to participate in several contests. Edward G. won two handgun matches.

The following are some photos taken by one of our competitors, Jeff. A.

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Contest rules required shooters fire 10 rounds in 2 minutes at a standard SR21-C target placed at the 50 yard line

This year there were thirteen (13) rifle contests in the course of fire with a new Great War Carbine match added to allow participants to bring some of their more rare and seldom fired pieces. In addition there were five (5) handgun events requiring the use of century old pistols with archaic sights that tested the hawk like eyes and steady hands of the competitors.

A quick tour of the benches disclosed that competitors had brought a variety of U.S., British, German, Russian, Turkish, and Italian rifles. A plethora of seven (7) 1917 US Enfields were on the line along with a gaggle of three (3) P-14 British Enfields and two (2) Mosin Nagant model 1891, identical to those used by American troops involved in the Siberian Intervention in 1918 after the Bolshevik Revolution. Also present was a rare Model 71-84 German Mauser in 11mm.

The rifle match events commenced precisely at 10:00am under the supervision of Shoot Chairman Stan G.

Shoot Master Stan was ably assisted by Chris C. and Paul P. who provided the unheralded but extremely valuable task of collecting and scoring targets thereby greatly expediting the match completion and results process. Competitors were asked to score their own targets to help speed up the scoring process.
Final scoring was done at the clubhouse by Tom P. who had help from Rich T. and Jay R.

NJACC's own Madame La'Chef Barbara was unable to attend, so lunch was prepared by Monsieur Le Grand Chef, Tom P, (chief cook, bottle washer, and scorekeeper). The winners of the rifle events were announced by Shoot Chairman Stan, with some highly notable achievements.

Despite the bone chilling cold, several high scores were submitted making the day making for some interesting competition. Two shooters tied in the GALLIPOLI Match.

Top score recognition of the day went to Andy G. who used a 98 Mauser in the German Infantry Match to score 97-4X. The next-best score was in the Doughboy Event and was won by Larry M. who scored a 97-2X with his US M1917 Rifle.

Andy G. was the big winner of the day, taking home four trophies: Belleau Wood ('03 Springfield), German Infantry (98 Mauser), Great War Carbine,(Marlin 94), and Small Pistol (Savage 07). Our re-enactor Edward G. took home two handgun events: Allied Auto (US 1911) & Allied Revolver(S&W Model 1917) Ralph G. was the uncontested winner of the Vittorio Veneto contest and walked away with the trophy shooting a folding bayonet Italian Carcano Model 1891 Moschetto Modello 91 da Cavalleria di Bruschetta carbine of the type made famous by Capitano Carlo Bombardoni in Hemingway's novel "A Farewell to Arms".

The handgun events commenced on the pistol range after lunch under the direction of Shoot Chairman Stan G. Top honors went to Edward G. using a S&W Model 1917 revolver in the Allied Revolver Match witha score of 87-2X and a US 1911 in the Allied Auto Match with a score of 85.

This year's Young Warrior Award went unclaimed as did the coveted Milunka Savic Award for the highest scoring female shooter. Trophies also went unclaimed in several events, as some past regulars were unable to attend: Verdun, Balkan Front, Arab Revolt, & Trench Sniper in the rifle matches; Central Powers Pistol, & Stocked Pistol in the handgun events.

The Next NJACC Sponsored Event known as the
"Historical Winter Firearms Shoot"
will be held on
January 13, 2018
at the ANJRPC Cherry Ridge Range

For more information and flyer,
Please Click Here


Complete scores for all events follow:

RIFLE CONTESTS
WINNER RIFLE SCORE
Click on the scores to see the winning target
YOUNG WARRIOR Any Contest, Youth Under 18 years old
No Entries    
1) DOUGHBOY US Enfield, M1917 Rifle
Larry M. US Enfield, M1917 97-2X
2) BELLEAU WOOD US Springfield 1903, Straight Stock, Open Sights
Andy G. '03 Springfield 97-1X
3) GALLIPOLI Enfield Mark III, Lebel, 7.65 Mauser, Turk 93,03, Argentine Mauser
Jay R. SMLE Mark III 94-2X
Pete Y. Turkish Mauser 94-2X
4) FLANDERS FIELDS Canadian Ross, P14 Enfield
Jeff A. P14 96-2X
5) VITTORIO VENETOItalian 1891, or any Italian WWI Longarm
Ralph G. Carcano 58
6) NORTH RUSSIA INTERVENTION Mosin Nagant Infantry Rifle, Winchester '95 in 7.62-54R
Andy M. Mosin 1891 83
7) VERDUN French Lebel, Bertier Rifles / Carbines in 8mm
No Entries    
8) IMPERIAL GERMAN INFANTRY GEW '98, 88/05, Kar98
Andy G. '98 Mauser 97-4X
9) ARAB REVOLTJap Type 30, 35, 38 rifles, Martini-Enfield 303, Lee-Medford
No Entries    
10) BALKAN FRONTAny Greek, Bulgarian, Serbian rifle not listed above and used in WWI
No Entries    
11) GREAT WAR CARBINE
(New Event)
Winchester 07, Marlin 94, Remington 8, or Military Carbine
Andy G. Marlin 94 22
12) RIFLE WITH BAYONETAny of Above w/Bayonet
Pete Y. US Enfield 1917 94-1X
18) TRENCH SNIPERAny WWI Sniper w/Orig. Optics
No Entries    
HANDGUN CONTESTS
Outdoor Range @ 50' - Ten Shots Off-hand
WINNER HANDGUN SCORE
13) CENTRAL POWERS PISTOL P08, C96, M12
     
14) Allied Revolver Webley, Colt, S&W in .45 ACP or .455 Webley, Nagant 95,
Lebel 92, Japanese Type 26, Italian Bodeo
Edward G S&W M1917 87-2X
15) Allied Auto 1911 .45 ACP, .455, (No A1 Variants), Glisenti, Nambu Type-A
Edward G M1911 85
16) Stocked Pistol Broomhandle Mauser, Artillery Luger(9mm, 7.63mm)
No Entries    
17) SMALL PISTOL Browning 1900, 1903, 1910, Mauser 1914, Ruby Type, Colt 1903, 1908, Walther Model #4, Savage 1907 - Match Shot at 15'
Andy G. Savage 1907 53
2017 Armistice Day Scores






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