In celebration of the 72nd Anniversary of the Defeat of the Japanese Imperial Forces,
The Shongum Sportsmen's Association
Invited all Shongum Sportsmen and NJACC Members to participate in our


V-J Day
Marksman Competition

VICTORY OVER JAPAN

DATE: Saturday August 26, 2017
TIME: 9:00am - 4:00pm
(Sight-in 9:00am - 10:00am)
LOCATION: Shongum Sportsmen's Rifle and Pistol Ranges
Jane's Chapel Road, Mansfield, 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.
SHOOT CHAIRMAN Stan Gurski . . .e-mail: GurskiLTC@aol.com
Range Master: Stan Gurksi
Cook Barbara F.
Scoring: Paul P.

Special thanks once again to the
Shongum Sportsmen's Association
who made this shoot possible.


This shoot was sponsored by
Shongum and NJACC Members
Stan Gurski & Steve Serna


Victory over Japan Day also known as Victory in the Pacific Day is the day on which Japan surrendered in World War II, ending the war. The term has been applied to the day on which the initial announcement of Japan's surrender was made, August 14, 1945 as well as to September 2, 1945, when the signing of the surrender document occurred, officially ending World War II. The name, V-J Day, had been selected by the Allies after they named V-E Day for the victory in Europe.

In a masterpiece of understatement, when announcing his nation's surrender, Emperor Hirohito said, "the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage". It had been a bitter and bloody four years since the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Thirty-six million people were dead in Asia and the Pacific, Japan was in ruins, and the United States had become the pre-eminent power in the region.

Fortunately VJ Day is still remembered and celebrated with a vintage military rifle (VMR) marksmanship match sponsored by the Shongum Sportsman's Association (SSA) in conjunction with the New Jersey Arms Collectors Club (NJACC) commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the end of WWII.

Military aficionados and serious collectors of WWII Japanese, British, and US firearms from all parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania mustered at the Shongum Sportsman's Association range at Oxford, New Jersey on August 26, 2017 for the 16th annual VJ Day match. The weather cooperated with a wonderful and totally un-typical non swamp-like New Jersey summer day that made for a few memorable hours of friendly competition topped off with a hearty lunch prepared by the NJACC's own Ichiban Chefu Barbara F.

The new range roof was complete and looks super strong with all supports fully braced with heavy timbers. Every bench was filled. We had 22 benches in operation with only 20 official shooting positsions available. Repairs were made to one broken bench with parts supplied by Tom P, and the repair completed by Steve S.

Participants brought highly collectible examples of American, British, Russian, and Japanese rifles like those used in the Pacific war to compete for trophies and the ultimate glory of becoming world famous for no less than 15 minutes in New Jersey with their names boldly shown in this write-up.

Contest rules required shooters fire ten (10) rounds in 2 minutes at targets placed at 100 yards. This year there were sixteen contests in the course of fire, three of which were combination rifle/handgun events and two handgun only events.

What you missed by not being there: A quick tour of the benches disclosed that competitors had brought a fine variety of U.S. M1 Garands, Model 1917 US Enfields, and 1903 Springfields along with the 03-A3 and 03-A4 sniper variants. Several nice Thompson semi-automatic carbines were on hand as was an ultra-nifty Model 1918A3 type BAR semi auto rifle and a semi-automatic tripod mounted 1919 Browning. British weapons were also well represented by a MKIII SMLE, several No.4 Enfields, and two mintish but hard kicking No. 5 Jungle Carbines. Last but not least, although American weapons dominated the matches, there were some fine examples of Japanese Type 99 rifles, and a Type 38 carbine.

In addition, a few less common rifles from the Asia/ Pacific war were on the line and worthy of note. Among these were several Mosin Nagant 91/30s and an M44 as used by Russia, a Gew 98, several 98Ks and a near mint Standard Model 98 Mauser rifle similar to those used by Chiang Kai-shek's (a.k.a. Jiang Zhongzheng) nationalist troops.

Additionally, there were five participants who wore awesome uniforms from the Pacific war. Dave J. and John D. M. wore their USMC utilities; both looking every inch a US Marine. Chris C. and Victor V. both wore fantastic looking authentic uniforms of the Philippine Scouts. Stan G. the shoot chairman wore his khaki's and was appropriately dressed as a Lt. Colonel (U.S. Army). A big round of applause goes to these men for participating in uniform and helping make the match a success by adding a touch of visual history.
Re-enactors by Japanese Flag
Re-enactors by Japanese Flag


After a brief sighting in period, the match got under way in earnest. Rifle competition progressed smoothly under the watchful eye and expert guidance of range safety officer Steve S. while shoot chairman Stan G. provided other logistical support for the match.

Combination rifle and pistol contests, which have become a mainstay at these matches, once again drew a number of competitors. Two multiple firearm events; the first called the Palm Tree Clearance contest required the shooter fire a 12-gauge shotgun and a pistol at a silhouette target from 35 and 25 yards, the second event called Gung Ho was a multi-positional contest starting at 100yards using an M-1 Garand rifle and a 1911 pistol. A new event introduced this year called the Philippine Scout contest required that the shooter wear a Kelly style US helmet and fire 16 shots from an M-1 Garand rifle with fixed 1905 (long) bayonet at a standard target placed at 100 yards. A second event which was introduced in 2015 called Tenno Heika Banzai contest, required the shooter to fire a Japanese rifle off-hand with fixed bayonet at a silhouette target placed at 100 yards.

   
Photos by Jeff A.
2016 Shooters competing in combined event mmatches
Highly motivated VMR shooters vied for the trophies awarded for the highest score in each contest and all shooting benches were taken with over 20 participants turning in some outstanding and highly competitive scores.

Audrey A. won the coveted Tokyo Rose Trophy again this year shooting a 1903-A3 Springfield. The top score of the day (100-5X) was turned in for the Okinawa contest by Andy G. firing a Springfield '03A3. John M. won the grueling Gung Ho contest with a score of 274-2X and also took honors in the Edson's Ridge event with a score of 97-3X shooting a semi-automatic 1918A3 BAR. Jay R. walked away with the Pacific Sniper trophy shooting a perfect 10 with a 1903-A4 and Andy G. cleaned up in the Palm Tree Clearing event with a Winchester 97 clone. Glenn K. took the honors in the Philippine Scout contest shooting an M-1 Garand with fixed 1905 bayonet while wearing an authentic WWI style Kelly helmet. Glenn The Marine Raider event featured semi-auto versions of the Classic Thompson Carbine . Both Andy G. and Glenn K. turned in great scores, with Andy just edging out Glenn K. by 1 point shooting an 83 to Glenn's 82. The Tenno Heika Banzai Trophy for best score with a Japanese rifle with fixed bayonet also went to John M. firing a rare Japanese Type 2 Paratroop rifle rifle to score a highly respectable 88-1X. Shooting a Japanese rifle off-hand well, with its bayonet attached, is a real challenge.

The overall top scoring winner of the day in the rifle contest category was John M. who took home four handsome trophies. He was followed by Andy G. who won three events.

The pistol events commenced on the indoor range after a satisfying Jersey style lunch of choice grilled hamburgers or Velveeta cheeseburgers and homemade baked beans prepared by Ichiban Chefu, Barbara F. and assisted by Bob A., who manned the grill. This scrumptious lunch was eagerly devoured by famished match participants down to the last crumb almost as soon as the word Itadakimasu (let's eat) went out. Demand was so great that some late comers missed out on this unique dining experience. Gomenasai G.I.

For the historically minded, the pistol match consisted of the old WWII opponents, the Nambu Type 14 and 1911A1s. Dave T. won the Victory over Japan contest and used an original Colt 1911A1 to score a 99/120. There were no participants in the Samurai Trophy event.

In the absence of Stan G's trusty sidekick, Tom P., the unsung task of scoring targets, and reporting results was handled by volunteer Paul P. and a big hand goes to Paul for his efforts. All final scores were certified and witnessed by an NJACC match official and are available on the NJACC website.

The next vintage military rifle match to be held at the Shongum Range will be on Saturday October 21, 2017. The contest theme will be "End of The Evil Empire" featuring various Combloc firearms. Details and fliers for this and future vintage matches can also be found on the NJACC website at NJACC Schedule of Events.

This year we have a plethora of photos covering the range activities, from shooter and re-enactors, to guns on the line. Please enjoy the slide show.

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All winning scores shown below.

V-J Day Match

SPECIAL TROPHIES

YOUNG SAMURAI (BONZAI)
Best score for person under 18
No Entries  
TOKYO ROSE
For Best Female Score
Audrey A.
Okinawa
Springfield '03A3
77

EVENTS 1 - 6,8 RIFLE
10 Rounds - 2 Minutes - 100 Yards

CONTEST / Guns of the Era Winner / Rifle Score
1) MANCHURIA
JAPANESE TYPE-30,38 MOD 98 MAUSER,
GERMAN MOD 88/05 or CHINESE HANYANG
Carl J.
Model Mauser 98
96-3X
2) GUADALCANAL
'03 SPRINGFIELD, ANY 6.5 JAPANESETYPE 38 or TYPE I(Italian)
Victor V.
1903 Springfield
88
3) BATAAN
US M1917 ENFIELD,
ANY JAPANESE 6.5 OR 7.7MM Long RIFLE)
Paul M.
US M1917 Enfield Rifle
97-4X
4) OKINAWA
'03A3, M-1 GARAND,
ANY JAPANESE 6.5 OR 7.7MM SERVICE RIFLE or CARBINE
Andy G.
M1 Garand
100-5X
5) BURMA
TYPE-38 OR TYPE 44 JAPANESE CARBINE,
#5 ENFIELD JUNGLE CARBINE .45-70
John M.
#5 Enfield Jungle Carbine
90
6) MANDALAY
ANY JAPANESE SERVICE RIFLE,BRITISH #3 SMLE OR #4 ENFIELD
Dave T.
Enfield No 4 Mark I
98-4X
7) PACIFIC SNIPER
TYPE-97 OR TYPE-99 WITH ORIGINAL SCOPE,
'03A4, 1942 USMC, M1C-SNIPER, #1 MK-IV(T)
(1 SHOT - 100 YARDS)
Jay R.
'03A4 Springfield
10
8) KHALKHIN GOL
SVT, MOSIN NAGANT, ANY JAPANESE 6.5MM SERVICE RIFLE
Carl J.
Mosin Nagant 91/30
98-3X
9) Marine Raider
THOMPSON/REISING CARBINE
(Full Silhouette Target)
Andy G.
Thompson Carbine
83
Glenn K.
Thompson Carbine
82
10) GUNG HO!
M1 Garand, 1917 Revolver/1911 SemiAuto
24 Rounds M1 -3 Positions- Standing, Kneeling, Prone
Six Rounds .45acp at 25yds
(Full Silhouette Target)
John M.
M1 Grand & 1911A1
274/300
11)Tenno Heika Banzai
Any Japanese Service Rifle w/Bayonet,
Standing Off-hand
John M.
Japanese Type II Paratroop Rifle
89-1X
12) Edson's Ridge
Semi Auto Browning BAR,1917 or 1919
John M.
BAR
97-4X
13) Phillipine Scout
M1 Garand w/Bayonet while wearing M1917 Helmet
(16 Rounds in 2 Minutes @ 100Yds.)
Glenn K.
M1 Garand w/Bayonet
110/160-1X
15) Palm Tree Clearance
Five Rounds @ 35yards - 12ga 00Buck WW-II 12ga Shotgun 20" Bbl, Six Rounds GI Handgun @ 25yds
(Full Silhouette Target)
Andy G.
Winchester Model 87 & Colt 1911
N/A

EVENTS 13 & 14
Handguns -12 Shots Off-Hand @ 50 Feet

14) SAMAURI TROPHY
Any Japanese Service Pistol or Revolver Type 26, 14, 94, Nambu
No Entries  
15) VICTORY OVER JAPAN
ANY WWII ALLIED FORCES SERVICE PISTOL, 1911, 1911A1,
TOKAREV, BROWNING HP, C96, COLT, S&W,WEBLEY, ENFIELD, NAGANT
Dave T.
Colt 1911A1
99/120
All Reported Scores