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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and was officially proclaimed in May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. The 30th of May, 1868, was designated for the purpose of decorating the graves of union soldiers who died in defense of the country during the late rebellion. The date was chosen because it wasn't the anniversary of any particular battle. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

By 1890 Decoration Day was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day however, honoring their Civil War dead on separate days until after World War I when the holiday was changed to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.

The name for the holiday gradually changed from "Decoration Day" to "Memorial Day," but was not declared the official name by Act of Congress until 1967. In June of 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved Memorial Day from it's traditional May 30th date to the last Monday in May in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971 but after some unwillingness, all 50 states finally adopted Congress' change of date within a few years.

In Honor of the
Men and Women of the American Military Services
Whose Sacrifices Have Made Our Freedom Possible.

Shongum Sportsmen Association

Invited one and all to compete with tangible links to
the battles of our Nation's History in our


Saturday, May 26, 2018

At The
Shongum Sportsmen's Mansfield
100 Yard Outdoor Range

10:00am - 1:30pm

Shooters celebrated our country's history by competing with the firearms
that helped to make this country great. From the Brown Bess, to the AR-15, we had a match for everyone.

On Saturday May 26, 2018, the Shongum Sportsmen's Association (SSA), sponsored a Memorial Day vintage Military Rifle Marksmanship Match
held in honor of the men and women of the American military services whose sacrifices have made our freedom possible.

This premier vintage military rifle marksmanship event attracted top shooters who came from all over the tri-state area to celebrate our country's history by competing against fellow collectors with the firearms that helped make the United States what it is today.

The Shoot
Contest rules for the smokeless powder events required shooters fire 10 rounds in 2 minutes at a target placed at the 100 yard line. For the black powder events the targets are also placed at 100 yards but shooters had five minutes to place five shots in the X-Ring or near about. The two (2) contests for smoothbore muskets allowed shots to be taken at 18th century "whites of their eyes" combat range (25 yards) with special care being taken at that distance so that the muzzle flashes did not to set fire to the targets.

The match this year consisted of seventeen (17) rifle and one (1) special combination rifle and handgun event named after the most decorated US soldier in WWII, Audy Murphy. This year, we did not have any female or shooters under 18 years old participate, so the Rosie the Riveter and the Young Warrior Trophies went unclaimed.

Participants brought fine examples of historic American military firearms including Trapdoor Springfields, Krag rifles and carbines, US 1917 Enfields, 1903 Springfields, M-1 Garands and the ubiquitous AR 15 clones.

This year to mark the 142nd Anniversary of the Little Big Horn Battle, particpants, in addition to trapdoor carbines, were allowed to use any carbine of many types used by Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors in their fight against the US 7th cavalry on that long ago warm Sunday afternoon.

There was a virtual museum-like collection of shooters in attendance who also brought some of the most iconic American military arms in original and outstanding condition. Among the various rifles and carbines on the line were four (4) Krag Jorgensen Model 1898 rifles, three (3) Krag carbines, and a Winchester Model 1895 Carbine identical to the one carried by Teddy Roosevelt in the famous charge up San Juan Hill. Notable among the notables was an excellent condition Remington 513 .22 caliber US Army training rifle and two very nice US Springfield M1922 M-1 .22 caliber rifles. Also seen were several very fine 1917 US Enfields, two (2) M1As, two (4) 1903A4 Springfield sniper rifles, and a gaggle of ARs, '03 Springfields and M1 Garands.

Note: It is not listed in the scores, but several AR types were on the line, but only 1 score was turned in. Additionally, one of the Black Powder Matches could not be shot because of some missing percussion caps, so we have no entries in those categories. Pete Y. was seen with a qualifying rifle for one of the CW matches, but did not turn in his target.- We had no entries in that match either.

Paul P. arrived in Rev. War garb and looked awesome. No other shooters arrived in uniform.

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Competition began under bright skies shortly after 10:00A under the close eye of Shoot chairman Stan G. and Range Safety Officer Pete M. Cool refreshments were on the line as the day proved to be surprisingly HOT. Water, Iced-Tea, Lemonade, Soda, snacks and Polish Sausage were on the line- (who needs lunch anyway).

Despite the large number of events Stan ran the line with authority and military like precision and the match was completed in time for a leisurely lunch of military style cuisine specially prepared by one of the best cooks in all of New Jersey.

A new twist on our lunch resulted in everyone eating outdoors as there was a conflict in use of the clubhouse. (A trap shooting seminar was held in the nice AC cooled clubhouse) and we got to eat on the old picnic tables.

Madame la Chef Barbara F. has been unable to attend due to medical issues,so our fill-in Chef Tom cooked the hot-dogs and beans in the kitchen, while his new "Assistant" chef, Pete Y. did a great job on the grill with our special of the day SPAM.

This year's menu included Grilled SPAM, and boiled 100% all beef ball park style hot dogs. The dogs were served on fresh buns and could be suffused with warm chili or bedaubed with mustard, ketchup, or sauerkraut and topped off with a generous serving of good old fashioned baked beans (Bush's), just like grandma used to make. A selection of America's favorite delicious nuitricious deserts, Twinkies, Drakes Apple and Cherry Pies and Potato Chips were also available to top off this exquisite dining experience. All in all, a fabulous gourmet like treat well worth the price of admission alone.

After the usual lunchtime banter, the winners of the rifle matches were announced with some memorable and outstanding acheivements. High score of the day went to John M. with a 99-4X in the Legendary 03 event using an 03-A3 Springfield followed closely by Pete Y. with a 95-2X firing a Remington 513 US training rifle in the Trainer Contest. Russ P.was the top winner of the day taking home Five Trophies: His wins were: San Juan Hill, Boxer Rebellian, Pork Chop Hill, Khe Sahn, and Falluja. Next was John M. whose trophies included: the coveted Spanish American Volunteer, Legendary '03 & Audy Murphy awards.

John M. won the grueling Audie Murphy event with an outstanding score of 291 out of a possible 310. Special mention goes to both Pete Y. and Will J. for turning in nearly identical scores in the Trainer contest- Pete won by just 1 X .

Most shooters scored their own targets, with scores confirmed by Pete M. After final checking by Official Score Keeper - Tom P. scores were recorded and trophies handed out.

Congratulations to all contest winners and thanks to everyone who showed up and participated in this match making it a success.

The next Shongum Vintage Military Rifle Match is the Span-AM Match will be held June 30 (Rescheduled due to weather from March).
Details and further information can be found on the SSA and NJACC websites.

Shoot Results Follow:
Memorial Day Match
CONTEST / Guns of the Era Winner / Rifle Score

5 Rounds

1) Monmouth
Smoothbore Flintlock (50 Yards)
No Entries  
2) Bull Run
Percussion Smooth Bore (25 Yards)
No Entries  
3) New Orleans
Flintlock Rifle (100 Yards)
No Entries  
4) Pickett's Charge
Civil War Rifle (100 Yards)
No Entries  
5) Brandy Station
Civil War Rifled Carbine (100 Yards)
No Entries  

10 Rounds 2-Minutes - 100 Yards

6) Little Big Horn
Trapdoor Springfield .45-70,
SASS Lever Rifle (Pistol Cal)
Paul M.
Trapdoor Carbine
7) San Juan Hill
Krag Carbine .30-40 Krag
Russ P.
Krag Carbine
8) Spanish-American Volunteer
Trapdoor Springfield .45-70
John M.
45/70 Trapdoor Springfield
9) Boxer Rebellion
Krag Rifle .30-40 Krag
Russ P.
1898 Krag Rifle
10) US Enfield M1917
US M1917, P17
Jeff A.
US M1917
11) Legendary '03
03,'03A1, '03A3, MK I '03,
John M.
'03 Springfield
12) Pork Chop Hill
M1 Garand
Russ P.
M1 Garand
13) Young Warrior
Any Shooter/Gun Under 18
No Entries  
14) Khe Sahn
Russ P.
15) Fallujah (War on Terror)
Any Jersey Legal AR-15
Russ P.
16) American Sniper
US Military Scoped Sniper Rifle Pre '75
Jeff A.
Springfield '03A4
17) Harlem Hellfighters
Berthier Rifle
Paul M.
Remington 07-15 Berthier
18) Rosie the Riveter
Any Female Shooter Any Match
No Entries  
19) Audy Murphy
M1 Garand / 1911A1
John M.
M1 Garand / 1911A1
20) Trainer
US Military .22 Trainer
Pete Y.
513 Trainer
All Scores in html format

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