Historical Winter Shoot

January 17, 2009

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 - 2003.

Shooters were encouraged to wear appropriate battle dress for this occaision, but we were not planning on the'T-Shirt' weather we had.
Temperatures rose to the High 50's with a moderate breeze blowing. The day was nearly perfect. It was not warm, but it was not bitter cold either. Everyone seemed to be dressed properly and had a great time.

As usual, Stan Gurski ran the line. He needed assistance as there were about 40 shooters in the field. At this time I do not know who was working the line with Stan, but I do know that Bill Allen lent a hand this year with his Coleman Stove and fresh coffee.

Although some of our key helpers this year were either out of commission or unavailable , a few new volunteers helped to make the day go smoothly. Up in the clubhouse, Joe Lutz cooked over 100 hotdogs, several cans of chili, baked beans and sauer kraut. We had so many shooters, that at lunch, Joe's famous baked beans ran out early. Tom Plante was in charge of scoring and had lots of help. Some of the young shooters carried targets to the clubhouse from the range. The matches ended by 3:00 and scoring was completed by 4:00. Trophies were handed out and everyone went home happy.

The Cherry Ridge Range requires target frames to their specifications. We usually have enough frames to go around. This year,Tom was late again and we borrowed some Cherry Ridge Frames. Because of storage problems, last year, we decided to donate the frames we had available to Cherry Ridge. They returned the favor this year and loaned us a few frames. T

Virtually every bench was used, and we saw a lot of new faces in the shoot. Usually we shoot at 100 yards, but due to the snow conditions on the ground, we shot a 50 yards. Scores were remarkably high for many, but he women out shot all the men. Deb Dempsey and Steffi M. not only shot remarkeably well, only one male shooter came close to the groups these two ladies shot. This year, we opted for reasonable calibers for Alaska Hunter and Polar Bear. We only had one or two entries on these matches.

You do not have to take my word on the quality of shooting. I have copies of each winning target on line with the scores. Just click on the scores to see the target.


January 17, 2009

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. A couple of contests went uncontested. Several of our regulars performed consistantly well, but got beat anyway with exceptional scores by newcomers. Newcomer Rich C captured three events just edging out Andy G in a couple of events.

The best score of the match went to our Sarah Palin Trophy Winner. Miss Steffanie M shot a perfect 50-10 X leaving a single hole smaller than a dime. WAY TO GO Steffi!! This young lady had some close competition. Mrs. Deb D shot a nearly perfect 50-4X. Deb went on to win Polar Bear and Winter Plinker.

Another top competitor this year was Troy I. Troy's groups were consistantly tight. Troy won the Chosin Reservoir, Afghan Hills, and Alaska Hunter matches.

Winning Results are below:

CONTEST WINNER / Firearm Score
1) Battle of Trenton
Any Flintlock
No Entries  
2) Mountain Man
Civilian Percussion Rifle
Tom P
.50 Hawken .50
3) Fredricksburg
Any Civil War Muzzloader
Greg M
Reminton Zouave
Matt B
1853 Enfield
4) Eastern Front Bolt
Any Finnish or Russian Mosin Nagant
Jeff A
Finnish Mosin Nagant
5) Balkan Front
Any Yugoslav, Austrian, Italian, Bulgarian,
Romanian or Greek WWII bolt action rifle
Richard C
Yugo 1924
6) Eastern Front Semi-Auto
G-41, G-43, Tokarev 38 and 40
No Entries  
7) Battle of the Bulge Bolt
98K, 'O3 Springfield, Enfield III, IV, M17 Enfield
Matt B
8) Battle of Heurtgen Forest
M1 Garand, G-43, G-41
Andy Gisondi
- M1 Garand
9) Scandanavian Bolt
Swedish Mauser, Norwegian or Danish Krag
Rich C
Swedish Mauser
10) Alpine Defense
Any Swiss, Italian French, Austrian
Mil. Bolt or Semi Auto
Paul A
96/11 Swiss
11) Chosin Resevoir
M1 Garand, Mosin Nagant, Japanese 38, 99, or Mauser 98
Troy I
Mosin Nagant
12) Afghan Hills
Any NJ Legal Semi Auto in
5.56, 7.62 Nato, 7.62 x 39, 5.45 x 39
Troy I
John M
M/N 92-30
13) Klondike
Any Black Powder Cartridge Firearm
Rich C
Trapdoor Springield .45-70
14) Alaskan Hunter
Any Sporter Rifle in Sporterized Military (iron sights)
Troy I
15) Winter Sniper
Orig. Military Sniper Rifle w/orig. Optics
1 Shot -100 Yards
Andy G
Mosin-Nagant 91/30
Dead X
Dionigi M
Mosin-Nagant 91/30
3/4 X
Any Sport, Military or Police Rifle w/Iron Sights or Scope
Debra D
.35 Marlin w/Scope
17) Sarah Palin Trophy
Any Female Shooter
Stephanie M
Debra D
18)Young Warrior
Any Shooter Under 18 Years Old Shooter
Roy C W
19) Winter Plinker
Any .22 Rimfire
Deb D
.22 Remington Pump
20) BAR
Browning Automatic Rifle
Semi Auto
David J

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