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. We were expecting a damp, drizzly day, but were pleasantly surprised by cool, breezy but relatively dry shooting conditions. The bad weather showed up on Sunday instead of Saturday, and we had a sell-out crowd. In fact, Stan was told that several potential shooters saw how crowded the range was and left.

As usual, Stan Gurski ran the line. When Stan had to leave the line, Jason Healy was drafted. Stan did need some assistance as there were about 40 shooters in the field.

Jeff Cohen was a great help as he brought his camper to the shoot and provided hot beverages and soup on the line. Special thanks also to Bob Weis. Bob transported all the target frames we used at Shongum up to Cherry Ridge, and because we had so many shooters, they were all used.

Initially, our main scorer, Tom Plante was not feeling well and did not plan to attend. John Fuller was doing the scoring when Tom showed up in the early afternoon. Even with Tom and John scoring we did not hand out the trophies until 5:00.

Once again, Joe Lutz provided us his magical baked beans, chili, and hot dogs. Due to the large crowd, Joe's assistant, Chuck Collins had to run to the store for more dogs and rolls. Overall it was a very fun and successfull day for all.

The matches ended by 3:00 but scoring was just completed by 5:00. Trophies were handed out and everyone went home happy.

We had so many shooters, we went through a ton of targets. We ended up shooting at both 50 and 100 yards. At 50 Yards the silhouette targes were used and at the 100 yard range the official NJACC 100 yard targets were used.

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 at 50 yards. Scores were very good this year, and some of the women returnd. However, our Sara Palin Champion from last year was unable to attend.

This year, we opted for reasonable calibers for Alaska Hunter and Polar Bear. We had several high scoring 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 16, 2010

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. At least one of Simchera Brothers, who are outstanding marksmen, was present this year, and only the Mountain Man Contest went uncontested. Several of our regulars performed consistantly well, but got beat anyway with exceptional scores by newcomers. Returning champion Troy Ilioski captured several events just edging out some shooters with a tighter group.

One of the best scores of the match went to our Sarah Palin Trophy Winner, Debra Dempsey. shot a perfect 50-10 X leaving a single hole smaller than a dime. WAY TO TO Debra!! Mrs. Dempsey shot excellent scores in all the events she entered.

Troy Iloski proved to be the top shooter again this year. He won so many events we may have to rename the shoot The Troy Ilioski competition. Troy's groups were consistantly tight. Troy won the Eastern Front Bolt, Balkan Front, Battle of the Bulge Bolt, Scandnavian Bolt, Chosin Reservoir, Afghan Hills, and Alaska Hunter matches.

Troy also took a lot of photos of the shoot and posted them on face book. You can find them at this link:
You Tube Photos

Winning Results are below:

CONTEST WINNER / Firearm Score
Battle of Trenton
Any Flintlock
Matt B
Brown Bess Repro
Mountain Man
Civilian Percussion Rifle
No Entries  
Any Civil War Muzzloader
John R
.58 Cal Musket
Eastern Front Bolt
Any Finnish or Russian Mosin Nagant
Troy I
Finnish Mosin Nagant
Balkan Front
Any Yugoslav, Austrian, Italian, Bulgarian, Romanian or Greek WWII bolt action rifle
Troy I
Yugo 1924
Eastern Front Semi-Auto
G-41, G-43, Tokarev 38 and 40
Rich G
Battle of the Bulge Bolt
98K, 'O3 Springfield, Enfield III, IV, M17 Enfield
Troy I
Battle of Heurtgen Forest
M1 Garand, G-43, G-41
Craig F
- M1 Garand
Scandanavian Bolt
Swedish Mauser, Norwegian or Danish Krag
Troy I
Swedish Mauser
Alpine Defense
Any Swiss, Italian French, Austrian
Mil. Bolt or Semi Auto
Paul A
96/11 Swiss
Chosin Resevoir
M1 Garand, Mosin Nagant, Japanese 38, 99, or Mauser 98
Troy I
Mosin Nagant
Afghan Hills
Any NJ Legal Semi Auto in
5.56, 7.62 Nato, 7.62 x 39, 5.45 x 39
Troy I
AR-15 -100 Yards
Ed D
AR-15 - 50 Yards
Any Black Powder Cartridge Firearm
Andy G
Alaskan Hunter
Any Sporter Rifle in Sporterized Military (iron sights)
Troy I
Mosin Nagant
Winter Sniper
Orig. Military Sniper Rifle w/orig. Optics
1 Shot -100 Yards
Andy G
Mosin-Nagant 91/30
Near-Dead X
Any Sport, Military or Police Rifle w/Iron Sights or Scope
George D
Savage 10 w/ Scope (100 Yards)
Debra D
.35 Marlin w/Scope (50 Yards)
Sarah Palin Trophy
Any Female Shooter
Debra D
Young Warrior
Any Shooter Under 18 Years Old Shooter
Roy C W
No Photo
Brian I
Winter Plinker
Any .22 Rimfire
Rich G
Marlin 7000

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Tom Plante
and he will make the changes.