Historical Winter Shoot

January 15, 2011

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. Weather reports placed the early morning temperatures in the single digits, but by the time shooting started, the temperature had risen to the mid 20's.

Ross Smith arrived early and was totally prepared for the cold. He had a charcoal fired stove to heat a large pot of soup, and smaller propane stove to heat water for coffee, and hot chocolate. We had 29 shooters on the line, and many a cup of soup and coffee was served. - Thank you Ross.

Stan Gurski, our shoot chairman ran the line as usual. Following a quick meeting to disuss procedures and safety, the shoot got underway about 10:00AM.

In addition to the Usual Suspects, we had a new Young Warrior, and a couple of women shooters as well.

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.

Shooters were asked to score their own targets, and Rich Gajda and Tom Plante verified the scores. Several targets actually scored higher than inidcated. The matches ended by 3:00 but scoring was just completed by 3:45. Trophies were handed out and everyone went home happy.

This year, we again used the silhouet targets. Scoring was so good in the Afghan Hills Match, we had 7 perfect scores and one unbelievable group by Troy Iloski.

Most of the benches were used as we had 29 shooters enter the match.

This year, we opted for reasonable calibers for Alaska Hunter and Polar Bear. We had several high scoring entries on these matches for Alaska Hunter, but no one turned in a target for Polar Bear.

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. Four matches had no entrants - Returning champion Troy I 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 D. shot a couple perfect fifties and outscored her husband, Ed. WAY TO TO Debra!! Mrs. D shot excellent scores in all the events she entered.

Troy I proved to be the top shooter again this year. He won so many events we may have to rename the shoot The Troy I competition. Troy's groups were consistantly tight. Troy won the Balkan Front, Chosin Reservoir, and Afghan Hills. He could have won more, but failed to turn in properly identified targets. 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
1) Battle of Trenton
Any Flintlock
No Entry  
2) Mountain Man
Civilian Percussion Rifle
No Entries  
3) Fredricksburg
Any Civil War Muzzloader
No Entry  
4) Winter War
Any Finnish or Russian Mosin Nagant
Dan S
Finnish Mosin Nagant
5) Balkan Front
Any Yugoslav, Austrian, Italian, Bulgarian, Romanian or Greek WWII bolt action rifle
Troy I
Yugo 1924
6) Eastern Front Semi-Auto
G-41, G-43, Tokarev 38 and 40
Bryan T
7) Battle of the Bulge Bolt
98K, 'O3 Springfield, Enfield III, IV, M17 Enfield
Rich C
'K98 Mauser
8) Battle of Heurtgen Forest
M1 Garand, G-43, G-41
Jim M
M1 Garand
9) Scandanavian Bolt
Swedish Mauser, Norwegian or Danish Krag
Andy G
Swedish Mauser
10) Alpine Defense
Any Swiss, Italian French, Austrian
Mil. Bolt or Semi Auto
Paul A
96/11 Swiss Schmidt-Rubin
David W
Sig Sauer
Rich C
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
AR-15 -100 Yards
Deb D
AR-15 - 50 Yards
Ed D
AR-15 - 50 Yards
Bill D
AR-15 - 50 Yards
Alex F
AR-15 - 50 Yards
Walter M
AR-15 - 50 Yards
13) Klondike
Any Black Powder Cartridge Firearm
David W
14) Alaskan Hunter
Any Sporter Rifle in Sporterized Military (iron sights)
Deb D
35 Lever Rifle
35 Lever Rifle
Winter Sniper
Orig. Military Sniper Rifle w/orig. Optics
1 Shot -100 Yards
Andy G
Mosin-Nagant 91/30
Gene R
M1A(100 Yards)
16) Polar Bear
Orig. Military Sniper Rifle w/orig. Optics
1 Shot -100 Yards
No Entry  
17) Sarah Palin Trophy
Any Female Shooter
Debra D
18) Young Warrior
Any Shooter Under 18 Years Old Shooter
Luke V
19) Winter Plinker
Any .22 Rimfire
Ed D
Mossberg 42
20) Winter Olympian
Any .22 Rimfire
Winchester Wildcat

For Corrections, additions or deletions and proper photo ID's please contact our webmaster
Tom Plante
and he will make the changes.