On December 8, 1991, the old Soviet Union ceased to exist. After 45 years, the Cold War was over and
communism was beaten. The fall of the rest of the axis of evil was imminent and peace was at hand or so
it seemed at the time. Unfortunately the expected Pax Americana did not usher in world peace and American
soldiers, sailors, and marines continue to confront our nation's enemies who are well armed with Combloc
weapons taken from the arsenals of Russia and other iron curtain countries.
While Combloc rifles and pistols are somewhat roughly made and for the most part lack refinements such as
finely adjustable sights, they are none the less effective combat arms and in some cases capable of
astounding accuracy. Various Combloc weapons particularly the ubiquitous Mosin Nagants have found their
way to the United States as captured war trophies while others have been imported to satisfy the growing
market of low budget arms collectors and Vintage Military Rifle (VMR) shooters.
An intrepid band of these elite Combloc rifle and pistol collectors, proudly represented by members of the
Shongum Sportsmen's Association (SSA)and guests , gathered at the Shongum Sportsmen's Association (SSA)
Saturday October 21, 2017 for the 18th Annual End of the Evil Empire Military Match.
It was a day of comradeship, friendly competition, and fine dining sponsored jointly by the NJACC and SSA.
Entrants competing in the marksmanship contests were allowed to use only unmodified rifles and pistols with original
sights as adopted by various Combloc countries. There were nine rifle and three handgun contests in the
course of fire, structured to test the marksmanship skills of participants.
In addition there were two special awards; Young Pioneer for young shooters under 18, and one for the highest scoring
female shooter, named for one of the most successful Soviet woman snipers to survive the Great Patriotic War
(WWII), Lyudmila Pavlichenko.
All matches this year were held in perfect weather conditions under the new Shongum 100 Yard Range Cover.
Stan S. and Steve S. arrived early and set up frames at 100 yards. Stan handled registration as Steve
had prior committments and had to leave early. The matches all got started right on time and acutally
Contest rules required that shooters fire 10 rounds in 2 minutes at targets placed at 75 yards. Participants
brought some of their best Russian, Finnish, Chinese, and Warsaw Pact Mosin Nagants, Simonovs,
and semi-automatic Kalashnikovs to compete for highly coveted trophies and medals from the former Soviet Union.
Some truly noteworthy examples of these rifles included a Czechoslovakian VZ-58 brought back
from Grenada, and several Russian and Yugoslavian made Simonov SKS Carbines in near mint condition.
We had only one submission for Young Pioneeer Instructor, but no Young Pioneers.
Last year, Bolschevic Rifle went unclaimed, but this year we had two shooters in this event.
Rifle matches were efficiently conducted by Comrade Chairman of the Shooting Directorate, Stanislaus G.
with the able assistance of Comrades Pete M. and Chris C.
At the conclusion of the rifle contests, a stick to your ribs lunch of highly authentic Combloc-like fare
was served in the clubhouse. On the menu was gourmet Polish Sausage with Fried Potato Pierogies, Grilled Burgers,
Baked Beans and desserts. These epicurean delights were prepared earlier in the morning by the NJACC's Chef du Jour,
Tom P. who did an amazing job putting this lunch together.Burgers were supplied by shooter
Orlando O. and cooked by Competing Shongum Member,Bob A. Rounding out the fare included:
Drakes Apple Pies, Coke, Birch Beer, Diet Coke and Diet Birch Beer.
Targets were scored on the line by Shooters and then checked by Pete M. and Chris C. making the
recording of scores much easier and speeded up the trophy presentation. Tom P. recorded the scores
and announced the winners.
Happily once again, it would appear that all participating comrades survived lunch and will be able to compete again in future
NJACC/ SSA matches.
The top score of the day (98-3X) was submitted by Comrade Carl J. in the Mosin-Nagant Rile Match
contest using a MN 91/30 . The Lyudmila Pavlichenko Award went to
Comrade Audrey A. using a Mosin Nagant 91/30. Two scores were turned in for the Sniper Match, and of course,
Andy G. our perrennial sniper champion with his scoped MN-91/30 won again.
After lunch and the presentation of rifle match awards, the pistol matches commenced on the
indoor range under the watchful eye of Comrade Range Officer Stan G. Four shooters
entered the Combloc pistol match, the two shooters used a CZ-52 semi-auto pistol in the
Secret Police Match which was won by Comrade Dave T. with the top pistol score for the
day (79) with the Czechoslovakian made CZ-52 (borrowed from George H.) Dave also submitted a
score shooting a Makarov Pistol. (competing against himself).
The following are some photos taken by one of our competitors, Jeff. A.