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Posted On: Sep. 21, 2017 @ 8:47:25 AM
Members are reminded that rocks are not to be used at any time to hold up targets, or to weigh them down on the rifle range or pistol ranges A, B or C. If you need to weight target stands then please use sandbags.
For those using range A (fixed firing line) there are two signs at the 20-yard Mark indicating the targets may not be moved any closer to the firing line. Please make sure that the target stands stay behind those markers. If you need to shoot at targets closer than this then please use range C (moveable firing line) where your target will be at the back berm but you can approach the target much closer.
Posted On: Sep. 20, 2017 @ 7:56:25 AM
Red Rifle Details - October 1st 2017
IDPANL and the SJRGC will be hosting the annual Red Rifle shoot on October 1st. This is an informal friendly but competitive shoot using only soviet and communist block type rifles and pistols. There will be multiple stages and events for all firearm types from distances of 10 yards out to 200 yards, so something for everyone.
The event is open to all club members and guests, if you do not have suitable firearms not to worry, there will be plenty to borrow. If you intend to borrow please provide your own ammo, no corrosive if at all possible. A hot meal will be provided for lunch and the event should go ahead regardless of weather unless we get a severe storm.
Any questions please contact Mike Saunders at
Posted On: Sep. 17, 2017 @ 8:58:25 PM
The sporting clays group, aka OFCL, will begin this Wednesday, 13 September 2017. We shoot from around 10 am to 3 pm. Clay targets are $5 per round of 25. Bring your own ammo and firearm. Lunch available at $5. Other then Christmas week, OFCL will continue until Wednesday evening sporting clays begins in late spring.
Sporting Clays Comm.
Posted On: Sep. 17, 2017 @ 7:46:48 AM
Due to the low number of people available for this Saturday we will postpone the OP Hunters Challenge to the Saturday, 21 OCTOBER.
Sporting Clays Comm.
Posted On: Sep. 17, 2017 @ 7:46:39 AM
The Sporting Clays Hunters Challenge sponsored by OP Hunting & Fishing will be held on Saturday, 21 October. As usual there will be some interesting prizes. This is a NSCA shoot but all are welcome.
Sporting Clays Comm.
Posted On: Sep. 7, 2017 @ 10:45:08 AM
2017 Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Championships
Moncton Gun Club, Riverview, NB
The 2017 Atlantic Provinces (AP) Trapshooting Championships was hosted by the Moncton Gun Club located in Riverview, NB just outside of Moncton September 1-3, 2017. In attendance were the regular AP competitors from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick with a compliment of shooters from Ontario and Quebec. Attendance was up by 20% in the Preliminary Singles and AP Singles Championship events with other events on par with last year’s attendance.
- Canadian Singles AA Open Champion Troy Coldwell claims the Preliminary Singles, Ken d’Eon claims the Preliminary Handicap and visiting Quebec shooter Serge Pelletier claims the Preliminary Doubles titles
- Andrea Bassan claims his 3rd AP Singles Championship besting the field of 56 shooters. Peter Grant (Quebec) claims his 5th Open AP Singles Championship.
- Canadian Singles Open Champion Doug Blades wins the AP Singles Runner up trophy for the 2nd year running
- Ontario shooters Dianne Wood and Byron House claim the Open Lady and Open Veteran trophies respectively
- Team SW Nova (Doug Blades, Brian Blades, Ken d’Eon, Reynold d’Entremont and Aubrey Spinney) claim the 5 Man Team Singles Championship
- Bassan and Coldwell claim the 2 Man Team Singles and 2 Man Team Doubles races
- Coldwell claims an impressive 8th consecutive AP Doubles title. Quebec shooter, Claude Lyonnais, attending his first AP Shoot, claims the Doubles Open title while Doug Blades defends the AP Doubles Runner up title
- Clyde d’Entremont is the AP Handicap Champion with a score of 93 in the main handicap event. 2015 Champion Steven d’Entremont claims the Runner up title while the 2016 Handicap Champion, Herbie Nickerson, claims the Sub Veteran title.
- Peter Grant claims his 3rd Open AP Handicap title
- Carl d’Entremont dominates the Veteran category winning in all 3 AP Championship events
- Paul Bailey defends his AP Handicap Senior Veteran trophy for the 2nd year
- Doug Blades captures the HAA Closed while Coldwell claims the HAA Open
- Coldwell defends the HOA Championship Closed for the 4th consecutive year while Reynold d’Entremont captures the HOA Open title
Representatives from the Highland Gun Club located near Yarmouth, NS expressed their interest in hosting the 2018 AP ATA Championships. Their bid to host was unanimously accepted and the shoot awarded to the Highland Gun Club for 2018.
Elected APTA officials are:
ATA Delegate, CTA Delegate and APTA President - Andrea Bassan
ATA Alternate Delegate - Vacant
APTA 1st VP - Troy Coldwell
Secretary / Treasurer - Doug Blades
Posted On: Sep. 7, 2017 @ 8:46:27 AM
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Posted On: Aug. 29, 2017 @ 10:48:09 PM
2017 St. John’s Rod and Gun Club - Memorial Shoot Results
Members of the Tony Mackey family joined the St. John's Rod and Gun Club for the Grand Opening of the Tony Mackey Memorial Range on Sunday, August 20.
Tony was a long time and well respected member of the St. John’s Rod and Club serving on the executive board as a Director, Treasurer and Secretary. It was Tony’s long term vision and range development plan that set the course for making our ranges a better shooting experience for all members. Tony’s plan included a reconfiguration of Range B to expand the 50m and 100m target stands and the construction of a 25m pistol pit that would serve as the club’s pistol range and “overflow” action shooting pit. The new pistol range would have a fixed firing line complete with shooting tables and enough space for 12 shooting lanes. The new pistol range would also serve as an active pistol shooting range when our pistol groups required more space for their matches. It was an ambitious plan and one that was completed this summer thanks to the hard work and commitment of those involved in ensuring that Tony’s plan was put into action.
Tony was the type of person that could see the bigger picture and supported all aspects of the club whether it be the youth event, trap, sporting clays, rifle or pistol. It's for these reasons (and many more) that the executive decided to dedicate the new Range A to the one individual that put the plan in place but unfortunately was not present to see it completed.
Thank you Tony for all your contributions to the club.
As this weekend was also the club’s annual Memorial Shoot, the 2017 Tony Mackey Memorial Award was also awarded. Congratulations to this year’s winner Monty Petipas.
Here is the Mackey family with Andrea Bassan and Mike Smith of SJRGC presenting top gun award for pistol to Monty Petipas.
Memorial Day Shoot – Trap Results
The St. John’s Rod and Gun Club hosted the 12th annual Memorial Shoot on the weekend of August 19 and 20, 2017. This annual club event is held in memory of all shooters that were once a part of our club and are no longer with us. Thanks to the Molloy, Lewis, Anstey and Mackey families for allowing us to be a part of this very special day.
- a 2 day shoot program included an expanded Sporting Clays shoot and a full day of Trap giving shooters an all-around clay target competition.
- both days were well attended with a number of shooters participating in both events.
- Greg, Zach and Ryan Elms all took advantage of the complimentary Amateur Trapshooting Association memberships.
- congratulations to Greg who shot his first 25 straight in his very first ATA registered shoot. Well done Greg!
- after the first round of 50 Singles Bassan, Coldwell and Rosa were tied with 49/50. Close behind was Ronald Tilley with a 48/50.
- the final scores produced a lot of ties and all shooters agreed to be declared Co Winners
- Coldwell scores a 96/100 in Doubles. Rosa was 2 targets behind with a 94.
Troy Coldwell and Joe Rosa – Co Champions. 98/100
Andrea Bassan and Ronald Tilley – Co Winners. 97/100
Sandy Cribb, John Tucker, Paul “OMB” Bailey Co Winners. 90/100
Herb Butt – Winner. 89/100
Peter Tucker, Kevin Lewis, Brian Lewis – Co Runner ups. 87/100
Mike Smith. 85/100
Zach Elms. 80/100
Keegan Lewis. 73/100
Janice Molloy and Ryan Elms - Co Runner ups. 63/100
Roger Bidgood 2 Man Team Award
Brian Lewis and Ronald Tilley – 182/200
Dave Anstey High Gun Overall
(Singles and Doubles)
Troy Coldwell – 194/200
Memorial Shoot – Sporting Clays
The club’s annual Memorial Shoot was held on August 19-20, 2017 with sporting clays on the 19th and trap on the 20th. This was a new approach for 2017 which turned out to be a success with approximately 30 shooters on each day.
The sporting course consisted of 100 targets with 50 targets in the morning and 50 in the afternoon, which made for a fun and relaxing day of shooting. At the end of the day Ronald Tilley was HOA with a score of 88 followed by Runner-up Herb Butt with a score of 87. NSCA Class/Concurrent Awards: A class Champ – Ronald Tilley (score of 88) B Class Champ – Herb Butt (Score of 87) C Class Champ – John Tucker (Score of 63) D Class Champ – Kevin Healey (Score of 66) E Class Champ – Shane Williams (Score of 75 – also sub-Junior Champ) Ladies Champ – Nina Chandler (Score of 54)
Senior Veteran Champ – Thomas McGarry (Score of 59)
Veteran Champ – Sandy Cribb (Score of 73)
Junior Champ – Zack Elms (Score of 63)
Hunter’s Class Award: John Legault was the Hunter’s Class champ for the day.
The “Shoot and Out” challenge during the lunch break once again kept shooters on their toes with Andrea Bassan remaining until the end who shared the pot with Bob Barbour who was runner up.
These events are made possible by the dedicated volunteers of our club. A big thanks goes out to everyone who helped with organization, setup/takedown, kept the shooters well fed during the day, and to Leo Carns for planning and setting the clays course.
The Executive, SJRGC
Posted On: Aug. 29, 2017 @ 10:38:26 PM
Please note that new operating instructions for Range A as well as minor updates for the other ranges have been posted on the club website.
The new Operating Instructions can be found here.
New Range A, dedicated to the memory of Tony Mackey, is located to the right of Range C and has a fixed firing line as indicated by 5 posts along the width of the range. All shooting by members on a day to day basis must take place from this firing line. There are a total of 12 shooting positions, 4 have benches the remaining 8 are standing positions. All standing positions are the open space between the shooting benches and the wooden posts (which have a small table attached). There are 12 shooting positions and there are 12 target stands, later this week the shooting positions & target stands will be numbered. Shooters will have their own dedicated target stand when shooting on Range A. The target stands are currently placed at 25m, but they are individually moveable so members may pull them forward to 20m, or 20 yards. Later this week markers will be placed on the right & left side of the range to indicate these distances making it easier for members to properly place the moveable target stands.
Please note: there is to be no shotgun or shotgun ammunition to be used on Range A as indicated on our Shooting Range Approval. Rnge A is certified for centrefire rifles in the 308 class and smaller. However, Range A is not certified for the 338 Lapua magnum class similar to Range C. This class can only used from the magnum port on Range B. No range at SJRGC is certified for the 50 BMG class of rifles and they cannot be used at SJRGC.
With our new range plan we have removed the 20m bullet catcher on the old Range A-B, this range will be entirely known as Range B with shooting positions available to shoot 50, 100 & 200 yards. All berms and bullet catchers have been beautifully rebuilt to specification, the walkway down range repaired and all new target stands installed. Open space in the centre of the new target stands allows for members to hang their own targets or place clay targets on the berm at a safe height. No targets are to be used higher than the top rail of the new target stands.
With all the hard work completed on Ranges A, B & C please make a special effort to keep the ranges clean and free from spent casings and used targets.
Posted On: Aug. 25, 2017 @ 9:44:43 AM
The club’s annual Regatta Day sporting clays shoot was held on August 2, 2017. The course consisted of 150 targets including a variety of presentations. Close to 30 shooters were in attendance including visiting shooters John and Tracey Roberts from New Brunswick.
The “Shoot and Out” challenge served up some fun for shooters during the lunch break with John Tucker remaining until the end. The day ended with a lovely steak supper prepared by our faithful volunteers.
The awards for the day are as follows: HOA – John Roberts (Score of 129) Runner Up – Ronald Tilley (Score of 127) NSCA Class/Concurrent Awards: A class Champ – John Roberts (score of 129) B Class Champ – Ronald Tilley (Score of 127) C Class Champ – John Tucker (Score of 106) D Class Champ – Ryan Butt (Score of 120 – also Junior champ) E Class Champ – Kevin Healey (Score of 95) Ladies Champ – Tracey Roberts (Score of 99)
Senior Veteran Champ – Leo Carns (Score of 101)
Veteran Champ – Peter Tucker (Score of 107)
Hunter’s Class Champ:
John Legault was the Hunter’s Class champ for the day.
A big thanks to everyone who helped with organization, setup/ takedown and especially kitchen duties as well as to Jim Legge for setting a great course.
Posted On: Aug. 23, 2017 @ 9:08:52 AM
The IDPA Zombie Apocalypse VI Multi-Gun Shoot was held on Saturday, 5 August and it was one of the most successful zombie shoots we have had in the six years we have been running this event. The weather was fantastic and a total of 27 shooters attended, including participants from other provincial gun clubs such as the Discovery Shooting Club in Elliston and the Northwest Arm Rod & Gun Club in Winterland.
To recap, there were four elaborate stages or courses of fire which included a mix of target types (paper, steel and frangible) and presentations (disappearing, pop-up, etc.) to be engaged by a mix of firearms - pistol, shotgun and close quarters battle rifle.
In keeping with the spirit of IDPA, prizes were drawn randomly and awarded such that all participants have an equal chance of walking away with a prize. The prizes included complementary one year memberships for the St. John's Rod & Gun Club (SJRGC), Northwest Arm Rod & Gun Club, and IDPANL; raffle tickets on a non-restricted IWI Tavor TAR-21 5.56mm rifle from Labrador Trap & Skeet Club (potential value $3,100); IDPANL swag (hats, mugs and t-shirts); and zombie themed signs for your garage, shed, or "man cave". Congrats to the winners!
Many thanks to the folks who played a role - no matter how small - in helping to make it a successful and fun event, whether it was in preparing lunch, helping set up or tear down the stages, or just doing your part to patch targets and re-set steel and props. A special thanks to the hard working safety officers, scorekeepers and other staff who went above and beyond - including having to run the entire course many times over - to ensure that those in attendance got through in an efficient, safe and enjoyable manner.
Again, thanks for attending and we hope you enjoyed it. Until the undead rise again, we continue to have regularly scheduled IDPA matches and side events like this one throughout the year and we encourage potential new members to try the sport.
Match results to follow.
IDPANL Zombie Apocalypse VI Multi-Gun Shoot
Stage 1 (Range A): Unnatural Causes - 21 rounds pistol only
Stage 2 (Range A): Dig Your Way Out - 17 rounds pistol only
Stage 3 (Range C): Hobo with a Shotgun - 9 rounds shotgun, 18 rounds pistol, two gun stage
Stage 4 (Range B): End of the Line - 24 rounds CQB rifle, 9 rounds shotgun, 24 rounds pistol, three gun stage
This kind of match is scored on the basis of a formula that basically looks like this: Raw time + points down (with points are added for
misses or inaccurate shots and then converted to time) = score (in seconds). A lower score (i.e. less time) is better.
Name/Squad Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Total Ranking
Hugh Jacobs 1 69.62 70.55 262.60 475.50 878.27 23
Jeff Randell 1 75.15 64.06 90.42 287.60 517.23 13
Joe Lockyer 1 55.97 54.97 87.92 192.10 390.96 5
Barry Whelan 1 84.78 83.60 101.21 354.10 623.69 20
Mike McGrath 1 74.06 42.53 89.18 197.90 403.67 9
Neal Tucker 1 101.05 65.59 212.20 269.60 648.44 22
Daniel Tucker 1 90.70 135.92 350.10 355.60 1032.32 26
Chris Butt 1 91.36 63.28 210.50 529.10 894.24 24
Mike Saunders 1 51.73 57.22 84.55 240.80 434.30 11
Gary Noftall 2 64.41 57.54 161.09 245.20 528.24 17
Adam Waterman 2 9.15 60.35 90.40 199.10 399.00 7
Justin Waterman 2 89.69 63.39 208.36 277.70 639.14 21
Bill Dicks 2 91.74 68.25 160.34 212.10 532.43 18
Scott Smith 2 52.25 40.14 88.59 200.90 381.88 3
Joe Banoub 2 140.41 161.09 143.73 DNF DNF -
Steve Chapeskie 2 52.24 50.12 89.59 201.90 393.85 6
Jay Green 2 72.62 71.53 111.81 206.70 462.66 12
Jeff Dowden 2 48.10 52.85 86.70 233.30 420.95 10
Brad Leyte 2 55.34 47.33 60.07 194.30 357.04 1
John Legault 3 53.79 59.15 74.43 195.45 382.82 4
John Macdonald 3 57.76 45.09 177.98 236.71 517.54 14
Martin Lewis 3 71.70 55.74 81.91 191.46 400.81 8
Bill Brennan 3 131.06 88.62 163.27 549.84 932.79 25
Rob Kielly 3 75.86 50.33 122.41 275.21 523.81 15
Chris Hollett 3 60.62 55.26 95.42 312.77 524.07 16
Gerry Carr 3 75.04 56.74 129.52 280.87 542.17 19
Scott Pike 3 57.60 64.98 72.73 170.60 365.91 2
Best scores are in red.
Some competitors chose to also shoot an optional bonus stage (23 rounds pistol only) called Helldorado II. Here are the results for the
bonus stage only:
Adam Waterman 50.82
Justin Waterman 120.81
Gary Noftall 71.06
Scott Smith 49.41
Jeff Dowden 61.68
Jay Green 141.81
Brad Leyte 91.29
Bill Dicks 114.76
Mike Saunders 49.24
Barry Whelan 112.53
John Legault 54.55
Jeff Randell 90.27
Martin Lewis 55.29
Posted On: Jul. 18, 2017 @ 10:32:41 PM
The 2017 Newfoundland and Labrador Trapshooting Championships were held at the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club July 15-16, 2017. Shooters from across the province participated in the 400 target Amateur Trapshooting Association sanctioned event and competed for the provincial Singles, Doubles and Handicap titles.
- Andrea Bassan and Troy Coldwell tie for the NF Sportsman Singles Championships with scores of 195/200.
- Bassan edges Coldwell in the shootoff with a score of 25/25 to Coldwell’s 24/25.
- Bassan, Coldwell and Robert Mercer compete in the Dave Anstey Champion of Champions event. Bassan and Coldwell agree to be co-Champions after both tallied 49/50 in the 2 round event of previous provincial Singles Champions.
- Nina Chandler shoots her first 25 straight and also claims the NL Lady Singles crown. Shoots a personal best score of 173/200 in ATA registered Singles shooting.
- Paul “OMB” Bailey shoots a personal best (186/200) at the age of 84 to claim the NL Veteran Trophy over fellow veteran shooters Derm Molloy and Robert Mercer.
- The St. John’s Rod and Gun Club 5 Man Team of Bassan, Coldwell, Paul Bailey and the 2 Tuckers brothers – Peter and Johnny claim the 2017 5 Man Tean Singles trophy.
- Bassan and Coldwell claim the Singles and Doubles 2 Man Team events.
- Coldwell claims the DU Doubles with a pair of 47/50s for a score of 94/100.
- Peter Tucker and Ray Snow tie for top score in the Pat Wall Handicap with scores of 89/100. Tucker runs a perfect round from the 20 yard line to claim top honours over Snow’s 21/25.
Posted On: Jul. 8, 2017 @ 8:49:00 AM
2017 Canadian Trapshooting Championships
June 28 – July 2, 2017
Edmonton Gun Club, Edmonton, Alberta
The 2017 Canadian Trapshooting Championships were held June 28 – July 2, 2017 at the Edmonton Gun Club in Edmonton, Alberta. This shoot was the largest Canadian Championships held in western Canada in recent years and saw shooters from coast to coast compete in Canada’s national trapshooting championships. The host club with its beautiful twelve trap facility put off a fantastic shoot and treated shooters to great targets and a well run competition.
Club members Paul Bailey, Andrea Bassan and Troy Coldwell registered for the 1300 target championships and competed in the Singles, Handicap and Doubles events. Paul Bailey and Andrea Bassan shot respectable scores and represented the club well. Troy Coldwell was at the top of his game and shot near perfect scores in all events. Troy’s shooting performance included a 398/400 in the Singles events and a 100 / 100 in the Championship Doubles.
Troy’s awards included:
Preliminary Doubles Events 1,2,3 – AA Champion
Canadian Singles Championship - AA Open Champion
Champion of Champions - Champion
Canadian Doubles Championship Runner-up
High All Around - AA Class
Good shooting Troy!
Coldwell and Bassan were also Atlantic Provinces Team members and placed 2nd overall in the Canadian National Singles Team Race finishing 8 targets behind Team Alberta.
Posted On: Jun. 16, 2017 @ 9:12:41 AM
The 19th annual Newfoundland Sportsman Shoot was held on June 11, 2017 at the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club. A total of 45 shooters participated in the fun shoot which included entries in the Lady and Junior categories as well as the Open Class for all shooters.
Sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted shooters with gusty winds creating some challenging targets. Joe Rosa topped the Trap portion of the shoot with a sore of 47/50. Close behind was Bob Barbour with a 46/50 and Peter Tucker and Troy Coldwell with scores of 44/50. The Sporting Clays portion of the shoot offered the usual variety of challenging target presentations. Peter Tucker’s score of 43/50 was good enough to close the gap and tie with Joe Rosa for a top score of 87/100.
After a combined Trap / Sporting shootoff, Rosa’s 26/30 score to Peter’s 23/30 enabled Joe to claim the 2017 Ed Brocklehurst Top Gun award. Both shooters put on a good show of clay target shooting as other shooters stood by and closely watched every target.
Top Lady shooter was Nina Chandler and the top Junior shooter was Zach Elms.
The St. John’s Rod and Gun Club would like to thank the Newfoundland Sportsman, OP Fishing and Hunting and Emery Fly Rods for supporting the shoot and providing the shoot prizes.
Story by: Andrea Bassan
Photos by: Kevin Healey
Posted On: May. 19, 2017 @ 12:03:14 PM
The club’s very first NSCA registered shoot was held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. A total of 19 shooters shot on the cool, drizzly spring evening. The course consisted of 75 targets including a variety of presentations. The results are as follows:
HOA – Ronald Tilley (Score of 64)
Runner Up – Herb Butt (Score of 62)
NSCA Class and Concurrent Awards:
A class Champ – No Award – our only A class shooter acting as target setter.
B Class Champ – Ronald Tilley (Score of 62)
C Class Champ – Stephen Graves (Score of 53 - also Veteran concurrent champ)
D Class Champ – Leo Carns (Score of 60 - also Super Veteran concurrent champ)
E Class Champ – Brian Sharpe (Score of 50)
Ladies Champ – Nina Chandler (Score of 39)
Thanks to everyone who helped with organization, setup/ takedown, and kitchen duties. Special thanks to our target setters - Jim Legge and Bob Barbour – for creating an interesting course.
Posted On: May. 14, 2017 @ 8:48:37 AM
2017 Trapshooting Schedule
Weekly shooting will take place Sundays (11AM – 4PM) from late April / early May to early December with Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) registered shoots scheduled throughout the season.
** Please note that the new start time for ALL shooters (ATA and recreational shooters) will be 11 AM. **
We have another busy ATA schedule planned for this year. The intention here is to provide those that are interested in competitive shooting the opportunity to practice and it by no means implies that everyone need shoot this many targets. Our policy is that you may shoot as little or as much as you like and our goal is to accommodate everyone. During ATA Shoots we will have trap fields designated for ATA shooters and another trap designated for our recreational shooters.
The annual Newfoundland Sportsman Shoot is scheduled for June 10 and interested shooters are asked to check the May/June edition of the Newfoundland Sportsman magazine for more details. We also look forward to hosting the NL Provincial Trapshooting Championships and the annual Memorial Shoot August 19 - 20. This year’s Memorial Shoot format will be a 2 day shoot with Sporting Clays on Day 1 and Trap on Day 2. Stay tuned to our webpage for more details. Additional shoot information will also be posted on the club’s web announcement system when they become available.
For more info contact:
Andrea Bassan: 746-8426, email@example.com
or online: www.stjohnsrodandgunclub.com
Schedule of Events
May 28: National Trap Day. ATA Registered Shoot - 100 Singles, 50 Handicap, 50 Doubles
June 10: NF Sportsman Shoot. 50 Singles (Trap), 50 Sporting Clays
June 11: Singles Marathon. ATA Registered Shoot - 200 Singles
June 25: ATA Registered Shoot - 100 Handicap, 100 Doubles
June 28 – July 2. Canadian Trapshooting Championships. Edmonton, AB.
July 15 and 16: NL Provincial Shoot. ATA Registered Shoot. 200 Singles, 100 Doubles, 100 Handicap
August 6: ATA Registered Shoot - 100 Singles, 100 Doubles
August 19 and 20: Memorial Shoot: Day 1: Sporting Clays (100). Day 2: Trap (100 Singles, 100 Doubles)
August 27: Handicap Marathon. ATA Registered Shoot – 200 Handicap
September 1 to 3: Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Championships. Moncton, NB.
October 1: Fall Handicap. ATA Registered Shoot - 100 Handicap
October 22: Fall Classic - 100 Singles, 100 Doubles
November 5 (tentative date): Turkey Shoot. Sporting Clays / Trap / Pistol / Rifle / Turkey.
Posted On: May. 7, 2017 @ 3:28:25 PM
2017 Outdoor Archery Season
Our Archery group has had another very successful indoor archery season this year and with spring looking like it may have finally arrived it is time to look ahead to our outdoor season at the club.
Our last Friday night shoot at O'Donel High School will be May 26th from 7-9pm. We hope to return to O'Donel in the fall once our outdoor season raps up, this will be posted on the website once confirmed.
There is still quite a bit of snow/ice and runoff on our 3D trail which is making things very messy and slippery. It will likely be later in the month before we set up the trail course but we will start our 3D season with a shoot on the trap field on Monday evening May 15th at 6pm. Should only be a week or two but we will continue to shoot 3D on the trap field until the trail is suitable and safe. Shoots will continue every Monday evening from 6pm to dusk until mid September.
As our archery group continues to grow we will endeavor to offer more shooting opportunities for our members. For 2017 we plan to add an additional two shooting stations to our existing 13 station 3D trail. This will allow us to shoot a minimum of 15 targets per round with the option of doubling up targets on up to 5 stations allowing us to shoot up to 20 targets per round. We are excited to announce that we will also be adding to our 3D target assortment with the addition of 10 new Rinehart targets. These new targets will allow us to introduce several new species to our course and should arrive by early June.
We may also shoot some World Archery 720 target rounds throughout the summer this year. This round consists of 72 arrows (12 ends of 6 arrows) shot at a 80cm or 122cm target face from 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70m depending on equipment classification and age group. These shoots may take place on Monday evenings or on another suitable day throughout the week as weather and range bookings permit.
We also hope to host several tournaments and special event shoots throughout the summer. Keep an eye on the announcement page as these events will be posted as they are confirmed.
It promises to be another great year of archery at the club, hope to see you there!
Archery Committee Chair
Posted On: Mar. 25, 2017 @ 4:45:22 PM
Well spring today (25 March 2017) for our TGIS Sporting Clays Shoot looked a lot like winter. In total, there were 17 shooters. The course turned out to be tougher then planned due to snow flurries and wind. Kenny was top gun at 69, Herb 2nd with 64, Sam - 63, Bob - 61 and Dave - 59. Congratulations to all for a great day. Thanks to all those who setup, cleaned up, worked the kitchen, and did registration.
The Sporting Clays Comm.
Posted On: Mar. 2, 2017 @ 10:43:51 AM
Twenty five shooters braved the stormy forecast to shoot clays on St. Valentine's Day. Congratulations to John Legault(90) and Kenny White (88) who were 1st and 2nd place, respectively. Bob was third with 84. Congratulations to everyone for a great day.
Thanks to everyone who helped with organization, setup and takedown, and kitchen duties.
Posted On: Jan. 31, 2017 @ 9:23:38 AM
Posted On: Jan. 28, 2017 @ 9:18:02 PM
Eighteen shooters braved the cold on Saturday 28 January 2017 to shoot with Leo. We had a beautiful day with low winds and moderate temps. The Sporting Clays Trail was nicely setup for the event with shots ranging from fleeing grouse to woodcock springing from the bog.
John Legault won the top gun trophy of a bottle of scotch. The Junior shooters were very successful as their scores were higher then several of the seniors.
As always, many thanks to the organizers, target setters, clean up crew, and help in the kitchen. To warm up everyone had a bowl of soup with fresh sandwiches at lunch.
Sporting Clays Comm.
Posted On: Dec. 12, 2016 @ 7:50:48 PM
On Sunday, 11 December 2016, twenty three shooters gathered for Santa's Challenge. It was a beautiful Newfoundland winter day. After one hundred challenging targets, John emerged the winner with a score of 89, Kenny runner up at 85, and Randal 3rd with 79.
Thanks to all who stayed and helped with clean up and take down.
Sporting Clays Comm.
Posted On: Nov. 10, 2016 @ 3:35:22 PM
The club’s annual Turkey Shoot was held on Sunday, November 6 with nearly 60 shooters participating in the pistol, trap and sporting clays events. The weather was seasonal and remained mostly RDF free for the day. Shooters were treated to some nice targets, warm moose soup and a great turkey dinner after the day was done.
Thanks also to everyone that made the day happen. It’s great to see everyone working together to put off a successful event.
As a thank you for helping out during the Atlantic Trapshooting Championships, Alex Andrews, Adam Andrews, Ryan Elms and Zachary Elms were all treated to a day of clay target shooting by the trap section. Thank you boys – your help is very much appreciated.
The 2016 Top “Turkeys” are:
Trap Singles – Roger Butler 94/100
Trap Doubles – Troy Coldwell / Peter Tucker 46/50
Sporting Clays – John Legault 45/50
Pistol Steel Shoot – Rick Crane 38.05
A collection for the Food Sharing Association was also held during the shoot. Proceeds from the lunch as well as donations made during the day will help families in need. Thanks to everyone that donated to this worthwhile cause.
Posted On: Oct. 30, 2016 @ 9:11:37 AM
Twenty two intrepid shooters braved the high winds at the club on Saturday, 29 October 2016, for a day of sporting clays. Kenny was top gun at 78 out of 100, John and Leo tied with 73s for second place and Monty came in 3rd with 70. For the Juniors, Luke had high score of 58. The wind created some very interesting targets in addition to the fleeing and dropping teal and rabbit targets.
Thanks to everyone who helped out with registration, BBQ duties, set up and take down.
Sporting Clays Comm.
Posted On: Oct. 2, 2016 @ 8:07:05 AM
RSO (Range Safety Officer) training held at clubhouse saw thirteen new RSOs (8-adult and 5-junior) inducted into the club's core group of volunteer RSOs. RSOs are essential to the club's activities and help run club events as well as ensuring safety on the range. RSOs are appointed by the club Executive after taking training in the club rules and responsibilities of RSOs. They can be identified by a card issued by the club and members must comply with their requests on shooting safety.
You can learn who they are by clicking RSO List.
The Executive, SJRGC
Posted On: Sep. 26, 2016 @ 7:57:14 AM
Members using the clay target launcher in the clubhouse are reminded to return the launcher to the storage locker in the de-cocked position. Leaving it cocked when stored away is very dangerous and could result in injury to the next user.
Posted On: Sep. 19, 2016 @ 12:05:32 PM
Attached are the results of the Steel Challenge Results Showdown that was conducted on Saturday, Sept 17th 2016 at the SJRGC.
The weather was excellent and we had a great bunch of shooters. We even had a 'new, young shooter' come by to see what we were doing and he got the chance to shoot some steel with a .22LR Smith and Wesson M&P. He did very well and got a round of applause from all of our shooters. He loved it!
Reminder that we still have a couple more IPSC Matches left and we are hoping to get everyone out to finish the season strong!
See you on Tuesday evening for another Steel Shoot. 6:00pm start but come early to help set up. Remember - Many hands makes light work!
Posted On: Sep. 16, 2016 @ 9:27:23 AM
2016 Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Championships
St. John’s Rod and Gun Club, St. John’s, NL
The Atlantic Provinces (AP) Trapshooting Championships returned to Canada’s eastern most province Sept 2-4 and was hosted by the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club located near St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. In attendance were the regular AP competitors from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In addition to the local shooters the club played host to shooters from Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. Attendance was up as much as 30% in the Doubles events and 10% on average for the Singles and Handicap events.
* Troy Coldwell dominated the 2016 Championships claiming top honours in all Singles and Doubles events and places 6th in the AP Handicap. Coldwell also claimed the HOA and HAA titles
* Herbie Nickerson, shooting his new Caeser Guerini Summt combo, captures the AP Handicap Championship and earns his 1 yard punch and AP Provincial ATA Handicap Championship. Tieing Nickerson for top honours was Russ Brown and John Bellows who claimed Runner Up and 3rd Place respectively after the shootoffs were determined
* Aubrey Spinney claimed the Preliminary Handicap Championships earning 1/2 yard punch
* Doug Blades captured the AP Singles Runner Up outright and AP Doubles Runner Up after a shoot off with last year’s Doubles Runner Up Aubrey Spinney
* Canadian Trapshooting Association President Dwight Smith and fellow Saskatchewan resident and ATA Delegate Rod Boll dominate the 2 Man Team races and win the Open Singles and Doubles Champ awards
* Smith also takes the High All Around Open title while Boll takes the High Overall Open title
* Visiting Ontario shooter Wayne Ehgoetz captures the preliminary Handicap Runnerup award and Open Handicap honours with the high score in the AP Handicap Championship
* Team “Non Residents” members Dwight Smith (SK), Rod Boll (SK), Richard Bootsveld (ON), Tiger Williams (SK) and Godefroy Cardinal (QU) take the 5 Man Team Singles Trophy
* Janaya Nickerson dominates the Lady I category in all events while Reynold D’Entrement dominated the Sub Veteran category
* Senior Veteran shooters Derm Molloy and Paul Bailey shoot for Senior Veteran honours in Singles and Handicap with “Old Man Bailey” claiming this year’s honours.
* Bob Mercer returns after an 18 year absence from competitive ATA shooting to claim the Senior Veteran award in the AP Doubles Championship
* Janaya Nickerson and Kevin Healey shoot their first 25 straight in ATA competition
Elected APTA officials are:
ATA Delegate, CTA Delegate and APTA President - Andrea Bassan
ATA Alternate Delegate - Vacant
APTA 1st VP - Troy Coldwell
Secretary / Treasurer - Doug Blades
Posted On: Sep. 13, 2016 @ 9:50:04 PM
On Saturday, 10 September, we had the Hunters Challenge sponsored by OP Fishing & Hunting. It consisted of 100 sporting clays targets shot in two groups of 50. The course as set should have been relatively easy; however, with the drizzle and high winds it became quite challenging. The winners and runner ups in several classes shared in the great prizes supplied by OP Fishing & Hunting including a Boito side by side 12 ga shotgun. Roger won the raffle gun, a Winchester SXP.
All shooters were winners at the Hunters Challenge shown by the average score of 57%. The various class champs were:
Grand champion- Kenny and winner of the Boito shotgun, Runner up- Bob
A Class champion-Herb, Runner up-Leo
B Class champion- Mike, Runner up- Toby
C Class champion - Bob, Runner up- Justin
The club sponsors a junior shooters program that is run by Alastair Allan. Some of the juniors develop shooting skills as part of the Duke of Edinburgh program. Adam, one of our juniors, was presented with his gold level award. Well done Adam.
These events could not be carried out without the help of our core of wonderful volunteers. Many thanks to the ladies in the kitchen, Joan and Ros. Michelle and Alice handled the registration. Special thanks to Jim for setting up a fantastic course. Jim came out Friday evening to set up the course for us and then was there early on Saturday to ensure all went smoothly. Several people kindly stayed behind to clean up. Thanks also to Jeremy at OP for his generous support of this event.
Thanks to all shooters and volunteers, Sporting Clays Comm.
Posted On: Sep. 9, 2016 @ 11:55:33 AM
The last evening for sporting clays was Wednesday, 7 September. There was a great turnout of 30 shooters on a warm sunny day. It was a fantastic course set up by Jim. We also had the results of our 50:50 contest. The results were:
Grand champ- Herb, Runner up-Kenny
A Class champ-Bob, runner up-Leo
B Class champ-Scott, runner up-Gerry
C Class champ-Ray, runner up-Kevin
Besides the champs, there were a lot of personal bests and improvements in scores over the summer. The Sporting Clays group thanks our founders, Bob and Alice for all they do for the club and specifically for the sporting clays group. Also thanks to Jim who dreams up impossible targets for us to shoot at and sadly frequently miss (So does Jim). Most of all thanks to all the club members who came out and shot and especially for set up and stayed for clean up.
Sporting Clays continues on with the OFCL group that shoots every Wednesday at 10 am. Everyone who can make it is welcome. You young folk who have an unexpected sick/leave day are also welcome. We will help you recover.
God bless, Sporting Clays Comm.
Posted On: Sep. 2, 2016 @ 1:01:54 PM
Zombie Apocalypse V – our fifth annual three gun shoot – is in the history books! It was a long and challenging (sometimes even punishing) slog. Many thanks to those who attended. Having you participate and say you enjoyed yourself is what makes this a worthwhile effort.
Courses of fire were as follows:
Stage 1 – Scream Aim Fire (a pistol stage)
Stage 2 – Bug Out (a pistol stage, with a pickup gun component)
Stage 3 – Road to Nowhere (a rifle and shotgun stage)
Stage 4 – Once Bitten (a shotgun and pistol stage)
Stage 5 – Cerberus Unchained (a rifle, shotgun and pistol stage)
22 shooters participated in the event, including a number of juniors. Shooters were divided into holster qualified (EX) and novice (NV) classes.
Match results are posted below:
Name Class Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Total
D.L. EX 54.82 91.74 216.25 127.84 DNF DNF
J.R. EX 52.86 81.02 179.13 126.83 DNF DNF
D.H. NV 81.20 60.80 207.69 DNF DNF DNF
L.F. NV 116.77 103.89 227.50 DNF DNF DNF
Alex A. NV 97.84 57.39 234.87 DNF DNF DNF
Adam A. NV 121.87 79.63 365.52 DNF DNF DNF
M.S. EX 34.71 50.26 115.19 152.24 147.34 499.74
S.P. EX 41.23 47.86 91.29 87.63 131.56 399.57
J.L EX 46.50 62.36 94.16 76.44 157.51 436.97
H.J. EX 91.03 88.33 281.00 210.77 294.94 966.07
W.D. EX 49.16 86.59 158.34 149.72 225.38 669.19
Dylan H. NV 61.02 128.46 205.15 DNF DNF DNF
J.B. EX 80.16 85.25 144.25 147.02 DNF DNF
J.W. EX 61.05 79.68 DNF DNF DNF DNF
D.H. EX 54.97 62.17 100.36 234.69 DNF DNF
A.W. EX 40.13 69.28 DNF DNF DNF DNF
L.S. NV 51.38 58.07 154.95 263.30 333.50 861.20
Steve P. EX 69.55 68.54 97.48 116.88 183.93 536.38
J.G. EX 74.57 72.59 127.64 163.61 204.53 642.94
M.M. EX 44.07 70.80 87.03 124.89 144.05 470.84
J.D. EX 31.12 43.12 129.17 72.91 198.98 475.30
B.L. EX 53.31 65.62 86.93 83.47 153.51 442.84
Best scores in bold.
Overall results were as follows:
1st place – Scott Pike, 2nd place – Joe Lockyer, 3rd place – Brad Leyte, Top novice shooter – Lucas Shave
Photos from the event here: https://idpanl.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/pics-from-zombie-apocalypse-v/
Prizes included annual memberships to the St. John’s Rod & Gun Club, and IDPANL, as well as useful ‘end of the world’ equipment and ammunition.
A HUGE thanks to the volunteers who helped as range officials, and to all those helped set up and/or tear down the stages, and for all the myriad little things that were performed to make this kind of event possible. Even with a great deal of help, this is still a pretty big undertaking. Without it, it would simply be impossible.
Posted On: Aug. 27, 2016 @ 9:15:33 AM
The club hosted the 2016 NL Trapshooting Championships August 6 -7 with 26 shooters registering for the tournament. Congratulations to all winners and shoot participants.
In this field of shooters were former club Trap Chairman Bob Mercer who participated in his first ATA shoot since 1998. In addition, we had first time ATA shooters registered their first targets - Kevin Healey, Nina Chandler and Keegan Lewis.
2016 NL Provincial Championships - August 6 & 7, 2016
Newfoundland Sportsman Singles
Rosa Bian Joe 194 Champion
Bailey Paul H 171 Senior Champion
Brake Janet B 149 Lady Champion
Coldwell Troy S 193 AA Champion
Lewis Brian G 181 A Champion
Brown Russell K 185 B Champion (Shootoff Pending)
Butler Roger 185 B Champion (Shootoff Pending)
Madsen Veronica 147 C Champion
Andrews Edward 177 D Champion
5 Man Team
2 Man Team
Dave Anstey Champion Of Champions
Rosa Bian Joe 49/50 Champion
Ducks Unlimited Doubles
Coldwell Troy S 93 Champion
Rosa Bian Joe 89 AA Champion
Bassan Andrea A 85 A Champion
Barbour Bob C 85 B Champion (Shootoff Pending)
Tucker John 85 B Champion (Shootoff Pending)
Mercer Robert 67 C Champion
Snow Raymond G 75 D Champion
2 Man Team
Pat Wall Handicap
Coldwell Troy S 91 Champion
Andrews Edward 90 Runner Up
Cribb Sandy 88 3rd (25)
Petipas Monty W 88 4th (18)
Tucker Peter 87 5th
High Overall - Troy Coldwell (377/400)
Winchester High Gun Singles And Handicap - Troy Coldwell (284/300)
Posted On: Aug. 4, 2016 @ 8:49:36 AM
Great day at the range for the sporting clays Group. Lovely day with great targets And lots of food. Overall winners were first place Herb Butt and second Kenny White. A Class winners were A-Joe Rosabian, runner up Bob Barbour. B Class winners were Edgar Blackwood. C Class were Raymond Littlejohn with runner up Michelle Littlejohn. Dave Reddin was Seniors Champ, Ryan was Junior Champ and Nina Chadwick was Ladies Champ.
Special thanks to everyone who helped set up, run the registration and work in the kitchen preparing meals and putting out water and drinks. Also thanks to the juniors who helped load targets into machines and the trap houses.
Most important everyone had a great time.
Sporting Clays Comm.
Posted On: Jun. 17, 2016 @ 9:16:55 PM
Members are reminded that when shooting on ranges A, B & C that projectiles must strike the back berms. Firing at the range floors is not permitted. Thus, targets are to be placed in such a manner that projectiles hit the back berms. The purpose of this regulation is to avoid ricochets.
Posted On: Jun. 16, 2016 @ 9:56:45 AM
NF Sportsman Shoot – June 12, 2016
A record number of entries topped the highlights for the 18th annual Newfoundland Sportsman Shoot. A total of 67 shooters registered for the event making this year’s shoot the largest shoot to date.
- a well rounded field of shooters of 67 shooters including 5 Junior, 5 Senior and 5 Lady shooters registering for the event.
- the trap portion of the shoot was first with 13 squads taking to the line. Joe Rosa and Troy Coldwell lead the field with scores of 47/50
- the 50 round Sporting Clays course offered tough, challenging and a variety of targets such as Springing Teal, Fleeing Grouse, Crossers and Incomers.
- Jim Legge and Kenny White topped the Sporting Clay score with 39/50
- Coldwell’s 37/50 was enough to take the Top Gun Award with a total score of 84/100 with Jim Legge taking the Runner up spot with an 82/100
- Megan Michaud took the Lady Award with a 53/100, John Kenny took the Sr award with a 70/100 and Alan took the Junior award with a 35/75 score
- the Junior shooters receive an introduction to trapshooting from shoot winner Troy Coldwell
Thanks to the Newfoundland Sportsman Magazine and sponsors OP Fishing and Hunting, CG Emery and Streamside for providing the fantastic prizes.
Posted On: Jun. 16, 2016 @ 6:46:56 AM
Members are reminded that firearms are to remain in their cases until placed on one of the tables on the firing line. When the range is active they can be uncased. Firearms cannot be uncased or handled in any way behind the firing line.
The Executive, SJRGC
Posted On: Jan. 31, 2016 @ 9:51:42 AM
IDPA Quarterly Report, December 2015
In 2015, IDPA Newfoundland & Labrador (IDPANL) celebrated five years of action shooting at the St. John’s Rod & Gun Club. It was a very busy year for our group, with a total of around 20 regular club matches and other large scale shooting events combined.
We participated - for the second year in a row – in an annual Canadian National Postal Match, hosted by Eagle Lake Gun Club in Ontario. Shooters from IDPA clubs in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and here in Newfoundland and Labrador participated. Once again we placed very well as compared to other competitors nation wide, with 10 scores placing in the top 10 of their respective division and class. Six finished in the top 5 overall, and three of those clinched first place.
The Tony Mackey Memorial Cowboy Shoot was organized by IDPANL in recognition and memoriam of our late friend and fellow club member Tony Mackey, who passed away in January 2015. As well as making a number of significant contributions to the St John’s Rod & Gun Club, and especially to the development of the rifle and pistol events and facilities, Tony really enjoyed cowboy action shooting. And for good reason! It is a lot of fun. Weather played a good deal of havoc with our plans, but after postponing this shoot twice, it finally went ahead on 18 October. Unfortunately, we were barely able to get through the first stage before rain moved in. Discouraged but still itching to throw some lead, we changed plans and retreated to Range B for head to head pistol duels on steel. Random prizes, including a Bowie knife, were awarded to a few lucky winners, and we raised approximately $100 for the St. John’s Rod & Gun Club in honour of our late friend Tony Mackey. There is good reason to believe that there will be another cowboy match in 2016!
On 25 October, IDPANL hosted the fourth annual Red Rifle Shoot. This is a popular event, owing in part to the wide variety of East Bloc military surplus firearms that typically appear, and is open to the general SJRGC membership. 18 participants competed in a mix of challenges, including timed head to head duels (rifle and pistol), team sniper, and an action shooting stage. A meal of hot borsch was graciously provided by member Dmitrijs Hotsajevs, and at the end of the day, random prizes were drawn for valuable kit such as ammunition, magazines, holsters, and bayonets. Top prize was a SKS semi-automatic rifle provided by shoot sponsor Coastal Outdoors.
The club match that had been scheduled for 15 November was instead moved to 22 November, on account of poor weather. Two of the four stages were ‘3-gun’ style, allowing competitors to add their rifles and shotguns to the mix, and which always makes for a good deal of fun. Scott Pike also once again offered a great lunch, with turkey/ptarmigan soup, hot apple pie and of course, hot coffee.
The club match held 6 December was a bit of a variety show, with five stages and six strings, including a mix of interesting scenarios and high round count standards stages. “Crocodile Tears” was a 14 round scenario stage taken from the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals. This stage was more challenging than it looked! “Conspiracy, Accident or Lone Gunman” was a two-string ‘4-gun’ scenario stage that tested the ‘lone gunman’ theory from the Kennedy assassination as well as one possible Secret Service response at the Texas School Book Depository.
Overall it was a very successful and enjoyable 2015 shooting season. Special thanks to our Match Coordinator Michael Saunders for all of his hard work putting together courses of fire over the past year.
IDPA matches take place every third Sunday, on Range C, until about 4 pm. Be sure to check the SJRGC website for the official range schedule. New shooters interested in finding out more about this great shooting sport are welcome to attend one of our regularly scheduled Sunday matches. The next club match is January 31.
Posted On: Dec. 4, 2015 @ 9:56:39 AM
There are increasing reports of non-members using club property. While this occurs at all times of the year, it is more common during hunting season. Non-members who are not guests of a member enter club property illegally and are considered trespassers. Trespassers are a hazard because they do not understand club rules, safety procedures and have no liability insurance as members do. Members have the right to ask to see verification of membership and ask non-members to exit club property. Trespassers who refuse to leave will be reported to the RCMP. Members can call the RCMP to have trespassers evicted and will be supported by the club Executive. In this regard, members should only do what they feel comfortable with and at a minimum if possible obtain a vehicle licence plate number to report to the Executive. Members are reminded not to give out the club gate code.
There have been reports of guests of members using club facilities who have little or no firearms training and no understanding of club rules. In order to use the club's ranges, shooters must be a club member or the guest of a member ($5 guest fee applicable). Members are reminded that they must accompany their guests and supervise them while they are shooting. A guest is the responsibility of the member who sponsored them. Members can bring in two guests at a time and each guest after a couple of visits is requested to join the club.
Non-members can use the gravel pit on the other side of the TCH from the club entrance. The club does not provide sight-in and/or shooting sessions for non-members.
The Executive, SJRGC
Posted On: Nov. 5, 2015 @ 4:36:16 PM
Our comrades returned from the Front yesterday, 25 October, having successfully completed the fourth annual Red Rifle Shoot.
There was excellent conscription for the event, with the weather conditions much better than at Stalingrad, and a total of 18 competitors competing in a mix of stages including:
* 100 yd bolt action rifle, timed head to head duels
* 200 yd team sniper
* pistols on steel, head to head duels
* close quarters battle (CQB) action rifle/pistol
Full results are posted here:
Hot borsch was provided during a rare break in the action, and at the end of the day, random prizes were drawn for valuable kit such as ammunition, magazines, holsters, and bayonets.
Top prize was a SKS semi-automatic rifle provided by shoot sponsor Coastal Outdoors. Congrats to winner R.P.!
Certificates for the competitors with top scores will be made available in due course.
Many thanks to D.H. for the food and donations of prizes, and for his hard work alongside M.S. in organizing the match.
It is always a great deal of fun to break out the military surplus.
Posted On: Nov. 5, 2015 @ 4:35:58 PM
This past spring IDPANL decided it would hold a cowboy action match in honour of our late friend and fellow club member Tony Mackey.
Tony made many significant contributions to the St. John's Rod & Gun Club, as well as being a fantastic person, and we thought it would only be fitting to honour his memory by holding one of his favourite events - a cowboy match.
After postponing this even twice to try and find good weather, and then finally thinking we could catch a break on 18 October, we have now realized that timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
We were barely able to get through Stage 1 before the rain moved in.
Discouraged but still itching to throw some lead, we retired to the chuck wagon where “Cookie” had prepared a good mess of baked beans and hot coffee. That boy is so good he can cut a gopher from his hole.
But the rain didn’t let up. And as they say, if you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. And the junior members we had invited to the event expressed no interest in quitting.
So we changed plans and decided to retreat to Range B to try some head to head pistol duels on steel – under the protection of a roof.
This turned out to be a wise decision. Rain is no fun and head to head pistol duels are always a good time.
Final results are posted here:
In the random draws for prizes, congrats go to “Dutch” for winning the Bowie knife and to “Card Shark” for winning a dozen Labatts.
Match fees were collected as a donation to the St. John’s Rod & Gun Club in Tony's honour.
And there is now good reason to believe that there will be another cowboy match next year!
Until then, remember that a gun and three of a kind always beats three of a kind.
Posted On: Nov. 4, 2015 @ 7:10:46 PM
IDPANL has completed its participation in the second annual Canadian IDPA National Postal Match, organized by Eagle Lake Gun Club in Ontario.
A common course of fire was completed by seven separate Canadian IDPA clubs from coast to coast between early August and late September, and then submitted for scoring and tabulation.
Once again IDPANL members placed very well as compared to other competitors nation wide, with many scores placing in their top 10 of their respective division and class.
Full results are posted here:
Congratulations to everyone who participated. It was a great match and we look forward to participating again next year.
Posted On: Oct. 28, 2015 @ 8:07:01 AM
Today, 27 October 2015, the provincial Department of Environment and Conservation released its report following the five year (2008-13) Caribou Strategy.
Club member and conservation committee contact person Brad Leyte sat on the Caribou Resource Committee on behalf of the Newfoundland & Labrador Wildlife Federation.
Here is the link to the full report:
A Report on the Newfoundland Caribou: A summary and interpretation of the state of knowledge of the island of Newfoundland’s caribou population and key considerations for sustainable management (pdf, 90 pp)
Reading the entirety of the full report is recommended, especially if you are a hunter or you have any interest in the conservation of caribou and other native Newfoundland & Labrador wild species, but a shorter version of the report with just the highlights is also available:
A Report on the Newfoundland Caribou: Highlights (pdf, 12 pp)
Posted On: Sep. 27, 2015 @ 1:51:54 PM
The Hunters Challenge was held at the club on Saturday, 26 September. The weather was great and the shoot course excellent but challenging. The event was sponsored by OP Fishing & Hunting with many wonderful prizes including a Thompson Venture 30-06. The results are:
Champion - Ronald Tilley, Runner-up - Dave Reddin
Ladies Champ - Michelle Littlejohn
Junior champ - Ryan Butt
Seniors champ - Leo Carns
A class: Champion Randal Power and runner-up Dave Sperry
B class: Champion Jim Legge and runner-up Raymond Littlejohn
C class: Champion Alex Andrews and runner-up Kevin Healey
Randall Power was the winner of the raffle for a Winchester SXP waterfowl shotgun.
Congratulations to everyone on a great day. Thanks to all the people who helped in the kitchen, organization and setting up a wonderful shoot course.
Sporting Clays Committee
Posted On: Sep. 17, 2015 @ 7:54:13 AM
The sporting clays group runs a 50:50 lottery. The 50:50 in addition to the weekly draw has a final awarding of prizes to the highest and second highest scores and other winners based on the Lewis Class system. Final scores are based on the average of at least ten scores over the summer. The final results were:
The grand champion is Ronald Tilley with Bob Barbour as runner up. The Lewis Class winners are:
Class A - Herb Butt and runner up Dan Donnelly
Class B - Leo Carns and runner up Jim Legge
Class C - Edgar Blackwood and runner up Michelle Littlejohn
Several others had personal bests. While the weather this past summer wasn't great, the Sporting Clays group had its highest turn out ever. Congratulations to everyone and special thanks to all those who helped out with setup, takedown, record keeping and in the kitchen.
See you next year and don't forget to check the Announcements page for the monthly shoots and the new Wednesday morning OFCL.
Sporting Clays Committee
Posted On: Sep. 14, 2015 @ 6:00:08 PM
Our second organized archery event of the season, the OP Bowhunters Challenge, was held on Sunday September 13th and it was a great success! We had a total of 39 archers attend the event and OP Fishing & Hunting was our major sponsor donating many great prizes. We also had many generous donations from other local businesses and we were able to provide raffle prizes to all participants. The events for the day included a morning and afternoon 3D round as well as a moving target challenge and Buster the steel bear challenge later in the afternoon. First place medals were handed out for the highest combined 3D round scores per shooting class. Based on the positive experience that Joe Oliger from the Clarenville Archery Club had during our previous organized shoot, 7 members of the Clarenville club made the trip in to shoot with us yesterday and they had a great time. Plans are already in place to have more combined events in 2016.
Here are the results of the 3D shoot, highest possible score was 270:
Youth compound – Noah Miller: 158 points
Junior compound – Zack Elms: 193 points
Ladies recurve – Diana Boyd: 129 points
Ladies compound – Deanne Duff: 201 points
Men’s recurve – Sandy Button: 148
Men’s compound bowhunter – Leo Squires: 240 points
Men’s compound unlimited – Jerry Stacey: 227
Here are the results of the moving target challenge:
Youth/Junior/Recurve – Alex Andrews ($25 gift Card)
Men’s Compound – Jeff Roberts – ($25 gift card)
Here are the results of the Buster Challenge:
Jerry Stacey – 50yard distance winner ($50 gift card)
The door prize of a Bear Attitude compound bow was won by Mark Hurley.
OP also donated a youth compound bow to our club to be used for training purposes.
Our final Monday shoot will be Sept 21st.
Posted On: Sep. 10, 2015 @ 1:29:25 PM
2015 Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Championships
Dartmouth Clay Target Shooting Association (DCTA), Cole Harbour, NS
The Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Championships is where the top trapshooters in the Atlantic Provinces of eastern Canada compete for the annual ATA trophies. Shooters were treated to some welcomed warm weather with blue skies, mid to high 20’s (Celsius) and light to moderate winds which made for some decent but sometimes challenging shooting.
In attendance were the regular AP competitors from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In addition to the local shooters, 10 shooters from Quebec and Ontario registered for the shoot.
To see a list of the individual scores click here
- Andrea Bassan takes the ATA Singles Trophy for the 2nd time – previously winning in 2012 when the shoot was last held at DCTA
- Troy Coldwell captured the Singles Runner up, Doubles Championship (5 straight years), 4th Handicap and the HOA and HAA honours
- Aubrey Spinney ties Bassan for the Doubles Runner up honours and wins in the shootoff
- First time competitors at the annual AP ATA shoot were Janaya Nickerson and Alex Nickerson from Southwest Nova Scotia
- Quebec shooters show dominance in the Open Category and take all 4 Open trophies in the AP Handicap
- Quebec ATA Delegate Peter Grant takes Singles Open Champ for 2nd year in a row
- 19 yarder Denis Brule from Quebec wins Preliminary Handicap
- 20 yard shooter Steven D’Entremont wins the AP Handicap Championship and receives his first Handicap Yardage
- Team Newfoundland dominated the Team events capturing the 5 Man Team Singles and with the Bassan / Coldwell duo taking the 2 Man Team in Singles and Doubles
- 1st time competitior atteh annual AP Shoot Janaya Nickerson captured Lady I trophies in all events, Gina Surette Lady II Champion in Singles and Handicap and 1st time JR competitor atteh AP Shoot Alex Nickerson captured the JR honours.
- Sub Veteran competition was close with Brian Macleod, Brian Blades and Reynold D’Entremont close in all Sub Veteran Championships. Reynold D’Entremont was victorious in the Singles while Brian Macleod captured the Doubles Sub Veteran honours. D’Entremont and Blades tied for Handicap Sub Vt with D’Entremont edging Blades in the shootoff to capture this year’s Sub Veteran Handicap title
- Alan Skinner shoots his first 25 straight in ATA competition and Valerie Maher shoots personal best score in ATA competition.
The 2016 Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Championship will be held at the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club, Newfoundland, September 2 to 4, 2016.
Elected APTA officials are:
Andrea Bassan – ATA Delegate, CTA Delegate and APTA President
Monty Petipas – ATA Alternate Delegate
Troy Coldwell – APTA 1st VP
Doug Blades – Secretary Treasurer
Posted On: Sep. 4, 2015 @ 11:54:19 AM
IDPANL 2015 Fourth Annual Zombie Apocalypse Shoot - Results
19 competitors – some of them coming from as far away as Gander
and Clarenville - gathered on Saturday, 15 August, for the Fourth Annual IDPANL
Zombie Apocalypse Shoot.
For the second year in a row, we enjoyed fantastic
weather on the day of the event. Maybe a little too nice, because it made for a
very long and hot summer day for both the staff and the participants.
This year, the event was designed as a 3 Gun style competition.
This meant that the participants used three different kinds of firearms (rifle,
shotgun, and handgun) over the course of the match, and sometimes all of them
in a single stage or course of fire. This style of action shooting is growing
in popularity, and is likely to remain the standard for future Zombie Shoot events
– although we also likely reduce the complexity and physical demands of the
individual courses of fire. Even with a prior day to prepare and set up, it is
a lot of hard work for a few staff!
Congratulations to top shooter Danny Graham, who walked away
with his second consecutive Zombie Shoot title, and as usual, made it look easy.
Congratulations as well to runners up Scott Pike (second place) and Mike
Saunders (third place).
Full scoring results are available here
In keeping with the spirit of IDPA, draws for prizes were
made on a random basis, and this year we had some great prizes available,
including a Beginners Package for the indoor range at Complete Gun Repair, free
annual memberships for both IDPANL and the St. John’s
Rod & Gun Club, and some highly sought after IDPANL swag. T-shirts were
also available for purchase to support the club and to commemorate the event.
To give you some idea of what this event entailed, several IDPANL members spent more than a few long hours putting together the following promotional video. We hope you enjoy it!
Many thanks to our event sponsors Complete Gun Repair and
the St. John’s Rod & Gun Club, as well as to the hard working folks who
helped plan the event, and to set up and tear down the stage props. It is your help that makes events like these possible and worthwhile. See you next year!
Stay tuned, meanwhile, for two more large action shooting events yet to come this year - the Tony Mackey Memorial Cowboy Shoot and the Red Rifle Shoot.
Posted On: Sep. 3, 2015 @ 7:56:13 AM
2015 Memorial Shoot Results
The St. John’s Rod and Gun Club held its annual Memorial Shoot on Sunday, August 30. The shoot is held in memory of members that are no longer with us but who have meant, and still mean, so much to their families, club, fellow shooters and friends. The Memorial Events held in memory of John Molloy, Roger Bidgood and Dave Anstey were well attended and allow shooters to remember their former shooters.
At this year’s shoot, a Memorial Event was held in memory of Tony Mackey who passed away on January 25, 2015 after complications from a heart transplant. Tony was an energetic individual who always managed to see the positive side of things and always saw a solution to the problem at hand. He was an engineer by profession and put his talents to work at the club in many ways. In particular, Tony was the driving force and expert behind the multi-year Range A and B berm rehabilitation project and also oversaw the construction of Range C.
A couple of notable highlights at this year’s shoot. Club President, Mike Smith shot his 1st 50 Straight in Trap Singles. Sporting Clay shooter Rod Lewis scored a perfect round in Sporting Clays, a 50/50 and a first for the club. Well done guys. Good shooting.
Results-John Molloy Singles
Co- Champions – Joe Rosa/Russ Brown 99/100
A Champion – Brian Lewis 97/100
A Runnerup – Peter Tucker 96 / 100
B Champion – John Tucker 94/100
B Runnerup – Mike Smith 92 /100
C Champion – Monty Petipas 88/100
C Runnerup – Roger Butler 88/100
D Champion – Jeff Thomas 80/100
D Runnerup – Edgar Blackwood 79/100
Results-Roger Bidgood 2 Man Team
Basil Molloy / Russ Brown
Champion – Joe Rosa 96/100
A Champion – Peter Tucker 93/100
A Runnerup – John Tucker 88/100
B Champion – Monty Petipas 84/100
B Runnerup – Brian Lewis 82/100
C Champion – Paul Bailey 75/100
C Runnerup – Colin Thomas 68/100
Results-Dave Anstey High Gun Overall
Joe Rosa 195/200
Results-Memorial Sporting Clays
Champion – Rod Lewis 50/50
A Champion – Herb Butt 44/50
A Runnerup – Edgar Blackwood 44/50
B Champion – Toby Robbins 36 / 50
B Runnerup – Monty Petipas 36/50
C Champion – Basil Molloy 30 /50
C Runnerup – Mike Smith 30/50
Results-Tony Mackey Memorial Shoot (Pistol/Steel Shoot)
Champion – Cory Day
The FULL results are available at
Posted On: Aug. 21, 2015 @ 1:49:51 PM
A total of 29 archers participated on Saturday, 15th August in the Coastal Outdoors Archers Open with almost every class of archer represented in the event. Coastal was our major sponsor and stepped up with a great selection of prizes and with the support of other local business donations we were able to provide raffle prizes to all participants.
A 3D competition was held in the morning as well as a fun skills challenge event in the afternoon and the response to both was very positive. Medals were awarded for the 3D round based on the highest score per shooting class. There were two shooters representing the youth division with the youngest being 11 yrs old, three junior shooters, five senior ladies and 19 senior men. There were both recurve and compound shooters represented as well. Overall it was very successful. One participant drove in from the Clarenville archery club and he was very impressed with the shoot. His email is repeated below in italics with his thoughts on our event.
Here are the results of the 3D shoot, highest possible score was 170:
Youth compound – Sabastian Butler: 56 points
Junior compound – Zack Elms; 119 points
Ladies Recurve – Diana Boyd; 54 points
Ladies compound – Eileen Collins; 110 points
Men’s compound – Greg Elms; 138 points
The door prize of a Diamond Infinite Edge compound bow donated by Coastal Outdoors was won by Tyler Moss.
Joe Oliger from the Clarenville Rod & Gun Club wrote a description of the Archery event with some pictures. You can access it here
Archery Committee, SJRGC
Posted On: Mar. 10, 2015 @ 9:56:02 PM
At the Executive meeting 10 March, it was decided that along with the increase in membership fees that guest fees would increase to $5 per Guest. Remember that members are allowed 2 guests per trip to the range and after two or three visits a guest is expected to join the club. Also it is the members responsibility to directly supervise their guests at the club while they are shooting.
The guest fee is collected for liability insurance. Thus, it is important that guests sign in and pay the fee.
The Executive, SJRGC