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Posted On: Jul. 18, 2017 @ 1:23:31 PM
2017 NL Trapshooting Championships
The 2017 NL Trapshooting Championships are scheduled for July 15 - 16, 2017 at the St. John's Rod and Gun Club. Shooters will be competing for the Newfoundland Sportsman Singles, the NL Doubles, the Pat Wall Handicap and the Dave Anstey Champion of Champions Award.
All are welcome to compete in NL's premiere trapshooting tournament. All shooters must be a member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association to compete and a limited number of complimentary memberships are available on a first come / first serve basis.
A warm up shoot is also scheduled for Friday, July 14, 2 PM.
For more information see the shoot program or contact:
Andrea Bassan, 709-746-8426, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted On: Jul. 18, 2017 @ 1:23:14 PM
Saturday July 15th First shot at 9:30 am.
The Beaumont Hamel shoot has been an annual event at the club for the last 10 years or so. It is an informal event open to all club members and guests. It's mainly geared towards the military surplus firearms, but in recent years we have expanded the events to include modern as well as vintage guns.
Events include 20 yard target pistol, 100 yard modern and vintage iron sights, 200 yard modern and vintage iron sights and sniper divisions as well. Bring what you have.
The event is hosted by IDPANL and there will be a fee of 10.00. Usually plenty of guns to borrow and shoot for this event.
Any questions contact Mike Saunders email@example.com
Posted On: Jul. 9, 2017 @ 1:29:57 PM
SJRGC Orientation is scheduled for Sunday, July 9, 2017. Meet Mike at the Clubhouse (red building at end of the road) at 10 am. Wear clothing suitable for the weather of the day as part of the orientation takes place outside. Orientation takes about two hours. Registration in advance is not required. The gate will be left open so you can access the club.
Look forward to seeing you there.
The Executive, SJRGC
Posted On: Jun. 10, 2017 @ 8:16:25 AM
Folks, our second NSCA registered shoot, the "June Evening Special" is being held on Wednesday evening, June 7th. This will consist of 75 sporting targets at a cost of $20.
If you will be attending, you are encouraged to pre-register to Herb Butt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please note that this is one of a small number of Wednesday evening registered shoots that we have planned this year. All other Wednesday evening shoots will be non-registered. During NSCA registered shoots, both NSCA members and non-NSCA shooters are all welcome (non-NSCA shooters shoot in "Hunter's Class"). For information, or to join the National Sporting Clays Association visit: http://nsca.nssa-nsca.org. Just click the "members" section at top of page and click "sign up/renew". It only takes a few minutes!
Folks, for those of you who are unsure if you want to join NSCA at this time, it was recently discovered that there is a complimentary limited membership available to first-timers. The application and details can be found here: http://nssa-nsca.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/CLM_NSCA-rev.-3_14.pdf. Just fill it out, bring it to the next registered shoot you attend and hand it in during registration - Do not mail to NSCA. This will enable you to join NSCA on the spot (as a limited member) and have your targets registered until the end of the year. NSCA will renew your membership for 2018 at a reduced rate. If you have any questions, please e-mail Herb Butt at email@example.com.
Posted On: Jun. 6, 2017 @ 8:16:08 PM
I just wanted to make a quick reminder that renewal season is upon us and we are receiving lots and lots of membership renewals in the mail.
I'm getting this question a lot: "It's almost the end of February is it too late to renew? "
A: No, there is no deadline to renew, once the end of February arrives your current card expires and you won't technically be able to access club facilities. You can renew late whether its a week, month or 6 months, your membership starts on the day you receive your new card and ends at the same time as everyone else - February 28, 2018. Membership fees are not pro-rated for those that renew late. If your membership lapses for 12 months or one membership season you are required to re-attend one of our orientation sessions.
Multi-Year Cards were mailed in late January so everyone that has pre-paid should have their 2017 cards by now. Reasons for not receiving a multi-year card include: 1- Moving and not notifying the Club of you mailing address change, 2- You paid for a multiyear membership but did not attend orientation session, or 3- Your pre-paid period has ended and you are required to renew. If you are expecting a card and did not receive one by now please contact our membership consultant via our contact us page.
If you have any questions regarding membership you can contact me (president) or our membership consultant via the information provided on our contact us page.
Posted On: Feb. 25, 2017 @ 6:58:37 PM
This years AGM will be held at the Elks Club, Carpasian Road on Thursday, 23 February 2017 from 7-10 pm. It is very important for our club to be run well in order to keep everyone safe on the range and progress with improvements. For this to happen, we need a strong Executive. Please consider running for a position. The positions of President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer and three Directors are elected each year. If you nominate someone please ensure they are willing to serve.
Dave Reddin will be Chairing the Nominations Committee this year so if you are interested in serving on the Executive or want to nominate another member please contact him at:
The Executive, SJRGC
Posted On: Jan. 28, 2017 @ 9:14:44 PM
Twenty shooters braved the cold on Saturday 16 January 2016 to shoot with Leo. We had a beautiful day with low winds and sunny skies. The Sporting Clays Trail was nicely setup for the event with shots ranging from fleeing grouse to woodcock springing from the bog.
Rod Lewis won the top gun trophy. 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 moose soup with fresh homemade rolls at lunch.
Sporting Clays Comm.
Pictures from the shoot are below.
Posted On: Nov. 6, 2016 @ 12:21:53 PM
On ranges A and B the area between the painted red and white lines on the edge of the concrete is the firing line. Firearms must be uncased and cased in this area and handled only when the range is active. No-one is permitted to cross the red line while the range is active.
When the range is clear shooters must not handle their firearms and are expected to vacate the area either downrange or towards the car park until the range becomes active again. Spectators and those not shooting must not cross the white line.
The RSO (Range Safety Officer) or person in charge, at his discretion, may permit some activities, such as picking up shell casings during a ceasefire. It is important that the firing line is free from congestion at busy times in order for the RSO to be sure the range is safe.
Posted On: Oct. 13, 2016 @ 9:15:47 AM
Properly designed steel reactive targets are acceptable for use on Ranges B and C, at a minimum distance of 50 yards for centerfire rifle and rimfire cartridges and 11 yards for handgun cartridges. A properly designed steel reactive target will be hard enough to resist cratering or pockmarking, and when set up properly, will produce reliably predictable bullet ricochet and fragmentation (in a safe direction which for reactive targets is generally down) when struck. Acceptable targets do NOT include improvised objects like scrap sheet metal, circular saw blades, metal cans of any kind (such as pop cans, paint cans, or aerosol cans), or disused electronics, etc. It is imperative that you do NOT use any such improvised metal targets on the range facilities. If you do choose to use a steel reactive target, please ensure that it is of a suitable design acceptable to the Executive and that it is emplaced and set up properly. It is NOT acceptable, for example, to attach any target (steel reactive or otherwise) to the wooden support posts or to place it in front of a support post.
Reference: Section 4.5, Range Operating Instructions.
Posted On: Sep. 19, 2016 @ 11:50:31 AM
At this time of the year, Range B is especially busy, with members getting ready for the hunting season and trying to ensure that their rifles are properly sighted in. It is a requirement that you bring your unloaded firearm from your vehicle to the firing line still in its case, and that the muzzle remains pointed down range at ALL times. Do NOT uncase your firearm in your vehicle (or on the bed of a truck), or handle any firearms anywhere except on the firing line and when it is safe to do so (for example, when the range is ACTIVE).
Reference: Section 4.9, SJRGC Range Operating Instructions
“Firearms (handgun/rifle range) must be brought to the firing line cased and may be uncased with muzzles pointing down range only when the range is declared ACTIVE. Firearms MUST NOT be uncased during a range ceasefire.”.
Posted On: Sep. 18, 2016 @ 7:44:19 AM
Posted On: Sep. 18, 2016 @ 7:44:01 AM
A training and certification session for new SJRGC RSOs will be held at the Clubhouse on Saturday September 24th. Places are limited, but a later session may be held if numbers warrant.
Commencement is at 9.30 am and the session will continue to mid afternoon. Lunch will be provided.
Demonstration firearms will be supplied and there will be no live ammunition.
There will be a review of procedures, regulations and etiquette during the morning, followed by a practical and written (open book) exam in the afternoon.
For further information and registration (cut off - September 16th.) please email:
Posted On: Sep. 15, 2016 @ 8:03:15 AM
IDPANL will be holding its annual Red Rifle Shoot Sunday September 11th. This event is open to all club members and guests. This shoot will be held on ranges A, B, and C and will consist of 5 different events using Soviet or eastern block firearms. There will be extra firearms on hand for people to borrow if need be. We ask that people bring their own ammunition however. Coastal Marine, and various other retailers usually carry a good selection of the required calibers. 7.62x39, 7.62x54, and 7.62x25 being the most common. Some events will allow the use of any 9mm pistol however due to potential damage to steel targets. Surplus ammo will be fine for all paper targets.
Events as follows
20 yard head to head pistol duel on steel targets, any 9mm pistol allowed
100 yard Mosin Nagant head to head duel timed at 60 seconds
200 yard Team sniper event, random draw 2 man teams, not timed, any Soviet or equivalent rifle and caliber
Semi auto rifle and bayonet close quarters battle (CQB) stage with bayonet
SMERSH style drill with 2 TT33 pistols. As mentioned above there will be pistols on hand just bring ammo 7.62 x 25 surplus is fine for this event.
The cost for this shoot will be 10.00 and will include a hot meal of authentic home made borscht and desert. This is a very informal shoot with an emphasis on fun not competition. Shooters of all skill levels welcome!
Posted On: Aug. 31, 2016 @ 10:08:22 PM
Posted On: Aug. 31, 2016 @ 10:07:44 PM
2016 Memorial Shoot
The St. John’s Rod and Gun Club will host the 11th annual Memorial Shoot on Sunday, August 21th, 2016. This shoot will be held in memory of all shooters that were once a part of our club and are no longer with us. All friends, shooters and guests are welcome.
Trap registration will be 9:30 AM and the shoot will start at 10 AM. The club’s kitchen will be open and will be serving lunch for a small fee.
Shooters will be competing in the John Molloy Singles, the Roger Bidgood 2 Man Team Award - Singles and the Dave Anstey High Gun Overall Award. Non members are encouraged to attend and will have the chance to win a free membership in the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club. There will be plenty of door prizes and plenty of randomly drawn prizes. Everyone has a chance to win something!!
Schedule of Events:
Event 1: The John Molloy Singles - 100 16 yard Singles.
Prizes will be awarded to the Singles Champion and Class Winners. All prizes awarded using the Lewis Classification System. Cost: $20.00.
Event 2: The Roger Bidgood 2 Man Team Award – Singles.
Teams will be chosen at random. AA Class shooters will be paired with a remaining shooter and the Award goes to the team with the highest combined score.
Event 3: 50 Pair Doubles (100 targets).
Event 4: The Dave Anstey High Gun Overall Award.
Concurrent with Events 1 & 3. Award to High Gun.
Event 5: Tony Mackey Memorial Shoot
Concurrent with the IPSC match scheduled on Range C.
Event 6: 5 Stand (Sporting Clays Range)
Concurrent with Trap Events 1, 2 and 3. Cost: $5 / 25 target round.
For more info contact
Andrea Bassan, 746-8426, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted On: Aug. 23, 2016 @ 1:40:20 PM
Hello Handgun Shooters,
The weather is changing and there are many people excited and looking forward to getting back on the range. We are excited to announce that the Steel Challenge is going to be back in full swing this year. Marc Cooper had been taking care of this event but passed the torch so that we can get it back in action. We appreciate everything that Marc and Megan have done in the past and we still look forward to seeing Marc and Megan on Tuesday nights when they can make it. As of now, Rick Crane and Gerry Carr have stepped forward to take care of things this season.
Notes from Rick and Gerry:
* We are planning on shooting the Steel Challenge on Tuesday evenings starting around 6:00pm. The 2016 season will start on Tuesday, May 24th.
* Our intention is to set up two (2) stages each evening. These stages will be laid out beside each other on Range C, so as to be used at the same time. We will start the season using one stage and will start using 2 stages once we have enough equipment. The intention is to have 2 shooters and 2 RO’s at any given time. (One shooter on the range with the 2nd shooter standing by ready to shoot upon completion of the first shooter).
* We are going to be asking that shooters pay a small fee per evening to offset the cost of purchasing new/replacement equipment for the purposes of these ongoing events. At this time, we think that $5 for the evening is reasonable. We currently have to replace all of the posts required and are looking into constructing a new set of bases to facilitate the 2nd stage.
* We are planning on using Range Officers that have completed the RO course outlined by IROA.
* If we can make it happen financially; we will register our group as an official club under the Steel Challenge Shooting Association. There is a small fee associated with this.
* Steel Challenge allows for shooting in a wide range of categories and calibres (from .22LR up to .45). We are encouraging everyone to come out and give it a try.
*** This is the general concept of Steel Challenge; ***
Steel Challenge scoring is simple: your time is your score!
Shooters require a holster! The stages are generally shot from one standing position.
Each stage consists of 5 targets, commonly referred to as plates. 4 are standard plates, and the 5th is designated as the stop plate. Each of the standard targets must be hit at least once before hitting the stop plate, to avoid incurring penalties. Competitors may fire as many rounds as they deem necessary for each string of fire. The worst string on each stage will be thrown out, and the total of the remaining times will be competitor’s score for that stage
We are excited to be shooting the Steel Challenge again this year and look forward to seeing as many shooters as possible at the range. If you have never seen a Steel Challenge shoot, drop by say hello and see how simple it is to participate.
Rick Crane & Gerry Carr
Rick Crane at email@example.com
Posted On: Aug. 7, 2016 @ 7:50:18 AM
Posted On: Aug. 4, 2016 @ 9:30:58 PM
Sunday, November 1 was a great day for the club’s annual Turkey Shoot. This year’s event offered Trap, Sporting Clays, Archery and of course the turkey dinner to finish off the day. In addition to the shooting and turkey dinner, the club held a fundraiser for the Community Food Sharing Association. A box of non-perishable food items and $330 was raised. Thanks to everyone that donated items of cash.
Over 40 shooters registered for the Trap and Sporting Clay events. Most shooters participated in both which was great to see. Top scores were:
Andrea Bassan - 99/100
Roger Butler - 96/100
John Tucker - 95/100
Troy Coldwell - 49/50
Bob Barbour - 44/50
Andrea Bassan - 42/50
Randal Power - 45/50
Steve Graves - 40/50
Peter Tucker, Bob Barbour, Jim Legge, Monty Petipas – 39/50
Highest possible score was 260
Ladies Compound - Candace Diamond : 191
Ladies Recurve - Diana Boyd : 127
Junior Compound - Zack Elms : 177
Men’s Compound - Greg Elms : 237
The day ended with a fantastic turkey dinner for 50 prepared by club members and volunteers. Specials thanks to Sandra Bassan and Josephine Martin for keeping an eye on the pots and serving lunch which was graciously prepared by Bridget Ryan (moose soup) and Troy Coldwell (moose chili). Thanks to Monty Petipas and Monty’s Restaurant in Whitebourne for doing most of the behind the scene preparation for the turkey dinner, Alice and Bob Barbour of Ches’s Fish and Chips for supplying pies for dessert, and to Browning Harvey and Pepsi for the cold drinks.
Thanks to everyone that helped make the Turkey Shoot a most memorable day.
Posted On: Jul. 20, 2016 @ 9:38:55 PM
On Saturday, 23 July our club is hosting the Youth Shooting Skills Program run by Provincial Wildlife. There is a need for volunteers to assist Wildlife officials to demonstrate shooting skills. We need volunteers for archery, rifle and shotgun.
If you can help out please contact Dave at
Lunch will be provided. Wildlife provides firearms and ammo.
Posted On: Jul. 14, 2016 @ 10:02:09 PM
The St John's Rod and Gun Club will be holding a course for those members interested in becoming RSOs. Course will take place at the clubhouse on Saturday, 23rd May. Members should keep in mind that RSOs are volunteers but are expected to co-ordinate or assist with, at least two events per year. Lunch will be provided. Participants are not required to bring anything other then enthusiasm.
there are only a couple of places left so if you are nterested contact Karl Piercey at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted On: Jul. 14, 2016 @ 9:07:21 PM
IDPA Newfoundland & Labrador (IDPANL) continued to be very busy in the third quarter of 2015, with regular club matches and other large scale shooting events open to the general St. John's Rod & Gun Club membership. We enjoyed some fantastic weather during this past summer season, even in July, which most folks would probably say was a summer month that went missing this year. We were just lucky, I guess, but we’ll take it!
The club match held on 12 July was a six stage, eight string, 109 round mix of standards and scenarios, with the final string including some shotgun on steel. A classifier was also held prior to the match, with three members completing new classifications. 15 competitors were in attendance, including three new members.
The next regularly scheduled club match, held 2 August, proved to be yet another really great weather day. It was hot! There were six stages (a mix of scenarios and standards), and following the match, a few folks stayed behind to do some extra shooting, including some head to head duels on reactive steel targets. This was the first opportunity to try our new 8 inch AR500 steel falling plates that we had acquired from xmetal targets in Quebec; they are excellent.
Planning for the annual Zombie Apocalypse shoot was by now in full swing, and this event went ahead on Saturday, August 18. Once again, perhaps incredible by now, and for the second year in a row, we enjoyed fantastic summer weather on the day of the event. This year’s event took a little different approach, skipping use of Range D altogether for a dedicated shotgun stage and instead transitioning to a pure ‘3 Gun’ style match. 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 in future. The shoot was a big success, with 19 shooters attending from as far away as Gander and Clarenville. Prizes included indoor range package from Gun Repair, free memberships for both IDPANL and the St. John’s Rod & Gun Club, and some highly sought after IDPANL swag. We will probably reduce the complexity and physical demands of the individual courses of fire in future matches. Some of us are well past our days of running marathons! Even with a prior day to set up, it is a lot of hard work and makes for a very long day for both the staff and the participants. A great deal of thanks go to the many volunteers who helped (including tear down in the dark!).
The club matches on 30 August and 20 September were dedicated to completing the second annual Canadian National Postal Match. This is a common course of fire (four stages) completed by separate Canadian IDPA clubs from coast to coast, and then submitted to the host (Eagle Lake Gun Club of Ontario) for scoring and tabulation. More on this in the fourth quarter report, but suffice to say we are very pleased with how our members compare nationally.
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 November 15.
Posted On: Jul. 10, 2016 @ 11:26:22 AM
Hello IPSC Shooters,
This is a reminder about our IPSC Match on Saturday, July 9th 2016. As of today, the weather is showing Mainly Sunny, 15 C, light winds and minimal chance of any rain; a great day to be shooting! We have 6 challenging stages requiring 89 rounds. But don’t let the round count fool you – there is steel in four of the stages and a long stage has as much steel as paper targets. ;-)
Bring your lunch and come on out to the range to help set up. We will be there around 8:30am to start setting up and first shots will go down range at 10am. We will be having a few random draws for prizes. Your name comes up – you choose the prize.
This year we have 9 shooters going to the Canadian Nationals in Halifax, NS. There are only a few more opportunities to get out and practice shooting some IPSC Stages so come on out. We look forward to seeing you at the range.
For anyone that has never shot, or seen, an IPSC Match – go for a drive, come out to the range and see what we are doing on Range ‘C’. We would love to introduce any new shooters to our Action Shooting sport. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me (709) 765-8991 or by email: email@example.com
Hope to see you at the range.
Section Coordinator, IPSCNL
Posted On: Jun. 22, 2016 @ 6:41:21 AM
Beaumont Hamel Memorial Military Collectables Shoot Saturday June 18th
IDPANL will be hosting the Beaumont Hamel Memorial Military Collectables Shoot Saturday June 18th. This shoot is open to all members and guests of the club. The format will be a little different this year in an attempt to see a little more participation from the general membership. There will be 9 different events and shooters can participate in one, several, or all depending on the firearm used. Basically split into two eras, modern and vintage. Anything Vietnam era caliber and newer will be considered modern and prior to Vietnam era will be considered vintage. We will be trying to stick to common military calibers and military surplus firearms as much as possible. Modern pistols in military calibers are acceptable. Modern rifles in military calibers are also acceptable as long as they have some military history. For example the Winchester Model 70 in 30-06 and the Remington M40 (700) in .308 were both issued as sniper rifles in Vietnam. The Savage Axis was not.
The shoot will consist of 9 events across ranges A, B, and C
20 yard pistol, 10 rounds, 1 minute time limit
100 yard rifle, iron sights 5 rounds standing 5 rounds kneeling, 2 minute time limit
100 yard rifle, iron sights or low power optic 3x max modern rifle class 5 standing 5 kneeling 2 minutes
200 yard sniper, unlimited optics modern rifle class bench rest front sandbag only 3 minutes
200 yard rifle, iron sights 5 rounds standing 5 rounds kneeling, 2 minute time limit
200 yard sniper, 10 rounds from the bench front rest only scoped rifle or irons. 3 minute time limit
Mad Minute, iron sights 303 Lee Enfield only, 1 minute unlimited rounds.
Simple Stage In Honor of Sgt. Alvin York WWI 45 ACP only, 6 rounds
Simple Stage In Honor of Sgt. Thomas Baker WWII 45 ACP only, 8 rounds
Head to head pistol duel will be used for an needed tie breakers
This will be an informal shoot and its main intention is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Beaumont Hamel. Break out your military surplus firearms and join us for a bit of friendly competition.
Match fee is $10, bring your own lunch.
Posted On: Jan. 31, 2016 @ 9:51:02 AM
On Saturday 6 December, the sporting clays group hosted the 2nd Annual Santa's Challenge. There were 16 shooters. It was a beautiful sunny day with no wind at -1C. Several shooters scored personal bests. Congratulations to Randall Power for best score overall, Ronald Tilley was runner up, and Monty Petispas third. Many thanks to Monty's Restaurant & Gas Bar for putting together the fine lunch.
Posted On: Jan. 31, 2016 @ 9:41:17 AM
On Saturday, 17 January, the sporting clays group held Leo's Invitational on what turned out to be a snowy winter day. A very interesting field of fire was set up with several challenging shots. In the first round, Monty had a top gun score of 45 and won a bottle of scotch. Bob was second and Leo third. Overall, there was a tie for high score by Bob and Monty after two rounds were completed. Leo was second. A total of 18 hardy shooters enjoyed the day and fine lunch of soup and moose sausage. Congratulations to all.
the Sporting Clays group, SJRGC
Posted On: Nov. 8, 2015 @ 1:16:49 PM
IDPANL Quarterly Report, July 2015
IDPA Newfoundland & Labrador (IDPANL) is now well into the 2015 action shooting season, with 10 matches of pistol and multi-gun shooting having already taken place.
Even without rain or snow, the match held on 19 April was brutally cold, holding true to a spring day down East. Participants did their level best to stay warm by completing a four stage, 10 string, 101 round mix of drills and scenarios. The match incorporated two well known handgun drills, including the Tueller Drill. This was Sgt Dennis Tueller’s test for reaction time against a knife armed attacker 21 feet away (and also known as the 21 foot rule). Sgt Tueller determined that such an attack could be carried out in as little as 1.5 seconds. The other notable drill was Mike Pannone’s Mad Half Minute (11 rounds against a target 10 yd away from three different positions 5 yd apart, and all within a time limit of 30 seconds). Again, it proved to be much harder than it looks. This was the first instance in which a member ran the brand new Compact Carry Pistol (CCP) division.
The weather was much better at the next club match held 3 May. This match was a six stage, 12 string mix of standards and scenarios, including a couple of stages adapted from scenes in the 2005 movie ‘A History of Violence’, starring Viggo Mortensen, with each string involving one or more different kinds of firearms. Among the interesting firearms that came out to play were a 20 gauge Cooey 37A shotgun, a double barrelled 12 gauge shotgun, and a gleaming Colt Python! Members came from as far away as Gander and Clarenville to attend the match, with one of them cleaning house with his wheelgun and the other bringing seafood chowder for the shared lunch that is commonplace at our matches.
On 20 May, a small group of IDPANL members introduced the sport to a group of junior shooters who had already been members of the St. John’s Rod & Gun Club for several years, and were well versed in the small bore rifle and shotgun sports under the tutelage of Alastair Allan, who has been running an excellent junior program for several years. These juniors had some experience with handguns previously, and some of them were already Junior Range Safety Officers (RSOs), but had no prior experience with action shooting sports. It was our desire to provide a range experience unlike what they were used to, and these young people proved to be very well rounded and capable junior club members who are a pleasure to shoot with. The door is certainly open for future sessions. Hopefully we have planted the seed of further and future interest in the action shooting sports and IDPA in particular. Special thanks to Scott Pike for spearheading and taking the reins on this project!
There was a great turnout for the club match held 31 May, with good weather conditions, excepting a rather brisk wind that made it difficult to keep targets and props standing. The match had a total of six stages and 9 strings. As if the wind wasn’t challenging enough, the match incorporated both strong and weak hand shooting, as well as a shotgun bonus round!
A Safety Officer (SO) training course was held on 13 June, and graduated five new Safety Officers. These new SOs will provide much appreciated help to spread the workload in organizing and running matches. It had been hoped the course would be joined by a small contingent of SO candidates from gun clubs on the island’s west coast, with intentions of starting new IDPA sections over there, but unfortunately scheduling conflicts prevented this from happening. It is possible that another SO course will be held in the Fall, so there will be future opportunities.
An off schedule ‘mini match’ was held on Saturday, 20 June, in order to help relieve the drought until the next regularly scheduled club match on 12 July, and to take advantage of generally improving weather and available daylight. This was a half-day match, and was well attended, so it ended up being a classifier. The IDPA Classifier ranks shooters via a required standardized test, and is intended to ensure that shooters of roughly equal skill are grouped together for competitive purposes. It is an annual requirement, and a prerequisite for an IDPA shooter who intends to participate in a sanctioned match outside his or local club.
IDPA matches take place every third Sunday, on Range C, until about 4 pm. There are 18 matches scheduled for 2015, including special events like the upcoming and very popular Zombie Apocalypse Multi-Gun Shoot and the Red Rifle Shoot. 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.
Posted On: Nov. 2, 2015 @ 7:29:22 AM
This year’s Turkey Shoot will take place on Sunday, November 1. Registration for the Trap, Sporting Clay and Archery events is at 9:00 AM with the shooting to start at 10 AM sharp. Juniors can shoot for half price.
As usual, the club kitchen will be serving lunch for a nominal fee or a non-perishable food donation for the Food Sharing Association.
Trap Events: 100 Singles. Cost: $20. 25 Pair Doubles (50 Targets): $10
Sporting Clays: 50 Targets. Cost: $10. (If time permits, shooters may shoot additional rounds)
Archery: 2 – 10 shot rounds on 3D Range: Cost: $10
Rifle / Pistol: Looking for volunteer to coordinate.
All shooters are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or Cash donation.
Registrants will receive 1 ticket for every event entered. Turkeys and Hams will be drawn for at the end of the day from all entries.
When shooting is done for the day, everyone is welcome to stay for our now famous deep fried turkey supper. For $10 you will be treated to a 1st class meal of fresh farm grown turkey, local vegetables, salt meat, peas pudding, fabulous deserts, tea and coffee.
Those interested in attending are asked to confirm (RSVP to Michelle Littlejohn, firstname.lastname@example.org) with organizers by Monday, October 26 so we can make sure there will be enough for everyone. Dinner is limited to 50 so book early. Preference will be given to participating shooters. Guest tickets will only be available after the October 26 deadline and subject to availability.
For Trap / Sporting Clays information contact: Andrea Bassan: 746-8426 or email@example.com
For / Sporting Clays information contact: Bob Barbour: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Archery information contact: Greg Elms: 240-1188, email@example.com
To RSVP for the Turkey Supper contact: Michelle Littlejohn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted On: Oct. 20, 2015 @ 7:19:19 PM
Tony Mackey Memorial Cowboy Shoot
Sunday, 18 October 2015, at Range C
Sponsored and organized by IDPANL, this is an event in recognition and memoriam of our late friend and fellow club member Tony Mackey, who passed away this past January.
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.
This will be primarily a steel shoot, for ease of scoring and target setting, with a minimum of paper targets.
For those of you who have never participated in cowboy action shooting, it is similar to 3 gun but with a minimum of movement and styled in the fashion of the Wild West. Participants are encouraged to wear period costume, including cowboy hats, boots, etc. Stages are themed, and typically full of good humour.
Firearms are centerfire revolver (single action only, or double action fired in single action mode), lever action rifles, and single or double barreled shotguns (or Winchester 1897 pump actions).
If you do not own a firearm of this kind, don't worry. There will be plenty available. Just bring ammunition. Cast lead or soft point rifle ammunition (.30-30 Win is widely used) and 12 GA lead birdshot (no steel shot), please. Coastal Outdoors sometimes has cowboy action specific ammunition in stock.
Match fees are $10 (minimum, plus whatever donation you would like to make) and all proceeds will be donated to the St. John's Rod & Gun Club per the wishes of the Mackey family.
The shoot is open to all members of the St. John's Rod & Gun Club and their guests.
Posted On: Aug. 20, 2015 @ 7:16:07 PM
IDPANL Quarterly Report, April 2015
Building on a very successful 2014 season, IDPA Newfoundland & Labrador (IDPANL) has launched its fifth year of action pistol and multi-gun shooting sports at the St. John's Rod & Gun Club.
Not everyone is a fan of winter outdoor shooting, of course, but we make every effort to keep it going year round, including through the winter months. The weather does not always co-operate, but where matches are pre-empted by bad weather, we typically reschedule to the earliest suitable date.
The first match of 2015 was held on a very cold 4 January, but hot moose soup kept the harsh temperatures at bay while competitors ran through five stages/strings. The next match, scheduled for 25 January, was unfortunately pre-empted by weather and was rescheduled to 1 February. That date proved to be a welcome break from the cold weather, and provided a 99 round, four stage, 8 string shooting bonanza of drills and scenarios. A little shoveling was required for the ‘dead of winter’ match held on February, though not nearly as much as last year's ‘Winter Olympics’ themed match.
IDPA HQ announced some new divisions in February, including a consolidation of the Stock Service Revolver (SSR) and Enhanced Service Revolver (ESR) divisions into a single Revolver (REV) category, as well as a brand new Compact Carry Pistol (CCP) division. A renewal of the partnership with Safariland was also announced, with new and renewing IDPA members receiving a 25% discount up to a maximum of $250. Meanwhile, the 2015 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championships were held February 26-28 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Massachusetts.
The next club match was held on March 8, and included six scenario stages, including a shotgun only stage and a two-gun (rifle and handgun) follow-on stage. There was a great turnout for this match, including several new participants. The club match held on 29 March served as a harsh reminder that winter isn't quite finished with us yet, but again, plenty of action (four scenarios and seven strings) and a generous helping of two-gun (rifle and handgun, followed by shotgun and handgun) shooting made it feel not quite so painful.
We are also happy to report that our club's Match Director has been appointed to act as a Safety Officer Instructor (SOI). This expands the potential for new IDPA affiliated clubs within the Province and Atlantic region, and will allow us to hold Safety Officer (SO) training courses. The first of these SO courses is scheduled for June 13-14 of this year.
Please note that the annual general meeting for IDPANL is scheduled for April 14. Elections and membership renewals will take place at this time.
IDPA matches take place every third Sunday, on Range C, until about 4 pm. There are 18 matches scheduled for 2015, including special events like the very popular Zombie Apocalypse Multi-Gun Shoot and Red Rifle Shoot. 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.
Posted On: May. 30, 2015 @ 4:07:09 PM
Our new archery group will be holding a meet this Saturday, 30 May. They will be utilizing Range D and the new archery Range F. This means that Range D(Trap) and Station 1 on the hill of Range E(Clays) will be closed. All other stations on the clays trail will be accessible to members. For more information on archery rules and operating procedures check our "Range Rules and Regulations" accessible from the menu bar on the club homepage.
All archers including non-club members are welcome. Non-members will be required to pay a guest fee of $5. Meet at the clubhouse at 11.
for more info contact Greg Elms at email@example.com
Posted On: May. 26, 2015 @ 7:30:26 PM
The archery committee will host an open meeting on Monday evening May 25th at 6:30pm at the SJRGC club house. This meeting will be open to anyone interested in hearing more about this great sport and what the SJRGC archery club will offer. You do not need to be a member to attend this meeting.
Posted On: May. 26, 2015 @ 7:28:57 AM
Safety at the club
Safety is paramount at the club. While everyone should enjoy their visits to the ranges,
the safety of participants and spectators during club events or when general shooting
should always be kept in mind. The RSOs (Range Safety Officers) who are available to
monitor club events are generally not present at the range on a daily basis. So when there
is no RSO present and members are shooting then someone must be a temporary RSO to
call CEASEFIRES and declare the range ACTIVE.
When you arrive at the club in addition to seeing that the RANGE ACTIVE sign is
visible and raising the appropriate flags you should also determine who is the acting RSO
before removing firearms from your vehicle. Once the temporary RSO has been
determined and noting that the range is ACTIVE firearms can be removed from vehicles
and carried to the range benches along with ammo and other gear. Then you may proceed
to unpack firearms and ammo prior to shooting. Firearms should be pointed downrange
at all times and only loaded at the shooting benches. Remember to only handle firearms
while the range is ACTIVE.
When a CEASEFIRE is called you can then go down range to setup or observe targets
after unloading your firearms and removing the magazine. The temporary RSO should
inspect firearms for compliance.
If you observe a safety issue you should speak with the person concerned to resolve the
issue. If this fails to eliminate the safety issue then it should be reported to the club email
address or telephone line. If possible report your name, state the problem, and the name
of the member causing the problem. All safety issues so reported will be investigated and
corrective action taken.
1. Do’s and Don’ts at St. John’s Rod and Gun Club
10 Things to Do at the Rifle Range.
1. Do sign in on arrival, wear your membership card and ensure the flag is raised.
2. Do have you eye and hearing protection ready and wear it when shooting commences.
3. Do make sure firearms are cased when moved from the car to the firing line. They may
only be uncased when the range is active.
4. Do listen for the instructions of the Range Safety Officer or member in charge, who
will declare the range Active or Clear.
5. Do make sure muzzles always point down range all the time.
6. Do remove magazines and open actions when range is going Clear.
7. Do shoot at paper targets, balloons, clays and metal reactive targets at the specified
distance. No other targets are permitted.
8. Do clean up old targets and shells when finished.
9. Do volunteer to help with maintenance and other Club duties.
10. Do read the rules and regulations on the Club website.
Posted On: May. 6, 2015 @ 6:58:55 AM
At the club AGM last evening, the increase in fees for individual and corporate members was unanimously approved. The new rates are posted on this website under MEMBERSHIP. Summaries of the various club activities including trap, sporting clays, improvements to club grounds, archery, and future development plans were presented and discussed. These activities received overall support from members present.
Roger Butler presented an in memoriam for member Tony Mackey who passed away in late January. Tony was a very active volunteer at the club. He was on the Executive as Treasurer for several years and applied his engineering skills to many jobs at the club, including berm construction and perimeter signage. He also was a friendly face for many new members providing encouragement and support to anyone in need. He will be missed but not forgotten by his many friends at the club.
The SJRGC club elections were held last evening at the AGM for the 2015 Executive Board. President Mike Smith was re-elected, 1st Vice President-Rick Bouzan, 2nd Vice President-Dave Reddin, Treasurer-Alice Barbour, Directors-Doug Pelley, Scott Pike, and Troy Coldwell. Directors are elected for two years with three elected each election year. Thus, Leo Carns, Bob Barbour and Johnny Tucker will continue as Directors. Congratulations to all and thanks to the 36 members who attended.
Many thanks to those who served on the 2014 Executive Board.
Posted On: May. 6, 2015 @ 6:58:33 AM
5 April 2015-The club road is open but soft and muddy in places. Ranges A, B, and C are open for use.
Freezing temperatures result in frozen locks so be prepared to thaw locks to open them. Club parking lots and grounds are snow filled and icey so be careful moving around on the club grounds.
The Executive, SJRGC