NRA Club holds a Military Surplus Rifle Match in New Mexico

Patrick Hernandez's 1891 Mosin-Nagant shot at the Guns of August match

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Our friend Patrick Hernandez from the New Mexico Military Surplus Rifle & Pistol Shooters Club (NRA Club # B82119) dropped us a note the other day. Seems Patrick and the crowd at the club recently held a customized match. Not an NRA sanctioned match mind you, but a match that suits the mission of their club — the use of vintage military surplus firearms at long ranges.

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Money from Pennsylvania Friends of NRA events helps supply groups like the Millionaire Marksmen

Jonathan Bartley (center) poses with his father Seth Bartley (right) and Millionaire Marksmen club advisor Brian Soars (left), John Bartley, Seth Bartley.

Fairfax, Virginia - Since 2008 the Millionaire Marksmen has been a great shooting club in the Williamsport, Pennsylvania area. The student-run organization promotes engagement, involvement and mentorship in the community thanks to the collaborative efforts of teachers, school district administrators, community members and the Friends of NRA.

All ammunition students practice with is provided through generous Friends of NRA grants. Seeing as it's hard to have a marksmanship club without bullets, the club could not continue providing a safe, fun environment for junior shooters to hone their skills without the Friends of NRA's help.

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NMNMILSURP member John Bustamonte shooting a German Gewehr Modell 1898 at our Guns of August Shoot

Patrick Hernandez of the New Mexico Military Surplus Rifles and Pistols Shooters club sent us the following report on the competitions they hold out in Albuquerque:

Shooting Surplus Military Firearms at Long Distances

There is a shooting club based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico that shoots a variety of as issued configured Military Surplus Firearms such as the Springfield 1903, Mauser, Mosin-Nagant, Lee-Enfield, SKS, M1 Garand, FN FAL, CETME, Colt 1911, and many others in competition. These are not the usual guns you see at most NRA or CMP Competitions.

New Mexico Military Surplus Rifles Pistols Shooters, or simply NM MILSURPS, was formed by three members, Rob Summerhill, Ron Duncan, Sr. and me (Patrick Hernandez) back in 2005 after a match where we competed with military surplus rifles. We discussed what the guns were capable of at distances beyond 200 yards and just how accurate can they be at even longer distances. It was then we decided to form a shooting club that focused on using these firearms at longer ranges.

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SUIS Electronic Targets deployed at Olympics and NRA events

Setting up SIUS's Electronic Target Systems for NRA's Electronic Target Day in Pennsylvania

Williamsport, Pennsylvania - Last Saturday at the Original Pennsylvania 1000 Yard Benchrest Club, NRA held one of our last Electronic Target Shooting events of the year. Just off route 14 in the smokey hills of Pennsylvania, shooters gathered to give the latest in Sius Ascor's portable, wireless, precision target scoring systems. The weather was the first challenge.

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Enjoying a shot from his Garand at NRA's Electronic Target event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Williamsport, Pennsylvania - As luck would have it, there was plenty of pistol, rifle and rain yesterday for NRA's Electronic Target event at the Original 1,000 yard benchrest club outside of Williamsport. We were even more lucky with the fact that our guests were shooting under cover and loving every second of it.

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Rifle at the ready during  the NRA Electronic Target event at the Peacemaker National Training Center

Williamsport, Pennsylvania - Sources tell me that there is a considerable lack of connectivity at our planned afternoon destination. That's been known to happen at some of our events that occur in the more rural locations. So just in case that proves to be true, we thought it best to preempt any delays by sharing a few more photos from our Electronic Target event at the the Peacemaker National Training Center in West Virginia.

Opened in 2011 by Cole McCulloch, Peacemaker boasts a 1,000 yard range, tactical ranges, shotgun ranges and just about any discipline you're looking to try. Thanks again for hosting the event guys.

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Firing from an AR platform at NRA's Electronic Target event

It's getting to be that time of the year. In most parts of the country, one hunting season or the other has opened. And if it hasn't opened ... it's opening soon. It's about time that you sight in that rifle. And if you live within driving distance of the Original Pennsylvania 1000 Yard Benchrest Club in Willamsport, then you can do if for free this Saturday in electric fashion.

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Colt sponsored barn at the Peacemaker National Training Center in West Virginia

Gerrardstown, West Virginia - There was a line this morning at the Peacemaker National Training Center's Independence Range. Apparently word of NRA's Electronic Target event had sufficiently spread to the surrounding area. With license plates ranging from as far north as Pennsylvania and as far south as South Carolina, one had to wonder what inspired these invested shooters to travel so far?

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