Winter Military Match

In commemoration of the Battle of the Bulge, a pair of winter military matches were held. It is expected that more such shoots will be held in the coming months. The details will be sent to shooters whose addresses are available to the match organizers, as well as being widely disseminated in the area. All are welcome, in accordance with the rules below. For directions, call the Club's Caretaker at (814) 742-9891, or check these directions.

It's likely that the next shoots will be the regular Service Rifle Matches, to be held the first Sundays of May through October. If you've been there, you know the drill. If not, you can call Walt at (814) 742-9891.

The rules for the "Battle of the Bulge" shoots are as follows.

Fee: $10.00.

Where: Bellwood Sportsman’s Club. The match will be held regardless of the weather. (The more snow the better).

Equipment: Any of the following rifles in safe operating condition:

M1 Garand, M1 carbine, 1941 Johnson, Springfield 1903, A3, A4 and Model 1917 U.S. Enfields. All rifles must be in original "as issued" condition. Eye and ear protection are strongly recommended.

Course of Fire: Eighty (80) shots at 100 yards at the SR1 target. All firing will be done from full magazines. There will be no sighter shots. The use of en bloc (Garand) clips and stripper clips (for bolt rifles) will be required, except for the M1 carbine. M1 carbine shooters may shoot 24 rounds from a 30 round magazine, or a total of 24 rounds from two 15 round magazines. A limited amount of ammo and clips will be available.

OFFHAND: 24 rounds in 10 minutes

KNEELING: 16 rounds in 5 minutes

RAPID PRONE: 16 rounds in 5 minutes

SLOW PRONE: 24 rounds in 15 minutes


Not permitted: The use of competition equipment of any kind is not permitted. This includes but is not limited to: competition slings, sights, mats of any kind, shooting coats, stools, shooting boxes, shooting gloves, spotting scopes, hats or timers.

Permitted: The use of binoculars, and military issue web or 1907 leather slings. Any other equipment issued or used in WW I and WW II. The use of helmets and uniforms are encouraged if you have them. This is a fun match and everyone is welcome to attend. You do not have to be a "competitive" shooter, or a member of the Club, to participate in this match.

Contact: For questions or information please contact:

Jeff Wright @ 814-944-3759 or Gib Moyer @ 814-355-0547.

This material created and posted by Walt Lysinger of Bellwood Sportsmen's. Please contact him with comments or suggestions at

Last revised Feb 24th, 2002.