Directions to LRC
Schedule for 2019 :
Club Meetings, Work Parties,
Christmas Party, Rifle Matches,
and Appleseed Events
The LRC outdoor ranges are open all-year-round (winter weather
providing). At its Annual Meeting on October 25, 2009, the LRC voted on and adopted the State of
Massachusetts' hours of operation for in-state sporting clubs.
LRC's ranges are open 7 days a week, 8:00 AM to
10:00 PM daily.
- Spring Meeting → April 7th @ 1:00 PM (sharp) at the Clubhouse
- Annual Meeting → October 20th @ 12:00 PM (sharp) at the Clubhouse
Club Work Parties
- Work party: LRC Club House & outdoor rifle range (Spring clean-up) on April 20th
(and April 21st if needed); lunch will be served at noon for all workers.
- Work party: Outdoor rifle range on September 21st; lunch will be served at noon
for all workers.
- Work party: LRC Club House (leaf clean-up) on October 20th @ starting around
8:30-9:00 AM; lunch will be served at noon for all workers.
- LRC's Christmas Party will be held on December 14th at the Bernardston (MA) V.F.W. Tickets are only $15 each
and are sold on a "first come, -first serve" basis. In the Fall, contact Elwin or Mary Lou @ (413)773-3548 for tickets.
High Power Rifle Matches
All events held at the outdoor rifle range unless otherwise specified
and the weather cooperates.
- High power rifle "clinic" match - May 5 @ 9:00 AM
Note: At the "clinic", experienced LRC high power rifle shooters will be available to teach any
LRC members who would like to learn about and try shooting a high power rifle match. Club M1 rifles
will be available to use; also, .30-'06 ammunition (56 cartridges total) will be available for a donation at
the clinic. Novice rifle shooters may elect to bring their favorite centerfire rifle + ammunition
if they choose not use the Club's M1 rifles. LRC members are welcomed to try shooting a
high power rifle match -or- just come to the range that day and observe the match.
- High power rifle "clinic" match - May 19 @ 9:00 AM
- Springfield (bolt-action) high power rifle match - May 26 @ 9:00 AM
- High power rifle match - June 2 @ 9:00 AM
- High power rifle match: Reduced Targets - June 16 @ 9:00 AM
- High power rifle match - June 23 @ 9:00 AM
- High power rifle match - July 7 @ 9:00 AM
- 'Mini-Palma' iron sight only .22 LR rifle match - July 14 @ 9:00 AM
- M1 Garand match - July 28 @ 9:00 AM
- High power rifle match: Reduced Targets - August 4 @ 9:00 AM
- High power rifle match - August 18 @ 9:00 AM
- High power rifle match - September 8 @ 9:00 AM
Project Appleseed Events
- Weekend shoot → April 27 & 28
- Weekend shoot → August 24 & 25
Do you need a copy of LRC's 2019 schedule and information? Click here →
Reminder: The LRC outdoor ranges are open all-year-round (winter weather providing).
The LRC will make every effort to keep the outdoor rifle range's road accessible (clear of snow) to its members
during the winter. However, if the snow accumulation and/or ice is excessive, then the outdoor rifle range will
be -CLOSED- until the Spring. The LRC apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause to its members.
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MINI-PALMA .22 RIFLE MATCHES
Don't know what a 'Mini-Palma' .22 rifle match is? To find out, click here →
To print out a simulated 800-yard reduced Palma target, click here →
To print out a simulated 900-yard reduced Palma target, click here →
To print out a simulated 1,000-yard reduced Palma target, click here →
The LRC regulary conducts Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) high power rifle matches at the 200 yard outdoor range
using military service rifles like 1903 Springfield's, M1 Garand's, M1A's, AR15's and alike.
What is a "HIGH POWER RIFLE MATCH"?
High power rifle matches are based upon shooting 50 cartridges, over 4 stages-of-fire,
all fired at 200 yard targets; a perfect score would be '500' using military service rifles and centerfire ammunition.
The 4 stages-of-fire in an LRC high power rifle match are:
- Standing (or 'off-hand') slow fire - 10 rounds in 10 minutes at 200 yards.
- Rapid fire, sitting or kneeling – 10 rounds in 60 seconds at 200 yards.
- Prone Rapid fire – 10 rounds in 70 seconds at 200 yards.
- Slow fire prone – 20 rounds in 20 minutes at 200 yards.
Line commands will be given by the Range Officer during a match before each stage-of-fire. To view LRC's line commands,
click here → pdf file
LRC members, and also non-members, who might be interested in high power rifle shooting, are always
welcome at our matches, -even if just to watch. Proper rifle handling and instructions will be given to the shooters for each
stage-of-fire during a match.
For membership information and an application to join the LRC, please click here on the Membership link.
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- Sight Alignment and Sight Picture -
Sight alignment is the rifleman imagining both vertical and horizontal 'crosshairs' that center the rifle's
front sight-to-the-rear sight; the rear sight will then appear 'fuzzy' because the human eye cannot focus
on the target's aiming black, the rifle's front post and rear sight at the same time. It is recommended
the rifleman focus on the rifle's FRONT sight for consistantly good scores; as a result, the rifle's rear sight and
target's aiming black will then appear 'fuzzy'.
The 4 different rifle sight picture "holds" are (see below):
Did you know that there are 4 different rifle sight picture "holds" that could be used by the rifleman in
high power rifle matches? Proper sight picture hold of the front sight-to-the-target's 'aiming black' is critical and
must be used by a rifleman to achieve consistantly good scores. It is recommended to select the one sight picture
hold that's right for you and then use it in a high power rifle match.
REMEMBER: Sight Alignment and sight picture are important in high power rifle shooting.
- "Six o'clock" hold :
"The pumpkin on a post."
- "Center-of-mass" (or "Navy") hold :
"The front sight 'cuts' the target's aiming black in half."
- "Flat tire" hold :
"The front sight is slightly within the target's aiming black."
- "Line-of-white" hold :
"The front sight is just below the target's aiming black."
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Know your M1 "Garand" .30 cal. rifle:
'gas trap' type (left) and 'gas cylinder' type (right)
New Springfield Armory M1 rifles for the GI's. (December 1940)
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