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Affiliated with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP)

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Schedule for 2022 :

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.

Club Meetings
  • Spring Meeting → March 20 @ 1:00 PM at the Clubhouse -or- Elwin's House

  • Annual MeetingOctober 16 @ 12:00 PM at the Clubhouse

Club Work Parties
  • Work party: LRC Club House & outdoor rifle range (Spring clean-up) on April 30th (and May 1st if needed); lunch will be served at noon for all workers.

  • Work party: Outdoor rifle range (Fall clean-up) on September 17th; lunch will be served at noon for all workers.

  • Work party: LRC Club House (leaf clean-up) on October 16th starting around 8:30-9:00 AM; lunch will be served at noon for all workers.

Christmas Party
  • LRC 2022 CHRISTMAS PARTY - The LRC's Christmas Party will be held on December 10 at the V.F.W. in Bernardston (MA). Tickets are sold on a "first come, -first serve" basis. Contact Elwin or Mary Lou @ (413)773-3548 for tickets.

2022 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 8 @ 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 a rifle match.

  • High power rifle match + clinic - May 15 @ 9:00 AM

  • Springfield (bolt-action) high power rifle match - May 29 @ 9:00 AM

  • High power rifle match - June 12 @ 9:00 AM

  • Vintage Rifle Fun Match - June 26 @ 9:00 AM

  • 'Mini-Palma' iron sight only .22 LR rifle match - July 10 @ 9:00 AM

  • M1 Rifle (Garand) match - July 24 @ 9:00 AM

  • M1 Carbine rifle match @ 100 yards - August 7 @ 9:00 AM

  • High power rifle match - August 21 @ 9:00 AM

  • High power rifle match - September 4 @ 9:00 AM

  • Lever-action rifle match @ 200 yards - September 18 @ 9:00 AM

    NOTE: The Lever-action rifle match is limited to any centerfire cartridge (no rimfire cartridges allowed) and will consist of 20 rounds fired only from the Offhand position @ 200 yards for a 20 minute timed stage-of-fire.

Project Appleseed Events
  • Weekend shoot → April 23 and 24

  • Weekend shoot → August 13 and 14

Do you need a copy of LRC's 2022 schedule? Click here   →    pdf file

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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Don't know what a 'Mini-Palma' .22 rifle match is? To find out, click here   →     pdf file

To print out a simulated 800-yard reduced Palma target, click here   →     pdf file

To print out a simulated 900-yard reduced Palma target, click here   →     pdf file

To print out a simulated 1,000-yard reduced Palma target, click here   →     pdf file

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.


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'.

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.

The 4 different rifle sight picture "holds" are (see below):

  • "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."

REMEMBER: Sight Alignment and sight picture are important in high power rifle shooting.

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Know your M1 "Garand" .30 cal. rifle:

'gas trap' rifle (left) and 'gas cylinder' rifle (right)

New Springfield Armory M1 rifles for the GI's. (December 1940)

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