Anyone and everyone who's interested, regardless of experience, to shoot or just to watch. We actively recruit new shooters.
Shooters under 18 must be accompanied throughout the match by a parent or legal guardian.
All shooters and spectators on the range are required to wear eye and ear protection, anytime the range is "hot".
Guns may only be loaded at the Firing Line.
No one shall leave the Firing Line with a loaded gun.
All guns must be left open and empty, with long guns chamber flagged, before leaving the Firing Line.
At our centerfire matches, we shoot full size tenpins at 25-30 feet.
Matches consist of six tables of pins, with five pins on each table, shot in two three-table relays.
The tables are four feet wide and two feet deep, with the pins evenly spaced across the table's midline.
Pins must be off the table to count as a hit. Any pins left lying on the table are scored as misses. Fallen pins bridging two tables are considered hits.
At our matches, there will be relays of three shooters, all shooting at once, in different lanes.
At Country Pond, we definitely stress the "fun" rather than the "competition".
We do tally the results for those who are interested in such things. They'll be posted on this website a day or two after the match.
If there are less than 15 shooters, participants may shoot a maximum of two matches, with matches shot consecutively. Once we reach that magic 15 number, each shooter is limited to shooting only once, as we need to wrap things up at a reasonable hour.
Shooters may use any pistol, revolver, carbine, or rifle, provided the firearm is chambered in a regular pistol caliber.
Regardless of caliber or capacity, firearms may be initially loaded with no more than ten (10) rounds.
While the 9mm cartridge is adequate, the caliber of choice for semi-auto pistols is the 45 ACP, while revolvers tend to be 357 or 44 Magnums. 38 Special and lighter cartridges are prohibited, due to bullet bounce back.
It's ideal to bring at least three magazines for semi-autos, but not required.
Any sights are allowed.
ARMOR PIERCING, STEEL CORE, OR STEEL TIP AMMUNITION IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
On entering the range to shoot, shooters will uncase guns at the firing line and set any cases on the back table, leaving guns on the Firing Line bench, open and empty.
Once the Start buzzer sounds, shooters will have eight (8) seconds to clear their table of pins.
Shooters shall start each stage with the firearm held at Low Ready, with firearm fully loaded, including one in the chamber.
LOW READY with a rifle or carbine: the butt of the gun is mounted on the shoulder and the muzzle is at benchtop height.
LOW READY with a handgun: the pistol is held in one or both hands and the muzzle held down at benchtop height.
Junior shooters may shoot either standing or sitting, may use a rest, and have no time limit.
Pins may be shot in any order.
Commands that you will hear at our matches:
- "SHOOTERS APPROACH THE LINE - LOAD AND MAKE READY"
- "SHOOTERS READY? - STAND BY"
If the Shooter is ready, they need not respond.
After "STAND BY" is given there will be a short delay before the start signal sounds to begin firing.
- "THE LINE IS CLEAR - SHOOTERS SET PINS."
Except for those setting pins, all persons will remain behind the yellow line, leaving guns on the bench. Shooters will reset pins as required. No one shall approach the Firing Line or handle any firearms anywhere on the range until "SHOOTERS APPROACH THE LINE" is sounded.
- "SHOOTERS MOVE GUNS."
If the relay is ongoing, all shooters shall retrieve guns and move to the next firing position, keeping muzzle pointed either down range or directly at the floor.
If the relay is finished, shooters shall retrieve cases, move to the firing line, case guns, and return to the dining hall.
We use a very simple system for scoring: Final Score = Number of pins knocked off the table in the time allotted.
- Dropping or losing control of a gun (loaded or not) = MDQ
- Sweeping anyone (other than yourself) with the muzzle of a gun (loaded or not) = MDQ
- A negligent discharge = MDQ
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct = MDQ
CPFGC MEMBERS $6 - Juniors (under 17): FREE
NON-MEMBERS $8 - Juniors (under 17): FREE
FOOD & DRINK
Food and drink may not be available at these matches. Shooters are advised to bring their own.