Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club
Post Office Box 923
Blue Hill, ME 04614


Gong Shooting
(Black Powder):

Gong Shooting
at
Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club
Blue Hill, Maine
2016
http://www.bluehillrpc.org
Contacts:
Peter Flanagan spits@maine.rr.com
Jerry Lowery jerry.lowery@me.com

Shoot Dates:  4th Saturday of June, July, August & and the Maine State Championship the 4th Saturday of September. (June 24, July 22, August 26 and September 23)  

Sporting Rifle: The rifles will be single shot, exposed hammer, breech loading, original or similar to those developed prior to 1896. Front sight blade or globe. Rear sight open, peep or soule type. Metallic cartridges loaded with black powder, black powder substitute or smokeless powder and all lead bullets only. Calibers of .375 or larger. Not allowed: Slings, Schuetzen type rifles, jacketed or metal gas check bullets, telescopic sights.

Military Rifles: Original or true reproduction. All external parts must be of the type originally issued including sights. Single shot, exposed hammer, breech loading, all lead bullets only. Caliber must be as originally issued. Black powder only in the military class. No smokeless powder in this class.

Cowboy Action Rifle: Lever or pump action, smokeless or black powder. Must be of a pistol caliber. No Win 50-110, 45/70 Govt etc.

White Buffalo: This class is open to anyone 70 years or older if they choose to shoot in this class. This class is open to any of the equipment types used in any of the rifle classes. If a shooter wants to shoot only against others with the particular type of rifle they use, they should not pick this class.

Muzzle loading Rifle: Percussion, flintlock (wheel lock or matchlock as well) rifle with exposed hammer or firing mechanism. Open or peep rear sight, blade or hooded front sight. No scopes. Lead bullet or round ball of 36 caliber or larger. Black powder or substitutes only- no smokeless powder. No slings. No plastic sabots. No modern “in line“ rifles.

Basic RifleThis starting class is open to any of the equipment in any of the rifle classes. This class is intended for anyone new to the sport, anyone still in the learning stage of anyone who can not compete in one of the other classes for any honest reason.

Rifle Stages For all Rifle Classes

Stage 1:  75 yards, Buffalo Gong. Shot standing from the offhand position. No rests, No slings or other artificial support.

Stage 2: 125 yards, Buffalo Gong. Sporting Rifle- Shot from the sitting position with or without a stool, using cross sticks. All other Rifles- Shot from the bench rest position.

Stage 3: 100 yards, Buffalo Gong. Shot from the sitting position with or without a stool, using cross sticks.

Stage 4: 75 yards, Buffalo Gong. Shot standing with or without cross sticks.

SHOOTING DETAILS

Targets All targets are metal buffalo gongs hanging from a steel frame. The gongs will be painted a color representative of a buffalo. Gongs may be repainted during a shoot as conditions dictate. A hit anywhere on the gog counts as a hit. a hit determined by the spotter/scorer to be only on the metal support framse will be counted as a miss. The spotter/scorer will have the final say on scoring hits and misses.

Scorecards Each shooter will be responsible for their scorecard. Any discrepencies should be brought to the attention of the spotter/scorer before you leave a stage. Shooters are responsible for turning in their completed scorecards to the shoot director.

Number of Shots At each stage you may take up to 2 sighting shots before declaring you are going to score. There will be 5 shots for score at each stage. Once you start scoring shots you can not go back to sighting shots at that stage. Muzzle loading shooters may, with the consent of all involved, to shoot only 3 shots for score at each stage due to time constraints.

Time You are not on the clock. You may take the time you need to shoot safely but you need to be mindful of other shooters waiting.

Tied Scores Ties will be broken by a shoot-off, the details of which will be at the discretion of the shoot director in consultation with the shooters involved.

NOTE

At any stage a shooter may elect to shoot that stage from a more difficult position than listed. For example a shooter may elect to shoot the sitting stage offhand, or a military rifle shooter may elect to shoot the 125 yard target sitting and not with the bench rest. Choosing a more difficult position is for the personal challenge of that shooter and will not result in any extra credit or points in any way. Once a shooter starts a stage from a more difficult position they must complete the stage that way. They may not revert to the normal way part way through that particular stage.

Revolver Classes

Basic Black Powder Cap & Ball Revolver: Entry level class for new or less accomplished black powder percussion revolver shooters. Black powder or substitutes. Lead round ball only, caliber 36 or larger.

Advanced Black Powder Cap & Ball Revolver: Class intended for experienced and more accomplished shooters. Black powder or substitutes. Lead round ball only, caliber 36 or larger.

Basic Cowboy Action Cartridge Revolver: Entry level class for new or less accomplished cowboy action cartridge revolver shooters. Black or smokeless powder. Lead bullets only. .32 through .45 caliber.

Advanced Cowboy Action Cartridge Revolver: Class intended for experienced and more accomplished cowboy action cartridge revolver shooters. Black or smokeless powder. Lead bullets only. .32 through .45 caliber.

Revolver Stages

Revolver targets are rectangular steel gongs, placed at 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards distance. A shooter will shoot 5 shots at each distance for a total of 20 shots. Each shot will be scored as a hit or miss. Hits anywhere on the gong count as a hit. Hits only on support frames will count as a miss. The spotter/scorer will have the final say on scoring hits and misses. Each competitor is responsible for their score card. Any descrepencies should be brought to the attention of the spotter/scorer before you leave the firing line. Shooters are responsible for turning in their score cards to the shoot director.

Registration

Registration will be open at the door from 8am to 10am the morning of the shoot. registration may also be made in advance by downloading and completing the registration form from the website and mailing to the shoot director. A shooter may register for as many different classes as time will allow. A shooter may only enter an individual class once.

Safety Meeting

A shooter's safety briefing will be held at 9am, after which shooting will start. Shooting will be suspended for a lunch break as well as from time to time as needed for target maintenance.



Questions or more information, contact:

Peter Flanagan (207) 839-5512 Spits@Maine.rr.com

Jerry Lowery jerry.lowery@me.com

Downloads (pdf's):


Questions & Answers for the Black Powder Rifle Shoots.

Safety Rules for Gong Shooters.

Gong Shoot Application Form.

Directions to the Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club:

From Belfast/Bucksport via Rt.1. About 5 miles east of Bucksport, Rte. 15 branches off to the right. Follow 15 for about 10 miles to the Range Rd. on the left. Turn onto Range Road, the Club is just ahead.          

From Bangor: Drive to Ellsworth via 1A. In Ellsworth turn right onto Main St. and go down and across the bridge. Take Rte. 172 to the left at a Y in rd.. Go 15 miles to Blue Hill. On Main Street in Blue Hill, turn right onto Rte. 15 and watch for the Range Road about a mile out, on the right. Turn onto Range Road, the Club is just ahead.



















The Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club / Post Office Box 923

Blue Hill, Maine 04614-0923 USA