Gong Shooting

Black Powder Rifles & Revolvers
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See all Firearms Classes, Shooting Stages, Registration, Contacts, and Directions below

Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club
54 Range Rd.
Blue Hill, Maine 04614

Shoot Dates:  4th Saturday in June, July, August, and the Maine State Championship the 4th Saturday in September. Click HERE or on the CALENDAR link at top to view specific dates.  

Rifle Classes

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.

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.

22 Single Shot Rifle: This is intended for 'vintage' single shot 22s with iron sights, although any simple iron sighted 22 would be allowed. By 'vintage', it is meant no fancy modern type target rifles with full aperture globe sights, palm rests, hooked buttplates etc. 22 inserts for single shot buffalo type rifles (Sharps, Rolling blocks, Winchester 1885) are allowed.

Rifle Stages for All Rifle Classes

These are the most typical setups for the Gong Shoot, but the exact setup can vary dependent on the choice of the shoot director that day.

Stage 1:  75 yards, Usually a Buffalo Gong. Often required to be shot sitting with cross-sticks.

Stage 2:  125 yards, Buffalo Gong. Usually required to be shot from the sitting position with or without a stool, using cross sticks.

Stage 3:  100 yards, Buffalo Gong. Usually required to be shot from the sitting position with or without a stool, using cross sticks.

Stage 4:  50 to75 yards dependent on the gong used, Buffalo Gong most often, or other critter. Shot offhand without artificial support, no cross-sticks, rests etc.

NOTE on Rifle Stages:

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.


Targets All targets are Metal Buffalo gongs, or other critters, hanging from a steel frame. The gongs will be painted a color suitable for the conditions, as chosen by the Shoot Director. Gongs may be repainted during a shoot as conditions dictate. A hit anywhere on the gong counts as a hit. A hit determined by the spotter/scorer to be only on the metal support frame 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, 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.

Revolver Classes

Black Powder Cap & Ball Revolver: Black powder or substitutes. Lead round ball only, caliber 36 or larger.

Cowboy Action Cartridge Revolver: Single Action. 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. 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 will be open at the door from 8am to 9am the morning of the shoot. A shooter may register for as many different classes as time will allow. A shooter may only enter an individual class once. Note: There is a new registration which includes a new liability release for all shooters, volunteers and spectators, as required by the Blue Hill R&P Club.

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.

Blue Hill R&P Buffalo Gong Championship

A Blue Hill Club Champion for each class will be determined by the aggregated score for the gong shoots held for the season. Of the four shoots scores, the lowest one score will be dropped and the total of the other three will determine the champion at the September championship shoot. Dropping one score will allow for someone missing a shoot or having a “bad day”. Also, by dropping a score the winners will not be determined until the September shoot- making it a true Club Championship.

* Click HERE to download all above classes, stages, etc. *

Please click on the Links below to review important Safety Rules and answer Questions you may have:

* Safety Rules for Gong Shooters *

* Questions & Answers for Gong Shooters *

Questions or more information, contact:

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

Jerry Lowery jerry.lowery@me.com

Directions to the Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club:

From Belfast/Bucksport via Rt.1. About 6 miles east of Bucksport, Rte. 15 branches off to the right. Follow 15 for about 9 miles to Range Rd. on the left. Turn left onto Range Road, the Club is about 1 mile ahead.          

From Bangor: Take Rt. 1A towards Ellsworth. Turn right onto Rt. 46 and follow to Rt. 1. Turn left onto Rt. 1. In about 3 miles, Rte. 15 branches off to the right. Follow Rt. 15 as above.  Alternately from Bangor, you could take Rt. 15 to Bucksport, and proceed as above.

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

Blue Hill, Maine 04614-0923 USA