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Utah Gun Collectors Association
August 2003 Picnic and
Historic Arms Shooting Session
Celebrating over 40 years of service
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Here are some samples of the fun enjoyed by UGCA members and their guests.
While it is an interesting academic exercise to debate the relative merits (or flaws) of famous old or new firearms, the best information comes from actually firing them.  UGCA members bring a wide variety of guns to these sessions and everyone usually gets a chance to share in the experiences.
(This is also a chance for friends or family members with no shooting experience to learn how to safely handle a gun under close supervision.)

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Let's go to the UGCA Picnic and Historic Arms Shooting Session, August, 2003

Some of the historic guns

This member is firing the ultimate match rifle of the 1930-1950 period, the Springfield M1903A1 National Match. Great rifle, and great position, showing the classic offhand or standing position. Although we could only fire at 200 years on this range, these were regularly used in competition out to 1000 yards (more than a half mile!).

Let's pay more attention to the hardware than to the club members having fun. We never know what sorts of interesting old guns will show up, but it is always a real variety. People are very friendly about allowing others to try the items they bring. Sometimes it is an inexpensive modern .22 caliber rifle, and other time you may get to fire an antique worth thousands of dollars.

One member brought a Colt Single Action Army in .357 magnum and a WW2 German 8mm Mauser, with handloaded ammunition that had been worked up specifically for best accuracy in these guns. On the right we have a Mossberg Model 10 "Bullpup" shotgun, an innovative design that included a built in flashlight (back when you needed several large D cells to see anything, not today's miniature laserlights!) made for law enforcement use. The two pistols are 9mm "Browning High Power" models, one made for the Pre-WW2 Chinese contract with a board type sholder stock and the other a Canadian made example with the wooden "holstesr stock."



At the left we have a Ruger commemorative .44 Magnum carbine, a British .303 No.5 Mark I "Jungle Carbine." and a .303 British Pattern 1914 "Enfield" rifle. Each of these has an interesting history, but today we were mainly interested in their shooting characteristics. On the right we have a .30-40 Krag-Jorgenson as used in the Spanish American War, and still a popular deer rifle. Then one of several Browning "High Power" 9mm pistols, and a British .455 caliber Webley-Scott revolver (an interesting rarity with an early Mark I style frame assembled in 1915 with the then current Mark V barrel and cylinder.). Shooters on a budget like the Italian made copies of the Colt Single Action Army revolvers, probably every bit as good as the originals made in 1873-1900, but at less than 1/10th the price tag! Bottom is an old M1903 Springfield.


The shooter at the left is firing a Remington Nylon 66, introduced in the 1960s, the first guns to make extensive use of modern non-metallic materials for most of the parts, and he also brought a civilian version of the M14 service rifle. The shooter on the right brought some nice Marlin lever action rifles in various calibers, and a Ruger Blackhawk revolver in .44 Magnum caliber.


This happy young shooter is busy loading his rifle, while his Dad practices with the massive Ruger Redhawk revolver. These were the first revolvers to be offered with built in provisions for attaching a scope. Rugers are loaded with innovative features which is why so many people collect them. On the right we have a M1903A1 Springfield National Match rifle, a .30-40 Krag Carbine, a .30-40 Krag rifle, and a beautiful Model 1892 Winchester lever action rifle. This was a really ratty old gun, before the present owner totally refinished it, doing a magnificent job.

That heavy looking rifle is a serious. .22 caliber match rifle, expected to keep all the shots in a single hole at 50 feet, or in a group the size of a quarter at 50 yards. The revolvers are an eclectic mix of Rugers and a High Standard in various calibers. At the right is one of the younger shooters enjoying the historic M1 Carbine.


Several dozen club members showed up for this event and everyone had a great time. We hope you will join us next time.

Historic full automatic weapons

(Note all machine guns shown here are properly registered with BATF and owners have passed the FBI background checks and have permission from local law enforcement authorities to own these.  Since 1934 there has only been a single incident where a legally owned machine gun was used in a crime- (and the individual who did that was a police officer who decided to break numerous laws.)

A club member loading and firing the WW2 German MG34 machine gun. These fire at about 1,200 rounds per minute, and many of the features from this design were later incorporated into the U.S. M60 Machine gun. The ammo used was made in 1937, and worked just fine, even though it is older than the gun, and the owner.

A club member firing the famous Thompson submachine gun. Everyone has seen these in the movies, and hundreds of thousands were used by U.S. and allied forces in World War 2. While one of the most recognizable of all submachine guns, and highly regarded when first introduced in 1921, their sex appeal greatly outweighs their actual effectiveness. They are heavy, clumsy, and difficult to control. Nevertheless, they are great fun to shoot anyway!. Take dat, you rat!

The owner is still working on this fine old rifle, a pre-War Winchester Model 52 target rifle being converted to a high grade sporter with custom engraving. After a bit more work on the engraving, the rifle will be blued, and the gold bands on the barrel will really stand out, and the scroll work will have more depth. (Yes, he does this work himself!)


Following the shooting session, we enjoyed a great picnic meal catered by Meiers Prime Catering.  Remember, if you join UGCA you can participate in our next session!

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