Thursday, October 2, 2014

Former SCML member Alan Giardina relocated to Missouri. It didn't take him long to find a group to shoot with, Barren Fork Traditional Muzzleloaders. Alan sent this email and photo.
Joined a muzzleloading club Saturday and attended my first shoot.  Shot four matches. One at 25 yards, two at 50 and one at 100.  Very nice facility.  Can shoot targets out to 100 yards ( took the second place ribbon in that match ).  The loading and shooting line is all covered so you can shoot in the shade and rain doesn't slow you down, it rains a lot here.  Anyway, nice friendly people much like Scott's Valley.  Some pretty good shots also, kinda like Scott's Valley, if you don't shoot at least a 48 you're not going to place.  Shot a 47 3X my first match and didn't place, just like shooting with you.  Please tell everyone hello and will lobby for a postal match in the future.

Monday, September 1, 2014


Scotts Valley Rifle Range will be closed September 2nd for construction and will probably be closed for at least 2 weeks. 
September's pistol aggregate may be made up at October's pistol shoot.

Friday, August 15, 2014

SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
 SCML Mini-Rendezvous Blanket Shoot and Potluck
Kirk & Kathy Mathew's, 1200 Katie Lane, Corralitos
 Fee is $6.00
 Trail walk begins at 9 a.m. and includes hawk and knife throws. Loading will be from the pouch and capping or priming at the firing line of each target. 
Potluck lunch follows. The club will furnish sausages from the Corralitos Market. Each family brings a dish to share. 
This is a blanket shoot. If you want a prize bring a prize to put on the blanket equivalent to a can of powder in worth. The prize need not be shooting related but should be something you would like to have yourself. 
From Santa Cruz, take the Freedom Boulevard exit to Corralitos Rd. (3-way stop sign) and turn left onto Corralitos Rd. Turn right on Browns Valley Rd, cross the creek and follow Brown’s Valley Rd to Katie Lane on your left. Follow Katie Lane until #1200 at the end of the road.
From Monterey take Airport Blvd exit to Freedom Boulevard and turn left. At 3-way stop sign turn right and follow directions as above.
RSVP to Kirk at 724-6811


Monday, April 28, 2014

How We Fared at Railroad Flat Rendezvous, April 25-27, 2014

It began raining (with hail thrown in for good measure) Thursday night and did not stop until Friday night. The range opened Friday and a few stalwarts shot between rain drops. Saturday was overcast and cold. Sunday had some sun and was slightly less chilly. No one was stuck in the mud though! Our Saturday potluck was, as usual, delicious.

Here are our top three finishers in the things we were entered in.

Mens Trail:
        Tim - 5
        Ron - 6
        Alan Ross - 10
there were 45 entries

Mens Agg:
        Alan - 2, with a 50 on the fox
        Tim - 4
        Ron - 6
There were 18 entries

Pistol Agg:
        Paul - 1
        Ron - 2
        Alan - 4
There were 8 entries

Pistol Trail
        Alan - 1
        Paul - 4
        Ron  - 5
There were 12 entities

Flintlock Agg
        Ron - 1
        Allen Schneck - 2
 There were 2 entries

Saturday, April 19, 2014

May 17 Mini Rendezvous

What's a mini rendezvous? SCML is a small club without access to a large property such as BLM land or a friendly ranch that would accommodate multitudes of shooters, campers, traders and interested members of the public. We do however have club members who have a few hundred acres suitable for a trail walk. Fortunately they like rendezvous and are generous enough to offer their hospitality to club members and their guests for a day of shooting. Spring usually means rendezvous at Ron & JoAnn Wisler's ranch, 15005 Kincaid Rd, Mt Hamilton. This year it will be Saturday May 17th.
The land is hilly with no room for trailer camping but there is room for tent camping if you want to spend the weekend. The rifle trail walk has a variety of targets at varying distances that clang, bang, swing or disintegrate. A tomahawk and knife trail walk is optional for a small donation. These activities are followed by a sumptuous potluck.
This is a blanket shoot so bring a prize to put on the blanket, shooting related or not, equivalent to the cost of a can of powder ($15 - $20). Choosing a prize off of the blanket is in descending score order.
Bring a dish to share. The club will provide Corralitos sausages. There is also a $5.00 shooting fee.

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014

RSVP to:
Ron or Jo Ann - 408-239-0579
Sherry - 831-726-3803

The May rifle aggregate can be made up at the June rifle shoot or the next rifle shoot attended.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Boy Scouts at April 19th rifle shoot

Volunteers needed! 

A group of Boy Scouts will be visiting Scotts Valley Range for their firearms instruction on April 19th. Daniel Nagel has asked for our assistance. The boys will begin in the pistol range and then come up to the rifle range toward the end of our shoot to first observe us and then with our help to experience the thrill of making smoke! 

Last year there were just a few boys but I'm told that this year they hope to have around 20 participants in the 12 to 17 year age range. As I recall we had about 6 SCML members last year for a smaller number of boys. I'd say we could use more SCML folks this year.

We'll end our match and put some of our equipment away before we begin instruction on procedure and safety. It's our responsibility to load, escort the boys to the firing line, make sure they hold the rifle correctly, cap or prime and then after they fire walk them back to the loading bench. If you haven't done instruction before it's a good idea to allow the shooter to dry fire a few times to get used to holding the rifle, choosing the sight picture and the correct trigger squeeze.

SCML members have often provided the chance to experience muzzle loading to the Boy Scouts either at the rifle range or at a special rendezvous and we've always enjoyed it as much as the boys. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

January Rifle Shoot

Last Saturday was the 18th meaning a rifle shoot was to be had.  A baker's dozen of us showed for 5 relays of fierce competition.

With the upcoming Primitive matches at the Western Nationals in mind, the first target to warm us up was the familiar Bear Target.   Tim showed us how it's with the top score.  Not having the scores, my memory tells me he did it with a 49. 

Recommitting ourselves to safety in the New Year, volunteers took turns at being the dedicated Range Officer for each relay.  Here, Bert, wearing the vest, lends another set of hands to Alan while he convinces his rifle to wake-up and do its thing.

Older technology is entitled to get a little cranky sometimes so don't hesitate to raise a hand and call out for assistance when your smokepole gets grumpy.  Always remember that once you're at the line with a loaded rifle, you're stuck there like glue until the load is either fired or discharged.  

Forgot something from your bag?  Don't fret!  The Range Officer will get it for you. Range Officers stay on the line to the watch the line, so don't worry about getting their attention, you'll soon have it and soon be doing what you came to the match to do.

After the Bear Target, the next bit of fun was The Triangle.  Here it is in all its glory.

The object was to shoot three shot at each "x" in the triangle.  The winner being the one with the largest distance between the three shots as measured with a piece of string. Tim beat out your chronicler who in turn was bested by Ron and Pete who tied for first place on this fiendish trial.

The fun continued with Ron taking first on the Fox target, one of the other animal targets folks are likely to find on the Primitive Range in Phoenix.

I myself took first on the next target, I think only because it was of the round, mundane variety.   Though the next one was round and larger, but its size probably unnerved me as my score sunk as Pete rose to take first on January's Aggregate target.

While the shoot was underway, the friendly face of Mike Ostrander came along and the rest of him too.  A bad flipper kept him from shooting Saturday, but everyone appreciated his help watching the line.  And speaking of flippers, Sherry, our fearless leader, returned to range for the first time since she had her shoulder worked on. We're all keen to have these two back on the line with us very soon.

As it had been more than 5 years since a class picture, the shooters graciously posed for a portrait. If you look close, you'll see we're looking to find you at the next shoot.

Don't forget about the Awards Banquet this Saturday, January 25th.  Jack needs you to RSVP today! So don't delay!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Annual Awards Banquet

Hello, Everyone.

Our Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at Mama Mia's Restaurant at 275 E. Dunne Avenue in Morgan Hill.

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The cost is $25 per adult, $12.50 for kids under 10.  Reservations must be made by January 21st.  Payment is preferred in advance but can be paid at the door to Jack.

We will be having a No-Host Cocktail Hour from 6 PM to 7 PM, and dinner and awards to follow.


  • Caprice:  Mozzarella, basil and tomatoes.
  • Sausage rollitini: Hand-made pizza dough with bell peppers, cheese and sausage.                  

 Dinner will be buffet style with three choices of entree:

  • Calabrese: Sausage, beef, mushrooms and onions with a meat sauce.
  • Gilroy Garlic Chicken: Garlic, green onions, garlic, mushrooms, garlic and white wine, (that's right off of the menu folks)
  • Smoked Salmon Pasta:  Smoked salmon, sun-dried tomatoes, baby spinach in a dill cream sauce.

All entrees are served over pasta, and include organic mixed greens and rosemary rolls.

Dessert will be Tiramisu.

Coffee, tea, lemonade and soda are included with dinner.

If you would like to bring your own wine, there is a $12 corkage fee.  You may not bring in any wine that Mama Mia's sells.

To get to Mama Mia's Restaurant take Hwy 101 to the East Dunne Avenue exit in Morgan Hill.  Head west and after you cross Butterfield Blvd., Mama Mia's is on the right.  There is plenty of parking.

Please RSVP to Jack at

Send checks made out to SCML to Jack Sohriakoff, 296 Grace Way, Scotts Valley, CA 95066.

See you there!