With multiple shooting disciplines, matches and shooting opportunities, San Juan Wildlife Federation is building its 3-Gun footprint in the Southwest, recently holding its annual Trophy Match
San Juan Wildlife Federation (SJWF), in Farmington, New Mexico, recently held its annual Trophy Match, one of several 3GN matches the club holds each season to serve its membership and the general shooting community. And it’s becoming a must-attend event in the area, drawing notable shooters including Glenn Shelby, Adam Kelly and Lanny Barnes.
“This match is our local ‘Championship’ match and annual fundraiser,” said SJWF Match Diretor Steven White. “We have participants from other parts of the state like Albuquerque and Las Cruces, as well as Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Texas. This was our fourth year conducting the match and second year as a 3GN Club. We award “trophies” in Divisions, Classes and Categories. We also have a prize table which is awarded by lottery rather than by match placement. This year our top prizes were a Springfield Saint AR-15, Columbia River Arms AR barrel received from the 3GN program, and a Bar-Sto Custom pistol barrel. Altogether there was approximately $2,500 worth of prizes on our table.
“The Trophy Match has as many as 12 stages and this year had nine stages,” White continued. “This year we decided to go with fewer stages having higher round counts (about 600). Often the number of stages is determined by the resources available to the match staff. This year the match staff totaled 11, which included myself, Range Master, Stats Officer and Admin Officer. Being such a small club, we sometimes have a hard time fielding sufficient ROs for all the stages. This year we had two long-range stages and seven short-range stages. Fives stages involved three guns, the rest were shotgun and/or pistol stages. The only shotgun-only stages was the required Classifier.”
The Trophy Match and being a 3-Gun Nation Club is just one route in which SJWF serves approximately 950 members and the local shooting community. Through multiple shooting disciplines and shooting organizations, there is literally something for everyone at SJWF.
“The San Juan Wildlife Federation was initially established in the ’60’s as an organization associated with the National Wildlife Federation,” White said. “In the mid-’70’s, the organization obtained on patent about 200 acres of BLM land and established the shooting range. Since that time the SJWF has morphed from a wildlife conservation organization to a shooting sports facility and range. We have a five-field shotgun trap range. One field is multi-purpose and supports skeet and 5-stand clays as well as trap. We have a dedicated 100-yard benchrest rifle bay, a multi-purpose rifle bay, AKA the ‘Long Range,’ which has berms to 880 yards. Nice pistol bays are arranged in a canyon east of the rifle ranges. We are a private membership only facility However, all of our organized matches are open to the public. Disciplines that hold regular matches are: Amateur Trap Association (ATA), USPSA, IDPA, ARA, NRL, ASI, Service Rifle/Pistol, SASS, .22 Benchrest Silhouette, Hunter Benchrest/Varmint for Score, Indoor .22 Pistol, Winchester/NRA Airgun Leagues, Bang-Galore Exploding Targets, and of course our 3GN Club.”
From March through November, that 3GN Club is running full-tilt, with as many as 35 shooters regularly enjoying a five-stage match that typically includes three field courses and two 3GN Classifiers.
“The field stages are usually hybrid stages incorporating elements from 3GN, USPSA, IDPA and independent 3-Gun disciplines,” White explained. “Often the members submit stages that they would like to shoot. Nearly all of our stages are of short range (less than 50 yards), as the matches are conducted in our pistol bays. Two to three times a year we hold long-range matches (March, Trophy Match, October, November), when the rifle ranges are available. Our long range matches have targets out to 350 yards.”
The SJWF Club Match, consisting of five stages, including four field courses and one 3GN Classifier, takes place Saturday, Aug. 4, from 8 AM to 2 PM. Visit SJWF for more info.