Since 1967, the PA 1000 Yard Benchrest Club has been holding sanctioned competitions of long range benchrest shooting. Owing a lot of its history to the nearby municipality of Williamsport Pennsylvania, it has become known as the "Williamsport Club". We are proud to be the birthplace of 1000 yard shooting. Our club holds ten regular sanctioned matches each season, none any closer than two weeks apart. The 1000 Yard World Open is always held here in July of each year, and also several "Fun Shoot" weekends, two before and one after the season. Classes fired are Light Gun on Saturdays and Heavy Gun on Sundays. References to these are made repeatedly throughout the site and definitions of each may be found in the rules section.
2016-01-29 - .22 Long Rifle matches
Break out that .22 rimfire and bring it to the range with you! We will be hosting another year of Long Range .22 Rimfire matches! All of the matches are held at 200 yards. There will be 10 matches, with a 6 match aggragate for score winner at the end of the season.
Matches will be held after the Saturday Light Gun Matches. The winner of each individual match takes home a large percentage of the entrance fees.
There are no equipment restrictions, so break out dad's old Marlin or bring that custom Turbo and test your wind reading, trigger pulling, excuse making skills and see if you can take home some prize money!
Dave Powley will be running the matches, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2016-01-20 - Match Schedule UPDATE!!!
Due to some scheduling conflicts, the 2016 Match schedule has been updated. Please check out the UPDATED schedule. This affects ALL of the Light Gun, Heavy Gun, and World Open match dates!!!
2016-01-10 - 2016 Shooting School
The dates for the 2016 Shooting School have been set. The school is scheduled for June 25 - 26, 2016 (Saturday, Sunday). There will be a optional meet and greet Friday evening on the 24th. Contact Ryan Miller (607-427-2315 or email@example.com) for information and to obtain an application.
2016-01-10 - 2016 Winter Board Meeting Information
Well, 2016 has snuck up on us and a new year of shooting is about to begin. The current Board of Directors met on Saturday, January 9th and the following is a summary of some of the key points discussed for the 2016 shooting year.
According to our treasurer, 2015 was a great year for the club. We are in good shape to maintain our high standards for the coming year.
The rule book was reviewed and some clarifications were discussed, however, there are no major rule changes for the 2016 season.
The schedule was set and is currently on the this site under the 'Schedule' link on the left side of the home screen.
Please take notice to the work day which is set for April 9th. There are alot of projects that need to be completed. Here are a few of the bigger items: Fixing target frames and backers (new backers will be painted black on the record target); Cutting weeds and grass; getting a skid loader to fix the impact bank; fixing sandbags around the target number signs; removing debris around the target shed; organizing the target shed and installing shelves; Repairing or replacing the entrance door to the clubhouse; Installing new locks on the clubhouse; Fixing the mower shed; power washing the outhouses, installing new seats and fixing the doors; re-coating the shooting bench tops; overall clean-up of the range. This is just a portion of the things that need to be completed. If you have tools or supplies that may be helpful with these projects, please bring them along. Contact Ray McKinsey (contact page) with any questions.
The World Open shooting procedure was changed. Now, during the sighter period, there will be two (2) minutes to sight on the back bank and three (3) minutes on the sighter target.
We are looking for cooks or ideas to provide lunches for both days during the World Open. If you have any suggestions or wish to volunteer, contact Ray McKinsey.
We will be hosting another shooting school again this year. Contact Ryan Miller (607-427-2315, firstname.lastname@example.org) for information.
Details are being worked out for a secondary Hall Of Fame for all club shooters. This does NOT eliminate the current Hall Of Fame, but rather is a second HOF to award members who continue to accumulate points. Details will be forthecoming.
We are making an automated Rangemaster command system to test for this year. It will be a recorded script to be played for each relay so that every shooter will receive the exact same commands and times.
EVERY member needs to submit a new membership application each year. Also, if needed, a new camper agreement must be filled out.
For 2016, ALL camper fees will be $275, regardless of location.
CONGRATULATIONS to Dave Powley and John Buhay for getting into the Light Gun Hall Of Fame for 2015!!
I look forward to 2016 and hope that everyone has a great year!
New Members Who Need Information:
should contact anyone on the contact page with any questions about getting started here at the club. There are phone numbers and email addresses there for all the people you need to ask concerning anything to do with the club. Also, information about how to obtain a memberhship can be found in the club info section.
If you think this looks like fun and you'd like to give 1000 yard shooting a try, don't shy away because you don't have the equipment or know anyone who does. Contact someone here and see what's available for a given weekend. There's always someone willing to bring extra equipment for a new shooter to try out. Give some notice to any one of the people listed on the contact page and they can help you to make arrangements and give it a try. Be warned, it's addicting. Once you get the bug, it's hard to walk away.
Club Cookbooks Are Only $10.00
There are cookbooks for sale at the clubhouse for a real bargain price of $10.00. Do yourself and the club a favor and purchase one when you stop in. They are really very nice and would make a great gift, even if you're not a cook. Lets face it, we all like eating!