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, before and 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.
2020-05-16 - 6 Match rotation lists posted
All of the rotations have been run and posted on the website. Go to the 'Club Info-History' tab. The rotation lists are posted as .PDF files. NOTE that we are only operating under the first 6 matches on the rotation list.
PLEASE review the lists and make sure that you find your name if you requested a rotation. If your name is NOT on the list and you requested a rotation, please contact me ASAP.
2020-05-11 - Reimbursed Shooting Fees
If you paid for more than 6 matches in either class, we are sending out reimbursements. This also goes for World Open fees.
Rotations will still be drawn this Friday, May 15th. I will try to post the drawing on this website by Monday, May 18th.
2020-05-09 - Club Schedule Update
Over the past few days, the board has been engaged in discussions on the upcoming schedule issues due to the PA Governor Wolf's newest extension of the "stay-at-home" orders through June 4th. Even though Lycoming county is in the "Yellow" zone, there are still restrictions in place for hosting events. Therefore, rather than cancel all matches for the season, the board decided to re-schedule and alter the matches to allow ample time for restrictions to be lifted.
The new schedule is as follows: The 2020 World Open match has been CANCELLED. If you paid your entry fee, we will be sending out reimbursements.
We are planning on a 6 match schedule for the remaining possible season:
Match 1 July 11 & 12
Match 2 July 25 & 26
Match 3 Aug 8 & 9
Match 4 Aug 22 & 23
Match 5 Sept 12 & 13
Match 6 Sept 26 & 27
This is extremely disappointing to all of us and this decision was not made lightly. We, as a club, have never been faced with such adversity in our history. But, the safety, health, and longevity of our club and it's members is paramount.
Hopefully, this will clear up soon and we can get back to normal. The club still remains open to practice and gatherings of less than 25 people, with social distancing measures in place. However, if you reside in a "RED" zone or from another state where restrictions are in place, PLEASE do not jeopardize the club by traveling unnecessarily to the club!
2020-04-28 - CLUB OPENING TO PRACTICE SHOOTING!
Yesterday, Governor Wolf declared that he will be opening the state to many outdoor activities as of Friday, May 1st. When that occurred, the board of directors began a spirited debate as to the status of our club and whether to open to shooting or not.
By majority vote, the board decided to open the club to PRACTICE SHOOTING ONLY as of SUNDAY, May 3rd. The reason to open on Sunday is due to the water system will hopefully be repaired by Saturday afternoon. It is imperative that the bathroom facilities be fully functional to protect those at the club.
The following stipulations are being stressed by the board:
* The Governor recommends that travel should be restricted as much as possible.
* Social distancing recommends 6ft between individuals.
* Wash your hands frequently.
* Alcohol based hand sanitizer should be used frequently. (You will have to provide your own to use at the club).
* Groups of more than 10 are highly discouraged.
* Wipe down anything prior to and after touching (ie: door knobs, table tops, faucets, handles, etc).
If you have to travel a long distance to get to the club, please reconsider the need to be there. Be considerate of other club members.
We are all in this together and want to have the club for many years to come. Do your part and we will get through these difficult times better than ever.
Unless otherwise directed by the Governor, we are still on track to host match #1 on May 30/31.
One more note: ROTATIONS will be drawn on FRIDAY MAY 15th. So, if you want a rotation, you must let me know BEFORE that date ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
ATTENTION: Membership Information!!!
ALL NEW MEMBERS applying for membership MUST apply in person at The Original PA 1000 Yard BR Club!!! No exceptions! NEW Memberships will only be accepted in this manner. If you send in your NEW member membership, it will be returned to you. This applies to NEW MEMBERS only.
Please contact any of the board members, or myself (PA1000yardsecretary@yahoo.com) if you have any questions about this procedure.
The Original PA 1000 Yard Benchrest Club, Inc., is a BENCHREST CLUB, not a general shooting range. If you would like to participate in Long Range competition or learn how to shoot accurately at Long Range, PLEASE come to the CLUB and join in the fun!
2020-03-31 - ***IMPORTANT INFO*** Club Schedule update
As we all have seen in recent days, the Covid-19 virus has affected every aspect of our normal lives and routines. Our club is no exception to this pandemic and government restrictions.
For the first time in our club's history, our schedule is being affected by this viral outbreak. We have many "seasoned" shooters and those with health issues that are a major concern for us all.
After much discussion, the board has determined that the scheduled opening of the club will be altered as follows:
1) The fun match scheduled for April 18th has been CANCELLED.
2) The work detail/shoot scheduled for April 25 & 26 has been CANCELLED.
3) Match #1 scheduled for May 2 & 3 has been postponed and is being set up for a double match with Match #4, on June 13 & 14.
4) Match #2 scheduled for May 16 & 17 has been postponed and is being set up for a double match with Match #5, on June 27 & 28.
5) The shooting school scheduled for June 5, 6, & 7 has been CANCELLED.
These decisions were not easily made by the board, but we have to keep in mind that this is a hobby and not life or death. We are concerned with the health and well being of all of our members as well as remaining in compliance with government regulations. Any further updates will be posted as soon as possible.
Please remain hopeful that this virus will pass and that we can get back to normal. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. email@example.com