Long Tan Shoot Sunday 2nd September at 1pm

We will be holding a 3 gun shoot on Sunday 2nd September at 1pm.

The theme is the battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam War, so bring along firearms that are consistent with the period such as:

  • SKS and AK47/Norinco 56S
  • M1 Carbine
  • AR15
  • SLR
  • M14/Norinco M305
  • 1911 and Browning High Power pistols
  • Pump shotguns like the Ithica 37/Remington 870/Winchester 1897

Full list here: Weapons of the Vietnam War

You get style points if you bring out an RPG-7 rocket propelled grenade launcher or M60 Machine Gun.

Proposed new rifle range near Invercargill

Greg Hudson at Custom Guns in Invercargill is canvassing interest in setting up a new long range rifle range near Invercargill.

Potential new rifle range in Southland!!!!!Seeking members for a new shooting club in Southland. Are you interested?

Posted by Custom Guns on Sunday, August 5, 2018

Original link here.

The 7.62x39mm Cartridge

Wikipedia article: 7.62x39mm

The 7.62×39mm (aka 7.62 Soviet or formerly .30 Russian Short) round is a rimless bottlenecked intermediate cartridge of Soviet origin that was designed during World War II. Due to the worldwide proliferation of RPD and RPK light machine guns and SKS and AK-47 pattern rifles, the cartridge is used by both militaries and civilians alike. 7.62×39mm ammunition is purportedly tested to function well in temperatures ranging from −50 to 50 °C (−58 to 122 °F) cementing its usefulness in cold polar or hot desert conditions.

It is commonly believed that the 7.62×39mm cartridge was influenced by a variety of foreign developments, including the German STG-44, though this has been debated.

Shortly after World War II, the world’s most widespread military-pattern rifle was designed for this cartridge: the AK-47. The cartridge remained the Soviet standard until the 1970s. It was largely replaced in Russian service by the 5.45×39mm cartridge, which is used by the current-issue AK-74M service rifle and its variants. In the 21st century the 7.62×39mm remains a common service rifle chambering, including for newly developed rifles.

Mark’s Loading Data

Disclaimer: cross reference with other sources before using

Brass: Lapua 7.62x39mm
Primer: Federal GM210M Large Rifle Match
Projectile: Hornady 123gr FMJ (.310)
Powder: 25.5gr ADI AR2207 (24.5gr min, 26.5gr max)
Loaded OAL: 55.47mm 2.184″
Cost Loaded: $0.79 (excluding brass)

Belmont Black 9mm and .223REM ammo

We’ve ordered an ammo can of Belmont Black .223 55GR FMJ and 9mm 124GR FMJ.

The can contains 500 rounds of .223REM and 500 rounds of 9mm for $445 shipped.

This ammo has been reloaded using once fired brass, hence the designation OFC in the Description on the product page on their website.

This will be available for members to purchase to try out, and if it causes no issues Belmont will be our preferred source for 9mm and .223REM ammo.

AGM 2018 Resolutions

The Committee for 2018/2019 is made up of:

  • Steve – President
  • Mark – Secretary/Treasurer
  • Tom – Vice President
  • Brendon – Range Manager
  • Jess – Training Officer
  • Donny/Mark/Jess/Brendon/Bob/Paul/Peter – Club Armourers

It was agreed that subs would remain at $60 for seniors and $30 for juniors/spouse for the year ending 30th June 2019.

A late payment fee of $20 for seniors, and $10 for juniors/spouse, will be added to any unpaid invoices as at 30th September 2018 to encourage prompt payment.

Long Range Rifle Shoot 1pm August 18th

We will be holding a long range rifle shoot Sunday 18th August at 1pm.

Same format as previous long range shoots with 5 shots on paper at 100 yards for tightest group, then 5 shots on steel at each of 270, 470, 570, and 610 yards.

More details here.

Bergara B-14 HMR Rifle


Interest in long range rifle shooting is growing year on year. The Ruger Precision Rifle was one of the first affordable factory rifles you could slap a decent scope on and with match grade factory or handloaded ammo reasonably expect to get great results with.

If you’d like something that shoots as well as the Ruger Precision Rifle and other factory long range precision rigs, but is light enough to take out on the odd hunt, the Bergara B-14 HMR (not to be confused with the .17 HMR cartridge) might be worth a look.

The attractive stock is adjustable and has an internal aluminium chassis running the entire length of the stock, to which the barreled action is bolted.

It is factory drilled and tapped to fit Remington 700 style rings and bases, and is currently readily available in 6.5 Creedmoor (1 in 8 twist) and .308 Winchester (1 in 10 twist), with .300 Win Mag (1 in 10 twist) and 22-250 Rem (1 in 9 twist) having been added to the range and hopefully landing in NZ later this year.

Priced around NZ$1700 at the last check it makes a compelling value proposition.

Greg at Custom Guns in Invercargill stocks Bergara rifles, or you might enquire at Fiordland Frontier Supplies in Te Anau.