Friday, July 18, 2014

Annual Club Fundraiser Match

COLCHESTER, VT. –  -( The Vermont State Rifle and Pistol Association (VSRPA) and the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club are holding their annual Rimfire Steel Match Fundraiser on Saturday, September 27 to support junior shooting sports in Vermont.
Sponsored by the VSRPA and Action Target and hosted by the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club, 100% of the funds raised at the match go to support the Vermont Junior Shooting Sports Association and the University of Vermont Shooting Sports Club.
Members of the UVM Shooting Sports Club’s teams – known as the Gun Cats – will staff the match as well as serve as range officers.
Those interested in participating in the Annual Rimfire Steel Match Fundraiser can download the match application (!fundraiser/c16lj ).
The entry fee prior to September 20 is $25 for adults and $10 for kids, and after the 20th it’s $30 and $15. Shooter check-in and last minute registration will begin at 8:30am with first shots fired scheduled for 9:30am.
The match is a .22LR pistol only competition with both an Open and Limited division. Prizes will be awarded for High Junior, High Lady, and High Overall in each division.
For more information, or to sponsor the match, please contact Michael MacDuff, VSRPA’s Vice-President of Handgun Sports, at

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

UVM Places 3rd in Rimfire and 5th in Centerfire at SPP Nationals.

Pistol team had some tough competition at the SPP Nationals. Our Centerfire Team got 5th place and we would like to congratulateCorps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit's blazing fast time of 186 for their winning 1st place. The span from second to 5th place was only 6 seconds!!!
Our rimfire team placed 3rd with a time of 214 seconds which is the squads best time yet! Congrats to them for this was the first time any of the squad member have ever shot at the competition!
Competition was tough but fun. Almost 100 athletes competed from 10 colleges and universities! The match is getting popular!
We would like to thank our supporters for helping us get their,UVM Student Government Association, Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Inc., MidwayUSA Foundation, FNH USA, Glock,Blade-Tech Industries, and of course University of Vermont Club Sports

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Help us raise money! We have SHIRTS and raffles!!!

Help us raise money for our Pistol and Shotgun team so they can go to their national competitions!  We have shirts and raffles going on!

We have new shirts this year and they are $15 each!
Shirt Back

We also have cool raffles going on. We are raffling off an OCRA Cooler! Extreme cooler!!

Orca 26 QT Extreme Cooler
$1 per ticket                               $5 for 6
$10 for 14                                    $20 for 30 tickets
 Now how do you purchase these items??
Email us at of what you want and we will send you a "Paypal Invoice"which you can pay with your credit card!
"We need ammo like we need oxygen!"

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Teams share their sport with fellow students.

Burlington, VT; The University of Vermont Shooting Sports Teams held a New Shooter’s Clinic this past Saturday. The clinic was focused on “Student’s teaching Students” where members of the shooting sports teams taught fellow students from the university. They learned how to safely handle and use pistols and shotguns.  The clinic was paid for with help from a grant from the Friends of The NRA and firearms.
Over 40 students attended the clinic with nearly 50 percent them being women. Women were not just those attending the clinic to learn but those teaching it as well.  Jennie Fritch, a member of the Pistol Team, helped teach her fellow students the basics in pistol marksmanship and had a lot fun doing it, " It was a lot of fun! They all listened well and it was fun teaching what I love to new shooters."

This was not just for having fun and sharing their sport, but also for looking for new members for both the shotgun and pistol teams. The pistol team did well last year at the SPP National Championships and their Capt Laura Michalak wants to add to their stable of shooters. She was there in the thick of it, teaching and helping the attendees, "I thought it went really well. I was really impressed with how well everyone shot, especially for their first time, and I think we have a lot of promising candidates for the team this year." This recruitment also includes the shotgun team, where their Captain, Greg Roy, was on hand overseeing the shotgun portion. "It went really well. Had a good showing. A few new shooters are looking to get more into it and maybe do some competition shooting." says Greg.

The team captains see a lot future team members in the group that came to the clinic and can not wait for them to start practicing with the teams full time. With more clinics planned for the future, provided that additional funding can be found, we will see their teams grow.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

General Club Meeting

Thursday Sept 5th

Davis Center, Room 419, Mildred Livak Ball Room

For all those interested in the club and firearm safety class.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Thank you for your support and bring on Summer!

First off, the Teams, Club, and coaches would like to say, "Thank you very much for your support of our teams and other shooting sports teams!" 

Just a heads up on what the University of Vermont Shooting Sports teams are up to this Summer...

Bianchi Cup
Members of our Pistol team(Graham Cochrane, Will Cain and Ray Trainque) were selected to participate in last month’s MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup and received scholarships to cover costs and entry fees for the event. These scholarships were provided by Larry Potterfield and MidwayUSA and gave 14 junior competitors from across the U.S. the opportunity to compete in the match. Our members were able to make new friends and meet up with old friends such as Brian Lee from the Yale Pistol Team. Brian is good friend of our team members and coaches. Here is a link with photos from the match.

Pistol Team...
This Spring we held elections for team captains and club officers. Laura Michalak was selected by her fellow teammates to lead the Pistol Team in the upcoming year. Laura will be a Junior at UVM this year. She first got into competitive shooting when she came to UVM after graduating from high school in Chicago. She lead our B-Squad to first place in the Rimfire Division at the Scholastic Pistol Program Nationals at Fort Benning this year. This Summer she will be competing in USPSA matches in Michigan for the first time. In only two years of competitive shooting she has lead a squad to a national win and her goal this year is to lead the whole team to first. Her personal goal is to take first her self, she feels, " there are too many boys in the top spots."

Laura at the NE FALL SPP Championships. Photo courtesy of Paul Dandini

Shotgun Team...
Greg Roy was chosen by his teammates to lead the Shotgun team this year. Greg is also a junior this upcoming year and has grown in talent on the trap and skeet ranges and hopes to share his knowledge with the new members this Fall.

Greg(Far Left) just about to do a 5-way shoot off with members from Yale and West Point teams for 2nd place in Skeet at the 2013 SCTP “Clay Cup” Championship.

 He has come up with a Summer plan that requires all his teammates to focus on their practice through out the Summer and improve their shooting scores in their home states. Some of the shotgun team has chosen to stay in Burlington to practice rather than go home. Lida Benson on the team is from Washington,DC so she chose to stay in Burlington to work on her shooting and her acting, she is Theater Major at the university. Greg wants to have a squad to lead the Cats into first at matches.

Leslie(left) and Lida(right) at the West Point Match

Club Leadership...
After providing excellent leadership and guidance through the past 2012-13 school year, Leslie Barnard, chose to step down as Club President. She wanted to concentrate more on her studies and practice more on the shotgun team. She too, also chose to stay in Burlington to practice through out the Summer. Leslie was replaced by Kevin Cafferky, a first year member of the club and a sophomore. Kevin has risen fast on the pistol team. When Kevin is not at school, he is a full time member of the Vermont Air National Guard.

Kevin (left) and Pistol Coach Adam Nilson, at the SPP Nationals at Fort Benning.

Kevin has come up with new directives and goals for the club's competition side and outreach to bring in new members to the club and share the shooting sports experience with others in university's student body and faculty. For the outreach portion, Kevin has tapped Yuzo Kevorkian to lead the Recreational and Outreach portion of the club. Yuzo is a member of the Pistol Team's A-Squad and brings the experience of being a “seasoned competitive athlete” combined with what it was like to be a “first-time” novice. Yuzo, has only been competing for less than 18 months! Yuzo, is from Manhattan(NYC) and tried one of our clinics his freshman year. Since then, he has been to two National matches and over half dozen regionals either on the A squad or B squad. Both are hoping to groom next years squads and club into Champions!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Vermont Sweeps SPP Northeast Spring Collegiate Regional


Vermont Sweeps Scholastic Pistol Program Northeast Spring Collegiate Regional Hosted by the SIG SAUER Academy

Maumee, OH - Twelve squads, from seven teams, met at Epping, NH, Sunday April 14th for the Scholastic Pistol Program's (SPP) Northeast Spring Collegiate Regional hosted by the SIG SAUER Academy.


The University of Vermont (UVM) Shooting Sports Club took first place in both the Centerfire and Rimfire Divisions at the Regional Match. In the Centerfire (Varsity) Division, UVM's squad "A" placed 1st with Elay, finishing 2nd over the Crimson-Clad Squad from Harvard who came in 3rd. UVM continued its medal winning ways by taking 1st and 2nd in the Rimfire (Junior Varsity) Division over New England rival University of New Hampshire who placed 3rd and 4th in their

first match.


While this was a collegiate match, teams from SPP Junior and Senior Divisions were invited to come and get real match experience. Teams from the Holyoke (MA) Revolver Club Steel Shooters, Venture Crew 556 (NH) and US Naval Sea Cadets, USS Newport News (CA-148) Division, Concord, New Hampshire competed in both Centerfire (Varsity) and Rimfire (Junior Varsity) divisions.


"With a so many teams attending, we were able to have each new team squaded with an experienced one to help mentor the new shooters," said Scott Moore, SPP National Director. "I really appreciate UVM, Elay and Harvard for their help; this is what the SPP is all about."


In addition to hosting the match, the SIG SAUER Academy supplied staffers as well as supplied discounted 9mm ammunition on site for purchase by the teams. Assisting match director and SPP stage designer, Paul Dandini were local Safety Officers (SO). Ed Fitzgerald, Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) Board of Trustee member and GLOCK SPP liaison was also on hand to supply loaner handguns and assist in the match.


All teams, both college and JR/SR divisions attending will receive deposits in their MidwayUSA Foundation Scholastic Shooting Trust (SST) team account. The total SST amount the teams earned for this match was $33,000. To date, during this SPP competition year, teams have earned $237,000 thanks to the MidwayUSA Foundation.


SPP is supported, in part, by founding partners GLOCK, Smith & Wesson and Action Target. Additional partners include Atlanta Arms & Ammunition, PACT Timers, Tactical Solutions and Winchester Ammunition among others.


For additional information on the new SPP program or to register your team, contact Director Scott Moore via e-mail at


The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) across the United States, including participant registration, coaches, state coordinators, state and national championships, promotion, communications, websites, public relations and growth strategies The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation exists to raise funding and other resources for Youth Development Programs in the shooting sports industry.

SCTP and SPP are youth development programs, originally developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), where adult coaches and volunteers model sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, and teamwork while using shooting sports programs to teach these and other positive life skills to the athletes.

To learn more about SCTP or SPP call (419) 794-9924 or visit their website at




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