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September 7th, 2015

Is This the Most Scenic Shooting Range in North America?

Anette Wachter Shooting Range Chilliwack, BC Canada General Vokes

Could this be the most scenic rifle range in North America? We can’t say for sure, but it certainly is a strong candidate. This is the General Vokes Rifle Range in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Our friend Anette Wachter ( was there for the annual BC Target Championship. All that greenery combined with the majestic snow-capped peaks in the distance makes for a stunning venue.

Anette Wachter Shooting Range Chilliwack, BC Canada General VokesAfter seeing this photo, one of Anette’s Facebook friends from down-under was inspired to make a trip to Canada: “Maybe I can get a rebel Australian team to go there, even just for the scenery!”

Anette (at right) says the match has been going well: “Starting off a bit slow but there were tricky conditions today. I just need to step it up tomorrow… but they are predicting rain. [Editor’s comment: That’s why it looks so green. BC has rain, unlike drought-stricken California where I’m based.]

Anette reports there were fewer participants than in years past: “There has been a small turnout this year since they changed the dates.” She also noted that she is getting a good workout: “People wonder why I have such strong arms. Try carrying all this gear from line to line!” Good luck Anette.

Here’s a panorama view of the Vokes Rifle Range in Chilliwack, posted by PMJ in the Blueline.CA forum. The popular BC Precision Rifle Championship is held at this range each summer in June.

Anette Wachter Shooting Range Chilliwack, BC Canada General Vokes

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September 7th, 2015

Western CMP Games and Creedmoor Cup Matches Coming Soon

CMP Western Games Games Creedmoor Cup Ben Avery

Ready for some action in Arizona? The 12th Western CMP Games and Creedmoor Cup Matches will be held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The CMP Games run 9-13 October while the Creedmoor Cup Matches dates take place 14-18 October. All interested shooters are invited to participate in these unique, national-level competitions. NOTE: Registration for the Creedmoor Cup matches must be done online via

CMP Games Creedmoor Cup Ben Avery

Western CMP Games Entry Form | Western CMP Games Online Registration
Western CMP Games & Creedmoor Cup Program | Directions to Ben Avery Range

Western CMP Games Matches

  • Garand & Springfield Match Clinic
  • John C. Garand Match
  • Springfield Match
  • Vintage Military Rifle Match
  • Small Arms Firing School/M16 Match
  • Rimfire Sporter Match
  • Carbine Match
  • Vintage Sniper Match
  • Modern Military Rifle Match
  • Western Creedmoor Cup Events

  • High Power Rifle Clinic
  • Creedmoor Cup (2400 point aggregate)
  • 4-Man Team Match
  • Creedmoor EIC Match
  • To see a real pro shooting Service Rifle, check out the above video. That’s former National Champion (now Creedmoor Sports G.M.) Dennis DeMille, shooting 300-yard Rapids from the prone position. This was filmed at the 2010 Berger Southwest Nationals at Ben Avery. You’ll see Dennis adjusts his sights while looking through the spotter. Then watch how calm and steady Dennis stays from shot to shot. That comes with years of practice and training.

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    September 7th, 2015

    Army Issues Solicitation for XM17 Pistol to Replace Beretta M9

    M9 U.S. Army Solicitation XM17 HMS Modular Handgun System

    It’s official… the U.S. Army is replacing the M9 Pistol made by Beretta. On August 28, 2015, the Army released the official solicitation for the XM17 MHS Pistol, a modular design that will replace the M9, the Army’s version of Beretta’s model 92. This is a big contract — the Army intends to acquire at least 300,000 pistols, all from one manufacturer.

    According to “One of the major goals of the MHS [Modular Handgun System] effort is to adopt a pistol chambered for a more potent round than the current 9mm[.] The U.S. military replaced the .45 caliber 1911 pistol with the M9 in 1985 and began using the 9mm NATO round at that time.” It is unclear what chambering the U.S. Army wants instead of the 9x19mm. Some pundits suggest the Army wants a larger-diameter bullet, while others think the Army is looking for a higher velocity projectile that can penetrate body armor. While the Army has not specified a particular cartridge, the XM17 spec requires that the pistol’s projectile penetrate at least 14″ of ballistics gel at 50 meters. The Army also hopes that the new pistol will be more durable and easier to maintain than the M9.

    This XM17 solicitation document, a whopping 351 pages long, contains detailed specs for the pistol, accessories, along with performance standards. says the specification includes accuracy standards as well as modular design requirements: “The Army said the handgun should be able to hit a 4-inch target at a 50-meter range at least 90 percent of the time throughout the gun’s lifespan. To compete in the Modular Handgun System, and the XM17 designation, the pistol needs modifiable grips, varied magazine options, ambidextrous controls, and rails for accessories.”

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