Maine shoots?


January 28, 2011, 07:34 PM
Are there any comps. in Maine? Do not hear much about it. Pistol would most interest me. Where do I find such things out?

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January 28, 2011, 07:41 PM
If you live near Gray, ME there is Larry's Guns.

He is very actively involved in promoting pistol shooting sports (a put your money where your mouth is kind of guy); also with a special emphasis on Juniors whenever possible.

He is a very good Bullseye shooter and would know where to start I am sure. I would give him a ring and see if he can give you a point in the right direction.

good luck!

January 28, 2011, 09:42 PM
What part of Maine? I just moved from South Portland this past summer.

Scarborough Rod and Gun Club in Scarborough has a very nice range setup, and they shoot most disciplines there.

Falmouth Gun Club in Falmouth is ok. I shot steel plate there a few times. They shoot a couple other disciplines, but I wasn't impressed with the people or the range facilities. YMMV. Scarborough has a larger area with more ranges and more matches.

I didn't shoot any north of Falmouth, except for hunting so I can't help you out there.

January 29, 2011, 05:49 AM
I have not shot at either of those clubs. I live North of Skowhegan, we have a couple of custom ranges (pits) we shoot at for training/range work, goofing off.
I will check out both places. I have heard that both of those clubs are a little unfriendly.

January 29, 2011, 07:54 AM
My personal opinion of the Falmouth one was that if you weren't a club member, they didn't seem to want you there. Falmouth is a fairly ritzy place (we lived next door in Yarmouth for a while), and the people I tried talking to had the better than thou attitude.

I shot at Scarborough for competition, work (Coast Guard), as well as with a youth program I volunteered for, and most of the members that I interacted with seemed to be decent people.

January 29, 2011, 06:58 PM
A good friend of mine owns Weaponcraft in Portland. They shoot at the Scarborough club while they are trying to find a range of their own. Both the Falmouth and Scarborough ranges are 100 miles. I just found out that Augusta has a club. They have a pistol league, and intermediate comps. I am going to try that, its 50 miles. I assume that work has brought you to SC (coyotehunter) WHich part, we vacation in N and SC everyyear. Last year was OUterbanks, year before, Beaufort. Love the Carolinas!!

January 29, 2011, 08:27 PM
I lived in the outer banks for 3 years, in Atlantic Beach/Morehead City. Loved it there and my wife and I are going to try to get stationed there again at some point. Gubment moved me to Charleston, and we'll probably be here for the next 4.5 years. This was home for me, so we're glad to be back.

Some guys from our unit played opposing force when Weaponcraft put on training for the Portland PD last year. I didn't get to make it because I was on duty, but they had a great time. One of our guys who had extensive tactical training had great things to say about the company.

I've got a friend in Augusta who does some shooting. I'll see if he knows anything about a club in the area.

I must say, the only two things I didn't like about Maine (other than the transplanted Mass holes) were the long winters and lack of places to shoot. My wife is from there so she is going to force me back up that way at some point. :banghead:

Ed from Maine
January 29, 2011, 09:57 PM
I am disappointed that Coyotehunter evidently did not have a good experience at Falmouth , but I will put in my $.02. Nothing snooty about the folks i know there, but maybe he encountered someone on a bad day. The Action Pistol Committee is quite active, not so much at the moment because of the weather and temperature, but the pistol range is open, has clear snowblown paths from the line to the target stands, and is seeing daily use. Once Spring arrives, we have action pistol every Saturday morning at 9, usually falling plates, but we now have steel challenge plates and stands, and have about 7 scenarios outlined. We run those matches periodically, maybe shooting for 25% of the time this coming season. these are all open to the public. Falmouth also has active Cowboy action shooters.
York Fish and Game, down in Lyman, has Sunday pistol matches thru the year, starting at noon, open to the public, a different type of falling plates match, mano y mano @ 15 yards, some are .22 only, others are centerfire, the schedule is published.
North Berwick is running indoor matches on Sundays, have to use lead free frangible ammo which you purchase from them. Same thing at Scarborough on their indoor range. Scarborough has active trap, sporting clays and five stand shooting thru the winter. There are others as well.

If you want links to any of these, PM me.

February 7, 2011, 08:57 AM
The Sanford Fish & Game Association ( generally has cowboy action shoots and once a month an informal pistol shoot. Just throwing that out there if you're ever in the neighborhood :)
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February 7, 2011, 09:07 AM
Here's the listing of IDPA clubs in ME:

And here's the USPSA (IPSC) clubs:

February 9, 2011, 10:17 AM
My friend Clinton runs the IDPA competitions at Scarborough and he loves new competitors.

Fieldstone, it is 100 miles from you but other than the IDPA101 class (Two day class) and the monthly meets there are not other requirements to shoot IDPA in Scarborough. Maybe you could combine a monthly trip to Cabelas for supplies at the same time. If you have a family, there are several beaches and shopping areas they could go to if they did not want to shoot with you.

Good luck!

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