Pistol Shooters


the first, third and fifth Sunday year round except for rain, we hold bowling pin matches (lots of fun and lots of trigger time!!). We start after 9:00 am and are over by noon. Our matches are two shooters side by side, 5 pins each on a table at about 35 feet, first shooter to clear all pins off his table wins. Deadwood doesn’t count!  We shoot 5-7 strings depending on how many shooters are there. (Usually 10-20)  We have a revolver class and an auto class. Most of us shoot both, as it is only $5.00 to shoot a class. The minimum round count is about 50 rounds for each class, some use more. Heavy bullets seem to work better than fast but that is just my opinion. We pay first, second and third place. We also shoot lucky target at the end of the pin shoot. 5 shots into a poker target, best hand wins! $$


Thursday night shooting is back at Sprague! Check out the Schedule below:
We hold 2 – I.D.P.A. matches a month on the second and fourth Sunday of the month year round except rain, 9:00 AM start.Please help us start on time by arriving a few minutes early. We finish about 12:30. We usually have 4-8 scenarios and 15-30 people. We often shoot more than 120 rounds (no extra shots) so bring plenty of ammo

During the spring and summer we also shoot the first and third Thursday evenings 5:00 PM  sharp.

We charge $10.00 to shoot for members of SRG and $20.00 for non-members . You do not have to a member of our club to shoot our matches. Active duty military shoot IDPA free. You do not have be an IDPA member to shoot with us. IDPA wants you to join but understands you will want to see if it is right for you before shelling out your cash. If you are new to IDPA when you come to shoot with us tell me or one of the others in charge, you are new and just want to see and do it a few times. We, or preferably I, will take you off to the side and make sure to let you know all the safety and gun handling techniques, so you will be comfortable. We want you to enjoy shooting with us and be excited to come back. IDPA thinks after 2-3 matches you should join. You decide. For more info on IDPA visit their web site at:

For Sunday morning matches we charge shooters $10.00 for Sprague Members and $20.00 for non-members. Sunday morning matches start at 9:00AM Sharp. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes earlier than the start time in order to start on time and finish shooting earlier

For Thursday evening matches all shooters are charged $10.00.Thursday evening matches start at 5:00PM Sharp. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes earlier than the start time to sign up in order to finish shooting 1/2 hour before sunset. All shooting must cease 1/2 hour before sunset in order to appease our neighbors.

Our Thursday evening schedule is as follows:

May 2, 2019                    May 16, 2019

June 6, 2019                    June 20, 2019

July 4, 2019                     July 18, 2019

August 1, 2019               August 15, 2019

September 5, 2019



Join Eastern Connecticut shooters for the 55th season of competition in the New London County Pistol League! Matches are home or away on Monday evenings from September through March.

The ten-team League uses the .22 rimfire National Match Indoor Gallery Course of 30 shots on three targets in slow-, timed-, and rapid-fire sequences, all at 50 feet. Because only the top five scores on a given evening count for the total team score, new shooters are very welcome. You will find this form of competition a helpful learning experience that is applicable to other forms of target competition.


Bullseye target shooting is a game of calmness and patience, self-control and concentration. Your willingness to persevere as your scores rise, fall, and rise again will be richly rewarded. Novices and intermediate shooters are always welcome. As you learn the fundamentals — and apply these fundamentals with every single shot — your overall scores will increase and you will gain confidence and team recognition. Other shooters will be happy to coach you with useful tips before or after a match. Seemingly small inputs can be of great value! As in any sport, practice is essential to skill development. You will find that the discipline of even a little match shooting will make you a far better “fun” shooter with both pistols and rifles, and add to your knowledge and enjoyment of shooting in general.


In League shooting, just about any .22 rimfire pistol or revolver is adequate, though experienced bullseye shooters most often use optical or red-dot sights that replace the adjustable, “iron” sights that come with a fine firearm. Most shooters use semi-automatic pistols because they recover more easily in the timed/rapid fire stages — though great scores have been fired with revolvers in years past. Target firearms by Ruger, High Standard, S&W, and Browning are most common, and are often customized for their owners with special grips and sights, and tuned-up trigger pulls. Moving up in cost, Olympic-grade arms by Pardini, Hammerli, Walther, and classic Colts are occasionally encountered.


Keys to personal success are familiarity with your particular pistol and the ability to see the front sight or red dot perfectly clearly. A crisp, fairly light, trigger-pull weight is also desirable. Top-quality bullseye pistols can often be found on the used market, or by asking other competitors. Remember that indoor target shooting does not demand extremes in equipment; skill is far more important than hardware. The patience and focus learned with a good ..22 are immediately useful in other marksmanship sports.


Eye and ear protection are always required. A sturdy box that can hold your pistol, ammunition, spotting scope, and extra magazines helps. Take a look on a match night and observe how competitors have resolved these needs for themselves.