The Satuit Nimrod

The Newsletter of the Scituate Rod & Gun Club
October  2023 — V30N10

News Around the Club

Our annual Turkey Shoot is slated for Sunday, November 19th, starting at noon and running until 4:00 pm. Volunteers will be needed to help run the various games. We're not asking you to spend the entire time helping, just an hour; sign-up on the large chalk board in the clubhouse.

Also, there are still some lawn signs and plenty of 11x17 posters available. Please help yourselves and grab a lawn sign for your front lawn and some posters for establishments you frequent.

We will be holding a Cleanup Day on Saturday, November 11th from 10:00 am until the job is done; rain date is Saturday, November 18th. Fuel in the form of coffee and doughnuts provided.


Eight shooters had fun at the Halloween themed "Spooktacular" fun shoot on Sunday, October 29th. The shoot started off dry but the weather deteriorated and the second relay was wet — but everyone had fun, which was the main thing. 

Relay 1

Richard Martin – 25

Ron Rice  – 23

Paul Figueiredo – 19

Relay 2

Richard Martin – 24

Ron Rice – 22

Mike Guidicci – 19

The next pistol event will be a "Miss and You're Out!" match on Sunday, November 5th, starting at 9:00 am.

We now have a new shed for storing steel targets and other Pistol/Cowboy related items, thanks to Ken Crowell and a gang of helpers. It still needs a door and a few more finishing touches. More photos of the shed build are here.

Skeet and Trap

Trap shooting on Tuesday evenings is on hold until the Spring as several of the committee are Snowbirds and have retired to warmer climes until the Spring. Skeet is shooting Sundays and Wednesday evenings.

Cowboy Action Shooting

The next Cowboy match will be on  on Sunday November 12th, starting at 9:00 am.

Pumpkin Drop

We had a good turnout on a very warm, bright and sunny day for the Pumpkin Drop on Saturday, October 28th. Four large pumpkins were hoisted on high by Dave Glancy, and, on command, released to let gravity do its work. The pumpkins hit the ground with a very satisfying WHUMP! Mayhem then ensued as the kids ran in to grab candy.

More images can be viewed and downloaded from here.

Quotes of the Month

“If you've got to resist, your chances of being hurt are less the more lethal your weapon. If that were my wife, would I want her to have a .38 Special in her hand? Yeah.”

– Dr. Arthur Kellerman (famous gun grabber) 

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters ."

– Daniel Webster 

"Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too."

– Yogi Berra

The Story of the 9mm

by Wayne van Zwoll. Published in The Armory Life, 9/7/23

A dive into vintage firearms and ammunition catalogs brings us the origins of products still popular — and the failings of many that have stumbled at market. Thumbing through the pages of a renowned firearms catalog from 1934, I found Lugers chambered in 7.65 and 9mm. Yes, the prices drew tears! The text confirmed that since the turn of the 20th century, the Luger had been accepted by military units around the world and was also popular with motorcycle policemen facing automobile bandits. By the standards of that day, the 9mm was a powerful round indeed!

A 1934 Peters ammo roster listed the 9mm with 125-grain FMJ and HP bullets. From 4” barrels they clocked 1,030 fps, packed 300 ft-lbs of energy. The 7.65 (.30) Luger sent 93-grain bullets at 1,173 fps from 4½” barrels, with 284 ft-lbs. The 9mm was just getting traction; the 7.65 would fade. 

The Germans were on the ball before the world caught fire in 1914. In 1893 they’d trotted out the 7×57 rifle cartridge, in1905 the 8×57 JS and 9.3×62. All are still commercially loaded, still popular. But no rifle round from the Old Country can match the success of the pistol cartridge Georg Luger produced in 1902 by necking his 7.65mm case to accept 9mm bullets.

Chambered in the Luger pistol of that year, it was adopted by the German navy in 1904, by the German Army in 1908. Soon it caught the attention of other nations. When NATO was formed in the 1950s, the 9mm Luger round became the standard sidearm cartridge for all NATO members — except the U.S. Not until 1985 would our armed forces break off their long romance with the .45 ACP to take up the 9mm. Since then “the nine” has served, in uniform and out, in sub-machineguns as well as pistols, among elite military units worldwide. Russia came late to the party. Not 20 years ago, the 9mm Luger (or 9mm Parabellum or 9×19) became the first Russian military cartridge designed out of country. Read the entire article here.

Club Calendar

Monday, November 6th – 8:00 pm.

Monday, November 6th– 7:00 pm.


Saturday, November 11th — 10:00 am. Rain Date  Sat. Nov. 18th.


Sunday, November 19th, Noon – 4:00pm.

Sundays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Wednesdays: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Saturdays: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Tuesdays: On Hold until the Spring.

Miss and You're Out! match – Sunday, November 5th, starting at 9:00 am.

Cowboy Shoot – Sunday, November 12th  at 9:00 am.

Tuesday, November 7th – 7:00 pm & Thursday November 9th – 7:00 pm Register here.
Tuesday, December 5th – 7:00 pm & Thursday December 7th – 7:00 pm Register here.

Sunday, November 12th – 9:00 am Register here.

…And Finally