Raritan Valley Pistol League (RVPL) summer season meets at South River Pistol Club, South River, NJ. Bullseye shooters
from any club are invited to compete in this .22 league comprised of as many National Match relays as they care to shoot
in the 20-week duration of the season. Significantly different from shooting indoors at Lake Island, we shoot outdoors at
South River for the summer season. Some shooters shoot the slow fire stage at 50 yards, others shoot all stages at 25 yards.
Participating in RVPL pistol shooting is a terrific way to expose yourself to competition in a very low stress way.
When We Meet
Shooting night is Tuesday, starting at 5:30pm and ending when the last shooter says "enough" or there isn't enough sunlight to
shoot by, whichever comes first. To participate in RVPL it is not necessary to arrive at 5:30, shooters come when they can.
The commands are expertly given by members of the host club. Bring some DEET, as the mosquitos
and "no see-ums" can get really vicious. As a special treat, Bill Nolan provides some of the most delicious cookies that have
ever come out of a bakery, to ensure that we maintain sufficient stamina to compete.
This season starts with two practice sessions on the last two weeks of April. Our first week shooting for record will be the first
Tuesday in May. All sessions are listed on the Lake Island
calendar which should be
referenced for any cancellations or change of schedule.
All shooting is with .22 caliber pistols. Shooters will supply their own handgun and ammunition. Targets are supplied by the league.
Course of Fire
The RVPL Summer League is made up of 30 rounds and your choice of the modified NRA Short Course or the modified National Match
Course, depending on whether you choose to shoot the Slow Fire Match at 25yds or 50yds. This course of fire is one of the most
basic competition matches.
The first phase of the match is 10 rounds to be shot in 6 minutes, using a slow fire target.
The second phase is timed fire where there are two 5-shot strings and each string is 20 seconds long, but this time using a
timed/rapid fire target.
The final rapid fire phase is two 5-shot strings, each string being 10 seconds long. WHAT???!! Five shots in ten seconds?
It's a lot easier than you might think.
The cost of the league is $25 per season which includes a participation award. The award can be a t-shirt, hat, cleaning kit or some other useful
item. And, of course, we are always available to talk about our shooting experiences, which is the best equipment to use, suggest tips and tricks
to increase accuracy or discuss politics.
Safe shooting is the upmost importance. By following the RVPL safety rules, all participants will have an enjoyable and safe experience each week.