Thanks to Charlie Webster, a large collection of photos from our club's past became available and sharing with everyone seemed like the best thing that could be done with them. Our hope is that while you enjoy the photos, you may see something or someone you recognize.
If you can pin point a date or year, see something or someone familiar, please share with us to help us complete the "picture", please feel free to send that information in an email to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
The next few photos detail activities at the range when the club operated on loaned land which was later donated to become Pensacola Junior College (renamed Pensacola State College), which opened in 1957.
The original pistol matches were held in the open.
Does anyone know who this is?
This photo unfortunately had no details. If you can help, please let us know.
In the foreground is Dr. Nathan "Nat" Arenson.
Back Row right to left: Jack Battle, Nat Arenson, _________, __________, Leo C Howe. Front Row right to left: S.M. Pass, Carlos Murr, Donald Davidson, _________, A.C. Derthick. Kid: Tommy Howe.
Berms protect the turning target frame mechanism.
New equipment tables for the pistol range.
50 Yard target mechanism with protection berm.
Possibly a police qualification match? The name Maddox is on the photo, any info is welcome.
A view showing the turning target mechanism at 25 yards.
View of pistol range with berms protecting the target frames and table at the firing line.
Turning target mechanism on pistol range.
Turning targets on the 25 yard firing line.
Lever that turns the targets during a match.
A full view of the lever that turned the targets.
Bobby Kahn, with an M1 Garand, preparing to shoot the 200 yards sitting stage of the National Match Course. This range was located near Batteries Cooper and Worth. A member has said that competitors would draw a rifle and ammo at Pensacola NAS and then ride a Ferry over to Ft. Pickens.
The remnants of the wood pit wall are scant since Hurricane Ivan, however the aerial photo shows the 200, 300 and 500 yard lines. Ft Pickens may have closed as a military base in 1947, but the photos show a match being run in 1950. When the rifle matches "on the beach" ceased is unknown.
Bobby Kahn with Dr. Nat Arenson at the Ft. Pickens military rifle range, Nov. 17, 1950
Bobby Kahn with Dr. Nat Arenson pausing for fun at the Ft. Pickens military rifle range, Nov. 17, 1950
Left to right, back row: Bobby Kahn, ___________, Nat Arenson, ____________; front row: ___________, ___________, ___________, ___________.
Photo says: "Only know squatter Alden Clinton Derthick" and is stamped Nov. 20, 1951. Anyone know the others?
This dated photo features the "new" covered rifle range with 30 firing points. The cars are a bonus.
This photo depicts the parking behind the "new" rifle range with a great vintage car.
A great new addition.
This building featured full restrooms.
A big step up from no shade and sandy clay.
The full "new" pistol firing line.
The back of the pistol range with parking area.
This system is in use today on the Bullseye Range.
Taking a break at the snack area.
A view of the range from the driveway.
This photo was taken by and released by the US Navy. From left to right: 1.________, 2. Nat Arenson, 3._________, 4.________, 5._________?
This is possibly the ferry that took rifle shooters from NAS to Ft. Pickens for the Highpower Rifle matches.
This photo was labeled to indicate these men are from the Florida Highway Patrol. Dated Mid-60s, do you know the names of these men?
This is possibly the additional 50 yard pistol range that was built to allow a larger group of competitors to shoot the Fiesta Pistol Match. In the background, it appears another range is being built.
The cause for these remants is unsure. Possibly a Fiesta Pistol Match where over several days hundreds of shooters fired thousands of rounds.