The Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club, more than 200 strong, will report, in case of emergency, as a shotgun brigade, according to a resolution adopted by the club on Wednesday night. The club discussed possibilities of an invasion with grim and practical earnestness before adopting the resolution, taking a report of the arms owned by its membership which consist of at least one shotgun to a man and a number of rifles.
Brian Cioffi of Chilmark took first place in the Rod and Gun Club’s Top Gun fall championship honors. Participants in the Nov. 30 competition shot in three categories — over the shoulder, bulls eye and standing deer.
Three generations of the Craig family participated in the annual Martha’s Vineyard Pistol Championships, held Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Rod & Gun Club. But in the end, it was James Craig who came out on top, beating out mother Shirley and son Riley, among others, in the large caliber pistol division. Mr. Craig earned first place in the division with a perfect score of 400.
Competitors had to fire from different distances, positions and time limitations. Second and third place in the large caliber division went to Bill Benns of Cuttyhunk and Joseph Smith II of Edgartown, respectively.
Louise Marx of Haverford, Pa., won the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club’s 2013 trap championship on August 18. Participants took aim at two rounds of 25 targets with Ms. Marx breaking the greatest number of clay targets to capture this year’s title. Dick Carlson and Brian Welch, both from Oak Bluffs, took second and third place. Ms. Marx is the first club female trap shooter to take the annual club title.