Ralph Gilnack, Jr.
June 19, 1933-February 14, 2014
The Connecticut shooting community lost another of its storied elder statesman with the passing of Ralph Gilnack, Jr., on February 14, 2015.
Ralph graduated from Naugatuck High School, where he began competitive shooting as a member of the school's rifle team, in 1951.
At graduation, with Korean War in full fury, he enlisted in the US Air Force rising to the rank of staff sergeant while serving as a member of the 773 Aircraft and Control and Warning Squadron based at Montauk Air Force Station, Montauk Point, Suffolk County, New York. Ralph was involved with both general surveillance radar and ground control intercept radar work providing for the air defense of the United States.
Gilnack was a co-founder of the Middlebury Rifle Club, which he ran for over 32 years, teaching instructional small-bore to teenagers. Headquartered in the basement of St. George Episcopal Church, perhaps the only rifle club in the United States to be so housed, Ralph provided quality instruction in firearms safety and the fine art of smallbore rifle shooting to generations of local teenagers, including his own children.
Ralph was a dedicated high power rifleman often seen on the line at Blue Trail as a competitor in various state tournaments and the Connecticut Big Bore League, at Bell City shooting Yankee League Matches, around New England, and at Camp Perry as a member of the Connecticut State Civilian Team. A High Master in High Power Ralph prided himself on two aspects of speed; he was the fastest rapid fire bolt gunner in New England and could make the round trip from Connecticut to Camp Perry and back faster than any other Connecticut rifleman. The second feat not surprising considering his love of sports cars, particularly MGs.
Ralph leaves his wife and his children Ralph F Gilnack III and his wife Debby, Barbara Fecteau and her husband Paul, Mary-Jane Erickson and her husband Shane, Jim Gilnack and his wife Jaime; Grandchildren Dan and Amanda Gilnack, Michael and Kevin Fecteau, and Jennifer and Tyler Erickson as well as his Step children Mark Johnson and his wife Penney and Erica Johnson.
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Gallery Match Program
March 13 - 14 - 15 - 21 , 2015
(February 18 , 2015 – Prep Schools Only)
Sponsored by the Connecticut State Rifle & Revolver Association (“CSRRA”)
We l c o m e ! Last year, we celebrated the 83rd Anniversary of this
match. This year we celebrate the 84th Anniversary! We continue to attract dedicate
athletes to the program. Awards are based on the Lewis Class system. Merit Medals will be awarded to all competitors firing in the Sub-Junior and Junior portions of the match at the range regardless of their fired score immediately after firing the match—Gold for Juniors & Silver for Sub-Juniors. Competitors firing in the Senior category will have the opportunity to be ranked in the “Senior’s Top 100” and an appropriate momento will be awarded provided there are 100 entries. Remember that a Sub-Junior can shoot in the Junior and Senior matches as well (chance for more awards and a Junior Merit Medal!) and the Junior can shoot in the Senior
match (chance for more awards and be named to the Senior’s Top 100). So, let’s ring in the 84th Anniversary of this Match and adopt some “Gallery Match” fever--send your entry in today, bring a friend—this match is open to everyone (from “first-time” shooters to “over-the-hill” shooters), and be a participant in the 84th Gallery Match. Without your attendance, the 84th Anniversary will not be a success.
Ma t c h D i r e c t o r s : CSRRA Smallbore Director Stephen Povroznik at firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-583-0612 (cell) or 203-877-3387 (home), and CSRRA Junior Director Debbie Lyman email@example.com, 203-494-1266 (cell). Alan Wilcoxson – Honorary Match Director
Match Location: Blue Trail Range, 316 North Branford Rd, Wallingford, CT, 06492, 203-269-3280, ext “0”
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