On Sunday, April 22, the Rochester Area Collegiate Firearms Club
(RACFC) held a practical rifle match at Rochester Brooks shooting
range. Formerly known as the RIT Firearms Community, the club is
unaffiliated with the Institute, though RIT students make up a substantial
portion of its 150 members. Sunday's match involved two
courses that required the participant to fire more than 36 rounds. Accuracy
and speed were both essential. Adding to the intensity were
generous prizes donated by local businesses, including a free Defensive
While the RACFC initially tried to be an official club at RIT, they
were unable to receive recognition because of administration concerns
surrounding firearms. Since then, the group has expanded dramatically
even without the ability to recruit on campus, and many members
feel they are just as well off. The group continues to hold both
popular events and weekly practices.
For more information on the organization and its initial bid to become
a club, see "A Firearms Community; RIT gun club denied" in the
Friday, February 18, 2011 issue of REPORTER.
Mike Stewart, a fifth Year Physical Therapy student at Nazareth College, shoots from a stop in the course.
Peter Simon, a Business Administration graduate student, admires his shooting while Stephen Bagley, a fifth year Mechanical Engineering Technology major, records his scores.
Brian Benson, a representative of sponsor VRI Tactical, prepares to run the course.
Two AR-15s lay on the sidelines between runs.
A casing is ejected from Ian Scofield’s gun while he shoots from the last post in a run.
Matthew Antonio, a KCGOE almuni, discusses his scoring with Bagley.