Dear Vintage Gunners and other Double Gun Enthusiasts,
After months of trying to get a clear picture of what it would take to get this year’s Vintage Gunners Cup off the ground and meet all the safety requirements, the Board and Hausmann’s Hidden Hollow Sporting Clays have decided to cancel this year’s event.
Pennsylvania’s current restrictions by county continue to bounce back and forth between green and yellow, limiting attendance at events from 250 to 50 people. At last year’s event, we had nearly 400 people attend. Pennsylvania has extensive requirements for events including sanitation, social distancing, keeping a log of everyone for contact tracing, etc., that would need to be met. This is feasible but if someone were to become ill, there are lingering questions on whether we would be covered by our insurance provider. New York State, where many stay and eat, has implemented restrictions on travel and 14-day quarantine requirements from many other states. These continue to change. Occupancy in hotels and restaurants is limited and could also create challenges. Hence, the Board and Hausmann’s has made the decision to cancel. It is disappointing situation for all of us.
We will start planning next year’s event immediately, for September 15-18, 2021. Our goal for next year’s event is to provide an event truly worthy of being called The Vintage Gunners Annual World Side X Side and Rifle Championship. We are fully intent on providing an event that all our members can be proud of and a celebration of our shooting heritage. We hope that our exhibitors and shooting participants will join us next year.
At next year’s Vintage Gunner Cup, I look forward to shaking hands with old friends, enjoying the comradery of standing beside fellow gun enthusiasts while inspecting my next potential purchase and not having to figure out who is behind the mask. Again, the 2021 Vintage Gunners Cup will be September 15-18, 2021.
Everyone continue to be safe, and Hammers Back!
President, The Vintage Gunners
The 22nd Annual Vintage Gunners Cup World Side-by-Side Championship and Exhibition will be held at Hausmann's Hidden Hollow Sporting Clays, September 16-19, 2020, in Friendsville, Pennsylvania.
Following its grand tradition of hosting one of the finest sporting arms exhibitions, tents will be set up to house the booths in which gun dealers and related vendors will display their merchandise.
The following vendors are planning to attend: Robin Hollow Outfitters, Stephen Cobb Quality Guns, Fire Tower Doubles, Custom Stocks and Steel, Lars Jacob Wing Shooting, Macnab Fine Shotguns. This list will be updated as we get closer to the event date.
Wednesday, September 16th, Special Charity Event
The Vintage Gunners and the Anthony J. Rinaldi Jr. Foundation for Children with Cancer are teaming up to hold a special event to raise money to send children with cancer to “Camp Can-Do.” The special event, a pump gun challenge, will have several pump gun competitions plus shooting open to O/U shotguns and semi- autos for those who would like to try out the course. All proceeds from shooting on Wednesday will go to this deserving cause.
Thursday, Friday, September 17-18
All Rifle Events and Shotgun SxS Events
Any Gun Maker and American Classic - 50 target different gauge events
Ladies only - 50 target events
Youth 16 years old and younger - 50 target events (reduced rate for youth shooters - $30.00 ea.) Youth shooters may use an O/U and
must hold a hunter safety certificate to participate and accompanied by an adult
Clays Pigeon Ring 15 target event, Mad Jack 25 shot event, Long Bird 5 target event
Field Gun 5 Stand 20 target event, 10 true pairs - Guns must not weigh over 6lbs 13 oz.
Fox – Parker Challenge Qualifying Event, large bore course 50 target ($50.00)
Proper Shooting Attire is Encouraged for Friday and Saturdays Events
Ladies High Tea held Friday at 2:00 p.m.
Cocktail Party held Friday: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 19th
Rifle range and side games open
Fox – Parker Challenge Five Stand
Main Event: World Side-by-Side Championship 80 targets ($80.00)
Hausmann's Hidden Hollow Sporting Clays
For Exhibitor information, please see below.
Given that the small bore course and the large bore course are at different ends of the grounds, it may still be helpful get a golf cart. Contact Empire Golf Carts below.
Golf Cart Rentals
The vendor for carts is Empire Golf Carts, who often works with Hausmann's events.
The website is: www.empiregolfcars.com
Call 888-913-6747 for information, or contact Jim Farrelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladies High Tea
A team of ladies are planning for the upcoming Ladies Vintage Tea to be held Friday, September 18 at 2:00 pm. This is a free event for all Lady Vintage Gunners, Vintage Gunner wives and lady vendors. The women are planning to have a nice selection of goodies and are planning for a pleasant afternoon of talk and sampling.
It would be very helpful to get an approximate count to assure we have enough of everything to accommodate the attendees. We request that you email Tom Snyder email@example.com with an RSVP.
Although not required, many of the ladies are planning to dress for the occasion in Edwardian style clothing and or hats. Thrift and vintage clothing stores, as well as a number of websites often have some fun items. We look forward to seeing you all at what promises to be a fun event!
2019 event results are posted below.
Enjoy this video from Bird Dogs Afield from the 2019 VGC.
The Vintage Gunners have blocked rooms in three area hotels for the 23rd Annual Vintage Gunners Cup. We have check with each hotel and firearms are not an issue. Dates for the rooms blocked are September 16-19, 2020.
1. The Holiday Inn Express, 3615 Vestal Parkway East, NY 13850-2147 Ph. 607-348-0088.
A King Bed room is $125.00 plus tax. Two Queen Bed room is $125 plus tax.
Breakfast is included.
The group code for this hotel is VGC. Block room prices will be valid until 8/19/20.
2. Candlewood Suites, 3605 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850-2147. Ph. 607-770-0007.
A King Bed room is $114.99 plus tax. Two Queen Bed room is $114.99 plus tax.
Each room has a full kitchen with dishwasher.
The group code for this hotel is VGC. Blocked room prices are valid until 8/19/20
This hotel is 4 years old, very nice rooms and highly recommended.
3. tru by Hilton Hotels, 3504 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850-2147 Ph. 607-644-9111
A King Bed room is $110.00 plus tax. Two Queen Bed room is $110 plus tax
When you reserve your room, mention the Vintage Gunner Cup at Tru by Hilton Vestal Binghamton, or the unique code VGC to receive your group rate .
Block room prices are valid until 9/2/20.
Use this link to book online (copy and paste into your browser address bar):
This hotel just opened 12/3/19. It is a modern design, it has a free breakfast bar area.
After touring this hotel and working with the staff, I would recommend this hotel if you would like a high tech, modern feel.
All three hotels are located in Vestal, NY approximately 25 to 30 minutes from the site of the Vintage Gunners Cup and have a variety of places to eat nearby. Please notice the dates the room blocks expire. Make your reservations early as we expect a strong turnout for the Vintage Gunners Cup after last year’s successful event.
2020 Vintage Gunner Cup Documents