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Foreign Weapons
Familiarization Course 2019

Foreign Weapons Familiarization Course
September 7-8, 2019
Fryeburg, Maine

The 5th Annual Special Forces Foreign Weapons Familiarization Course was hosted by Chapter 54 September 7-8, 2019 in Fryeburg, Maine. This two-day course was offered by Vinny Pestilli and Associates, Inc. and 11 Bravo Training Company of Brownfield, Maine. The event held this year follows the successful foreign weapons training event held in September 2018 by Chapter 54. Saturday was an informational session in a classroom environment and Sunday was live firing on the Fryeburg Fish & Game Range (to include automatic weapons).

2019 Foreign Weapons Familiarization Course - Chapter 54 Special Forces Association
Firing a MG at the range during the September 2019 event.

The event was a great success. There were over 57 shooters this year with approximately 20 support staff. Linda Pestilli and Linda Perchard did an excellent job of planning and purchasing a delicious meal for the Friday evening meal. The Saturday evening cookout was planned and conducted by Linda Pestilli, Linda Perchard, and Master Chef Bob Perchard. A closing dinner on Sunday evening was also held.

There were two special guests from the Sig Sauer Academy attending as well as two members of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment.

Cost: The cost per person was $145.00. The fee included ammunition, use of weapons, instruction, food, and other expenses. The fee included breakfast and lunch (Saturday and Sunday) and a cook out on Saturday night.

View the informational flyer on the event for info on weapons fired, hotels to stay at, instructors, and more.


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Classroom photos - Foreign Weapons Familiarization Course

Click to View Pictures of the Sat Evening Cookout

2019 Foreign Weapons Familiarization Course

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2019 Range Firing



Saturday, September 7:

Fryeburg Fire Department Classroom
520 Main Street
Fryeburg, Maine 04037

0730 - 0830 Registration and light breakfast
0830 - 1200 Class
1200 - 1300 Lunch. Pizza, sub sandwiches, chips, soda, water, ice tea
1300 - 1600 Class
1700 - TBD  Cookout at Pestilli's Guest House Beach

Sunday, September 8:

Fryeburg Fish & Game Range
Route 5 & 113
Fryeburg, Maine 04037

0800 - 0900 Light breakfast and safety brief
0900 - 1200 Range firing
1200 - 1300 Lunch. Pizza, sub sandwiches, chips, soda, water, ice tea
1300 - 1600 Range firing

Eye and ear protection, hat, insect spray, cameras, and a jacket were suggested for accessories. There were over 75 guns to examine and fondle. Some attendees arrived on Friday night. There were some rooms available in the guest house and many members stay in some of the many hotels in the area (Conway, NH). There was also a camping area available near the picnic area.

Shotgun Raffle: There was a drawing for a Benelli shotgun at the conclusion of the Saturday classes in the Fryeburg Fire Station. The shotgun was donated by Vinny Pestilli and Associates. The lucky winner this year was Chapter 54 member Bill Fanaras.

Chapter 54 Exchange: Items offered for purchase during the event included H&K baseball caps, tee shirts, pocket knives, various SF baseball caps, and more. The proceeds for sales and the shotgun drawing are put towards the Annual Chapter 54 Scholarship Program and the Chapter 54 General Fund that supports charities and operating expenses.

Homeless Veterans Initiative: During the weapons firing course Chapter 54 collected socks and underwear briefs for donation to Boston-area veterans during the holiday season. Learn more about Chapter 54's latest effort to help veterans via the Homeless Veterans Initiative.

Funds Raised. The treasurer reported that almost $4,000 was raised (above the cost of the event) that will go towards the Chapter 54 Scholarship Fund, the general fund, and other charities.


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