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The Northern New Jersey Revolver League was established in 1953 to provide an organized safe and competitive opportunities for revolver enthusiasts to improve their marksmanship skills while participating in a competitive environment. The Revolver League is open to civilians and members of the law enforcement community.
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The Northern New Jersey Revolver League has been in existence for nearly 70 years. In 1953, a group of Police Departments surrounding the Riverdale area formed what was known as the Northern New Jersey Police Revolver League. There were ten original Police Department Teams most of which had their own outdoor range. The League was established to provide training and competition for the participating police department officers. In the 1950’s, 60‘s, and 70’s, local police departments were solely responsible for officer pistol training thereby making private leagues popular.

Today, most of the pistol ranges used by the original founding towns such as Riverdale, Boonton, Montville, Ringwood, Bloomingdale, Pequannock, Oakland, Little Falls, Paterson ASPCA, Wanaque, Wayne, Butler, Kinnelon, and Passaic Valley Water Commission are gone. The Riverdale indoor range and the Pequannock outdoor range are still in existence and are currently used by the League; along with the indoor range at ”Gun For Hire” in Woodland Park.

The League has morphed into a civilian league focused on .38 caliber revolver competitive shooting. Six of the original police department teams compete on a weekly basis in summer and winter league sessions. While competition and shooting excellence is our main motivation, we focus heavily upon safe gun handling and marksmanship training.
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A match will consist of the following courses of fire:

  • Slow Fire: Slow fire at 25 yards consisting of 2 strings of 5 rounds each in five (5) minutes.
  • Timed Fire: Timed fire at 25 yards consisting of 2 strings of 5 rounds in fifteen (15) seconds per string.
  • Rapid Fire: Rapid fire at 15 yards consisting of 2 strings of 5 rounds in eleven (11) seconds per string.
  • The Revolver League uses the B22 Police “L” targets, also known as the Army L, for all courses of fire.
  • All matches conducted in this league will be governed by the rules and regulations established by the National Rifle Association unless specifically defined otherwise in the Northern New Jersey League By-Laws.
  • Shooters will be stationed on the firing line so that no two members of the same team will be shoulder to shoulder. This rule may be waived by agreement between the team captains if there are an insufficient number of shooters present to fill all spaces on the line.
  • No part of the shooter’s body, above the ankles shall be in contact with any supporting structure. 
  • There shall be no practice on the range where the match is to be held prior to the start of the scheduled match.
  • The Range Officer will sound the emergency horn or shout “Cease Fire” at any time he/she feels the safety of shooters or others are endangered. Shooters will stop shooting immediately upon the sounding of the emergency horn or command of Cease Fire. Horns will be provided for each range by the league.
  • Additional safety and command instructions are provided in the initial safety rules and course function review. 
Members in the league shall be open to civilians and members of the law enforcement community. All members must be current National Rifle Association members, 18 years of age or older. In addition, individuals between the ages of 14 - 17 years may be admitted as members provided an adult member of the league in good standing sponsors him/her. Such minor member shall meet all the requirements that apply to any adult member, including membership in the National rifle Association.

Such minor member shall be allowed to shoot in regular matches provided his/her sponsor or other adult member of the league is in the immediate area on the firing line to supervise the minor’s activities.

Each and every new member shall be certified by his/her team captain as to his/her familiarity with safety and range procedures. The certificate, signed by the shooter and the team captain, will be forwarded to the league safety officer who will retain it for future reference.

New shooters may experience challenges finding reloading supplies along with the dirth of general availability of factory ammunition. As a result, the League Executive Committee has come up with a rule and class change that will be implemented for the upcoming summer 2024 shooting season.

A new classification for shooters, as well as a new allowable revolver is coming to the NNJPRL. Starting this upcoming season, .22 Revolvers and competitors will be able to compete in the League.

Parallel to the rules governing the Two-handed shooter classification, .22 shooters will only be eligible for awards within their classification. A 6” barrel .22 revolver is preferred but shorter length barrel caliber revolvers will be permitted. Competitors must make the Range Officers aware that they are using a .22 caliber revolver and once a shooter enters as a .22 competitor, that will be their classification for the entire season.

The reasoning behind this new classification was primarily to enable and enroll new League members into the NNPRL. With this in mind, existing .38 caliber competitors are encouraged to remain in their present classifications. 

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Over 70 years of competitive revolver excellence.

At which gun ranges are used by the Revolver League?

The Northern New Jersey Revolver League competes at three locations. The locations are utilized on a rotational basis depending on home team status and balance of schedule. The three locations are as follows:

Pequannock Police Pistol Range
West Parkway (Behind the “Bark Park”)
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444

Riverdale Police Pistol Range
2 Dalton Drive
Riverdale, NJ 07457

Gun For Hire Public Range
1267 McBride Ave.
Woodland Park, NJ 07424

What is the cost of membership?

$40 Annual Dues
$40 Fee for the Summer League
$40 fee for the Winter League

How many matches are there in a season?

Each season has 20 matches. Additional matches are added as the season progresses.

What are the hours of the matches?

The Summer League matches start at 6:00 PM on Tuesday evenings from April through August.
The Winter League matches start at 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings from September through March.

What firearms are approved to be used for league competitions?

At this time .38 caliber and .22 caliber single and double action revolvers are permitted for competition shoots. Barrel length, excluding cylinder must be from 4“ to 6.5” and is not ported or compensated. All standard safety features of the firearm must be operational. The league uses only metallic open sight firearms.

Can I shoot with two hands?

Yes; Minimum age requirement of 70 years old.

What shooting style is used during competition?

The league follows Precision Pistol Rules. One exception is the league used Police “L” targets.

Do I need to be an NRA member?

Yes. Due to insurance requirements and safety for at all our competitions, all members are required to maintain an active membership with the NRA.

Do I need a firearm?

Yes. The Team members can loan you a revolver and ammunition for the first 3 matches. After the first 3 matches, you should invest in a revolver of your choice.

With whom do I compete?

The Revolver League is comprised of six teams with local township names (no significance). The team names are Pequannock, Riverdale, Bloomingdale, Oakland, Ringwood and Montville. You will be assigned to a team based on available vacancies.

What type of gun can I use?
Any 6" barrel, .38, or .22 revolver. Such as Smith and Wesson Models 10, 14, 17, 586, 617, 686. Colt Python, Anaconda, Trooper Target Special. Taurus Revolver Model 66. Ruger Revolvers 1707.

Where can I find reloading equipment?
The Revolver League has two separate seasons. There is a Summer League which holds matches on Tuesday evenings starting at 6:00 PM and there is a Winter League which holds matches on Sunday morning starting at 10:00 AM.
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The Northern New Jersey Revolver League would like to express a special thanks to the folks at Gun For Hire. Gun For Hire ownership and personnel provided complete support with our efforts to develop a website. In addition, the range has allowed the Revolver League to utilize their range during our winter and summer matches. The help we receive from Gun For Hire was and continues to be invaluable to our success.