‘Amateur Rifle Club’ Origins

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New York Herald, 13 October 1872
A meeting of gentlemen desiring to form an organization for rifle practice upon the grounds of the National Rifle Association, with other then military rifles was held at 194 Broadway on Thursday last and resulted in the formation of a club upon the model of the Canadian small bore clubs under the name of “The Amateur Rifle Club.” Mr. George W. Wingate was elected President, and Fred. P. Fairbanks, secretary and treasurer. The headquarters of the club will be for the present at No. 194 Broadway, room 7. A number of the best shots in the city have signified their intention of joining the association and showing the Canadians what can be done by Americans and American rifles against their crack small bore shots.

New York Times, 26 May 1873
The “Amateur Rifle Club,” of this City, has been organized to promote the introduction and use of the most improved rifles, and to encourage long-range practice without regard to any military organization. This body, composed of young men in business, will be subject to the laws governing the practice of the National Rifle Association, on whose grounds they will shoot next month on the opening day, when, it is thought, Gov. Dix and other prominent persons will be present.