Missing Cleaning Rod

The member that has volunteered to take care of the sign-in trailer had donated a long cleaning rod for the sign-in trailer to be used for clearing rifle barrels of squibs/jams, It has a hanger on the wall by the sign-in book, but it is now missing. Could whoever used it and took it home please return it?

Thanks.

November 2017 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: December 7 and January 4, 2017 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)
Upcoming work parties: Consult our website (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705

General Announcements

The 2017 club calendar is up on the website. As always, it may be updated as new things come up, but we hope these changes will be minimal. Be sure to take a look at the calendar before you head out to the range, and pay special attention to which events allow general shooting while the event is going on. We don’t want you to waste your time or fuel driving out to the range if you won’t be able to shoot.

Membership: Dues: It is $80 to join with renewals at $60, or $40 if you participated in a work party in the last year. If the renewal is late (after July 1st) you will need to rejoin at $80. You can mail your renewal to the club address during Jan/Feb to save from being on long lines during meetings, or come to a meeting to renew but face the lines. Also please remember that our membership committee is made up of volunteers, and all of them have day jobs and remember that all mail in the Tri-Cities now goes through Spokane, so make sure to send in your renewal early so you don’t get locked out.

TCMSA wants you to know: You are responsible for your guest’s actions. It’s a good idea to take a moment to explain the rules before the firearms even come out of the vehicle.

President’s Column:
The next club meeting is December 7th. One of the actions at that meeting will be for nominations for all club officer officers positions and two board positions. If you are interested in running for a position or have someone you want to nominate, please attend the meeting. The election will be held during the January 4th meeting.

The October 15th work party painted the reloading shed and extended the handgun 7-yard line and added two additional target frames. Additional counters are planned for and will be in place soon.

Remember…no steel core ammo on any of the steel targets! Steel core destroys the targets your club pays for.

Bench Rest/Club Matches: Twelve shooters turned out for the Washington State Hunter Class State Championship at TCMSA in Sept. While the weather was nice and everyone enjoyed the day, the shooters faced a variety of challenges from trigger failures to mild but constantly changing wind conditions. For the remainder of the year, our matches will be “club matches” meaning no sanctioned events so we make up the rules as we go! Match dates for the remainder of the year are October 28th, November 25th, and December 23rd so dust off them varmint guns and come have some fun and get ready for some coyote blasting this winter. B. Birney

Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Match: The November match had 10 shooters, 8 with iron sights or scopes at a maximum of 4.5 power and 2 any rifle/any sights. The match is open to any military rifle, the course is 50 rounds for record plus sighters. The next match is scheduled for December 2nd, with winter hours start time of 0830 for setup and 0900 start of the match. The cost of this match is $5 to cover the cost of targets and supplies.

100 yard .22 rimfire Match: This match remains as the most popular organized competition at our range. The October match had 20 shooters including 2 women and 1 junior. The next match is November 11th, winter hours with the setup at 0830 and shooting starting at 0900. The course of fire is 40 rounds for record plus unlimited sighters. We have multiple classifications depending on your rifle/equipment so you will only be competing against those using like equipment. This match is very popular, including women and juniors, the club is keeping this on as free to all.

Safety Committee Report: Only three days were scheduled in October with 44 shooters and 17 safety issues addressed for a 38% non-compliance. The safety adviser program is finished for this year. They worked 342.8 hours, interacted with 918 shooters and made 105 contacts about safety which resulted in 11.44% non-compliance for the year. 61 gift cards were issued costing $1.525.00. It is even more important now for every member to help our club maintain a safe range by politely approaching other members if you see them not following our range rules and help them understand their actions. If everyone works together we can all continue to have a safe place to shoot. If anyone has any suggestions to improve our safety adviser program please feel free to contact me. Mark Johnson 509-308-5335.

Safety glasses are now available for purchase at the range. The cost is $2.00 to be deposited in the blue box below the glasses.

It was reported that the gate has been left wide open or shut but not locked several times. Every member should ensure that the tumblers are rolled and gate locked upon entering or exiting. If you are meeting someone, wait for them at the gate. Members, not guests,
should lock the gate so it is done properly.

Reminder: Members are responsible for all the guests they bring to the range. Additionally, every member is accountable for the condition of the range.

Board Report: None.

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October 2017 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: November 2 and December 7, 2017 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7 pm)
Upcoming work parties:  Consult our website (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705

General Announcements

The 2017 club calendar is up on the website (see link above). As always, it may be updated as new things come up, but we hope these changes will be minimal. Be sure to take a look at the calendar before you head out to the range, and pay special attention to which events allow general shooting while the event is going on. We don’t want you to waste your time or fuel driving out to the range if you won’t be able to shoot.

Membership:  Dues: It is $80 to join with renewals at $60, or $40 if you participated in a work party in the last year.  If the renewal is late (after July 1st) you will need to rejoin at $80.  You can mail your renewal to the club address during Jan/Feb to save from being on long lines during meetings, or come to a meeting to renew but face the lines.  Also please remember that our membership committee is made up of volunteers, and all of them have day jobs and remember that all mail in the Tri-Cities now goes through Spokane, so make sure to send in your renewal early so you don’t get locked out.

TCMSA wants you to know: Eye & ear protection is required when the range is hot for anyone in front of the parking pipe. It is also strongly suggested anywhere at the range when the line is hot. Remember it’s hard to shoot well when you are blind, and hearing loss is probably the only disability in the world where everyone around you gets mad at you for being disabled.

President’s Column:

The range is in pretty good shape, and we are having a work party on Sunday, October 15th.  We are having 32 yards of fill delivered to expand the 7-yard firing line on the handgun range.  That fill is being delivered this week, so if you see dump trucks, you know why they are there.  The work party is also going to paint the reloading shed that was improved at the last work party.  Other chores will be general range maintenance.  The work party starts at 8 am.

Again, all members are reminded not to shoot steel core ammo at any steel targets, it destroys the target and in dry weather can very easily start a range fire.

3 Gun Shoot: There was a 3 gun competition on Sep. 10th. There were 6 shooters and the top two people split the brass. First place went home with around 40 Lb. 0f 223 brass. Second place about 40 LB. pistol brass.  For the Sep.30  3 gun shoot scheduled, only three people showed up . the match was canceled.  There is another 3 gun shoot scheduled for Saturday the 14th of October at 9:30 after the 22 match.  Bob Byers

 Bench Rest/Club Matches: Twelve shooters turned out for the Washington State Hunter Class State Championship at TCMSA in Sept.  While the weather was nice and everyone enjoyed the day, the shooters faced a variety of challenges from trigger failures to mild but constantly changing wind conditions.  For the remainder of the year, our matches will be “club matches” meaning no sanctioned events so we make up the rules as we go!  Match dates for the remainder of the year are October 28th, November 25th, and December 23rd  so dust off them varmint guns and come have some fun and get ready for some coyote blasting this winter.  B. Birney

Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Match:  The October 7th CMP competition had 11 participants, with 9 shooting with iron sights or scopes 4.5 power or less.  2 participants were shooting ‘any/any’, which is any rifle, any sights.  Any sights is usually a scope with greater than 4.5 power.  You can participate in the competition with any military-style rifle.  The course of fire is 50 rounds for record plus sighters.  The next match is Saturday, November 4th, the set up is 8:30 am and the match starts at 9:00 am, which is the winter matches times.  The cost for this match is $5.

100 yard .22 rimfire Match: The September 9th match was canceled when virtually all of central Washington was suffering from very bad air quality because of the wildfires all around us.  The next match is Saturday, October 14th.  This match is very popular with all shooters.  The various classifications we have means that you will only be competing with others in your equipment classification.  The course is 40 rounds for record and unlimited sighters.  Because of the popularity of this match, including women and kids, the club has decided to keep the match free to all.  The setup is at 7:30 am and the match starts at 8: am.  Winter match hours start in November, be sure to check the calendar!

Safety Committee Report: None.

Reminder:  Members are responsible for all the guests they bring to the range.  Additionally, every member is accountable for the condition of the range.

 Board Report:  None.

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Work Party

There is a work party scheduled for October 15th at 8 am. The plan is for general range maintenance, mowing and dirt work on the handgun range. Bring shovels and rakes.

September 2017 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: October 5 and November 2, 2017 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7 pm)
Upcoming work parties: Consult our website (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705
General Announcements

The 2017 club calendar is up on the website. As always, it may be updated as new things come up, but we hope these changes will be minimal. Be sure to take a look at the calendar before you head out to the range, and pay special attention to which events allow general shooting while the event is going on. We don’t want you to waste your time or fuel driving out to the range if you won’t be able to shoot.

Membership: Dues: It is $80 to join with renewals at $60, or $40 if you participated in a work party in the last year. If the renewal is late (after July 1st) you will need to rejoin at $80. You can mail your renewal to the club address during Jan/Feb to save from being on long lines during meetings, or come to a meeting to renew but face the lines. Also please remember that our membership committee is made up of volunteers, and all of them have day jobs and remember that all mail in the Tri-Cities now goes through Spokane, so make sure to send in your renewal early so you don’t get locked out.

TCMSA wants you to know: We are all responsible for safety at the range. If you see someone breaking the rules, take a moment to remind them. If they don’t straighten up or you feel like they are disregarding what you are saying, fill out an incident report form & pass it on to the officers, we will take care of it.

President’s Column:
With the Tri-Cities area inundated with smoke and poor air quality for a month and a half, I want to stress the importance of fire safety on the range. The issue that keeps coming up is the use of steel core ammunition on the range. It is obvious that steel core ammunition has been used on the steel targets. DON’T SHOOT THE STEEL TARGETS WITH STEEL CORE AMMO. That is how fires are started. Remember: The use of steel core rounds on the steel targets is never allowed. There is a magnet next to the warning system control box to check your ammo if you are not certain if they are steel core.

Additionally, if you haven’t been to the range lately, there is a new sign in counter with a sign in sheets for members and the second sign in sheet for guests. We need to capture the numbers on guest usage of the range and also bring to the guest attention that the member NEEDS to instruct the guest on range rules. There is a box on the desk that has copies of the range rules, please take one. Again, please be cautious on the range, it is very dry, we do not need a fire! Smoking is prohibited forward of the firing line.

Club Matches:
The August Bench Rest competition match saw 6 competitors and 1 fun shooter out to enjoy a warm day with mild but variable winds, which made for “interesting” shooting as conditions kept changing. The Sept. 25th match will be the WA. State HBR Championship match. Feel free to come out and learn from some of the best shooters in the NW! As the 3-gun shooters are having great success using firehose to suspend steel targets, I am trying it as backing material on the benchrest target holders; after a single match it looks promising. Will also be using some of the leftover firehose to hang a small number of steel swingers around the range for general use. Bob Birney

Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Match: CMP match for August 5th was canceled because of the unhealthy air quality due to the smoke. The September 9th match had 11 shooters, 9 CMP and 2 any rifle/any sights. The next match is scheduled for October 7th. The match is open to any military rifle and the course of fire is 50 rounds for record plus ammo for sighters. The match set up is 7:30 am and starts at 8:00 am and costs $5.

100 yard .22 Rimfire Match: The match on August 12th had 19 shooters, including two women and one junior shooter. The Septem-ber 9th match was canceled, again due to unhealthy air quality because of the fires. The next match is October 14th. Any .22 LR rifle and any sights. There are six different classifications, so if you are shooting a ‘plinker’, you will not be shooting against an unlimited rifle. Lots of fun and the best attended of all matches on our range. The course of fire is 40 rounds plus unlimited sighters. The match set up is 7:30 am and starts at 8:00 am and is free.

Hunter Sight-In Days:
The Range is open to the public for sighting in rifles on Sat Sept 9th from 10-3 and on Sun Sept 17th from 9-2. Club members will be volunteering to assist hunters to get their rifles sighted-in and on target. This event is free to the public. Volunteers should bring scopes, sandbags or any equipment helpful for sighting in a rifle. You get work party credit and can shoot during the lulls. If you’d like to help, contact Ray Volert at 539-8984.

Safety Committee Report: August was a busy month during the Safety Advisers shifts. They assisted 185 members at the range. There were 20 range rules that needed teachable moments for a 10.8% noncompliance rate which was the highest this year. Probably due to getting close to hunting season and seasonal members using the range. The two largest issues addressed were handling firearms during a cold range and no safety glasses.

Please remember that no handling during a cold range includes cased and uncased firearms to and from a vehicle. Everyone should wear safety glasses. You may know your firearm and ammo are safe but you never know about the person on the bench next to you!!
We also continue to have people go in front of the concrete benches during a hot range. Clean your firearms from the breech and do not pick up your brass that is in front of the bench. The brass can wait until a cold range.

The first concrete bench at the right-hand side canopy has a sheet of plywood on the ground for members who need assistance walking. A SA reported it being covered with steel cases which could cause an unsafe walking surface. If you are a steel case shooter and won’t police your brass please do not use this bench.

September will most likely be a busy month also. If you have not been to the range recently please review the range rules available in the trailer. If everyone works together we can continue to have an accident free safe range to enjoy our hobby.

The following is the safety report from Mark Kimmell and Pat Kirk on Sept. 3. Just wanted to let members know that the safety advisors do much more than keeping the range safe.

Mark arrived at 6 am to prep range. Removed targets from all backer boards and checked backer boards for replacement. Painted all steel gongs flat black. Picked targets and other trash off range. While it was cool Mark sighed in two rifles at 200.
When Pat arrived he picked up OP steel cases and Pat dumped the garbage barrels.

Between Pat and I we covered each end of the range. One gentleman and his wife had a jammed 9mm and we assisted clearing it.

I am going to get some wooden doweling of different sizes for different calibers and store them in the sign-up trailer by the ramrod Kelly Hector provided. Basically stayed both shifts to make sure range was safe. Had one firearm on the back table and one guy in front of the firing line during a hot range. Mark Johnson 509-308-5335

Reminder: Members are responsible for all the guests they bring to the range. Additionally, every member is accountable for the condition of the range.

Board Report

The August Board meeting centered on a discussion of a proposal to have a black powder rifle match with the organizer. The discussion included safety protocols, backstops, and how the match would be run. The organizer is going to meet again with the Board for more discussions. The Board agreed we should put some steel targets up for general use by members and to request some changes to our strobe light system to make the status of the range more obvious to both users and people driving up to the range. Land acquisition continues to be a topic the Board is attempting to make progress on.

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Air Quality Advisory: September 6th, 2017

The Benton Franklin Health District has declared the air quality as unhealthy to very unhealthy to all persons through late Sunday or early Monday. The September 9th 100 yard .22 match is canceled for the health concern to all participants.

August 2017 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: September 7 and October 5, 2017 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)
Upcoming work parties: Consult our website (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705

General Announcements

The 2017 club calendar is up on the website. As always, it may be updated as new things come up, but we hope these changes will be minimal. Be sure to take a look at the calendar before you head out to the range, and pay special attention to which events allow general shooting while the event is going on. We don’t want you to waste your time or fuel driving out to the range if you won’t be able to shoot.

Membership: Dues: It is $80 to join with renewals at $60, or $40 if you participated in a work party in the last year. If the renewal is late (after July 1st) you will need to rejoin at $80. You can mail your renewal to the club address during Jan/Feb to save from being in long lines during meetings, or come to a meeting to renew but face the lines. Also please remember that our membership committee is made up of volunteers, and all of them have day jobs and remember that all mail in the Tri-Cities now goes through Spokane, so make sure to send in your renewal early so you don’t get locked out.

Reminder: There has also been a policy change, you must renew before July 1 or you will be considered a new member, meaning dues will be $80 and you must go through new member orientation again.

TCMSA wants you to know: Be sure to stay behind the firing line when the range is hot. The firing line is the front edge of the concrete benches, extended each way across the whole range. If your brass or some other item falls in front of the line, you need to make the entire line cold to retrieve it.

President’s Column:
Given the hot and dry summer, this is a reminder to all members. DO NOT SHOOT THE STEEL TARGETS WITH STEEL CORE ROUNDS. The use of steel core rounds on the steel targets is never allowed. There is a magnet next to the warning system control box to check your ammo if you are not certain if they are steel core. A new sign-in system is going to be put in place. One sign-in sheet for members and the other is for your guests. Members must give their guests a quick orientation of the rules and procedures of our range. There is a box of ranges rules in the sign-in trailer. Members are responsible for the immediate control of all their guests at all times, only allow the number of guests that you are totally in control of to be on the line at all times.

Again, please be cautious on the range, it is very dry, we do not need a fire! Smoking is prohibited forward of the firing line.

Club Matches:

3-GUN MATCH: The 3-gun match on July 29th had 8 shooters. Some of them were new, but still looking for more shooters! The next match is Sunday August 20th. Come try it out. If you don’t have a rifle, handgun or shotgun, the Match Director has them to loan for the match. New steel has been ordered for the 200 yard line. Boat race weekend and heat may have slowed it down. This month I am adding a barricade so that we can stop long time shooters from shooting from the bench. It may still be used by new comers. I am also going to reduce magazine capacity to standard with plus 2s as well as removing barrel weights. Bob

Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Match: The next CMP matches are Aug 5th and Sept 9th. This is a 200 yard 3-position match. Set up is at 7:30 and we start shooting at 8. Any service rifle from any country can be used. The course is 50 rounds for record plus sighters. Even if you have never tried this before, everyone will help you get started.

100 yard .22 Rimfire Match: The July 8 .22 match had 21 shooters, with 2 juniors and 1 woman. The next matches are August 12th and Sept 9th. This is a 100 yard match, and it is free. Any .22 rimfire rifle with any sights is suitable for this event. You will see
scopes and iron sights on the line. There are different classes, so you would not be shooting a plinker against a custom built rifle. The course is 40 rounds for record plus unlimited sighters.

Hunter Sight-In Days:
The Range is open to the public for sighting in rifles on Sat Sept 9th from 10-3 and on Sun Sept 17th from 9-2. Club members will be volunteering to assist hunters to get their rifles sighted-in and on target. This event is free to the public. Volunteers should bring scopes, sandbags or any equipment helpful for sighting in a rifle. You get work party credit and can shoot during the lulls. If you’d like to help, contact Ray Volert at 539-8984.

Safety Committee Report: During the month of July the safety advisers interacted with 146 shooters during their shifts. There were 12 teachable moments consisting of 2 handling firearms during cold range, 3 muzzle control issues, 4 forward of line while range hot, 1 firearms on the back tables and 2 no eye protection. Resulting in 8.22% non-compliance of range or safety rules.

To maintain a safe range all members should help by contacting people they see not abiding by the rules when a safety adviser is not on duty.

As a club member re-joining eight years ago I feel the officers and board have done a great job at improving the range, providing numerous disciplines to shoot and a safe range.

In the last few years, we have had a large influx of new members and a small percentage are irresponsible and do not follow rules. Several examples are shooting impromptu targets and just leaving them on the range for someone else to pick up. Using the cigarette butt cans that a member donated time to make as targets. Recently an SA was at the range early in the week shooting and noticed that target frames on the pistol range were shot up with shotguns by someone who had ignored the sign posted on the nearby canopy “no shotguns on pistol range”. If you want to shoot a bad guy target with a shotgun then bring your own target frame and set it up on the shotgun range and blast away.

All members need to assist in keeping our range safe and maintained by contacting a person if you see them being unsafe or ignoring other range rules. If you are reluctant to make that sort of contact than just engage in a casual conversion and get their name or even wait until you see them leave and jot down their license number. On our web page under “range safety” there is an incident report form you can fill out or contact any officer or board member.

We all want to continue having a range open seven days a week without an RO but every member needs to help in making that possible. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Mark Johnson – 509-308-5335

Reminder: Members are responsible for all the guests they bring to the range. Additionally, every member is accountable for the condition of the range.

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To receive this newsletter in your email, just go to the club website and enter your email in the subscribe link at the top left corner of the home page. You will then receive an email confirming your subscription, there is a link in that email that you need to click to confirm, and you will be all signed up. To share questions or concerns you can contact us through the contact us link on the website at http://tcmsa.org/contact-us/.

Stay safe, keep your powder dry and we’ll see you at the range!

 

Modern Sporting Rifle Maintenance Seminar

Saturday, July 29th from 1:00PM – 2:00PM at the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Kennewick.

Join Gaylord Baker for a Modern Sporting Rifle Maintenance Seminar! You will experience an introduction to Modern Sporting Rifle Maintenance by our very own hunting professional. You won’t want to miss this seminar!

July 2017 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: August 3 and September 7, 2017 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)
Upcoming work parties: Consult our website (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705

General Announcements

The 2017 club calendar is up on the website. As always, it may be updated as new things come up, but we hope these changes will be minimal. Be sure to take a look at the calendar before you head out to the range, and pay special attention to which events allow general shooting while the event is going on. We don’t want you to waste your time or fuel driving out to the range if you won’t be able to shoot.

Membership: Dues: It is $80 to join with renewals at $60, or $40 if you participated in a work party in the last year. If the renewal is late (after July 1st) you will need to rejoin at $80. You can mail your renewal to the club address during Jan/Feb to save from being on long lines during meetings, or come to a meeting to renew but face the lines. Also please remember that our membership committee is made up of volunteers, and all of them have day jobs and remember that all mail in the Tri-Cities now goes through Spokane, so make sure to send in your renewal early so you don’t get locked out.

Reminder: There has also been a policy change, you must renew before July 1 or you will be considered a new member, meaning dues will be $80 and you must go through new member orientation again.

TCMSA wants you to know: Keep that muzzle pointed down range. We often see poor muzzle control when people are walking to/from the line, and when people are cleaning firearms, so take extra care in those cases.

President’s Column:

The range is in good shape and the area has been mowed. Special thanks to member Ron Hansen who, after getting his tractor repaired, came out twice and mowed to the 100-yard line and the fire break. We are waiting for a cool down before scheduling another work party. On the list of to-dos is 1. Build another 7-yard line at the right side of the handgun range, 2. Add additional frames for targets to the left and right of the existing at 100 yards.

Greg wants everyone to know that the broken/shot-up wood target frames are stashed under the storage trailer. These are available to any one that wants them. They could be used for kindling, garden stakes, etc.

He also wants to remind members that with these very dry conditions there should be no shooting of tracers, and make sure all your bullets are hitting the berms.

Always check the calendar before going to the range to make sure there is not an activity that has the range closed. This includes week days, Wednesdays are when we try to schedule hired work such as spraying on the range. The range will be closed from 0800-1100 and 1300-1800 on July 12th and July 26th for Pasco Police Department rifle qualifications. You can observe them if you want, just no pictures of the training activities.

Hunter Sight-in days are approaching, Saturday, September 9th from 1000- 1500, and Sunday, September 17th from 0900-1400. Volunteers are needed to run the event and you get work party credit. You can also bring whatever you want to shoot too. If interested in helping out, contact Ray Volert at 539-8984.

Again, please be cautious on the range, it is very dry, we do not need a fire! Smoking is prohibited forward of the firing line.

Club Matches:
Sun June 11th – 3 Gun match had 8 shooters. We can handle up to 20 or more for our allotted time. Shooters ages range from early twenties to early seventies, mostly male.
We would like to introduce the sport to more women and young people. This 3 gun is more of an introduction then all out competition. I know this time of year the heat slows participation. However, most people that shoot steel targets become addicted.

Next match will be Sat July 29th from 8-3. Bob Byers-Match Director

Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Match: The July 1st match had 8 shooters, 6 of whom were CMP and two were ANY/ANY, any rifle, any sight. The next CMP is Saturday, August 5th. Any service rifle from any nation will qualify for CMP, and you will need 50 rounds for record and any additional for sighters. The cost is $5.00 to cover the cost of targets and other supplies.

100 yard .22 rimfire Match: The .22 match was on July 7th, with 21 shooters including 1 woman and 2 juniors. This activity is very popular, once you try it, you will want to come back. Any rifle will work, bolt, auto, lever, or single shot. You will see all of them on the line. Classifications are Unlimited, Sporter, Plinker, Prone and Prone with bipod, Junior. The match is free, just have a rifle and 40 rounds for record and additional for the unlimited sighters.

Reminder: Members are responsible for all the guests they bring to the range. Additionally, every member is accountable for the condition of the range.

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If a handgun isn’t cleaned properly, eccentric wear will impede function. Normal wear is simply even wear. The finish is worn and the pistol becomes worn as it is used. The springs eventually wear out and need to be replaced. The bore becomes worn. However, eccentric wear is different. The finish or the handgun’s parts are gouged by foreign material. Dirt, grit, and unburned powder make for eccentric wear. If the tolerances are such that good accuracy is guaranteed, the pistol simply will not be as accurate if the operating mechanism is filled with powder ash from firing. The lead buildup is even worse. The question that is often asked is how often should we clean the handgun? The answer really depends upon the firearm. All .22 caliber rimfire handguns should be cleaned most often. Due to the powder used in this caliber, the .22 is the dirtiest cartridge in common use. Few .22 handguns will go more than 300 rounds without a malfunction if they are not cleaned. A modern 9mm self-loading handgun, firing good quality factory jacketed bullet loads, may go several thousand rounds before function begins to become sluggish due to the buildup of unburned powder—but we really don’t wish to abuse our firearms. Even hand-guns that will perform well without cleaning at a high round count still demand lubrication. Revolver springs seem to never go out of whack, as they are not compressed when in storage. Self-loading pistols should have their recoil spring changed every 3,000 to 5,000 rounds. We all know of handguns that have been going since World War II without changing the springs, but this simply isn’t optimal performance. We purchase high-end pistols so we will not have to worry about reliability, true, but maintenance is part of every firearm.

To receive this newsletter by email, just go to the club website and enter your email in the subscribe link at the top left corner of the home page. You will then receive an email confirming your subscription, there is a link in that email that you need to click to confirm, and you will be all signed up. To contact the club for any reason, send an email through the contact us link on the website at http://tcmsa.org/contact-us/.

Stay safe, keep your powder dry and we’ll see you at the range!

June 2017 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: July 6 and August 3, 2017 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)
Upcoming work parties: Consult our website (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705

General Announcements

The 2017 club calendar is up on the website (see link above). As always, it may be updated as new things come up, but we hope these changes will be minimal. Be sure to take a look at the calendar before you head out to the range, and pay special attention to which events allow general shooting while the event is going on. We don’t want you to waste your time or fuel driving out to the range if you won’t be able to shoot.

Membership: Dues: It is $80 to join with renewals at $60, or $40 if you participated in a work party in the last year. If the renewal is late (after July 1st) you will need to rejoin at $80. You can mail your renewal to the club address during Jan/Feb to save from being on long lines during meetings, or come to a meeting to renew but face the lines. Also please remember that our membership committee is made up of volunteers, and all of them have day jobs, and remember that all mail in the Tri-Cities now goes through Spokane, so make sure to send in your renewal early so you don’t get locked out.

Reminder: There has also been a policy change, you must renew before July 1 or you will be considered a new member, meaning dues will be $80 and you must go through new member orientation again.

TCMSA wants you to know: The club rules are on the website and posted at the range. Take a moment to read them the next time you are there, you might remember something you forgot or learn something you never knew.

Club Matches:
3-Gun Matches: The May 27th 3-gun match had 8 shooters. We had to use a weed-eater to clear some of our usual areas. I am always looking for more participants, and encourage new shooters and women to come down and watch and give it a try. Extra equipment is available, if needed. Once you shoot 3-gun you’ll be hooked! The next matches are Sun June 11th and Sat July 29th from 8-3. Bob Byers-Match Director

Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Match: The CMP match was on May 6th, with 11 shooters, 9 shooting with iron sights or scopes less than 4.5 magnification and 2 shooting ANY ANY, which is any rifle and any sights. The match can be fired with any military rifle from any nation. The cost to participate is $5, and 50 rounds for record plus sighters. The next match is July1st. Gaylord Baker-Match Director

100 yard .22 rimfire Match: The rimfire match was May 13th with 17 shooters, including two women. This competition is free, just bring your rifle and ammunition. The match is 40 rounds for record and unlimited sighters. You don’t need a fancy rifle, classifications are for unlimited rifles, sporters, and plinkers. This is the most popular match at our club. The next matches will be June 10th and July 8th. Gaylord Baker-Match Director

High Power Sporting Rifle Match: Seven competitors joined our club High Power Sporting Rifle match, along with two who fired out of competition with overweight rifles or other “contrary to the rules” items. We had excellent conditions for a rifle match, with winds starting out dead calm and only increasing to about 6mph by the end. Tony Cone topped the field with a master level score of 301-6x, narrowly defeating Marlee Parks (300-10x) and Gaylord Baker (297-12x). If you are interested in trying position shooting type matches, sporting is the place to start. It’s only 32 rounds for score plus a few sighters, and the entry fee is only $3. Hope to see you next month (June 17).

Safety Committee Report: Congratulations to our members for safe firearm handling and following the club rules during our first month of the busy season. Your Safety Advisers thank you for your efforts in making our range a safe place for everyone to enjoy shooting.

During the month of May your SA’s worked 58 hours servicing 131 shooters. There were only 4 issues that needed addressed with a teachable moment. One handling firearms during cold range, one muzzle control issue, one forward of the line during hot range and one instance of being too far back while firing at the pistol tables. Overall it comes out to a 3.05 percent noncompliance with firearm or range safety rules.

I believe that is probably our best month ever. Keep in mind that every member should address safety or range rule issues in a polite way with other shooters at any time to keep our range safe.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Mark Johnson – 509-308-5335

Reminder: Members are responsible for all the guests they bring to the range. Additionally, every member is accountable for the condition of the range.

Top 5 Ways to Carry Concealed When Dressed Up…https://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/top-5-ways-carry-concealed-dressed/

The shorter distance your hand has to travel to grasp your gun, the faster you can present. As for ease of concealment, that too seems fairly obvious. An untucked shirt or a sweatshirt can drape over a holstered handgun and keep it out of sight but at the ready. But many who carry concealed might not have the option of the untucked shirt, and sometimes life or work circumstances simply demand a more tucked-in appearance. Frankly, dressing up might seem limiting to some aspects of concealed carry but not necessarily so. With a mindset for safety, the right gear and lots of practice, you can effectively carry concealed when dressed up.

  1. POCKET: Recommendation: If you carry a gun in a pocket holster, make sure to carry nothing else in that pocket and make sure the holster stays in your pocket whenever you draw your gun.
  2. ANKLE: Recommendation: If you carry a gun in an ankle holster, make sure you can affix it tightly but comfortably around your ankle and that it will not only not sag or droop but also that you can run with it safely as it securely holds your gun.
  3. TUCKABLE IWB: Recommendation: Wear a gun belt that looks like a dress belt (1.25 inches wide and subtle black or brown leather) and pull your shirt out enough that it stays tucked in but the shirt “blouses” over your belt, helping to conceal any clips, reducing printing, etc.
  4. SPORTS COAT COVER: Recommendation: A sport coat can hide a gun in a pocket, cover an OWB or IWB holster, and hide a shoulder holster. Just be sure to figure out which mode of carry is right for you and then practice carrying and drawing from it.
  5. OFF-BODY: Recommendation: Use an off-body carry system when you’re in a vehicle or when you know you’ll have that system in your complete control all of the time. Look into carry and concealment systems made specifically for off-body carry and consider their ability not only to hide a gun but also to lock it in place.

June 4th Work Party

June 4, Sunday, at 8:00 AM. There will be gravel moved, grounds mowed and the usual range maintenance. Shovels and other yard tools helpful.

May 2017 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: June 1 and July 6, 2017 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)
Upcoming work parties: Consult our website (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705

General Announcements

The 2017 club calendar is up on the website. As always, it may be updated as new things come up, but we hope these changes will be minimal. Be sure to take a look at the calendar before you head out to the range, and pay special attention to which events allow general shooting while the event is going on. We don’t want you to waste your time or fuel driving out to the range if you won’t be able to shoot.

Membership: Dues: It is $80 to join with renewals at $60, or $40 if you participated in a work party in the last year. If the renewal is late (after July 1st) you will need to rejoin at $80. You can mail your renewal to the club address during Jan/Feb to save from being on long lines during meetings, or come to a meeting to renew but face the lines. Also please remember that our membership committee is made up of volunteers, and all of them have day jobs, and remember that all mail in the Tri-Cities now goes through Spokane, so make sure to send in your renewal early so you don’t get locked out.

Reminder: There has also been a policy change, you must renew before July 1 or you will be considered a new member, meaning dues will be $80 and you must go through new member orientation again.

TCMSA wants you to know: When the range is cold, this includes the ENTIRE FACILITY. Just because the shotgun area points a different direction doesn’t mean you can keep shooting when the line goes cold. The road to 200 yards passes through the shotgun area, plus imagine being down range and hearing a shot from the shotgun area, you don’t know where it came from or if someone is putting you in danger.

Match Reports: Gaylord said the April 8th .22 match had 16 shooters, with 1 woman and 1 jr. The next match is May 13th. The April 15th SHP had 14 shooters. The next match is May 20th. The next benchrest match is June 24th. Bob said the April 29th 3-gun had 15 shooters. There’s room for more! The next match is May 27th.

Board Report: Steve said we will be contacting a land-owner re: a possible range purchase. The range rules have been revised, condensed and organized after several years of work. Copies were passed out to all members present. No changes-just clarification. Possible RFID locks on the gate was discussed further and décor ideas for the 3-gun trailer.

Safety Committee Report: Mark said S.A. shifts are available in May and June. No incidences reported.

Reminder: Members are responsible for all the guests they bring to the range.

Range Report: Greg said the last work party had a good turnout, and much was accomplished. Thank you. The next work party will be Jun 18th at 8 am. There will be tumbleweed clean-up and general maintenance. Gaylord said there will be a small work party on May 20th, after the SHP match, about 9:30 am. The range will not be closed, as the work planned will be behind the firing line. The range shack is being taken down, and clean-up will be done around and under the rail car/semi-trailer. The one-walled enclosure is also going to be made 3-sided, and expanded.

This range is ALL our responsibility. All members should be safe and considerate of the facility and its contents. Every member is accountable for the condition of the range.

OLD BUSINESS: Mark had some of the range hats he ordered. There is a structured khaki for $15, with $5 going to the club, or an un-structured digital camo for $15 with $3.50 going to the club. He has some here for sale, or can be contacted through the club contact link re: ordering/purchasing.

Gaylord said that the rule-revision needed to be approved. Verbal approval received. New format accepted.

NEW BUSINESS: None.

7 reasons the Ruger 10/22 is America’s go-to rimfirehttp://www.guns.com/review/7-reasons-the-ruger-1022-is-americas-go-to-rimfire/

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Stay safe, keep your powder dry and we’ll see you at the range!