Range Closure

Pasco Police will be using the range on Wednesday March 7th and Wednesday March 21st from 0800-1100 and 1300-1800. The range will be closed.

February 2018 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: March 1 and April 5, 2018 (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 new 2018 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. It is now the time to think about 2018 membership dues. To avoid the lines at the meetings, you can mail a check to:

TCMSA
P.O. Box 4587
Pasco, WA 99302

Remember, when mailing your dues, it will take about 3 weeks before you receive the new combination to the gate. The combination is changed on April 1st.

TCMSA wants you to know: Don’t handle firearms AT ALL while the range is cold. This includes firearms that are in a case, in your car, in the racks, or on the line. DON’T TOUCH THEM AT ALL until the line goes hot.

President’s Column:

Any member that has driven out to the 200-yard line knows we have a sinkhole problem in the culvert. There is a Boy Scout that is working for his Eagle Badge that is working on a proposal to repair or replace the problem by the end of March.

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

Bench Rest/Club Matches: No report

Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Match: The January Competition had 9 participants, 8 following CMP rules, 1 shooting ANY/ANY. The February Competition had 12 participants, 11 following CMP rules and 1 ANY/ANY. Check the club web page for the description of this event and classifications we use. Any service rifle from any nation is all that is required. The course is 50 rounds for score plus sighters. The fee for participation is $5. The next competition is March 3rd, setup at 0830, starts at 0900.

100 yard .22 rimfire Match: The January 13th Rimfire Competition had 26 participants, including two women and two juniors. This very popular competition is free for all members and nonmembers. You will need 40 rounds for record plus unlimited sighters. A spotting scope is also very helpful, but if you lack one, other shooters will help you. Check the club web page for the description of this event and the classifications we use. The next competition is Saturday, February 10th, setup at 0830, starts at 0900.

Safety Committee Report:
The Safety Advisers Program will start in May. I purchased two orange vests for the Safety Advisers and my sister in law embroidered “safety” on the back for me.

Also, just a reminder that there are empty chamber flags available in the trailer for 50 cents and voluntarily using them makes it much easier to see that the line is safe before going cold. The safety glasses in the trailer for your convenience are intended to be purchased. If you open a package and use them the rental fee is the same as the purchase price.

Mark Kimmel installed two T posts on the 50 yd line to hang his personal steel gongs on. Members may use them but hang your steel by chains between the posts. Please do not use the posts to staple targets to them.

Mark Johnson
509-308-5335

Don’t Be This Guy


  1. The white cans with red lettering-“BUTTS” are NOT GARBAGE CANS! They are ONLY for cigarette BUTTS!

  2. Additionally, the “BUTTS” CANS ARE NOT RECEPTACLES FOR UNFIRED ROUNDS (or Duds). Duds belong in the DUD can hanging outside of the 3-sided pink building. Photo shows assorted rounds sifted out of the “BUTTS” can.

  3. Further, the white “BUTTS” cans are also not targets!

  4. Impromptu targets are OK, if they are placed low/mid berm to absorb bullet impact…but they MUST be picked up and disposed of when you’re done!

Additionally, a member relayed a story at our last meeting, that recently he was at the range alone. The range was cold with the strobes on. A person drove up in a vehicle, saw the flashing strobes and “immediately” drove down to the target frames. Be advised that even though the strobes are on that you should check with anyone at the firing line or to make sure there are no people downrange first before assuming no ones there. You might be hitting the very end of a cold range and someone could make it hot not having seen you go downrange. DON’T BE THIS GUY!

Board Report: The Board met on January 22 with a small number of “big” items to discuss.

  1. Ron Ruth of the Richland Rod and Gun Club presented a concept of putting on a prototype Introduction to Firearms course for the general public. The program would include a morning of class room training at Grigg’s with range time following lunch. Proposed dates discussed were the second Saturdays of April, May, or possibly June, thus having range time following the 22 matches we hold. WA State Hunter Ed contains very little firearms related education so this is an attempt to fill that gap. Discussion was Richland Rod and Gun would fully support the class room logistics but range support would be needed by TCMSA with volunteers at the range and such items as guns and ammo. It was felt much of the ammo in common cartridges could be donated by local businesses. Using lessons learned from this offering, there could be additional offerings to follow. Note: At the Feb. 1st meeting, the Club voted to support this effort.
  2. With recent Board Member elections, a vote was taken to select the Board Chair and Secretary. By Kangaroo Court, the Board Officers will remain as last year with Steve being the Chair and myself as Secretary.
  3. Land. THERE MAY BE REAL HOPE! A half-section (320 acres) has been located near Juniper Dunes which is presently held by a land owner who has expressed interest in the possibility of selling. The Board is researching the details and logistics of this possibility and it appears to be a creditable option for all involved. At the Feb 1st meeting, the membership voted to authorize the Board to make a purchase so the Board is taking actions to determine market value, see the property, etc. If the purchase is made, one of the first actions needed will be to install fencing and/or repair any existing fencing so if you know of resources to aid in this effort (posts, wire, installation equipment, etc. please contact a Board member with details of what you may be able to donate or obtain at reduced cost. Moving from our present location (maybe 20 acres) to a half-section would open up a huge number of options, ideas we have dreamt of for a couple decades.
  4. Alex has finalized an informational tri-fold on the Club to promote the Club to the public. Note: At the Feb. 1st meeting, the membership authorized funds to publish a quantity of these for dissemination at public locations and events.

PS: Alex is also working on a video for the Club which is expected to include our training sessions and use of our range including features such as the horns and lights. THANKS ALEX!

Annual Friends of NRA Banquet

The first Friday of March is rapidly approaching, thus so is the annual Columbia Basin Friends of NRA Banquet. On Friday March 2nd, you should join about 600 of your closest friends and fellow shooters at TRAC for an evening of fun, including dinner, raffles (bucket and otherwise), and auctions. Dinner tickets are available on-line at http://friendsofnra.org/ or for additional information on purchasing a table of 8, obtaining raffle ticket bundles ahead of time, etc. please refer to the event flyer or contact Larry Bateman at 727-1711.

Bob

If you’re interested in the deadliest snipers of all times, then watch this very enlightening video.

2018 Washington State Sporting Rifle Championship

Tri-Cities Metallic Silhouette Association Presents
2018 Washington State Sporting Rifle Championship
NRA Registered Tournament

DATES:   May 19 & 20, 2018

LOCATION:  Tri-Cities Metallic Silhouette Association firing range, located 3 miles northeast of Pasco, Washington. Range is accessed via Pasco-Kahlotus Highway, 2.5 miles northeast of the intersection with highway 12. https://www.google.com/maps/@46.2562498,-119.0079923,17z

ENTRY FEE:   $12.00 each day or $20.00 for both.  Competitors under 18 yr shoot for free.

REGISTRATION:   Entries accepted until 8:40 am Saturday up to a range capacity of 45.

Range will be open at 7:30 am for registration.

RULES:   NRA Sporting Rifle Rules www.nrahq.org/compete/RuleBooks/HPSR/hpsr-book.pdf will be followed.  Membership in the NRA or TCMSA is not required.  However, membership in the Washington State Rifle & Pistol Association is required, see www.wsrpa.org

ARM:

Division 1  A center fire rifle up to .35 caliber weighing at most 9.5 pounds.  Any sighting system may be used.  Rifle may not have a muzzle brake or compensator.  Division 1 scores will be sent to the NRA.

Division 2  Any rifle up to .35 caliber without restrictions on weight or compensator.  Division 2 scores will not be sent to the NRA. Note: Division 2 entries are not eligible for awards.

AMMUNITION:   Ammunition may be either commercial or hand loaded ammunition, and will be provided by the competitor. Tracer, incendiary or armor piercing ammunition is prohibited.

EMPTY CHAMBER INDICATOR (ECI) is required prior to match preparation time and after firing is complete.  ECIs may be purchased at the match for $0.50.

TARGETS:   100 yard SR-1

SCORING:   Competitors will score. The range facility does not have target pits or electronic targets. Competitors will walk down range and score targets of other competitors for each stage. Competitors unable to walk downrange must provide a competent scorer instead.

AWARDS:  The name of the two day aggregate winner in Division 1 will be engraved on the Washington State Sporting Rifle Championship trophy.  A smaller version of the trophy will be given the winner to keep.  Second & Third place in Division 1 will receive smaller trophies as well.

OTHER DETAILS:

  • Any gloves or shooting coats may not be the specialized kind used for competition shooting.
  • Facilities at the range are primitive. Lavatories are available (portable) but there is no water. Please prepare accordingly.
  • Camping is available near the range, contact match director for more information.
  • Call David Baalman at (509) 528-0813 for entry instructions.
  • For more information about the championship contact David Baalman at dpbaalman@msn.com or by phone (509-528-0813). Also try www.TCMSA.org.

SCHEDULE:

Note also that only 2 sighter shots are allowed each day.

Saturday  —  8:45 am Orientation and Safety meeting for all competitors

9 am the first 32 shot Sporting Rifle Match Course with sighting shots

  • 2 sighters. Time limit: 2 min.
  • 8 shots for record, prone. Time limit: 8 min.
  • 8 shots for record, standing. Time limit: 8 min.
  • 8 shots for record, sitting or kneeling, rapid fire. Time limit: 30 sec per 4 shot string.
  • 8 shots for record, prone, rapid fire. Time limit: 30 sec per 4 shot string.

Match 1 is the aggregate of the four stages.

About 11 am the second 32 shot Sporting Rifle Match Course without sighting shots

  • 8 shots for record, prone. Time limit: 8 min.
  • 8 shots for record, standing. Time limit: 8 min.
  • 8 shots for record, sitting or kneeling, rapid fire. Time limit: 30 sec per 4 shot string.
  • 8 shots for record, prone, rapid fire. Time limit: 30 sec per 4 shot string.

Match 2 is the aggregate of the four stages.

Match 3 is the aggregate of Match 1 and Match 2.

Sunday  —  8:45 am Orientation and Safety meeting for all competitors

9 am the third 32 shot Sporting Rifle Match Course with sighting shots

  • 2 sighters. Time limit: 2 min.
  • 8 shots for record, prone. Time limit: 8
  • 8 shots for record, standing. Time limit: 8 min.
  • 8 shots for record, sitting or kneeling, rapid fire. Time limit: 30 sec per 4 shot string.
  • 8 shots for record, prone, rapid fire. Time limit: 30 sec per 4 shot string.

Match 4 is the aggregate of the four stages.

About 11 am the second 32 shot Sporting Rifle Match Course without sighting shots

  • 8 shots for record, prone. Time limit: 8 min.
  • 8 shots for record, standing. Time limit: 8 min.
  • 8 shots for record, sitting or kneeling, rapid fire. Time limit: 30 sec per 4 shot string.
  • 8 shots for record, prone, rapid fire. Time limit: 30 sec per 4 shot string.

Match 5 is the aggregate of the four stages.

Match 6 is the aggregate of Match 4 and Match 5.

Match 7 is the aggregate of Match 3 and Match 6.

Download as PDF.

January 2018 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: February 1 and March 1, 2018 (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 2018 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 commit-tee 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.

It is now the time to think about 2018 membership dues. To avoid the lines at the meetings, you can mail a check to:

             TCMSA
             P.O. Box 4587
             Pasco, WA 99302

Remember, when mailing your dues, it will take about 3 weeks before you receive the new combination to the gate. The combination is changed on April 1st.

TCMSA wants you to know: You must get positive confirmation from everyone BEFORE you make the range cold. It’s also a good idea to look up & down the line one more time after you blow the horn & turn the strobes on to make sure everyone is clear that the range is cold.

President’s Column:
Your Club elections were held at the January 4, 2018 meeting, and the results are:

President:					Gaylord Baker
Vice President:				        Michael Fowler
Treasurer:					Richard Kilgore
Secretary:					Cosette Baker
Membership Coordinator:		                Dwayne Locker
Board Position 1:				David Baalman
Board Position 2:				Alex Job

Bill High, the long time membership coordinator is retiring this year and will be moving out of the area. Dwayne Locker will be spending time with Bill to learn the system. Bill, thanks for all you have done for the Club.

The new calendar for 2018 is posted on the web page, please check it before you go to the range! Wednesdays are when we close the range for maintenance, and it will be closed on Wednesday January 24th for weed spraying.

A new addition is being added to the Club newsletter called DON’T BE THIS GUY. It will feature pictures of damage or trash at the range. Recent postings have been someone leaving fired shotgun cases littering the ground and one of the target upright 4×4’s that has been severely damage by persons shooting it. You don’t want to go to the range and have to clean up someone’s trash, or spend Club money to replace shot up equipment.

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

Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Match: The January 6th competition had 9 shooters, 8 were CMP, 1 was Any-Any. Any-Any means he was using a scope with greater than 4.5 power magnification. Any service rifle, auto or bolt action, from any nation, is eligible for this match. The course is 50 rounds for record plus sighters. We follow the rules on course of fire, but are very lax on saved rounds and alibis. Everyone gets to fire all rounds per stage. The next competition is February 3rd, setup is at 0830, and shooting starts at 0900. The cost for this is $5.

100 yard .22 rimfire Match: The December 9th competition had 17 participants, including 1 woman. The divisions were 3 Plinker, 3 prone bipod, 1 prone sling, 4 Sporter, and 2 Unlimited. This very popular shoot requires 40 rounds for record and allows unlimited sighters. The cost is free with donations accepted. The next competition is January 13th and Feb 10th , with setup at 0830, shooting starts at 0900.

If you don’t have a .22 rifle setup for 100 yards, bring your 17HMR. If we get enough interest, we may add a 17HMR classification.

Safety Committee Report:
Since it about time to renew I would like to suggest that all members read our range rules again to refresh your memory before the spring season starts. If we all work together and watch out for each other we can continue to have a safe and well maintained range for us to enjoy our hobby at.

Some members bring their own pistol or rifle steel plates and gongs to shoot. If you see some steel hanging that is not normally there please do not shoot it as it may be someone’s personal property.

Another courtesy item is to remove your targets from the target frames before you leave the range. It is more important this time of year as they get wet and then the wind blows them all over the range requiring manpower at a work party to pickup.

Mark Johnson 509-308-5335

Don’t Be This Guy

  1. There are frames for targets at 200 yds.for members’ use. Using an upright like this will get the board shot up. The lone uprights at 200 yards are for hanging CMP match targets.
  2. The clays on the ground at 100 yds. are not properly placed. They should be centered in the berm. There should be no shooting at any targets on the ground.

Board Report: None.

Please take a moment to get us your email address to receive the newsletter directly. 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 us you can 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!

Range Closure

The range will be closed on Wednesday, January 24th, for spraying, weather permitting. If unable to spray on the 24th, they will try again Wednesday, January 31st.

December 2017 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: January 4 and February 1, 2018 (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: Don’t drive off the established roads. Fire hazard can be EXTREME, especially in the summer.

President’s Column:

Nominations were made at the December meeting for the elections of your Club Officers and two Board Members.  Votes will be cast during the January 4th meeting.

Bill High, the Membership Coordinator will be retiring and leaving the area soon.  The Club needs a member that will take over the duties of this position.  The duties require the use of a database to keep track of current and new members when dues were paid and the work party credits members earn.  The position includes a Club owned laptop with software, a monitor, and two printers.  Please call me if interested or if you have questions at 628-9044.

A rifle magazine was found at the range and was posted on the bulletin board for about a month without anyone claiming it.  If you have lost a rifle mag, tell me what it is and you can get it back.

A new addition is being added to the Club newsletter called DON’T BE THIS GUY.  It will feature pictures of damage or trash at the range.  A recent posting has been someone leaving fired shotgun cases littering the ground and one of the target upright 4×4’s that have been severely damaged by persons shooting it.  You don’t want to go to the range and have to clean up someone’s trash or spend Club money to replace shot up equipment.

There is a work party on Sunday, December 17th at 0800.  Bring tools and burners for getting rid of tumbleweeds, we have a bumper crop!

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 December CMP  program had 10 participants, 7 CMP and 3 any/any.  CMP is any service rifle with iron sights or scopes of no more than 4.5x.  Any/any is any rifle, any sights.  You can participate in this program with any military-style rifle.  You will see ARs, Garands, M1As, Springfields, Mosin Nagants, and about anything else you can imagine.  The course of fire is 50 rounds plus sighters, and the cost is $5.  The next CMP program is January 6th, setup up at 0830 and shooting starts at 0900.

100 yard .22 rimfire Match: The December 9th program had 16 participants, 3 plinker class, 3 prone bipod, 1 prone sling, 4 sporter and 2 unlimited.  This program is very popular with all shooters.  The next program is January 13th, set up at 0830 and shooting starts at 0900.  40 rounds for record plus unlimited sighters.  This is so popular that is has remained free for all participants.

Safety Committee Report: Recent events at the range shows the need for some members to consider how their actions affect other club members.

After Halloween, someone used their pumpkins as targets on the 7 yd pistol line.  While removable impromptu targets are allowed one is supposed to place them so that the bullet impacts a berm and remove the targets when finished.  This person did neither, leaving the mess for others to clean up.

At the last CMP match, I noticed several boxes of shotgun hulls on the ground that two arriving shot gunners had to clean up before shooting.  If you do not reload or shoot disposable cases such as steel rifle cases you are still required to pick up your empties to keep the range clean and so that some other member does not have to do what is your responsibility.   It also makes it easier for the next person to find their brass.

Several members have donated items like ear muffs and rifle rests for all to use.  Hector Kelly donated a cleaning rod for clearing stuck cases and squib loads.  Evidently, another member figured he needed it more than the rest of the club and took it home.

Another courtesy item is to remove your targets from the target frames before you leave the range.  It is more important this time of year as they get wet and then the wind blows them all over the range requiring manpower at a work party to pick up.

Mark Johnson 509-308-5335

Don’t Be This Guy

  1.  Our Vice President makes the frames for targets, there is no excuse for using posts as targets.
  2. It is the shooter responsibility and being courteous to other members to pick up your own shotgun hulls and brass even if they are not re-loadable.
  3. Impromptu targets are the shooter responsibility to clean up:  Do not leave them for someone else to clean up

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

Announcement: TCMSA would be interested in helping with the upcoming Sportsman Show at the TRAC in Jan. on the 19th, 20th, and 21st. The Richland Rod & Gun Club sponsors the pellet range every year at this event and they are in need of volunteers to man this booth.  The shifts are either 3 or 4 hours long depending on which day is chosen. If you’re interested in volunteering or have any questions, please call Ron Ruth at 509-737-7350.

Board Report:  None.

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Annual Meeting

January 4, 2018, is the club’s annual meeting, where we will hold elections for all 4 officer positions and 2 of the 6 board positions. The existing officers have all been nominated for another 1-year term, and the sitting board members plus 2 other members have been nominated for 3-year terms.

We’ve had the same officers for several years, some have served for over a decade. The board has had a bit more turnover, but not much. The operation of the club has been excellent, as evidenced by the fact that everyone has been nominated for another term, but at some point, people begin to get burned out. Also of note is the fact that our Membership Coordinator intends to retire sometime in 2018 and soon after move out of the area. If you have ever considered volunteering your time & efforts to make the club a better organization, now is the time, consider this a call to arms! None of the existing volunteers will be at all offended if someone offers to run against them, and if you are interested in being the Membership Coordinator, moving into the position while the current volunteer is still here to teach you the system would likely be invaluable. So please, volunteer and help us keep the club a great place to shoot!

Sporting Highpower News

The club will be hosting the Washington State Sporting Highpower championship in 2018. We have tentatively set the date of the match for May 19-20. We will fire 4 standard matches over the course of 2 days, 32 rounds per match. The match is open to any centerfire rifle weighing 9.5lbs or less, and no padded shooting jackets or gloves are allowed. Shooters must also be members of the Washington State Rifle & Pistol Association to be eligible for awards. Membership in the state association is $15 for the first year and is available online at wsrpa.org. Entry fees for the match have not yet been set.

Obviously, we will have to strictly enforce all rules. To that end, we will have a scale available at each sporting highpower match starting in December so that everyone can weigh their rifles to make sure there are no surprises in May. We will also be happy to examine any other equipment to make sure it meets the rules.

The state traveling trophy is up for grabs, so please come join us if you are interested!

Work Party

There will be a work party on Sunday, December 17th at 8:00 AM. We will be burning tumbleweeds so propane burners would be helpful, as well as shovels, pitchforks, etc.

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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