April 2017 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: May 4 and June 1, 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: Steel core bullets on steel targets make sparks, & sparks make fires. If you don’t know if you are shooting steel core bullets, check them on the magnet next to the flag pole.

Match Reports: Gaylord said the March 4th CMP had 10 shooters and the April 1st match had 16 shooters. The next match is May 6th. The March 11th .22 match had 23 shooters with 3 women. The next match is April 8th. The March 18th SHP had 9 shooters. The next match is April 15th. Bob Byers said the March 19th 3-gun match had 11 shooters, and there’s room for more. Equipment is available to borrow if you need. The next match is April 29th. Bob Birney said the March 25th benchrest match had 8 shooters. The next match –April 22nd- is a registered match, but Varmint shooters welcome and don’t have to compete with the registered match shooters.

Board Report: Bob said they met last week-March 27th. A Franklin Co Commissioner attended and supports our efforts to obtain range property. He said the S.A. program was discussed-Mark will speak in detail. They are finishing up updating/refining range rules.

Safety Committee Report: Dave said due to work duties, he was passing on the running of the program to Mark, and would be his assistant. Mark said the S.A. program would begin April 28th and go through hunting season. After that range use slows down. He showed orange t-shirts he has for the advisors that can replace the orange vests. He is also looking into b-ball type hats. The Advisors main function is to educate and facilitate communication with shooters at the range re: cold range/hot range/etc. They are NOT range officers. All members are still responsible for their actions and those of their guests. He is creating an on-line calendar to see and sign-up for open S.A. time slots.

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

Range Report: Greg not present, but it was shared that 24 attended the work party, and a lot was accomplished.

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: Gaylord shared that at the March 4th Friends of NRA banquet, the TCMSA club won some Steiner binoculars and carry case. From the floor Dave moved that in recognition of Greg’s work at the range-emptying garbage 3x wk, running all work parties, etc, that they be awarded to him. It was 2nd and approved. Gaylord will make sure he gets them.

NEW BUSINESS: Bob Birney said the Friends of NRA have given just shy of $400,000 in grants for the state. There is a raffle for a Keltec PMR and CMR. Only 200 tickets, and $20 ea. See him after the meeting if interested. Mark commented on what a mess the sign-in trailer is, and Dave nominated him for a ‘clean-up’ committee, but from the floor Kelly Hector and one other volunteered to straighten-clean-organize it. Don Board said the shotgun gun-racks were pointing the wrong way, but a member said the S.A.’s had fixed the problem. So-never mind…From the floor, Phil asked about possible wind flags at 200 yds, like Rattlesnake. Dave/Gaylord said that was being planned and one was ordered.

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To get this newsletter emailed to you, 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. If you have questions/issues use the contact us link on the website at: http://tcmsa.org/contact-us/.

KNDU at the TCMSA Range

TCMSA received an email from Crystal Garcia, a morning show reporter for KNDU expressing an interest in doing a story with the club about gun safety (shooting, handling, etc.) since it is Spring and a lot more people are going outdoors for activities such as shooting. She wanted to meet with someone from the club for four live segments each about 1-2 minutes each. This was pretty short notice as she indicated that she would need this for tomorrow morning (4-6-17) at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30am.

TCMSA member Mark Johnson met Crystal at the gas station on Kahlotus highway at 4:30 AM (that’s O’ Dark Thirty.)

Mark taught her the safety rules and after repeating them so often began to get a little tongue-tied himself. But she obviosly learned them as she was able to prompt him on live TV.

She had never handled or shot a firearm before and in the third session she wanted to do just that. Sort of hard to train someone in two minutes to shoot, but Mark and Crystal did very well. She shot one of Mark’s lever action Marlin 22LR rifles. Mark offered to take her shooting on one of her days off as she wants to shoot a pistol.

Here are the two clips from the KNDU website.
If the videos don’t load, just follow the links right below them.

Firearm Safety: Rules to live by

Firearm Safety: Crystal Fires Her First Shot

At the end of the video segment Crystal explains that she can’t go down range to check the target since the line is hot, but promises to post pictures on Facebook.

March 2017 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: April 6 and May 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.

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: Bullets must hit the berms. This is controlled by where you put your target. Take a look before you go hot to make sure your target is at the right height to ensure that the bullet will hit the berm. Due to ricochets, bullets that hit in front of the berm are just as dangerous as ones that go over it.

Match Reports: Gaylord said the Feb 4 CMP was called due to weather. The next match is Sat March 4th at 9 am. The Feb 11th .22 match had 13 shooters, w/2 women. The next match is March 11th at 8 am. The Feb 18th SHP had 7 shooters. The next is Mar. 18th at 8 am. The Feb 25th Benchrest had 10 shooters, the next is a registered match on Mar. 25th. Bob Byers said the next 3-gun is Mar 19th from 8-3. Equipment to borrow is available. It’s $10. Gaylord reminded the club has just bought all new steel for this event. He also reminded that Pasco PD will be using the range on Wed March 22nd from 8-11 and 1-6, and the range is closed during those times.

Board Report: Steve said they met Feb 27th. They are looking at updating and clarifying the rules and making them more concise. There has been no word from anyone at Franklin County, but are still hopeful for their support of range land purchase.

Safety Committee Report: Mark said there’d been no incidents reported. He also said with so many members now, that more volunteers will be needed for the Safety Advisor program. You work a 4 hr. shift, and for each shift you earn a $25 Sportsman’s warehouse gift card. Contact the range if interested. The program usually resumes in May.

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

Range Report: Greg said there will be a work party on Sun March 26th at 8 am. We will be painting the gates, burning tumbleweeds, replacing target frames, using the magnet. Gaylord said we need to get the road graded after the hard winter. A member-Patrick-said he could arrange/do the grading. He will get together with Greg and Gaylord about setting it up, and what’s required. 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: A member asked from the floor about the air gun program. Gaylord replied that we had not heard anything back from the school or the Colonel.

NEW BUSINESS: None.

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February 2017 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: March 2 and April 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 (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: Don’t put firearms on the shelves behind the line, they wind up pointing at other shooters, use the racks instead. To put firearms in a case, use the firing point benches or some other area where you don’t point them at other shooters.

Match Reports: Gaylord said the Jan 7th CMP had 3 people show, with only 1 complete score submitted. The Jan 14th .22 match was called due to weather. The Jan 21st SHP was called again. The next CMP is Feb 4th-hopefully. The next .22 is Feb 11 and the next SHP is Feb 18th. Bob said the Dec benchrest match had 9 shooters and the Jan 28th match had 13 shooters. The next match is Feb 25th.

Board Report: Steve said they had elections at their Jan meeting. He was elected as Chair and Bob Birney was elected Secretary. At the meeting they discussed expanding range use and feel there are enough competition events at this time-with over 900 members vying for range space. They had also sent a letter to Brad Peck seeking his support for us purchasing land for a range on our own. They’re also looking at ways to reduce the load on the membership chair and modernize the process.

Safety Committee Report: Mark said there had been no incidents reported. He also shared that with so many members the Safety Advisor program will need more volunteers in the spring. Consider joining the program.

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

Range Report: Greg said he went out to empty the garbage and got stuck and had to dig himself out. Parking lot is full of frozen ice/snow ridges. There are also 3 large puddles on the road from the highway to the range. Many recommended no 2-wheel drive vehicles, and no low profile vehicles.

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: None

NEW BUSINESS: None.

Help you wife purchase a conceal carry firearm, Part 2: The Search 

CBFNRA Raffle Updates

The pistol raffle is sold out. A new raffle with 250 tickets has started; the prize is a Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor with a Lucid L5 6.5×24 scope. For tickets, please contact Bob Birney at 509-531-6151 or CBFNRA1@email.com. Tickets will also be available at the February club meeting.

January 2017 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: February 2 and March 2, 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: 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.

Match Reports: Gaylord said the Dec. 3rd CMP match had 11 shooters. The next match is Jan 7th. Due to weather conditions-cold/snow he won’t be attending. Dave said he’d go out in case shooters showed up. The Dec 10th .22 rimfire match had 13 shooters-2 women and 1 junior. The next match is Jan 14th. The Dec 17th SHP was called due to extreme cold. The next match is Jan 21st. There was no report for the Dec 31st Benchrest match. The next match is Jan 28th.

Board Report: Dave said the board discussed 2 issues. One was finding a larger meeting space for less crowding. The second was the continued land search. They have written to the winning Franklin Co. Commissioner to see where he stands on the previous land swap idea, and how he feels about a possible purchase/swap with land owners-property previously land-locked before the new road access near Juniper dunes.

Safety Committee Report: Dave said no issues reported.

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

Range Report: Greg said he dumps the trash once a week at the range. Not many shooters out there lately. He said 1 target frame at the east end of the pistol area needs re-welding, but it can’t be removed since frozen into the ground. It’ll have to wait for the spring thaw. 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: There were no new nominations. Ballots were passed out to current members. Gaylord reminded that all officer and 2 board positions are up. Also there is a vote on the dues increase of $20 for join-renew-work party renew. All officers remained the same. The Board positions were filled by Ron Greer and Mark Johnson. The raise in dues was approved by a 2-vote margin. It will be implemented April 1st.

NEW BUSINESS: Cozy shared the Jan 20-22 Sportsman’s show pellet rifle booth is being organized by Ron Ruth of Rich. Rod and Gun club. He has shifts open Fri-Sat-Sun and is looking for more volunteers. They are 4 hr shifts, and you get into the show for free. If interested, his # is 737-7350. From the floor, Charles Krause shared that he was speaking for some members that would like to have a muzzle loader competition. He had course of fire, guidelines written up. Gaylord checked with Dave/the board, and it was decided that the proposal needed to be evaluated by the board first. They received the paperwork, and will address at their next meeting. Roy shared that Friends of NRA in Hermiston had a 54 gun raffle going-tickets $50, and tax deductible. P/u is in Hermiston. He also said the Washington chapter of Friends of NRA was #1 in raising funds last year. About $236,000 in grants will be given out in Feb. He reminded that our club has always supported the Friends NRA banquet in the past. He moved that we purchase a table for 8 and an extra raffle- ticket bundle for $700. It was moved and 2nd…purchase approved. Mark moved that the dinner tickets go to officers and board members as service thank you’s. Approved.

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Annual Meeting on January 5th

The January meeting, January 5th, is our annual meeting. All Officer positions and 2 of the 6 Board positions are up for grabs. Also on the ballot is an increase in membership dues, which would take effect after April 1st. Please come to the meeting and vote! Also, if you are interested in serving in one of the officer or board positions, please don’t hesitate to volunteer!

Thanks! Happy New Year! 🙂

December 2016 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: January 5th, and February 2, 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 2016 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: 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.

Match Reports: Gaylord said the Nov 5th CMP match was cancelled due to fog-with only 50 yds of visibility. The next match is Dec 3rd. The Nov 12th .22 rimfire match had 21 shooters-with 2 women and 2 juniors. The next match is Dec 10th. The Nov 19th SHP match had 7 shooters. The next match is Dec 17th. Bob said the Nov 26th Benchrest match had 10 shooters. They started shooting at 10 and it was a nice day. The next match is Dec 31. It will be a club match. Start your New Year’s celebration early-with a bang.

Board Report: There was no meeting, so nothing new to report.

Safety Committee Report: Mark said the season was over and will resume in the spring. No incidents reported.

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

Range Report: Greg was not present, so no report. Mark shared several issues he had experience. On arrival the gate was open, someone had attached clay pigeons to cardboard and attached to target frames-clays should be place in the center of berm, one of the pistol target frames was completely shot-up-could/should have been replaced by the last shooter. 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: There was another meeting with the JROTC commander and school officials and legal advisors. After questions and clarifications of goals, etc., it appears the partnership will go ahead. Everyone was enthusiastic. They will draft a formal agreement with guidelines/requirements and there will be another meeting (s) in the near future.

NEW BUSINESS: Gaylord said there will be elections at the January meeting for all officer and 2 board positions. The Board positions are Sam Kniveton and Ron Greer. We are looking for nominations. One said-keep all officer positions, as is. Mark Johnson was nominated for a board position, Ron Greer said he’d run again, Sam Kniveton was re-nominated, though not present. Nominations can also be made at the January meeting prior to the election.

One handed shooting tips… http://guncarrier.com/intro-to-one-handed-pistol-shooting/