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.

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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.

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To receive the Newsletter by email, 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. For any issues or questions 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!

May 20th Work Party

A work party is scheduled on May 20th at 0930. We will be tearing down the range office tower and adding a wall to the small shed. Bring any tools you may need for demolition and cordless screwdrivers. BRING EAR PROTECTION, THE RANGE WILL BE OPEN.

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.

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