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/

November 2016 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: December 1, 2016 and January 5th, 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: Don’t drive off the established roads. Fire hazard can be EXTREME, especially in the summer.

Reminder: 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.

Match Reports: Gaylord said the next CMP match is this Sat, the 5th at 9 am. The Oct 8th .22 match had 22 shooters-with 2 women. The next match is Nov 12th at 9 am. The Oct 15th SHP match had 8 shooters. The next match is Nov 19th. Bob Birney said the Oct 22nd benchrest match had about 8 shooters. It was a club match. The next match is Nov 26th. Bob Byers said the Oct 29th 3-gun match had 6 shooters. Some wet weather off and on.

Board Report: Dave Baalman said the board did not meet due to hunting season and scheduling issues. They are still researching the RFID. They’re also waiting to see who wins the Franklin election-re: possible range land procurement assistance

Safety Committee Report: Dave said the S.A. program is done for the year. It will start back up in the spring.

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

Range Report: Greg said the Oct 30th work party had a good turnout. They cleared the CMP firing line of tumbleweeds, and the pistol area and 100 and 200 yd. berms. They were quite wet, but they did get them to burn! New backings were also put onto the 100 yd. match target frames.

OLD BUSINESS: Gaylord said a trailer for the 3-gun equipment had been ordered. It has a 6’6” interior, re-enforced flooring, electric breaks tongue jack, rear stabilizer jacks and 2-tone color scheme. Mostly white with an angled red section at the back. We figured that the graphics would be blue-so red-white and blue. Any ideas for designs welcome. We’ll also be checking with the member that does our range signs.

NEW BUSINESS: Gaylord reminded that next month will be nominations for board/officers. Be thinking of members you’d like to suggest, or if you’d like to volunteer to run. All officer positions and 2 board positions are open. The election is in January. Mark said he has traveled the country and shot at many public ranges. He said our membership was a bargain. He felt that since we are looking for land to purchase and to develop we should raise our yearly dues by $20. That would be $100/yr. initially, $80 to renew and $60 to renew with a work party. This motion was well received, but needs to be voted on at the January election. Gaylord shared that the club has been trying to set-up an air gun program for several years, but had been unable to find a suitable place. Last week we met with the AFROTC officer in charge at Kennewick HS. They have started a program, and have literally nothing but 10 guns and a safe. It looks very promising that our range will be able to work with them to create/sponsor /support a program that will benefit them and our members. Some weekday evenings and weekends look to be possible match times for us. More meetings will be scheduled.

Bob Birney shared information about the Friends of NRA banquet. It’s the 25th anniversary of this chapter-so big things are planned. Lots of special items to win and bid on. There’s also the safe raffle at Griggs; only 300 tickets-$20 ea. 2 Kimber pistols-and one is a .357 revolver. Craig Johnson shared that the Ducks Unlimited banquet is this Sat, the 5th. See him after the meeting if interested.

Do you need a safety on your conceal carry handgun? Great question: Read this article and watch the video to come to your own personal conclusion. And it is personal… http://preparedgunowners.com/2016/09/08/why-you-do-not-need-a-safety-on-your-concealed-carry-handgun/

If you are getting this newsletter by US mail, please take a moment to get us your email address. 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 receive the newsletter by both US mail and email, please let us know so that we can drop you from the US mail list. Either send an email through the contact us link on the website at: http://tcmsa.org/contact-us/.

25th Annual Columbia Basin Friends of NRA Banquet and Auction

2017_cbfnra_flyer25th Annual
Columbia Basin Friends of NRA
Banquet and Auction

Friday, March 3, 2017
Doors open at 5:30 pm

TRAC
6600 Burden Blvd
Pasco WA 99301
(North of I-182 at Road 68 Exit)

Enjoy an evening of fun and games while supporting shooting programs!

Over 60 Guns and dozens of raffle and auction items!

Silent and Live Auctions, Wall of Guns, Bucket Raffles, Goose Band Raffle, Ladies Raffle, and Much, Much More!

For additional information or to assist at the event, contact a CBFNRA Volunteer, email cbfnra1@gmail.com, or call Esther at (509) 735-3651

To purchase tickets by mail, complete and mail this form with payment to:Columbia Basin FNRA, c/o 7012 W 5th Ave, Kennewick WA 99336

Download the flyer here.

2017 CBFNRA Pistol Raffle

2017_cbfrna_pistol_raffle_flyer_1A Pistol Raffle for the
Columbia Basin Friends of
NRA 25th Anniversary

Tickets: $20 each, ONLY 300 available

Winner takes All!

2017_cbfrna_pistol_raffle_flyer_2Liberty Home Safe 8

  • 60-minute fire rating
  • 30.25″ x 24.25″ x 22″
  • S&G™ EMP resistant Low Profile Electronic Lock

2017_cbfrna_pistol_raffle_flyer_4Kimber K6s

  • Small stainless frame, two-inch barrel and 1.39 inch diameter cylinder
  • Smooth match-grade trigger, an internal hammer
  • Rounded, blended edges, superior ergonomics and grip design
  • An extremely shooter-friendly experience weighing in at 23 ounces

2017_cbfrna_pistol_raffle_flyer_3Kimber Crimson Carry II

  • Red laser
  • 5” match grade barrel
  • Aluminum frame, satin silver finish
  • Matte black steel slide
  • Low profile sights
  • Rosewood double diamond Crimson Trace grips

Drawing will be at 8 pm at the 25th Annual Columbia Basin Friends of NRA Banquet on March 3rd, 2017 which will be held at TRAC in Pasco, WA.

See attached flyer for more information.

Winner need not be present to win!

Work Party

Work Party coming up on Sunday, October 30 at 8 am. The focus will be on pulling up and burning tumbleweeds, and some pistol area berm work. Shoves, hoes, and burners helpful.

September 2016 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: October 6 and November 3, 2016 (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: 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.

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.

Match Reports: Gaylord said the Aug 6thCMP match had 9 shooters. The next match is Sept. 3rd. The Aug 13th .22 rimfire match had 21 shooters-including 2 juniors and 2 women. The next match is Sept 10th. Bob said the Aug 14th 3-gun match had 15 shoot-ers. It was a good turnout. He reminded that equipment to use is available and there’s no need to run. Participants range from 12-70 yrs. The next match is Sept 11th. Gaylord said the Aug 20th SHP had 9 shooters. The next match is Sept 17th. There was no Benchrest report-but the next match is a registered match on Sept 24th.

Board Report: Steve said they met last week. They addressed 3 topics. 1-The father in the “non-members at the range incident” is deceased-that’s why he didn’t renew. Incident still being looked into-and they are looking at other lock options. 2-They are working on the NRA grant for the 3-gun trailer. Anyone interested can help; also would welcome anyone with possible contacts for trailer discounts to contact them. 3-There have been complaints of the range being too busy with events, etc. He’s reminding members to check the website and online calendar before heading to the range. There are sometimes last minute closures. Also be sure to send in your email on the web page so you get notices, too.

Safety Committee Report: Mark said he hadn’t heard of any issues. Dave was not present. He still has Safety Advisor shifts to fill. Any past advisors or those interested can contact him. You get work party credit, you can shoot while you’re on duty and you get a $25 gift card per shift!

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

Range Report: Greg said there was no work party scheduled at this time. The Aug 21st work party cleared tumbleweeds in the pistol area and along the 200 yd CMP road. He reminded that the shot-up target frames are under the trailer and they make good kindling or garden stakes. There are a lot of them-so help yourselves.

OLD BUSINESS: Ray reminded that the free, open to the public Hunter sight-ins are Sat Sept 10 from 10-3 and Sun Sept 18 from 9-2. You get work party credit and can shoot during the lulls.

NEW BUSINESS: None.

How To Fix The Top Pistol Shooting Errors: Part Two. Read this article to pick up some corrective tips for newbies and seasoned shooters alike. It helps to review… http://guncarrier.com/diy-guide-fixing-shooting-errors-vol-2/

If you are getting this newsletter by US mail, please take a moment to get us your email address. 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 receive the newsletter by both US mail and email, please let us know so that we can drop you from the US mail list. Either send an email through the contact us link on the website at: http://tcmsa.org/contact-us/