September 2014 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: Oct 2nd and Nov 6th (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)
Upcoming work parties: September 7th at 8 am. Consult our website (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705, work parties start @ 8am)

General Announcements

The 2014 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.

Public Hunter Sight-in Days: They are scheduled for Sat Sept 13 and Sun Sept 21 from 9 am -2 pm. We are in need of coaches to work one-on-one with the shooters. Any bench sight-in equipment you might have is always helpful. Contact Ray by phone at 783-8120.

The Aug 16th Sporting High Power (SHP) had 9 shooters. It was a Postal match. We had 2560, down just 16 points from first place got 3rd. Next year we’d like to have 2 teams. It’s any rifle 9 ½ # or less, 32 rds for score. The next match is Sept. 20th.

The first .22 LR match had 11 shooters. The next match is Sun Sept 14th at noon. It’s free. There are 2 more .22 matches scheduled: Sat Oct 11 at 8 am and Sat Nov 15th at 9 am.

The Aug 30th match was a Factory Varmint Rifle match with 11 shooters. The Sept 27th match is a Factory Hunting Rifle match. Set up at 9, start shooting at 10. Remember, rifles need to be as they came from the factory, new barrels are ok as long as they are a factory contour, after market triggers are ok as long as they are comparable to the factory pull and still have a safety. Savages with the acu-trigger are ok as they come from the factory that way and might have a edge in that respect. A-R’s are ok and can be purchased with bull barrels so they will be accepted also. As for caliber I feel that if you want to shoot ground squirrels with a 308 that is your business and as long as it meet the as factory requirement bring it along and shoot it so there is not limit on the caliber up to 30. There is no restrictions on the scope or the power of the scope. Everyone is welcome to shoot no matter what rifle you bring but only rifles that meet the as factory requirement are eligible for a trophy. The match will start at 10 am, sign up at 9 am. usually finish up around 1 PM.

We shoot a warm up target and then 5 targets for score. usually 50 rounds are enough as you need 25 for score and most use around 25 shots on the warm up target and sighters. Bring a extra 10 rounds and if I can find enough Hopper targets we will finish up the day shooting Hoppers. Cost is $10.00 for the match and the target crew always accepts donations but that is optional.

September 27, 2014, we will do the same thing but for hunting rifles, the same rules apply except it has to be 24 cal or larger and the scope limit is 10x or less. sign up is 9 am match starts at 10 am price is the same. Any questions? Call me, Rick DeGroat, at 509 308 7213 or e-mail me. Hope to see a large group.

A Civilian Markmanship Program (CMP) shoot is scheduled for Saturday, October 4th. Set-up at 7:30, shoot at 8:00. We shoot the more traditional 50 rd match-10,10,10,20.

Safety Committee Report: August was hot, and several shifts at the range not covered. During covered shifts there were 114 shooters and 14 teachable moments. This ratio of 1:8 not good, but a lot of shifts weren’t covered. If September stats don’t improve we’ll have to readdress the issue. Recurring problems include target placement-too high or low, handling when cold, and pistol handling. Dave explained the Safety Advisor program to the new members.

Safety reminder: Make sure you aren’t shooting steel core or armor piercing bullets on steel targets, or poppers (spring loaded steel targets) as these will destroy or shorten the lifespan of these targets because they were designed to withstand copper clad lead or plain lead ammo (not steel core ammo).

With regards to the extremely dry conditions, make sure you don’t use any tracers, exploding bullets, or exploding targets, and watch those cigarette & cigar butts. There are butt cans all along the firing line for your use.

The safety advisor program is still in need of more volunteers. Because it seems to be just the same few people volunteering, the club has authorized a new incentive program. For each safety advisor shift that they work, volunteers will receive a $25 gift card for a local sporting goods store. Safety advisor volunteers need to have been a member of the club for at least 2 years, or have shot in at least 6 club sanctioned matches, or otherwise be able to demonstrate extensive experience in operating an organized firing facility, such as military or law enforcement experience. Safety advisors are at the range on Fridays & weekends during peak use hours, and can shoot during their shifts. The main duty is just to watch the line and educate any members who need some extra coaching on the rules or general safety. If you want some more information or want to volunteer, contact Dave Baalman at 783-4141, or Wayne Rowett at 783-4470, or send an email to the club address.

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.

Here’s a good visual treatment on the effectiveness of the .22 caliber ammo (.22 short – .22 LR). Not exactly a scientific approach but (as is often quoted) good enough for government work. Now imagine if you added the .22 magnum to the mix!

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

Pasco Police Department

The Pasco Police Department will be using the range on Wednesday, August 27th. Range will be closed from 8-11 and 1-6. Observing is OK, but please no photos or internet postings for officer safety.

22 Long Rifle, 100 Yard Match

On Sunday, August 24 and Sunday September 14, there will be a 22 long rifle match starting at noon. The course of fire is 40 rounds for record at 100 yards, with unlimited sighters. This is a brand new discipline for our Club, and the first matches will be used to determine the direction and classifications that will be used in future matches. The match is open to any 22 long rifle, any sights, and can be fired from the bench or in prone position, using slings, bipods or rests. All feedback from participants will be used to shape future matches. The Club has purchased A-25 100 yard rimfire targets, and the first matches this year will be free to all. You only need ammunition and a rifle.

Range Damage

Members of TCMSA

Your club held a range work party on Sunday, July 13, 2014. There were some issues at the range that need to be brought to the attention of all members.

The first is target frames. These frames are constructed of lumber that the Club, meaning you, has to purchase and assemble, then transport to the range. The average cost, not counting the volunteer labor and fasteners, is $4.25 each. During the cleanup, we scrapped about 15 frames, at a cost of $63.75. Today, two days later, three frames were found on the range destroyed. The first had targets stapled over the backing frame work. When you shoot, there goes the frame. The other two were destroyed by someone with a shotgun using 00 buck. See the pictures below.

The other set of pictures are what is left of the $500 worth of steel poppers that were installed two years ago. They are not going to last forever, but their end is brought on a lot sooner with steel core ammunition. This is type of ammo is not allowed on steel targets because of the fire danger and damage they do. One pass through the range with the magnet used to pick up fired steel cases will show how much is used at our range. Virtually all steel cased 7.62×39 and 7.62x54R is steel core. Many of these rounds are likely fired at the steel targets.

This range belongs to us, the members. This is our money that is being wasted. If you see someone destroying Club property, please report it. Every time we replace something because it was destroyed takes money that can be used for improvements to a permanent new range.

Your Club Officers

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