January 2016 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: February 4, and March 4, 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 (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: 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 indicated the Dec 5th CMP had 8 shooters-6 CMP and 2 any any. The Jan 2nd match had 5 shooters- 3 CMP and 2 any any. The next match is Feb 6th at 9 am. The Dec 12th .22 rimfire match had 15 shooters-two women-no youth. The next match is Jan 9th at 9 am. From Bob Birney, the Benchrest match on Dec 19th had 12 shooters-2 new. It was in the 20’s, calm and foggy. Next match Jan 30th. There will be a 3-gun in April.

Board Report: Dave Baalman it was all old business. They sent a total of 9 letters to our State Legislators asking them to sponsor a bill to change the Growth Management Act-as it prevents us from finding any land in Benton Co for range use. They also discussed the NRA instructors’ use of the range, and Theron will address meeting in Old business.

Safety Committee Report: Dave Baalman said the program not running now, but have been no issues/incidents reported. This will restart around April time frame.

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

Range Report: Greg said no clean up scheduled due to cold weather. Too cold, and too wet to burn tumbleweeds. There are a lot at 100 yd berm. Some of our grass is starting to come up again. He has fixed a breach in the barbed wire by the gate twice in the last 3 mos. where someone has cut and driven in. If it keeps happening, a trail cam was suggested.

OLD BUSINESS: Dave began with background on the isolation berm proposed by Dr. Marguiles. The Board must approve any changes to the range facility-and it isn’t feasible and undoubtedly would not be approved by our landlords. It had been moved for a vote previously-tho’ moot due to no board support. Unanimous NO vote. Theron gave a synopsis of his proposal for NRA instructor range use. Guidelines possible incl-limited use, instructor be a member, create a ‘trainer coordinator’, allow the range to be open. He felt the classes had only created a problem with 2 range members. There was disagreement of this # from the floor. It was first moved to vote on if the club members support NRA training if the Board works it out. The vote was 25-yes and 6-no. It was then voted on if the Board should bring back the final proposal for club approval. The vote was unanimous-yes. There was next the January election of officer/board positions. Ballots passed out, 29 turned in. Vote was unanimous to retain all officers and board members Bob Birney and Steve Schlegel. Eric Nield did volunteer to intern with Bill to begin learning the membership chair job. Bill much appreciates that!

NEW BUSINESS: Bob Birney works with the local Friends of NRA. Last year they gave out over $425,000 in Grant money. It went to Boy Scouts, Franklin Co Sheriff, Hunter Ed…and many more. The yearly Banquet raises the funds for these grants. The next Banquet is Fri March 4th at the TRAC. The club has always supported in the past. There are some 60 firearms, art work and décor to bid on or try for in drawings. He moved that the club again sponsor a table for 8 and $500 in raffle tickets for $750. It was 2nd and approved. There is also raffle going for 6 handguns. Tickets are $50, but only 200 tickets will be sold. From the floor Mark shared that the NRA had a special going for life membership at $600; from the floor someone said it was down to $500. He thought this was a great savings for younger members paying $35/yr now. A good deal, and a great way to support the NRA.

Great advice on why you should not repeatedly rechamber the same round in your handgun or AR-15… http://preparedgunowners.com/2015/09/17/why-you-should-never-rechamber-the-same-ar-15-round-twice/

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/.

December 2015 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: January 7 and February 4, 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.

TCMSA wants you to know: You may have heard recently that the board has decided to end range use by outside instructors for their classes. This was not a decision that the board took lightly, it was based on input from the officers, and multiple comments & complaints from members. The main issue is that there simply isn’t enough time & space for our members to use the range without an event going on, and many members felt that outside instructors were taking advantage of the club’s hospitality.

One of the instructor groups attended the December club meeting and made a formal request that the club consider some range modifications to allow for their classes to continue. The motion was tabled until the January meeting so that the entire club could be informed. The board did consider this option and initially rejected it as not being feasible. The change to the facility would affect every match discipline and impact all our normal operations, and would likely not be acceptable to our landlords.

The board has instead been discussing a compromise and will have a counter proposal for the membership to consider at the January meeting. The details are still being discussed as this newsletter is being written, but the proposal would allow for limited use of the range by NRA & other instructors, while limiting schedule pressure and the workload for the club officers.

We (the board of directors) are hopeful that the club can continue to support training as we feel it is an important public service. The main question for the membership is: does the club wish to continue to support training classes on a limited basis? If you have an opinion on this matter, please come to the January meeting to be heard.

Match Reports: Gaylord indicated the 11/7 CMP had 8 shooters present-but due to fog keeping the 200 yd line invisible, the match was cancelled. The next match is 12/5. The 11/14 .22 match had 18 shooters-2 women and 2 youth. There were 3 scores of 400/400. The next match is 12/12. The 11/21 match had 3 people show up. Cold and some fog-but the 3 decided not worth spending ammo on a 3-man match. It was cancelled. Next match is Jan 16th. From the floor, the Benchrest match was crisp, with 10 shooters-top score 250-14 x. Next match is 12/19.

Board Report: Dave Baalman indicated they met twice since the Nov. meeting. 1-the land search results show it’s nearly impossible to find usable land in Benton Co. due to the Growth Management Act and zoning laws. Benton Co. checking on interpretation, and we’re writing letters to try and change those laws. The Juniper Dunes area is still a possibility, with new road access adding options. 2-due to the snafu re: scheduling at Grigg’s in Oct-and no meeting-the issue was addressed and clarified and resolved. 3-NRA instructors, who would like to continue using our range for classes addressed the board, and will speak to the members tonight in old business.

Safety Committee Report: Dave Baalman said after the berm work all the handguns will now hit a berm; as long as shooters are shooting correctly in the right direction!

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

Range Report: Greg said the Nov 23rd work party burned some tumbleweeds, graded the road, lubed the shooting bench stools and a front-end loader did berm work. It was cold, and help appreciated. He has taken the 100 yd gong to repair, and will replace next week.

OLD BUSINESS: Dr Marguiles, NRA instructor/training counselor, and Theron Cammer, spoke to the membership about the importance of their training classes-both for the public, and for future NRA instructors. It was proposed that a separating berm be installed between the CMP line and the covered shooting benches, to extend to 100 yds. It was stated they can’t use Rattlesnake due to not being an ‘official’ non-profit, and high enough insurance not being held. NRA only goes to $2 million, they want $4. Dave clarified that the Board had decided that starting in 2016 outside range use would be discontinued-due to member complaints and the difficulty of scheduling on the calendar. He moved to table the issue until webpage/newsletter details can be shared with the entire membership before the members vote/make a decision. It was 2nd, and passed.

NEW BUSINESS: Election nominations: Bob Birney and Steve Schlegel spots up on the board. They were nominated to serve an-other 2 yrs. by Dave. Dave also asked the current officers if they would be willing to serve another yr. They said yes. Bill also stated that he’s been doing membership for 16 yrs, and won’t do it forever. It would be great if some members would step forward and take over his, or any other positions!

How Many of us can keep up with this talented young girl on the range?: Little girl that can handle some really serious guns… https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=153938608140284

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/.

November 2015 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: December 3 and January 7, 2012 (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 2015 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 are $80, or $40 if you participated in a work party in the last year. You can mail your renewal to the club address, or come to a meeting to renew.  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 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 indicated that the 9/5 CMP had 10 shooters-7 CMP and 3 any-any. The 10/3 match had 6 shooters-3 and 3. The next match is 11/3 at 9 am. The 10/10 .22 match had 13 shooters-with 3 youth and 1 woman. The next match is 11/14 at 9 am. The 9/19 SHP match had 5 shooters, the 10/17 had 4 shooters. The next match is 11/21 at 9 am. There were 5 shooters at the 10/24 3-gun match. The steel worked well. Everyone had a good time. Hopefully there will be more shooters next time.   All fall matches affected by hunting season.

Board Report: Dave Baalman indicated the board has met twice since the Sept meeting. He said there were 4 main topics. 1- Board member Wayne Rowett has passed on, and his position is open and needs to be filled.   2-Boy Scout group wants to hold a Camporee shoot using our range. 3- Address calendar issues-with a larger/clearer format. 4-Real estate agent has contacted board re: possible land available for new range. There are zoning issues to overcome, but it seems promising.

Safety Committee Report: Dave Baalman said the Safety Advisor program is ended for the year, and will restart in the spring. He thanked everyone that worked as S.A.’, and especially Mark for doing the scheduling. Sept-Oct this year was the best ever-1/25 teachable moments. Last year Sept-Oct was 1/10. The program is working.

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

Range Report: Greg said there was a work party on Oct 18. Only 5 members came. The usual basic clean-up was done. There will be a work party on Sun Nov 22nd.   The usual maintenance will be done, as well as some berm work.

OLD BUSINESS: None.

NEW BUSINESS: Dave Baalman said a member/scout leader is asking to have the shooting portion of the area scout camporee at our range on Sat April 30th. They’ll be camping at Levy Landing. They would like to do .22 shooting, possible archery, walking hunter ed. course, and a service project for our range. They have several trained NRA instructors, and adults to supervise; club members who’d like to assist/participate would be welcomed. The .22’s would be set up on the CMP line, to minimize impact to club member range use. Target frames to shoot at a more reasonable .22 distance-rather than 100/200 yds- will be devised. The service projects discussed with the board could include trash clean-up and assembly of target frames with pre-cut materials. It was recommended by the board that it be approved. Member vote approved.

Gaylord said we need nominations for Wayne’s open board position tonight. Bob Birney was nominated, and Mark Johnson volunteered. They stepped outside-as we had no ballots, and a raised hand vote was held. Bob won, in a close race. There will be an election in Jan, and 2 board positions and all officer positions are open. You must have been a member for 3 yrs, and be active in a club sponsored shooting event.   Nominations will be at the Dec. meeting. Also, the link for requesting 2016 dates on the club calendar is on the website. Requests must be in by Dec 15th

Special announcement and reminder from the TCMSA Board of Directors:

Recently we’ve had a question posed to the officers & board asking for official interpretation of the existing club rules: Is it within the rules to draw from a holster at the range? This subject is not directly addressed in the rules, but several other areas of the rules apply. Rule #2:” Never point a gun at anything you are not willing to shoot or destroy”, and rule #3 “Never place your finger on the trigger or inside the trigger guard until your sights are on the target” seem to apply. We see no way to draw from a shoulder, cross draw, belly band, or small of the back holster without pointing your firearm at the rest of the shooters on the line. It is therefore our official interpretation of the current club rules that drawing from a holster is only allowed if: it is from a strong side or ankle holster, AND the firearm never sweeps anyone on the line including the person drawing, AND the shooter’s finger stays off the trigger until the sights are on target AND the finger is removed from the trigger before attempting to holster the firearm.

That being said, we STRONGLY SUGGEST that this is not something you should try for the first time at the range with a live firearm. Drawing from a holster is all about muscle memory, which should be developed at home with an empty firearm through hundreds or even thousands of repetitions before you ever try it live. We also suggest you use some judgement on how quickly you should be drawing. You can’t miss fast enough to win a gun fight, and you aren’t doing well if you start off with a hole in your leg from your own gun, so keep it at a reasonable speed.

The FBI has decided to return to the 9mm round: After many years of using the 40 S&W round, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has concluded that the 9mm is a very effective round due to many improvements in ballistics and penetration. Check out the details at… https://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/fbi-to-return-to-the-9mm/

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/.

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

Range Conditions

The Club has been notified today, 11-7-2015, by the Columbia Irrigation District that they did the annual release of water from the falls last week and it is now at the range. This means the water is flowing between the 100 yard berm and the 200 yard line. this is expected to last about three weeks. Use caution when using the road to travel to and from the 200 yard line.