Annual Dues Rate Increase

Current dues ($60 for new members, $50 to renew, and $25 to renew with work party) will remain in place until March 31, 2014.

Beginning April 1, 2014, dues will be $80 for new members, $60 to renew, and $40 to renew with a work party credit.

This is a reminder to renew before April 1 to get the better dues rates.

January 2014 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: February 6 & March 6 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)

Upcoming work parties: March 23 (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705, work parties start @8am)

General Announcements

Our annual meeting was held on January 2, and elections were held for 2 of the 6 board positions, plus all of the officer positions and a proposal to amend the policy book to include a rate increase for dues for 2014.

All of the club officers will be serving another term. Sam Kniveton will serve another term on the board of directors, and Ron Greer will be taking the open board position. Thanks to Brett Menaker & Lee Haberling who also volunteered for the board, and thanks to Ryan Bongers, the outgoing board secretary. We appreciate everyone’s help in running the club!

The proposal to increase club dues passed. The new dues will take effect April 1. This is an incentive to get your dues paid before April 1, so that you can get another year under the old rates. If you came to a work party this year, renewal is $25, or $50 if not. If you wait until after April 1, you will have to pay $40 with a work party or $60 without.

Also please bear with us on the renewals. We may not send you a new card the day your check arrives, but we will get one to you. The new gate combination doesn’t go into effect until April 1, so you don’t have to worry about getting locked out. We will mail out cards in a big batch in the first or second week of March, so that we don’t have to go to the post office every day.

On the flip side, please don’t send us a check on March 30 and expect your card to arrive before April 1. All USPS mail in the Tri-Cities now goes through Spokane, so it can take up to a week for mail to come to us, and make the return trip to you, and again we won’t be going to the post office every day. Remember the membership committee members are all volunteers with day jobs, and we are a club not a business.

Bottom line: send those renewals in now, and expect a card in mid-March. You can also come to a meeting to renew, and we will hand you a card right then and there. This time of year the membership committee will be very busy at the meetings, so please if you are there to renew, show up a few minutes early. If we have to spend ½ hour on renewals after the meeting, we can’t start new member orientation on time, and none of us get home until 10pm.

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. We will also post the calendar in the rail car in the coming weeks, and there is also a copy at the monthly meetings.

There is a work party scheduled for Sunday, March 23. If you still need your work party credit and can’t make the March 23 date, don’t worry. We will likely have at least one more work party between now and April 1. Watch the newsletter, the club website, or come to a meeting to find out when. If you can’t make a regular work party or if your physical abilities prevent you from doing physical labor, contact an officer and they will assign you something that fits your schedule or abilities. Officer phone numbers are on the club website, or just come to a meeting and ask the people at the front of the room.

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, or email the membership coordinator directly at tcmsa11@gmail.com.

Once again we have our usual mix of several match disciplines this year. New shooters are always welcome at any of our matches, and many of the regulars at any of the matches are more than willing to offer advice, loan out equipment, or answer any questions you might have. If you are interested in any of our match disciplines, there is a brief description of each one on the club website, along with some links to various governing bodies for each discipline. If you want some more info, come out to a match, spectators are always welcome, or send an email to the contact us link on the club website, and we will put you in touch with one of our regular match shooters who can answer questions & help you get started.

On the subject of match shooting, the club would like to field at least one team again this year for the Northwest Postal League in NRA Highpower Sporting Rifle. A team consists of 6 shooters, with the top 4 shooters counting in the club total score, and each shooter also competing individually for top scores in the league. We would really like to have 2 or more teams, so if you are at all interested in this discipline, please come out and join us. The first practice match of the year is in March. This discipline is fired from standing, sitting, and prone positions, with 32 rounds for score plus sighters. Any rifle weighing not more than 9.5 pounds is eligible to compete, with any sighting system. Entry fee is only $3.

One more match note: due to popular interest, we have added a second discipline/division to the CMP matches. Now in addition to the CMP service rifle match, which is open to any iron sight service rifle issued by any military in the world, or the civilian equivalent of that rifle, we will be adding the NRA Highpower any rifle any sight division. NRA Any/Any is fired on the same targets as CMP, with the same basic rules, the only difference is as the name implies, it’s open to any rifle you want to bring, no matter the sight system. We are pretty darned informal to begin with, but we will note which division you fall into so that you can compete with others with similar equipment. We are just shooting for bragging rights anyway, but splitting into 2 divisions will hopefully increase interest in this already popular discipline, and since both divisions are shot on the same targets & under the same rules, it’s really a no-brainer. So if you have a space gun or a 700 match rifle or grandpa’s old .30-30, bring it out and have some fun! We shoot the national match 80 round course of fire, plus sighters, in standing, sitting, & prone positions. Entry fee is only $5.

Stay warm & we will see you at the range!

December 2013 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: January 2 & February 6 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)
Upcoming work parties: TBA (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705, work parties start @8am)

General Announcements
It’s been a while since we got a newsletter out. Those who write the newsletter have had a busy fall. We would love to have some help with this important club function. If you would like to help write the newsletter, or if you have the time and would like to completely take it over, contact club president Gaylord Baker at 628-9044.

We have reached the time of year when people start renewing early. Please hold off on sending in your money for the moment. The gate combination doesn’t change until April 1, so there is no hurry. The gate combination won’t be selected until sometime in January, so we can’t send out new cards until then.

Another reason to hold off on sending in your renewal is this: there is a proposal on the floor for the January meeting to increase club dues. The current dues have been unchanged for 13 years. In that time besides basic inflation, our insurance premiums have increased considerably, including a large increase this year due to our increased membership. Other expenses like garbage collection, portable toilet maintenance, tumbleweed control, and expendable materials like lumber & cardboard for target frames have all increased considerably in that time too. We do have some savings in the bank, but we are looking for land to build a new range, and don’t want to deplete our savings on basic operations. The current proposal would set the new dues at $80 for new members, $60 for renewals, and $40 for renewals with a work party credit. Again, these rates are not final yet, they will be voted on at the January meeting, so please don’t send in your renewal until we know how much it will be.

Also at the January meeting, we will hold elections for the 2014 officers & board of directors. Two of the six board positions terms are expiring, and all four officers terms expire as well. We have a couple of volunteers for the board positions, but would love to have some more, and we would love to have some volunteers for the officer positions. The current officers have been in place for some time, and while they have all volunteered to serve another term, none would complain if someone ran against them.

The officers are in charge of day to day operation of the club, and the board of directors is responsible for long term planning, and other duties as well. The requirements to serve on the board of directors are three years membership in the club, and current or previous participation in some sort of organized shooting. Any member can serve as an officer. If you are interested in serving, or know someone who does, come to the January meeting to volunteer or nominate a friend. With the club actively searching for new land and hopefully in the near future designing a new range, it could be an exciting time to be involved as an officer or board member.

At the December meeting, NRA Highpower Sporting Rifle Match Director Marlee Parks announced that the club’s postal league team took 3rd place in the Northwest Regional postal league. In addition, club secretary Cosette Baker was the top female shooter in the entire league (while shooting iron sights in a discipline that allows scopes!), club president Gaylord Baker took 6th place overall in the open individual division, and Marlee Parks took 4th place overall in open individual, and was 3rd senior in the league. That’s 3 shooters receiving awards on a 6 person team! We would love to put together 2 or more teams for next year. The discipline is open to any centerfire rifle weighing 9.5 pounds or less, and is shot standing, sitting, and prone, with 32 rounds for score. The league consists of 2 matches, fired sometime between June and September, and there will be several practice matches before we shoot for score. If you are interested contact Marlee or Gaylord for more info, or just show up at a match.

Attention match directors, hunter ed coordinators, and other event directors: the deadline for submitting your calendar requests for 2014 is December 15th. Requests should be submitted using the automated system on the club website. Event dates will be at a premium again this year, so get those requests in asap. Established patterns will be given first priority, after that it’s first come first served. Please include in your request the start time of your event, approximate end time, and whether or not the range will be open to general shooting during your event.

We have not scheduled any work parties for the month of December. We are in the time of year when turnout for work parties is generally pretty light. Greg reports that there is some work to be done, but none of it is extremely pressing, so he will handle it when he has the time. If you need to get your work party credit out of the way, you can do so by taking on one or two of these minor projects. Contact Greg Hagen 545-4705 or Gaylord Baker at 628-9044 to volunteer.

We have not had any reports of any safety incidents lately, and that is excellent news! Keep up the safe shooting! We have completed the safety advisor pilot program for 2013, and we feel the results were helpful in keeping members & guests aware of the safety rules. The program coordinator has recommended that the program continue in 2014, so it will most likely start up again in the spring. If you would like to volunteer to be a safety advisor, it’s a great way to get your work party credit. Safety advisors are allowed to shoot during their shift while the range isn’t busy, so it’s a great opportunity to get work party credit while shooting! To volunteer, contact Dave Baalman via an email to the club address, or at a meeting sometime between now and March.

There are a few lost & found items posted on the bulletin board in the sign in side of the rail car. If you are missing something, take a look to see if someone found it.

Remember guests are always welcome at the range, but you as the member are responsible for their actions. In the past a few rules violations have been committed by guests, so we want to remind you to take a moment to discuss the safety rules with any guests you bring to the range. The rules are posted on several prominent signs at the range, so it’s easy to show them to your guests. It’s also a good idea to look them over yourself if it’s been a while since you went through orientation, so look for those signs the next time you are at the range.

If you need to renew your NRA membership, we have several recruiters in the club. You can save a few dollars over the regular renewal price by renewing with a recruiter. Ask at the membership committee table at a meeting and we will put you in touch with one of our recruiters.

Safe shooting & Happy Holidays! We hope to see you at the January meeting.

Request an Event date on the 2014 Calendar

Please use the web page to submit your dates for range events for the calendar year 2014.  This includes all regular matches such as CMP, Sporting High Power, Bench Rest, Three Gun, Hunter Safety and all other like events.  Submit your dates and times by December 15th so any conflicts can be resolved and the calendar can be posted by January 1st.  The link is identified as “Request an Event Date on the 2014 calendar” on the left side of the web page.

Reminder to Members

The Pasco Police Department will be using the range on Wednesday October 23, 2013. The range will be closed from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Pictures from a TCMSA member

These pictures were sent in by member Alan Ono.  He was out at the range, and upon entering the sign-in area, he discovered a bull snake trapped in the door frame.  It had entered through a gap in the metal door frame and the box car body.  It had apparently been chasing mice.  No one else had noticed it, it was laying limp along the frame.  Alan touched it and it came to life.  Alan did not remain in the location long after that.
Other members came over, and after determining it was a bull snake and not a rattler, they helped free it and released it in the field south of the box car.
The first picture is the snake hanging from the opening on the outside.
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The second picture is the front end, with it’s head in the tines of the rake.
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Mid-Month September Update

Hey everyone.

Just a few news items for you mid-month.

We had a work party on September 15, and installed a few new benches in the pistol area. One of the biggest problems we have been seeing is people not understanding where the firing line is in the pistol area, so this should help with that, and also help prevent another issue, people loading their pistols at the picnic tables and then walking up to the line with a loaded gun, not pointed in a safe direction. We hope this will help with that too, since now there is a convenient place to put your ammo, gun case, etc., right at the line.

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We also now have several rifle racks up & down the line. There is no longer any excuse to set a rifle on the shelves behind the firing line pointed at other shooters (not that there was before either). If you need to get one out of your way on the bench, put it in the rack. There is also a bungee cord to keep the wind from knocking your rifle out of the rack on those    typical Southeast Washington fall days.

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We are seeing a lot of damage to the target frames from people putting their targets directly in front of the framework. We have put a mark on the front of the frames to help people remember where not to put their targets, so please take note.

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We have been seeing a bunch of spiders at the range the last couple of weeks. We sprayed the entire firing line, plus the outhouses and the rain canopies with an insecticide, so they shouldn’t be a problem for long, but be alert for them none the less!

Remember that you are responsible for the actions of any guests you bring to the range. The Safety Advisors tell us that many of the issues they see are basic rules violations committed by guests. We are at that time of year when many people bring hunting buddies or other friends to the range to get sighted in for hunting season. Guests are welcome, but we suggest you take a moment before you start shooting to brief them on the rules. The safety rules are posted on signs all over the range, so take a moment to review them yourself and fill your guests in so that there is not a problem later.

Don’t forget about our last hunter sight in day on the 28th. Bring a friend. More info is available in the regular September newsletter, it’s on the website if you lost track of it.

Also don’t forget about the opportunity to shoot a match using the remaining ammo from the NRA Foundation grant we received. More info available in the regular September newsletter on the website.

Safe shooting everyone!

September 2013 Club Newsletter

Upcoming meetings: October 3 & November 7 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)

Upcoming work parties: Sept. 15 (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705, work parties start @8am )

General Announcements

We had an election at the September meeting, and Don Cooper was elected to fill the vacant seat on the Board of Directors. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to fill the spot! To those who weren’t elected and to anyone else who is interested in helping out with the operation of the club, remember that all 4 officer positions and 2 of the 6 board positions terms will expire at the end of December. We would love to have you volunteer to take one of those positions at that time. There are also other opportunities to help operate the club besides the officers & board, we can always use more help with the membership committee, new member orientation, writing the newsletter, range maintenance, etc. If you are interested in any of these items come to a meeting or call an officer to volunteer.

Our intro to competitive shooting event was a huge success. We had around a dozen club members from TCMSA and the Touchet Gun Club acting as coaches, and 30+ participants who all seemed to have a good time. Many expressed an interest in competitive shooting, in fact we’ve already had a couple new shooters come to a match. Thanks to all the coaches and participants, and a huge thanks to the NRA Foundation for providing the ammo for the event.

We have a few rounds of .223 ammo left from the grant, but not enough to put on another event. In keeping with the theme of introducing new shooters to competitive marksmanship, we have another offer. If you have never shot in a match but are interested in trying it out, you can borrow a rifle from one of our regular competitors, and use the ammo from the NRA Foundation grant to shoot a regular match, free of charge. The next opportunity to shoot a match is the September 21st NRA Highpower Sporting Rifle match. If you are interested give Dave Baalman a call at 528-0813 and he will get you all set up.

There will be a work party on September 15, starting at 8am. We will be taking care of some tumbleweeds and installing some new benches in the pistol area, along with the normal work party stuff like general cleanup, building target frames, and general maintenance. If you would like to get your work party credit out of the way for the year before the weather gets lousy, this might be your best chance, so we hope to see you there.

There are several new rifle racks mounted to the backs of the rain canopies, and in the shotgun and pistol areas. If you are using more than one long gun and need to get one off of your bench, put it in the rack instead of setting it on the shelf pointing along the firing line. The racks are built to accommodate a normal long gun, but they also have a second barrel rack down lower to accommodate a shorter carbine, and there is a bungee cord across the front to keep your rifles in place even if there is a big gust of wind. Thanks to Gaylord Baker & Mike Fowler for building & water sealing the racks!

Our second hunter sight in day for the year will be Saturday, September 28th, 9am-1pm. If you or anyone you know needs some assistance in getting a hunting rifle sighted in, this is a perfect opportunity. There is no charge for the event, and is open to anyone, member or not. We can also use more people to act as coaches, and you will get work party credit for helping out. Contact Ray Vollert at 783-8120 for more info.

Our joint effort to host an air rifle program with the American Legion has hit a snag. Apparently the Legion post cannot host events with children in the same building that they have a liquor license without putting the license at risk. They are still interested in getting a youth program going, and quite a few of our members have expressed interest in both a youth program and an adult league, so we will be looking for a suitable location to set up an air rifle range. If you know of such a location, contact Gaylord Baker at 628-9044. The space required would be at least 50 feet by 50 feet, and obviously the more space the better.

You may recall that a couple of years ago the club purchased a mobile office trailer to act as a clubhouse. We thought we had all the permits in line, but at the end of the process discovered that due to various permitting issues, we could not move it out to the range. The church we bought it from has been nice enough to continue to store it for us, but they are now in the process of building a new church building and moving, so we will have to do something with the trailer soon. We continue to look for land to build a new range, but even if we found a new range tomorrow, the chances of it being ready to move the trailer to in time are pretty slim. We would like to find either a place to store it or to sell it outright and get our money back out of it. If you or anyone you know might be interested in buying it or have a place we could store it long term, contact Gaylord Baker at 628-9044.

One of the most common issues reported by the Safety Advisors is people shooting from well behind the firing line in the pistol area. Shooters are using the picnic tables and portable benches as bench rests, which is not a problem except that they are not moving them up to the firing line. Take a look next time you are at the range and you will see a board in the ground in the pistol area that delineates the firing line, your muzzle must be at or in front of that line when firing. At the next work party we will be putting a couple of small benches along the firing line in that area that can be used as a bench rest, or to place your ammo or gun case on. We will also leave some gaps in the benches so you can still shoot standing, sitting or prone without the bench being in the way.

We have reached the time of year when range use gets very heavy just before the general hunting season. With that added use comes more opportunities for safety problems. Please be aware of what you are doing and which way your muzzle is pointing,  don’t handle firearms at all while the range is cold, and stay behind the firing line while the range is hot. If you see anyone being unsafe or violating any club rules, please take a moment to politely talk to them and let them know. If they don’t straighten up, fill out an incident report form and contact a club officer and we will take care of it.

Safe shooting!

Annual Youth Pheasant Hunt

On Saturday, September 21,2013, TCMSA is helping to sponsor the annual youth pheasant hunt.  The hunters are the top scoring graduates of the Hunters Education classes of 2013.
In order to make this hunt a success, we are looking for volunteers to be coaches to work with the new hunters first at the trap range in Connell, then while they are actually hunting pheasant at the game farm by Mesa.  Each young hunter will have an individual coach to ensure safe hunting practices during the hunt.
Other assistance needed:
Pointer dogs to spot birds for the hunters.
20 gauge shotguns, preferably youth models.  No hammer guns.
After the hunt, there will be a hosted BBQ which is free to all hunters and volunteers.

If you can be a part of this opportunity to work with the new hunters, please contact Don Board at 509-586-7157.