June 2012 Newsletter

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Upcoming meetings: June 7th & July 5th (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)

Upcoming work parties: No work parties planned for June (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705, work parties start @ 8am)

If you have been to the range lately, you probably have noticed that the old office trailer is gone. The last work party finished the demolition and removal of everything except for the aluminum and steel that we are going to sell as scrap. All money from this sale will be returned to the club. The snake that had been residing in the trailer was not seen, but numerous mice that were made homeless were seen fleeing the destruction.

Safety reminder for this newsletter concerns the use of steel core ammunition. Ammunition with steel core bullets is most often imported from Russia in the form of 7.62×39, 7.62×54, 7.62×51 (308 Win), 9mm Luger, and other calibers. The use of this ammunition is restricted to paper targets only, with impact in the dirt berm. NEVER use steel core ammunition on any steel target. We are rapidly approaching the summer fire season, and steel core projectiles striking steel targets starts fires. If you are not sure if you have steel core ammunition, there is a magnet on the range master stand next to the dud box to verify what you have.

A new feature at the range is four wood and plastic benches that were purchased by the club and assembled by Sam Kniveton. These were purchased for use by the Hunter Ed groups, Women and Youth Days and other events at our range. Also the backs of these benches fold over to make into tables for reloading and future barbeques.

Hunter Ed classes have started again for the year. We also have some NRA instructors using our range, and we have our usual compliment of 5 different match disciplines. The schedule is getting pretty busy, but we are trying to accommodate general shooting and keep as many days open as we can. Remember that general shooting is always allowed during Hunter Ed classes, NRA instructor classes, CMP matches, NRA Sporting Highpower matches, and Cast Bullet matches. General shooting is NOT allowed during Benchrest matches and Three Gun matches, and remember that the range is closed during work parties. We also want to remind you that additional time is needed for setup before the matches, and all this info is on the club schedule. You can see the schedule on the club website, and it is also posted in the railcar above the sign in sheet.

MATCH REPORTS:

Hunter Bench: (Match Director Wally Ruff 967-5087)

Upcoming matches: June 30th and July 28th (both are registered matches @ 100 & 200 yd, 7am start)

Match results: May 19th 100 yds Glenn Sampson 249-16x, 200 yds Dick Hohstadt 237-0x, 100/200 yd aggregate Glenn Sampson 483-17x.

Highpower: (Match Director Gaylord Baker 628-9044)

Upcoming matches: June 2nd, the regular match starting at 8:00, with a bolt gun match to follow from 11: to 2:00, and July 7th (7:30 set-up, start shooting at 8:00).

April results: Gaylord Baker 750-14x, Dave Baalman 723-12x, Cozy Baker 696-5x. May results: Gaylord Baker 742-9x, Dave Baalman 716-12x, and Ryan Bongers 710-17x.

If you are interested in joining us, we have a very relaxed match, where we stress the safety rules and have a lot of fun. The bolt match is for any military bolt action, but again, very relaxed so bring your Garand for this one if and join us.

Three Gun: (Match Director Mark Perkins 509-301-9407)

Upcoming matches: September 1st (12 pm start)

May results: Mark P. 98.15 secs, Bob B 105.13 secs, and Adam 119.09 secs.

NRA Highpower Sporting Rifle: (Match Director Dave Baalman 528-0813)

Upcoming matches: June 13 (that’s a Wednesday night, 5pm start)

Cast Bullet: (Match Director George Damron)

Upcoming matches: July 1st

Hunter Education Policy Concerns

April 10, 2012

Sergeant Carl Klein
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capital Way N.
Olympia, WA 99501

Re: WDFW Hunter Education Draft Instructor Policy Manual

Dear Sgt. Klein

This letter presents the Richland Rod and Gun Club (RRGC) Hunter Education Instructor Team’s concerns about the proposed “WDFW HUNTER EDUCATION DRAFT INSTRUCTOR POLICY MANUAL”.

Its general tone, when combined with specific points, impugns the integrity, skillfulness and dedication demonstrated in the volunteer work currently performed by certified hunter education instructors and registered hunter education volunteers throughout Washington State.

The Richland Rod and Gun Club initiated Hunter Education Training in the Tri-City area in 1957, shortly after the original law mandating firearms safety training was enacted. Instructors associated with the club have taught classes every year since, successfully training more than 17,000 students, one member has taught for 56 years. There has never been an accidental firearm discharge in our classrooms. Neither to our knowledge has there ever been any accidental firearm discharge associated with hunter education firing range or classroom instruction in Washington State. Overall, the changes proposed in the draft Manual substantially reduce realistic, “hands-on” experience with firearms, compromising effective training to the students’ detriment.

This “Policy Manual” demonstrates a complete lack of trust in certified instructors to teach firearm usage in a safe manner. Additionally, it proposes to confiscate property without just compensation. This is not public property that the WDFW can arbitrarily usurp. These firearms, and related educational materials, have been acquired over the years by the various hunter education teams. They were paid for out of the instructors’ personal funds, other private donations and/or grants from a variety of charitable organizations. They are not the property of the State of Washington

The “draft policy manual” needs to be completely rewritten and a new one developed consistent with common sense and realistic application. The proposed mandates (presented as policies) preclude more than they include. It is a manual of what one may not do when teaching, and what one must do, regarding reports and organization. The “draft policy manual” effectively precludes vital interaction with students. If interaction is necessary or desired the instructor must first reduce the request to writing, have it signed, and then have a second instructor on hand to witness the interaction. Such restrictions are clumsy, impractical, and insulting, needlessly undermining instructor/student trust.

The “draft policy manual” states that the Hunter Education administration will provide all the materials and additional policies and instructions in the next few months. Unfortunately, we have heard this one too many times. We (the RRGC instructors) cannot envision ourselves being able to effectively teach safe firearm handling in the environment that will result from these “draft policies”. Hunter Education is not a “for credit” university semester course. It is a 10 hour program tightly focused on safe firearms handling. The “draft policy manual” proposes to micro-manage and control everything from what may be worn, to what may (and may not) be said. It is a draconian solution in search of a problem!

The restrictions and limitations proposed in the “draft policy manual” will result in under-trained students. They will have substantially less “hands-on” experience; less “muscle-memory”, and inadequate opportunity to build safe gun handling habits. This will result in increased – and entirely avoidable – frequency of accidents with firearms.

In 2010 the RRGC Hunter Education program boasted the largest team-teaching group in SE Washington: 17 certified instructors and 25 registered volunteers, who were supported by four private organizations and two conservation groups. Since the start of these policies, and the subsequent meetings to include the most recent IST, 10 instructors have already resigned. The registered volunteers feel exposed and decline to participate, the organizations that have supported our team threaten to cease providing critical facilities and materials, including classrooms and firing ranges. Unless the “draft policy manual” is thoroughly revised to be more realistic, practical and oriented to safe firearms handling practices, the members of the RRGC team will withdraw from the Washington State Hunter Education Program as will the RR&GC, the Connell Gun Club, and the Tri-City Metallic Silhouette Association

We (the RRGC instructor team) have attached several proposed revisions. These are intended in good faith as just a few examples of the most important kinds of practical, “real world” changes that will need to be made. We have many other recommendations, but they are too numerous to address in the context of this letter.

Conclusion:

Because the proposed draft policy manual is so controlling and unreasonable it will lead to the resignations of many more hunter education instructors. This will result in the substantial loss of hunter education opportunities for students. The wholesale departure of experienced, qualified instructors will leave many areas of the state without any program. This in turn will lead to the reduced sale of hunting licenses, reduced grant income to the State and reduced support for the conservation and wise use of State resources. Eventually, it will be easier for many to travel to Oregon, Idaho or Montana and take their hunter safety program, receiving better, safer instruction, while obtaining the same certificate. This entirely avoidable loss would be a profound shame!

Appropriate, effective hunter education is too important to our community for us to stand idly by and allow it to occur. We remain ready and willing to help improve the hunter safety education program.

Sincerely,

Jeff Gardner, President
Richland Rod & Gun Club

Gaylord Baker, President
Tri-Cities Metallic Silhouette Association

Don Board, Instructor
Hunter Education

//Original Signed//

Full Text of Letter with Attachment

The policy draft can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/huntered/instructors/index.html for your reference.

April 2012 Club Newsletter

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Upcoming meetings: April 5 & May 3 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)

Upcoming work parties: April 22 & May 6 (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705, work parties start @ 8am)

You may have noticed some changes at the range. We have moved the sign in sheet to the Southeast end of the rail car (nearest to the restrooms), and consolidated our storage into the other end. We are now working to dismantle the old clubhouse trailer & remove it from the range.

At the February general membership meeting, the club voted to pursue the sale of our competition metal silhouettes, since they have not been used in many years. We have an inventory of what the club has, and are working on determining their value and searching for possible buyers. We may have an offer to consider at the April meeting. Proceeds from this sale would be used to purchase some other reactive targets for general use.

We are aware of that some members pick up lead at the range. We don’t have an issue with this at all, in fact the more lead members pick up, the better the range looks. We would however like to keep track of how much lead is removed each year. We have added a spot on the sign in sheet for you to tell us how much you have removed. You don’t need a scale, just give us an estimate of the weight, or an idea of the volume so we can keep track. And remember, you pick up lead at your own risk.

Starting with this newsletter, we are going to try to remind everyone of some of the more important safety and range rules each month. If you have a suggestion of an item you think should be included, send it to the contact us page on the club website or give an officer a call. For this month, we will mention hot & cold conditions at the range. Remember that when the range is hot, no one is to be beyond the firing line. When the range is cold, no one is to handle a firearm in any manner (this includes cased firearms). Also remember that when the range is cold, this includes the entire facility, from the CMP firing line all the way to the shotgun area. And finally remember that before the range can be declared hot or cold, everyone on the range must be notified of the change in condition. The horns & strobes are useful for this communication, but don’t assume that everyone heard you unless you get a positive confirmation from everyone.

The Friends of the NRA banquet was another great success this year, and the club again won something. This year it is a hard sided double rifle case, with the NRA logo. This will be raffled off free of charge to a member in good standing at the April general membership meeting, but you must be present to win. So come to the meeting for a chance to win!

March 31 is the last day of the club year. If you have not renewed your membership, you are about to be locked out, the gate combination will change April 1. You can come to the April meeting to renew, or you can renew by mail. Send your check to the club address listed above, ($50, or $25 if you participated in a work party this year) along with proof of NRA membership. We will mail you a new card ASAP.

Hunter Ed classes have started again for the year. We also have some NRA instructors using our range, and we have our usual compliment of 5 different match disciplines. The schedule is getting pretty busy, but we are trying to accommodate general shooting and keep as many days open as we can. Remember that general shooting is always allowed during Hunter Ed classes, NRA instructor classes, CMP matches, NRA Sporting Highpower matches, and Cast Bullet matches. General shooting is NOT allowed during Benchrest matches and Three Gun matches, and remember that the range is closed during work parties. We also want to remind you that additional time is needed for setup before the matches, and all this info is on the club schedule. You can see the schedule on the club website, and it is also posted in the railcar above the sign in sheet.

MATCH REPORTS:

Hunter Bench: (match director Wally Ruff 967-5087)

Upcoming matches: March 31 & April 28 (both are registered matches @ 100 & 200 yd, 7am start)

Results of the February match: HBR: Glenn Sampson 244-6x, Jim McConnell 244-5x, Paul Gylling 239-3x. VFS: Matt Muhbeirer 245-11x, Marlee Parks 245-7x, Mike Fowler 240-2x. The February match was fired in extreme winds, but the scores were excellent! March is the beginning of our registered matches for the year. If you are interested in joining us, please do!

Highpower: (match director Gaylord Baker 628-9044)

Upcoming matches: April 7 & May 5 (7:30 set-up, start shooting at 8:00)

February results: Gaylord Baker 753-12x, Dave Baalman 733-15x, Ryan Bongers 713-9x. March results: Dave Baalman 751-19x, Gaylord Baker 745-11x, Ryan Bongers 728-8x. March Garand match results: Gaylord Baker 451-10x, Dave Baalman 408-3x, Paul Werner 403-2x.

We are back to our usual earlier start time for the spring. If you are interested in joining us, we have a very relaxed match, where we stress the safety rules but little else, so come join us!

Three Gun: (match director Mark Perkins 509-301-9407)

Upcoming matches: April 14 & May 26 (9am start)

March 17 results: Steve: 159.63sec, Dave: 169.13sec, Cliff 272.43sec.

We shoot an interesting version of three gun, where you are just out to challenge yourself, and the times only decide who gets bragging rights, so come out and join us. If you don’t have a needed gun, the Touchet Gun Club has them to loan out. Special thanks to the Touchet Gun Club for co-sponsoring these events.

NRA Highpower Sporting Rifle: (match director Dave Baalman 528-0813)

Upcoming matches: June 13 (that’s a Wednesday night, 5pm start)

February results: Marlee Parks 302-8x, Gaylord Baker 299-6x, Dave Baalman 298-7x. March Results: Marlee Parks 308-12x, Gaylord Baker 306-11x, Dave Baalman 299-4x. This is a new discipline at our club, and we are very impressed with the scores so far. There is also a postal-league in this discipline, which starts in June. Registration ends in May, unlimited teams of 4-6 shooters for each club. If you are interested contact Dave.

Cast Bullet: (match director George Damron)

Our first match of the year is April 8, start setup at 7am. Bring your hand cast ammo & join us!

Saint Patrick’s Day Three Gun Challenge

I just wanted to say Thank You to all who attended the Saint Patrick’s Day Three Gun Challenge on Saturday. It was cold and windy to say the least!

I am always amazed and impressed by everyone’s willingness to help run the range, load ammo for others, pick up shells and clays, setup the targets, run the stages and the camera, coach each other, keep time on the electronic shot counters, and tear down.

I hope that you all had a good time. I know that I sure did. I hope to see all of you again. Spread the word, bring a friend.

Our next one is April 14th!

Photos | Videos

P.S. We want to help promote your events. If you have a flyer we can post it on this page. If you have pictures or videos from your event, we want to show the rest of the club. Please contact the webmaster and we will get these posted for you.

Benchrest Matches

Benchrest Registered Matches will be from 7:00 am to ~3:00 pm for:

March 31, 2012
April 28, 2012
May 19, 2012
June 30, 2012
July 28, 2012

Benchrest Club Matches will be from 8:00 am to ~1:00 pm for:

October 27, 2012
November 17, 2012
December 15, 2012.

Thanks,

Wallace Ruff
Range Master

February 2012 Club Newsletter


TRI-CITIES METALLIC SILHOUETTE ASSOCIATION

P.O. Box 4587, Pasco, WA 99302-4587

www.tcmsa.org   tcmsa11@gmail.com



February 2012 Club Newsletter

Club officers:     Board of Directors:
President: Gaylord Baker 628-9044     Chair: Steve Schlegel  
Vice President: Mike Fowler 531-7780     Secretary: Ryan Bongers  
Treasurer: Rick Kilgore 586-2354     Members: Wally Ruff Sam Kniveton
Secretary: Cosette Baker 628-9044       David Baalman Dwayne Locker
Membership: Bill High 547-1052      

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:


Upcoming meetings: February 2 & March 1 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)

Upcoming work parties: February 5 & March 4 (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705, work parties start @8am)

Officer & board elections are complete. Mike Fowler will be taking over as club VP, Dave Baalman & Dwayne Locker are taking the open board positions, and all other officers will remain for another term. Thanks to all the incoming, outgoing and continuing officers & board members for your service, the club could not run without you!

We also had our special vote on the bylaw amendments. All amendments passed, with the exception of amendment #2, which was withdrawn by the board, so NRA membership will still be required for club membership.

The club calendar of events is complete, and available on the club website. We have tried very hard to keep lots of time open for general shooting, and we have also made every effort to make sure that the calendar shows when general shooting is allowed and when it is not (by color coding). We have listed an estimated end time for each sanctioned event, but please remember that these are an estimate only, events can run over due to weather, number of attendees, and other unforeseen circumstances, but they should give you an idea of when events are ending so that you can plan your range use accordingly.

We have a new match discipline for 2012, it’s called NRA Highpower Sporting Rifle. It’s fired from standing, sitting, and prone positions, and is open to any centerfire rifle, and scopes are allowed. We have 6 dates scheduled for the year, including some weeknights during the summer, so come on out and join us (our first match is February 12). More information is available on the club website for this discipline and all the others we hold at our range, so check it out if you are interested.

It’s renewal time! The gate combination will change on April 1st, so don’t forget to renew before then or you will be locked out until you do! You can mail your renewal to the club address listed above, and we will mail your new membership card to you. Please include your proof of NRA membership, dues ($50, or $25 if you participated in a work party this year), and make sure we have your current address and phone number. If you prefer to renew at a meeting, please show up a little early so that we can get you taken care of before the meeting. If we wait until after the meeting to do renewals the membership committee can’t start new member orientation on time.

If you still need to get some work party credit, we will be having work parties on February 5, & March 4. If you can’t make those dates or are unable to perform physical labor, please call an officer or speak to one at a meeting, we will be happy to accommodate you by assigning you some work that fits your schedule or your physical abilities.

We are noticing a lot of clay pigeons on the berms. Please remember that rule #40 forbids the use of clay pigeons as targets on the rifle & pistol areas of the range. We waive this rule for organized events like hunter ed, hunter sight in, and women & youth shoot, but these are special cases that are agreed upon by the officers. The general reason for this rule is that the clay pigeons become a bit of an eyesore. We waive the rule only on days when we have lots of help to clean up the mess.

Hunter ed classes start again this month. To sign up for a hunter ed class, inquire at Griggs, Hole in the Wall, or Wholesale Sports. We also have a couple of NRA certified instructors using our range this year. If you are interested in taking classes from an NRA instructor, you can find one through the NRA website.

MATCH REPORTS:

Please note we have a new page on the club website, describing all of our different match disciplines in detail, so check it out!

Hunter Bench: (Match Director Wally Ruff 967-5087)

Upcoming matches: Jan 28 (100yd club) Feb 25 (200yd club) March 31 (registered) {all 10 am start}

November results: HBR Glenn Sampson (249-15x) Paul Gylling (248-15x); VFS Matt Muhlbier (245-5x), Rick DeGroat (238-4x), Marlee Parks (237-1x) December results: HBR Dick Holstadt (241-5x), Glenn Sampson (239-2x), Paul Gylling (229-0x); VFS Jim McConnell (245-4x), Dave Baalman (245-3x), Tom Halecki (244-4x)

There are still a couple of club matches left before we start registered matches for the year, so if you are interested in trying out the sport now is a perfect time to get a few matches under your belt without the pressure of a registered match.

Highpower: (Match Director Gaylord Baker 628-9044)

Upcoming matches: February 4 & March 3 (8:30 set-up, start shooting at 9:00)

December results: Gaylord Baker (765-16x) Dave Baalman (716-10x), Rich Gilbert (713-7x), Marlee Parks (713-6x); January results: Gaylord Baker (760-13x) , Dave Baalman (735-10x), Rich Gilbert (725-13x) Cozy Baker (724-7x)

Please note our new later start time for the winter months of 9am, we are hoping to get a little bit better lighting conditions, not to mention a little warmer weather. We also have an M-1 Garand match on March 3 starting at noon, so if you have an old M-1, dust it off and bring it out, they are a lot of fun to shoot!

Three Gun: (Match Director Mark Perkins 509-301-9407)

Upcoming matches: March 17 (9am start)

Three gun is back for a third year at our club. Bring your rifle, shotgun, and handgun and come on out and join us! If you don’t have one of these types of guns, the Touchet Gun Club has them to loan out. Special thanks to the Touchet Gun Club for co-sponsoring these events.

NRA Highpower Sporting Rifle: (Match Director Dave Baalman 783-4141)

Upcoming matches: February 12 & March 18 (9am start)

This is a new discipline at our club, so come join us, you might be one of the first winners!

TCMSA Competition Descriptions

TCMSA Competition Descriptions

At TCMSA, we conduct competitions in several different disciplines. This is a brief description of each discipline, so that anyone who may be interested in competing can get an idea of what each entails. Also please note that competitors do NOT have to be a member of the club to compete at our events, they can shoot as a guest as long as they agree to follow the safety rules. This is an excellent way for potential new members to get a look at the range and decide if they would like to join our association.

CMP EXCELLENCE IN COMPETITION

Match Director: Gaylord Baker

Price: $5

Civilian Marksmanship Program matches are fired from 3 positions: standing, sitting, and prone, and are open to any military rifle, or their civilian equivalent, equipped with iron sights. That includes any rifle issued to any military in the world. We shoot club matches for fun, so we don’t enforce the rifle limitations. If shooters bring a scoped rifle or non-military rifle, we don’t worry about it as long as they follow the safety rules. The course of fire is 80 rounds for score, plus sighter shots fired only before the match begins (generally limited to 5 rounds, but we will allow more if you need them). The stages are: 20 rounds in 20 minutes standing, 20 rounds rapid fire sitting, (two groups of 10 rounds fired in 60 seconds with a mandatory reload), 20 rounds rapid fire prone, (two groups of 10 rounds fire in 70 seconds with a mandatory reload), and 20 rounds in 20 minutes prone. In a full yardage match the standing and sitting stages would be fired at 200 yards, the rapid prone stage would be fired at 300 yards, and the slow prone stage would be fired at 600 yards. Since we only have 200 yards available, we shoot all stages at 200 yards, with the prone stages fired on reduced size targets to simulate the longer yardages.

We also shoot some special matches throughout the year, such as M1 Garand matches and bolt action military rifle matches. These are fired on the 200 yard target, in the same positions as the normal match. The special matches are 50 rounds (20 rounds slow prone and 10 rounds from each of the other stages), plus sighter shots fired only before the match begins. We only charge $3 for these matches if you shoot the normal match that precedes it, or $5 if you shoot only the special match.

Links: CMP | Competition Rulebook

BENCHREST

Match Director: Wally Ruff

Price: $15 for club matches & $30 for registered matches

Benchrest, as the name implies, is a competition fired from the bench. We shoot club matches in the winter months from a single yardage (alternating between 100 and 200 yards monthly), and in the summer months we shoot registered matches at both yardages. Generally any rifle capable of good accuracy is eligible to compete in either the varmint for score class or the hunter bench class. Scopes are allowed, and bipods, sandbags, or other benchrest gear are also allowed. At each yardage, 25 rounds are fired for score, with unlimited sighter shots allowed before and during the match.

Links: International Benchrest Shooters | National Benchrest Shooters Association | US Bench Rest

THREE GUN

Match Director: Mark Perkins

Price: $10

In Three Gun, shooters compete against the clock using a rifle, a pistol, and a shotgun. We shoot at steel targets and aerial clay pigeons, and there is no set course of fire. We change it up for fun or for time constraints and depending on how many competitors show up. We generally do two stages, so each shooter gets a chance to run through the course twice. There is no set number of rounds, instead each target is fired at until it is hit, and there is a time penalty for any targets left un-touched. There are no restrictions on the types of firearms, with a few exceptions: no steel core or armor piercing bullets, no .220 Swift, no .22-250, and no other calibers that have enough energy to damage the targets. These matches are put on in conjunction with the Touchet Gun Club, who own all the targets and timing equipment. They also have a rifle, pistol and shotgun available for competitor’s use if they don’t have one of their own.

Links: 3 Gun Rules | 3 Gun Match | Area 1 Multi-Gun | Brian Enos Forums | Colorado Multi-Gun | MGM Ironman | Midwest 3 Gun | Ozark Three Gun | Rocky Mountain 3 Gun | USPSA

CAST BULLET

Match Director: George Damron

Price: $15

Cast bullet matches are fired from the bench, using hand cast alloy bullets, at both 100 and 200 yards. Scopes are allowed, as well as benchrest gear like sandbags. Most competitors cast their own bullets, and many use alloys that they have prepared themselves from raw materials acquired at the scrap yard or similar places.

Links: Cast Bullet Association | Competition Rulebook

NRA HIGHPOWER SPORTING RIFLE

Match Director: Dave Baalman

Price: $3

NRA Sporting Highpower is new at TCMSA for 2012. This discipline is fired from standing, sitting and prone positions similar to CMP, but there is no restriction on the firearm type or the sight style. The match is open to any centerfire rifle weighing less than 9.5 pounds, and scopes are allowed. Since we are just shooting club matches, we will not be weighing competitor’s rifles to make sure they meet the weight restriction. The course of fire is 32 rounds for score plus sighers fired only before the match begins. The stages are: 8 rounds in 8 minutes prone, 8 rounds in 8 minutes standing, 8 rounds rapid fire sitting (fired in two stages, 4 rounds each, 30 seconds each), and 8 rounds rapid fire prone (fired in two stages, 4 rounds each, 30 seconds each). There is no mandatory reload like in CMP, so any rifle capable of holding four rounds will do, and in fact some people shoot single shot rifles with no trouble in the rapid fire stages. No padded shooting coats are allowed, and no padded shooting gloves are allowed, so there is a bit less equipment investment than in CMP. The match can be shot at either 100 or 200 yards, we will be starting out at 100 yards on the SR1 reduced target, but if there is enough interest that we routinely have too many shooters for the ten 100 yard target positions, we will have to go to 200 yards so that we have 15 positions using the CMP targets.

Links: NRA Rulebook for High Power Sporting

Happy New Year!

TCMSA Members:

Our Annual meeting is coming up this Thursday, January 5th at 7:00 PM at the Griggs Hunter Ed Classroom. We will still be accepting nominations for two board positions and all officer positions for the annual election, which will happen at the annual meeting immediately after nominations close. We also have some amendments to the by-laws that will be voted on at the annual meeting.

The schedule for the 2012 calendar year is complete, and is now posted on the website. We have worked very hard to accommodate all groups, including the general membership. We have also color coded the calendar this year so everyone can tell at a glance if general shooting is allowed during an event or not. We have also included start and end times for all events, so we hope everyone will be able to tell when the range is available more easily.

There is also a Work Party scheduled at the Kahlotus Range for Sunday, January 8th starting at 8:00 AM.

Hope to see you at the meeting!

December 2011 Club Newsletter


TRI-CITIES METALLIC SILHOUETTE ASSOCIATION

P.O. Box 4587, Pasco, WA 99302-4587

www.tcmsa.org   tcmsa11@gmail.com



December 2011 Club Newsletter

Club officers:     Board of Directors:
President: Gaylord Baker 628-9044     Chair: Steve Schlegel  
Vice President: Dave Baalman 946-6443     Secretary: Bob Birney  
Treasurer: Rick Kilgore 586-2354     Members: Mark Kimmell Lee Haberling
Secretary: Cosette Baker 628-9044       Ryan Bongers Sam Kniveton
Membership: Bill High 547-1052      

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:


Upcoming meetings: December 1 & January 5 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)

Upcoming work parties: December 10 & January 8 (maintenance chair Greg Hagen 545-4705, work parties start @8am)

January 5 is our annual meeting. The terms for all officer positions and two board positions end as of the January meeting, so we will be accepting nominations for all of the above beginning at the December meeting. Any member can serve as an officer, and anyone who has been a member of the club for at least three years and is familiar with organized shooting can be a board member. If you are interested in serving on the board or being an officer, or if you would like to nominate another member to serve, please come to the December meeting. If you are looking for a way to be more involved with the club, or if you have a particular idea you would like to implement, becoming an officer or board member is a perfect way to make it happen.

We also have some proposed by-law amendments on the table. The text of these proposed amendments and a brief explanation of what they are about are included with this newsletter. The amendments will be voted on at the January annual meeting, but we can discuss and debate them at the December meeting.

ATTENTION Match Directors, Hunter Ed Directors, and Event Coordinators: this is your first notice that the deadline to submit your schedule requests for 2012 is December 15. We will not have a repeat of 2011 where we were still butting heads about the schedule in March. We have a new system set up for schedule requests. You can log on to TCMSA.org and click on “submit your events for next year’s calendar”, or you can send an email directly to calendar@tcmsa.org with your requested dates (both methods wind up in the same place). Include the name of the event, the name of the match director or event coordinator, the date(s) you are requesting, the start time, and your estimated end time. Yes, we are requesting that you tell us how long each event will take. We will not hold you to an end time, but we want to inform the general membership approximately when your event will be over so that they can plan their range use accordingly. If you don’t care which days you get, let us know and we will work you in where we can. Preference will otherwise be shown to established patterns (such as CMP shooting on the first Saturday of the month), after that, it is first come, first served WITHIN REASON. We have to balance the needs of all groups, including the general membership. We can’t have every Saturday filled with one event or group, and we must have some Saturdays open for general shooting. The officers will be creating the schedule, and any disputes will be referred to the board of directors.

Remember, your membership does not renew until March 31, so please hold off on renewals until at least January. We will be busy with officer and board elections, schedule requests, and by-law issues, not to mention the holidays. Your renewal is more likely to fall through the cracks or get misplaced if you send it in during this busy time for the officers.

The December and January work parties are tentative, and weather permitting. If we get a bunch of snow or icy roads, we don’t want everyone trying to drive to the range just to pull a few weeds. We have plenty of work to do, but it can all wait for better weather if necessary. We are aware that the work parties in February and March often have the best attendance, so we will be scheduling plenty of work for them. If you still need work party credit but can’t attend a normal work party due to schedule issues or personal physical limitations, please don’t hesitate to call an officer or Greg Hagen (our maintenance chair). We can assign you some work that fits your schedule or physical capabilities, and we will make sure that the amount of time you wind up spending is similar to that done by everyone else who receives credit.

Please keep your speed down on the entrance road. It takes time and fuel to maintain it when the washboard conditions get bad.

MATCH REPORTS:


Hunter Bench: (Match Director: Wally Ruff 967-5087)

Upcoming matches: December 17 (200 yd club match, 9am start)

October Results: (HFS) Jim (239-3x), Wally (239-2x), Randy (239-2x) (VFS) Dick (242-6x), Ed (240-0x), John (238-1x)

We are still in the time of year that we only conduct club matches, at a single yardage. This is a perfect time of year to try the sport out without the pressure of a registered match, so come on out and join us!

Highpower: (Match Director: Gaylord Baker 628-9044)

Upcoming matches: December 3 & January 7 (7:30 set-up, start shooting at 8:00)

October Results: Gaylord (735-8x), Cozy(688-5x), Marlee (684-8x)

November Results: Gaylord (762-10x), Rich (730-8x), Ryan (676-7x)

As we put together the schedule for next year, we are debating what types of matches to hold for our secondary matches. This year we held several bolt action rifle matches, and a couple of M-1 Garand matches. We will most likely have some more of the same, plus maybe a sporting highpower or two. If anyone would like to shoot another type of match from the CMP or NRA standard course guidelines, let us know and we will see if we can generate enough interest to put one on.

We will be shooting video of the course of fire and safety briefing before the December match, and putting it up on the club website and facebook page. We also have several photos and videos of past matches there, so check it out if you are interested in joining us, or just want to know what the sport entails.

Three Gun: (Match Director: Mark Perkins 509-301-9407)

Upcoming matches: TBA

November Results: Dave (185.54sec), Bob (258.23sec), Dean (346.39sec)

Thanks to everyone who has helped us set up and tear down the equipment for these matches. If you are interested in Three Gun, check out the TCMSA or Touchet Gun Club website or the club facebook page, there are photos and videos of several matches, and a video of the introduction and safety briefing before a match.

Special thanks to the Touchet Gun Club for co-sponsoring these events.

HUNTER ED ANNOUNCEMENTS


There are no more Hunter Ed dates scheduled for this year. To sign up for Hunter Ed classes for next year, inquire at the sporting goods counter at Griggs, at Hole in the Wall, or at Wholesale Sports.


October 2011 Club Newsletter


TRI-CITIES METALLIC SILHOUETTE ASSOCIATION

P.O. Box 4587, Pasco, WA 99302-4587

www.tcmsa.org   tcmsa11@gmail.com

October 2011 Club Newsletter

Club Officers:     Board of Directors:
President: Gaylord Baker 628-9044     Chair: Steve Schlegel  
Vice President: Dave Baalman 946-6443     Secretary: Bob Birney  
Treasurer: Rick Kilgore 586-2354     Members: Mark Kimmell Lee Haberling
Secretary: Cosette Baker 628-9044       Ryan Bongers Sam Kniveton
Membership: Bill High 547-1052      

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Upcoming meetings: October 6 & November 3 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)

Upcoming Work Parties: Oct. 9 & Nov. 6 (Maintenance Chair Greg Hagen 545-4705, Work Parties start @8am)

At the September meeting, the club voted to switch to six newsletters per year. This will save us quite a bit of money, and we think we can still get information to everyone this way. We will continue with the phone tree and email reminders monthly for the time being, and we will revisit this issue in March or April to see if we need to make any more changes (or change back). We will try to do a better job of scheduling events and work parties far enough in advance that we can announce them in the newsletter.

Please help us out by keeping the range clean. If you see any used targets that no one is using, take them down for us and put them in the trash barrels.

Since the weather is cooling off, we will have work parties on October 9 & November 6. We will be pulling some weeds and re-arranging our storage. We want to get everything out of the old clubhouse trailer, and move it into our existing railcar so we can start working on getting rid of the old trailer. If you haven’t heard, we can’t reach an agreement with the USBR about bringing a new trailer to the range, so we will just have to condense everything into the existing railcar for the time being.

Board member Bob Birney has accepted a job offer out of state, and will be moving soon. We will have a special election at the October meeting to fill Bob’s vacancy on the board. If you would like to serve on the board or if you would like to nominate someone to serve, please come to the October meeting (board members must have been members of the club for three years and be familiar with organized shooting). Bob’s term ends in December 2012, so the new member would serve for just over a year. The board’s duties are mostly to oversee the long term goals & direction of the club. With us working on acquiring new lands & building a new range, it is a very exciting time to serve on the board. If you have any questions about the board, talk to an officer or any of the other five members of the board. We also wish to thank Bob Birney for his years of service to the club, he will be missed.

ATTENTION Match Directors, Hunter Ed Directors, and Event Coordinators: this is your first notice that the deadline to submit your schedule requests for 2012 is December 15. We will not have a repeat of 2011 where we were still butting heads about the schedule in March. We have a new system set up for schedule requests. You can log on to TCMSA.org and click on “submit your events for next year’s calendar”, or you can send an email directly to calendar@tcmsa.org with your requested dates (both methods wind up in the same place). Include the name of the event, the name of the match director or event coordinator, the date(s) you are requesting, the start time, and your estimated end time. Yes, we are requesting that you tell us how long each event will take. We will not hold you to an end time, but we want to inform the general membership approximately when your event will be over so that they can plan their range use accordingly. If you don’t care which days you get, let us know and we will work you in where we can. Preference will otherwise be shown to established patterns (such as CMP shooting on the first Saturday of the month), after that, it is first come, first served WITHIN REASON. We have to balance the needs of all groups, including the general membership. We can’t have every Saturday filled with one event or group, and we must have some Saturdays open for general shooting. The officers will be creating the schedule, and any disputes will be referred to the board of directors.

MATCH REPORTS:

Hunter Bench: (Match Director Wally Ruff 967-5087)

Upcoming matches: October 29 & November 19 (both are club matches @ a single yardage, 10am start)

We have reached the time of year when we run club matches only, at one yardage only. This is a perfect time to try the sport without the pressure of a registered match. If you are interested, come on out and give it a try! We will make sure to set you up next to an experienced shooter so you can get some tips if you need them.

CMP Highpower: (Match Director Gaylord Baker 628-9044)

Upcoming matches: October 1 & November 5 (7:30 set-up, start shooting at 8:00) A special bolt gun only match will be held after the October 1 match

At the September 3 match, the top 3 shooters & scores were: Gaylord (741-8x), Ralph (737-10x) and Dave (723-7x). In the bolt gun match that followed the top shooters were: Gaylord (439-2x) Ralph (423-4x) and Dave (388-6x).

We are seeing more and more new shooters, and that is a good thing! We are strict about the safety rules, but otherwise are very informal. The rules allow any military rifle with iron sights, but we will allow anyone to shoot any rifle as long as they follow the safety rules and promise to have fun too! We shoot an 80 round course of fire, plus sighters. The cost is $10 and the match is generally over by noon. The October match is usually a low attendance event, since some of our regular shooters will be hunting instead. This is a good opportunity to try the sport out without the firing line being full of shooters.

Three Gun: (Match Director Mark Perkins 509-301-9407)

Upcoming matches: October 8 & November 12 (9am start)

At the September 17 Sparta Three Gun Challenge, the top shooters & times were: Kirk (182.19sec) Tom (228.86sec) & Dave (263.27sec). We shoot a very relaxed form of the sport. No zip lines or rock climbing walls, and no pressure. We have had some juniors shoot, and some seniors, and everyone seems to have a good time. At the Sparta Challenge in September, we set up a course with about twice as many targets as we have set up in the past, so shooters got more shooting for their time & money investment. We hope to continue this in the future. If you don’t have one of the guns needed for the challenge, the Touchet Gun Club has them to loan out.

Special thanks to the Touchet Gun Club for co-sponsoring these events, and thanks to everyone who has helped set up & tear down!

HUNTER ED ANNOUNCEMENTS:

There are no more Hunter Ed range days this calendar year. If you are interested in signing up for a Hunter Ed class for next year, inquire at Griggs, Wholesale Sports, or Hole in the Wall.

Sparta Three Gun Challenge

I just wanted to say Thank You to all who attended the Sparta Three Gun Challenge yesterday. A special thanks goes out to Bob Birney for managing the timesheet, Chris and Nickolas Hopkins for bringing the clays and my wrench that I forgot again, Kirk Jameson for running the range and the use of his own targets and the excellent prize table he provided, David Baalman for picking up shells and orchestrating clean-up. I also want to thank Ryan, Gilbert, and TJ for manning the camera. Actually, I just want to thank everyone again…Al, Tom, Tyler, Harlan, Mark, Allen and Bob, too for helping to setup, tear down, running the stages and making this thing go so well. I hope that you all had a good time. I know that I sure did. I hope to see all of you again. Spread the word, bring a friend.

Our next one is October 8, then again on November 12. I will be posting the 2012 Three Gun Challenge Calendar for TCMSA/TGC sometime before the end of the year.

Photos | Videos

P.S. We want to help promote your events. If you have a flyer we can post it on this page. If you have pictures or videos from your event, we want to show the rest of the club. Please contact the webmaster and we will get these posted for you.