News & Updates

HRC NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2016

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Target Rifles for Sale

The club has for sale three full-size Izhmash .22 target rifles.  The rifles are prices at $550 each, and come with target sights.  They will be replaced by lighter target rifles for use in the club’s Junior Rifle program.  Norm Desilets is in charge, for a call back leave a message at the club phone line (413) 539-9345

Reloading Course

The club will offer an NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading course on April 23.  It is a hands-on course in the reloading of rifle and pistol ammunition, with the emphasis on safety and best practices.  All tools and supplies are supplied, and enrollment is limited.  Bill Burgess and Bruce Hermans are in charge.  CLICK HERE for more information and to signup.

Dues

The February meeting is the last chance to keep current with membership dues.  Swipe cards will be deleted from the computer access system following the meeting if dues aren’t paid.

New Members

The club welcomed 32 new members in January, a new record.  They include  Michael Westbrooks, Richard Peloquin, Ken Atchison, George Mettey, Nicholas Callahan and Ken Atchison, all of Holyoke, Mike Seymour, James and Donna Pirog, Ziggie Olczuk, Lynne Centerbar, Karen Beaulieu and Shannon O’Rourke, all of Chicopee,  Andrew Grincavitch of Westfield, James and Fay Smith of East Longmeadow, James McCullough of Southampton, Manuel Rivera of West Hatfield, Nancy Geneczko, Doris Sparko and Clarissa Bak of South Hadley, Nicholas Snyder, Cody Baron, Kelly and Samantha Smith-Wright of Easthampton, Ryan Wells, Michelle Scruggs, Douglas Jackson, Justin Biccum and Russell Boothe, all of Springfield, Stephanie Dickinson of Huntington, Stephen Faniel of Wilbraham and Steven Goluchowski of West Springfield.

Friends of NRA Raffle

The Pioneer Valley chapter of the Friends of NRA will raffle off 31 new guns in March as part of its annual fundraising effort in support of the shooting sports. Only 1000 tickets are sold, and when the three-digit ticket number matches the first three digits of the MA evening daily lottery, the ticket holder wins a new firearm. Tickets are $25 and are available from Debbie and Pete Galenski, Roland Menard, George Apgar and Norm Desilets at the club.

HRC Pistol – First Shots Training

The board of directors recently voted to offer the HRC Pistol – First Shots Training course to students who have taken a Basic Pistol course but have not had the live fire training, which is required for joining the club. The club’s MA State certified instructors will conduct classroom training as well as live fire range time specific to either revolvers or semiauto pistols. A HRC certificate denoting “live fire” will be awarded upon completion. Club members may also take the course to learn about a new handgun.  Cost of the course is $60.  CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

HRC Shooting 101

The firearm familiarization course for new shooters has been reorganized and will be offered on the 4th Wednesday of the month at a cost of $40.  Rich Asselin is in charge, and is looking for instructors and RSO’s to assist.  CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

HRC Hats and Patches

Hats and jacket patches embroidered with the club’s logo are now available for sale from Membership Secretary Bill Burgess. Also available are limited-edition items commemorating the club’s 100th anniversary.

HRC Pistol Course

Holyoke Revolver Club conducts a Basic Pistol Safety course every month on the third Saturday. Successful participants receive the Massachusetts State Police Certificate required to obtain a License to Carry (LTC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  CLICK HERE for more information and to register.  The club has more than 20 MA State Certified Firearms Safety Instructors and more than two dozen Certified Range Safety Officers.  Volunteers are needed to monitor the firing line from around 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NRA and G.O.A.L.

The club encourages its members to join the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners’ Action League, the state rifle and pistol association. Ed Pelland is the club recruiter for both organizations, and handles membership applications and renewals for both. Club members can save $10 per year by paying for their NRA memberships through Ed. Ed receives NRA rebates for each renewal or new membership, which he applies to NRA memberships for the junior members of the club.

Fun Shoots

Dave Sparko conducts fun shoots on Tuesday evenings at the club. Competitors shoot .22 pistols at steel plates and a “Dueling Tree” of spinning targets, trying to move all of the discs to the opponent’s side of the tree. Match schedules will be posted on the club’s website and calendar.

50/50 and Members’ Raffles

Sue Arnholt won $53.50 in the 50/50 raffle at the January meeting, and Tom Geneczko won the membership raffle.

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