News & Updates

HRC Newsletter – May 2017

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Junior Pistol Team Raffle

A new Smith & Wesson .45 Shield pistol is being raffled by the club’s junior team to raise funds for its trip to the national championships in July. Tickets are $10, and available from team members and coaches through the club’s June meeting, when the winning ticket will be drawn.

High Power Rifle Clinic

The annual high power rifle clinic will be offered June 3 at HRC. The morning session will include information on the M1, M1A and AR 15 rifles and their use in competition. In the afternoon the clinic will move to the 100-yard range for a demonstration match. The clinic is only available to HRC members and the fee is $100. Successful participants will be eligible to purchase rifles, accessories and ammunition from the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Check the website for more information and to sign up.

Gun Laws

GOAL Director of Education Jon Green will present his lecture “MA Gun Law for Citizens” on Thursday, June 1, from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. at the club. There is a suggested donation of $10, and GOAL membership is recommended.  Check the website for more information and to sign up.

New Plate Racks

The club has purchased and installed two new sets of falling plate racks on the outdoor pistol range. The plates may only be used with pistols, revolvers and .22 rimfire rifles, NO centerfire rifles or shotguns.

NEW – Governor’s Blog

Tom Serricchio, the Holyoke Revolver Club’s Governor will be posting a blog from time to time.  This month Tom shows you what the volunteers went through to install the new falling plates.  CLICK HERE to read the blog.

Summer Cookouts

The club is continuing its tradition of summer cookouts before monthly meetings. Hamburgs and hot dogs as well as salad and desserts are on the menu. Serving begins around 5 p.m., and there is a suggested $5 donation.

New Members

The following new members were welcomed into the club at the May meeting: Kathleen and Butch Seidel, John Burke, Catherine Polek, Michelle Moriarty and junior member Jack Moriarty, all of Holyoke, Nora MacKay of Longmeadow, Edwin Ortiz of Chicopee, Michael Cerrutta of Northampton, Michael Menendez of Easthampton, Brandon Johnson of Springfield and David Macomber of Becket.

Police Qualifications

The Holyoke Police Department has begun annual qualifications for its 100+ officers, usually on Wednesdays on the indoor range. The police have exclusive use of the range during their training sessions, but club members may use the outdoor ranges or wait for the officers to finish.
Please check the calendar.  Their last day of qualifications is May 31st.

Basic Pistol Training

The club offers basic pistol training courses every month. Successful completion provides the students with the credentials to apply for Massachusetts firearm licenses. The course is conducted by NRA-certified instructors and range safety officers, and is held on a Saturday with lunch provided.  Details and signup applications are on the club’s website.

Shooting 101

The club holds familiarization courses for newly-licensed members to try out a selection of 10 handguns prior to purchasing their own. Firearms range from .22 to .45 ACP, and the course is run by certified instructors and range officers. Signup information is on the club website.

First Shots

HRC also conducts a course for gun owners to become familiar with the operation and safety features of handguns they have recently purchased. Signup information is also on the club website.

Club Scrapbook Missing

In 2014 the club celebrated its 100th anniversary, and as part of the celebration HRC members compiled a scrapbook of photographs, news clippings and other memorabilia. The book has gone missing and there is now a $25 reward for its return.

Construction Projects

The board of directors is planning a study of major improvements and updates for the indoor range. Also in the works are steel targets for the 100-yard range. The board recently voted to purchase a smoke machine to monitor airflow patterns on the indoor range for the purpose of improving ventilation.

Juniors

The junior rifle program is up and running. Details are on the club website.  Mike Heisler is in charge.

NRA and GOAL

Ed Pelland has received an Outstanding Service Award from the National Rifle Association in recognition of his recruiting work. Lately he shares this role with Carl Eger. The NRA sends a rebate of $5 or $10 to the club for all renewals or new applications, and the funds support HRC’s youth programs. NRA memberships received through Ed and Carl are at a $10 discount for annual membership and larger discounts for other terms.

50/50 Raffle & Members Drawing

John Rimenscheider won $28 at the June meeting and donated it to the junior pistol team. Heriberto Ayala’s name was drawn in the members’ raffle, but he was not at the meeting.

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