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Holyoke Revolver Club News April 2015

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Reloading Course

The NRA Metallic Reloading course to be held on April 11th is FULL .  Please check back with the website for the next class.  The NRA Metallic Reloading course is a hands-on, all-day training session in the reloading of rifle and pistol cartridges.  All materials are supplied, the fee is $75 and lunch is provided. Successful participants receive an NRA certificate. Bill Burgess and Ralph Rechenberger are in charge.

Friends of NRA Banquet

The twenty-second annual banquet of the Pioneer Valley Friends of NRA will be held May 8 at the Castle of Knights in Chicopee. The event will feature a buffet dinner, auctions and raffles and an opportunity to visit with old friends. More than three dozen firearms, among them an exclusive engraved Henry rifle built from the original blueprints, will be among the prizes. Tickets are $40 and are available from Debra and Peter Galenski, Roland Menard, Norm Desilets and George Apgar. The Friends of NRA is part of the NRA Foundation, a charitable organization that provides funds for range construction, youth organizations, conservation and safety training. The club has received several grants for range improvements and junior shooting activities.


The club’s summer cookouts will start again at the May meeting, and one or two volunteer chefs are needed to arrive early, cook burgers and dogs, and coordinate salads and desserts with other members. Norm Desilets has information.

Monday Maintenance

Weekly maintenance takes place on Monday mornings. The volunteers could use one more helper, and have asked any member who is available on Mondays to consider lending a hand. Typical tasks include housekeeping and cleaning as well as maintenance on range equipment.

Instructor and RSO Training

The club is planning training courses for prospective NRA Basic Pistol Instructors and Range Safety Officers. Club President Norm Desilets is in charge.

New treasurer needed

Club Treasurer Paul Cadorette announced he will be retiring from the post in November. Anyone interested in becoming the next treasurer is welcome to work with Paul and learn the system. Interested parties should see Paul or Club President Norm Desilets for information.

Club Governor

Rob Lombardi has been elected club governor. Duties include all competitions and range conditions.

New alarm system

The interior alarm system in the clubhouse has been updated and now is activated and deactivated by electronic swipe card. Access is limited to certain officers and instructors.

Practical matches Moving to First Sunday

The club’s practical matches, which had been held on the fourth Saturday of the month, will now take place on the first Sunday. New shooters should arrive at 9 a.m. for safety instruction. Participants should bring a centerfire pistol or revolver and 100 rounds of ammunition, extra magazines and speedloaders, a holster, which is not a shoulder or crossdraw model, a baseball cap and eye and ear protection. Chris Fila is in charge. Volunteers are needed to set up the stages, and should arrive at 8 a.m. NOTE:  The April match will be held on the second Sunday April 12th due to the Easter Holiday.

Electronic Gate Lock

The main gate locking system has been changed from the previous padlock access to now work with the same electronic proximity card that opens the club’s front door. The gate was recently damaged during snow removal operations. The club will be reimbursed by the equipment’s owners. Keys to the yellow gate on the road to the 100-yard range are hanging below the sign-in book near the front door.

Holyoke Police Qualifying

The Holyoke Police Department has begun its annual qualification sessions Tuesday mornings at the indoor range. Under a contract with the club, the PD has exclusive use of the range during training and qualifications.

South Hadley Police Qualifying

The club has also signed a contract with the South Hadley PD to use the indoor range for its qualification sessions. SHPD will be qualifying on Wednesday mornings, but with only 28 officers, will only need the range for a few mornings. HRC members who arrive to find either police department using the range should ask the officer in charge when the range will be free. Outdoor ranges are not affected.

New Members

The March meeting saw the following new members joining: Lisa Sullivan, Steven Dudek and Nicole Gralla, all of Holyoke, Jeff Desilets, KarlKrawczyk and Christopher Pelleter, all of Chicopee, Michelle St. John and junior members William and Amelia St. John of Wilbraham, Ian Keith, Betsy Galarza, Ismael Robles and Angel Moran, all of Westfield, Dennis Bates of Southampton and Leslie Albano of South Hadley.

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.

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 for $25, rather than the standard $35. Ed receives NRA points 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.

Pistol Course

Holyoke Revolver Club conducts an NRA Basic Pistol course every month on the third Saturday. Successful participants receive both the NRA certificate and the Massachusetts State Police certificate required for firearms licenses. To register or for more information visit The club has more than a dozen NRA-Certified Pistol Instructors and more than two dozen NRA-Certified Range Safety Officers. Volunteers are needed to monitor the firing line from around 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m

Shooting 101

The firearm familiarization course for new shooters has been reorganized and will be offered on certain evenings at a reduced cost of $25. Rich Asselin is in charge, and is looking for instructors and RSO’s to assist. For more information and to register for Shooting 101 visit

100-Yard Outdoor Range

Construction has been delayed by the weather, but will be starting up again soon. The range is closed when construction crews are working on the new adjacent ranges. The main backstop is at 100 yards, and a smaller berm is located at 50 yards on the rifle range. These are the only safe impact areas. Lately there have been shots fired at targets on the ground short of the two berms. This is a dangerous practice that may cause ricochets, and is not permitted on either of the outdoor ranges.

50/50 Raffle

David Baker won $49.00 at the March meeting.  David Arnold’s name was drawn in the members’ drawing, but he did not attend the meeting.


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