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Holyoke Revolver Club News June 2015

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Range Construction

The new A and B ranges are nearing completion in June. New falling plates are being fabricated for the 25-yard range.

New RSOs

Eleven members took the NRA Range Safety Officer training course recently. They will join the instructors and RSOs in the club’s training programs.


The club continues its summer cookouts on meeting nights, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Jim O’Donnell cooks burgers and hot dogs. Salads and desserts are always welcome.

October Gun-A-Day Raffle

The Pioneer Valley chapter of the Friends of NRA is holding a 31-day gun raffle during the month of October. Tickets are $25, and available from Norm Desilets, George Apgar and from Debbie and Pete Galenski. Only 1000 tickets are sold, and when the three-digit number matches the first three numbers of the Mass. Evening lottery draw, the ticket holder wins a new firearm. The Friends of NRA is part of the NRA Foundation, a 501(C)(3) charity that funds grants for shooting club activities.

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.

Lost Certificates

Students who have misplaced the NRA/MA State Police training certificates that are issued on successful completion of the club’s training course will be charged $20 for replacement certificates, following a vote of the board of directors.

Junior Rifle

The club’s safety and marksmanship program for junior shooters is held on Thursday evenings. Mike Heisler is chief instructor. Information is available on the club website.

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 upost the stages, and should arrive at 8 a.m.

New Members

The following new members were welcomed into the club at the May meeting: Graciano Ortiz, Tanisha Torres, Bart Thompson and Michael Robert, all of Holyoke, Brian Galpin, Brian Hiltpold and Mark Truehart, all of Easthampton, Carol and Jennifer DaFonte of Easthampton, Rafael Carrasquillo, Anthony Hernandez, Dale Fitzsimon and Christopher Blake, all of Springfield and Elizabeth Dunphy Harris of Longmeadow. Joining the club at the June meeting were Noel Trueheart and Roger Perras of Easthampton, Orlando Perez and Darien Bailey of Springfield, David Yates of Holyoke, Philip Proulx of Monson, Robert Szumowski of Southampton, Matthew Contois of Chicopee and junior members Tiernan Brady of East Longmeadow and Jonathan Belle-Isle of West Springfield.

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. The fee will rise to $30 in November to cover the increased cost of ammo. 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 Outdoors 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 be 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 and Members’ Drawing

Rick Nagine won $55 at the May meeting. William Torrey’s name was drawn in the members’ drawing, but he was not at the meeting. Fred Doersam won $65 at the June meeting. Tom Bashista’s name was drawn in the members’ drawing, but he did not attend the meeting


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