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Holyoke Revolver Club News May 2015

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Friends of NRA Banquet

The May meeting will be the last chance to purchase tickets for the twenty-second annual banquet of the Pioneer Valley Friends of NRA. The event will be held May 8 at the Castle of Knights in Chicopee and will feature a buffet dinner, auctions and raffles and an opportunity to socialize with friends. More than 40 firearms, among them an exclusive engraved Henry rifle built from the original blueprints, and a one-of-a-kind Yankee Hill Machine Co. AR15 will be among the prizes. Tickets are $40 or $320 for a table of eight, 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.

High-Power Clinic

The club will hold its annual high-power rifle clinic this Saturday,  May 2 from 7:30 to 3. Attendees will learn the care and feeding of the M1 Garand and other similar rifles, then shoot a match in the afternoon. Cost is $100, which includes 56 rounds of match .30-06 ammo, or $75 for participants who bring their own AR15s and ammo. Dave and Rick Wallis are in charge. Please ‘Click Here’ for more information and to Register.

Junior Rifle Team

The Junior Rifle Team has returned.  Please check the calendar for practice dates.  We have scheduled a NRA Basic Rifle Course for new junior wishing to join the team.  Mike Heisler (413) 626-4289 is in charge.  Please ‘Click Here’  to Register.


The club’s summer cookouts will start again at the May 6 meeting. Jim O’Donnell has volunteered to cook burgers and hot dogs. Salads and desserts are always welcome.

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. A Range Safety Officer course has been scheduled for Saturday, May 30th.  Please ‘Click Here’ for more information and to Register.

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.

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.

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 following new members were welcomed into the club at the April meeting: Christopher Hampson, Sam Gaulin, Edwin Moralez and junior shooters Ryan and Connor Parnell, all of Holyoke, Dorothy Hebert and Ed Houck of South Hadley, Jose Millan and Ray Rivet, both of Chicopee, David Rooks of Southampton and John Sacco of Ware.

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.

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 Outdoor Range

Construction has starting up again!  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 & Members’ Drawing

Carl Eger won $45.00 for the 50/50 raffle at the April meeting. Chris Sampson’s name was picked in the members’ drawing, but he did not attend the meeting.


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