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Holyoke Revolver Club News September 2015

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Western Mass. Pistol League

The annual matches of the WMPL will begin October 5 at the club. The weekly competitions are 30-round .22 gallery matches against other local clubs.  All matches are postal matches, fired at the home clubs. New shooters are encouraged to try bullseye shooting, and loaner guns are available. Ron Mehlhorn and Pete Galenski are co-captains. WMass Pistol League

October GunADay 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.

Appreciation Dinner

The club will host a dinner October 3 at the Knights of Columbus #69 in Chicopee. Club members who have volunteered time for club activities will be guests of the club, and spouses, guests and other club members are welcome to attend at a cost of $25.

Pistol Instructor Training

There will be a training course at the Holyoke Revolver Club for prospective NRA Basic Pistol instructors on the weekend of October 10-11. Tim Messer is the training counselor.  For more information please contact Norm Desilets (413) 539-9345.

Reloading Course

A NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading course will be held at the club on Saturday, October 24. Bill Burgess and Bruce Hermans are the instructors, and it is a hands-on course with reloading equipment and components provided.  Participants receive an NRA certificate upon successful completion of the course.  For more information and to register please visit the club website – NRA Reloading 

Annual Elections

The club’s annual meeting and election of officers will be held at the November meeting. The offices of president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, membership secretary and club governor as well as two seats on the board of directors will be on the ballot. Any club member in good standing may vote, run for office or nominate another member. Nominations will be taken from the floor at the night of the meeting.

NRA First Steps Orientation

The board of directors recently voted to offer the NRA First Steps Orientation 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 NRA instructors will conduct classroom training as well as live fire range time specific to either revolvers or semiauto pistols. Club members may also take the course to learn about a new handgun. Information and registration is available on the club’s website – NRA First Steps Orientation.  Cost of the course is $60.

Police Qualifications

The Holyoke and South Hadley police departments will be holding their annual qualification sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, respectively, under contracts with the club. The police have exclusive use of the range during these times. Club members may ask the officer in charge when the range will be available, or they may use the outdoor ranges while the indoor range is in use.


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

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 up the stages, and should arrive at 8 a.m.  USPSA – Practical

New Members

Joining the club at the September meeting were C. J. Roda and Matt Forte, both of Springfield, Jeff Pouliot and Jason Schrecke, both of Westfield, Lawrence Stevens and Elliott Szlachetka of West Springfield, Jordan Feliciano of Holyoke, John Fleming of Belchertown, Christopher Corradino of Easthampton, Dana MacDonald of Pelham and Adam Paul of Sunderland.

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. Fun Shoots.

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

Holyoke Revolver Club conducts an NRA Basic Pistol Shootin 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

50/50 Raffle & Members’ Drawing

John Cunha won $41.00 at the September meeting.  Marshall Johnson’s number was drawn in the members’ drawing, but he was not at the meeting.


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