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Holyoke Revolver Club Newsletter – February 2016

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Rules Reminder

Outdoor shooting hours end at 4 p.m. (regardless of daylight conditions) until April, and are posted on the corner of the building and printed on the back of HRC membership cards.

Izhmash .22 Rifles for sale

The club has three full-size target rifles, with sights, for sale.  Priced at $550 each, they are being replaced by lighter rifles in the club’s junior program.  Norm Desilets is in charge.

Friends of NRA Banquet

The 23rd annual banquet of the Pioneer Valley chapter of the Friends of NRA will be held Friday, May 6 at the Castle of the Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee.  Tickets are $40, tables of eight are $320, and are available from Debbie and Pete Galenski, Roland Menard, George Apgar and Norm Desilets at the club.

HRC First Shots Training

The board of directors has voted to offer the HRC First Shots Training 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 Certified Instructors will conduct classroom training as well as live fire range time specific to either revolvers or semi-auto pistols.  Club members may also take the course to learn about a new handgun.  Information and registration is available on the club’s website.  [First Shots Training] Cost of the course is $60.

Reloading Course

The NRA Metallic Reloading Course has been postponed.  It will be rescheduled for sometime in the early fall.  Participants will receive hands-on training in the safe reloading of pistol and rifle ammunition.  All tools and materials are provided, as is lunch.  Enrollment is limited.  Please see our website for more info. [Reloading Course]

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.  Please see the website calendar for exact times.  [Calendar]

Junior Rifle

The club’s safety and marksmanship program for junior shooters is on hold until spring.  Mike Heisler is chief instructor.  Information is available on the club website.  [Junior Rifle Team]

Practical Matches On 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 speed-loaders, a holster, which is not a shoulder or cross draw 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.

New Members

Joining the club at the February meeting were James and Bronwyn Murphy, Stefan and Carrie Matusko, Miguel Ramos, Dicky Matos, Vittorio Coppa, Jennifer Putnam, Luis Torres, all of Holyoke, Benjamin Bachteller of Westfield, Jose Umana and Samuel Anthony of Springfield,  DaveCostello of Wilbraham, Thomas Costello of Longmeadow, Benjamin Ducharme of Southampton,  Luqi Elamir of West Springfield, Cassandra Tessier of Easthampton andThomas Therrien of  Chicopee

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.  Ed receives NRA rebates 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 its HRC Basic Pistol Safety course every month on the third Saturday.  Due to increased interest 2 additional classes have been added.  (March 5th and April 2nd). Successful participants receive both the Massachusetts State Police certificate required for firearms licenses (LTC). To register or for more information visit  The club has more than a dozen Certified Pistol Instructors and more than two dozen 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 $40.  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 & Membership Drawing

Jim Pierog won $42.00 in the 50/50 raffle.  John Biela’s name was drawn in the members’ drawing, but he did not attend the meeting.


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