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Holyoke Revolver Club Newsletter – March 2016

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Spring Cleaning

The club will have an outdoor work party on Saturday, April 30. Members are asked to bring rakes,
leaf blowers and related tools to pick up the winter’s outdoor debris. 

Range Heat and Fans

Individuals and small groups using the indoor range are asked to only use one heater in order to save on the utility bills. Fans should be used at all times to remove smoke through the ventilation system. 

GPS Coordinates

In case of a very serious medical emergency requiring helicopter transport, the GPS coordinates of the 50-yard range are printed on the blackboard. 

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.  Please con tact Norm Desilets for more information.  

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. Tickets may also be purchased online at 

HRC First Shots Pistol Training

The board of directors recently voted to offer the HRC First Shots Pistol 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 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.  Cost of the course is $60.  

Reloading Course

The club’s NRA Metallic Reloading Course has been postponed until summer.  

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.  

Junior Rifle

The club’s safety and marksmanship program for junior shooters is starting up, meeting on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.  Mike Heisler is chief instructor, and information is available on the club website.  

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 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.  

New Members

The following new members joined the club at the March meeting: Jeffrey Ortiz of East Longmeadow, Adam Cote of West Springfield, Jorge Rivera, Miosotis Garcia, Ian Sullivan, Yvette Jackson, Michael Yelle, Zuleika Suarez, Todd Healy of Holyoke, Carlos Soto, Manfred Maywald and Peter Wilk of Chicopee, Stephen Parmenter, and junior member Savannah Waters of Southampton, Anthony Holland of Springfield, Oren Brody of Longmeadow, Robert G. Smith, Lisa Smith, Robert W. Smith and Randall Smith, all of Ludlow and Justin Attanasio and Elizabeth Gray 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.  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.   

HRC Pistol Safety Course

Holyoke Revolver Club conducts the HRC Basic Pistol Safety Course every month on the third Saturday.  Successful participants receive the Massachusetts State Police certificate required for firearms licenses. To register or for more information visit  The club has more than a dozen State 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

Dave Pronowicz won $40.00 in the 50/50 raffle.  Ed Mooer’s name was picked in the members’ drawing, but he did not attend the meeting.

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