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HRC Newsletter – April 2017

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High Power Rifle Clinic

The annual high power rifle clinic will be offered June 3 at HRC.  The morning session will include information on the M1, M1A and AR 15 rifles and their use in competition.  In the afternoon the clinic will move to the100-yard range for a demonstration match.  The clinic is only available to HRC members and the fee is $100.  Successful participants will be eligible to purchase rifles, accessories and ammunition from the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

Summer Cookouts

The club will resume its summer cookouts beginning at the May meeting.  Hamburgs and hot dogs as well as salad and desserts are on the menu.  Serving begins around 5 p.m., and there is a suggested $5 donation.

Floor Refinishing

The club house floors will be refinished this year on Saturday, April 29th.  The club house will be closed to all traffic.
Volunteers – Two work parties. will be needed. One Friday night, April 28 at 5:30pm to take everything out of the club house, and the other Sunday, April 30, 9:00am to put everything back into the building.  The more volunteers the faster the chore will go.

Rules Reminder

No Rifles are allowed at the steel plates.  (This included 22LR).
22LR are allowed at 50 yd range shooting at paper targets at the bench rest side of the range.

Friends of NRA Banquet

The 24th annual Pioneer Valley Friends of NRA banquet will be held Friday, May 5 at the Castle of Knights on Memorial Drive in Chicopee.  The event will feature a buffet dinner as well as raffles, auctions and door prizes  for accessories, books, jewelry and more than 40 firearms.  The Friends of NRA is a 501 (c.)(3) charitable organization that raises funds for a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities including programs for women and youth, safety, hunting, marksmanship, competition and law enforcement as well as range development and improvements.  Tickets are $40 and are available from Peter and Debbie Galenski, Roland Menard and George Apgar, as well as at the club office.  The club has received more than $30,000 in grants, and HRC members have filled several tables at the banquet annually.

New Members

The following new members were welcomed at the April meeting:  Mario Moratti and Jeffrey Bailey of Feeding Hills, Tony Goad of Ware, Aneudi Ortiz, Scott Lessing, Raphael Gomez, Frank Brooks, David and Lisa Bell, and junior member Aaron Lessing, all of Chicopee, Robert and Florence Cichocki, Michael Szostak of Florence, Chad Fontaine, Ryan McMahon and Joseph Cartabone, all of Holyoke, Anthony Colon of Springfield, Danielle Granger of West Springfield, Michael and Kevin Yo and Paul Trivino of Agawam, John Mikuszewski of South Hadley, Richard Wiatrowski and junior member Adam Wiatrowski, both of Longmeadow.

Police Qualifications

The Holyoke Police Department has begun annual qualifications for its 100+ officers, usually on Wednesdays.  The police have exclusive use of the range during their training sessions.  During the spring and summer they usually use the A & B ranges.  During inclement weather they will use the indoor range. Members can use whichever ranges are not in use by the police department.

Pistol Training

The club offers basic pistol training courses every month.  Successful completion provides the students with the credentials to apply for Massachusetts firearm licenses.  The course is conducted by NRA-certified instructors and range safety officers, and is held on a Saturday with lunch provided.  Details and signup applications are on the club’s website.

Shooting 101

The club holds familiarization courses for newly-licensed members to try out a selection of 10 handguns prior to purchasing their own.  Firearms range from .22 to .45 ACP, and the course is run by certified instructors and range officers. Signup information is on the club website.

First Shots

HRC also conducts a course for gun owners to become familiar with the operation and safety features of handguns they have recently purchased.  Signup information is also on the club website.

Club Scrapbook Missing

In 2014 the club celebrated its 100th anniversary, and as part of the celebration HRC members compiled a scrapbook of photographs, news clippings and other memorabilia.  The book has apparently been borrowed, and must be returned as soon as possible.

Construction Projects

The board of directors is planning a study of major improvements and updates for the indoor range.  Also in the works are steel targets for the 100-yard range.  The board recently voted to purchase a smoke machine to monitor airflow patterns on the indoor range for the purpose of improving ventilation.


The junior rifle program is up and running. Details are on the club website. Mike Heisler is in charge.

The junior Pistol team will be holding a fundraiser at the Holyoke Revolver Club on May 6th at 10:00 A.M. The team members will be setting up two steel challenge stages. Admission fee is $10 and includes a hamburg/hot dog lunch. There will also be a Texas Star side match for $5. This is a 50/50 side match. The participant with the fastest time will take home 1/2 the proceeds of the side match dollars.
It costs the team approximately $500 for each regional match and our costs for National Championships are much higher than that. We will be competing in the SASP National Championships again this year and we need your support!
This is for HRC members only. Please share and pass the word to all members! See you on May 6th!!!


Ed Pelland has received an Outstanding Service Award from the National Rifle Association in recognition of his recruiting work.  Ed has been among the top ten recruiters nationally, and for years has taken the floor at club meetings to encourage HRC members to join the NRA as well as the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts.  Lately he shares this role with Carl Eger.  The NRA sends a rebate of $5 or $10 to the club for all renewals or new applications, and the funds support HRC’s youth programs.  NRA memberships received through Ed and Carl are at a $10 discount for annual membership and larger discounts for other terms.

50/50 Raffle & Members’ Drawing

Gary Arnhold won $49.50 in the 50/50 raffle, and Mike Heisler won $148 in the members’ drawing at the April meeting.


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