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HRC Newsletter – April 2018

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Clubhouse closed for floor cleaning

The clubhouse will be completely closed to all members (no exceptions) for the spring cleaning of the floors from 11:00am Saturday May 5th to 12:00 pm Sunday May 6th.  There will be no access to the inside of the building, including rest rooms.
Volunteers will be needed Saturday morning at 8:00 am to remove all furniture, and again on Sunday morning 8:00am to replace all the furniture.  If you are available contact Ron Mehlhorn @ 413-533-2210.

High-Power Clinic

The club’s annual High Power rifle clinic will be held May 12.  The morning session includes instruction in the care and use of M1, M1A and other centerfire rifles, as well as an introduction to NRA high-power rifle competition.  Participants move to the 100-yard range in the afternoon to shoot a high-power match.  A few M1 rifles are available to borrow, with prior arrangement, and .30-06 and .308 ammo will be provided,  Other centerfire rifles, including AR15s, may be used, with ammo provided by their owners.  Course fee is $100, and junior shooters are welcome if accompanied by a parent or adult sponsor.  Enrollment is limited to 10, and is only open to HRC members.  Dave and Rick Wallis are in charge.

Clean-up Day

Young Marines, junior shooters and other club members will lead a cleanup of the club grounds on May 20 beginning at 9 a.m..  All are welcome, and asked to bring rakes and other tools.  Lunch will be provided.  In case of rain or snow, an alternative date will be posted on the club website.  Cathy Wauczinski is in charge.

50+ New members in April

Snowed-out meetings in February and March created a backlog of more than 50 applicants for membership.  Joining the Holyoke Revolver Club in April were Richard Colburn, Jr. and Diane Adam and junior member Isabella Adam, all of West Springfield, Paul Anderson of Granville, Luis Cerlono, Christine Sealander, Michelle Gonzalez, Marjorie Daddario and Dennis Barlow of Holyoke, Rowell Tucker, Isaises Vega, Melvin Walls, Jaime Santiago, John Kahura Ndungu, Dominic DeMarini and Devin Cameron, all of Springfield.

Also Daryl Shepherd, James and Nicole Hibbard and Charles and Adam Christopher of Easthampton, Allen Delude, Christopher D’Angelo and Leila Connolly of Westfield, John Rodriguez, Mitchell King, Gene and Elizbieta Kingsley, Herman Paul Cumby, Jennifer and David P. Jones and Thomas Duda, al  of Chicopee, Joseph J. O’Brien and Jules Gaudreau of Wilbraham, Gary Sedelow, Matthew Rolandini, Christopher Garbacik and Zachary Duquette, all of Agawam.

Also Donna Kasabula of Easthmpton, Michelle Ziemba and Elizabeth Kelly of Southampton, Christine Schoenborn, Jeannine, Mitchell and Victor O’Brien, and Spencer Kirkpatrick, all of South Hadley.

Also Steve McKenzie of Indian Orchard, William Millin of Huntington, Ryan McGonigle, Bentao Yuan andThomas Santarelli, all of Longmeadow, Patrick and Nancy Summer of Haydenville, Omar Ramos of Feeding Hills and John Wickstrom of Belchertown.

New Firearms Handling Rules

As all are aware, HRC is spending money and time to keep the facility clean and safe.  We are pleased with the efforts of all in making HRC a safe place.  The following is a change that affects how we handle firearms while in the clubhouse.  We’re taking this step to continue reducing lead levels in our non-shooting areas and to promote the NRA and GOAL rules of safe firearms handling.
  • Firearms must remain cased or holstered unless on the firing line (indoors and outdoors) or transferring a “safe” handgun from the indoor range bench tops to the firing line.
  • Cleaning of firearms is allowed at the shooting booths (indoors) or on a shooting table or bench top (outdoors).
  • Exceptions – firearms may be handled in clubhouse areas during the Basic Pistol Class, HRC Shooting 101, High Power Clinic, LEOSA class or HRC First Shots programs while under control of an NRA or MSP Certified Instructor.

Friends of NRA Banquet

The Pioneer Valley Friends of NRA committee will hold its 25thannual banquet on Friday, May 4 at the Castle of Knights on Memorial Drive in Chicopee.  Doors open at 5 p.m. for an evening of food, firearms and fun, with a buffet dinner and then more than 50 firearms plus other prizes to be raffled and auctioned off throughout the evening.  Tickets are $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight, and are available from club members Roland Menard, Debbie and Pete Galenski and George Apgar, or online at  The Friends of NRA is a 501©3 charitable organization that raises funds and provides grants for the promotion of the shooting sports, conservation, youth and women’s programs and related efforts.  Funds raised in Massachusetts are split between national programs and Massachusetts organizations.

NRA Foundation Grant

The club recently received a $5800 grant from the NRA Foundation for the purchase of a moving target system and other items for the junior team.  The grant application was prepared and submitted by board member Cathy Wauczinski.   Friends of NRA events held in Massachusetts provided the funds, and foundation staff at NRA headquarters approved the award.

Six-Gun Shoot

Club Governor Tom Serrichio has announced that the first six-gun shoot of 2018 will take place on Saturday, April 28.
Click on this link to see the details of the Governor’s Six-Gun Shoot.

Summer Shooting Hours

Outdoor range hours from May through August are 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., and it is suggested that club members quit a little earlier than 7:30, and also to refrain from shooting outside on Sunday mornings out of respect for the neighbors.

Cookouts Start in May

The club will resume its summer cookouts prior to the May 2 meeting.  Burgers and hot dogs, salad and desserts will be available starting at 5:30.  There is a suggested $5 donation.

50-Yard Berm Completed

Crews from Dietz Construction recently finished the earthen berm dividing the 50-yard range into an action shooting range on the left (north) side and a bullseye range on the right (south) side.  HRC members using the plates are reminded to stand directly in front of the racks so that missed shots will strike only the sand bank and not stray off range.  Calibers are limited to handguns and .22 rimfire rifles.  The range may be closed for a day or two in the spring for final seeding and grading.

Indoor Range Cleaning

The Abide Co. recently completed a thorough cleaning of the indoor range.  The board of directors has voted to have the range professionally cleaned from time to time due to the increased use by the 800+ club members.

NRA Basic Pistol Course

The club offers the NRA Basic Pistol course on the third Saturday of each month.  Students who pass the course receive both an NRA Basic Shooting certificate and a MA Basic Firearms

Safety certificate which allows them to apply for both MA and CT licenses to carry firearms.

HRC Shooting 101 Course

The club holds familiarization courses for newly-licensed HRC members to try out a selection of 10 pistols and revolvers in calibers ranging from .22 to .45 ACP.  The course is run by certified instructors and range officers and details are on the club website.

HRC First Shots Course

HRC also conducts a course to familiarize new gun owners with the operation of their newly-acquired guns.  Details and signup information are also on the club website.


HRC encourages its members to join the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts.  Ed Pelland and Carl Eger are the club’s recruiters for both organizations and can be found at the back of the room at monthly meetings.  They offer memberships at a discount, and the NRA returns rebates of $5 and $10 for renewals and new memberships.  Those funds are donated to the club’s junior programs.


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