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HRC Newsletter – August 2019

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Bylaw Change

A bylaw change has been proposed by the Board of Officers and is scheduled for a vote in front of the scheduled membership meeting to be held on September 4, 2019 at the Holyoke Revolver Club, Inc., 431 West Cherry St. Holyoke, MA 01040 at 7:00 PM.
The bylaw change involves two sections and will not affect the status of our members.  They are related to general housekeeping and orientation for prospective members.
Further information is posted at the club and on the HRC website.

Governor’s Report

During a routine maintenance cycle it was discovered that there were various issues with some of the Ruger MKIII 22/45 firearms used in our Basic Pistol Safety Course. Although not necessarily safety related, a call was placed to Ruger to seek their advice and order some replacement parts. It was suggested by Ruger being they are “range training guns” and pushing 9 years old to send them all in for a thorough evaluation, at no cost to the Club. It appeared to be a prudent decision.
After the evaluation, Ruger said nine could be repaired and one could not.  They would replace it as a courtesy at no charge. They also said they would repair the other nine at no cost or being they were “range training guns”, they could offer us a fair price to update and upgrade to the MKIV’s.
I am happy to say that after some negotiating with Ruger and with a unanimous Board vote we have upgraded to the Ruger MKIV Target models for the safety course.
It is my opinion that Ruger’s customer service and support was 100% top notch in helping us either repair or replace our training guns!

Outdoor Shooting Hours

A reminder that outdoor shooting hours get shorter every month through the fall and winter.  In September the outdoor range hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  In October they drop to 8 to 6, and in November through March the hours are 8 to 4.  These are hard and fast rules, independent of daylight conditions.

Annual Meeting and Election

The club’s annual meeting and election of officers will take place at the November members’ meeting at the club.  In addition to annual reports on the status of the organization, elections will be held for president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, membership secretary and club governor as well as for two members of the board of directors.  This year a third director will be elected to serve the remaining two years of the term of Ron Chateneauf, who left the board when he moved from the area.

Friends of NRA Raffle

Pioneer Valley Friends of NRA will hold a GunADay Raffle in October, giving away 31 new firearms as part of the organization’s fundraising efforts.  Tickets are $25 each, and limited to 1000.  When the three-digit ticket number matches the first three numbers in the MA evening lottery draw, the ticket holder wins that day’s gun.  Tickets are available from George Apgar and at the club office.  The Friends of NRA is a 501 (c)3 charity organization that provides grants to support the shooting sports, youth and women’s programs, conservation and law enforcement programs and other related causes.  Last year the club’s junior team received a $10,000 grant from FNRA.

Junior Team Goes to the Nationals

The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Matches were held in Ohio in July, and members of the HRC Junior Shooting Program won trophies in ten events.  Paddy Sullivan was first overall in 1911 and in Centerfire Pistol, and Hanna Wauczinski took second in the women’s division of those two events.  In the collegiate matches, Paddy was second in men’s Iron Rifle and second in PCC, Taylor Bigda took second in women’s Iron Rifle, Rimfire Pistol and PCC, and Michael Brissette took second place in men’s rimfire pistol.
CLICK HERE to see pics on the Junior’s Facebook Page.

Hannah Goes to Washington

HRC’s Hanna Wauczinski was the sole representative of Massachusetts at a week-long session of the Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) sponsored by the Friends of NRA in Washington DC recently.  The mission of the Y.E.S. program is to help students explore our American government, Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution, while encouraging them to become responsible citizens who participate in the democratic process and return to their community with a proactive voice for the Second Amendment. The program includes debates and discussions, visits with political leaders, a day at the NRA Museum and at the NRA range, where Hanna said, “some Southern boys were surprised to learn that a Yankee girl could shoot.”  The winner of all of her debates, she also won the largest college scholarship of the week, which will be put to good use next year.

Member Volunteers

Ron Mehlhorn and Rich Moreau work hard on to keep the indoor range clean and maintained.
All personnel working forward of the firing line must wear Tyvex suits and breathing apparatus .
Thanks guys..

HRC Members’ Activities

Fun Shoot August 20, Sept 3 & 17. CLICK HERE for more information.

Rimfire Benchrest Rifle –  Aug 31 & Sept 7 at the 50 yd range, and Sept 21 at the 100 yd range. CLICK HERE for more information.

Governors Six Gun Shoot – August 28th. CLICK HERE for more information.

USPSA Practical Shoot – Sept 14th & Oct 12th at the A&B Ranges. CLICK HERE for more information.

Women’s Only Night – Sept 11th.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Cookouts at the Members Meetings

The summer meeting cookouts have resumed.  Burgers and hot dogs are available. Salads and desserts are welcome.  Serving begins around 5:30, and a $5 donation is suggested. Please contact the Members Committee if you are interested in helping.

Renew Membership and Pay Online

The club now has a convenient system in place for members to renew their memberships and pay for them without writing a check or stamping an envelope.  The new system also saves the membership secretary’s time as he can keep the club roster up to date more quickly.
Click HERE for more info.

The New HRC Members Handbook (Club Rules) is available online.

The new Holyoke Revolver Club Members Handbook is now available on our website. This handbook covers all the clubs rules and regulations, some new and some just better explanations of the existing rules. It is your responsibility as a club member to know and follow these rules. Please click on the link below and review this rules.
New HRC Members Handbook.

Police Training

Annual qualification sessions for officers of Holyoke, South Hadley and Holyoke Community College police departments are taking place currently.  Dates and times are listed on the club’s website calendar.  During these training sessions the police have exclusive use of the range.  Club members may use alternate ranges or wait for the officers to finish.

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.  More info on the club website.

First Shots

Looking for training specific to that new handgun you just purchased?   HRC also conducts a course to familiarize new gun owners with the operation of their newly-acquired guns.  If you know a perspective member that needs to fulfill their “Live Fire” requirement in order to join HRC, this is the course for them.
Click Here for more info & to signup.

Shooting 101

This is a follow-up course to the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course and provides a more hands-on shooting experience. You will have the opportunity to handle and shoot many different types and calibers of handguns. This class is also for HRC members whom are considering the purchase of a new handgun.
Click Here for more info,


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.

50/50 Raffle & Members Raffle

Peter Bernard won $27.50 in the 50/50 raffle at the August meeting.  Jo Wing’s name was picked in the members’ drawing, but she wasn’t at the meeting.

New Members

New Members – The following new members were welcomed into the club at the August meeting:  Walter and Leslie Morrey and Jeremy and Cherie Pease, all of Westhampton, Gary and Cheryl Mendrala and James Brady of West Springfield, Brooke Heisler-Leary of Holyoke, Edmund Cassidy III and Brian Casey, both of Easthampton, and Junior member Haley Bernash of South Hadley.

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