News & Updates

HRC Newsletter – January 2020

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Junior Team Incorporates as a 501(c)3.

HRC’s junior shooting team recently completed the paperwork and legal filings to become a tax-exempt non profit 501(c)3 corporation.  The new status will allow the juniors to seek funding grants that were not available when they were listed as part of the main club, which is organized as a 501(c)4.  Donations to the junior team are now tax-deductible.

Massachusetts Women Gun Owners

Cathy Wauczinski, HRC Board Officer has brought to our attention a new organization, The Massachusetts Women Gun Owners.  
Their mission is to help Massachusetts women gain confidence with firearms, to promote safety and to grow the female voice in the firearms community. We provide a welcoming place just for women to get advice, education, recommendations and to network…. Read More
For More information you can email:

Renew Membership and Pay Online

It is time to renew your membership again!   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.
You may also print out the renewal application and mail it in will a check. 
Click HERE for more info.
Remember, if you haven’t renewed by January 31st, your key card will be deactivated!

New Member Application Process

The HRC Board of Officers has unanimously voted to change the procedure for new member applicants to our club.  Starting in January of 2020, new member applicants will sign up and attend the HRC Range Safety Training and Orientation class before attending the members’ meeting to join.   The first class will be on Saturday, January 4th for those wishing to join on Wednesday January 8th.  After that they will be on the last Saturday of every month.
After meeting the requirements of this class, applicants will bring their Membership Application approved by the HRC Instructor or Range Safety Officer to the next members’ meeting, where the membership will vote to accept their application.
For more information on the new process:  CLICK HERE

The HRC Range Safety Training and Orientation (RST&O)

As stated above all new member will need to attend the new RST&O class before joining our club.  
However, existing members our welcome to come and monitor the class.  This will offer you a chance to review all of the new range rules pertaining to each range individually and refresh your past safety training. Bring your HRC ID card with you. 

HRC Communications and your responsibility

The Holyoke Revolver Club, Inc. (HRC) now provides all club information to its membership via email and our website at  This increases the importance of all members opening up and reading email received from HRC. 
It is the member’s responsibility to keep a current email address on file with our Membership Secretary at: The HRC assumes no liability or responsibility regarding its communications to members other than through these channels. 
We ask that each notice from the HRC be opened and read.  Please do not “unsubscribe” or block HRC emails.  It is the member’s responsibility to read these emails and stay up to date with all information and possible changes the HRC passes on to its members. 

The HRC Members Handbook (Club Rules) is on our Website.

The Holyoke Revolver Club Members Handbook is available on the 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 this link to review this rules.    New HRC Members Handbook

Outdoor Shooting Hours

A reminder that outdoor shooting hours are shorter in the fall and winter.  In November through March the hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm.  These are hard and fast rules, independent of daylight conditions and are legally binding.  Also, there can be no outdoor shooting on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

HRC Members’ Activities

Fun Shoot –January 21st, and February 4th.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Western Mass Pistol League –  CLICK HERE for more information.

Governors Six Gun Shoot – Will start up again in the spring.  Check the HRC calendar for dates.   CLICK HERE for more information.

USPSA Practical Shoot – February 8th.  This shoot will be held on the Indoor Rage. CLICK HERE for more information.

Ladies Night – February 12th and March 11th.  CLICK HERE for more information.

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.

HRC 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.   Click Here to sign up for the class. 
Also,  if a New Member Applicant does not demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitude to safely fire their firearm at the New HRC Range Safety Training and Orientation, they will be directed to take this class before that can become a member.
(See “New Member Application Process” above).

HRC Shooting 101

The HRC Shooting 101 class has been put back on the calendar.  
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 or just looking for a fun night out where you can shoot 10 different handguns.  Click Here to sign up for the class. 

Friends of the NRA – 30 day gun raffle. 

Tickets are now available for the Gun a day raffle being held by the Friends of the NRA. 
Tickets are $25.00 each.  Each ticket giving you a chance to win a different firearm every day of March 2020.  
You can purchase your tickets at many of the local gun shops, and at the HRC members’ meeting from our Board Officers, George Apgar and Cathy Wauczinski


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 Drawing

Bruce Hermans won $43 in the 50/50 raffle.  Matthew Rolandin and Liam Sugrue had their names drawn in the members’ raffle, but they were not at the meeting.
Just a Note:  The Members Drawing is now up to $600.00! You must be present to win. 

New Members

New members – William Foy of Hatfield, David Krok of Ludlow, Gabriel Stetson of Deerfield and Jesse Haas of Chicopee.


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