News & Updates

HRC Newsletter – June 2020

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Holyoke Revolver Club & COVID-19

As previously announce ALL RANGES at the club have been reopened.
Please follow the CDC and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines while at the club.
Please click HERE to read the HRC Guidelines.

HRC Members’ Meeting

The Holyoke Revolver Club’s members meeting for the month of July will be held on its normal schedule (The first Wednesday of the Month), July 1, 2020.
Due to ‘social distancing’ requirements, the meeting will be held outside on the 50 yard covered range.
Come in through the clubhouse front door, grab a chair, and bring it outback to an empty white cross on the grass.  We hope to see you there!

Indoor Range

The long overdue repairs and maintenance of the club’s indoor range have been completed.
The HRC hired a lead removal & cleaning contractor to handle the cleaning and removal of lead from the backstop.  HRC would like to offer a special “Thank You” to our club’s Governor, Tom Serricchio, who worked with the Abide crew the entire time providing supervision, mechanical requirements and repairs as needed.

Certifications Class for:  Pistol Instructor

Have you been thinking that you would like to become a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor? A certification class will be held at our clubhouse towards the end of July.  There is a minimum of six (6) students required, and a maximum of eight (8) students.
Please contact Bruce Hermans if you are interested:

Certifications Class for:  Range Safety Officer

Have you been thinking that you would like to become a NRA Certified Range Safety Officer? A certification class will be scheduled at our clubhouse if we have interest.  There is a minimum of five (5) students required, and a maximum of eight (8) students.
Please contact Bruce Hermans if you are interested:

Police Qualifications

It is the time of the year that the Local Police departments carry out their Firearm Qualifications. The Holyoke PD, the SoHadley PD, and the HCCPD all qualify at our ranges.  The different departments utilize different ranges.  HRC members may use any range that is not in use by the PD or wait for the officers to complete their time.  Date will be posted on the club Calendar.

HRC Members’ Activities

Western Mass Pistol League – Practice on the indoor range every Friday evening.   CLICK HERE for more information.

Fun Shoot – Tuesday evenings; June 23, July 7, CLICK HERE for more information.

Rimfire Benchrest Rifle – June 27, July 11,  CLICK HERE for more information.

Governor’s Six Gun Shoot – August 22.   CLICK HERE for more information.

USPSA Practical Shoot – July 11, August 8. CLICK HERE for more information.

Note:  All outdoors events are weather permitting.

Juniors Nationals 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Juniors team will be competing in the SASP Nationals in a “Virtual” competition in July of this year.  Members are welcome to come and watch our Juniors in action.  Please check the club calendar for the date.  For more info or questions email:

Renew Membership and Pay Online

The club 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.

New Member Application Process

The HRC now has a new procedure for new member applicants to our club.  New member applicants will sign up and attend the HRC Range Safety Training and Orientation class before attending the members’ meeting to join.   For now we can only have 10 students at a time taking the class.  The classes will be posted to the club Calendar.
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)

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 May through August the hours are 8:00am to 7:30pm.  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, Easter Sunday, New Year’s Day, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

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. Due to Social Distancing mandates only 8 students are allowed per class.  Classes are filling up fast. 
More info on the club website.

HRC First Shots Course

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.  The next class is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22nd.
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

We will be scheduling the next Shooting 101 class in August.  Please contact Bruce Hermans if you are interested in attending:
Please check the Club Calendar for the date.

Concealed Carry Classes

Many members have asked where they would be able to go to get advanced classes for concealed carry, etc.  As you know HRC does not offer those classes at this time.
Jim Markowski of Advanced Tactics and Firearms will be offering the following classes at the Agawam Revolver Club:
*  Concealed Carry Pistol/Revolver Training – 7/12/2020
*  Intermediate Defensive Pistol/Revolver Training – 7/19/2020
*  True Concealed Carry Advanced Pistol/Revolver Training -7/26/2020
Jim will offer HRC members same price as ARC members.
Contact: Cell 413 478-6112; email:

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 October 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 (NRA) and the Gun Owners Action League of  (GOAL).  Carl Eger and Ed Pelland are the club’s recruiters for both organizations and can be found at the back of the room at the monthly members’ 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

Ed Roberge won $47.00 at the June meeting 50/50 drawing.  Nathan DeRose and Bruce Betsold had their numbers drawn in the members’ drawing, but they were not at the meeting.

New Members

New members – Assad Awan of East Longmeadow, Shlomo Yaffe of Longmeadow,  Michael Breshahan of Holyoke, Angela Rietvelt of Northampton, William Krulish of Springfield, and Daniel Adams, Nina Kinh, & Charles Maak all of Southampton.


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