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HRC Newsletter – March 2018

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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.

From left to right: Joe Knapik, Cathy Wauczinski, and Hanna Wauczinski.

Custom Molded Earplugs

NRA Counselor Jim Lyons will offer his custom molded earplugs on April 3rd at the Tuesday night Fun Shoot.  Another date will be scheduled in the future if interest is shown.
The plugs offer 32.8 NRR protection and come in a custom case.
Cost is $60 cash or check or $65 on a credit card.
Jim is the NRA counselor who gave the RSO course in February at no charge.

Click HERE for more information.

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 for the promotion of shooting sports, conservation, youth and women’s programs and related efforts.  Funds raised in Massachusetts are split between national programs and Massachusetts organizations.


Club Governor Tom Serricchio has announced that the first SIX-GUN Shoot of 2018 will take place on Saturday, April 28.
Click HERE for details and more information. 

Last-Minute Dues Renewal

Members who have not paid their dues will have their electronic card keys disabled at the end of March.  Adult dues are $120, seniors and spouses pay $60, and juniors may join at no charge after taking the safety course.  Details and applications are on the club website.

50-Yard Berm Completed

Crews from Dietz Construction recently finished the earthen safety dividing berm on the 50-yard range.
HRC members using the plate racks are reminded to stand directly in front of the racks so that missed shots will strike only the sand berm and not stray off range.
Firearms are limited to all handguns and .22 rimfire rifles.
The range may be closed for a day or two in the spring for final seeding and grading.

Police Qualifications

Officers of the Holyoke, South Hadley and Holyoke Community College police departments will be using the club’s ranges for qualifications in the coming months.  They have exclusive use of the ranges for these sessions, and club members may either use the other ranges or wait for the officers to vacate the range.
Please check the CALENDAR before leaving for the range.

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 Shooting 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.  Click HERE for more information.

HRC Shooting 101

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 safety officers and details are on the club website.  

HRC First Shots

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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