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HRC Newsletter – March 2019

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GOAL Course at HRC in March

The Gun Owners’ Action League will hold a MA Basic Firearm Safety (BFS) course for registered instructors on Saturday, March 30th, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the clubhouse.  Topics Include:

  • Applicable Laws regarding the possession, transportation and storage of guns within the Commonwealth
  • Suicide prevention and emotional health resources
  • Instructor Requirements under 5.15 CMR 3.05 and Chapter 140 § 131P(b)
  • LEOSA Requirements under 515 CMR 6.00
  • LEOSA Requirements under 515 CMR 6.00

Tuition is $20 for GOAL members and $60 for non-members, payable on the GOAL website.

HRC High Powered Rifle Clinic

HRC will be holding its annual High Powered Rifle Clinic on Saturday May 4th. The M1 Garand (officially designated as United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1) was the first semi-automatic rifle to be generally issued to the infantry of any nation. The AR-15 Sportsman Rifle will also be covered. Click Here for more information & to signup.

NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) Course

The Holyoke Revolver Club will conduct a training course on Saturday, May 11th for new NRA Range Safety Officers. The club depends on its RSOs to assist at training courses and events throughout the year.  Click Here for more information and to sign up.

Cleanup Day

April 14 will be the day of the annual outdoor cleanup at the club, with April 28 the rain date.  HRC members are asked to bring rakes and other tools. Please contact Amy Burgess, Membership Committee Chair, for more information.

Volunteers Run the Club

Virtually everything that happens at the club is the work of volunteers who donate their time.  Club members are encouraged to contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Burgess through the club to sign up for club projects and events.


The club has recently installed an AED (automated external defibrillator) to be used in a case of sudden cardiac arrest.  CPR and AED training is available through the Red Cross and other agencies, but the Phillips HeartStart AED is designed to be used even by untrained personnel, with voice prompts directing the user at each stage. .

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.  Details and a link are on the club’s home page. 

New Range Rules to be issued soon.

The HRC Rules Committee will soon be issuing new range rules which will become part of the club’s Standard Operation Procedures (SOP). Among them will be.

  • Used targets, ammo boxes, and brass must be cleaned up when you’re finished and placed in the proper receptacles for each.
  • All Club members must display their membership badges while on Club property. Except organizational members while in uniform.
  • All shooting must be directed towards the established backstop.
  • All shots should impact backstops approximately 36 inches to 72 inches above the ground. Set targets up to insure this happens.

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. Click Here for more info & to signup.

HRC First Shots Training

Looking for training specific to that new handgun you just purchased.  Do you need to fulfill your “Live Fire” requirement in order to join HRC. Then, this is the course for you. Click Here for more info & to signup.

HRC Shooting 101 Class

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, and to signup.


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

Sabrina Whalen won $38.50 in the 50/50 raffle at the March meeting.  Glynis Barney’s name was drawn in the members’ raffle but she was not at the meeting.

New Members

The following new members joined the club at the March meeting:  Kevin and Sara Polverini, Kyle Michalski, Kelsey Davey, Peter Bernard and Carolyn Dion, all of Chicopee, James Ngugi and Paul Gaudette of Springfield, Robert and P. J. Goldenberg and Sabrina Whalen of South Hadley, Francis Harris, Jr. of Longmeadow and Carmen Pena of Holyoke.


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