Members of the junior teams along with Club members will conduct the annual cleanup of Club grounds on Sunday, May 20 beginning at 9 a.m. weather permitting. There will be a cookout at noon. Participants should bring rakes, trimmers, blowers and other garden tools.
The Board of Directors recently instituted new safety rule for gun handling within the Clubhouse. All guns brought into the building must be holstered or in their transportation cases / bags. While in cases All firearms must be unloaded, until they are on the range. Guns may not be handled or cleaned in any other area of the building. Also, there are new guidelines for participants in the practical matches, both indoors and outdoors. The guidelines are posted on the HRC website.
Summer HRC Course Schedule
Due to the lack of interest during the summer months both the Shooting 101 Course and the HRC First Shots Course will be every other month. First Shots will be held in May and July. Shooting 101 will be held in June and August. The club will resume the regular schedule in September, and will schedule an extra class if there is enough demand. The NRA Basic Pistol Safety Course will continue to be held monthly.
Summer Shooting Hours
Outdoor range hours from May through August are 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Please be aware of the time and do not shoot before or after the scheduled times. Consider giving yourself a 5 minute cushion as to not go over.
REMINDER: The Outdoor Ranges are CLOSED during the following holidays:
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day.
10% off Summer Ammo
The Guns n Gear shop on Elm St. in Agawam is offering a 10% discount on in-stock ammunition for club members in a summer sale. See the ad here and be sure to bring your membership card.
The club has resumed its summer cookouts prior to monthly meetings. Burgers and hot dogs, salad and desserts will be available starting at 5:30. There is a suggested $5 donation.
50-Yard Berm Complete
Dietz Construction finished the earthen safety berm dividing the 50-yard range. The ranges were recently graded and seeded by R.J.M. Landscaping and are closed to foot traffic until further notice. The plate racks may be used and reset using the ropes, but shooters may not go forward to repaint the plates. The Coverd Line may also be used by walking around to the right to place your 50yd target.
HRC members using the plates are reminded to stand directly in front of the racks so that missed shots will strike only the sand backstop and not stray off range. Calibers are limited to all handguns and .22 LR rimfire rifles.
The following new members joined the club in May: Robert Zemba of Southampton, Melissa Sippel of Agawam, David Rosinski, Luis Arce, Jeanett Figeroa-Smith, Louise Halle and Andre Pollard of Springfield, Doug Pisano of Goshen, Gillian O”Brien of South Hadley, Ralph Bliss and Leah Negrucci of West Springfield, Sean Major of Westfield, Douglas Herbert and Marla and Douglas Londraville of Easthampton, and Marc Grenier, Samuel Edwards, Christopher Laboy and junior member Tyler Augusto, all of Holyoke.
Indoor Range Cleaning
The Board of Directors has voted to have the range professionally cleaned. The Abide Co. recently completed a thorough cleaning of the indoor range.
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.
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 officers and details are on the club website.
This course is also an excellent class to take for ALL Members thinking of purchase a new hand gun.
HRC also conducts a course to familiarize new gun owners with the operation of their newly-acquired guns. It also serves as a “Live Fire” course for tentative HRC members.
Details and signup information are also on the club website.
NRA and GOAL
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.
Dave Rosinski won the 50/50 raffle at the May meeting, and Dave Pronovost won the members’ raffle.