News & Updates

HRC Newsletter – September 2016

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Western Mass Pistol League

The annual matches of the Western Mass. Pistol League will start on October 3.  The matches are weekly .22 pist0l matches with other local clubs, through the winter until March.  All matches are held at the club, beginning at 6:30 on Monday evenings.  The schedule will be on the bulletin board and the website, and bullseye practice is being held on Friday evenings until the matches begin.  Ron Mehlhorn and Pete Galenski are co-captains.

RSO Course

The club will hold a training course for new Range Safety Officers on December 10.  The course is open to all HRC members at no charge.  The Range Safety Officers assist the instructors at all training sessions and play a vital role in maintaining the club’s perfect safety record.  Details are on the website.  Norm Desilets is chief instructor.

Instructor Course Cancelled

The instructor training course originally planned for this fall has been cancelled due to changes in the NRA training requirements.  The new NRA blended training curriculum has not yet been certified by MA authorities.

Police Qualifications

Annual qualifications for three local departments are underway.  Ranges are closed to club members when there are police officers using a range or classroom.  Most qualifications are conducted indoors, and at those times the outdoor ranges are available to club members.  HRC members can also ask the officer in charge when the session will finish, and wait for the range to clear.

Club Elections

The annual meeting and club elections will take place at the November meeting.  The offices of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, membership secretary, club governor and two members of the board of directors are up for election.  Any club member in good standing may vote, run for office or nominate another member for any of the offices.  Club secretary Rich Asselin is in charge, and has information about each position.

Volunteers Needed

The club has a full calendar of competition and training events, all staffed by volunteers. With 700 members and growing, the club needs more volunteers to assist at the activities. Anyone who can contribute some time should email the club at or call the club at 413-539-9345.


The junior rifle and pistol programs are up and running for the season. Details are on the club website.

GPS Coordinates

In case of a very serious medical emergency requiring helicopter transport, the GPS coordinates of the 50-yard range and the 800 number of the helicopter service are printed on the blackboard.

Vostok Md. CM-2 .22LR Target Rifles For Sale

The club has three full-size target rifles, with sights, for sale. Priced at $550 each, they are being replaced by lighter rifles in the club’s junior program.  The rifles are on consignment at Culverine Firearms in Feeding Hills.

New Members

Twelve new members joined at the September meeting, bringing club membership to 712, a new record.  New members include Rebecca DeLisa, Gary Syniec and Victor and Dacasty Pena, all of Holyoke,  Norman Mercier, Harold Dixson and George Cabrera, all of Springfield, Romari Caesar of Indian Orchard, Caroline Kozek of East Longmeadow, Thomas Brunell of Longmeadow and junior members Caleigh Sullivan and Joseph Rich, both of South Hadley.

50/50 Raffle & Members Drawing

Mike Heisler won $33.00 in the 50/50 raffle.  David Boiselle’s name was selected in the members’ drawing, but he was not at the meeting.

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