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HRC Newsletter – September 2017

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The Governor’s Six Gun Shoot

Club Governor Tom Serricchio is holding the Club’s first SIX Gun Shoot on Saturday, September 23.
Setup is at 9:00 Start time: 10:00am End time: 3:00pm +/- subject to participants.
The course of fire will include six stages with various targets on the outdoor range, using pistols and revolvers in .22 and .38, two .22 rifles and a 12 gauge shotgun. The course fee is $6.00 per run. All firearms and ammo will be provided in the course fee. The activity is open only to HRC members, but members may bring a guest to observe. Please remember to bring eye and ear protection. If anyone is unfamiliar with any of the firearms there will be instructors available to offer assistance. If you’re still not comfortable, you can simply bypass it and just shoot the others. Details are on the club website.
Any questions please contact Tom S. at

Western Mass. Pistol League

The first bullseye match of the 2017 – 2018 WMPL will be Oct. 2. The club competes against other local clubs in weekly .22 gallery matches. All matches are held on Monday nights at Holyoke. New shooters are encouraged to join in. Practice sessions are held on Friday evenings beginning at 6. Ron Mehlhorn and Pete Galenski are co-captains.

Elections and Annual Meeting

The club’s election and annual meeting will take place at the November meeting. Club offices including president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, membership secretary, governor and two directorships will be open. Any HRC member in good standing may vote, run for office, or nominate another. Anyone interested in running should notify Club Secretary Rich Asselin.

Dues to Increase for 2018

Citing the rising costs of maintenance and the need to fund needed capital projects, the board of directors voted to raise membership dues beginning with 2018 renewals and new memberships. Adult memberships will be $120, spouses and seniors will pay $60, and juniors will be eligible to join at no cost after taking the safety course. The decision to drop the $25 fee for juniors was based on new grant eligibility rules established by the NRA Foundation. New members will pay full fees until the July meeting, when new members’ dues will be cut in half for the remainder of the year, and new members joining in December will only pay the next year’s dues.

Membership Committee

Outreach to new and prospective members, recruiting volunteers and organizing club events will be among the activities of a new Membership Committee being organized soon at HRC. Interested club members should contact Vice President Joe Knapik or Membership Secretary Bill Burgess for information, or attend the directors’ meeting Wednesday evening, September 20 at 7.

Ladies’ Night

The club recently held its first women-only shooting session, and there are plans to continue the program on the second Wednesday evening of each month. During that time the indoor range is reserved for use by any and all female HRC members. The get-togethers are informal, and details are on the club website.

New Security Cameras

Higher-resolution video cameras have been installed inside and outside the clubhouse to provide sharper images for any necessary review. The system also includes upgraded software.

October GunADay Raffle

The Pioneer Valley Friends of NRA committee will be holding a gun raffle in October, with 31 new guns to be awarded. Tickets are available from Pete and Debbie Galenski, Roland Menard and George Apgar, and through the club office. The Friends of NRA is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that raises funds for shooting clubs, women, youth, conservation and law enforcement programs. HRC has received more than $30,000 in grants from FNRA.

Range Divider

The board of directors voted to construct an earthen berm to divide the 50-yard range so that steel shooters and paper shooters can use it simultaneously without conflicts. The berm will be constructed to NRA safety standards, using the same materials as in HRC’s other outdoor ranges so that projectiles may be sifted out later and recycled.

New Plate Racks

The club has purchased and installed two new sets of falling plate racks on the outdoor pistol range. The plates may only be used with pistols, revolvers and .22 rimfire rifles, not centerfire rifles or shotguns.

Summer Cookouts

The club is continuing its tradition of summer cookouts before monthly meetings. Hamburgs and hot dogs as well as salad and desserts are on the menu. Serving begins around 5 p.m., and there is a suggested $5 donation.

New Members

Joining the club in September were Holly Pagano, Zachary Brunelle and Maksim Zinchenko, all of Southwick, Jose Caraballo and Charlie Counter, both of South Hadley, Kevin Drapeau and Jonathan Yee, both of Holyoke, Taylor Gosselin of Southampton, Michael Charette of Chicopee, Brandon Blackak of West Springfield, Louis Beaudoin of Indian Orchard, Lucas Asseng of Deerfield and junior member Edward Johnson IV of Longmeadow.

Police Qualifications

The Holyoke Police Department has begun annual qualifications, usually on Thursdays on the indoor range. South Hadley PD is holding its qualifications on Wednesdays, usually outdoors. The police have exclusive use of the range during their training sessions, but club members may use the other ranges or wait for the officers to finish.

NRA Basic Pistol Training

The club offers basic pistol training courses every month. Successful completion provides the students with the credentials to apply for Massachusetts firearm licenses. The course is conducted by NRA-certified instructors and range safety officers, and is held on a Saturday with lunch provided. Details and signup applications are on the club’s website.

Shooting 101

The club holds familiarization courses for newly-licensed members to try out a selection of 10 handguns prior to purchasing their own. Firearms range from .22 to .45 ACP, and the course is run by certified instructors and range officers. Signup information is on the club website.

First Shots

HRC also conducts a course for gun owners to become familiar with the operation and safety features of handguns they have recently purchased. Signup information is also on the club website.

Club Scrapbook Missing

In 2014 the club celebrated its 100th anniversary, and as part of the celebration HRC members compiled a scrapbook of photographs, news clippings and other memorabilia. The book has gone missing and there is now a cash reward for its return.

Construction Projects

The board of directors is planning a study of major improvements and updates for the indoor range. Also in the works are steel targets for the 100-yard range.


The junior rifle program is up and running. Details are on the club website. Mike Heisler is in charge.


Ed Pelland has received an Outstanding Service Award from the National Rifle Association in recognition of his recruiting work. Lately he shares this role and recruiting for the state’s Gun Owners Action League with Carl Eger. The NRA sends a rebate of $5 or $10 to the club for all renewals or new applications, and the funds support HRC’s youth programs. NRA memberships received through Ed and Carl are at a $10 discount for annual membership and larger discounts for other terms. NRA recently reduced the cost of a Life membership to $600. Ed and Carl are seated at the back table at monthly meetings.


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