Norm Desilets 1944-2018
In September the Holyoke Revolver Club and the Western Mass. shooting community were saddened by news of the death of former club president Norm Desilets. He was an NRA instructor and Chief Range Safety Officer, a coach and mentor to many beginning shooters, and he devoted hundreds of hours to improving the club. He is missed.
Open House and Junior Team Fundraiser
HRC will hold an open house on Sunday, September 23 from 11 to 4, open to members, friends and the public. Food and drink will be available, and Holyoke PD Officer Welch and K9 Officer Ryker will offer a demonstration at around 12:30. The Rock Valley Junior Shooting team will demonstrate Scholastic Action Team shooting and the juniors will be selling tickets at $10 each for a five-gun raffle to benefit the team’s budget. Winners will be drawn Sunday. Click HERE for more info.
The Junior Teams Bring Back Old Name
The HRC Junior Pistol team and the HRC Junior Rifle teams have been combined into one, now known as the Junior Shooting Program, the members voted to bring back the old name of “The Rock Valley Junior Shooting Team”.
Both the Holyoke PD and the South Hadley PD will be holding officer qualifications at the club during the months of October and November. The SHPD on Tuesdays, and the HPD on Thursdays. Whichever range that is occupied by the PD will be closed to members.
Member are free to shoot at all the other ranges not being used by the PD. If there is any question where to shoot when you arrive at the club, please speak to the Officer in Charge, the police departments are willing to work with all members who would like to shoot on those training days.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE CALENDAR & THE WEATHER BEFORE LEAVING FOR THE CLUB TO SHOOT.
Western Mass. Pistol League
The annual matches of the WMPL will begin on Monday, October 1. HRC competes in a series of .22 postal gallery matches with seven other local clubs throughout the winter and early spring. Beginners are welcome. Ron Mehlhorn and Pete Galenski are co-captains. There are practice sessions on Friday evenings.
Pioneer Valley Friends of NRA’s October fundraiser raffle offers 31 guns in 31 days. When the three-digit ticket number matches the first three digits of the Massachusetts evening lottery number, the winner receives a new gun. Tickets are $25 and are available from Pete and Debbie Galenski and George Apgar. The Friends of NRA is a national fundraising arm of the NRA that provides cash grants to clubs, teams, women’s and conservation groups and other causes to promote and preserve the shooting sports. HRC has received more than $40,000 in grants through the years.
Metallic Reloading Course
The club will offer an NRA Metallic Reloading course from 8 to 5 on November 3. Participants will learn about safety, reloading practices and procedures, reloading data and other aspects of reloading pistol and rifle ammo. It’s a hands-on course taught by NRA instructors, open only to HRC members and the fee is $75. Click HERE for more information and to sign up for the class.
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 information and to sign up for the class.
HRC First Shots Training
HRC also conducts a course to familiarize new gun owners with the operation of their newly-acquired guns. This course also qualifies prospective members for ‘Live Fire’. Details and signup information are also on the club website.
NRA and G.O.A.L.
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 and Members Drawing
Ed Roberge won $38 in the 50/50 raffle at the September meeting, and Zach Duquette’s name was drawn in the members’ raffle but he was not at the meeting.
The following new members joined the club at the September meeting: Kyle Adamski of Southampton, Alejandro Cameron Jr. of Springfield, Brian and Anthony Smith and Junior member Kurt Gagne, all of Chicopee, Lisa Glob of Easthampton and Brian Regan of Granby.