News & Updates

News Letter – December 2015

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Target Rifles For Sale

The board of directors recently voted to replace four full-size Izhmash .22 target rifles with lighter models for use in the club’s Junior Rifle program. The Izhmash rifles are for sale complete with target sights, and are offered at $550 each. Norm Desilets has the information.

Indoor Range Closed Sunday A.M. Jan.10

The club will host a meeting of the Massachusetts State Friends of NRA Committee on the morning of January 10. During the meeting the indoor range will be closed. Outdoor ranges will be available, and the meeting should finish around noon.

Dues Time

Membership dues may be paid by mail or at club meetings. Electronic swipe cards of unpaid members will be deleted from the club computer following the February meeting.

Rules Reminder

Outdoor shooting hours end at 4 p.m. (regardless of daylight conditions) until April, and are posted on the corner of the building and printed on the back of HRC membership cards. Please also read previous post – Rules Reminder

Friends of NRA Raffle

The Pioneer Valley chapter of the Friends of NRA will raffle off 31 new guns in March as part of its annual fundraising effort in support of the shooting sports. Only 1000 tickets are sold, and when the three-digit ticket number matches the first three digits of the MA evening daily lottery, the ticket holder wins a new firearm. Tickets are $25 and are available from Debbie and Pete Galenski, Roland Menard, George Apgar and Norm Desilets at the club.

NRA First Steps Orientation

The board of directors recently voted to offer the NRA First Steps Orientation course to students who have taken a Basic Pistol course but have not had the live fire training, which is required for joining the club. The club’s NRA instructors will conduct classroom training as well as live fire range time specific to either revolvers or semiauto pistols. Club members may also take the course to learn about a new handgun. Information and registration is available on the club’s website. Cost of the course is $60.

Reloading Course

The club’s NRA Metallic Reloading Course has been postponed until spring.

Police Qualifications

The Holyoke and South Hadley police departments will be holding their annual qualification sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, respectively, under contracts with the club. The police have exclusive use of the range during these times. Club members may ask the officer in charge when the range will be available, or they may use the outdoor ranges while the indoor range is in use.

Junior Rifle

The club’s safety and marksmanship program for junior shooters is on hold until spring. Mike Heisler is chief instructor. Information is available on the club website.

Practical Matches On First Sunday

The club’s practical matches, which had been held on the fourth Saturday of the month, will now take place on the first Sunday. New shooters should arrive at 9 a.m. for safety instruction. Participants should bring a centerfire pistol or revolver and 100 rounds of ammunition, extra magazines and speedloaders, a holster, which is not a shoulder or crossdraw model, a baseball cap and eye and ear protection. Chris Fila is in charge. Volunteers are needed to set up the stages, and should arrive at 8 a.m.

New Members

Joining the club at the December meeting were Manuel Menendes and Jason Seybold of Springfield, Michael Jacques and junior members Alex and Kiran Marwaha of Northampton, Andy Ramos of Holyoke, Roger Thibodeau of Southampton and Jeffrey Irwin of Chester.

HRC Hats and Patches

Hats and jacket patches embroidered with the club’s logo are now available for sale from Membership Secretary Bill Burgess. Also available are limited-edition items commemorating the club’s 100th anniversary.

NRA and G.O.A.L.

The club encourages its members to join the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners’ Action League, the state rifle and pistol association. Ed Pelland is the club recruiter for both organizations, and handles membership applications and renewals for both. Club members can save $10 per year by paying for their NRA memberships through Ed. Ed receives NRA rebates for each renewal or new membership, which he applies to NRA memberships for the junior members of the club.

Fun Shoots

Dave Sparko conducts fun shoots on Tuesday evenings at the club. Competitors shoot .22 pistols at steel plates and a “Dueling Tree” of spinning targets, trying to move all of the discs to the opponent’s side of the tree. Match schedules will be posted on the club’s website and calendar.

Pistol Course

Holyoke Revolver Club conducts an NRA Basic Pistol course every month on the third Saturday. Successful participants receive both the NRA certificate and the Massachusetts State Police certificate required for firearms licenses. To register or for more information visit The club has more than a dozen NRA-Certified Pistol Instructors and more than two dozen NRA-Certified Range Safety Officers. Volunteers are needed to monitor the firing line from around 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m

Shooting 101

The firearm familiarization course for new shooters has been reorganized and will be offered on certain evenings at a reduced cost of $30. Rich Asselin is in charge, and is looking for instructors and RSO’s to assist. For more information and to register for Shooting 101 visit

50/50 Raffle & Membership drawing

John Lanty won $31.00 at the December meeting. Edward Roberge’s and Josh Healey’s names were drawn in the membership drawing, but they were not at the meeting.


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