New Life Members
Two longtime club members and officers were awarded life membership status at the July meeting. Ron Mehlhorn is a board member, co-captain of the Western Mass. Pistol League team, chief maintenance officer and leader of the .22 rifle benchrest competition. Rick Wallis was president of the club during a time of tight budgets and challenging circumstances. He led a major effort to build up the treasury, reorganize the various club functions and establish a long-term plan for the future. He and his brother Dave have taught the annual High-Power Rifle clinic at the club for many years.
Junior Team Fundraisers
The Juniors Team is selling tickets for two different raffles:
They are selling tickets for a Five – Gun Raffle!!! Tickets are $10 each for a chance to win the following:
Henry Color Case Hardened 30/30, Marlin 795, Savage Arms Model B Bolt Action Rifle, Winchester SXP Black Shadow, Smith & Wesson 15/22 rifle, Pilla Shooting Glasses, Browning Knife Light Combo, Orca 20QT Cooler, Blackhawk Pro Shooters Mat, Mystery Prize from KC Small Arms.
With more amazing prizes to come. The winners will be drawn Sept. 23. Proceeds will go to benefit the team’s operating budget.
They are also raffling off Two Red Sox Tickets. (The game tickets were generously donated to the Junior Team by fellow Club member, Tony Nadeau.)
The raffle tickets are $5.00 each for a chance to win TWO Tickets to the game on Sept, 7th in Boston at 7:10pm. Grandstand-Home Plate, Section 18, Row 4, Seats 15 & 16. Retail value $52.00 each.
The winner will be drawn August 25th at the next Governors Six-Gun Event. Proceeds will go to benefit the team’s operating budget and accessibility modifications to the Club.
You do not need to be present to win.
Pioneer Valley Friends of NRA’s October 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, Roland Menard 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 a NRA Metallic Reloading course from 8 to 5 on November 3rd. 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 and open only to HRC members. The fee is $75.
The board of directors recently instituted new safety rules for firearms handling in the clubhouse. Firearms brought into the building must be either holstered or unloaded in a case. Handling firearms is restricted to the indoor range firing line and ready counter of the indoor range. Firearms may not be handled or cleaned in any other area of the building.
No shooting of non-target items, glass, paint cans, produce, or exploding targets.
No aerial / flying targets. Clay pigeon targets may be used as a stationary target but projectile(s) must impact an established sand berm. All targets should be set so that projectiles impact the berm backstop between 36” & 72” above the ground.
Also, there are new safety updates for participants in the practical matches, both indoors and outdoors. The safety updates are posted on the HRC website.
Summer Shooting Hours
Outdoor range hours from May through August are 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
The club will continue its summer cookouts until it’s just too darned cold. Cookouts are held before monthly meetings. Burgers and hot dogs, salad and desserts will be available starting at 5:30. There is a suggested $5 donation.
Open House and Barbecue
We are planning to hold a first annual Members and Guest Open House and Barbecue on Sunday September 23, 2018. The HRC ranges will be closed to all members so that we can conduct tours and have a great day closing out the summer season. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Michele Bailey or Gary Boisseau from our membership mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the HRC directly at 413 539 9345.
The club competes in the Western Mass. Pistol League each fall and winter. Currently there are practice sessions on Friday evenings, with team captain Ron Mehlhorn in charge. The indoor range is also open for other shooters as well.
NRA Basic Pistol Course
The club offers the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course on the third Saturday of each month. Upon completion of this course you will receive both a NRA Basic Pistol Shooting certificate and a MA Basic Firearms Safety certificate which will allow you to apply for both MA and CT licenses to carry firearms.
During the summer months both the Shooting 101 Course and the HRC First Shots Course will be every other month. 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. Please see the Club’s website CALENDAR for the dates of classes.
HRC also conducts a course to familiarize new gun owners with the operation of their newly-acquired guns. 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.
50/50 Raffle and Members Drawing
George Apgar won the 50/50 raffle at the August meeting, and George Leary’s name was drawn in the members’ raffle but he was not at the meeting.
The following new members joined the club at the July meeting: Christopher Jones, John Kosak, Abigail Diaz, Robert Supinski and Neil Downey, all of Chicopee, Avery Hooks, Giovanni and Caroline Cotto, all of Springfield, Anthony Nadeau and Paula LaBranch, both of Westfield, Eleuterio Amoro of West Springfield and Luke J Meehan of Longmeadow. Joining HRC at the August meeting were Erich Mann of Springfield, Ralph Morton of Southampton, Joel Ekstrom, Jr. of West Springfield and Michael Brissette of Agawam, a Junior.