The third Range Maintenance day of the year will be on Saturday August 30, 2014. As always, the work begins at 8:00am and runs to 12:00noon. This third-quarter Range Maintenance day, will be a change of pace: painting, instead of hacking weeds. Join your fellow club members in prepping, sanding, and painting Cowboy Town on the Upper Ranges…and be prepared to hear stories of incredible hunts, stellar match performances, and epic fishing tales…er, trips. Please read the Club News page for more information.
This month’s club range day will be on Saturday August 23, 2014. Although we’re in a cooling trend, the summer sun will still be high in the sky. So, smear on sun block, top off your range attire with a jaunty hat, and bring family and friends for a day of Trap or Skeet, Rimfire Steel, Centerfire handgun, and Rifle fun.
The rifle range will be open to all members this month. You can practice for next month’s High Power Rifle match with that surplus battle rifle or war trophy and test your mettle against the wind, the mirage, and your aging eyeballs. Or, you can bring the family out for a bit of casual rifle plinking with anything from air-guns to .50 caliber canons. Whether it’s iron sights, red-dots, or a scope, you’ll take on paper targets raised above the 50-, 100-, and 200-yard berms. For those 200-yard berms, you’ll need target stands and cardboard backers to fit the steel target frames set behind the berm, along with binoculars or a spotting scope. Please remember that shooting into the berm faces and steel-core ammo continue to be no-no’s.
The monthly Trap shoot will be in full-swing at 9:00am. This is a completely informal club match, with no barrel length or action-type limitations. You don’t even need to wear a fancy trap-shooting outfit. Bring any sort of scattergun you own and give those pesky clay birds something to worry about.
As always, the Rimfire Steel shoot begins at 9:00am at Pistol Range Three (P3), where new shooters can learn firearms safety and proper firearms handling from experienced shooters. And, old-salts can blaze away at an array of steel targets.
At noon, the monthly BBQ lunch takes place at the clubhouse. Join your fellow club members for a sociable and tasty time under the shade of the old oak trees.
There are two matches this month. Match#1 is on Sunday August 24, 2014, and Match#2 is on Sunday August 31, 2014. There will be six sizzling stages with an abundance of steel and paper targets, many of them moving targets. You’ll need about 200 rounds and your most comfortable run-and-gun shoes. Although the recent hot spell is fading, you should still apply sun screen, don a fashionable hat, and stay hydrated. For your hydration and personal fuel needs, Uncle Mike will be on-site throughout the match with ample supplies of iced beverages and his terrific grilled treats.
The next monthly club meeting will be on Tuesday August 26, 2014. As always, club members are welcome at the meeting hall’s bar, and there’s plenty of space in the parking lot. The meeting officially starts at 7:00pm, but the socializing and companionship continue through the evening.
Range Safety Officer (RSO) training classes are planned in the next six to eight weeks. Contact the Chief RSO for information on this training.
The Gopher Flats Sportsmen’s Club (GFSC)
The GFSC is a great place to shoot Trap, Skeet, Practical Pistol, Rimfire Steel, and High-Power Rifle matches in a safe and enjoyable environment. The fourth Saturday of each month is a day of organized matches, informal target shoots, and a club barbeque.
Practical Pistol: On the fourth Sunday of each month, the Southwest Pistol League and GFSC present a USPSA Practical Pistol Match that’s open to the public. For semi-auto and revolver fans with a taste for running and gunning, this is the chance to experience the thrill of action pistol shooting.
High-Power Rifle: On the fourth Sunday of odd-numbered months, GFSC hosts an NRA-Style National Match format rifle match. Bring out the old battle rifles, iron sights, and leather slings. This is precision shooting the NRA way.
Rimfire Steel: On the fourth Saturday of each month, GFSC offers a steel target shoot for .22 handguns and rifles of all types. Even those with no previous shooting experience can join the rimfire shooters for their first exposure to shooting.
Trap and Skeet: For retirees, the idle rich, and anyone lucky enough to have a day off from work, there’s weekday morning trap. For daytime worker-bees and those who enjoy sleeping-in, there’s evening Trap and Skeet. And, on the fourth Saturday of each month, there’s all the Trap you can stand. Bring lots of shells and an appetite for lunch!
During your drive along the access road beginning in August, please be extra careful when driving over and near the bridge. Construction workers and heavy equipment may be moving about. So, please drive slowly and try to refrain from attempting any “Dukes Of Hazard” jumps in the work area.
Monday range days have reverted to the Crescenta Valley Sportsmen’s Club. So, Thursdays are again the sole weekday range day for the club. As always, if you decide to shoot on a non-club day, please check-in with the rangemaster of the supervising club. Don’t forget to have any guests sign the supervising club’s Liability Waiver and make sure to empty the trash bins on your range when you leave.