Our friends at the Panorama Sportsmen’s Club will be setting-up for their annual Great Northfield Raid cowboy match this Thursday, November 13, 2014. So, the skeet range and pistol ranges 1-3 will be unavailable on Thursday.
If you’re an aspiring Trap World Champion and haven’t yet signed-up for the Round Robin matches, why not join your fellow shotgun enthusiasts for the December 14 match? See the Trap & Skeet page for details.
After last month’s blitz of dual matches and high-round-count stages, things will return to normal for the last SWPL match of the year. While the November match will still have an abundance of steel and paper targets, there will be a USPSA qualifier and challenging stages in the other bays. You’ll need about 200 rounds to complete the match, and, as always, your most comfortable run-and-gun shoes. Please come out to celebrate the end of the SWPL season and to see your fellow competitors before the start of the Holiday Season.
If you’ve never entered a practical pistol match and want to learn about USPSA shooting, even if you don’t plan to shoot, visit Dave Marcinkus and other GFSC members in the sign-in area at the lower ranges between 8:00am and 1:00pm. There’s never a charge to tour the stages and ogle the action. Remember to bring eye- and hearing-protection, though! If the action starts your blood pumping and you decide to shoot the match, Gopher Flats members receive a $5.00 discount on the $30.00 match fee.
Extra hands, feet, backs, and smiles are always needed to set-up and break-down the match stages. You’ll get work credit for helping with the matches…and lots of free advice on gear and match strategy. If you can help, please chat with Dave before Sunday morning.
This month’s club range day will be on Saturday November 22, 2014. Fall is here and the temperatures have dropped back into the 70’s. With conditions this nice, make sure to bring family and friends for a day of Trap or Skeet, Rimfire Steel, Centerfire handgun, and Rifle fun.
The rifle range will be hosting the bi-monthly High Power Rifle match. So, dig deep into the closet for that surplus battle rifle or war trophy and test your mettle against the wind, the mirage, and your shaky trigger finger. High-Power matches pit your Mark-One eyeball, iron-sights, and grit against teeny-tiny targets on the 200-yard berms. So, 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.
The next monthly club meeting will be on Tuesday November 25, 2014. As always, club members are welcome at the meeting hall’s bar, and there’s plenty of space in the parking lot.
This month, we’ll complete the nominations, then hold the elections for our 2015 club officers. Unlike the national political party conventions, there won’t be TV coverage, bunting, confetti, or long-winded speeches. But, razzing, politically incorrect humor, and raucous cheering are encouraged. The meeting officially starts at 7:00pm, and the socializing and companionship continue through the evening.
The final Range Maintenance day of the year will be on Saturday November 29, 2014. As always, the work begins at 8:00am and runs to 12:00noon. Please plan to join your fellow club members in a morning of much-needed maintenance of our ranges, followed by a hot lunch, spiced-up with stories of incredible hunts, stellar match performances, and epic fishing tales…er, trips. Please read the Club News page for more information.
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, please be extra careful near the old bridge. Permits and planning are nearly complete for the new bridge, and there may be survey crews 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.