Richard Moreno will be instructing a First Aid and CPR class for Range Safety Officers (RSO’s) on Sunday, March 30, 2014. The training will be presented at the clubhouse. This is a great opportunity for anyone, not just RSO’s, to learn the vital skills necessary in the event of injury or illness on the club ranges. For more details on the class, please contact Richard Moreno.
This month’s club meeting starts with a pot luck dinner at 6:30pm. Please bring your favorite dish, a healthy appetite, and a smile. 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.
This month’s club range day is Saturday March 22, 2014. Just three days into Spring, it should be a warm and welcome end to a chilly winter season. And, as you do every month, pack your gear and gas-up the car for a day of Trap or Skeet, Rimfire Steel, and Centerfire handgun fun. This month at the rifle range, join the Rifle Guys for another exciting High Power Rifle Match. You needn’t be a grizzled veteran of WWII or Korea to enter the match. All club members are welcome: newbie, plinker, hunter, or long-range zombie-stalker alike. Bring target stands and cardboard backers to fit the steel target frames on the 200-yard berm, along with binoculars or a spotting scope. Even if you don’t have the gear, show up to watch your fellow club members take aim with iron sights and Mark I Eyeballs.
As always, the Rimfire Steel shoot will be held at P3, where new shooters can learn firearms safety and proper firearms handling from experienced shooters.
This month, the Boy Scouts of Troop 317 will be gathering at P4, where they’ll have a fun shoot and Merit Badge qualifications. So, remember to welcome the next generation of shooters and their families.
And, 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.
This month’s USPSA match be the first of the Spring season and offer seven challenging stages. There will be an abundance of steel and paper targets, many of them moving targets. So, bring at least 250 rounds and your most comfortable run-and-gun shoes. For your dining and snacking pleasure, Uncle Mike will be there with his terrific grilled treats.
The first Range Maintenance day of the year will be on Saturday March 29, 2014. As always, the work begins at 8:00am and runs to 12:00noon. During this first-quarter Range Maintenance day, GFSC will complete the Lower Ranges fire break started in November, replace some of the erosion control wattles (the tubular straw bundles), as well as clean and repair the roof of the new GFSC bunker. Unlike a fortified end-of-the-world bunker, this one is the historic ammunition storage building perched slightly uphill from the access road. As you drive up from the lower gate, this is the double-doored, concrete structure on your right. 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 beginning in March, 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.
An energized and excited mix of long-time and new club officers take charge this year. They’re set to build upon the great work of last year’s crew and have ambitious plans for the new year. Please welcome our 2014 officers and help them make this GFSC’s best ever.
President Victor Mainwal
Vice President Maurice Pontani
Treasurer Dennis Robinson
Recording Secretary Lisa Monroe
Corresponding Secretary(s) Stan & Kathy Joslin
Congratulations to GFSC member, firearms- and Range Safety Officer (RSO) trainer, and movie industry maven Michael Farrow on his appointment as the Chief RSO supervising all safety operations for the canyon. Here’s the official announcement from the CRC. Visit the Range Safety page for articles and announcements from Mike.
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.