If you haven’t yet sent in the 2015 Membership Renewal Form, the 2015 Liability Waiver, and the 2015 Gate Card Key form, please send them in soon to avoid a lapse in your membership privileges. If you need copies of these forms, download them from the Members-Only page.
A new card key policy requires all members of all the clubs to complete a new Gate Card Key Form for 2015. This form is in addition to the membership renewal forms you’ll send in this year. Please complete the form to ensure that your card key is not disabled. If you haven’t received a copy of the Gate Card Key Form along with the monthly newsletter, please download a copy from the Members-Only page.
The first Range Maintenance day of the year will be on Saturday January 31, 2015. 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.
This month’s club range day will be on Saturday January 24, 2015. The mild winter weather is back, with temperatures in the 60’s and 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 monthly Trap and Skeet shoots will be in full-swing at 9:00am. (Depending on the availability of rangemasters.) These are completely informal club matches, 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.
Due to storm damage, the Rimfire Steel shoot may not take place at P3 this month. So, you should check each of the pistol ranges, to find the temporary location. The shoot begins at 9:00am, and new shooters can learn firearms safety and proper firearms handling from experienced shooters. Then, they can join the fun, blazing 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 Holiday Season is history and it’s time to limber-up for a new year of run-gun-run-run-run pistol action. The inaugural USPSA match of 2015 will have an abundance of moving steel and fiendishly hard-to-hit paper targets. To start the year right, there will be a USPSA qualifier stage to fuel your quest for that new, sky-high, USPSA Classification. You’ll need about 200 rounds to complete the match, and, as always, your most comfortable run-and-gun shoes. Please join your fellow pistoleros in the first match of the SWPL season and revel in the warm California winter weather that makes everyone else in the country wish they lived here.
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 club 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.
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!
The next monthly club meeting will be on Tuesday January 27, 2017. As always, club members are welcome at the meeting hall’s bar, and there’s plenty of space in the parking lot.
This month, there will be a Pot Luck dinner beginning at 6:30pm. The meeting officially starts at 7:00pm, and the socializing and companionship continue through the evening.
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 March match? See the Trap & Skeet page for details.
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.