Although June starts on a Sunday, the monthly range day is on the fourth full weekend. So, the next club range day will be on Saturday June 28, 2014. (And the monthly USPSA match is the following day, Sunday June 29, 2014.) Mark your calendar with the correct dates, and bring family and friends for a day of Trap or Skeet, Rimfire Steel, Centerfire handgun, and Rifle fun.
On the June range day, the rifle range will be open to all members for informal shooting. Bring your single-shot, bolt, pump, lever-action, and semiauto long guns for practice at distances ranging from 50- to 200 yards. For the 50- and 100-yard berms, you can use pistol range target holders made of steel, plastic, or wood. For the 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, 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.
Although the month of June starts on a Sunday, the next USPSA match is on the fourth full weekend, on Sunday June 29, 2014. This month, there will be six challenging 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. For your dining and snacking pleasure, Uncle Mike will be there with his terrific grilled treats.
The next monthly club meeting will be on Tuesday June 24, 2014, and will start with a potluck at 6:30pm. Bring your favorite dish and a healthy appetite! 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.
If you’re an aspiring Trap Champion and haven’t yet signed-up for the Round Robin matches, why not join one of the two teams forming for the June 16 match? See the Trap & Skeet page for details.
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.
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.