THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE RIVANNA RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB, INC. January, 2015 Volume 6, Issue 1 SIGHTS & ACTION Special points of interest: OFFICERS President DAVID FOKY All Members and Associates are required to wear their membership badges at all times while at the club. During inclement weather some events may be cancelled. If the schools are closed due to weather all RRPC activities are cancelled as well. If in doubt please call ahead. Gunsmithing Workshops are being held at RRPC! See page 2 for details. (434) A Tribute to the Last of the Founding Members 882-3865 [email protected] Vice-President LUKE WRIGHT (434) 977-4070 [email protected] Secretary (434) STEPHEN SANDOW 975-0440 [email protected] Treasurer CHIP BERRY (434) 987-4478 [email protected] TRUSTEES Director RON ALABANZA (434) 242-1067 [email protected] Director PAUL BENNECHE Calvin Early Dodd passed peacefully away at Rosewood Village on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, where he recently celebrated his 90th birthday, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 16, 1924 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Virginia Belle Herron Dodd. Calvin was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Charlottesville since the age of 5 and a proud founding member of the Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club. He was also a graduate of Lane High School and a veteran of World War II, where he served in the United States Army. Calvin was a salesman for both Fielding Auto Parts and R.M. Davis auto dealership until his retirement. Affectionately known as "Boney" by family and close friends, he will be remembered as a charming southern gentleman who loved fishing at his vacation home in Deltaville. Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911 www.hopva.org; or First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com. (434) 825-0681 Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club 434-977-5482 [email protected] Director ROBERT GETTLEMAN [email protected] Director MIKE JOHNSON [email protected] Director (434) STEVE DELLINGER 589-5338 [email protected] Director BOB SCHMIDT (434) 953-9058 [email protected] Director TOM TEMPLETON [email protected] (757) 419-9321 Founded January 13, 1950, The Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club is a private, 100-acre shooting facility organized and maintained by member volunteers. Here you will find a variety of shooting activities throughout the year: something for everyone, young and old. The club is located in southern Albemarle County, Virginia, about 4 miles south of I-64 on Old Lynchburg Road, (the extension of 5th Street in Charlottesville, VA ). MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. RRPC membership continues to grow. We do not intend to compete with other clubs or organizations, but to form partnerships with all, and work toward a common goal. We are dedicated to educating, encouraging, and promoting the proper and safe use of firearms, hunting and conservation, in a friendly, social environment. Visit us on the web at www.rrpc.org BOX 7883, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA 22906 PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 1570 OLD LYNCHBURG ROAD Page 2 January Dates and Club Highlights Thu., Jan. 8 Sun., Jan. 11 Tues., Jan 13 Thu., Jan. 15 RRPC Membership Meeting RRPC Orientation VCDL Meeting at RRPC RRPC Board of Directors Meeting Mon., Jan 19 Lobby Day!!! Sun., Feb. 8 Ruger 10/22 Customization Workshop If there is inclement weather please check to see if the event is cancelled. If the schools close due to weather all range events are cancelled as well. Work Details will be scheduled monthly or twice a month. See page 8 for details and contact information. (Please refer to RRPC’s calendar for the complete list of events and scheduled activities.) DIY Gunsmithing Workshop: 1911 Pistols The next DIY Gunsmithing Workshops will be on the 1911 Pistol. The 1911 pistol is a broad enough subject that two sessions will be required. They will be held on 28 Feb 2015, and 7 Mar 2015 from 12 PM to 4 PM in the RRPC clubhouse. These sessions are restricted to 15 attendees. Each attendee is required to attend both sessions to get the whole workshop. The cost is $10 per attendee per session. Attendees are required to have a 1911 pistol for the hands on portion of the course. The RRPC DIY Workshops are led by Pat- rick Heraghty, owner of a local gunsmith shop and a graduate of the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School’s Master Gunsmithing Program. The workshops are geared towards giving members, and their guests, who have a basic set of tools the skills they need to work on their own guns. Any proceeds that are not used for the workshop will go towards the maintenance of club firearms and / or the youth program. [email protected] or 434-989-1263 if you want to sign up, have questions, etc. Contact Patrick Heraghty at: Ruger 10/22 Rifle Maintenance/Customization Workshop Date: Sunday, February 8, 12:00 – 4:00 pm. Location: Clubhouse meeting room. Limited to 12 participants Workshop fee: $5.00 Do you have a 10/22? Does it malfunction too often? Do you find the bolt release frustrating? Have you never taken it fully apart for a thorough cleaning of the action and trigger group? Have you never cleaned your magazines? Or have you wanted to customize it with aftermarket parts like an auto bolt release, extended magazine release, or trigger upgrades, but don’t know how to install them? If so, this workshop is for you. This workshop will cover how to operate, fully strip, clean, lube, and reassemble your 10/22 rifle and magazines. You will learn about the typical malfunctions and how to fix them. It is a hands-on session in which you will work on your own rifle with guidance from knowledgeable coaches. Bring your rifle, a rubber pad or large towel to protect it on the table, and if you have them, your tools including a screwdriver and gunsmith punches. If you don’t have tools, that’s ok. SAFETY NOTE: No ammunition will be allowed in the meeting room during the workshop. Pre-registration is required. To register, or if you have any questions, contact Bob Newton at: [email protected] Page 3 VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1 High-Power Rifle Matches High-power rifle matches are held on the first Saturday of every month at RRPC. Two relays are squaded for 9:00am and 11:00am on a first-come basis. It’s recommended that you arrive at the range by 8:00am to ensure a position in the first relay. Match entry fee is $15.00. There’s also a $5.00 target fee for anyone choosing to practice on the second relay — however, competitors take priority. Match course is a modified, National Match Course of 50 shots for score fired at 100 yards: 20 shots standing, single feed, 10 shots sitting with magazine change, 10 shots prone with magazine change, 10 shots prone, single feed. All stages are timed. For more information, please contact Steve Dellinger at (434) 589-5338 after 7:00pm, or go to: www.rrpc.org . Lobby Day 2015 Governor McAuliffe has announced his plans to move forward with several infringements on your right to keep and bear arms. These include restrictions on magazine size, limiting purchases of handguns to one a month and rescinding the CHP of anyone who is late on their child support. There are more anti-self-defense items on the agenda for this legislative session as well. If you want to help prevent these proposals from becoming law, please join us for Lobby Day 2015. from around the state converge on the General Assembly building in Richmond, VA. This year we have buses coming from all over, including one from Charlottesville. The ride will only cost you $25.00 if you are a VCDL member and $30.00 if you are not. Contributions are being made to help defray the cost of the buses, which will actually cost around $32.00 per seat if full. There are a limited number of seats so reserve yours early at www.vcdl.org/2015LobbyDay/. If you are curious about what we do at Lobby Day you are welcome to attend the VCDL meeting at RRPC on 1/13/15. There is a separate section on page XX for details on that meeting. Let’s make this a record turnout for VCDL. In light of our current Governor’s agenda, we need to leave a lasting impression at the General Assembly! Bring you family and friends. This is an excellent learning experience for school age kids! Every year on MLK day VCDL members VCDL Meeting January 13, 2015 On Tuesday, January 13, 2015 we will host our first VCDL meeting of the new year. This may be the most important meeting of 2015 because we will be discussing strategy for Lobby Day, January 19, 2015. Lobby Day is the single most important event that VCDL organizes. We form groups and hand-deliver a legislative packet to every Delegate in the General Assembly. This packet outlines VCDL’s position on all firearms related bills introduced in the GA, but more importantly it explains WHY a bill is good or bad. Most of your rep- resentatives really appreciate this. They also respect the fact that you, a busy private citizen, took time out of your schedule to voice your opinion in person! Participation is easy, even if you have never done anything like this before. You will be paired with an experienced group leader and the guided step by step. This is your chance to influence the fate of Virginia gun owners! We will begin the VCDL meeting with a potluck dinner at 6:30 followed by the meeting from 7:00— 9:00. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. As always, the main course and drinks will be provided. If you can bring a side dish to share please do. If you can’t, don’t worry there will be plenty to eat! RSVP if attending dinner to: [email protected] Please mark your calendar for both the VCDL meeting on 1/13 and Lobby Day on 1/19. Include date and the number eating in the subject line. Page 4 Introduction to Skeet-Part 3 By Bob King, NSSA Level 1 Instructor The last two months covered the body mechanics and the three rules of Skeet – Head on gun, Eye on target, proper lead. This month I’ll get deeper into the hold point, the look point, and methods to engage the bird. There are three ways to engage a claybird. First is Swing Thru. Here the bird gets past your barrel. You speed up the barrel, passing thru the bird, and executing the shot when you have some daylight between your barrel and the bird. This method is most frequently used in hunting because the game bird, surprisingly, does not come when you say PULL. The problem is how much daylight? If you start chasing the bird from just a little behind you will need more daylight than if you start from way behind the bird. It has to do with what your barrel velocity is in relation to the velocity of your target. With lots and lots of practice you can get a feel for the changing amount daylight you need. acuity and individual reaction times. Your gun is already ahead of the bird, and your eye position allows you to see the bird and start swinging before the bird gets past your barrel. You match bird speed with barrel speed, make any minor adjustment to get the lead, and then execute the shot. The Sustained Lead gives you wide latitude on when to execute the shot and still break the bird. When should you break the bird? Generally we try to shoot on our half of the field, at or before when the bird crosses the Center Stake. Why? Four of the Skeet stations have Doubles, that is, simultaneous birds from both houses. If you use your half of the field for the first bird, and break it at or before the Crossing Stake, the other bird will be at or before the Crossing Stake ON THE OTHER SIDE. That means you’ll have the complete half of a field to find and kill the second bird. See how easy this game is? The trick, of course, is where The second method is the Pull you kill the first bird. If you kill it 10 Ahead. In this method you point the feet before the Crossing Stake, the barrel at the bird, matching bird speed with barrel speed. Just before you shoot, you pull ahead to obtain the correct lead and execute the shot. Timing is critical here since you don’t have an opportunity to correct anything. Pull Ahead is frequently used in Sporting presentations. The third method, and the one used by most champion caliber Skeeters, is the Sustained Lead. You have a hold point, typically one third of the way from the Skeet house to the Crossing Stake. Your look point is somewhere between the Skeet house and your hold point, with the specific location based on your visual other bird is 10 the other side of the Crossing Stake. Shift your eyes to there, find the bird, then move your gun ahead of it and match bird speed with barrel speed. With practice, this becomes easier than you think. The stations with Doubles are Station 1, Station 2, Station 6, and Station 7. On each of these stations you will shoot a High single bird, then a Low single bird, then the Doubles. Since we are shooting these birds on our half of the field, we try to break the High single at or before the Crossing Stake. For the Low single, we break the bird at or after it crosses the Crossing Stake (so it is in our half of the field). For Doubles, we break the outgoing bird first (since it is already in our half of the field), then break the incoming bird when it enters our half of the field. Shooting the second bird of Doubles should not be significantly different than shooting it when it was an incoming single bird. As a matter of fact, Doubles really is just two closely spaced singles. Page 5 VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1 Skeet 5-Man Fun Match The Richmond Gun Club will again host the Skeet 5-man team fun shoot on Sunday, March 29th, with the first flight starting at 1000, and the second flight at 1300. The format is the same as previous years where at least one shooter on each squad has to shoot the .410 bore, 28 ga, 20 ga and 12 ga. The remaining shooter can shoot what he wants. The fee this year remains $25.00 per shooter or $125.00 per team, and includes a lunch. Each squad has to furnish a referee for another squad. Last year RRPC entered one squad, and UVA put in a squad. UVA will be at the Collegiate Nationals this year, but we have the opportunity to enter a second squad. We have our five man "A" team selected, and three mem- bers of the "B" team. We need just two more shooters to have our second squad complete. If you would like to shoot four rounds of Skeet at Richmond, plus lunch, plus door prizes, contact Bob King ([email protected]) or 540 456-6458. (Loaner equipment in any of the required gauges/bore is available.) Shotgun Skeet and Trap is shot every Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until sunset throughout the year, weather permitting. 5-Stand sporting clays is shot the second Sunday of each month in place of trap. Wobble trap is also shot every Sunday on our wobble trap field. The sport of Trap shooting is taught and coached every Wednesday from March to November from 1:00PM to 9:00PM (flood lights after sunset). Members, Associates and nonmembers wishing to learn any of the shotgun sports are encouraged to check the calendar or contact us for dures, squading or the fundamenmore details and to find out when the tals for shooting the games of fields may be open on other days. skeet and trap. To arrange to attend orientation contact Tom Charges for a round (25 birds) are $3 Templeton at (757) 419-9321 or for Members and Associates and $4 [email protected] for non-members and guests. 12 and 20 gauge shells are available at You may contact the shotgun clubhouse when the Shotgun Chairman Jesse Davis fields are open. (434) 293-3811 [email protected]; Skeet and Trap orientation will be on Trap Director (coach) Mike Kreynus the 4th Saturday of the month from (804) 263-1008 10:00 a.m.—Noon. Attendance is [email protected]; required for those without familiarity Skeet Director Tom Templeton with shotgun fields safety proce- (757) 419-9321 [email protected]; 5-Stand – Sporting Clays Director Tactical Shooters Group (TSG) The RRPC Tactical Shooters Group [TSG] meets informally on Sundays at 1.30pm on the AP&T (formally the PPC) range. The TSG's primary focus is the practical deployment of the tactical carbine (aka "black rifles") for sport, duty and/or self-defense. We seek to improve our skills with a carbine/rifle in a dynamic environment utilizing modern techniques and skill-building drills as taught by some of the world's top firearms trainers (i.e., Viking Tactics, Vickers Tactical, EAG Tactical, etc.). We also incorporate practical pistol in our practice sessions and have recently added informal Saturday night pistol practice on the indoor range. If you are interested in the learning more, we invite you to join the TSG Google group to be kept in the loop on our activities. Beginning in May, we will be incorporating a "Fundamentals Day" (day TBD) on a regular basis to help introduce shooters to the TSG. It is designed to bring the novice and seasoned shooter alike up to speed on current rifle technique as it pertains to a "tactical" environment (e.g. zeroing, gun handling, equipment briefing, etc.). Please contact: Ron Alabanza [email protected] or Carlos Santillan [email protected] and we can get you sorted. The RRPC TSG is open to all associates and members in good standing. We invite and encourage all levels of shooters to join us for skill-building and fun. Page 6 Cowboy Action The RRPC sponsors the Rivanna Rangers Cowboy Action Shooters who are affiliated with the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS). We dress up in clothing that represents the clothing of the “Old West” or “Western Movies” and shoot single action revolvers, lever action rifles (in pistol calibers) and pre-1900 style shotguns (pumps or doubles), and have fun. Ladies are always welcome, this sport is not just for the boys! Our monthly matches usually consist of 4 to 6 stages or shooting scenarios. A stage will tell a story from the old west that the shooter will then act out. The shooter may be required to say a line from a western movie such as “I’m your huckleberry” from Tombstone. The shooter will then engage the targets in the order specified. Each stage is explained to the entire posse (group of shooters) before the first shooter starts and then each shooter has the opportunity to review it again with the Range Officer just prior to shooting the stage. Targets are fairly close and shooters are scored on accuracy and speed. While having fun is very important, the most important thing is safety. All participants are required to go home with as many holes in their bodies as they arrived with. Procedures and rules have been established by RRPC and SASS to ensure the safety of the participants and spectators. Each shooter is supervised all the way through, from the loading table to the shooting line and then to the unloading table. This ensures that the firearms are only loaded at the appropriate time and with the appropriate number of shells. It also makes sure that the firearms are unloaded and clear after the shooter is finished with each stage. The match cost is $10 to shoot for RRPC members and $15 for nonmembers. Matches are held the second Saturday of each month from March – November with a hiatus in August. Check the RRPC for set up and start times. Come out to watch and shoot a partial scenario after the match. It is possible to borrow guns and leather if you want to try and shoot a match. Call our POCs to work it out. Points of Contact: Ralph Wilson AKA “Dunderburg Drifter,” (434) 286-6949, [email protected] Werner Gstattenbauer, AKA “Big Gus,” (434) 989-5465, [email protected] Happy Trails Big Gus #66666 Save the Date The RRPC Board of Directors has approved Saturday, June 13, 2015 as the date for the 2015 RRPC Family Fun Day & Swap Meet. Please save the date to join us at the Club for shooting, food, and fun that the whole family can enjoy. A few dedicated volunteers are needed to help plan the 2015 RRPC Family Fun Day & Swap Meet. If you would like to serve on the event planning committee, please contact Patrick Heraghty at [email protected] or 434-989-1263. Women’s Program The Women’s Program at RRPC has been very active in the past, doing things like holding AR-15 clinics, trying our hand at archery, rifle shooting, IDPA and other sports. We have even organized trips to places like Harper’s Ferry and had weekend excursions to NRA WOW Camps. If you would like to be included in these and other fun activities please feel free to contact me. We normally meet on the last Sunday of each month unless there is something special happening. For information and notifications for the RRPC Women’s Program please contact: Josephine Sandow Chair Women's Programs [email protected] Page 7 VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1 High Nooners chat and range safety discussion. Bring a .22 and 100 rounds of ammo. Set up at 11:30 a.m. Match begins at Noon. Never participated in a match before? We’ll talk you through it. New members welcome. Yes, it’s winter and it’s cold. But don’t just hibernate until Spring! Every Wednesday at noon is still fun for High Nooners. After your coffee, bundle up and join us on the indoor range. Come in time for a Use what you have. Or we’ll inspire you to extend your collection. Questions: email: [email protected] Here’s one of the High Nooners’ guns for the Wednesday match. Coached Bull’s Eye Practice Accuracy is the key to success in competitive shooting, and to enjoyment of any the shooting sports, as well as successful self-defense. This session is designed to help members who wish to improve their pistol marksmanship skills. Particular interest is for beginners but shooters at any skill level are welcome and will benefit. Family members may also participate as long as the member is present. Format will be fundamentals of bullseye pistol, which develops skills that are readily adaptable to other disciplines including the speed sports of IDPA, IPSC, and Steel Challenge. Pistols of .22 caliber are recommended but any pistol or revolver up to .45 caliber that is allowed on the indoor range may be used. This program is run by coaches Tom and Elizabeth Gathright. Both are Distinguished Pistol Shots in CMP .45-caliber Service Pistol national competition. The Distinguished Rifleman and Distin- guished Pistol Shot Badges are the highest honor that most military and civilian rifle and pistol shooters can aspire to earn. TIMES: 1st & 3rd Wed. nights from 7:00—9:00 p.m. on the indoor range (one half of the indoor range will be closed to others during this time). Contact: Elizabeth Gathright at (540) 456-6462 or email her at [email protected] In the event of inclement weather please **call ahead** to check for cancellations. The phone number is listed with the contact information. “After Hours” Bullseye Pistol League 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings each month, from 7-9 pm on the indoor range. The match will be run by Elizabeth and Tom Gathright. Standard 900-point Bullseye match, course of fire is all at 25 yards: 2 strings of slow fire. Each string consists of 10 shots in ten minutes. 1 National Match Course consisting of one 10-shot slow fire string, two 5-shot strings of timed fire, and two 5-shot strings of rapid fire. 4 strings of timed fire. Each string consists of 5 shots in 20 seconds. 4 strings of rapid fire. Each string consists of 5 shots in 10 seconds. Beginners welcomed. We will be tracking scores and awards will be made at the end of the season in March. Match fee: $2.00 Contact: Elizabeth Gathright at (540) 456-6462 or email her at [email protected] Page 8 Building & Grounds Starting in the New Year, Patrick Heraghty will be the chairman of the Building & Grounds Committee. He can be contacted at: [email protected] or 434-989-1263. Please let him know about any ideas, concerns, questions, or comments you may have regarding RRPC buildings and / or grounds. The work parties scheduled before the February membership meeting are: Monday, 5 Jan 2015, 6 PM – 10 PM Sunday, 18 Jan 2015, 9 AM – 1 PM Sunday, 8 Feb 2015, 9 AM – 1 PM For up to the minute information regarding work parties check http://rrpc2.org/workdetail/. Prospective members, to sign up for a work party contact Walt MacKay at [email protected] or add your name to the signup sheet during the Membership Meetings. Existing members, helping with work parties is a great way to help your club and meet some of the prospective members at the same time. Existing members do not need to sign up for the work parties they attend. Please remember that RRPC is our all-volunteer club. Please police your brass, take down your targets when finished, and put trash / recyclables / brass in the proper receptacles. If the trash needs to be emptied please do so. If you see something that should be done, do it. Always leave the club cleaner than you found it. FIRST Steps Pistol “FIRST” stands for “Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training,” a program the NRA developed to meet the need for a firearms orientation program for new gun purchasers. This FIRST Steps program is a basic course abbreviated to the most fundamental shooting skills, and the specifics of a particular model of pistol. This course, because of its narrow focus, can be completed as quickly as three hours. Students will get the NRA's The Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook and quick practical lessons on the safe use, cleaning, and storage of their pistol. The practical exercise covers a single pistol shooting position. As the number of participants or pistol types present increases, the course will take proportionally longer. The course goal is: “To provide beginning shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a specific pistol model safely.” —NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation Lesson well as the first Thursday of DecemPlans ber, 2014. The classes are scheduled to start at 6:00PM and end no The Lessons covered by this pro- later than 10:00PM. Students are gram: requested to show up at 5:30PM to 1. Introduction to Pistol Safety, complete administrative paperwork, Parts, and Operation and to bring their own handgun (a 2. Introduction to Ammunition and semi-auto pistol or revolver). The the Fundamentals of Pistol classes are limited to a maximum of Shooting 16 students and the cost is $15 for 3. Introduction to Pistol Shooting Club members ($35 for nonfrom the Benchrest Position members). Enrollment will be on a 4. Introduction to Pistol Cleaning, first-come, first-served basis, and Storage, and Training Opportuni- advanced payment will be reties quested. For inquiries, or to sign-up, contact the Training Committee at: Students will receive feedback on [email protected] . the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful comple- Please note: the First Steps classes tion of the lessons. Students will have been filling up well in advance. receive a “Basic Practical” rocker Those instructors wishing to volunupon successful demonstration of teer to help with these classes firing a qualifying “group.” please let us know at the email above. Those wishing to become RRPC will be offering its FIRST Steps instructors please send an email as Pistol program on the fourth Thurs- well. When there is enough interest day of each month from January we will schedule a class to certify through October, 2014, inclusive, as more instructors. Thank you. Page 9 VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1 International Defensive Pistol Association International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) matches promote the use of practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated “real world” selfdefense scenarios. Aimed at men and women who carry concealed, it adds the pressure of a clock and target scoring to help you assess your equipment, mind-set and skills under the friendly atmosphere of like-minded shooters. Open to all citizens who can legally possess a handgun and with a minimum of equipment requirements it's a low cost way to start in the action shooting sports. From beginner to expert, it is fun and challenging. People from all walks of life participate and contribute to the learning and friendly atmosphere. It is not training, although you can learn a lot, but practice of what you already know. It is a good environment for new shooters to be mentored and work on their skills in a safe and supervised environment. Matches are held at RRPC on the 3rd Saturday of every month except December. Registration is from 8:00 -11:00AM. 9:00 squads are assigned by 8:50. Shooting usually wraps up by 3:00pm. April and Au- gust classifier matches require preregistration. For shooters new to RRPC and/or IDPA there is a mandatory new shooter briefing that begins promptly at 8:30AM, you should arrive to register by 8:00AM. You do not need to be a RRPC member to participate in a match. IDPA membership is required after your first match. Round count is 50-70 rounds minimum. The match fee is $15, cash or check only. Except for severe weather all matches except January are held rain or shine on the lower Bullseye and AP&T ranges. The Plinking and 300 yard ranges are closed during matches. Further information, schedule, Top Gun results and scores can be found at: www.RivannaAP.org. January BUG Match! The January IDPA match will be our annual BUG (Back Up Gun) match. The rules are a little different and even more concealed carry gun friendly. Five rounds max per string. No drawing. No reloads on the clock. Max barrel length: revolvers 3", semi- auto 3.8". It's usually on the (COLD) indoor range but we may try outdoors this year if the sun is shining and the ground is dry. It's a great chance to come out and shoot what you are most likely carrying for personal protection. If you don't have a gun that meets the criteria come anyway and we'll score you like normal. January is also the first match for this years Top Ten match in November so come and start earning those points. 2015 Schedule Jan 17 - BUG (Backup Gun) Match Feb 21 - MD Choice Mar 21 - MD Choice Apr 18 - Classifier (Preregistration required) May 16 - MD Choice Jun 20 - MD Choice Jul 18 - MD Choice Aug 15 - Classifier (Preregistration required) Sep 19 - Commonwealth Cup (tentative) Oct 17 - MD Choice Nov 21 - Top Gun Match Dec - No Match Merry Christmas! Page 10 Rimfire Steel Match These matches are designed to be easy, fun, safe and affordable for shooters of all ages and experience levels. Matches include both .22 LR rifle and handgun stages and the competition is open to all safe and responsible individuals who can legally own or handle a firearm. A typical stage is set up with 5-6 plates at a distance of 20 feet to 30 yards. You must place one shot on each plate and time will stop when the last plate is hit. The string of fire will be shot 5 times and the times added for a total score. The cost will be $10 for ages 13 and up and free for those under ginners and will also challenge the 13, with a family maximum of experienced competitor. $20. Our first matches will have 2 shooting stages which can be shot RIMFIRE STEEL MATCH SCHEDULE with rifle, hand-gun or both. All 2014 repeating firearms styles are al- Matches will be held on the RRPC lowed (except full auto). If all you Bullseye Pistol Range have is a semi-auto .22lr pistol or March 1 a lever action rifle, bring what you April 5 have and have a good time. The May 3 club will also have rifles and pis- June 7 tols available for participants to July 5 August 2 use if desired. These matches are September 2 designed to be fun for the whole October 4 family, so kids, bring your parents November 4 along! This is a great event for be- No match in December It is time to renew your Rivanna Rifle & Pistol Club membership. You can renew online at www.rrpc2.org by logging in with your email and password. Once you are logged on, click on the 'View profile' link at upper right, under your name. In your Profile, click Renew button over on right, under Membership Details. Our bylaws require that for RRPC affiliation you must also be a current member of the NRA. When it's time to renew your NRA membership, please use link at www.rrpc.org. You'll get a discount on your NRA normal dues AND our club gets money back. Archery Archery There is a lot of activity going on at the club regarding archery. The ladies group has become very active in archery and have become particularly fond of Clout Archery. A clout is just a flag stuck in the ground and from distances of up to 140 yards, you try and shoot your arrows as close to the clout (flag) as possible. The closer to the clout, the more points you score. Target Archery The new archery target range is located next to the clubhouse (on the opposite side of the clubhouse from the skeet range!). The new range location is open and inviting. There are marked targets at 20, 30, and 40 yards. Please come by and check it out. Remember, NO BROADHEADS are allowed on ANY archery ranges or on ANY targets. From time to time, target m a t c h es are scheduled based on NFAA (National New archery range targets from the firing line Field Archery Assoc.) guide-lines. Usually these Peter Netland matches are shot at 20 yards on a (434) 249-5588 or 40cm target face. It’s a great way to [email protected], test your mental toughness. Michael Lilly at [email protected], For more information, please con- or Jim Wilmoth at tact: [email protected] [email protected] or Page 11 VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1 2015 Archery Lessons at Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club (RRPC) Time: 4th Sunday of each month; 12:30 to 1:30 PM Place: target range behind clubhouse or indoor range depending on weather. (Address for RRPC on GPS: 1570 Old Lynchburg Road, Charlottesville) We have 2 USA Archery/NFAA certified instructors who give archery lessons for beginners from youth (usually 10 years old) to adult and open to non-members. Lessons are conducted as a group activity on the 4th Sunday of the month at 12:30 PM. They are comprised of a 5 lesson series. $10 for the first lesson and $5 for each lesson after that. You do not have to commit to the entire series. Please check to calendar for schedule. Ladies group lessons are posted by the ladies group separately. All equipment is provided by the club. If you are interested, please email the archery chair at [email protected] or contact Director Archery: Peter Netland [email protected] 434-249-5588 Director Archery Instruction: Michael Lilly [email protected] 804-922-2091 Instructors Certified by USA Archery and NFAA 3D Archery The 3D range is open for business. There has been a major redesign of the range. There are now 15 shooting lanes that begin by the gate to the lower ranges. Distances are marked with small red flags so you can set your pins accordingly. The shooting lanes are mostly angled toward the lower ranges to allow for longer shots. Just follow the red flags. Distances will be unmarked during matches. In 2015, we will have 3d matches scheduled. Check the calendar for dates and times and always check the website for announcements of possible changes due to weather, etc.. THE BULLSEYE AND 3D ARCHERY RANGES ARE OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS, ASSOCIATES AND THEIR GUESTS. PLEASE OBSERVE ALL SAFETY RULES. THESE TARGETS ARE THE PROPERTY OF THE CLUB AND THEIR UPKEEP IS PAID FOR BY YOUR DONATIONS, ENTRY FEES AND DUES. PLEASE TRY TO KEEP THEM IN THE BEST POSSIBLE SHAPE. IF ANY TARGETS ARE IN NEED OF REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT, PLEASE EMAIL THE ARCHERY CHAIR. AND REMEMBER, FIELD TIPS ONLY. Page 12 RRPC will hold three Appleseed weekends in 2015 May 2-3, “Ladyseed” for women only. July 11-12, Appleseed November 7-8, Appleseed Appleseed is a two-day program that combines rifle marksmanship instruction with learning about our American heritage and the spirit that animated the Founders to fight for our freedom, by telling the real story of April 19, 1775 – the first day of the Revolutionary War. Participants will learn the skills required to shoot accurately at distances of up to 400 yards from standing, sitting and prone positions. Students who score 210 or higher on the Army Qualification Test target (equivalent to Expert) are awarded a Rifleman patch. The clinic takes place on the Tactical range. The distance is 25 meters, and the target is scaled to replicate the Army “D” target at distances from 100-400 yards. Expect to shoot 400-500 rounds during the course. Centerfire rifles up to .30 caliber are allowed, but most students use .22 rifles. You should equip the rifle with a sling and two magazines (tube-fed rifles are OK, too), and also bring a shooting mat, lunch/snacks and water, and a chair. A set of peep sights or a scope is recommended but not required. Clinics typically sell out in advance with a 20 shooter limit in each session. For complete information, or to register online, please visit www.appleseedusa.org Anyone who can handle a rifle safely, from beginners to experienced shooters, can participate. Beginners and families are particularly welcome. Cost is $60 for adults, $20 for youth under 18. Pre-registration is required. Appleseed clinics are open to the public. Youth Activities The RRPC Youth Shooting Program meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month (except for some major holidays) from 4:00pm until 6:00pm. Any young person, 10-18 years old, is invited to participate. Shooting is primarily with .22 rifles on the Indoor Range. Some shooting is also done with .22 pistols, .177 air rifles and air pistols. If there is enough interest, there might be arrangements made to shoot other firearms. The Club supplies the firearms, equipment and most of the needed supplies for this activity. One may use their own firearm and ammunition if they wish. Instruction and coaching is provided. A parent, guardian or other responsible adult must be present during the time that "their" young person is shooting. The past few months have shown a great increase in the number of young people wanting to learn about the shooting sports. Their parents have taken the time to bring them out to the club, learn the right way, and what fun they can have. The work assignment members who have assisted at these youth groups, have had such an enjoyable time, they are now returning as coaches. People from all walks of life, including current and retired combat veterans help the young people learn and improve their safe shooting skills. For further information, contact: Steve Sandow, [email protected] Paul Benneche, [email protected] The Indoor Range is reserved for the exclusive use of this activity during its normally scheduled time, but may be open to use by Members and Associates on a space available basis, as determined by the Youth Program instructors. If you want to check and see if space on the range is available call the Club at (434) 977-5482 during the regular Youth Shooting time. Page 13 VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1 Lobby Day RIVANNA RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB, INC. P.O. BOX 7883 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 22906-0883 Catch Us On the Web Www.rrpc.org AFFILIATED WITH: AMATEUR TRAP ASSOCIATION CIVILIAN MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM INTERNATIONAL DEFENSIVE PISTOL ASSOCIATION NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION SINGLE ACTION SHOOTING SOCIETY USA ARCHERY ASSOCIATION VIRGINIA SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION Happy Birthday January Shooters!
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