Sights & Action Newsletter - Rivanna Rifle & Pistol Club

January, 2015
Volume 6, Issue 1
Special points of interest:
All Members and Associates are required to wear their membership badges at all times while at the
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.
A Tribute to the Last of the Founding Members
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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; or First Presbyterian
Church, 500 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Condolences may
be sent to the family at
Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club 434-977-5482
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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 ).
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
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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
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]
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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: .
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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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
King ([email protected]) or
540 456-6458. (Loaner equipment
in any of the required gauges/bore
is available.)
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
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]
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.
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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
The match cost is
$10 to shoot for
RRPC members and
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]
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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
“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
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
Match fee: $2.00
Contact: Elizabeth Gathright at
(540) 456-6462 or email her at
[email protected]
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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
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
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
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.
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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
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
Oct 17 - MD Choice
Nov 21 - Top Gun Match
Dec - No Match Merry Christmas!
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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
with rifle, hand-gun or both. All
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 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 You'll get a discount on your NRA normal dues AND our club gets money back.
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,
allowed on ANY
archery ranges or
on ANY targets.
From time to
m a t c h es
scheduled based
on NFAA (National
New archery range targets from the firing line
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
[email protected]
[email protected] or
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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]
Director Archery Instruction:
Michael Lilly
[email protected]
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..
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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
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.
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