Sights & Action Newsletter - Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club

February, 2015
Volume 6, Issue 2
Special points of interest:
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.
[email protected]
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Jim Wilmoth
[email protected]
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Do It Yourself Gunsmithing Classes
are being conducted by Member Patrick Heraghty. Watch for announcements in this issue and future editions.
Rimfire Steel Matches are starting up
again! See details inside.
Appleseed Matches are held at
RRPC at various times throughout
the year. Look for details inside.
Things To Look For In This Issue
The Women’s Group is organizing
another trip! This time it is to the
NRA Museum and Air And Space Museum. If you want to go make your
reservations early. Space is limited.
More information on page 4.
Coached Practice Sessions are available for many shooting disciplines.
These include, but are not limited to,
Bulls Eye Pistol, Skeet, Trap, Archery
and more. Watch for notices in this
publication and on the club calendar.
Keep up with VCDL through RRPC.
Watch for the VCDL section in your
Sights & Action and come to meetings at the RRPC Clubhouse!
Start planning now for Fun Day
2015! We need your help to make it
as successful as previous years. See
inside for contact information.
Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club 434-977-5482
[email protected]
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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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February Dates and Club Highlights
Sun., Feb. 8
Ruger 10/22 Customization Workshop
Thu., Feb. 12
Sun., Feb. 15
Thu., Feb. 19
RRPC Membership Meeting
RRPC Orientation
RRPC Board of Directors Meeting
Sat., Feb 28, Mar. 7
1911 Gunsmithing 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
The RRPC DIY Workshops are led by
Patrick 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. While this course is full, contact
Patrick Heraghty at
[email protected]
or 434-989-1263 if you are interested.
You will be placed on the wait list and if
there is enough interest the course will be
given again.
Lobby Day 2015
Every year on Martin Luther King Day
VCDL members join together to meet
face to face with the people we
elected to the General Assembly. We
choose this day because the GA is just
beginning the new session and although it is a government holiday the
Senators and
Delegates are
hard at work.
presence in the
Everywhere you
were bright orange
Emily Miller addresses rally
Photo by John Wilvurn
representatives were expecting us
and most were glad to receive the
packet left at each office by the
groups of VCDL members.
VCDL compiles a summary of all
the firearms-related bills filed as of
that date and whether we support
or oppose them. More importantly,
we state why a bill is good or bad.
This piece of information can give
representatives the ammunition
they need to influence a vote in the
right direction.
After visiting the assigned offices
we held a rally at the Bell Tower.
Among the speakers this year were
David Codrea and Emily Miller.
Both were inspirational.
Many people credit VCDL with ma-
Lobby Day 2015
Photo by Dennis O’Connor
jor advances in preserving the
RKBA in Virginia, but the truth is
that the membership...each and
every one of you...are the real heroes. Your willingness to sacrifice
your holiday for the rights of all Virginians speaks volumes to the lawmakers. When they sit on committees and cast their votes on legislation they remember that sea of orange and the words written on
them. Guns Save Lives, but only
when in the hands of citizens who
care enough to do what’s right!
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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
members. 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
The match cost is $10 to shoot for
RRPC members and $15 for non-
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]
A workshop fee of $5.00 covers
cleaning supplies and a chamber flag
for your rifle.
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Fun Day 2015! 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.
This event cannot happen without you! If you can help out with the planning for the 2015 RRPC Family Fun Day &
Swap Meet contact Patrick Heraghty at [email protected] or 434-989-1263.
Trip to the NRA Firearms Museum and the Air And Space Museum
The Women’s Group is organizing a
bus tour that will visit the NRA Firearm Museum and the Dulles Air
and Space Museum. The date is
Saturday, March 21st and the cost
is $35.00 per person and space is
limited to 45 people. The bus will
leave from the Sam’s Club lower
parking lot at 8:15 a.m. Parking is
available in that lot. We will take a
lunch break between the two museums.
son .44 Magnum, the first revolver
John Wayne used on camera and almost 700 years of history of the firearm. There are 15 galleries housing
85 exhibit cases in the 15,000 square
foot NRA facility.
This is a wonderful opportunity to
see many national treasures, including Annie Oakley’s Stevens Pistol, Dirty Harry’s Smith & Wes-
Don’t miss this unique excursion. For
more details or to reserve your seat
At the National Air and Space Museum you will see exhibits on aerobatic flight, man on the moon, the
space shuttle, a War Bird exhibit and
much more!
Josephine Sandow
[email protected]
Judy Brochu
[email protected]
Checks should be made out to the
RRPC/Women’s Program and sent
Josephine Sandow
635 Ridgemont Road
Earlysville, VA 22936
Women’s Program
The Women’s Program at RRPC has
been very active in the past and plans
to continue to do the same in 2015.
We are organizing a trip to the NRA
Museum and the Air and Space Museum on March 21st. The trip will include a bus provided by Sunshine
Tours and a stop for lunch. The bus
can accommodate approximately 45
people. More details to come.
Many of us are also planning to attend
the Women’s Outdoor Weekend Camp
May 8th through the10th at the Holiday
Lake 4-H Educational Center in Appomattox. “Come enjoy the weekend
while learning the outdoor skills you've
always wanted to master!” Some of the
classes that are offered include; Climbing Tower, Map and Compass, Wilderness Survival and more! Check out their
website for more details.
[email protected]
Judy Brochu
Co-Chair, Archery
[email protected]
We normally meet on the last Sunday of
each month unless there is something
special happening. If you would like to be
included in these and other fun activities
please feel free to contact any of the
Josephine Sandow
Chair, Women’s Program
Cathy Blais
Co-Chair, Rifle
[email protected]
Irma Beyer
Co-Chair, Skeet
[email protected]
Feb. 22 Archery 11:30 - 1:00
Rifle and Pistol 1:30 -3:00
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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
sunset. Members, Associates and
non-members wishing to learn any
of the shotgun sports are encouraged to check the calendar or contact us for more details and to find
out when the fields may be open on
other days.
Charges for a round (25 birds) are $3
for Members and Associates and $4
for non-members and guests. 12
and 20 gauge shells are available at
the shotgun clubhouse when the
fields are open.
Skeet and Trap orientation will be on
the 3rd Saturday of the month from
10:00 a.m.—Noon. Attendance is
required for those without familiarity
with shotgun fields safety procedures, squading or the fundamentals
for shooting the games of skeet and
trap. To arrange to attend orientation contact Tom Templeton at
(757) 419-9321 or
[email protected]
Shotgun Chairman Jesse Davis
(434) 293-3811
[email protected];
Trap Director (coach) Mike Kreynus
(804) 263-1008
[email protected];
Skeet Director Tom Templeton
(757) 419-9321
[email protected];
5-Stand – Sporting Clays Director
Luke Wright
(434) 977-4070
[email protected]
You may contact
Membership renewal is now overdue.
If you have not renewed yet you can do so 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
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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Rimfire Steel Match Will Resume March 7th
A rimfire steel match will be held the
first Saturday of each month, March
through November, at the Pistol Range
on the lower range. These matches are
designed to be fun, safe and affordable
for shooters of all ages and experience
levels. Matches include both .22 LR
rifle and pistol stages and the competition is open to all safe and responsible
individuals who can legally own or handle a firearm. You may shoot only rifle
or only pistol if you wish.
A typical stage is set up with 5-6 steel
targets at a distance of 30 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 five times, the slowest time is
thrown out, the four remaining times
are added for a stage score. All stage
scores are added for a match score.
Lowest division score is the Division
winner, the lowest match score is the
Match winner.
(The “competition” aspect of our
matches is very low key, there are
no “cut-throat” competitors in this
sport at our club. We are there
mostly to have fun and become
better shooters. But, we do keep
times and points, so....)
Virtually any type of .22 LR rifle or
pistol action may be used: single
action, double action, semi-auto,
tube fed, lever, etc. Full auto not
Iron sights, peep sights or optics
are permitted but will define the
division in which you shoot: limited
(iron or peep sights) or open
(optics). We have rifles and pistols
to loan if you need to borrow
and goes until 11:00 am. Shooting
begins at 10:00 am and usually
finishes before 3:oo pm (depends
on the number of competitors we
These matches are designed to be
fun for the whole family, so kids,
bring your parents out to shoot.
This is a great event for beginners
and will also challenge the experienced competitor.
We follow the NSSF Rimfire Challenge rulebook, which may be
found here:
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March 7 August 1
Range fees: Match fees: $5.00 April 4 September 5
(under 18) $10.00 (over 18)
May 2
October 3
Maximum of $20 per family
June 6
November 7
July 4 (subject to change)
Registration begins at 9:00 am
Open Steel Sunday
Open Steel Sunday is held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month,
March through November. The same
targets and location are used as for
Rimfire Steel. However, non-magnum,
non-extreme velocity center fire pistols
may be used in addition to .22 LR
and no scores are kept. Stages are
set up, but you may shoot them in
any safe order (all shots on one target, split between two targets, as if
any a match, etc).
There is no range fee for this activity. Shooting time is between
1:30 and approximately 4:30 on
the appropriate Sunday.
planned and will be constructed in
the wobble trap vicinity. More information will be released as it be-
comes available. This range is
expected to be completed this
Permanent Steel Range
A fixed steel range with permanently
emplaced targets available during all
regular club shooting hours is being
RRPC Volunteers raised over $2,700.00 for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign! Way to go members!
Special thanks to Kevin Bargy for his hard work organizing this activity.
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High Nooners
And, being a bit chilly while shooting, is more fun than not shooting. Practice makes perfect, so
practice with .22 bullets at High
High Nooner Chair
[[email protected]] available
for question, coaching,
and consolation.
High Nooners is a Year Round activity: any day over 60 degrees and dry,
we shoot on the lower Bullseye
Range. Weather is unpredictable-we
could have a nice day in February or
March. Until nice weather returns,
we’ll be on the indoor range.
Is it
cold, you ask? Well,
yes, it is cold, but
just dress appropriately.
Pistol competition. We use standard range commands. All skill
levels welcome. Come observe a
course of fire. Match leader will
provide a brief tutorial for beginners.
High Nooners is an informal match for the 22 caliber portion of the Bullseye
Small fee for range supplies
Held every Wednesday, year
First shot at noon.
Concludes by 2 pm.
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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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: .
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 ber, 2015. The classes are schedPlans
uled to start at 6:00PM and end no
later than 10:00PM. Students are
The Lessons covered by this pro- requested to show up at 5:30PM to
complete administrative paperwork,
1. Introduction to Pistol Safety, and to bring their own handgun (a
Parts, and Operation
semi-auto pistol or revolver). The
2. Introduction to Ammunition and classes are limited to a maximum of
the Fundamentals of Pistol 16 students and the cost is $15 for
Club members ($35 for non3. Introduction to Pistol Shooting members). Enrollment will be on a
from the Benchrest Position
first-come, first-served basis, and
4. Introduction to Pistol Cleaning, advanced payment will be reStorage, and Training Opportuni- quested. For inquiries, or to sign-up,
contact the Training Committee at:
[email protected] .
Students will receive feedback on
the live-fire exercise and a course Please note: the First Steps classes
certificate upon successful comple- have been filling up well in advance.
tion of the lessons. Students will Those instructors wishing to volunreceive a “Basic Practical” rocker teer to help with these classes
upon successful demonstration of please let us know at the email
firing a qualifying “group.”
above. Those wishing to become
instructors please send an email as
RRPC will be offering its FIRST Steps well. When there is enough interest
Pistol program on the fourth Thurs- we will schedule a class to certify
day of each month from January more instructors. Thank you.
through October, 2015, inclusive, as
well as the first Thursday of Decem-
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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 August 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
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.
bership, IDPA stands as the fastest
growing shooting sport in the
United States with members from
all 50 states, and over 300 affiliated clubs hosting weekly and
monthly competitions, and membership representing over 50 foreign nations.
Further information, schedule, Top
Gun results and scores can be found
Our main goal is to test the skill
and ability of the individual. Equipment that is designed with no application for daily concealed carry is
not permitted in this sport.
The Founding Concepts of IDPA
Founded in 1996 the International
Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is
the governing body for IDPA competition, a handgun-centric shooting
sport based on simulated selfdefense scenarios.
The IDPA competition format was
designed to be enjoyable to all
shooters of all skill levels, with a premium put on the social interaction
and camaraderie of the members.
Participation in IDPA matches requires the use of handguns, holsters
and other equipment suitable for
concealed carry self-defense. With
that in mind, and keeping the shooters' best interests in mind, IDPA's
founders established equipment requirements that remain based on
commonly available
firearms and gear,
allowing individuals
the opportunity to
compete with minimal investment.
Today, thanks to
the vision of its
founders and a
serving the organization's loyal mem-
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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Building & Grounds
If you have any ideas, concerns, questions or comments about RRPC buildings and/or grounds contact Patrick Heraghty at [email protected] or call 434-989-1263.
The work parties scheduled before the March membership meeting are:
 Sunday, 8 Feb 2015, 9 AM – 1 PM
 Monday, 16 Feb 2015, 6 PM – 10 PM
 Sunday, 22 Feb 2015, 9 AM – 1 PM
 Monday, 9 Mar 2015, 6 PM – 10 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 sign-up sheet during the general 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.
The large B&G projects that are currently in the planning stage are the new Steel Range and the 200 yard shooting
position on the 300 yard range. If you would like to provide input to either of these projects please contact Patrick
Heraghty .
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.
Many thanks to Len Bailey for constructing additional target bag
stands for the new target range. We
now have a complete target range
with targets from 20 to 40 yards,
and some moveable targets. All bag
targets have new target covers. The
target distances are measured from
the painted firing line. Reminder to
members and associates- fieldpoints only (no broadheads).
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 matches
are scheduled based on NFAA
(National Field Archery Assoc.) guide
-lines. Usually these matches are
shot at 20 yards on a 40cm target
face. It’s a great way to test your
mental toughness.
For more information, please contact:
[email protected] or
Peter Netland
(434) 249-5588 or
[email protected],
Michael Lilly at
[email protected],
or Jim Wilmoth at
[email protected]
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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
Specific dates: January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, (no May lesson), June 28, July 26,
August 23, September 27, October 25, November 22, (no December lesson)
Place: Outdoor Archery Range at RRPC, meet on range (we will shoot outdoors, weather permitting)
If weather prohibits outside shooting, we will shoot at the indoor range at the clubhouse
(Address for RRPC on GPS: 1570 Old Lynchburg Road, Charlottesville)
Equipment provided
Ages: 10 and up (younger ages, special permission)
Contact Information:
Peter Netland: [email protected]
Michael Lilly: [email protected]
RRPC Board has approved a $5 fee to defray expenses
Instructors Certified by USA Archery and NFAA
Open to both members and non-members
Path A: Go through gate, park up hill near clubhouse,
archery range behind clubhouse
Path B: Go left at fork (take branch to left of gate), go
up hill to archery range
3D Archery
3D Archery is a sport that tries to simulate hunting. You shoot at foam
animals from varying distances and there are scoring rings on the targets.
On Saturday, February 28 at 1pm, there will be a 3D shoot. It’s called a
shoot and not a match because it’s up to you if you want to keep score or
not. You can shoot for fun, score it hit or miss or score using the scoring
rings. It’s a great way to find out what a match is like without the pressure.
The cost is $5 per person and it’s open to the public. So grab your bow, bring a friend , kids and beginners are welcome. Field
tips only. No broadheads. Contact Jim Wilmoth at [email protected]
Make sure you check the front page of the website for announcements just in case the event is cancelled 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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