THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE RIVANNA RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB, INC. February, 2015 Volume 6, Issue 2 SIGHTS & ACTION 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. OFFICERS President DAVID FOKY 882-3865 [email protected] Vice-President LUKE WRIGHT (434) 977-4070 [email protected] Secretary Jim Wilmoth [email protected] Treasurer CHIP BERRY (434) 987-4478 [email protected] RON ALABANZA (434) 242-1067 [email protected] Director PAUL BENNECHE 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. TRUSTEES Director Things To Look For In This Issue (434) (434) 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. 825-0681 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] 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 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 course. 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. VCDL’s presence in the building was unmistakable. Everywhere you looked there were bright orange “Guns Save Lives” Emily Miller addresses rally stickers! The 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! Page 3 VOLUME 6, ISSUE 2 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. 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 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] A workshop fee of $5.00 covers cleaning supplies and a chamber flag for your rifle. Page 4 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 contact: 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] Or Judy Brochu [email protected] Checks should be made out to the RRPC/Women’s Program and sent to 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] https://holidaylake4h.com/wow.php 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 following: 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 Page 5 VOLUME 6, ISSUE 2 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 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 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 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 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 permitted. 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 something. 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 have). 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: h t t p : // w w w. ns sf .o r g /r i m f i r e/ rules.cfm Schedule: 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 summer. 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. Page 7 VOLUME 6, ISSUE 2 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 Nooners. 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 round 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 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 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 . 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 gram: 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 Shooting 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, ties 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- Page 9 VOLUME 6, ISSUE 2 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 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. 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 at: www.RivannaAP.org. 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 commitment to 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 (tentative) Oct 17 - MD Choice Nov 21 - Top Gun Match Dec - No Match Merry Christmas! Page 10 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 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 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. Archery Archery 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] Page 11 VOLUME 6, ISSUE 2 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. 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 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 2 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 February Shooters!
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