President - David Belmont
Vice President - Bill Deters
Treasurer - Brian Ernsberger
Secretary - Ron Skaggs

Trustee - Sharon Rose
Trustee - Greg Noe
Trustee - Kane Simpson

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
December 15th, 1791 

Wenatchee Rifle and Revolver Club Newsletter - January 2020

Annual Meeting

The following information is taken directly from our Club By-Laws:

ARTICLE 6 - ELECTION PROCEDURE - Section 4 Requirements for nominations and Voting:

"Only WRRC members in possession of a current (dated the year of the Annual Meeting) membership card are eligible to be nominated or to vote for nominees that are running for a position on the WRRC Board of Trustees. Membership for the previous calendar year is needed in order to have the right to vote in all the affairs of THE CLUB. Membership for the past three years is required to be eligible for nomination for position on the Board of Trustees of THE CLUB. These requirements may be waived on a case by case basis by a simple majority of the attending Board Members." 

If you are a member (less than year as a member) and just want to attend, you are welcome to come.

If you want to vote in our upcoming Annual Meeting or if you have a desire to serve on the Board, and meet the requirements of our by-laws, please come to our next Annual Membership Meeting on January 18th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The Clubhouse will be open for renewals at 8:30 a.m.

The Board would like to ask each and every member to consider donating $5, $10, or $15 when you renew your membership. This will really help in replenishing our funds that were spent on flood restoration this fall. The total cost was $13,065.47. For those of you that have already given a donation to the Club on behalf of the Board of Trustees, we would like to thank you once again.


  • Always treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
  • Keep your finger straight an off of the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  • Never point the muzzle of your firearm at anything that you are not willing to shoot.
  • Know your target and what lies beyond it.


Consistency and commonality are important principals for self defense. They are the foundation for safety, your primary concern with firearms, regardless of the application. They create efficiency, a flow, and predictable results from your actions. Simplicity is another benefit, making it easier to solve your violent problem. These two "laws" apply to every aspect of self defense, even seemingly "small" details.

The principle of commonality is often ignored. Shooters are constantly trying to swap between completely different pistol types, such as single action, double actions, and the double/single action - which also have different safety features. This is difficult to do under the controlled environment of the range. In a self defense situation it's almost impossible. Commonality, using the same type of weapon consistently,  simplifies matters.

With today's offering of handguns, commonality is easily achieved. You have a full size pistol for the home, and mid or compact weapon for a carry and/or backup gun. They all operate the same and on some models the full size mags will also fit the smaller pistols.

With revolvers you can carry a full size .357 Magnum on the belt, and a compact .38 Special as a backup, maybe in an ankle holster. Operation is the same the .38 Special you carry works with both revolvers. For the ultimate commonality, get a lever action rifle/carbine shooting the same ammunition as your revolvers.

Commonality applies to team work too. My better half, Gretchen, carries a Glock 19 and a 42. When traveling together I carry the same pistols she does. Same pistols, same calibers and magazines, Either one of us can use the other's weapons and magazines. The ability to arm a partner with a weapon they know how to use or to supply them with a magazine of ammo is a huge advantage. Individuality is best expressed in the arts or choice of automobile is a huge advantage. I tell students, "commonality requires a little compromise." 

Don't get me wrong, you should know how to operate all the different and common types of weapons. Anytime you get the opportiunity to test fire a gun you're unfamiliar with take advantage of the opportunity. You never know ehn it will be necessary to 'adapt, improvise and overcome.' 

There's no denying focusing on consistency and commonality will make you and yours more efficient. After all, if required to shoot, stopping the threat(s) as efficiently as possible is the ultimate goal.

Tiger McKee
American Handgunner 

S & W Mod .610

Once left for dead, the 10mm Auto cartridge is going gangbusters today. The resurgence started in the 1911 platform, and the round is now moving into striker fired guns. Wheelguns aren't being left behind, thanks to Smith & Wesson's Model 610.

Built on the legendary N Frame, the Model 610 I received for testing has a 6.5 inch barrel, a four inch version is offered as well. The barrel is a one piece affair and sports a full underlug.

The rear sight is fully adjustable and has a white outline on the rear notch. The front is a ramped blade, plain black, that's pinned to the barrel, and the flat barrel top is grooved to reduce glare. The barrel, frame and fluted cylinder are stainless steel.

The grips (Actually they are stocks - Editor) are black synthetic. I have a Model 629 Classic Magnum, also an N frame. My 629 is several years old and came with a Hogue Monogrip, which doesn't fully wrap around the frame's backstrap. The 610's grip does. Also, the finder grooves on the 610 are much more subtle, and the indentations don't extend back on the grips.

On the one hand (pun alert), I like the 610's grip better because the shallow grooves allow me to position my hand and fingers exactly where I want them, and the full wrap prevents the bare metal of the frame from stinging the web of my hand, which can happen with full power .44 Magnum loads in the 629.

On the flip side, the deeper, extended grooves on the 629 essentially produces a smaller grip circumference. I have medium size hands, and the 629 fits me a little better. In other words, whether the grips on the 610 suit you depends on your hands. Fortunately, the grips are easy to change if you don't like them. Turn out an Allen screw on the right side, and the two halves of the grip can be seperated.

Double action trigger full was 11 pounds, 14 ounces, and it was consistent with almost no stacking. Single action pull averaged 4 pounds, five ounces with about five ounces of variation over 10 pulls

J. Scot Rupp
Handguns Oct/Nov 2019

Rifle of the year

During the last year, the X-Bolt Max Long Range has been used by several G & A editors and contributors to harvest everything from Hawaii's axis deer to Missouri's whitetails. It also demonstrated unbelievable long range accuracy potential. This rifle targets those of us who like to hammer steel set several hundred yards away, as well as those who prefer to hunt a little farther out.

Being a line extension of the X-Bolt should have prevented the new X-Bolt Max Long Range from winning this category, but the universal appreciation for this rifle's performance and value overwhelmingly scored Browning this award over all others.

Retail price for the X-Bolt Max Long Range is advertised at $1269.99. We couldn't find this level of feature rich value in another new rifle having a lesser price, or in any other production rifle currently offered for less than $1500.00.

Further, this smooth action bolt gun is available in the hottest flat shooting chamberings, including 6mm, 6.5 Creedmore, .28 Nosler, 6.5 PRC, and .30 Nosler. Of course, it's also available for traditional cartridges such as .308 Winchester Short Magnum, 7mm Remington Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum and .300 Remington Ultra Magnum.

The X-Bolt Max Long Range features a composite stock with an adjustable comb and a 26 inch, heavy sporter contoured barrel. Our first assumption was that this would be a heavyweight and impractical rifle to carry in the field. We were wrong. The X-Bolt possesses subtle lightweight details including barrel fluting for weight savings and a composite stock. The floor plate is also a polymer composite and the trigger guard is lightweight allow. The sum of these parts equals a rifle that only eights 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and 4 ounces more in some chamberings. 

The trigger pull measured less than 4 pounds, and in no way compromised this rifle's accuracy potential. In fact, nothing about Browning's new X-Bolt Max Long Range is a compromise. It's just a great all around rifle and easily this year's greatest introduction.

Guns & Ammo December 2019

Trigger Reset

Trigger reset occurs after a handgun has fired and its trigger is released forward. It signals that the gun's internal mechanism has re-engaged and is ready to fire another shot. As the trigger is released, the reset is typically felt and/or heard at a specific point in the trigger's forward travel. Generally, a shorter/quicker reset is preferred. Some shooters even train to press the trigger again immediately after it reaches the reset point. Such "shooting to reset," can be incorporated into dry fire fire practice as follows: Starting with an unloaded firearm in a safe area, dry fire and hold the trigger to the rear after the rigger break then manually rack the slide and carefully release the trigger until there is an audible or tactile "click."

Keith Wood
American Rifleman Nov. 2019

From the WRRC Secretary

Hopefully you all had a very enjoyable Christmas. Personally, I wish we had two or three per year.

Ron Skaggs
WRRC Secretary and Editor.