President - David Belmont
Acting Vice President - Sharon Rose
Treasurer - Brian Ernsberger
Secretary - Ron Skaggs
Trustee - Kane Simpson
Trustee - Chris Wilder
"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 - July 2020
During this time we'd like to thank you again for your patience and support!
David Belmont | WRRC Club President
Range Cleanup Day Scheduled for July 18th 8:00AM to 12:00PM
It’s been another busy month for capital improvements and maintenance. We installed a sign on the Archery Range after someone shot approximately 30 rounds of 9mm through the metal backing of the 20-yard archery target cover. The repair of it cost money that should have been spent on other projects. If you see anyone shooting on the Archery Range, please contact an R.S.O. or Board member. They will immediately lose their membership. Chris Wilder stepped up to the plate and donated the funds ($270.00) to rent a “skid steer” with front bucket loader. We removed the loose dirt from the Pistol Range and placed the dirt at the end of the berm, and used the skid steer to place 5/8” gravel on the Training Range. Then we packed it down by driving a riding lawn mower over it to pack it down. Looks great! AND no more walking in the mud during inclement weather. Thanks again to Chris Wilder (Board member) who not only paid the rental fee, but ran the machine like a pro. (Editor’s note: I’ve never seen Chris smile so much as he did while “playing with the machine”).
With the help of carpenter Troy Stephens, we installed a safety wall between the shop and the big
building and installed a steel man door. The shop is looking really nice. We will be cleaning out the cramped scoring shack and placing several items in the shop so that the Bench rest rifle shooters can
actually, use the scoring shack as a scoring shack again. Robbins Garage Door installed the three garage doors on the shop and did a very nice job. Looks sharp. Owner Steve Robbins gave our Club a very good deal on the installation. If you ever need a quote for new or replacement garage doors, please give Steve a call at 884-8630. Also, Steve is our newest Life Member. Congratulations, Steve. No more waiting in line!
After several years of debate on what kind of barrier we needed, we have finally installed a safety gate on the Upper Rifle Range. It is a heavy duty metal stock gate. It will last longer than anyone reading this. Thanks to Club President David Belmont and wife Tiffany (who is stronger than I am) for their help installing this much needed gate. There is a prominent sign on the gate that reads: GATE CLOSED = range
is HOT. Do NOT go downrange. Below it reads: GATE OPEN = range is COLD. Set or check your targets.
Pretty simple. Please remember, when you go downrange to pull your targets, just drive back through the open gate and leave it open for the next person on your way home.
T.C. Slinger placed approximately 60 cubic yards of rock in the two “water channels” that come down from two canyons up on the Upper Rifle Range. This almost completes our flood restoration project from last year’s 100 year flood. When we grade the roads to the 100, 200, and 300 yard lines, and spread two or three loads of gravel total restoration will be complete.
Another project that has been on the back burner for many years is running electricity to the Upper Rifle Range and shop. We have already paid the bill up front for the P.U.D. to run electricity over the road to the side of the parking lot. From there Brisbine Electric will run underground conduit to the corner of the big building and install the electrical panel. From there, Board member and retired electrician Chris Wilder will run the power throughout the big building and shop. Hopefully this will happen in the next month or two. We are on the schedule.
Next year? We plan on working on the switchback leading to the Upper Rifle Range making access much easier. We will also be doing other projects as time and funds allow.
Head of Range Maintenance Ron Skaggs
- 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.
- This is your range. Make your Mother proud by picking up and disposing of your trash.
- Wearing your red lanyard with your membership card is mandatory.
- Please observe all posted safety notices.
- Do not shoot any type of steel core or similar ammo at our steel targets.
- Observe range closing time. It will vary with the seasons. Times will be posted on the front gate.
- Our website is www.wenrrc.org
1911 OPERATING TIPS:
Most longtime users of custom Model 1911 pistols know what is required to keep them running smoothly, but for the benefit of those who are new to the design, here is a slightly modified and abbreviated “Do and “Don’t” list included with each Nighthawk Custom gun.
- DON’T let the slide fall on an empty chamber as it will cause the hammer to eventually start following the slide down. The 1911 is designed to load a round each time the slide goes forward, and dropping it on an empty chamber will eventually knock the sear out of alignment. Grasp the slide firmly and gently lower it on an empty chamber.
- DO dry fire to your heart’s content as it will not harm the 1911. The more familiar you become with the trigger, the better you will be able to predict hammer fall. This will result in better shooter accuracy.
- DON’T check operation of the beavertail grip safety by depressing it slowly while squeezing the trigger as this causes excessive wear on the trigger bow.
- DO load the 1911 the way it was designed to be loaded. Pull the slide rearward and lock it back with the slide stop. Insert a loaded magazine, depress the slide stop, and allow the slide to move forward to push the top round into the chamber.
- DO make a loaded 1911 safe in the manner it was designed for. First, keep your finger away from the trigger. Remove the magazine and then retract the slide to extract and eject a chambered round. Then gently lower the slide.
- DO remove the empty magazine before attempting to lower the slide. Lowering the slide without first removing the magazine will often require pulling the slide rearward. Doing so will eventually peen the slide stop notch, causing the metal to start rolling up.
- DON’T over lubricate. Place a very thin film on the slide rails and atop the locking lugs of the barrel and in their locking recesses in the slide, where the bushing or the front of the slide contacts the barrel, the barrel link pin, and the disconnector. Synthetic oils are good.
- DO change recoil springs every 2,000 round rounds on a 5.0 inch barreled gun, every 1,500 rounds on a Commander, and every 500 rounds on an Officer’s Model. Doing so will ensure proper feeding of loaded rounds and the ejection of spent cases.
This is all good advice, and I will add another “Don’tDo” to the list. While clearing the chamber, I’ve seen shooters grasp the slide with their hand covering the ejection port, retract the slide smartly, and allow the gun to eject the round into that hand. It is a bad idea because a worn extractor or one needing adjustment can allow the primer of the round to make contact with the ejector and fire the round. I have seen the results of what can happen to a shooter’s hand when this happens, and it is not a pretty sight.
Layne SimpsonShooting Times April 2020
Defensive handgun shooters spend a lot of time practicing presenting their handgun to the target. The draw stroke should be practiced often, and you should be able to conduct it quickly and smoothly. What is often overlooked in practice sessions is holstering. This is the primary reason many self inflicted gunshot wounds occur while reholstering; shooters either do it wrong or do it in too much of a hurry.
There is a proper technique to holstering, and, if done correctly, it’s very safe.
The first rule when reholstering a handgun is to not be in a hurry. It might be imperitive that you get your gun out fast, but it is never critical to holster it with the same speed. When you decide it’s time to holster your handgun, take a deep breath, consider if there are any ammunition concerns that need to be addressed, and then, and only then, begin the reholstering process.
The first thing you want to do is remove your finger from the trigger and place it alongside the frame of the handgun. Then bring the gun into your workspace, close to your body at chest level. At this point, if the handgun is equipped with a manual safety or decocker, you can activate it. Now it’s time to remove your support hand from your two hand grip. When you do so, place that hand flat against your chest. This will prevent any chance of covering that hand with the muzzle of the handgun.
Now, begin rotating the handgun 90 degrees toward the ground as you move it to a position directly above the holster. If you’re wearing a cover garment you can extend the thumb on your shooting hand to sweep it out of the way. Once the handgun is directly above the holster, reconfirm your trigger finger is out of the trigger guard and alongside the frame, and then slowly lower the handgun into the holster.
There may be a moment of silence, possibly a blank stare as your opponent’s try to figure out who Cooper was and maybe offer a remark about “not being the point” before they scramble to change the subject. This is when you’ve got them. They can’t answer directly since they don’t know. Whatever else is said after this point, just keep reminding your opponent, and anyone else listening, your question wasn’t answered.
Once the handgun is fully seated in the holster you can release your grip on it with the shooting hand. If your holster has any retention devices such as a a thumb strap you can now secure them. If it takes two hands to do so, that’s fine; remove your support hand from the center of your chest and lock the security devices in place.
When working with a defensive handgun we often focus too much on speed, particularly when it comes time to conduct a reload. Being able to reload your handgun in a hurry is a good thing, but many shooters make a potentially fatal mistake in the process. If you have partially depleted your onboard ammunition supply and want to conduct a speed reload to top the gun off, do not drop the partially expended magazine until your support hand has located the fully loaded magazine that’s on your person. Always secure a fresh magazine before you eject the one in your gun because an almost empty gun is still better than a completely empty gun.
New shooters tend to grip a handgun very tightly. It’s a good idea to hold on to a handgun firmly, but you don’t want to squeeze it like you are going to break it. Your thumb applies minimal enhancement to handgun grip strength, and very often, due to sympathetic squeeze response, it can move during the trigger press. This can alter the sight picture at the moment the trigger breaks. When shooting a handgun, relax the thumb and keep it relaxed as you press the trigger.
Richard Mann American Rifleman May 2020
All events will be continuing as normal from here on out, see you at the range!
- Speed Steel: June 27th, 2020. 17 Guns. Results
- Bullseye: Scheduled as usual
- Center Fire Rifle Match: Unfortunately we had to skip it this month because of the fire. Back on Schedule for Third Saturday in July.
Keep and eye on the calendar! We have plenty of upcoming events through out the rest of the year.
David Belmont, WRRC President and Chairman of the Events Committee
You might be a Redneck if you’re currently driving on four skinny spare wheels.
WRRC Secretary and Editor.