President - David Belmont
Acting Vice President - Sharon Rose
Treasurer - Brian Ernsberger
Secretary - Ron Skaggs

Trustee - Kane Simpson
Trustee - Chris Wilder
Trustee - Wes Childers

AMENDMENT II
"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 - September 2020

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Members of WRRC,

September is lining up to be an exciting month! Couple of Club Matters/Reminders to pass onto you all. First off, if you haven't heard, we have two ranked competitions  happening at the club this month!

First, NRA Conventional Pistol (Bullseye) will be holding a ranked Match on September 19th on the Precision Range (TurningTarget). Docket for the Bullseye Match is full, but the weekly practice days are still ongoing, check the calendar for more details.

Center Fire Rifle will hold a two day event for the GBA Nationals! Varmint class on Day 1 and Hunter/Factory classes on Day 2. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions on either event.

And as usual Speed Steel will be held the last Saturday of the Month

Our closing hours changed on August 31st. Our hours are now 8:00AM to 7:00PM Monday through Friday. Plan accordingly by checking out the "Range Closures" Tab on www.wenrrc.org/calendar

As always, thank you for being a member. Your membership dues account for the vast majority of our funding. If you are so inclined we can also accept donations all of which will go into the general fund of the club to maintain and improve our club!

David Belmont | WRRC Club President

VOTE

Many say that the upcoming elections are the most consequential in American history. Never say your one vote won’t matter. Your one vote does matter. Numerous elections in our nation’s history have been won or lost by one vote. It is a matter of record. Carefully consider the issues and vote your conscience. It is an honor, a privilege, and our civic duty to vote.

If you are not currently registered to vote you can go online at votewa.gov, Have your driver’s license ready to help you fill out the application.

If you live in Douglas County you can go on line or call the Douglas County Auditor’s office at (509)745-8527 for more information.

If you live in Chelan County you can go on line or call the Chelan County Auditor’s office at (509) 667-6808 for more information. Elections Day is November 3, 2020.

WRRC Board of Trustees

SAFETY

  • 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.

SELECTING FINISHES

For a long time in gun manufacturing and ‘smithing it was “blue”. Today there are more colors and finishes than in the rainbow. Spray finishes have been a boon to small shops. These finishes offer a variety of colors, along with small start up costs. They also take up less shop space than a bluing set up.

NIC Industries, creators of Cerakote, offer 150 shades to meet any need, from black to hot pink. A spray and bake ceramic coating is very easy to use, offers the ‘smith an easy in house finish, and when done properly looks good and wears well. All you need is a small low pressure spray gun and toaster oven for handgun parts. I use the graphite black and dark earth colors for law enforcement pistols and have secretly used Tiffany blue for a project.
Cerakote now offers a new Elite series laying down thinner, and is harder after baking than the original H-Series. The Elite “Blackout” color is the best deep black I’ve used, and the thinner finish does not build up in rollmarks or serrations. Cerakote is the go to finish for polymer pistols.

Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coatings use a vacuum chamber to vaporize host nitride materials and transfer onto parts. This type of coating is very hard and wear resistant, but is not cheap given the equipment used to produce it. There are many shops providing the service under a variety of names and Ion-Bond is the one I use. The black is very nice and leans toward graphite in color but is super tough. Preparation is key here, as any blemish will show up after coating.

Color case hardening has made a huge comeback. Not just in single action revolvers but also on the 1911 and other autos. Turnbull Restoration in upstate New York offers the service for gunsmiths. He provides the “bone charcoal process” used a hundred years ago on Winchester lever rifles and Colt revolvers.

The process produces colorful blues and bronzes, is an elegant contrast against blued slides or barrels and is not a small shop process. Turnbull also offers charcoal bluing done prior to the 1930’s by Colt. Turnbull, a full restoration shop, takes pride in using the original methods for both.

I think Hard Chrome is the most durable finish for handguns, at a Rockwell hardness of 65. Don’t confuse it with “bumper chrome” which is thick and soft. Hard chrome is tough as nails and elegant. It will provide a variety of sheens based on surface prep. In my shop if it’s silver toned, it’s hard chromed. The finish can be applied over carbon or stainless but it’s not recommended for aluminum. APW Cogan Custom specializes in hard chrome finishing.

Titanium nitride is a gold toned coating similar in properties to hard chrome. It’s very tough and used on machine tools. For the gunsmith it offers a durable substitute to gold plating, which is soft and not durable. Richter Precision offers coating services for gunsmiths.

Greg Derr American Handgunner July/August 2019

REMINDERS

  • 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
  • Our e-mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Our Phone Number is 509.662.2388

POWDER MATTERS

You know the first rule of gun powder is to keep it dry, right? Still applies today. Keep your powder in its original container until you load it into your powder measure, and then either label the powder measure or leave the container near it until the leftover powder is returned to its original package. Why? Because I’ve had a reloading session interrupted, not getting back to it for days. When I did, I had no idea what powder was inside and I had to discard it rather than take a chance on using the wrong powder.

Getting the powder weight correct seems to be the number one challenge reloaders face. No matter what the brand, powder measure setting drift, so check periodically to make sure it’s still dropping the prescribed load. I use a digital scale when setting up and for checking every 10 to 20 rounds. I used to put my powdered cartridges in a reloading tray, and when it was full or I’d reach my limit for the session, I’d use a flashlight to look into all the cases for double charged or uncharged cases. Now, I seat each bullet immediately after charging. Might work for you, might not. I still check the powder drop periodically.

I keep some spare barrels at my reloading bench to check fit and crimp. I’ve gotten to the range and found some rounds won’t chamber because of bad seating and crimps. It’s easy enough to catch on the bench just by slipping the first few rounds into a barrel to make sure they chamber. If you’re loading revolver ammo, use a cylinder.

Slow down and hire yourself as a QC manager.

David Freeman American Handgunner September/October 2020

GEAR OBSESSED

The shooting business, like any other business, is involved principally in selling, and we certainly cannot condemn the manufacturers of shooting equipment for pushing the sale of their products. It does seem, however, that too many people who fancy themselves as shooters are more interested in gadgetry than shooting. Nearly all modern firearms will shoot better than the people who handle them under field circumstances and nearly all modern cartridges will do what is asked of them if they are properly placed. The principal issue in weapon craft is marksmanship, not equipment, and yet to read in all the specialty press one would gather that all that is necessary for good shooting is the purchase of Product A. A first rate man with a third rate gun is far more effective, in every practical sense, than the other way around.

Col. Jeff Cooper Combat HandgunsJanuary/February 2018

WRRC Events

All events will be continuing as normal from here on out, see you at the range!

  • Speed Steel: August 29th, 2020. 25 Guns. Next match September 26th, 2020.
  • Bullseye: Scheduled as usual, Match on September 19th!
  • Center Fire Rifle Match: Match is back on Scheduled for  September 19th!

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


A word to the wise: The closer we get to Nov. 3, the harder it will become to find guns and ammo.

Ron Skaggs
WRRC Secretary and Editor.