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 - October 2020

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Members of WRRC,
First off, just a quick house keeping item. When using the General Purpose Short Range (Formerly the Casual Pistol Range) please STOP PUTTING YOUR TARGETS OVER  THE 2x4s. As your rounds eat away at the target stands the club is having to divert money from our funds to rebuild the target stands instead of using it towards better ranges. Plus it makes a mess.

"Never point your firearm at anything you are not willing to shoot" Our club rules state that all firearms must be handled with the muzzles pointed down range whenever possible. Please DO NOT aim your firearms out into the parking lot. Put your case on the front bench, remove your firearm with the muzzle pointed down range (towards the targets) and then move your case to the back bench. This is mandatory.

Speaking of better ranges, The board has been working on a plan for the future of this club and are very excited to begin to share our ideas, hear from the members, and formulate a map for club to follow. Keep an eye on your emails for more news as well as some surveys and other fact gathering communique. Put it on your calendar, Saturday, January 16th at 10:00 AM will be the WRRC Annual Meeting. Be there or be square.

January 16th is also the day 2020 memberships will be deactivated, so if you have not renewed for the 2021 year be sure to hop into the next Current Member Renewal Night! 

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.

SPEER GOLD DOT 9mm CARRYGUN AMMO

Optimized for compact and subcompact pistols, Speer’s new 9mm Gold Dot CarryGun ammo features the recently developed Gold Dot G2 bullet. The Gold Dot G2 has the bonded UNICOR design of the original Gold Dot but with new skives and a shallow nose cavity filled with elastomer rather than the original hollowpoint. The elastomer prevents barrier materials from filling the nose cavity and provides more consistent performance through tough barriers like wood and steel. The skives promote reliable expansion and effective energy transfer while maintaining straight line penetration. According to the company, the new bullet style has achieved the highest FBI protocol evaluation scores of any ammunition ever tested.

The Gold Dot G2 was developed to perform in full sized handguns, and Speer engineers modified and redesigned it specifically for use in shorter barreled compact pistols. That’s what the new CarryGun line is all about. The engineers came up with lighter weight G2 bullets that reach optimal velocity out of short barreled pistols, thereby producing consistent expansion and exceptional barrier penetration.

For example, the 9mm CarryGun load carries a 135 grain G2 bullet instead of the 147 grain G2 bullet found in 9mm Gold Dot G2 duty ammunition. The .40 S & W CarryGun ammo fires a 165 grain bullet as opposed to the 180 grain offering in the G2 duty load, and the .45 ACP +P CarryGun bullet weighs 200 grains instead of the 230 grain G2 duty bullet.

I’ve been shooting the 9mm CarryGun ammo, and as you can see from the results listed in the accompanying chart, it is accurate and produces consistent velocities, extreme spreads, and standard deviations. It is loaded with what Speer calls “advanced powders” for ballistic consistency in nickel plated cases for reliable feeding and with sealed CCI primers for dependable ignition. I fired 60 rounds of CarryGun through two compact pistols and didn’t have a single malfunction.

Joel Hutchcroft Shooting Times October 2020

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

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

After several months of being on the P.U.D.’s schedule, they have now installed a new transformer, pole, and ground vault on the Upper Rifle Range. The P.U.D. did a very neat job.

Next came digging a trench across the parking lot to the corner of the big building. Jeff Klapstein ran the excavator and his son Ken helped keep the trench flat and at the proper depth (36”). Jeff and Ken came down from Manson for the day to help our Club. They spent approximately five hard hours digging the trench and back filling it after we laid down the conduit. Jeff and Ken wouldn’t take one cent for their time. They did an outstanding job. Thank you Jeff and Ken for your generosity.

Now it was Brisbine Electric’s turn. Ted assembled the conduit, pulled the wire, installed and hooked up the load center (breaker box). Ted did a very professional and neat job. If you ever have need of any electrical work, please consider calling
Brisbine Electric at (509) 663-4827.

We would also like to thank Valley Tractor for donating the use of a very nice Kubota excavator. It was quite interesting watching Jeff operate the excavator and Ken in the trench keeping it level and of the proper depth. The Kubota excavator had plenty of power to spare. As a side note, Jeff dug up some pretty healthy sized chunks of concrete that had been used as part of the fill when the Upper Rifle Range was created. I could have sworn that I saw a dinosaur bone or two as well! If you have need of a tractor, excavator, mower, implements, etc., either to purchase or to rent, please consider Valley Tractor. They are located at 4857 Contractors Drive, East Wenatchee, off Highway 2. Their phone number is (509) 886-1566.

All of the above would not have been possible if it were not for Board Trustee Chris Wilder who was in charge of the entire project from start to finish. He spent a LOT of hours making phone calls, talking to a number of different people, overseeing, meeting people at the range, and coordinating the entire project. Chris was the perfect person for the job because he is a journeyman electrician himself. Chris is going to complete the project by wiring the big building and shop with lights and receptacles. We will also be installing safety strobe lights with audibles on the firing line.

NATIONAL BENCHREST MATCH

The Wenatchee Rifle and Revolver Club hosted the 2020 Global Benchrest Association National Benchrest Match on Saturday September 19 and Sunday September 20. Saturday’s matches were for Heavy Varmint Guns and Sunday’s were for Light Varmint or Factory Guns.

It was a great weekend to shoot. A total of 23 shooters attended the National Match. Saturday morning they were greeted by fair weather with a slight overcast sky. The temperature was darn near perfect. It started out at 58 degrees in the morning and peaked at 78 degrees in the afternoon. The wind wasn’t horrible, just gusty enough to make shooting very interesting. It was normal Number Two Canyon wind, blowing up or down the canyon with cross winds changing directions on a regular basis. Surprisingly there were times when there was no wind at all. The mirage was manageable as it never got hot enough to blur out the targets. Actually the mirage was helpful for those who know how to read it. Also, the flying dust from bullets impacting the berm was a reliable tell. This was the first day that the smoke from wildfires had lifted from the valley in two weeks. What a relief.

Saturday we shot 200 yards first and rotated to the fourth bench to the right after each match. This makes it real interesting as the conditions change from different shooting lanes. Just when you think you have it figured out you do musical chairs and it’s a whole new game.

There were some outstanding scores for the 100 yard matches. X counts really mattered here and when you got the X. Eight shooters had clean scores for five matches for 250 points. Of the eight, three shooters had the same X count, 250-19X and they were first, second, and third. The outcome was determined by who got an X first. There were no clean scores for the 200 yard matches.

After Saturdays match we had prize table drawings. There were very nice prizes ranging from WRRC hats, gift certificates, custom barrels, and action work. Thank you to our prize table sponsors. They made it a special event. Special thanks to the event prize sponsors. Nobel Truss and Lumber, Inc., Bill Small, Chamberlain Agriculture, Coastal Farm and Ranch, Larry Bryant, Wilson Tools, W.R.R.C., and Global Benchrest Association.

Sunday we did the Light Varmint (Hunter) Guns and the factory Class Guns at 100 and 200 yards. We started the 100 yard matches first. The conditions were a little more dicey than Saturday but fairly close. We started an hour earlier at 8:00 a.m. instead of 9:00 a.m. The scores were lower due to the conditions and the 6X scope for Hunter Guns. Dropping points was easy to do.

There hasn’t been a match like this in many years (At least 15 years. Editor) at W.R.R.C. and I believe that everybody had a great time, made some friends, and experienced some exceptional competition. Thanks to all of you shooters who traveled far and wide to attend this event and hats off to the local shooters. You all made this possible. Hopefully we attracted some new local shooters to this amazing sport. Most people don’t know that there are many top rated national record holders in the Pacific Northwest and some of them are from Central Washington. We can compete with anyone in the nation or world. One thing that I really like about this sport is the willingness of other shooters you compete against to share valid information.

I’d like to thank the behind the scenes folks that worked so hard and did an outstanding job. Match Director Bill Small who also did the scoring, provided prize table items, made the trophies, and so much more. Tom Payton who is a great Range Master and kept us organized and safe. Ann Klapstein ran the complicated scoring program seamlessly. The target crew was John and Becky Wagner and Ben Simms. They collected the targets and kept them in the right order despite not ever have done this job before.

Thanks also to all those others that helped in one way or the other. 

Chris Wilder has a list of all the shooters and their scores. If you would like that information, please contact Chris at (509) 679-2371 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(Editor’s note: Not only did Chris put in a LOT of hours organizing this match, but he was also the match overall winner. That boy can shoot!)

WRRC Events

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

  • Speed Steel: September 26th, 2020. 20 Guns. Next match October 31st, 2020.
  • Bullseye: Scheduled as usual.
  • Center Fire Rifle Match

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


Please remember that November 3, 2020, is coming up. If you are not registered to vote yet, please read the above column on voting. Thank you.

Ron Skaggs
WRRC Secretary and Editor.