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 - December 2020

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Members of WRRC,

2021 is coming up fast! As always I want to thank each and everyone of you for being/continuuing to be members! Here's a couple of updates for you!

  • WRRC is now the proud owner of a Massey Ferguson Tractor! This will go a long way towards helping us keep the berms up to par. It's also going to be super helpful with the projects we have lined up for 2021!
  • The General Purpose Short Range Target Stands have been updated to all steel construction. Sorry about the mess that the GPS has been of late but we are strapped for volunteers and wanted to focus on getting the new steel target stands!
  • Due to Restrictions by the State Government there is a possibility that we will have to hold the Annual meeting virtually. Keep an eye on your email for updates!
  • We are really close to offering virtual renewal options for members. Since the price of membership is going up January 16th, we will make sure you have an option to renew before that!

David Belmont | WRRC Club President

ANNUAL MEETING

The following information is taken directly from our Club by-laws. ARTICLE SIX—ELECTION PRO-
CEDURE, Section 4 Requirements for Nomination and Voting.

Only WRRC members in possession of a current (dated the year of the Annual Meeting) member-
ship card are eligible to be nominated to 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 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 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. The Clubhouse will be open for renewals at 8:00 a.m.

At this time there is the distinct possibility that we will need to run the Annual Meeting Virtually, stay tuned for more details.

The Board would like to ask each and every member to consider donating $5.00, $10.00, or $15.00 when you renew your membership. Thank you.

While WRRC always appreciates donations we do not have the mechanism to support donations at this time. Keep tuned for more information!

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.

PAYIN’ OUR DUES

Due to State Restrictions we cannot currently hold Safety and Orientation or Member Renewal Nights. As some of you may have noted there is now an online renewal link on the website. Our Club President is in the process of custom designing a payment portal that will keep our information secure and managed solely by the WRRC Board. Keep Tuned!

Seems like everything is going up these days. So are the membership dues. This will allow more funds for much needed range improvements such as some serious work on the switchback leading to the Upper Rifle Range, all new steel target stands for both General Pistol and Rifle ranges, developing new ranges for our increasing membership, etc. We have a very long list of capital improvements that will be implemented as time and funds allow.

Currently our General Membership dues are $85.00 per year. As of January 17, 2021, our dues will go to $100.00 per year. If you want to pay $85.00 for another year, please make arrangements before 1-17-21. There will be no increase for the Gallery Range or the turning targets.

This might be a good time to think about becoming a LIFE MEMBER. If you have been a member at least one year you can apply. LIFE MEMBER cards have been specially custom designed and really look sharp.
Being a LIFE MEMBER means no annual renewals (Turning Targets and Gallery Range sold seperately), no future increases in annual membership dues, and the prestige factor is very high. Currently the cost is 10X annual dues of $85.00. That equals $850.00 for a general membership for the rest of your life. Beginning on January 17, 2021, the LIFE MEMBER will go to $1,000.00.

One half of the LIFE MEMBER fee will go into our Club’s savings account and one half will go into our checking account. This half will be used for maintaining our Club and more for capital improvements. The procedure is quite simple. At your next S & O class, renewal, or Annual Meeting, just say you would like to become a LIFE MEMBER.

WRRC Board of Trustees

THE LIGHTER SIDE

Sometimes we just need a chuckle...Ever look really close to some of the want ads? Here’s a few to ponder:

  • Wanted: Someone to grind or chew hay for horse with bad teeth.
  • Waitress needed: Must be 18 years old with 20 years experience.
  • Cab drivers wanted: Nights and week ends.Must have good driving and criminal record.
  • Men wanted: Hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success.
  • Surgeon wanted: New health clinic opening in the area. No experience needed. Must have own tools.
  • Wanted, grape stompers: Must have good balance and large feet. Skinny folk need not apply.
  • Looking for 15 energetic individuals to replace 15 lazy people. Entry level positions. No experience required.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Thanks to Board member and journeyman electrician Chris Wilder we now have electricity run to the Upper Rifle Range and shop. We will be installing two safety strobe/audibles like we now have in the Pistol/Rifle Ranges. People are using them and the Board and your fellow Club members who are shooting nearby also thank you. Safety first.

We just completed removing all the old wood target holders from the General Purpose Pistol Range and installed new steel target holders. They will be a lot more durable and much easier to install new target backers. I for one am not ashamed to say digging those holes for the stands were HARD! (Where’s the young guys?) Many years ago, the Club was offered free fill from the City of Wenatchee. So far so good. Last week we discovered that not only were there a bazillion rocks in the free fill but large chunks of asphalt that come from the Cherry Street project about 30 or 40 years ago. I’d say, “careful what you wish for.” Was all the blood, sweat and tears worth it. Absolutely. **As a side note, if you keep missing your target and are hitting the new steel target stands, do yourself and the Club a favor and shoot a closer target until you are skillful enough to shoot longer range. 

We plan on replacing all the General Purpose Rifle Range with new steel target holders as soon as time and funds will allow.

Ron Skaggs, Secretary, Head of Range Maintenance.

RIFLE ACCURACY

No barrel shoots the same with all loads. Here is where your search for accuracy needs to be truly exhaustive. Some barrels are finicky, some are not, and that’s one reason the handloader has a huge advantage. Components can be varied endlessly, as can seating depths, neck sizing, sorting components and so many other tricks. Factory ammunition, though better than ever, is more limiting because any factory load is just one possible assembly of components. At a minimum, it is really essential to try several different brands and bullet weights and styles. “Match” ammunition is likely to be more accurate than “hunting” ammunition, but there are no guarantees, and also no predicting what load might enable a given rifle to produce its tightest groups. 

I recall a .30-’06 Sprg. chambered rifle that was just terrible with everything except the near obsolete 220 gr. round nose. Go figure. I had a Remington Mountain rifle in .280 Rem. that patterns, not groups, with all factory loads then available, but with handloaded 140 gr. Nosler AccuBonds it was instantly a tack driver. Be exhaustive in your search for the right loads. As with most things in accuracy, improvements are usually incremental and rarely exponential. Sometimes the difference in loads is dramatic. One more thing: Homogenous alloy bullets are very popular today and are required in “lead free zones.” You may not always be able to use the bullets that shoot best in your rifle.

Craig Boddington American Rifleman August 2017

WRRC Events

Due to Covid Restrictions, all events at WRRC are suspended until further notice.

David Belmont, WRRC President and Chairman of the Events Committee


Ron Skaggs
WRRC Secretary and Editor.