President - David Belmont
Acting Vice President - Sharon Rose
Treasurer - Brian Ernsberger
Secretary - Ron Skaggs
Trustee - Kane Simpson
Trustee - Chris Wilder
Trustee - Wes Childers
"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 2021
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Members of WRRC,
2021 is basically here! This has been a crazy year so please take the time to check out these quick updates.
- We are most likely going to need to postpone the Annual Meeting. Keep an eye on your email for more information.
- The General Purpose Short Range Target Stands have been updated to all steel construction.
- We are actively working a virtual solution for Safety and Orientation.
- We now offer online renewal options for existing members.
David Belmont | WRRC Club President
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.
At this time there is the distinct possibility that we will need to run the Annual Meeting Virtually, stay tuned for more details.
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
- 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.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR 2020
This year ends with several improvements completed for our Club. We constructed another Archery target cover at the 30 yard line and this coming year we will be constructing another target cover at the 40 yard line. Future plans are for the 50 and 60 yard lines as time and funds permit. After someone shot up our original target cover with a 9mm handgun, we put a sign near the firing line that states NO FIREARMS ALLOWED. The Archery Range was designed for archery ONLY.
We installed new metal target holders on the Casual Pistol Range at 5, 7, 10, 15, and 25 yards. The continual damage to the wood target holders was a substantial cost to our Club. The new steel target holders will hold up much longer saving us funds to do other range improvements. Hopefully, we can start updating and upgrading the Casual Rifle Range this spring. Again, as time and funds permit.
We smoothed and raked out 5/8” crushed gravel onto the Training bay. No more walking in the mud. Looks nice too.
We also spread 5/8” crushed gravel onto the Precision Range as well. This was the final “repair” from the flood.
Our largest improvement was to run electricity to the Upper Rifle Range and shop. We will be adding several more outlets and safety strobes/audibles on the firing line. Hopefully, this too will be on the list for 2021.
There is a new heavy duty safety gate at the Upper Rifle Range with a sign on it. When the gate is open you can go downrange to set or checks your targets. This is designated as a COLD range. When you start getting ready to actually shoot, close the gate. This is designated as a HOT range. After shooting and you are ready to leave the range, please open and latch the safety gate.
We have been working on and off on our shop for most of the year. Two or three more days on it and it will be finished. Our shop houses our new tractor as well as used for storage.
T.C. Slingers armored two “water channels” coming down out of the two valleys on the Upper Rifle Range with 3” rock. This was the final phase of a very costly flood restoration project.
Last but not least, we have a new Massey Ferguson 36.2 horsepower, four wheel drive tractor with several implements for range maintenance and enhancements. We will be utilizing our new tractor a LOT this year.
Ron Skaggs, Head of Range Maintenance Committee
THE LIGHTER SIDE
A young minister pastoring his first church thought he would make his first pastoral call on a very elderly member of the church. After the proper greetings were exchanged, the young pastor spied a bowl full of peanuts on the coffee table in front of him. Being quite nervous on his very first visit he started slowly eating the peanuts. After awhile he was embarrassed to find that he had eaten every last peanut. Very red faced he started to apologize. The elderly lady held up her hand and said,”That’s alright, I’m so old that I’ve lost all my teeth and can’t chew them anymore so I just suck the chocolate off them.”
I trust that you all had a very good Christmas and have shared with those who are less fortunate. I hope that you all have a good and prosperous new year.
Ron Skaggs, Editor
WINCHESTER AMMO (If you can find any.)
Winchester has added a new line of semiautomatic pistol ammunition called USA Ready. Billed as a select grade ammunition designed to provide sport shooters with optimal accuracy, it is great for competition, training, and general range use. It’s currently offered in 9mm Luger, .40 S & W, and .45 ACP.
USA Ready ammo features flat nose bullets. Flat nose bullets have tended to be more accurate, on average, than round nose bullets in many of the accuracy tests I’ve done over the years. The USA Ready ammo also uses match grade primers for better shot to shot consistency.
Uniquely, Winchester publishes the ballistic data for each lot number of USA Ready ammo on the company’s website (Winchester.com/usareadyinfo) The lot number is printed on the inside of the box flap, and the ballistic information includes velocity at 15 feet from the muzzle, chamber pressure in psi, and accuracy of a five shot group at 50 yards.
I have to hand it to Winchester, its willingness to share technical information with customers is refreshing. It’s going out of its way to appease the serious shooters among us, and that’s a good thing.
I checked the website, and the lot number information at the time showed two lots of .45 ACP and one lot each of 9mm and .40 S & W. SAAMI standard barrel lengths were used for the testing: 4.0 inches for 9mm and .40 S & W and 5.0 inches for the ACP.
I got my hands on some ammo in each of the three calibers, and all were from lot No. 1. I fired them at 25 yards with the guns mounted in a Ransom Rest.
The velocities were as advertised. My average .45 ACP velocity was just 2 fps different than the published speed. My 9mm and .40 S & W velocities were a little more than 50 fps faster, but my guns have 5.0 inch barrels, so I expected the results to be higher than Winchester’s data.
Feeding and function were perfect. Accuracy was very good. I fired three 10 shot groups with each caliber, and the group averages were smaller than Winchester’s five shot group at 50 yards for each respective caliber. My aggregate 30 shot groups were very close to Winchester’s five group size. My 9mm 30 shot group was 1.92 inches. The .40 S & W 30 shot group was 2.61 inches. The .45 ACP 30 shot group was 2.39 inches. That’s mighty fine shooting for that many rounds at 25 yards.
Brad Miller, PhD Shooting Times December 2019/January 2020
HIDDEN UPSIDE OF A CRISIS
I saw a cartoon with a first timer in a gun store: “I want to buy an AR-14GLOCKForty loaded with a hundred green tip exploding bullets in fully automatic clips and I would like to use the gun show loophole, please.” It comes as a shock to find they must prove their identity, meet age and residency requirements, pass an FBI background check, and in some states, get a firearms owners’ license and complete a waiting period.
These first time gun owners are going to need help, like the new handgun owner perplexed because he couldn’t load 9mm Parabellum cartridges in a Walther .380 pistol. A friend who works at a gun store told of a man who said he had never owned a gun but was buying one now at the insistence of his wife. He bought a pump shotgun. A couple days later he returned with the shotgun completely dissembled, the parts in a cardboard box, needing to reassemble it.
Be nice, make allies. At times like this I like to remind myself of a few basic courtesies:
Don’t gloat. When someone you know who has made a habit of sneering at and mocking gun owners, and now wants to buy a gun, it’s tempting to say I told you so. I try to resist. No doubt when the crisis is past many will return to their old ways, but some may see the light and become allies, or at least neutral.
Don’t mock their lack of knowledge. Remember what little they know about firearms and shooting comes from TV and is almost always wrong, sometimes hilariously wrong.
I remember some dumb ideas I once had. When first reading reloading articles I didn’t know a “grain” was a unit of weight and thought it referred to a kernel of powder. If a load called for 58.5 grains, I pictured counting out 58 kernels and then cutting one more in half. The memory helps me to be patient.
Set a safe and responsible example. Remember, those new gun owners have been indoctrinated with gun owner stereotypes. Some may genuinely believe all gun owners are middle school dropouts, gubmint hating bigots. Civility is always a good thing.
Direct them to professionals. Firearm safety and shooting skills are best taught by experienced instructors using a structured training program. Local gun clubs, wildlife organizations and the NRA can provide training or help locate local instructors. Check out www.nrainstructors.org for more information.
You and I can help with advice on maintenance, cleaning, safe storage, ammunition selection, proper nomenclature and so forth. It’s better not to be too pedantic too early. I might even bite my lip and let it go when they ask, “How do I load bullets in the clip?” Later might be time to have them march around saying, “This is my pistol, and this is my gun…”but for now, focus on essentials.
Speaking of essentials, remember your own safety. In my experience, first time shooters are self-conscious and very concerned with safety. Any mistakes they make are from not knowing better. Still, a range full of first time shooters makes me nervous and I know of instructors who wear body armor while teaching. Personally, if I feel I need body armor just to go to the range, I’m likely not going!
Dave Anderson American Handgunner September/October 2020
Due to Covid Restrictions, all events at WRRC are suspended until further notice.
David Belmont, WRRC President and Chairman of the Events Committee
WRRC Secretary and Editor.