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 - February 2021
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Members of WRRC,
The 2021 Membership Year has arrived! Couple of things to keep an eye on!
- The Annual Meeting has been postponed to February 20th, 2021. The meeting will be virtual, more details below.
- The WRRC Board is continuing to expand our metal target stand project. 8-10 new Metal Target Stands will be installed at the 25 yard line of the General Purpose Long Range as soon as the ground allows!
- Membership dues increase to $100.00 effective February 21st. Gallery Range and Turning Target dues are not effected.
It's been a busy couple of years. This club has accomplished a lot, new events, improved ranges, but we have a lot more on the list. Everything from new ranges, big improvements, and planning for the safety and future of the Club all require planning! This requires a Master Plan for WRRC to outline our plan over the next several years. This plan was drafted based on the feedback to the survey's we sent out to members, operational needs of the club, and planning for the eventuality that Wenatchee will someday grow to encompas WRRC's grounds and facilities. Like I said, we've made years of great improvements but our goal in 2021 is to tie it all together and work to ensure our club continues forward.
David Belmont | WRRC Club President
The following information is taken directly from our Club by-laws. ARTICLE SIX—ELECTION PROCEDURE, 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.
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.
OUR NEW TRACTOR
A couple months ago we purchased a new Massey Ferguson 1835 tractor for use around the range. It has a 36.2 horsepower diesel engine, 4-wheel drive, and front bucket loader. We also purchased a mower, auger, grading blade, and a scrapper/grader. We will be putting all of these implements to work this spring. There are a number of projects lined up to utilize our new tractor saving us time and a lot of back breaking labor.
We purchased our new tractor from Central Washington Equipment located at 4020 North Chelan Highway, Wenatchee. Their phone number is (509) 663-8187. The owner/manager, Jim Scammerhorn,
gave our Club an EXTREMELY good deal on both the tractor and implements and we are very grateful.
Central Washington Equipment has many different sizes of tractors and implements in stock for just about any application you may have. They also sell chain saws, lawn mowers, and they are a DR Equipment dealership. They service what they sell. If you have need of any of the above, please consider Central Washington Equipment.
Ron Skaggs, Head of Range Maintenance Committee
THE LIGHTER SIDE
The Ant and the Grasshopper:
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.
Moral of the story: Be responsible for yourself!
Ron Skaggs, Editor
THE 6.5 GRENDEL
The 6.5 Grendel cartridge only looks small. Instead of burning copious charges of propellant, the
Grendel lets its slender 0.264” diameter do the heavy lifting of producing flat trajectories. Those weighing around 120 grains provide the best balance of weight and velocity. The Hornady 123 gr. SST’s high 0.510 G1 ballistic coefficient compensates quite well even at the relatively slow muzzle velocity of 2480 Feet Per Second (FPS The SSTs drop only 2.5” more at 300 yards than Hornady 150 gr. InterLock SP bullets fired at 2750 FPS from a .308 Winchester with nearly 40 percent less propellant.
CFE 223 propellant is a perfect match for the Grendel shooting SST bullets. It greatly reduces copper fouling in barrels and meters precisely from a powder measure. CFE 223 dropped from a measure directly into Grendel cases produced an extreme spread of velocity of 27 FPS for 10 shots. A cleaner barrel and faster reloading are both good qualities, because the mild mannered 6.5 Grendel is meant to be shot, a lot.
John Haviland American Rifleman April 2019
SMITH & WESSON MODEL 58
After its 1964 premiere, S & W’s service sibling to the Model 57 was adopted by several police departments, most notably, San Antonio, Texas, and San Francisco, California. One reason for its rocky reception, as the story goes, is that some departments neglected to differentiate between more or less tractable 950 FPS or so 210 grain SWC “Police Load” and the high horse JHP hunting load. As a result, orientation efforts with the M&P styled N-Frame were painful for many rookie cops. I can believe this. I owned a Model 58 for several years and can attest to the fact that with relatively skimpy, unforgiving service stocks, it’s a beast with the high zoot hunting stuff. It must have seemed so as well for those officers who’d cut their teeth on a .38 Special.
I was able to tame mine into some semblance of manageability with the hot stuff by installing beefier Magna style stocks from Eagle Grips, but it was still a chore. With a reasonable approximation of the Police Load, it was, if not a pussycat, a potent yet controllable duty sidearm. Of course, this became academic later on when revolvers finally lost the “Great Auto versus Wheelgun War.”
If the .41 Mag. ever gets popular enough to create a high enough demand for the original Police Load, or the eminently sensible .41 Special, the old Model 58 would make a heck of a hard duty defensive revolver. It was discontinued in 1977, but reintroduced briefly several years back in the Classic line. For those who prefer a no frills, fixed sight handgun, the Model 58 makes a lot of sense, but I’d still want to swap out those service stocks!
Model 58s are highly desirable but can be found out there in the “used section,”, but they’ve gotten pricey. I’ve seen recent specimens on gunbroker.com sporting beginning bids at just under two grand.
Payton Miller Shooting Times July 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.