President - David Belmont
Vice President - Justin Klotzbuecher
Treasurer - Carson Lutz
Secretary - Ron Skaggs
Trustee - Sharon Rose
Trustee - Gene Robinson
"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 - June 2021
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Members of WRRC,
- Social Media (Take over the WRRC Social Media sites for a weekend!)
- Sweat Equity, Annual Range Cleanup Day is happening this month. Keep an eye on your email for details.
- Money. Did you know WRRC is a non profit? When you renew you can also add an optional donation (any amount).
Thanks for reading and enjoy the newsletter!
David Belmont | WRRC Club President
RANGE IMPROVEMENT DAY
On May 15 we had a very successful Range Improvement Day with a record setting 28 volunteers who came to work. Did they ever! The following is a list of projects that we tackled.
- Cleaned off sagebrush and weeds at the 100, 200, and 300 yard lines at the Upper Rifle Range and transported to burn pit.
- Picked up and removed rocks from berm and in front of berm on Casual Pistol Range.
- Picked up steel ammo cases from Casual Pistol and Rifle Ranges with large magnet.
- Picked up steel ammo cases from Casual Pistol and Rifle Ranges with large magnet.
- Cleaned up shredded pile of sagebrush and put in burn pit.
- Installed eight new steel target holders at the 25 yard line at Casual Rifle Range.
- Welded broken steel target at the 100 yard line at Casual Rifle Range.
- Removed sagebrush from area between Shotgun and Archery Ranges in preparation for developing a new 3-gun range.
- Cut many new target backers for use on Casual Pistol and Rifle Ranges.
- Repaired area between front gate and road with gravel.
Board Trustee Sharon Rose brought us lunch from Wendy’s. Pretty tasty! Many thanks goes out to each and every volunteer who came out to help with these various projects. Our range just keeps looking better and better all the time. Thank you all!
Ron Skaggs, WRRC Head of Maintenance
- 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.
5.7 x 28 mm FN
FN America announced in early March that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) had recently finalized the standardization process for the Fabrique Nationale Herstal designed 5.7 x 28mm FN cartridge. This development integrates the diminutive .22 cal. Chambering into NATO’s Multi-Caliber Manual Of Proof And Inspection (AEP-97) standard, a manual of test methods, equipment and inspection procedures used to ensure functional interchangeability of all small caliber ammunition used by the armed forces of allied nations. Designed by Herstal during the late 1980’s for use in its P90 personal defense weapon and Five-seveN pistol, the 5.7 x 28mm FN now joins 9 x 19mm NATO, 5.56 x 45mm NATO, 7.62 x 51mm NATO and 12.7 x 99mm NATO (.50 BMG) within the organization’s portfolio.
The introduction of several new 5.7 x 28mm FN chambered guns as the Ruger-57, Kel-Tec P50 and additions to CMMG’s Banshee and Resolute lines, as well as the development of additional 5.7 x 28mm FN loads during the past few years have sparked renewed interest in the cartridge on the commercial firearm market. Given that military acceptance and civilian market success generally go hand in hand, this trend can likely be expected to continue into the future.
When a novice asks for advice on purchasing a first handgun, a popular suggestion is to try various handguns and find one that “feels right.” The problem is a novice doesn’t know how a handgun should feel and is probably looking for a bit more help.
The human hand is a marvelous device and highly adaptable, and an experienced shooter can do a creditable job with most any size handgun, from a tiny Browning .25 ACP to a huge Desert Eagle .50. For the new shooter, it’s helpful to choose a gun making the process easier. Think medium. Medium size, medium weight, medium recoil.
The grip frame should be long enough to accommodate all three of the fingers holding the gun. I don’t like having the pinkie finger dangling below the grip. If the grip is just a bit short for your hand and the gun otherwise suits you, a solution may be a thick base pad on the magazine, or even a spur extension.
Grip circumference may be the single most important factor. To see how well a pistol fits your hand, try this: Pick up the pistol with the non-shooting hand and seat it in the shooting hand, the grip tang pressed firmly against the web of the hand, the barrel about aligned with the forearm. Now check the position of the bottom three fingers. What works for me (right hander) is if the tip of the middle finger extends at least ¼, but no more than ½, of the width of the left grip panel.
Some high-cap designs with thicker grip panels are borderline too big for my somewhat larger than average hands. An innovation of which I highly approve is to eliminate grip panels entirely, as with GLOCK pistols and current designs from S & W, Springfield Armory, SIG, CZ, Walther and others. If you have average or smaller hands, one of these may let you have the advantage of a double stack magazine in a pistol, you can grip securely. If these are still too large, many of these makers offer single stack magazine versions with a slimmer grip.
You should be able to place the trigger finger squarely across the face of the trigger so it can be pressed straight back without imparting any sideways pressure. If the grip circumference works for you, most likely you can adjust trigger position a bit to make it work. If not, you may need to fit a replacement trigger (easy with 1911 style pistols, impossible with many other models) or try a different pistol.
Trigger reach varies with which part of the trigger finger engages it. Personally, I like to center the pad of the finger across the face of the trigger. Some prefer the finger extending a bit farther, even as far as the first joint past the fingertip. Go with what works for you as long as you’re pressing the trigger straight back with no sideways pressure.
Some shooters prefer the “1911” grip angle with the wrist in a fairly neutral, centered position. Others insist it is more consistent to have the wrist canted fully forward with a more slanted grip, such as the GLOCK or Ruger .22 pistol. I think either works. I shoot 1911’s more than anything else, but I also shoot slant grip designs such as my Colt Woodsman or GLOCK pistols, just not quite as quickly. As a general rule, I think it best to select a style and stay with it.
Balance can be a bit tricky as a loaded high capacity magazine changes weight distribution, and it changes as the magazine empties. I like the pistol to balance slightly toward the muzzle. I don’t care for muzzle light pistols or rifles, for that matter. I think most novices won’t notice balance until they have acquired some shooting experience and skill. Sometimes accessories, like Tungsten rods, are available to let the shooter alter balance.
Start with getting all three bottom fingers on the grip, extending far enough around the grip frame to give a solid hold. Get this right and you’ll have a good start on becoming a competent handgunner.
Dave Anderson American Handgunner July/August 2021
THE LIGHTER SIDE
After spending a lifetime in the big city, Mr. and Mrs. Begone finally reached a point in life where they could now pursue their dream of having a chicken farm. They sold their home, had a huge yard sale, loaded up their possessions, and headed to the country.
After finding a quaint little farm and getting settled in, they immediately drove to a nearby small town in search of an agricultural supply store. There they purchased 100 baby chicks to start their exciting new enterprise. A week later they came back to the store and purchased another 100 baby chicks. A week after that they returned and purchased yet another 100 baby chicks. The salesman was quite impressed how fast Mr. and Mrs. Begone’s chicken farm was prospering. Finally the salesman enthusiastically commented on the success of their chicken ranch.
Mr. Begone replied, “I’m afraid we’re not doing so well.” The very surprised salesman asked why? Mr. Begone replied slowly, “I don’t know if we’re planting them too deep or not far enough apart.”
Ron Skaggs, Editor
May Speed Steel had 19 guns attending.
WRRC Secretary and Editor.