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President: Jim Warren—haulgass@hotmail.com Vice-President: Mike Tye—miketye@att.net Treasurer: James Tye—jtye@suddenlink.net Secretary: Kathryn McDuffie— peanutfrmsouth2000@yahoo.com Chief RSO: Jim Massman — jmassman@windstream.net

The Muskogee Gun Club is a NRA Affiliate that was founded to encourage organized pistol and rifle shooting amongst its members.  The aim of these activities is for members to gain knowledge of safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as improved marksmanship. The club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm:  Muskogee Public Library, 801 W Okmulgee St.

April 13, 2014: Just a Little note…

ABOUT THIS MONTH’S MEETING AT THE LIBRARY…

Our ‘normal’ meeting shall take place as usual, despite rumors about the Library being CLOSED!  the evening of April 21st.  Now, there will be some construction going on to repair their elevator, but that won’t shut down the Library.  Besides, they’ll be working on that elevator for about six weeks from all estimates.  Remember to show up at least a half hour early if you’re going to renew your membership that night…  instead of on Saturday, the 19th, at the Range, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  (Time’s agettin’ short, folks… )  And, let’s not forget that renewals now have the additional fee associated with them.

April 3, 2014: Post Clean-Up Report

Well, although we didn’t have a massive turnout of Members for our Range Clean-Up Day, we did accomplish quite a bit with those Members who did show up.  Therefore, before getting into any details about what has been done, we need to thank each and every one of those Members who did show to volunteer their time, labor &, at times, expertise…

A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO ALL MEMBERS WHO WORKED SATURDAY, MARCH 29th!

And some of those volunteers are pictured here, working on the repair job to the 50 yard backstop on the Rifle Range: (all photos are 1600×1200 (Hi-Resolution) - after clicking on picture, click again to enlarge to maximum scale – watch cursor as it changes to magnifier lenses)
50 yard construction, photo one - the beginning50 yard construction - photo two50 yard construction - photo three50 yard construction - photo four50 yard construction - photo five50 yard construction - photo six50 yard construction - photo seven

Actually, the 50 yard repair was just about the last item on our to-do list for the day.  Our volunteers had already accomplished numerous other tasks prior to attacking the 25 & 50 yard repair jobs.  So, here’s what the 25 yard and 50 yard Berm areas looked like prior to these repairs:

25 yard berm beforeAnd After: 25 yard and 50 yard completed   50 yard Berm - Before repairs

the 50 Yard: 50 Yard after   (Note: the 25 & 50 yard Backstops are now 11 feet wide instead of 8 ft. as they were in the past.  This should facilitate more Shooters during the CMP Rimfire Matches).  After cleaning up the Range areas and emptying the trash, other volunteer Members mowed and weeded the Ranges, including the Archery Range, which desperately needed clean-up.  In fact, the Archery Range needs much more loving care than it’s received in the past two years… but, here again, we need Members who are truly interested in the Archery Sports to help us get that Range up & running the way that it should be.  Hmmm, I suppose this is a call, once again, for a volunteer response to help us with the Archery Range.

This help does not necessarily need to be of the grunt-work variety, but knowledge-based help is definitely needed to get the Archery Range set up properly.  AND, we have plenty of walking space around the old Sporting Clays Range that could be used for an Interactive—Bow—Hunting—Trail—Experience…  something I think that would be quite unique to this area and perhaps attract new members?

Here’s how the front gate now looks:

TWAW on the Front Gate   TWAW - Front Gate - Close Up

And here’s the General Purpose Range Sign (finally!):

General Purpose Sign   General Purpose Range Furniture   100 Yard Repair

Ah, that last picture is obviously NOT from the General Purpose Range, but from the 100 Yard Berm… Jim Warren, James Tye and I replaced the right-hand side board on Sunday because the old one was thrashed.  Now, the new one is like the 25 & 50 yard Backstops, made of Foam Insulation, yet it’s one (1) inch thick.  We’ll just have to wait and see how long it’s gonna last…

We did make up a few Target holders for the Pistol Range, but the majority of the Stands are located at the General Purpose Range.  We are also in the process of creating new stands made of metal thanks to some great volunteer work donated by Ed Brindley III.  Also, we do need repair work done to the 200 yard AR-500 plate holder, because the chain has been shot apart (one thing we hadn’t counted on) and is temporarily repaired right now.  We should come up with a chain-replacement-method for just such situations.

The girls from The Well Armed Woman, Muskogee Chapter, whom we proudly host, spent a great deal of time cleaning up the Clubhouse, so that it is actually nice to enter again!  We still have some work to be done, though, such as making the entrance handicap-accessible, adjusting the door frame so that the lower key lock really works (doesn’t even touch right now!) & cleaning out the furnace for future use (believe it or not, we actually use that for heating up the Clubhouse!).

The overhead light panels in the Restroom need to be replaced and we have the replacement panels in storage right now.  All that’s really needed is someone who’s skinny enough to climb up on the roof and do the work necessary :-) hehehe!

That should wrap up things for this week, but stay tuned and stay signed
up...  Jim

March 21, 2014: Schedule Update…

Well, sort of…  After posting the Match Sign Up Form on February 4th, we’ve had all of 17 Member take advantage of showing us what they want as far as competition shoots at the Range.  Here are the results so far:

CMP Match: Garand — 2 (TWO)
CMP Match: Modern Military — 5 (FIVE)
CMP Match: Vintage — 0 (ZERO)

CMP Rimfire Match: Open Sights — 4 (FOUR)
CMP Rimfire Match: Tactical (AR-15,22) — 2 (TWO)
CMP Rimfire Match: T-Class — 3 (THREE)

MGC Defensive Pistol: Standard — 6 (SIX)
MGC Defensive Pistol: 22LR Only — 2 (TWO)
MGC Defensive Pistol: Beginners — 4 (FOUR)
MGC Defensive Pistol: 22LR Beginners — 2 (TWO)

Bowling Pin Shoot: Standard — 8 (EIGHT)
Bowling Pin Shoot: 22LR Standard — 3 (THREE)
Bowling Pin Shoot: 22LR Pin Heads — 0 (ZERO)

Zombie Shoot: Youth 22LR — 3 (THREE)
Zombie Shoot: IDPA-Style — 4 (FOUR)
Zombie Shoot: MGC 3-Gun — 5 (FIVE)

Select to become MGC Range Safety Officer: — 5 (FIVE)

AS ANYONE CAN TELL from these stats, the only thing worthy of scheduling so far is the Standard Bowling Pin Match… which I intend to do ASAP and will post the date here and on the Shooting Schedule.  Speaking of which, we do have a schedule change:  every fourth Sunday, from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, Member Carissa Baker will be holding forth Concealed Carry Classes.  She may be contacted at Okie Guns & Gear, 918-682-6543.  And, yes, I have posted this information previously, most recently, just a few paragraphs down, in fact…  but it doesn’t hurt to hammer this stuff into everyone’s head, now, does it?  Ouch!  Ummm, maybe it does, at that.

More 2 follow...
Jim

March 18, 2014: If You’ve Been Wondering…

YES!  There are ANSWERS to your questions!

Let’s see, first things first.  Instead of waiting for all Members who have email addresses to “Subscribe” to this Blog, we have signed everyone up.  Now, you all have the option to NOT receive updates from this website when changes are made… that’s entirely up to you.  Just read the email documentation that’s sent automatically to you from here on how to ‘opt-out’ and you can miss out on any further information we post.  Like:

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL:  will be taking place on two special dates, both of which are going to be on Saturdays.  First Date:  Saturday, April 19th — 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. And, Yes, we will accommodate those who wish to become New Members with an Introductory Class or two, but we won’t set any scheduled time for the Class.  When we have enough waiting to join, we’ll give a class… that simple.  Location:  Gun Club Range.  Second Date:  Saturday, May 17th — 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Yes, we’ll give ClassesLocation:  Scout House, Spaulding Park, South K St. & Dorchester Ave.

 CLEAN-UP DAY:  MARCH 29th, 8:00 am — 2:00 pm.  And, NO, you do not have to work that entire time, that’s just the amount of time that we’ll be there.  Work to be done includes:  Repair to both the 25 yard & 50 yard backstops on the Rifle Range;  trash cans emptied;  Pistol Range cleaned;  Mowing everywhere;  Screens repaired on Pistol Range; Archery Range repaired & cleaned;  and probably other things that I’ve forgotten due to my ‘ID Ten T’ problem…

Hopefully, before the end of this month, we’ll have a Shooting Schedule established.  So far, we’ve had only 13 Members fill out the Form needed to set up any kind of schedule… and 3 of those selected “Not interested” in All categories!  How in Heck do you all want us to set a Shooting Schedule up when you Don’t respond to stimuli?  Please, Please, Please fill out this Form and submit it!  It only takes a few minutes and will really help us!  (There’s also a link to the right, below the NRA logo)

For those of you considering obtaining a Concealed Carry License, we now have an Instructor giving classes once a month.  Carissa Baker will be teaching CCW classes every 4th Sunday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm (Yes, it’s an 8 hour class… did ya think it’d be shorter?).  Contact her at Okie Guns & Gear, 918-682-6543 for info on what you’ll need for attending.

We already have a list going for those who wish to become an MGC Range Officer.  If interested, please use the Match Sign-Up Sheet Form to let us know.  Mind you, this will NOT make you an NRA-Certified RSO.  For that, we do have Members who are Certified to train for Certification…  more info to follow on that, ’cause I’m not sure about their schedule or wishes.

Will yak at ya later,

Jim

 

FEBRUARY 28, 2014: DISREGARD POSTS!

IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGING OVER THE LAST ARCHIVED POSTS LISTED UNDER THE “ABOUT” TAB ABOVE TO THE MONTHLY ARCHIVES DROPDOWN MENU‘, ANYONE SIGNED UP FOR EMAIL NOTIFICATION OF NEW POSTS ARE GOING TO RECEIVE FALSE POSITIVES…  THESE ARE NOT NEW POSTS… PLEASE, JUST LOOK AT THE DATES INVOLVED.  THIS IS MY FAULT FOR NOT WARNING YOU IN ADVANCE, BUT I KNOW OF NO OTHER WAY TO TRANSFER THIS INFORMATION WITHOUT AUTOMATICALLY SENDING OUT THE EMAILS.

 

AGAIN, MY APOLOGIES FOR FLOODING YOUR INBOX,

JIM

 

February 23, 2014: Pre-Spring Nooze…

And it’s lookin’ GOOD!

We can look forward to this year being a pivotal year, with some changes that will be major and some minor.  Ah, the times, they are a-changin’!  Between the email sent out recently and the letter mailed out prior to that, the Executive Committee had hoped that all bases were covered for now.  WRONG!  I still get calls asking questions that were answered in both of those documents.  So, without further ado:

Our fiscal year starts May 1st – Dues are to be as before:  $50.00/year.  This year marks the start of an additional fee of $30.00 for a Range Maintenance Fee (RMF).  This includes all Members who intend to use the Range(s), whether Lifetime or Regular (and, No, you cannot get a Lifetime Membership at this time… don’t ask).  There will only be two (2) days strictly dedicated for renewals:  April 19 and May 17;  The April 19th Renewal date will take place at the Club’s Range and the May 17th date will take place at the Scout House (more details to follow, well in advance of those dates).  If you do not renew on either of those dates, you’ll have to renew at a regularly scheduled New Member/Renewal Orientation Class before a monthly meeting – sorry, those are going to be your only options.  But, here again, in the letter you will have noted that if you’ve already attended one Orientation Class, you only have to Renew by paying your dues and picking up your new card and gate key.  So, there is some good news after all.

Range entry after May 1st will be by a Keyed lock, no longer a combination lock.  We’ve been assured that these keys are very difficult to duplicate, so don’t lose yours, because it could get to be expensive!  These keys will be numbered for your safety and our security.

If you look over on the right-hand side of this page, just below the area headed by the NRA Eagle, there’s a small box where you may fill in your email address, then hit the Subscribe button.  This is an important little Widget that I placed a year ago… but positioned in the wrong area;  way too low to be noticed except by a few dedicated people.  I say ‘important’ because if you “Subscribe”, every time we make a change(s) or add new content to the Home Page, you will receive an email notification informing you of said change(s).

There is now a Survey Page located at:  http://www.muskogeegunclub.com/?page_id=5889 —— 2014 Match Sign-Up Form:—— Please take the time to fill this form out if you wish to be involved in any of the Club’s activities at the Range.  There is also a space for Safety Officer Class sign-up.  So far, after contacting all active and a lot of inactive Members, we’ve only had a total of 7 Members sign up… pretty discouraging news, wouldn’t you say?

We can’t make a Shooting Schedule up without knowing what the Members want.  Let’s rephrase that:  I’m not making up a Shooting Schedule based upon 7 Members input!  So, if you want your Club to establish any type of Match Schedule for this year, get involved and at least check out the Form to see what the heck is on it!

We are now the Host Range for The Well Armed Woman, a national organization from which the Muskogee Chapter now has honored us with their presence.  But, please, don’t worry about them costing you precious Range time…  Believe you/me, they take away very little range time at all.  The Organization meets just once a month, third Sundays, from 3:00 pm ‘til 5:00 pm.  Typically, more than half of that time they dedicate to Classroom education, then it’s off to the General Purpose Range to put theory to practice.  So, Men, RELAX.  And Women, consider contacting either Kaylynn Tooltill or Carissa Baker at TwawMuskogee@yahoo.comYou have to love their ideology:  “Why yes, I do shoot like a girl.  Would you like a lesson?”

’nuff, Jim

January 28, 2014: Meeting Notes

AND OTHER IMPORTANT UPDATES

Yes, it’s late in the month, but as we’re always saying, better nate than lever… er, ah, late than never, that is.

First, to avoid some confusion about the annual Safety Classes, let’s settle that by clearly defining the qualifications for NOT having to attend:  If you attended a Safety Meeting (Member Introductory Class) last year (2013), you DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND ONE THIS YEAR!  The confusion started when we initially defined the qualification as having attended the first two Classes… obviously if you came to the second (2013) Meeting, you received the most updated, relevant information… making the first class an Unnecessary qualifying criteria.  AGAIN, if you attended last year’s Safety Class, you WILL NOT be required to attend this year’s Class.

     Now, unlike the previous two years, we are NOT holding Member Introductory Classes repeatedly for weeks prior to the Renewal deadline.  There will only be two (2) dates set aside for these Classes in April and May.  One Class will be held at the Range on April 19th (start time TBD) and the second class to be held on May 17th at an as-yet undisclosed location (but Not our Range).

     You may have noticed a little rearranging of the column on the right.  The entry which states “SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG VIA EMAIL” can be put to good use by simply entering your email address.  Any time that changes or additions are made here, an automated email is sent to those who have subscribed via that ‘widget’, actually keeping you up-to-date faster than our emails will (or have in the past).  You can be assured that you’ll read about it first here…  but there will be an email heading your direction soon.

     Again, the message is NOT getting through to all Members that targets on the Pistol Range MUST be kept at the Berm and the Shooter moves according to the distance he/she wishes to practice at…  NOT the other way around.  Not only did we find 2 target stands within 10 feet of the Shooting Bench on the Pistol Range, but we noted the bullet impact marks left on the ground well in front of the Steel Swingers.  Our Range sits atop a sandstone mountain and the possibility of ricochets are quite high.

IMPORTANT NEWS about your Membership!

At the November Meeting, the Membership voted almost unanimously to pass the Motion for instituting a Range fee of $30.00 per Member per year. This became a necessity to purchase the proper equipment to maintain our Ranges and to complete the General Purpose Range, amongst other refinements necessary to the successful continuation of our operations.

As such, it is important to note that any new Member applicant during the months of February, March and April, 2014, will be required to pay this Range fee in addition to the Membership fee, because new Members joining during those months enjoy the benefit of not having to renew until 2015.

Now, a reminder about our scheduled Meetings:  December’s Meeting will take place on Monday, December 16, 2013, as normal.  However, January and February of 2014 will be different.  January’s Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 and February’s Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.  Both dates are due to holidays during those months and the Library will be closed for the holidays involved.

all for now, Jim

Normally…

Yes, normally these pages are not dedicated to anything political, because it’s the Gun Club’s Blog, not a place for personal commentary.  But a recent email left me no choice but to pass on the following commentary just forwarded to me…

begin article ——

“Back Door Gun Control –

– EPA Shuts Down Last Lead Smelter

  There are numerous alarming reasons why the US government and the military have been buying up all the ammo. Here’s one of them. Obama and the EPA just shut down the last lead smelting plant in the US. They raised the EPA regulations by 10 fold and it would have cost the plant $100 million to comply. You can own all the guns you want, but if you can’t get ammo, you are out of luck.

  Remember when Obama promised his minions that he was working on gun control behind the scenes? Welcome to it. Now, all domestic mined lead ore will have to be shipped overseas, refined and then shipped back to the US. Not only will ammo now be even harder to come by, the demand and the process of supply will cause the price to skyrocket even more. And ponder this… there is an excellent chance that Obama will rig the market to where all ammo has to be purchased from a government entity instituting de facto ammo registration. So much for the Second Amendment. There has not been a peep about this in the major news outlets and it is done. With the US no longer producing lead, all supplies will now have to come from China, Australia or Peru, with the overwhelming emphasis on China. More redistribution of wealth; more economic and liberty crippling of the US on tap.

  The EPA had this to say:

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the company “made a business decision” to shut down the smelter instead of installing pollution control technologies needed to reduce sulfur dioxide and lead emissions as required by the Clean Air Act.

  The Doe Run Co. announced last year that it had dropped plans to build a new lead processing facility in Herculaneum that would have used a new, cleaner lead production technology. The company cited the $100 million project as ‘too financially risky’ [spelled Gov't Strong Arm & Extortion].

  The EPA is playing ‘Mafioso’ I guess — ‘we didn’t make them shut down, they made a business decision.’ In other words, they couldn’t pay the extortion, so the thugs shut them down. I’m pretty sure that Americans are getting ready to make their own business decision regarding these Marxists and I don’t think it will be pleasant. But Marxists will do or die and are doubling down on the destruction of energy in America, our way of life and our Constitution.

  The smelting plant has known since 2010 this was coming. They couldn’t stop it and no one else rose up to stop it either. The business had been in production for 120 years, and now goes the way of our auto industry.

  The military’s obsession with ammo was related to security and supply. They knew this was coming too, so they bought up all they could get before the plug was pulled. Screw the average American. It’s as Chris Muir said, he’s ‘not as worried about where the bullets will come from, as much as how the government will deliver them’ and I’m right there with him on that one.

  So, back door gun control is moving forward and while we are all distracted with shiny stuff, our Second Amendment rights are just about gone. Obama is one Marxist dictator who is savvy at political chess.

  He has flanked the Second Amendment. Now it’s our move.”

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Comments are welcome… either here or in the Forum.  In any case, my opinion is that this information is too important to not pass on… to as many people as possible, gun owners or not.

End Of Season…

Yes, it’s the End of the Season… the Scheduled Shooting Season, that is.  We won’t have any more Shooting Matches scheduled until March, 2014.  That’s not to say we won’t have any Matches between now and then, just none scheduled.  Weather permitting, we may slip in something now and again with only a few days warning (as far in advance as The Weather Channel allows!), but we can’t schedule any CMP Events because they require a minimum advance notice to the CMP of 30 days.

AND, although it’s the end of our scheduled shooting matches at the Range, it’s just the beginning of Hunting Season for all of you Hunters out there… time to dial in those sights & scopes at the Range!  Speaking about that, please remember Safety:  take your first shot at the 25 yard line to be sure that you’re on paper before shooting out to 100 or 200 yards.  I mean, you really do want your first shot at that steel plate 233 yards away to ring that sucker, don’t ya?

YES!  The steel is Finally in place!  Guess we’ll have to adjust the Range Rules Introduction.  And, speaking of that, Members who have been through the Membership Renewal Class (or Safety Class) twice in the past need not attend future Classes.  Members will have to show up to sign new Range Rules if they’ve been changed and to pick up their Gate Key, which we’ll start issuing next year (more on that in a minute).  Only New Members will be required to attend future Safety Classes (Member Indoctrination Meeting or MIM…).

NOW, about our Gate problems:  we’re hoping to eliminate one problem area that’s bugged us for years now… unauthorized access to the Range.  Yes, we realize that the vast majority of our Members are truly honest and do not freely hand out the Gate combination.  Yet, we Still have unauthorized people entering the Range.  Feeling that the weak link is the combination lock, next Membership year we will switch over to a key lock.  We are assured by the locksmith that we’ve been talking to that the lock and, in particular, the keys, are special enough that they won’t (or can’t) be duplicated easily, like at Wal-Mart or NAPA.

To further prevent unauthorized access, the replacement policy will be:  first, Member notifies Executive Committee Member of lost key.  Next, if Member hasn’t a reasonable excuse for lost key, the replacement cost will be $50.00 (Yes, the cost of one Membership).  Or, with a reasonable (AND GOOD!) excuse, Member will pay only actual cost of replacement key.

The logic goes like this:  a Member can’t freely hand out copies of his key to anyone he pleases.  All of the keys are numbered and will be changed each Membership year, meaning that Member must return the same numbered key he/she was issued (they will be accounted for upon issue).  Families with 2 Membership Badges are very unlikely to need 2 keys, as the need for 2 badges obviates both Members’ use at the same time.  Members keep track of their car and house keys most of their lives… simply add the Gate Key to that Responsibility List we all maintain, however subconscious and the lost key scenario will be minimized.

Finally, it really won’t take long to cover the past month’s activities at the Range.  That’s because there were few active participants…

For the Oct. 5th Swap Meet, a few people were at the Range’s Club House, due to rain.  On Oct. 12th, the Range was mowed by 2 Executive Committee Members with their own personal mowers & 4 “No Trespassing” signs were hung.  The Oct. 13th Bowling Pin Match had 2 competitors, counting myself.  Oct. 19th saw 2 competitors show up for the CMP Match, one firing a legitimate AR-15, the other shooting a reasonably rare Mosin.  The CMP Rimfire Match on Oct. 20th had 4 competitors, three female, one male.  More importantly were the ages of the shooters:  10, 13, 14 and slightly older (the 10-year-old’s mother…).  (Pictures)  Finally, the Zombie Shoot on Oct. 26th was more of a success than the others, by far.  There is no accurate count on the number of shooters who competed because all 3 Ranges were used at the same time.  And yes, each Range had a Safety Officer present, with the Rifle Range being the busiest with the younger generation held in check handsomely by Kathryn McDuffie.  Thank You Very Much, Kat!