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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: 

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.

WORK DAY

Since we have the Youth Sports Shoot on the 2nd of August we need to do a workday to clean and mow in preparation. Saturday July the 26th starting around 7:00 to try to beat the heat. If you have a mower or weed eater and can bring it  we would appreciate it. We will be doing general cleanup we have no major projects at this time to do. There are a few spots left for this shoot so don’t wait to long if you want in.

UPDATE FOR JULY 2014

Couple of things to let you in on.

MGC will be hosting the Youth Sportsfest Shooting Camp to be held on Saturday, August 2,2014 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  A fun opportunity for youth ages 9-18 years old, to learn more about firearm safety and shooting fundamentals and to experience a wide variety of shooting sports – all in one place – all in one day.  The MUSKOGEE GUN CLUB, as well as Okie guns and gear and Page Firearms Training are excited to offer this rewarding and enjoyable experience to the youth of Northeastern Oklahoma.  The Muskogee Gun Club is located at 104601 N. 4295 Road, Checotah, OK  74426.  Time line is as follows:

Participants will receive instruction in:                                                                        Basic firearm safety rules — Range safety rules                                                Fundamentals of shooting — An intro to Archery

9:00 am Registration                                                                                                         9:30 am Safety and range instruction                                                                         10:00 am .22 pistol and rifle instruction                                                                            11:45 am lunch provided                                                                                            12:45 pm Center fire pistol and shotgun instruction                                                     3:00 pm finish up and go home

Participants are welcome and encouraged to bring their own eye and ear protection.  Safety glasses and hearing protection will be available for purchase for those that do not bring their own.  Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

FEE: $25 Advanced registration is required, Event limited to the first 50 applicants  FREE CAMP T-SHIRTS (subject to availability)                                                            For more information contact Dee Page: 918-457-7307 email: deepage01@yahoo.com

So with this event we will need volunteers, and range safety officers to help out. If you can help come to the regular monthly meeting on July 21st at the library.

Also this means we need to do a cleanup day July 26th the Saturday before. We have a had a few of these before so you know the drill. This shooting event is for the kids so I would really like to see some real support for this event. If you can’t donate your time and labor maybe you can donate some extra ammo for the kids. The 25.00 dollars they are charging for this won’t cover all the costs of this event, it’s not being done for the money but to give kids a chance to experience different types of firearms and how to handle them correctly. We want them to come away from this with a understanding of firearms and not a fear of them.

 

 

 

 

 

LOCK HAS BEEN CHANGED ! !

Well June the 1st and the lock has been changed to a keyed lock. If you don’t have a key you don’t get in, simple as that. About half of the normal membership has yet to renew. We had two membership sign up dates, one in April and one in May. If you did not renew at that time the only way to renew now is at the regular monthly meetings at the Muskogee Library at 6:00 o’clock. Due’s are still $50.00 a year, but this year we also have a range maintenance fee of $30.00 so total is $80.00 dollars for the year. If you are one of the lucky ones to be a lifetime member it is only $30.00 to renew. If you have attended one of the range orientation classes you don’t need to attend another. These are for new members or for past members who have not renewed in the last two years.

NEW NEWS

We have set June the 14th a Saturday for a Clean up and workday we will start around 8:00 and go till ?? mowers weed eaters garbage haulers all are needed. We might have someone providing lunch so if you think you can come out and help send me a Email at haulgass@hotmail.com and we can make a list, but no work no food!  More info to come later (hopefully).

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