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)
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:
the 50 Yard: (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:
And here’s the General Purpose Range Sign (finally!):
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