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!