Jeff Craigie, Chairman
Hello all. You might think, considering the Winter we have had, that Connecticut could become the next Florida. It was nice not dealing with a lot of snow, but when we had some, you can thank Nick Manocchio for clearing those paths down to our targets. Nick has also provided us with some logs in back of the shed to be cut for next year’s warmth at our warming grill. During the club cleanup day, we will be looking for volunteers to help cut the wood up, as well as other tasks.
I want to welcome four new Range Safety Officers onboard. These men have taken a nine-hour classroom course administered by Doug Pearl and Bob Shorey. In becoming RSOs they have agreed to not only improve safety on our ranges, but to assist members in problems and questions they may encounter while shooting. These men can be identified by the yellow NRA caps that they wear. Please welcome Tony Muni, Karl Jensen, Al Haspis, and Mark Bernier. They are there to ensure your safe enjoyment of shooting.
A couple of safety items should be continued to be followed and have been previously mentioned. When a cease-fire has been called, wait until all firearms have been placed on the bench with actions open and empty before proceeding down range to change targets. Remain behind the yellow line if you are not going down range until everyone is safely behind the benches. Thank you for your cooperation.
One housekeeping note concerns spent brass. If you are not reloading, please place your brass in the small buckets provided on both the pistol and rifle ranges. Do not throw the brass in the large buckets, unless they are steel casings. We intend to reclaim this brass to fund a summer/fall picnic.
Lastly, you may encounter a Bear or other wildlife on the pistol range. It seems that the sport of shooting dumdum lollipops is growing in popularity with our pistol shooters and the exploded pops are creating a sugary coating on the ground. Do Bears like candy? I guess we will find out.