APRIL 2003 NEWSLETTER

MONDAY, April 14, 2003 - 6:15 P.M. to eat and 7:00 P.M. to meet at the Sweetwater Café 

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 12 Big Bore Silhouette Match - 10:00 A.M.
Sunday, April 13 Tax Break Open Skeet - 1:00 P.M.
Monday, April 14 Club Meeting - 7:00 P.M. at Sweetwater Café
Saturday, April 19 Cowboy Action Match - 9:00 A.M.
Saturday, April 26 .22 Field Pistol - 10:00 A.M.
Sunday, April 27 Action Pistol Match - 12 Noon

Upcoming Events in May 2003

Saturday, May 3 Club Work Day
Saturday, May 10 Big Bore Silhouette Match - 10:00 A.M.
Monday, May 12 Club Meeting - 7:00 P.M. at Sweetwater Café
Saturday, May 17 Cowboy Action Match - 9:00 A.M.
Sunday, May 18 Summer Warm Up Open, Skeet - 1:00 P.M.
Saturday, May 24 .22 Field Pistol - 10:00 A.M.
Sunday, May 25 Action Pistol Match - 12 Noon


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START OF UNAPPROVED MINUTES for the 3/10/03 Meeting

The meeting was called to order at the Sweetwater Café by President John Scott at 7:00 P.M.
The minutes of the last meeting (February 10, 2003), as appearing in the newsletter, were accepted.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Skeet Ray Campbell reported they had 16 people with three father and son combos at the shoot..

Silhouette Tom advised 16 guns were shot with one perfect score of 40.  They had a good time.  

Action Pistol Sholar advised the 1st shoot will be on the 4th Sunday in April which is the 27th. 

Training Harold advised they had 12 Boy Scouts signed up for a Basic Rifle Course.  Eight showed up and 5 passed.  MGySgt Miller helped out and Tom McGongial and Harold were the instructors.  The participants enjoyed the course.

.22 Field Pistol Tom Mix advised the 1st match will be on Saturday, March 22nd. 

Cowboy Ray advised a report of the shoot was in the newsletter.

OLD BUSINESS:

Tom Mix They got steel from Burton Steel and the project is moving along.

VP/Pres They got a lot done on the work day with 35 members participating.  They put up lights at the skeet field, redid benches, worked on berms, replaced some tin in the roof. And put lights under the rifle shed and porch of the clubhouse.  Bill Murrell arranged to have the road graded which improved the road a lot.  We need someone that has a tractor with a drag blade to work on the road periodically.  Discussion.

President Provided some information about the 10 acres with a resulting discussion.

NEW BUSINESS:

Lon Downing The club needs to buy a gas cooker for use at the clubhouse.  Discussion.

Sholar Powell The day of the new probationary member orientation on man declined membership. Due to the circumstances do the club members want, in this instance, to vote in the next person on the probationary membership waiting list.  That person is Bradley Phillips who was sponsored by Jack Kilbourne.  D. Lon Downing motioned, 2nd by Tom Mix, that this be done.  Discussion.  Motion: Passed.
Don Pelling For members information the Brunswick County has conducted reappraisal of property resulting in almost doubling our tax of approximately $1300.00 a year.  The budgeted amount was $1400.00.  Discussion.
  
President The club was founded in 1956 and he is trying to get information regarding the club's history.  Any member having old photographs or other interesting items from the past are requested to contact John.  The Secretary does have some old photographs. 

Fred Welfare There are 21 people, 66 guns, signed up for the March Winds Open of which 14 are  4 guns, 3 are 20 and 12 gage and 4 for 12 gage only.   Bill Murrrell has help lined up for the match.

President We need to address and discuss membership.  Are we to increase the number of members?  We need to think about this as any change requires an Amendment to our By-Laws.

Secretary Complimentary membership was granted to MGySgt David Miller, Rex Nash, Morris Skipper, Sr. and Morris Skipper, Jr.   Discussion.  Don Pelling advised that he will look at the land purchase contract with the Skippers as it set the number of years they would be given complimentary membership.  Motions were made, seconded and passed to give MGySgt Miller and Rex Nash complimentary membership for 1 year.

James Gibson Requested reservation of both skeet fields from 4 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, May 23rd.  No conflict with any activity on the club calendar.  No objection.

President The new roof will be put on the clubhouse in May.

David Miller He received an E-mail form a member of the USAF  who received a picture showing him eating at the Buccaneer Gun Club and wanted to say thanks the club. 

Harold Lange No training courses are scheduled, however, if someone wants a course they will run one.  They desire more than one person at a time.

Scott Jamison The Sporting Clays Fun Shoot for the Yahweh Center Children's Village is this Saturday.  Sponsorships are available.  Discussion of whether the club would like to go for a no shooting sponsorship, full or partial.  Motion by Jim Mash, 2nd by Sholar Powell, to pay $150.00 for a no shooting sponsorship.  Motion: Passed.

Sholar Powell Brought a clothing catalog for interested members to look at after the meeting.

Ray Campbell Putting together a bulk purchase of Valiant Bullets.  If you want to order call Ray.

ATTENDANCE: 27 which included 1 Probationary Member and 1 Complimentary Member..
ADJOURNMENT:  Meeting was adjourned at 7:53 P.M.
END OF UNAPPROVED MINUTES for the 3/10/03 Meeting.

BUCCANEER CLOTHING ORDER: (Sholar Powell):
The Club will be placing an order with the Queensboro Shirt Company for clothing with the BGC logo embroidered on the left breast.  Queensboro catalogs have been placed in the Clubhouse, and you are free to order any item in the catalog.  Please do not remove the catalogs from the clubhouse.  An order form is included with this newsletter.  The deadline for having your order in is April 14.  If you're interested, take a look at the items available, and get your order in.

BUCCANEER BULK LEAD BULLET ORDER: (Editor)
Ray Campbell is putting together a bulk purchase of Valiant Bullets.  Some of the prices are:  45 cal. 200 gr. -  $25.00 per thousand; 45 cal. 250 gr. RNFD - $29.00 per thousand; 44 cal. 240 gr. - $27.00 per thousand; and 38 cal. 158 gr. - $21.00 per thousand.  If you are interested call Ray Campbell at 520-4822 or 686-7339.  Payment in advance will be required as we have to send a check with the order.


MARCH SKEET SHOOT: (Ray Campbell)
The March Winds warm up skeet match was held on 3/9 with 16 shooters in attendance. Scores went as follows:  A Class---John Scott; B Class--Fred Welfare; C Class--Bave Ernst; D Class--Dan Montgomery; F Class--Eddie Roberts; and New Shooters--Mike Kermon. 

We had three father son teams in this months event--they were the Montgomery boys, the Futch boys and the Kermon boys....The Montgomery boys came in on top with a score of 83 targets.....

Tension was also high as a shoot off was necessary to determine the winner of "F" class.....Eddie Roberts bested Chris Moore to take the class.......

The Father son team of Mike and Michael Kermon was almost disqualified in the new shooters class because the elder Kermon was shooting so good....The tension finally got to Mike and he went on a missing spree and therefore maintained his new shooter status......

Jerry Rouse proved once and for all that he cannot shoot skeet and chew gum at the same time as he took a major fall in the mud around station two....he was heard to say that he slipped as he was trying to grab John Scott's "Z" grade Krieghoff before he dropped it.......but no one believed him........

Looks like them skeet shooters have been reading the cowboy newsletter as they "Took a kid shooting".......See you next month........Dick Holliday (Cowboy Skeet Shooter)

MARCH COWBOY MATCH: (Ray Campbell)


Regulator Gazette      

March 19, 1897

Headline: Cowboy Gus Shoots Up Hard times Saloon


Cowboy Gus made the mistake of sitting down to play some cards with two drunk Indians at the local watering hole. Chief Running Bowel and his son "Silent But Deadly" had come into town to get some more firewater. Gus figured they would be an easy mark and wouldn't catch his dealing off the bottom of the deck. Well as luck would have it Gus had too many drinks himself and was a little clumsy with his crooked dealing. Chief Running Bowel saw what was going on grabbed the cards in one hand and went for his Bowie Knife with the other hand and Gus knew he was about to get scalped. Gus whipped out a piece of standard equipment for a crooked dealer....a two shot .44 derringer. He shot the Chief between the eyes and shot the right ear off of Silent But Deadly. After firing ten shots with his side pistols to keep everybody's heads down, he rode off in a cloud of dust........

Headline: Vest Pocket Jack Still at large after jail break

Sheriff Holliday had full jail so rather than trying to cram one more outlaw in the cell he just handcuffed Vest Pocket Jack to the window bars. The good sheriff should have known better than to handcuff someone that was known to be a safecracker and bank robber. The Sheriff went over to the Hard times Saloon to check on a shootout in progress and didn't pay much attention to where he laid the handcuff keys. Well.... Ole Vest Pocket took off his boot and was able to snag a coat hanger from the coat rack. He then straightened out the hanger and was able to reach the key on the desk and quickly extracted himself from the cuffs. As bad luck would have it, the Regulatorville posse was just coming back from looking for Cowboy Gus (The previously aforementioned Indian shooter). Vest Pocket Jack had armed himself with the Sheriffs arsenal and took out the posse with rifle and pistol shots and a few shotgun blasts. Sheriff Holliday was heard to say that as soon as he could kind "A Few Good Men" for a new posse, they'd go looking for Vest Pocket Jack.......

The March Posse was a good time as we tried at least one thing that nobody could do....it involved shooting two bottles while looking over the top of the fence with the shotgun stuck through a hole in the fence. Nobody got both bottles (including the fellow who thought it up and had been practicing). Maybe next month we'll try shooting around the corner or ricocheting some bullets off the tombstone or something else fun.......Thanks to our "Out-of-town" guests that showed up. The Flatwood's Posse made the scene which included Slick Vic, Cowboy Gus (The Indian shooter) and Pard Picket. Pard shot very well and came in second in the match and first in the seniors division. Vest Pocket Jack came in from the Piedmont Badlands and came in third overall.


Scores went like this......First Flight--Dick Holliday, Vest Pocket Jack, Deacon Dave, Colonel Case Hardin, Slick Vick, Slowhand, Whisperin Bill, Silverado......
Seniors--Pard Picket, Cowboy Gus, Roberdel, Idaho Spud, Doc Clock, Tom Two Times, Blacksmith, Tom Two Feathers.

Thanks to Slowhand Sal who overslept and didn't get up in time to shoot but was pressed into service as the match photographer as Matthew Brady had a wedding to photograph and couldn't attend. Hope to see all you folks again next month on the third Saturday and until then.....Take a kid shooting.....Louis Lamanure


NEWSLETTER BY E-MAIL and NEWSLETTER ARTICLES   Please advise the Secretary Dale Lear of your E-mail address at DELSNOOP@aol.com or by telephone at 686-2418 to receive your Newsletter via e-mail.  This will help us to lower our mailing cost.  Only the officers of the club will have access to the e-mail address plus identity of that member.

Articles for the newsletter need to be received by Editor Dale NO LATER THAN ten days before the meeting date.  This is to allow enough time for printing and mailing of the newsletter. 

Members receiving their newsletter via mail need to provide any change of address to the Secretary.


CMP RIMFIRE SPORTER RIFLE SHOOT: (Sholar Powell, Jr.)

Sholar would like to know if anyone is interested in a CMP Rimfire Sporter Rifle Shoot.  The Rules are set forth below on pages 7 thru 10.  If you are interested get up with Sholar at 799-5438 (home) or E-Mail at powellsh1@earthlink.net. 

10.0 Provisional CMP Rimfire Sporter Rifle Rules


The following rules have been adopted by the CMP Program Committee on a "provisional" basis so that they may be used and tested in current year programs.  These rules may be used by any organization that wishes to conduct a match of this type.  The CMP solicits input and recommendations for the improvement and further development of these rules.

10.1 Intent and Spirit of Sporter Rifle Rules


The intent of CMP rimfire sporter rifle rules is to promote target competitions with .22 caliber rimfire rifles that are restricted to low-cost, readily available sporter-type rifles that are typically used for informal target shooting and plinking or for small game hunting.  Any rifle configuration or item of equipment that is not mentioned in these rules or that is contrary to the intent and spirit of these rules is prohibited.

10.2 Rimfire Sporter Rifle
Any .22 cal. rimfire rifle that complies with the following requirement may be used in CMP Rimfire Sporter Rifle competitions.

10.2.1 Overall Weight
The overall weight of the rifle, including sights and sling, may not exceed 7.5 lbs.

10.2.2 Stock
The rifle must have a standard sporter-type stock that is constructed of wood or synthetic material.  The stock may have a Monte Carlo cheek piece, but may not have an orthopedic or asymmetrically shaped pistol grip.  The stock may have a fixed sling swivel on the fore end.  Thumbhole stocks, stock adjustments of any type (adjustable butt plate, adjustable cheek piece, etc.) And rails or adjustable sling swivels are not permitted.

10.2.3 Action Types
Sporter rifles may have any type of action, semiautomatic or manually operated.  In rapid-fire stages, shooters with manually operated actions are given additional time to compensate for the slower operating cycle of those actions (see Table 9).

10.2.4 Trigger Pull
Sporter rifle triggers must be capable of lifting a 3 lb. Weight when cocked.

10.2.5 Sights
There are two classes of competition that are determined by the type of sights on the competitor's rifle:
(1) O Class (Open sights).  The rifle must be equipped with an open rear sight (U, V or square notch) and an exposed bead or post front sight.  The rear sight may be adjustable for windage and elevation.
(2) T Class (Special sights) The rifle may be equipped with an adjustable iris receiver sight or with a telescope that does not exceed 6X magnification.  Variable power telescopes may be used if they are adjusted to no more than 6X magnification.  The adjustment device on variable telescopes must be taped.

10.3 Equipment

10.3.1 Slings
A sling not more that 1 1/4  inches wide, may be attached to the rifle using a fixed, non-adjustable sling swivel (no hand stops).  The sling may be used in the prone, sitting or kneeling positions, but not in the standing position.  The sling must be a simple leather, synthetic or web strap with no special padding or asymmetrical construction.

10.3.2 Clothing
Competitors may wear no more than two layers of ordinary casual or sports clothing (shirt, sweatshirt, etc.).  Shooting jackets, shooting trousers or special shooting boots are prohibited.  Shoes may be ordinary low-cut shoes or work boots.

10.3.3 Telescope or Field Glasses
Competitors may use a spotting telescope or binoculars to spot shots during firing.

10.3.4 Kneeling Roll
If the shooter elects to fire in the kneeling position, a kneeling roll that is not more than six inches in diameter may be used.  The kneeling roll may be placed under the foot or ankle or between the foot and buttocks.

14.4 Safety Procedures
All rimfire sporter rifle competitions must be conducted so that all shooters fully comply with safety rules and procedures that assure the complete safety of all competitors, officials and other persons in the vicinity of the range.  These basic safety rules shall be enforced at all times:

10.4.1 Muzzle Control
All rifles muzzles must be controlled so that they are always pointed in a safe direction.  On the range, muzzles must be pointed up or downrange.

10.4.2 Actions Open
Rifle actions must be kept open and unloaded, with an open bolt indicator (OBI) inserted, at all times except when the rifle is on the firing line, between the beginning of the preparation period and the end of the shooting time.  As soon as firing is completed, the action must be opened and an OBI inserted.

10.4.3 Range Officer
A Range Officer(s) will be in charge of firing at every range.  The commands and instruction of the Range Office must be obeyed.  Range Officers must check rifles brought to the range to be sure actions are open and magazines are unloaded.  When firing is finished, Rang Officers must check rifles to be sure actions are open and magazines unloaded before they may be removed from the firing line.

10.4.4 Range Commands
The following firing procedures and Range Officer commands will be used to conduct firing.  Violation of any of these procedures or commands will result in a warning.  In the case of repeated violations or a serious safety violation that endangers others, a competitor may be disqualified.
(1) Call to Firing Line.  The Range Officer announces that competitors may move their equipment to the firing line.  Rifle actions must be open when they are carried on a range.
(2) Preparation Period.  The Range Officer gives competitors a brief preparation period.  Usually one to three minutes, during which they may assume their firing positions.  Shooters may close the actions of their rifles and dry fire after the Range Officer announces the beginning of the preparation period.  Loading a rifle during the preparation period is not permitted.
(3) LOAD.  When the preparation period is over, the Range Officer gives the command, LOAD.  No one is permitted to place a cartridge in the camber or to have a loaded magazine in the rifle until the command LOAD is given.
(4) START.  After the command LOAD is given, the Range Officer authorizes the start of firing by giving the command START.  Timed stages begin with this command.  No one may fire a shot until the command START is given.
(5) STOP-UNLOAD.  The commands to STOP and UNLOAD are given by the Range Officer to stop firing when competitors have finished firing or at the end of the shooting time.  The Range Officer or anyone on the range may command STOP if a serious safety hazard occurs.  No one is permitted to fire a shot after the command STOP.  When the command STOP is given, all firing must cease, competitors must open the cations of their rifles, remove any cartridges from the chamber and magazine and insert an OBI.
(6) Removing Equipment from Line.  After a Range Officer has inspected the rifle to be sure the action is open and the rifle is unloaded, the rifle and the shooter's equipment may be removed from the firing line.  The rifle action must remain open as long as the rifle is on the range.
(7) Alternate Commands.  On ranges where the commands COMMENCE FIRING and CEASE FIRING are used, those commands may be used in lieu of START and STOP.

10.5 Competition Conditions
The following competition conditions will control the conduct of rimfire sporter rifle events.

10.5.1 Competition Classes
Competitors will be divided into two classes, T Class and O Class, according to whether their rifles are equipped with telescopic sights (T Class) or open sights (O Class).  The official results list will rank the competitors in each class separately.

10.5.2 Course of Fire
The course of fire for the CMP Rimfire Sporter Rifle event is given in Table 9.

10.5.3 Targets
The CMP Rimfire Sporter Target is used at 50 or 25 yards.  If these targets are not available, the 50 meter free pistol target may be used at 50 or 25 meters.  The 50m free pistol target reduced for 50 yards is used at 50 or 25 yards.

10.5.4 Firing Positions
(1) Prone.  The shooter lies on the ground with the rifle supported by both hands and the shoulder.  A sling may be used in the prone position.  No part of the arm ahead of the elbow or the rifle may touch the ground.
(2) Sit/Kneel.  The shooter may elect to shoot in either the sitting or kneeling position.  In the sitting position, the shooter sits on the buttocks while supporting the rifle with both hands and the shoulder.  Both elbows may rest on the legs that are extended in front of the shooter.  The legs may be crossed or extended.  In the kneeling position, the shooter sits on one foot, which may be supported by a kneeling roll, while supporting the rifle with both hands and the shoulder.  One elbow may rest on the knee opposite the leg/foot on which the shooter is sitting.  A sling may be used in either the sitting or kneeling position.
(3) Standing.  The shooter must stand on both feet while supporting the rifle with both hands and the shoulder.  The arm that supports the rifle may rest on the hip or side of the body.  The other arm must remain free from the body.  A sling may not be used in standing.
10.5.5 Slow-Fire Procedures
(1) Time Limits.  In slow fire stages, shooters have 10 minute blocks of time to fire five sighting shots or 10 record shots.  During this period, they may fire at their own pace.  Shots not fired within the time limit will be scored as misses.  See Table 9 for the rapid-fir fire limits.
(2) Sighting Shots.  The course of fire begins with 5 sighting shots where the competitor can determine whether sight adjustments are necessary.  Sighting shots do not count for score.  A Range Officer or other non-firing competitor may assist a competitor in making sight adjustments as long as the competitor's rifle remains on the firing line with the muzzle pointed up or downrange.

10.5.6 Rapid-Fire Procedures
(1) Time Limits.  When rapid-fire stages are conducted, shooters with semi-automatic rifles and shooters with manually-operated rifles will fire at different times so that shooters with manually-operated rifles can be given longer time limits to complete their rapid fire series.  See Table 9 for the rapid-fire time limits.
(2) Assuming Position.  Competitors begin all rapid-fire stages from the standing position.  When the Range Officer gives the command LOAD, they may load five rounds in the magazine of their rifle, but the rifle action must remain open.  After the range officer gives the command START, shooters must assume their firing position, then close the action to load the first round and fire five shots within the time limit.  Range Officers and competitors must take particular care while competitors get into position to be sure that muzzles remain pointed up or downrange.

10.5.7 Alibis or Malfunctions
No alibis for malfunctions or for other equipment or ammunition failures are allowed.  If a shooter is unable to complete a five-shot series because of equipment or ammunition malfunctions, the shots not fired will be scored as misses.
Table 9  CMP Rimfire Sporter Rifle Course of Fire

Stage Distance Type of Fire   Firing Position         # of Shots      Time Limit
Sighters 50 yds. Slow Any, a rest may be used 5 10 min.
Prone
I 50 yds. Slow Prone 10 10 min.
Prone
II 50 yds. Rapid Prone 10,  fired in 2 series of 5 Semi-auto   25 sec. Manual 35 sec.
Sit/Kneel
I 50 yds. Slow Sitting or kneeling 10 10 min.
Sit/Kneel
II 50 yds. Rapid Sitting or kneeling 10,  fired in 2 series of 5 Semi-auto  25 sec. Manual 35 sec.
Standing
I 25 yds. Slow Standing 10 10 min.
Standing
II 25 yds. Rapid Standing 10,  fired in 2 series of 5 Semi-auto 25 sec. Manual 35 sec.
                                                                                             

ATTENTION ALL CLUB MEMBERS/SHOOTERS:


PLEASE - DO NOT PLACE ANY TYPE TARGET ON TOP OF A BERM AND THEN SHOOT AT IT!


PLEASE - IF YOU TAKE TARGETS OUT OF THE SHED YOU SHOULD PUT THEM BACK WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED SHOOTING.


NO LOADED CONCEALED WEAPONS ARE TO BE CARRIED TO THE FIRING LINE AS WE ARE A COLD RANGE CLUB.


PLEASE - DO NOT SHOOT CENTER FIRE RIFLES AT SILHOUETTE TARGETS NOR ANY FIREARM AT THE ACTION PISTOL BARRICADES ON WHICH ARE SIGNS STATING "DO NOT SHOOT BARRICADES." 

TO PREVENT OTHERS FROM SHOOTING CENTER FIRE RIFLES AT THE SILHOUETTE TARGETS WE ARE REQUESTING YOU DROP THE SILHOUETTE TARGETS WHEN YOU ARE DONE SHOOTING.