JANUARY 2004 NEWSLETTER
MONDAY, December 8, 2003 - 7:00 P.M. at Sweetwater Café
Saturday, January 10 Dog Trials
Sunday, January 11 Mid-winter Open, Skeet - 1:00 P.M.
Monday, January 12 Club Meeting - 7:00 P.M. at Sweetwater Café
Saturday, January 17 Cowboy Action Match - 9:00 A.M.
Saturday, January 31 David Miller Deer Rifle Challenge
Upcoming Events In February 2004
Sat./Sun. 7&8 BSA Troop 220 (M. English)
Sun. 8 Valentine Open, Skeet
Mon. 9 Club Meeting
Sat. 14 New Member Orientation
Sat. 21 Cowboy Action Match
Sat/Sun. 28&29 BSA (inclement weather dates)
BUCCANEER GUN CLUB WEB SITE: www.buccaneergunclub.org
OTHER WEB SITES OF INTEREST: www:packing.org; www:nccowboys.com
There will be big changes at the club this year as you will see discussed later in the newsletter. I think you will be pleased with the direction the club is moving. Pease come out and take a look sometime. At the start of the new year I wanted to suggest a few things for club members:
1. Get your workday in early in the year. It seems that there is a rush of people at the end of the year trying to get their workdays in, please try and get your workdays in early in the year to help prevent this confusion. There are 4 scheduled workdays but you can contact me if you need a workday outside of those days.
2. As you will see later in the newsletter, we will be tearing down the rifle sheds to replace them with newer, more modern facilities. The visible and audible alarms systems will be inoperative during the construction of the new range, so exercise extreme caution when shooting. Make doubly sure no one is down range before you start shooting.
3. Please take your paper targets down when you are through shooting rifle or pistol. The old targets get wet and fall off the target stand and litter the club property, causing a real eye-sore. Please be considerate and remove the old targets after you shoot.
Volunteers are needed to help tear down the present rifle sheds so construction can begin on the new sheds. Workers are needed starting in January. This would be a good way to get a workday in. Contact John Scott for more information.
The annual dues for the club are $160.00 per year. If you are not a current NRA member the club uses $35.00 of your $160.00 dues payment to sign you up for NRA membership. If you are a current NRA member you receive a $35.00 discount on your dues however you need to include either a copy of your NRA member card or the mailing label from a current NRA magazine along with your $125.00 payment. Club members under 60 years of age are required to complete two work days each calendar year. Work days are valued at $80.00 each and if you do not complete the work day requirement you will be assessed $80.00 for each work day missed. The dues and workday assessment are payable on December 1. If your payment has not been received by the Club (in the hands of the Club and not in the U.S. mail) by midnight January 31 your membership will be terminated and your name dropped from the rolls. If you intend to renew your membership in Buccaneer, please have your payment in before the January 31st deadline.
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BGC CONSTITUTION and BY-LAWS:
Don Sloop presented the following proposed change to Amendment 3 of the Buccaneer Gun Club Amendments to the By-Laws:
Change Amendment 3 to the Buccaneer Gun Club Amendments to the By-Laws to read:
The membership in the Buccaneer Gun Club will be limited to two hundred fifty (250) members not to include the twenty (20) life members or any Honorary Members.
[Presently Amendment 3 to the Buccaneer Gun Club Amendments to the By-Laws reads: “The membership in the Buccaneer Gun Club will be limited to two hundred twenty-five (225) members not to include the twenty (20) Life Members or any Honorary Members.”]
This change will be voted on at the January 12, 2004 meeting.
START OF UNAPPROVED MINUTES for the 12/08/03 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 [November 10, 2003], as appearing in the newsletter, were accepted.
ELECTION OF 2004 OFFICERS:
The officers for 2004 were elected at the December 2003 meeting.
President: John Scott Vice President: David Morgan
Secretary: Dick Brame Treasure: Don Pelling
Big Bore No Report.
Skeet No Report.
Action Pistol 7 attended November shoot, 3 were guests. Another shoot was scheduled for December 14 but it was rained out.
Cowboy See report at end of newsletter.
Status requested on the roofing of the clubhouse. John Scott reported the member volunteering to re-roof the clubhouse indicated the work would be done early in 2004.
David Miller requested the members be made aware of his plan to host a National Jr. Sr. Small Bore Indoor Match at the Hoggard range. He has done the paperwork, paid the entry and he will provided the targets, ammunition and a gun, if necessary, so there is no cost to those shooting. He registered 2 teams from BGC: one of 4 shooters over 65 and one of 4 shooters of mixed ages. The following information regarding this match was taken from last months newsletter. He will pay the entry fee for each team as well as providing the ammo, shooting mats and targets. This is a postal match, you shoot whenever you want, shooting at 15 meter targets, however you must end not later than March 31, 2004. The course is 40 shots prone, 40 shots standing and 40 shots kneeling. Any type sights on the .22 appear to be allowed.
Caution: Anytime you go to Hoggard High School to shoot for a match contact David Miller so that he can carry your weapon from your car trunk to the range. David Miller can be reached at home at 452-3416 or by E-mail at Millerk5@aol.com.
Several members expressed a desire for work to do around the club to get in another workday. Contact David Morgan or John Scott if you need an additional workday.
President John Scott reported the property across the street was for sale. Discussion on buying the property ensued. It was decided to let the Executive Committee pay attention to possible land acquisition. Meanwhile club members discussed improving the club property. To that end a motion was made to set aside $10,000 to rebuild the rifle shed, initial plan calls for replacing the present 19’ X 96’ shed and then consider adding an additional 19’ X 96’ shed. Motion passed unanimously.
ADJOURNMENT: Motion made and seconded to adjourn. Adjournment was at 8:05 P.M.
END OF UNAPPROVED MINUTES for the 12/08/03 Meeting.
*************************Announcement Concerning Valiant Bullets*************************
We're thinking about another order for Valiant lead bullets....as you may remember, we have to order a bunch to get them to bring them to us at no charge so think about what you may need and call Ray Campbell at 520-4822....this is just a feeler for now so get with Ray so we can get this going......We've had a bunch of people mention it lately so let's get it on.......Ray can give you prices and what's available...so don't wait.........
Dave Miller Deer Rifle Challenge
31 January, 2004
Rules. Bring your favorite "venison getter”. Any rifle that is legal by North Carolina standards for deer hunting is eligible. No target rifles or target ammo please. This is a match designed to test your skills with a deer rifle. One rifle, one box of ammo. No sight changes allowed between shots. Coaching and shot calling is encouraged, so is practicing for the next couple of months. 5 minutes at each position. Course of fire begins with you shooting at the standing position first, then kneel/sit, prone third and then the bench. You are done in 20 minutes. A new shooter/s begins every 5 minutes. Shooting jackets, slings, and shooting gloves are o.k. and all types of sights. Please bring guests and kids. Eye and ear protection is required. You can shoot in both categories if you want to bring two rifles.
Two categories this year. I had several folks approach me last year to inquire into a more traditional form of rifle hunting. So be it. I will make the final decision on which category you shoot in if there are any questionable calls for those of you with some strange rifles. Course of fire is as follows:
Traditional Category: 30‑30, 45‑70, 444, 35 Rem, 44 mag, slug guns, all pistols etc (0800 – 1000)
Shots 5 5 5 5
Position/Range(yards) Stand/25 Sit/Kneel/50 Prone/100 Bench/200
Modern Category: (1000 ‑ 1200)
Shots 5 5 5 5
Position/Range(yards) Stand/50 Sit/Kneel/100 Prone/200 Bench/300
I will provide the targets, lunch and trophies (position and total). Please call me at home (452‑3416) or E‑Mail me at Millerk5@AOL.com to reserve a spot for you or if you have any questions.
BUCCANEER GUN CLUB 2004 CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
The calendar of events for 2004 follows:
Workdays will be the 1st Saturday in March, May, August and November starting at 8:00 A.M.
Big Bore Matches will be the 2nd Saturday in March, April, May, June, July and August starting at 10:00 A.M. Skeet Matches will be the 2nd Sunday of every month starting at 1:00 P.M.
Club Meetings will be the 2nd Monday of every month starting at 7:00 P.M.
Cowboy Action Matches will be the 3rd Saturday of every month, except December, starting at 9:00 A.M.
.22 Field Pistol Matches will be the 4th Saturday in March, April, May, June, July & August at 10:00 A.M.
Action Pistol Matches will be the 4th Sunday in April, May, June, July, August, September & October at 12 noon.
The March Winds Open Skeet Match, NSSA Skeet, is usually held on the week-end following the regularly scheduled March skeet match. Match Directors are requested to check their match dates so allowances may be made for holidays or other shoots and to advise the Secretary as soon as possible so a calendar may be drafted.
Cowboy Action Newsletter
Headline: Bar Room Spitting Contest Interrupted By Gunfight
You know how it goes....when cowboys get together they will always be comparing to see who has the longest...............................gunbarrel....................or who can shoot the straightest, or who can throw a knife the best, or something. Well at the Hard Times saloon last month the subject came up on who could spit the straightest. This reporter thinks the subject was brought to the forefront when Doc Clock spit a plug of tobacco at the spittoon and happened to get more tobacco on Blacksmith's boots than he got in the spittoon........The short tempered Black Smith went for his 45 but before he could draw Sheriff Holliday grabbed his gun hand (That Sheriff really has fast reflexes)........The Sheriff calmed the situation by reminding the pair that they both were grown men (there may be some argument on that subject) and surely there was a better way to settle the situation. Well after some discussion a spitting contest was devised. Since tobacco spitting is now included in the Cowboy Olympics over in Tombstone, the Olympic standard distance of 3.375 meters was decided upon as the correct distance to use for the contest. Doc and Black Smith squared off as the first contestants. Black Smith went first and must have sneezed or something during his windup and his plug went off course and landed square in the middle of Doc Clocks new Stetson hat.......Well grownups or not, that was the final straw and Doc started blasting with his pistols, rifle and shotgun. As usual Doc didn't hit much and since no one was injured the Sheriff declared Doc the Winner by default......
We had a good time at the November match as we did a bunch of shooting and other stuff such as spitting contests and running and shooting with the ball and chain hooked to the leg......and guess what???? It all starts again the third Saturday in January (i ain't got a calendar but that's when it is)...........so come on out.......
The results went as follows......First and second place were determined by the slimmest margin ever ........Dick Holliday 198.10 over Mad Dog at 198.36....my math ain't too good but that was darn close (Course we all know that close only counts when paying horseshoes or throwing hand grenades) Milo Talon was third followed by Vest Pocket Jack.....
The Second Flight went like this....Slowhand, Ragtime, Whispering Bill, Waccamaw Kid and Stalker....
The Seniors went like this....Idaho Spud, Doc Clock, Carbine Kid, Tom Two Feathers, BlackSmith
Cowgirls.....Slowpoke Sal still is ruling the Cowgirl class as the is the only Cowgirl........
See you in January and don't forget to give Dick W. Holliday (Ray Campbell 520-4822) a call about the Valiant bullets. If you need directions to the range or want to see what cowboys are doing in North/South Carolina go to www.buccaneergunclub.org or http://www.ncsass.com/ So until next month....Take a kid shooting....Ned Bluntline
ATTENTION ALL CLUB MEMBERS/SHOOTERS:
PLEASE DO NOT PLACE ANY TYPE TARGET ON TOP OF A BERM AND THEN SHOOT AT IT!
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 AT THE COWBOY ACTION TARGETS.
TO PREVENT OTHERS FROM SHOOTING CENTER FIRE RIFLES AT THE SILHOUETTE TARGET WE ARE REQUESTING YOU DROP THE SILHOUETTE TARGETS WHEN YOU ARE THROUGH SHOOTING.