SECOND QUARTER NEWSLETTER
April 1, 2020


In this issue:
~ General Club News
~ Range Status
~ Scheduled Monthly Shooting Events
~ New Member Orientation
~ Safety Rules & Reminders
~ Closing Statement

GENERAL CLUB NEWS

During the 1st Quarter, the Board continued efforts to make our range one of the nicest and safest place to shoot in Martin County.  It must have worked!  The range was seeing large numbers of members shooting and bringing many guests.  Through the efforts of the Board of Directors and the Range Officers, we have been able to keep the MCSA range open and as safe as possible.  As the situation of the current CORONAVIRUS is changing almost daily, many demands and concerns continue to affect all activities in our area.  The Board of Directors will do our best to keep the range open.  Please follow the guidelines that our health providers are recommending to stay well.  Moving forward here are some of the 2020, 2nd Quarter News topics:

1. Our dear friend and long-time MCSA member Jim Yelland has relocated to the great state of Tennessee.  Jim was a driving force behind many positive improvements and changes to MCSA.  Jim served us as Board member, Membership Director, Range Officer, and electrical and building contractor.  If it is new and it is working, Jim is probably the reason.  We wish him well and we will miss him.

2. Due to work demands from his business, long-time member Glen Gareau decided to leave the Board of Directors.  Glen continues to shoot at MCSA and compete in many local area shooting events.

3. Please welcome MCSA member Garrett Benson as your newest Board of Director.  Garrett was appointed to the Board at the March 2nd meeting.  He is going to bring great things to the club.

4. All current RO’s have completed 1st Aid/CPR/AED recertification.

GENERAL CLUB NEWS

5. THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU! The Board of Directors continues to acknowledge members that go the extra mile to improve MCSA.  This quarter we want to thank ALL members for their patience and their support of all our efforts.  

6. $20.00 Guest fee.  This took effect on August 1, 2019.  The number of guests a member can bring at one time is limited to 2.  Of course, there may be a special event or time of year that a member would like to bring more guests, such as a family re-union, etc. A simple call ahead to the on-duty Range Officer can usually work this out.

7. The Club has received a new shipment of MCSA t-shirts and hats.  New colors and smaller sizes were included.  Ask the on-duty RO to see items.

8. RO’s have noticed a disturbing pattern dealing with shotgun use on Range 6. It began after the first of the year.  Shotgun use IS allowed on Range 6.  But there are restrictions.  These restrictions are posted.  PLEASE DO NOT SHOOT 00 loads at close-up pattern steel targets.  It is UNSAFE.  Slugs are allowed on Range 6.  First you must demonstrate to RO that the slug will hit a target at 25 yards (Zeroing positions 8, 9 ,10).  PLEASE DO NOT SHOOT 00 loads at the standing positions A, B, and C. This causes damage to structure downrange.

9. Just a friendly reminder to turn off fans and safety lights at the end of your shooting sessions.  This will save the Club money in the long run.

RANGE STATUS

There are currently NO range closures.

SCHEDULED MONTHLY SHOOTING EVENTS

Precision Shoot is scheduled for the 1st Saturday of each month at 8:00 a.m. on Range 1.  Please arrive no later than 8:20 a.m. to help with set-up.  Shooting starts at 9:00 a.m. sharp.

Steel Shoot is now scheduled for the 4th Saturday of each month at 8:00 a.m. on Range 2.

The Board will be discussing the start of a Bowling Pin Shoot in the near future.

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

The Orientation Classes for the 2nd Quarter are scheduled for April 18th, May 16th, and June 20th, at 9:00 a.m.  Classes are by invitation and confirmation only.

SAFETY RULES & REMINDERS

Our range is a safe range.  In order to keep the range a safe place to shoot, we will continue to address trends or concerns that Range Officers see and deal with daily.

With the location of the new Range Office AND the signage posted at several locations that remind members to check-in with the on-duty RO, we are seeing many members going past the RO office without checking in.  PLEASE check-in when you visit the range.  It is for your safety as well as the safety of all members.

RO’s have noticed an increase in members not displaying proper muzzle control.  Proper muzzle control is keeping the muzzle pointed downrange at ALL times.

Firearms are to be uncased or cased AT the firing line when the range is HOT.  Uncasing a firearm BEHIND the firing line and bringing the firearm to the firing line is NOT ALLOWED.

Remember to sign-in at Range 5 and Range 6.

Members are always asking RO’s how to help around the range.  One of the biggest ways to help a RO is to make sure Brass only goes into the white Brass bucket. AND steel/aluminum goes into the thrash can.  It really helps.

MCSA is your range.  If you see something that is not safe or not allowed, say something.  If you are not comfortable in discussing a situation with a fellow member, contact the on-duty Range Officer and let them deal with it. 
We want to keep our club safe and friendly for everyone.

CLOSING STATEMENT

The Board of Directors hope that you enjoy the quarterly newsletters to keep you more informed about your club.  Please let us know if you have any suggestions, etc. by talking with Dan Aguilar when you are at the range.  Next newsletter will be posted July 1, 2020. The Board of Directors hopes you continue to enjoy the improvements to your range in 2020.