Thursday, September 28, 2017

2018 Season


It's time to start thinking about the 2018 season at "da Range".
Last season, we shot the NRA Marksmanship course for pistols. 17 shooters qualified as Distinguished Expert. This season you can continue where you left off last year, or you can start the course from the beginning. Experience taught us that small calibers with good sights worked better than big calibers, and short barrelled carry guns were difficult to shoot with consistent accuracy.

The NRA has a similar Marksmanship program for rifles. Based on our pistol experience, I am thinking a .22 rimfire with a good scope might work best. Look for this program to start about the first of the year.

Bonnie is excited about a new group of rifle shooters called the National Rifle League - 22. They shoot .22 rimfire at small targets out to 100 yards. NRL22 is precision long range shooting on a rimfire budget. Bonnie is working at getting pur range listed as a NRL22 club so our shooters can ne listed in the points standings.

Bring your .22 rifles with you when you come south.

Shotgun will be similar to last year.

Yes, we will be shooting lots of steel.

So much shooting to do, so little time. Good thing we are retired.

Your current range passes are good thru November. We have new, magnetic name tags for this season. These tags won't blow around in the wind.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden
651.380.9112


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Gun Range Open

The gun range is open again. The issues have been resolved. Go on down and shoot.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Retama banned from gun range

Carol Barnes had a meeting with Mike Rhodes today that did not go well.
Last fall, Bonnie and I had a meeting with Mike Rhodes in his office. We talked about who could shoot at the range, because at the time we had Tanglewood residents wanting to use the range. Last fall Mike told me that only residents/renters of Retama and Bentsen Palm, and badge holders (Mission Police and Border Patrol) could use the range. Anyone else was trespassing and we should call Mission Police. Mike also said Glen Anderson was specifically excluded from range use.
One day last spring, Jesse Rocha, a Rhodes employee, was shooting at the range. He had an orange range pass from several years ago. He said that Mike had given him permission to shoot several years ago. I told him the rules had changed and that he needed a current range pass, which he could get from Bentsen Palm, and he needed written permission from Mike. He left the range heading to Bentsen Palm.
I didn't hear anything more about the issue until Carol Barnes called me this summer saying she had talked to Jesse Rocha on the street. I gave Carol the story and told her all Jesse needed to shoot was a permission slip from Mike Rhodes.
Carol Barnes had a meeting with Mike Rhodes today. The subject of Jesse Rocha came up. Mike was very angry that a Rhodes employee was not allowed to use the gun range.
When Carol called me this noon, I had a contractor installing a new septic system at my house. I didn't have time today to deal with what I thought was a simple misunderstanding. I asked Bonnie Fogg to call and talk to Mike.
Bonnie called Mike and told him what I had done. Mike got even angrier and told her that all of Retama was banned from the gun range.
Unfortunately all of you are being punished for something that you did not know about and that you had nothing to do with. This issue is totally my fault.
Hopefully when Mike looks at this issue again he will realise that he should tar and feather me and ban me from the range rather than all of you.
Until you hear differently from Mike, no Retama residents shooting at the range.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Harvey Update

You can all rest easy. Hurricane Harvey was a non-event in Retama.
Winds gusted to eleven mph.
Zero rain Friday or Saturday.



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Friday, August 25, 2017

Hurricane Harvey


The forecast I just saw was for 40 mph winds in our part of the valley. Shouldn't be too bad, but if you have concerns about your property, email me your property address and after the storm, I will email you pictures of the outside of your place.

I looked at the gun range yesterday. The grass needs mowing, but everything else looks good.
There is a good space between the levee and our parking lot. MY GUESS is that the wall won't touch the range.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden
651.380.9112


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gun range border wall

I have received several emails from our members concerning the gun range and the border wall. The Butterfly Center has been getting a lot of news .
An un-named source with the Border Patrol sent me the following text this morning:


"Good morning Pistoleros! I'm sure all "the wall" noise has some of the club members scratching their heads as to the future of our slice of fun range. I finally got to work in the area & didn't find any sign of surveying or engineering development from the ramp off the levee Rd all the way to our camera tower. I can only speculate that when they start work in the area of the range it will not effect the range because the build up should be along the levee & possibly up to the parking area. Of course this is only my guess & nobody in charge is asking for my input on layout. Happy shooting hope to see y'all soon."

Keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best!

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Shoot Sunday 4/23


The gun range is mowed and nicely trimmed. 
Sunday is going to be cooler with highs in the 70s.

For those still in Retama, we are thinking about a fun shoot Sunday afternoon about 2:00. Bring plenty of ammo and something to drink.


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