Friday, March 25, 2016

Levee update

Bonnie talked to the National Guard on the levee and brought them treats. The Guard said that there has been a lot of activity along the levee the past two days - more than normal.

For our own safety and to keep us out of their way, the Guard recommends that we enter the range from the east, past the Harper Farm camera. We can either drive on the levee from the east or drive in on the dirt road from the east if the dirt road isn't mud.

For the time being, it would seem to make sense NOT to go to the range ALONE. Remember that if you see anyone at the range without a range pass, call 911 and report a trespasser at Harper Farm. Don't  forget to wear YOUR range pass.

Take the Guard treats and shoot safe,

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

National Guard

Sue Kyes has said that the National Guard is requesting that pedestrians stay off the levee for safety reasons due to a number of high speed chases.

This request does not affect us driving down to the range directly, but it should be a heads up to watch for traffic and to expect questions from the Guard.

I suggest wearing your gun range passes while driving to and from the range. The Guard probably do not know about the range so we might have to explain where we are going.

Donuts, cookies, and brownies help with the explanation in my experience .

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

da Range t shirts

Hi All,

You saw them at the da Range dinner and they were given as prizes. . . .  the new 'da Range T-shirts!
To make sure everyone has an opportunity to purchase a shirt we are planning on a 'garage' sale.  Friday from 1-3p stop by Bonnie's house,  3903 Pelican Way.
We have plenty of men and ladies sizes available.

Pat & Bonnie will have a pitcher of margarita's which will certainly make shopping a little easier.

See you then!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Congratulations to Bret Ewer

Bret is the new owner of the Smith and Wesson .22 Victory pistol. Thanks to JD Carerra and Nick I for doing the drawing for us.

We had over 80 members and guests join us for dinner and door prizes. There was a lot of cheering and booing during this year's version of the gun range video. Thanks to Bonnie for a great production.

Thanks to all the cooks and helpers that made the dinner a success.

The official gun range activities are over for this season, but you can shoot all summer. The range was just mowed and looks great.

I enjoyed working with all of you this season. We have a great group of people. You help when needed, you clean up your brass, and you shoot safe. We have made a lot of progress the past 7 years. 

I am looking forward to seeing ya'll next fall.


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

da Range Video 2015-2016 is Uploaded

What a fun dinner we had last night ....  we reached 91 for dinner!!
We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed shooting this season.

A huge thank you to everyone who gave a helping hand in setting up, picking up, our music, cooking ... the list goes on and on.  But you know!!! That is what makes da ' Range so great.  
We chip in, help, and have a few laughs along the way.

So, for those who missed, or care to relook at our winter season ... enjoy!

Click on the arrow to start the video.  And, for a full screen click the bottom right box!

And!!  Interested in purchasing a t-shirt.  We have plenty available, contact Bonnie for your's.  

Rumor has it, that we will have a garage sale on t-shirts later this week.
One never know what is up one of those sleeves!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Shootout is on this morning

I watched the radar around 3:30 this morning. The bulk of the rain was north of us and a really bad cell cut just south of us thru Renoysa.
The rain appears over. The temp is 66. The wind isn't too bad. Not a perfect day, but good enough to shoot.

Shootout at 10:00 am this morning at the range. The target is a hostage and a bad guy.
No lunch.

The gun show is today and tomorrow at the convention center.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Monday dinet

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

HI All
For those attending da Range Farewell dinner, we have a great event planned, with final preparations getting underway we have a couple of minor details.

We could use some help on Monday on the following

3:30pm We need help with cleaning the patio tables, moving chairs into the craft room.  We have one volunteer but could use a couple more

Also, we have baked potatoes, but need a volunteer who can turned them into "Smashed potatoes". We have the recipe, just need the chef to create.
If you are willing to help on the foodies please contact Bonnie Fogg  

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Saturday Shootout

The weather forecast is for a quarter of an inch of rain Friday night into Saturday morning. Not good for shooting. Check your email before coming to the range Saturday morning.

The forecast for the dinner on Monday is sunny and 77. Perfect!

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Activities this week

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Our shooting season is winding down. We have three Wild Bunch Wednesday evening sessions remaining this spring at Shooter's Alley. Be trigger ready at 7:00 pm.

The ladies only session is Thursday morning at the range. 10:00 am or after breakfast.

The last shootout will be Saturday morning at 10:00. I have a hostage target which should be interesting. No lunch is planned.

Monday evening, March 21, is our closing dinner. Ruby's brisket is the meat. At this point we have 72 attending. But we haven't heard from about 50 of you. Please respond to the evite link below or email Bonnie or I about your attendance.

If you haven't purchased your dinner tickets yet, please do so Wednesday at the Retama Clubhouse.

I had a chance to preview Bonnie's video from this season. It's even better than last year. Be sure to thank Bonnie for all the work she puts into this production!

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden
(651) 380-9112

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Gun Range Dinner

Good morning

Today, Wednesday, is your chance to purchase your da Range Awards Dinner tickets, available at the club house during normal ticket sales.  
There is no actual 'ticket' for this event, but you will be added to the purchased ticket list.

A '" invitation was sent to all badge holders, please take a moment and RSVP, even if you are a no.  This will help us with our event preparations.
Here is the link.

Yes, Bentsen Palm shooters are encouraged to come too.!

Thank you
Bonnie Fogg

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Gun Range News

IOC is back today digging sand. Expect them to be here for a couple of days.

Get your shooting fix with the Wild Bunch at Shooter's Alley 7:00 pm on Wednesday.

We have had trespassers shooting at the range and leaving hundreds of brass on the ground, both 22 and centerfire. If you see anyone there who does not belong, please call me.

How do I know that is trespassers leaving the brass? Because for the past five months our shooters have been religious about keeping the range clean. Thank you to you all.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden
(651) 380-9112

Friday, March 4, 2016

Foam target backers

We put up new foam target backers this morning. These are designed for gun ranges. We will see how long they last.

We stuck roofing nails in the top edge of the foam. You can use these nails as pins to secure your targets to the foam.

da Range March Calendar

This is the last month of organized events for da Range ...  We have another shoot out schedule, and more importantly, our Awards Night dinner.

Please make sure you purchase your dinner on Wednesdays at the club house .... Ginger and her team are collecting our dinner money.  However a ticket will not be issued, you will be added to the paid list.

The night of the dinner you will receive tickets for various drawings.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Gun Range Poll

The results for the gun range poll are in:
24 voted yes, do a gun drawing
2   voted no, do not do a gun drawing
8   voted to go with the flow.

There will be a  drawing for the Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory .22 pistol.  The drawing is limited to those who purchased range passes.  An Individual Pass is one entry. A Family Pass enters both spouse's names. If you purchased a gun range pass, you are automatically included.  You do not need to do anything.  You need not be present to win. This drawing is separate from any other activity. The winner will be drawn and announced at the gun range dinner March 21st.

(FYI: Niles Deden, Sue Deden, Lex Fogg, Bonnie Fogg, Mike Rhodes and Nick Rhodes are excluded from the gun drawing)

There have been a few questions about the gun range dinner.  The invitation is for families.  Spouses are invited.  Bentsen Palm shooters are part of the gun range, so of course they are invited. The dinner is BBQ Brisket from Rudy's. The cost of the dinner is $7.00 per person. Tickets are available at the regular Retama Wednesday ticket sales times.

Please respond to the evite so we have a count for dinner.

Only those who come to the dinner are eligible for door prizes at the dinner.  We have some nice door prizes again this year.

Shoot Safe,
Niles Deden
(651) 380-9112