Saturday, December 31, 2016

Coffee Shoot

About 30 people came down to shoot this morning in the damp.  Thanks to Judy & David McGavic for buying the Santa Fe donuts.

Next event is the Wild Bunch action pistol shoot Wednesday evening, 7:00 pm, at Shooters Alley. $15.00.
This is a beginners group.
.22 pistols are fine. No holster is necessary. Targets are scored for accuracy and speed.
Come and shoot. Come and watch. Come and have dinner - best burgers in the Valley!

Friday is the Marksmanship group at 10:00 am. Forecast for Friday is cold and rain, so the group decided to shoot indoors at Shooters Alley. Tony and Jim will be there to score targets. If you don't have SA membership,  Friday will cost $15. They have 10 lanes, so we should be able to shoot a lot of targets. Stay and enjoy lunch.

Shooters Alley is located on 2 Mile Road, between Conway and Los Ebanos. South side of 2 Mile and next to feed store.

How to properly hold a gun

The attached photo courtesy of Point Blank Gun Range. It's a good photo to save.

Remember, donuts at da Range at 10:00 this morning. Just a fun shoot. Bring your coffee and your guns.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

2 Reminders

1) Marksmanship program - Tony Knitter will be at the gun range Friday morning at 10:00 to accept plates and hand out AP-2 targets.
Bonnie and Jack will explain the third level.

2) Saturday morning coffee shot. Judy McGavic is using some of her prize money to buy donuts Saturday morning. Bring your coffee, guns, and a lot of ammo for fun shooting. 10:00 am at the range.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Markmanship Shoot Friday 10:00 am

Tony Knitter is back from Christmas visits and is planning a plate shoot on Friday at 10:00

1) If you want to be part of the Markmanship program and haven't started yet, come on down Friday.

2) Have plates to turn in? You can do that on Friday.

3) If you have plates to shoot, Friday is the day.

4) Pat Stewart has received 600 AP-2 targets. A pdf of the target is attached. Note the point scoring on the pdf.

5) On Friday, the team will give you a preview on how to shoot and score the AP-2 target. (We will do the same program the first Friday in January) Some of our shooters want to move faster into the higher levels, so this Friday gives you a chance to pickup targets and do just that. Also with 30+ shooters, we need to spread people out a little.

The team will talk about a pair of targets. A pair of targets is one target shot strong hand and one target shot weak hand. A pair of targets should be shot in one session. But pairs can be spread out over multiple sessions. (You don't have to shoot all five pairs at the same time.)

Can't come on Friday? No problem, the program is designed for you to shoot at your own pace.

The next four levels require you to shoot with a two handed grip, weak hand on the trigger.
You should practice shooting weak hand. Those that do it say it is not as hard as is sounds. The team will talk about weak hand grip on Friday.

Thanks for all the interest you have shown in the NRA Marksmanship Program.

Questions?  Talk to:
Tony Knitter - Co-Team Leader
Jim Hinrichs - Co-Team Leader
Bonnie Fogg - Instructor
Jack Mayer - Instructor

Friday, December 23, 2016

Rifle shoot Monday the 26th

Just a reminder that the next Retama Range rifle shoot is Monday, December 26th at 10:00 am at the range.
Only 3 shooters showed up last time.
Have rifle, Will shoot!

See you there!

Want to try something new?

This could be a lot of fun!  If you are planning on attending please let Bonnie know, she'd like to give them a head count of the Retama Wild Bunch attending!

.22LR Marksmen Challenge RGV Workshop
January 7th, 2017
Coyote Arms Shooting Range : 8600 Big Five Edinburg, Texas
Starts at 10:00AM

What to bring:
.22LR Rifle with a scope and a bipod :
 2-3 Magazines : 
Don't have anything but willing to try this type of shooting?? We will have rifles that you can try so that you can shoot stages. Ammo must be purchased at the premises as these rifles are zeroed for this particular ammo.

We will set up stages we normally shoot on our regular matches so everyone can give it a try. You will be shooting at paper, cards, toothpick, match sticks and steel targets. Plate rack small: 1/4" to 2" and medium: 1/2" to 4" and hopefully large: 2" to 8" and from 25 yards to 100 yards. Shooting position from prone, sitting, standing, off a prop like a barrel, ramp and table.

The workshop is free and everyone is welcome.

Please bring eye and ear protection.
If you have any questions please feel free to email at

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Shotgun shoot

The shotgun shoot on Tues 12/27 is cancelled – going fishing. 

See y’all next year. Gary

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Marksmanship Shooters

Pat has ordered 600 AP-2 targets. These targets are used for the last level three. You do not need to find your own targets. We will let you know when they arrive.

Shoot safe!

Friday, December 16, 2016


The start of the Marksmanship Program last Tuesday was very busy. About 30 shooters attended. It's still not to late to participate.
Thanks to Jim Hinrichs and Tony Knitter for being team leaders.

Saturday morning,Dec 17, there is a shootout at the range.  $5.00 per target. 10:00 am start.

Tueday, Dec 20 is a range registration at the clubhouse if you haven't watched the video and picked up your range passes.

Check out all the shooting activities on the range calendar on the gun range blog!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Rifle Shooting

The rifle shooting program got off to a foggy and damp start this morning with only 3 shooters. Now we know who is tough.

Thanks to Tom Altwine for being team leader, and to Jim Carson and Jim Wakenell for coming down.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Shotgun shoot

Because of the Village Meeting we need to move the Tues 12/13 shoot to 1:00 PM.

Gary Scoffield

Marksmanship Program

Good morning!

Weather is looking great for Tuesday and the start of our Markmanship Program.  We will start shooting after the community meeting, probably around 11am.  If you arrive a bit later thats okay, arrive a bit early - that's okay too. 

We suggest bringing at least 50 rounds for the first level of shooting.  Targets are provided.
We will also provide a hand out of the programs course of fire.

We found some videos about the program, and published them on our blog.  Not sure if you want to get involved in this program? Check out the videos.  We also linked a pdf of the course of fire which describes the different levels. 
The highest level is Distinguished Expert let's see if anyone reaches this level!

Markmanship Program

It's rainy day and  I found a series of videos on youtube which explains the NRA Winchester Markmanship program.

This is a self-paced shooting program available in all calibers of pistols and revolvers.
For our first shoot please bring at least 50 rounds.

We will provide the paper plates.

Enjoy the videos.

Video 1:  Link   What the Winchester / NRA Markmanship program is about

Video 2:  Beginning Video   Overview of the program.

Video 3:  Link    Shooting Markmanship Pro level, rating

Video 4:   Link    Actually shooting the Markmanship First Class Level

NRA Program, PDF.  A handout will be provided on our first shooting.

Safe shooting.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Breaking News

Here is a bright spot for an otherwise dreary day - Bonnie has added a monthly calendar to the Retama range blog.

The link to the calendar is right under the picture at the top of the blog page.

Note on the calendar that the Marksmanship Program start time has been moved back to 11:00 to avoid conflict with the community meeting. If the meeting runs long, you will be fine getting  to the range by 11:30.

The link to the blog is: 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Marksmanship Reschuled Dec 13

The Marksmanship Program originally scheduled for Friday morning has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 13th at 11:00 am at the range. Tuesday will be a much nicer day weather wise.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gun Range Events December

December's calendar means our shooting programs are beginning ….  we have some new programs, so please read on!

Dec 6: Shotgun Shooting 10A.  If you haven't been down, you need to see the reconfiguration of the shotgun area.  Mark Hall donated a new thrower and the shotgunners are beginning to look pretty darn good.   

Dec 7: Winter Texan Wild Bunch! 7pm Shooters Alley $15,  This is the first night of the season, and everyone is welcome to try out action pistol shooting.  It's easy and it's fun and your shooting will improve.  Come for dinner, they serve the best burgers in the Valley!

DATE: Change:  Dec 13 - 11am:  
Dec 9 : Markmanship Program Starts 10Am   This program is new this year and designed to improve your pistol shooting skills.  The group will meet once a month and will follow the NRA Markmanship Program.  First targets will be 10 paper plates with 5 shots in each —Men and ladies.  We will explain the program and targets will be provided each month.  Did we mention this is FREE!

Dec 10:  Steel Shooting  Coyote Arms, Big Five Road, Edinburg. $10  We have steel plates now at our range, so practice up and join us for a fun morning of timed steel shooting.  Some shooters are slow … thats the best way to start.  Your eye and hand coordination skill will improve with shooting steel!  Let's car pool!  
Dec 12:  Rifle Begins! 10A  Yep, find that 'ol' trusty rifle, dust it off and find the ammo — we will be shooting rifle.  Targets are provided.

Dec 13:  Shotgun shooting 10A.  Come down and watch … it's pretty amazing stuff they do!

Dec 14: Ladies Morning  Wednesdays! 10A (new day)  Ladies will meet every other Wednesday, a new day of the week.  This is time to keep the hubby at home and ask the gals for help.  We giggle and laugh, and at the end of the morning you will probably have learned something too.

Dec 14: Winter Texan Wild Bunch 7pm Shooters Alley, $15.  Try it, you might like it!  We shoot 2-3 sets of targets, there is a little movement, and yes, its a challenge but the staff at Shooters Alley make sure you come out a winner!  Come early for dinner - its delicious.

Dec 17:  Pistol Challenge Shoot-out  10A  @ the range.  Targets $5 each with a $1 mystery shoot.  Lunch included for badge holders.

Dec 20:  Gun Range Registration:  9:30A @ club house.  

Shotgun shooting 10A. Yep, they shoot every Tuesday morning!  What fun!

Dec. 28: Ladies Only Morning 10A  Ladies only in the morning and there will be something new to learn.  Come join us, we have fun!

Dec 31: Just Shoot!   9:30   Yep it's an early start - but come when you want.  Bring your coffee - we have the donuts, until they run out! We are justing shooting because we can!. 

In January we will hold the Swap Meet.  Last season we had a great turn out of items for sale — we need the buyers for this to be a success!  Mark your calendar!

We will begin the rusty shooters morning and for those wanting to shoot steel we will have some training sessions, plus another registration day and some new programs that are going to be excellent.

Keep checking our blog for more updates

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Rifles at da Range begins Dec 12th

Monday Dec. 12th. Rifles at da Range. 10:00 AM, weather permitting. 

Tom Altwine is heading up the rifle shooting …   So, dig out the old favorite rifle out from under the bed and dust her off. 
Then! Try and find that box of ammo that you know you put somewhere! (If only I can remember where I stashed it.)  

We are shooting centerfire and rim fire, any type of sights. 

This will be a "Hope I can at least punch a hole in that piece of paper somewhere, type of shoot."  

Pretty informal except for the range safety rules.😜

Plan to come, have some fun, and a laugh or two!
Spectators are welcome to come and laugh WITH us!😀

Hope to see you there!  If you cannot make it, we will be meeting every other week, so check our range blog for more updates.

Hope to see you there!  
Tom Altwine

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Markmanship Shooting Program Begins - December 9, Friday 10A

Let the season begin!  This one is going to be fun!

We begin the Markmanship shooting program!

The perfect self-paced shooting activity to help develop your skills and reward your achievements.  We will be following  the NRA Markmanship Program. This is the perfect shooting activity to help develop your skills and reward your achievements. There is no competition, no timer and no winners — everyone becomes a winner when they improve their shooting.

This is an ongoing program, shooting throughout the winter season.  The first Friday of each month shooters will meet to submit their targets, receive the next months shooting level, receive shooting instruction and perhaps have a big smile on their results.

Any semi-automatic pistol or revolver may be used.  All calibers compete together. Multiple pistol calibers allowed.
This is a FREE program.  No preregistration required, be ready by 10A.  Targets will be provided. Explanation of the program will be detailed.  

What to Bring, at least 50 rounds.

More info:  Bonnie Fogg 630-688-3594
Coordinators:  Jim Hinrichs and Tony Knitter, both live on Pelican Way.

Pistols and Revolvers
Any semi-automatic pistol or revolver may be used.  All calibers compete together. Multiple pistol calibers allowed.

Any sights may be used. Exception, any sight that projects an image onto the target.

The conventional "bullseye" pistol qualification is fired from the standing position.  Two handed or benchrest.

An AP-1 or AP-2 target will be provided for this program.  Please print your name and the shooting date, distance on each submitted target.

Shots per Target:
10 shots per target are fired. If scoring becomes too difficult, shooters have the option of using two targets and firing five shots on each.  50 rounds.

Records:  Jim & Tony will maintain qualification records.
Instructions:  Limited instruction will be provided. 

Our first shooting Level requirement will be:  

Position:  Benchrest, two hands. Distance: 15 feet.
Target:    Paper plates or paper disks (nine-inch diameter).
Time:   No restrictions.
Course of Fire and Rating Requirements: Shoot 10 plates with five shots on each plate. All shots must be inside a half-inch margin from the edge of the plate. The 10 plates do not have to be fired in succession or on the same day.
Inside 1/2" Margin on Plate.