Thursday, December 7, 2017

Javelina hunt

Anyone interested in hunting javelina at Danny Carerra's ranch on Wednesday?
Cost is $75 per person.
Leave here early Wed morn. Hunt in the morning. Then hunt in the afternoon if we have tags to fill.
Bonnie Fogg and I are going. Danny would like a group of 3 or 4.
Contact me if you are interested.

Shoot safe!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Rifle Marksmanship

Tuesday morning at 9:00 am we explain the NRA Rifle Marksmanship program, which is similar to the pistol marksmanship we shot last season.

The rifle marksmanship is .22 rimfire rifle, shooting at 50 yards, at paper targets, from a bench rest position. THIS IS NOT A CONTEST. You shoot targets at your own pace over several days or weeks.

When completed, you receive NRA Marksmanship awards and badges.

THANK YOU TO OUR SHOOTERS who pick up their brass. You do an excellent job.
However, our guests and evening visitors (Border Patrol) do not pick up their brass. We are going to put up signs to remind them.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Re: Mabel primed

Looks great! 

On Dec 2, 2017 1:05 PM, "Niles Deden" <> wrote:
Thanks to Gary, Tony, Bonnie, Chris, and Mark for painting this morning.
Thanks to Eric Skinner for donating two buckets of paint.

Tony rolled a tan primer on the roof. Bonnie and Mark rolled white on the inside. Gary, Chris, and I rolled gray primer on the outside.

Targets and steel will be locked inside Mabel. Shotgun clays and the thrower will be inside.
The padlock door code is "2500" on all the padlocks.

The loan balance on Mabel is down to $800. Thank you for the donations.

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Mabel primed

Thanks to Gary, Tony, Bonnie, Chris, and Mark for painting this morning.
Thanks to Eric Skinner for donating two buckets of paint.

Tony rolled a tan primer on the roof. Bonnie and Mark rolled white on the inside. Gary, Chris, and I rolled gray primer on the outside.

Targets and steel will be locked inside Mabel. Shotgun clays and the thrower will be inside.
The padlock door code is "2500" on all the padlocks.

The loan balance on Mabel is down to $800. Thank you for the donations.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Mabel Update

Neto and his crew stopped this afternoon to level the south end of the storage container.
It took them nearly 10 minutes. Thanks, Neto.

Tony and I primed the east side of Mabel this afternoon. Working in the shade, with a good breeze, it was actually nice.

Tony wants to put primer of the roof Saturday morning. The rest of the crew will prime the south and west side. About 2 hours of work.
If you can help paint tomorrow, come down at 8:30 or 9:00. We are using 3" rollers and brushes.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gun range maintenance

Thursday morning we are going to shoot "Know your limits" (KYL) steel with rimfire rifles. This is the first KYL shoot so come on down with your rifle.
We will have two classes:
Base - stock rifle
Open - sky is the limit

At 10:30, for one hour only, we will steel brush the flaked paint on the shipping container. Bonnie says that calling it a shipping container is boring. She wants to call the steel container "Mabel". So tomorrow we need volunteers to brush Mabel for just one hour.

Friday afternoon at 1:00 pm we need volunteers to paint Mabel. We will roll on a primer coat of enamel.

We also need to pay $2050 for purchasing Mabel. I prefer to not use general gun range funds. I think we can pay off Mabel with special contributions. 2 people have donated $250 each. 3 people have donated $100 each. Dortha's mug sales have donated $100. $900 down, $1150 to go.
You can give your contribution to Mark Hall, who did all the leg work, Bonnie, or myself.
Thank you in advance.

Thank you to Mark Hall and John de Leon for building 4 new rifle target stands.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden

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Monday, November 27, 2017

.22 rifle shoots

Thursday morning at 9:00 am we are going to shoot Know Your Limits (KYL) steel with .22 rimfire rifles. This will be the first KYL match of the year. The range is 25 yards.
The steel target size is 2" down to 1/4 inch.
This is a contest.

Tuesday, Dec 5, we start the NRA Marksmanship program for .22 rifles.
This is NOT a contest. You will shoot targets at 50 yards to improve your rifle shooting proficiency.  This is similar to the pistol marksmanship we did last winter.
At 9:00 am, we will explain the program and shoot some targets. You will shoot 27 sheets of targets at your own pace and convenience.

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Shotgun Shoot

The shotgun shooting day has been changed to Tuesdays at 1000. The range is in excellent shape & the clays are flying fast. Bonnie: please change the calendar. Gary

Friday, November 24, 2017

Turkey Shoot Results

Today was as nice a day as you could hope for. Full sunshine, light breezes, and 70 degrees.

Pat Stewart won the ladies division. She has won enough that she shoots at 15 yards. That's  not an easy way to shoot agaist the guys.

When the gun smoke cleared, Chris Atkinson and Tony Knitter were tied for first place. They had to shoot a tie breaker target.

Tony won first place and Chris took second.

Thank you to Billie Oth & Craig Wendell for doing registration.
Thank you to Bob & Kathy Barnett for doing the scoring.
Thank you to Lex Fogg for cooking bratwurst for lunch. Lex was the most popular person at the range when his food truck showed up.

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Turkey shoot this am

Remember that we have a pistol shoot this morning at 9:30.
All pistol shooters are welcome. We have a special class for new shooters. New shooters fire at 7 yards.
We have lunch today. Bring your own beverage.

The Saxet gun show is Sat and Sun.

NRL22 shoots Monday morn.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Remington Black Friday Rebate/Academy

Thanks to Robert Gillis for letting us know about a Remington pistol ammo rebate at Academy.
Academy has a bucket of 350 9mm 115 gr Remington for $69.99. Remington has a $30 rebate per bucket. Limit 3.
Your cost for 350 rounds after rebate is $39.99. About 11 cents each.
The rebate also applies to other pistol calibers.
The rebate also applies to Remington .22 long rifle. Note: in my opinion, Remington .22 does not feed well in some guns.

Academy had a lot of .22 brands on the ammo shelf.

Link to online rebate:

Shoot safe,

Upcoming Events

Enjoying the rain this morning? I haven't heard thunder for a while.

The next gun range registration is Tuesday moring at the clubhouse at 9:30. The fee is $35 for individuals and $50 for families. Please bring cash.

The next pistol shootout is Friday morning at 9:30 at the range. $5.00 per target. 100% payback. Shoot at the distance you did last year. Lunch will ne served if we can find cooks. Bring your own non-acholic beverage. New shooters are welcome. We have a Newbie class.

NRL22 shoots at Coyote on Saturday

da Range NRL22 shoot is a week from Tuesday.

The Saxet gun show is at the McAllen Convention Center this weekend.

Sight in those .22 rifles. We start the NRA Marksmanship program in December. The shooting will be from a benchrest position.
The distance will be 50 yards. .17 or .22 rimfire only.

We are in the early stages of planning a charity pistol shoot with local law enforcement. Call it, "Cops vs Grandparents", or "Badges vs Wheelchairs".
Stay tuned.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Shot gun shoot

Just a reminder that we’ll be at the range tomorrow at 1000 for shooting the “clays”. Bring your own clays. Gary

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Insulated da Range mugs

The gun range mugs ordered at the first range registration arrived this afternoon.
You can pick them up at 3705 Hummingbird.
Please make checks payable to Dortha Hall.

If you haven't done so yet, you can order your insulated mug at the range registration Tuesday morning at the Clubhouse.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Range Maintenance

Thank you to Jim Wakenall, Mark Hall, and John de Leon for mowing and weed whipping at da Range.
They mowed the parking lot bank, around the target stands, around the shooting benches, and around the steel.  Looks great!

Thank you to Bonnie, Gigi Lemoine, and Dortha Hall for hosting the margarita name badge pick up this afternoon. A good visit was had by all.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Name Badges

November 4th registration range badges are ready! Since Bonnie isn't too steady on two feet, she is offering Margarita's to those who stop by and pick up their badges!

They can be picked up on Wednesday, November 15,  2-4pm at Bonnie's house, 3903 Pelican Way.

Be sure to stop by - Bonnie & Pat are serving Margarita, selling t-shirts and will have the new Range insulated cups on display.

Haven't signed up, but want a Margarita — stop on by, there should be plenty! 

The next registration is Tuedsay, November 21.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Shooters Alley Veterans Saturday

Our friends at Shooters Alley are celebrating a special day honoring veterans on Saturday, November 11 from 9am to 7pm.

All veterans shoot free all day.  There will be a gun giveaway!  They serve an  awesome lunch - and have the best burgers in the RGV. 

The weather is still cool, so go early, have lunch and get some trigger time!

Shooters Alley Indoor Range, 1101 West Mile 2 Road, Mission TX 78574

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Finger onTrigger

I hope the attachment comes with the email. I haven't had much luck with attachments lately.

The finger on trigger article was printed in the November American Handgunner magazine.

Bonnie has taken a DVD copy of the range safety video to Guest Services at Bentsen Palm. Bentsen Palm guests can watch it there at their convenience.  

I ordered 500 paper targets for the NRA Rifle Marksman program today. They should be here in about a week. These are small bore -.17 or .22 caliber - shot at 50 yards.

The NRA has a large bore marksmanship shot at 200 yards. Let me know if you want me to order any of these targets.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Concealed Carry Shoot

Here are pics of the 1st (Pat Stewart), 2nd (Michele Schram) , and 3rd (Mark Scherer) place winners of the shoot off.
Shoot off for first place

Shooting the short barrelled carry guns with lousy sights proved to be a challenge this morning. 
We ended up with 3 shooters tied for 1st place. Pat, Michele, and Mark had to do a shoot off to see who was best.

Congratulations to Pat and Michele. They kicked the guy's butts today. Go Ladies!

This was Michele's first contest. She won $21.  Can you say, " Hooked on shooting"?
Bonnie taught her well!

Thanks to todays shooters. We all had fun.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Welcome new members

Welcome to our new members! I just added 19 new email addresses to this list.

Monday morning (tomorrow) we have a practice session for NRL22 between 8:00 and 10:00 am. This is practice time to sight in your .22 rifles and to shoot at the NRL22 targets. We will work on the November COF (Course of Fire). Tommow is a good day to come down to the range to see if you like NRL22.

Tueday morning is a carry gun shoot out. Most of our carry guns have been collecting dust all summer. Time to clean and shoot them. Bring whatever you carry. No holster needed. Targets will ALL be set at 7 yards.

$5.00 per target. You may buy more than one target. 100% payback on target fees.
60% first place, 30% second place, 10% consolation.
Come at 9:00. Safety meeting at 9:30.
Hammer down at 9:35.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden

Saturday, November 4, 2017

da Range Finances thru today

Cash on hand as of 3/27/17
NRL22 scores (10/30)
Tee shirt sales (11/4)
Range Registrations (11/4)
Foam backers & donuts (11/4)
Herbicide, battery, lock (11/4)
November Porta-Pottie 11/4)

Cash on hand as of 11/4/17

There were 26 Family and 12 Single registrations + 1 BPV who donated $50 + 8 other BPV (paid for by Rhodes)  = 73 signed waivers (that's a recount on the waivers).

Range registration

We had 72 gun range waivers turned in this morning. Great turn out! Thank you.

The next gun range registration is going to be Tuesday, November 21 at 9:30 am at the Clubhouse.

The address of the gun range blog:

On this page, under the range picture, on the top left hand side, is a link to the range calandar. The calandar is constantly updated, so check it often.

The next range event is a concealed carry gun shootout Tuesday morning at 9:30.

KYL (Know Your Limits)

The info on the KYL (Know Your Limit) steel contest reprinted below is from the Utah gun club that started this type of target and contest for .22 rimfire. We have KYL steel on order. We will pretty much follow the rules below.  Note these are the rules from the Utah club.

The KYL Match is designed to test your knowledge of current shooting conditions, and your own capabilities.  Your firearm, ammo, weather, etc..., will have to be factored in.  

KYL is a match for 22 long rifle, rim-fire firearms.  
It may be shot with rifles or handguns.  Any sighting system is allowed.

Targets are swinging steel targets at 25 yards.  8 targets from 2" dia. to ¼" dia. in ¼" increments.  Target value goes up as size goes down.  60 second time limit.  Targets must be shot in order, largest to smallest.  Target must visibly "swing" to be counted as a hit (Range Officials decision is final).  If a target is shot at and missed, you lose all accumulated points for that round.  If a target is shot out of order, you lose all points for that round.  You may stop at any time and keep all points earned for that round.  If time runs out and you have not missed, you keep your points for that round.

  • Match is 3 rounds, 2 back to back, and a final.  Score for match is total of all 3 rounds.
  • NO COACHING – Shooter is responsible for hitting correct target, spotting misses, doping wind, etc...
  • No scores will be announced until the end of the match.
  • Matches start at 1:00 pm, Safety briefing starts at 12:30 pm.
  • Matches are held the first Wednesday and the third Sunday of the month.
  • All KYL General safety rules must be followed.
  • Eye and Hearing protection is required for all shooters and spectators.
  • All firearms will be 22 long rifle rimfire, shooting LEAD BULLETS ONLY.
  • Chamber flags must be used.
  • All new shooters must show up ½ hour early for Safety Briefing.
  • Minimum age is 18 years old.
  • All Match participants must sign Waiver during sign in.
  • Chamber Flags are available from Match Officials
  • Always keep firearms pointed in a safe direction
  • Always keep finger off trigger until ready to shoot
  • Always keep firearm unloaded until ready to shoot
  • Hearing and eye protection are required for both   Match participants and spectators
  • Do not use drugs or alcohol before or while shooting Smoking is not allowed on NCRGC property

Know Your Limit

(The days and times printed below are for the Utah club, not da Range)

All firearms will have a Chamber Safety Flag installed in the firearm chamber when brought onto range property.  Flag will remain in chamber at all times – Except while on firing position after the Shooter Load and Make Ready command has been given. The Chamber Flag will be re-installed before leaving firing position.

Violation of Safety Rules will result in Match disqualification and you will be required to leave the property.

The targets are scored as follows. #1=5 point, #2= 5 point, #3=5 point, #4=5 point, #5=5 point, #6=10 point, #7=15 point, #8=25 points total of 75 points if cleared. Just to update Bryces comment at the beginning of the video. The match is now maxed out at 60 shooters per month. Morning match of 30 shooters, Afternoon match of 30 shooters. Thats the max we can run in one day. Scores are compiled together

60 seconds 

The new rule is that the target has to swing for it to count.  It use to be that if it even nicked it they would count it.  No longer

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Saturday Registration

da Range 2017-2018 Range Registration is this Saturday.  You need the  waiver form, please print out, initial and sign the form and bring with you to registration.

We have four dozen donuts. Bring your coffee!

New badges are being issued and we have a new safety video.

9:00  Registration starts 
9:30  Range Updates and 2017-2018 programs
10:00 Range Safety Video
10:30 Q&A,
10:30 Range Updates and 2017-2018 programs (repeat)

All shooters are required to sign the gun range waiver.

We are collecting the range maintenance fee:  
       $35. single shooter, $50 for family. Cash and exact change please.  
Dortha Hall will be displaying and taking orders on some really nice da Range insulated mugs
and we will have our t-shirts for sale as well

All shooters are required to watch the Range Safety Video before receiving their 2017-2018 Range Badge.

We have a second registration on 21 November. 

Welcome to Marvin & Belinda Wade, our new, local, gun dealers.  They will be introduced Saturday morning.

See you Saturday.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Our First NRL22 Shoot

da range held its first NRL22 Rifle Shoot Today!

It was a brisk start to the morning but ended up being perfect.
Da Range is in perfect condition for shooting.... thanks to the guys who have been coming down and preparing the range for this winter!

The results!
6 Base Shooters:  David McGavic won the base group with 288
Niles in Open, and highest score of the day  364
Bonnie in Ladies  ( 228)

Thanks to John and Tony for coming down, RSO and scorekeeper. Bonnie made a batch of brownies, all in all it was a great start.

Every Monday we will be practicing, actually almost every morning at 8AM this group of die-hards has been getting familiar with this type of precision shooting.

Shooting as the sun rises was a first!

Pat Stewart only had a day to practice!  Nice Shooting Pat!

Five stages, each from different positions really gave this group a challenge

Tony Knitter didn't shoot, but kept our scores in order!  Thanks Tony!

Keith came every morning prior to the shoot to practice - and it paid off!

Mark Hall is patiently waiting for the arrival of his new rifle!!

A perfect day for a shoot!

Shooting Weak Hand - a first for all these shooters!

David McGavic was highest shoring "Base" Shooter

Judy was only 8 points behind her husband!

COME JOIN US!!  Get that old Ruger 10/22 and check the NLR22 out!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

da Range Calendar

Our Range calendar is up and running.  Already November is off to a good start.
The calendar can be found on the left menu, Retama Village community website.  Make sure you bookmark the page.
da Range Calendar

November 04, & November 21. 9am da Range 2017-2018 Range Registration
We will be issuing new magnetic badges, if you prefer a lanyard, please let Bonnie know, email

9:00  Registration starts
9:30  Range Announcements
10:00 Range Safety Video
10:30 Q&A,
10:30 Range Announcements (repeated and second viewing of video)

  • All shooters are required to sign the gun range waiver each season.
  • We are collecting the range maintenance fee:  
  •        $35. single shooter, $50 for family. Cash and exact change please.  
  • ALL shooters are required to watch the Range Safety Video before receiving their 2017-2018 Range Badge.
  • New badges are being issued, if you wish to have a nickname printed, please let Niles/Bonnie know ahead of time.

Tee shirts will be available for purchase.

New - da Range insulated cups will be on display.  

Every Tuesday is free day for ladies!  Go early and stay for lunch.  They have the best burgers in the Valley.!

November 11 Shooters Alley is honoring all vets with a free shoot.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

NRL22 Match Monday Morning

We will shoot our first NRL 22 match Monday morning at 8:00 am.

Here is a little background:

1. The NRL22 is a national group. They set the Course Of Fire (COF) at the beginning of the month. Each club in the country shoots the same COF.
2. You can go to and download the COF for the month. We will have practice sessions during the month.
3. The COF is 5 stages. Usually 10 shots. Typically 2 minutes to fire the 10 shots.
4. The COF has 2 stages shot from the prone position. Bonnie has talked to the NRL22 about our shooters being senior citizens with parts replaced. The NRL was very understanding. If your body won't do prone, you can shoot from a bench instead.
5. Match scores must be turned in before the end of the month. A NRL22 membership costs $50 per year. If you are a member, you pay $10 to shoot the match and your score is posted nationally. If you are not a member, you shoot the match for free, but your scores are Not posted.

These contests are going to be a lot of fun. In September, they shot using a stepladder as a rest. In October, we are using a car tire as a rest.

If you are back in the Valley, we are practicing at 8:00 am this Thurs, Fri, and Sat. Bring your .22 rimfire rifle and try it.
If you are not South yet, make sure to bring your .22 rimfire rifle along.

Note: John DeLeon and Mark Hall set up the 300 yard target and the range is mowed all the way out to 300 yards. .223's and .308's have at it.

  • 5 stages, same throughout USA
  • COF can be downloaded by shooter for practice
  • Typical have 2 minutes to shoot stage
  • Always 2 prone, a barricade, a positional and one that will vary. One will be paper 
  • All steel will be 10 points per hit, Paper 10 to 1. 
  • 30 minutes prior for sight preparation, practice anytime

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

NRA Rifle and NRL 22 Rifle

Last season we shot the NRA/Winchester pistol marksmanship course. 17 of our pistol shoots qualified as "Distinguished Expert". That program will continue this year. If you started the program last season and didn't finish, you can pick up from where you left off. If you didn't participate last year and want too, you can start from the beginning.

The NRA pistol was a lot of fun, so we are going to do a NRA rifle qualification this season, probably starting in December.
Please note the letters "NRA" is the National Rifle Association. This is a marksmanship program.

The second group is the NRL 22 league. "NRL" is the National Rifle League. NRL is a precision shooting competition. A subdivision of the NRL is the NRL 22. They have a subdivision just for .22 rimfire shooters.
NRL 22 has two classes of rifles. The "Base" class is a stock, off the shelf rifle with a MSRP of $350 or less. The gun, scope, and accesories must have a MSRP of less than $1,000. These are your Rugers, Remingtons, and Savages. CZ .22 rifles are specifically excluded.
The "Open" class has no money limit. Spend as much as your spouse will allow.

Bonnie has our range qualified to hold sanctioned competitions, typically one per month. Card carring NRL22 members have their scores posted on the national level. Non-members shoot for bragging rights. A NRL22 membership costs $50 per year. 
You can go to NRL22.ORG for more info.

NRA is marksmanship
NRL is competition

All the above leads to the fact that to get NRL scores posted for October, we need to shoot in October.
Our first NRL shoot will be Monday morning, October 30, at 8:00 in the morning. The early time is to minimise the wind.
The next NRL22 shoot will be the end of November.

Hopefully Jim and Tony will do the NRA pistol and rifle scoring again this season. We need a NRA Coordinator to keep targets on hand and to organize the shooters.

We need a NRL coordinator  to set up the stages and organize the practices. At each NRL competition  we need a spotter and a score keeper.

Bottom line - bring your .22 rimfires when coming south.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden

Note: The NRL22 group is brand new this year. Pat and Bonnie have membership numbers in the 90's. My membership number is 105. We are getting in at the ground floor here.

Coyote Gun Range is also holding NRL22 monthly matches. Mark Self is the coordinator there.

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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

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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

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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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Monday, April 17, 2017

New Name Tags

Bonnie has been working on new magnetic name badges for next season. The lanyards worked, but the blowing and twisting in the wind drove everyone crazy.

These badges are for next season, but if you are in Retama for the summer, you can get yours now. Just contact Bonnie or me.

Nice job, Bonnie!

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Seminar April 26th

For those of you still in the valley, Texas Lawshield is hosting a seminar at Shooters Alley Wednesday, April 26th, at 7:00.

Rick Garcia, an instructor for the Hidalgo Sherriff Dept, is the speaker.

The first topic is "Disparity Force". That's your use of force when confronted by a much younger assailant, a much stronger assailant, or an assailant of a different sex.

The second topic is "Home Defense". How can you defend your home or RV.

Rick is an excellent trainer. I guarantee you will consider the time well spent.

To register, go to ""
The discount provided by Ashley is

They are giving away a gun at this seminar.

Bonnie, Robert, and I talked to Rick Garcia in his office ten days ago about doing some training for us at Retama. This seminar is your chance to meet and learn from him.

If you are still in Retama, GO TO THIS SEMINAR. I am interested in your feedback afterwards.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden
(651) 380-9112

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da Range money

A few members have asked, "Is the range open in the summer?"  The answer is yes. You may shoot anytime during the summer. Bonnie will take down the steel targets when she leaves for the summer so they don't walk off. Expect to see some of the locals come to shoot when they think we are gone.

Cash on hand at end of February '17
Mar-April Porta Pottie
Lumber for target repair
Tee-shirt sales (3/14)
NRA Badges, Paint, gear tie, herbicide
Tee shirt sales (3/20)
Food for range lunch & dinner
Tee-shirt sales (3/25)
Paid dinners for da Range Banquet
Metal cash box
Rudy's BBQ
Calendar software, herbicide, dessert for Banquet
Corn for Banquet, donuts for State troopers
New style badges & software for '18 & beyond

Cash on hand as of 3/31

Monday, March 27, 2017

da Range Video

This year's range video is available for viewing.  We showed it during our banquet.  It captures many of the events from this winter.

Make sure you turn up your music.  You can make the screen large by clicking the square icon on the bottom right of the screen.

The 2014-2015  and 2015-2016 videos can also been viewed by the link in the right menu bar.

Have a safe and wonderful summer!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Gun range dinner

Thank you to everyone who made this year's gun range dinner a success!

Bob Bell, our guest from Shooter's Alley, drew the winning name for the Henry Golden Boy .22 at the beginning of the door prize drawings. Bob put the name in his pocket until all the drawings were over. Then he showed us the name. Congratulations to Chris Wakenell. You are now the new owner of a Henry .22!

The dinner wraps up our gun range activities for this season. Thank you to everyone who made our year fun. We hope to see all of you back next fall.

The March finance report will be available in about a week.

Thanks for a great year!
Niles Deden

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Steel Shoot Results

We had a two stage steel shoot Wednesday morning. The results are attached. Thanks to Pat and Sue for bringing lunch. Everyone had a good time.

Rember, the gun range dinner is this Saturday evening.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Mini Precision Rifle Series. April 1, 2017

Hey rifle shooters !!

22lr match based on the Precision Rifle Series Rule set. Matches will consist of positional shooting on .5 - 2 MOA targets out to 200 yards.

Matches will be designed so that high end equipment will be challenged but a starter rig will still have fun.

A decent 10 power scope and a rifle that shoots 1 MOA will be plenty to get started playing.

There will also be different divisions in order to keep the playing field even and fun. Open Bolt and Open Semi will be any rifle/scope over $1000 retail. Production Bolt and Production Semi will be rifle/ scope under $1000 combined retail.

Where? Coyote Arms Shooting Center
When? April 1st, 2017 (no this isn't a joke) 9am hammer down!
How much? $20
Why? Because it's fun!