Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

This weather sucks! We aren't getting our shooting fix. Bonnie and I are bored - so...since both of us are rifle instructors, we are going to do a rifle class in Bonnies garage at 9:30 on Tuesday morning Jan 2.

We will talk a little bit about equipment you should have, like a bipod and a sand sock.
About equipment you might want, like a rifle rest bag. And about equipment you can borrow, like a shooting pad.

We will talk about using a bipod and a sand sock. We will discuss breath control, trigger control, and follow thru.

We will talk about how the NRA Marksmanship program can improve your accuracy.

Bring your guns if you want, but no mags or ammo. We will have bakery. Bonnie will make coffee. If you are fussy about coffee, bring your own.

Plan on about 2 hours.

3903 Pelican Way

Remember "Stop the Bleed" is Wednesday morning.

Call with questions.

Shoot safe,
Niles 
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Friday, December 29, 2017

Fwd: Stop the Bleed Seminar




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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Mabel

Mabel's floor was painted yesterday.
Bonnie and Tony moved in additional shelving and organized.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Rifle Shooting Benches

Today we put 1/4 inch rubber mat on the rifle benches to minimize bipod hop.

We also added 6 "Pick Up Your Brass" signs. DO NOT BE OFFENDED BY THESE SIGNS! Our Retama and Bentsen Palm shooters do an excellent job keeping the range clean. Thank you. 
Our "guests" need to work a little harder.

Shotgun Shoot

Because of the holidays, the next Tuesday shot gun shoot will be on 01/09. For the active shooters, bring a box of clays & that should hold us for the year with what we have now. If anyone wants to shoot before then, I have the manual thrower that’s available any time – just come by or give me a call. A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all. Cheers, Gary

Gun Range

January is just around the corner …. and our range calendar has been updated.

Check out our blog:  http://retamarange.blogspot.com
Bookmark our calendar:  https://www.calendarwiz.com/darange 


Every Monday:  Rifle, we practice our NRL22 courses of fire.  

Every Tuesday:  Shotgun.  Bring your clay. Or, come down 'n watch, it's pretty amazing stuff they do!

January 3 : Stop the Bleed.  Learn first hard what to do shoultherebe be a gun shot wound, a terrible car accident …. anything to stop trauma bleeding.  Come early!

January 6: Pistol Shoot, our first of the season.  We have categories for all level of shooters, so if this is your first shooting event we encourage you to come.  Lunch will be served.    

January 11 & 18. Just Shoot!  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!.   Ladies - come after breakfast!

January 20th Swap Meet. Clean out the closet, find that unused ammo and be prepared to swap a gun or two.  09:00 set up.  9:30 we serve donuts and start selling..  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!

January 25th, Basic Pistol Instruction - classroom begins.  This class has two sessions, classroom with hands on training, the second session is  live fire.  Contact Bonnie Fogg to learn more or sign up. A second class will be held in February.  

We have something for everyone.  Every other Wednesday we have the Ladies only morning.  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.

There is also shooting and practicing our Steel Challenge a fast pace and timed event. Perfect training for eye, hand and trigger!

You will notice a new stand being constructed to the right of the firing line, this will be for long range shooting.  Watch for more details!

The range is open and ready for your use.  
Shoot safe. 

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!
Niles
651.380.9112


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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.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Re: Mabel primed

Looks great! 

On Dec 2, 2017 1:05 PM, "Niles Deden" <ndeden@hotmail.com> 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,
Niles

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.

Thanks,
Niles



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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
651.380.9112

Saturday, November 4, 2017

da Range Finances thru today



Cash on hand as of 3/27/17
212.00
NRL22 scores (10/30)
25.00
Tee shirt sales (11/4)
136.00
Range Registrations (11/4)
1,770.00
Foam backers & donuts (11/4)
479.00
Herbicide, battery, lock (11/4)
65.00
November Porta-Pottie 11/4)
108.00

652.00
1,931.00
Cash on hand as of 11/4/17
1,491.00

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:
retamarange.blogspot.com

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.

AGENDA
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!