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!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

T Shirts and More

Don't forget tomorrow!  da Range T-Shirt sale! Buy some for your family up north! Tomorrow Wednesday 1-3pm.
We have from the smallest small, to the biggest big in men's and the bling for ladies.  
Stop by Bonnie's house 3903 Pelican Way, for a glass of cold margarita and visit with friends.
A big pitcher awaits those who come early ... supplies while they last.

Thanks to the guys who worked on our steel plates, they are tightened and grease.  So warning, when moving the plates, the grease will get on your hands, and could end up on you grips!  Be forewarned.

Anyone interested in doing some drills on steel, tomorrow Wednesday morning??  9:30-ish?

Please don't forget to RSVP to the range dinner. Evites were sent out, but some haven't received the email.
Here is the hard copy.  Please RSVP via e-vites or to Bonnie Fogg.

Range is looking awesome - thanks for the brass pick up.  There are plenty of buckets now, thanks Randy!!

Shoot safe.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

da Range T-Shirt sale & Margaritas - Wednesday afternoon.

March 15th, Wednesday. 1-3:30. Bonnie's house.

We are winding down the season and will be selling our range T-shirts.
Great opportunity to pick up a new shirt for you or family up north.

We purchased more of the ladies T-shirts so there is a good selection of all sizes is available.  We have men's up to 4X and Ladies to 2x with all the bling!!

Stop by Bonnie's house  3903 Pelican Way, for a glass of cold margarita, chips & salsa and visit with friends.

A big pitcher awaits those who come early ... supplies while they last.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Henry Golden Boy .22

I picked up the Henry Golden Boy .22 rifle today. This gun is gorgeous.  The stock is walnut. The brass is perfect!

If you paid a membership to shoot at da Range, your name is automatically entered in the drawing. The winning name will be drawn at the gun range dinner on March 25th. You do not need to be present at the dinner to win.

The dinner will be bbq brisket. The meal costs $5.00 per person. We have money left in the gun range account so we are subsidizing the cost of the meal.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden
(651) 380-9112

Sunday, March 5, 2017

da Range Housekeeping

Have some range updates and housekeeping!

The last email blast on Shooting Range Etiquette has problems with the link.   Here's the article on our  blog

Over the past couple of weeks there has been an increasing amount of brass left on the ground, including those pesky 22LR.  
However, the last couple of days the firing line has been spotless.  THANK YOU to those who pick of their brass plus the extra's that are laying around.  It makes a huge difference.  Thank you!

This Thursday at 9:30am we are getting together to have another instructional class on Shooting Steel, starting at 9:30a. Jack and Bonnie will be offering tips.  Interested?  Come down, bring a chair and watch.  It's easy,  fun - some say almost additive! The interest is growing!!  Some shooters are practicing nearly every day!  Just in time for our first official Steel Challenge later this month.  Bonnie's Victory had some custom work done by Striplin Custom …   She can hardly wait to see how it works, and will let 'ya try her out!

Pistol Marksmanship results were submitted to the NRA. If you have extra AP targets we can sure use them!  We have shooters who are starting or continuing on their levels. Any spare targets should be given to Bonnie or Niles for our next round of Marksmanship shooters.

Our 'da range Banquet" e-vites were sent out on Sunday.  If you did not receive a copy, check your spam, or let Bonnie know, we will make sure an e-vite is sent.  Please RSVP through the e-vite.  For those who are heading home early, your name will be in the drawing for the Henry Rifle.  
We could use some help with cooking, while our menu is simple, we'd like to spread the tasks!  Contact Bonnie or Niles.

Safe shooting, our weather couldn't be more perfect!

Thanks to Scott MacKelvie

Scott MacKelvie spent the morning with us during our last shoot out, taking MANY photos of the range.  He then "switched" the multiple photos to create these awesome panoramic photos.

Many thanks to Scott for taking the time and sharing his awesome talents with us.

A happy snappy from afar!  
The growth in our range is obvious!  And, we still have some projects to be completed!

Our first 3-gun event: Rifle, shotgun and pistol.  Our shooters did a great job!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Steel Challenge, da range March 22

Let's do Steel ..

Join us for our first official Steel Challenge, the game is fun and fast!
Our match will have four stages, five arrays each, with the slowest time dropped.

Practicing everyday .... this group is getting G O O D !!!

The plan is for all shooters to shoot our two stages, then the layout will be changed. All shooters then shoot the second stages.
Bring enough ammo for all stages, 80 rounds + misses. 

Multiple magazines will be needed.  We will have spares mags to share for Ruger 22lr, Buckmark 22lr's and SW Victory's.

Hammer down 9:30, lunch will be served.  Anyone willing to help with the lunch preparations??

We will be following SCSA rules

Friday, March 3, 2017

Shooting Range Etiquette 101: The Dos and Don'ts

This article is from the Springfield Armory weekly blog and is worthy enough to share with all da range members ...    Here's their  link
*********************  Shooting Range Etiquette 101 ****************************
So you just bought your first pistol and cannot wait to get some rounds down range?  Congratulations - welcome to the exciting, wonderful world of firearms and shooting!  If you're like most of us, though, you probably don't have your own private land to shoot on, which means you will definitely be heading to a range on a regular basis.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of stories out there about poor shooting-range conduct. When range rules get broken, it's usually because of the lack of education and the lack of practice of proper techniques.  
So we're here to help you avoid being "that person" - the unsafe and disruptive shooter at the range.
Being a responsible firearm owner comes with many responsibilities, safety being the most important, of course. And understanding range etiquette is an integral part of firearm safety.   
Following and practicing good range etiquette, whether an indoor or outdoor range, is always the way to go. It only takes one bad apple to reflect poorly on all responsible firearm owners. Here are a few simple rules and courtesies to keep in mind when you hit the gun range.


While this may seem obvious, it's vital to learn and always practice firearm safety. Sometimes even experienced shooters get too comfortable in their routines and become lax with gun safety. This is never acceptable. You should always be a good student and ambassador of the universal firearm safety rules.  
  • Treat all firearms as if loaded
  • Never point a gun at something you are not willing to destroy
  • Know your target and what's beyond
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are on target 


This goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway - follow the rules of the shooting range you're on.Shooting ranges operate on fairly similar rules, but each individual range will most likely have unique rules. If you have a specific question, call the range before heading over. This could save you some time and grief. If you're wanting to shoot your new SAINT™, some indoor ranges may not allow rifles. Most ranges have specific rules about ammunition, also, and don't allow steel-core (armor piercing) ammo. 


Range safety officers (RSOs) are present for everyone's safety. Unfortunately, they sometimes get a bad rap for yelling (remember, we all have ear protection on) or being mean. Trust us - they have a hard, risk-filled job where they occasionally get guns pointed at them - a job most people would probably not want. So why not help make their jobs easier? If you follow the firearm safety rules, practice good range etiquette and are always listening for and following the RSO's commands, you should never get singled out or yelled at by the "mean" RSO.  


If you are a beginning shooter, you are undoubtedly experiencing a lot of new rules, terminology, techniques and procedures. Flat out - it can be overwhelming.
Kippi Leatham instructs her new shooters to "slow down - take the extra time to think about what you are doing - at all times. Think about where the muzzle is pointed - think about where your trigger finger is."
Safety is always the No. 1 priority when handling firearms. Once you make the commitment to learn proper gun safety and get some experience under your belt, you'll realize that it's the best investment you can make.  


When you are on a shooting line, there are going to be other shooters next to you. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance that the muzzle never points to the right or left of you.  
Take extra care when loading and unloading your firearm, making certain to keep the muzzle pointed downrange. If you need more leverage to manipulate the slide, turn your body sideways (versus the gun). This enables you to keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, as opposed to pointing it at the person next to you.


ANYONE can call a cease fire, including spectators.  During a "cease fire" RSOs require you to unload your gun and lock the slide/cylinder open and then ask you to step behind a visible line on the ground while shooters go downrange to tape and set targets. Firearms are not allowed to be handled during a cease fire. Once unloaded, leave the firearms alone and grab everything you need from the firing line before backing across the line (phone, water bottle, etc.). Cease fires are a good time to chat with the shooter next to you, hydrate, send a text or check some emails. Just do all of this behind the cease fire line.


How many people are fans of backseat drivers? Probably not many. The same goes for the gun range. Unless someone asks, it's courteous to keep the technique corrections and tips to your own lane, even if the person next you isn't using the stance you would.
However, if someone is doing something dangerous, it needs to be addressed immediately. Report the incident to the RSO, or, if you are comfortable, deal with it directly.


Make sure to clean up after yourself when you're done shooting. Any brass, ammo boxes or miscellaneous trash should be picked up. It might seem like a small ordeal, but leaving your mess for someone else to clean up is frustrating for the next person and leaves a less-than-stellar impression.
Safe Shooting!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

da Range Feb Finance Report

Here is the monthly accounting.  Wow. Where did February go?

Cash on hand at end of January
Jan-Feb Porta Pottie (paid 1/14)
Feb-Mar Porta Pottie (paid 2/14)
New foam backers
Henry Golden Boy Rifle

Cash on hand at end of February
Need to reserve:
NRA Marksmanship Qualification Badges
Mar-April Porta Pottie

Welcome new shooters

Monday was a busy morning at the range, we had 11 ladies who completed their Basic Pistol Class with the live fire portion of their class.  To say that we a GREAT group of new lady shooters is actually an understatement.  They were AWESOME!!

Their attention to detail, following instructions and getting the job done allowed them plenty of trigger time and getting familiar with pistol shooting.  Their paper targets were FILLED with holes by the end of the morning.
What I enjoyed the most was watching their growth during the class.  Many had never handled pistols, or were extremely nervous, or simply didn't understand how much fun shooting can be.  At the end of the class, they were eager to shoot more, and everyone had a big smile!
At the close of this season we have 15 new lady shooters — I know everyone will make them feel welcome and will give a lending hand when needed.

Special thanks to the supporting instructors, Niles, Jack and Dennis.  Breaking our ladies into smaller teams allowed everyone to have the support they needed and kept our range safe!

Hats off ladies to a job well done!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Foam backers

I changed out 5 of the foam backers this morning and turned a couple more over.
I took down the 5 yard targets. The metal stands are in the storage container if anyone needs them

We talk about being aware of what is behind your target. One of the 15 yard targets was behind a 5 yard target, depending on where you stood. You can see in the photo that the 15 yard target stand was completely destroyed.

Retama has a garage sale Saturday starting at 8:00. Ocassionally there are guns on these sales. Shop early!

The gun range dinner is March 25th. Mark your calendars. The Henry .22 rifle for the drawing has been ordered. You do NOT need to be present to win.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

22LR challenge -this Saturday!

Hi all

Tried shooting  charcoal with your 22LR?
Want to try a 22LR challenge this Saturday at Coyote Arms Shooting range in Edinburg!
Are any of your guys interested in trying this??
Robert Gillis and I are thinking of going!!!  Any more takers?

We're having our 22LR MC match on 2/25/17 hammer down at 10am. Leave Retama at 8-30a

If you all are interested in joining or just to watch, please come on by. Planning on shooting? please sign up at: 

Stages usually run about 8-10 stages, depending on how manu shooters joins. Stages are as follows: 3 stages with paper target that generally go from 30-50 yrds. Splitting playing cards, toothpick and matchsticks at 30 yrds. 5 individual metal targets with color stands, were you pick a card and shoot target in order of color from the card and usually from 30-75 yrds. Sometimes we shoot dumdum lollipops at 50 yards, or shooting an pill glued on top of a matchstick heads, but must only hit pill and no not breaking or grease mark matchstick to score. And shoot a large plate rack with 8 tartgers from 4" down to 1/2", and small plate rack with 8 targets from 2" down to 1/4" from 30 to 50 yds.

It's really fun once you try it.

Contact Tom Altwine 307-214-0423
Or, Bonnie Fogg. 630-688-3594 

Hope to see y'all at the range! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Practiscore results

Image 1 shows the penalty points for the shotgun teams.

Image 2 shows the combined results of all the shooters. The lower the score, the lower the time. Lowest score wins.
Team A had the lowest score (fastest time) of 169 points.
Congratulations to Team A. The shooters present voted to pay all the entry money to the winning team. Team A won $115 to divide up.
Team A is Brad Schierer, Judy McGavic, David McGavic, and Bonnie Fogg. They probably will use the prize money to buy more ammo.

This was the first time we have shot a team event. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. Consensus is we need more pratice for timed events.

The next practice steel shoot is next Thursday at 9:30. Brings lots of ammo.

Saturday Shootout raw scores

I attached a photo of our shootout score page that includes the team member names. Teams were drawn at random.

Team D was the best shot gun team.
Team E was the best rifle team.
Team A was the best pistol team.

We had 27 shooters and 36 bakery. That left 2 donuts for the border patrol.

Bonnie entered each shooters score by team into a scoring program called Practiscore.
The actual times for each rifle and pistol shooter were entered. Shotguns don't  shoot for time so each shotgun shooter was given a 30 second time and then penalty points were added for each missed clay.

The practiscore results follow in a second email.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Henry Golden Boy offer

Does anyone want to buy a discounted Henry Golden Boy .22 rifle?

We plan on giving one of these rifles away free at the gun range dinner in March. When Bonnie contacted Henry Arms about door prizes, they sent her back the attached pdf offer. We can buy a Golden Boy .22 for $350.
That's $70 to $100 below the best price I have seen. 
The gun range is going to order one of these. If you are interested in purchasing one, we could just as easily order two.
If interested, contact Bonnie or I today.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden
(651) 380-9112

Sunday, February 12, 2017

This week, Feb 13

Tuesday morning: shotgun shooters at 10:00 am. 9 shooters last week. Hope it doesn't rain on you.

Friday morning 10 to noon: practice time to finish up the level you are on for the Marksmanship Program.  We need to draw a line and order tje awards for our March dinner.
You can continue with the program after Friday, even into next season, but we need to get awards ordered.

There is a shootout Saturday morning at 10:00 at da Range. Participation is dropping off, so we are trying a new team competition.
Randomly picked teams will have one shotgun shooter, one rifle shooter, and one pistol shooter. The scoring will be a combination of targets hit and time. Entry fee is $5 per shooter. Prize money paid to the team.
Bring your favorite gun or two and $5 bills.

You will put your name in either a shotgun, a rifle, or a pistol bucket. A name will be drawn from each bucket, and those 3 shooters become a team.

Shoot safe,

Friday, February 10, 2017

Thank you

Thank you to Mike and Nick Rhodes for delivering  a storage container to da Range for us to put the clay thrower, clay targets, and other supplies in.

Thanks to who ever wire brushed the outside.

Thanks to Mark Hall for adding another shooting station on the shotgun range.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Come shoot steel

Thursday morning, tomorrow, is the first "Let's Shoot Steel" class at da Range. 9:30 am start.
Shooting steel is not only fun, but it is a great way to learn more about gun handling, trigger control, and proper sight picture.

Come to da Range at 9:30 to hear about this growing sport and try shooting steel. Bring plenty of ammo and as many magazines as you have.

Basic Pistol Class Friday, Feb 10, 9:30 to 11:30
There is still space available for anyone who is interested in taking the NRA Basic Pistol Course. Two sessions: classroom on Feb 10 and live fire on Feb 24. $50 includes both sessions.
This class is for the new pistol shooter. Have guns in your rig, but the spouse doesn't  shoot?  This is the perfect class to learn proper gun handling.  Bonnie Fogg is a great instructor. Contact her for the class.

We are going to shoot Marksmanship targets on Friday, Feb 17.  Your progress on Feb 17 will determine which award you receive at the gun range dinner. The Marksmanship program doesn't end - you can continue shooting after Feb 17, even into next year; but we need about a month to make certain the awards arrive.

Want to join the NRA?  Bonnie or I can get you a discount rate of $30 per year.

The next pistol shootout is Saturday, Feb 18, at da Range.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden
(651) 380-9112

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Upcoming events

1) This Friday morning at 10:00 am you can come to the range and work on your NRA Marksmanship targets. You can turn in targets to Tony.
You can receive a shirt rocker for the highest level you shot. You do not need to complete the course this year.

2) Monday is rifle shooting at 10:00 am

3) Feb 9 -Thursday at 9:30, Jack Mayer is teaching an introduction to shooting steel targets at the range. Shooting steel is a lot of fun.
WARNING: Shooting steel can become addicting!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

News for Today

Congratulations to our three ladies who completed the Basic Pistol Instruction class -
Deanne Gansebom, Vicki Mayberry, and Marisa Lemke.  They did an awesome job!  Be sure to give them a thumbs up the next time you see them at the range.

We have a new supply of Range t-shirts, if you pre-ordered, make sure to pick yours up.
T-shirts will be available at our upcoming shoot out on Friday January 27th.  Bring your pistol, and extra ammo, we have the targets!.  We have a "new shooter" classification for those who have not shot at our shoot outs — don't be bashful, come down.  Keith and Rita are serving lunch - it will be worth the visit!

We have several new events for February

Rusty Shooters will gather 18 Feb. Instructors will be on hand to help with any needed tweaking.  Or bring your coffee and let's talk guns! 

Let's shoot steel!  We have two new steel setups.  Introduction to how to 'shoot steel' begins on Feb 9th and will continue every other Thursday.  Join us!

Ladies Basic Pistol Instruction:  2 sessions Feb 13 & 27
Men's/Ladies Basic Pistol Instruction: 2 sessions Feb 10 & 24
Cost is $50 for the 2 classes.  Space is limited.  Sign up with Bonnie Fogg

Our February calendar is filling up, make sure to bookmark the Calendar Website 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Saturday Shootout moved to Friday

The forecast for the weekend is cloudy, 61 degrees, and 50% chance of rain on Saturday. Friday is cloudy and cooler but no rain.

The shootout is moved to Friday at 10:00am at da Range.

You can check the gun range calendar from the gun range blog: 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Thank you

Thank you to the buyers and to the sellers that made the swap meet successful today. A hard count at one time was 70, so 80 to 90 folks attended. Thanks for the good turnout. We will need more than 5 doz bakery next year.
There was a lot of good "gun talk".

Monday is rifle shooting at 10:00 am at the range.
Tuesday is shotgun shooting at the range at 10:00.
Wednesday is Bonnie's private pistol class at 9:30. Her new clases filled up fast today.
The Wild Bunch action pistol Wednesday evenings has ended due to lack of participation.
Saturday, Jan 28th, is the next shootout at the range. 10:00 am. $5.00 per target.

Coming in February, Jack Mayer has two training sessions for shooting steel.

You can check the gun range calendar anytime at the da Range blog.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden

Friday, January 20, 2017

Swap Meet & Rusty Shooters

Remember that the swap meet is Saturday morning. Setup 9:00 to 9:30
Sales 9:30 to 10:30.

Rusty Shootets - need a little help with your pistol shooting? Your grip need a little tweaking?
Let's do a rusty shooter morning. If interested, talk to Bonnie at the swap meet tomorrow to find a date that works.

Bonnie has added another beginners class for ladies. Pick up a flyer tomorrow.

The next shootout is Saturday, January 28.

Check the range calendar for steel practice 2 Thursdays in February.

I hear that there is going to be a bunch of .22 ammo at the meet tomorrow.

Thanks to Judy McGavic for picking up the donuts. She is our go to donut girl, but don't piss her off - she doesn't shoot like a girl.

Gun show at the McAllen convention center this weekend.

Keith and Rita are back. Look forward to a good lunch at the shootout.

Thanks to Tony Knitter for scoring marksmanship in the rain this morning.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Balance of January

The long range weather for January has us staying very warm - good for shooting. The first week of February looks cooler.

Tuesday morning is shotgun.

Wednesday evening is Wild Bunch action pistol. We barely have enough guns to keep this going. $15.00

10:00 am Friday we are going to shoot Marksmanship targets as a group. We will have timers available.

The Swap Meet is Saturday morning at the Retama Clubhouse patio. (January 21) Public is invited. 9:00 to 9:30 setup. 9:30 to 10:30 sales or trade. Free coffee and donuts while they last. Last year we had a lot of items for sale but not so many buyers. Bring your items for sale, but also bring your checkbook. I know of at least a couple of 9mm and a couple of .22 pistols for sale.

Saturday and Sunday is also the Saxet gun show at the McAllen Convention Center.

The next rifle shoot is Monday, January 23 at 10:00 at da Range. Both centerfire and rimfire are welcome. Tom Altwine is the team leader.

Saturday, January 28th is the next Shootout at da Range. 10:00 am start. Lunch served. We will be shooting a "Fly Arcade". Everyone is invited.

I heard of a second accidental shooting at a gun range in Texas over the weekend. Every gun range is emphasizing safety. Please pay attention to the safety briefing at our next shoots.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Marksmanship Targets

The Marksmanship AP-2 targets showed up at my house. You can pick up targets at 4013 Lark Drive.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ladies Basic Pistol Instruction

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January 11 & January 25

A ladies basic pistol introduction class is being given by Bonnie Fogg/Niles Deden.  This class is designed for the newest of shooters, one who has never shot a gun, or perhaps is afraid of guns.  This class follows the NRA Basic Pistol course and includes classroom and range time.  

Students will be introduced to:  

  • Firearm and Range safety.
  • Explain range commands and procedures to follow.
  • Fundamentals including determination of dominant eye, assuming a proper two-handed grip, and demonstrating the five fundamentals of pistol shooting.
  • Loading, cocking, de-cocking, unloading, and pistol maintenance.
  • Shooting positions (both bench rest and the two-handed grip) and shooting qualifications.
  • Safely shoot a target from the bench rest and the two-handed standing position.
There are two spaces available, the cost is $50.
The January class is for ladies only (we will have a men's class soon).

Eye and ear protection, a properly functioning pistol/ammo, and pistol bag are required.  For ladies we recommend a 22LR pistol.  Pistols are available.

If interested, please contact Bonnie Fogg 630-688-3594, 

General Info

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Several people have asked for Alex's Gonzales' contact, the "contact page" on the blog now has his phone number. Alex is our Border Patrol friend and gun smith.

We will be holding steel shooting every other week beginning in February.  This is a super fun style of shooting and is a great way to improve the eye, hand and sight coordination.  First meeting will be an introduction to steel and the rules.

There is a competition steel shoot at Coyote Arms Range this Saturday….. let's carpool! 

RIFLE SHOOT - Mondays!
I got a call from Tom Altwine

No one showed up for Rifle …..
Tom brought his neighbor, while they waited they picked up brass.  He said the 22's were everywhere, 100's and 100's.  Mark of shooting is picking up your brass.
He shot the charcoal for the first time…. he's hooked!  Lets go shoot charcoal next Monday??

Don't forget the swap meet on January 21st.
This is the time to clean out the gear you don't need.  But!!  We need buyers too.  Please make sure to stop by and check the gear out.  There will be a FREE table.  There could be some treasures out there.  Also, there will be items that go "BANG"!   Donuts will be served, until they run out.   

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Marksmanship Target Scoring

Tony Knitter would like you to know that you can turn in your targets to him at his house at 3904 Pelican Way for scoring.

Please call him first at (956) 578-1326 to make arrangements.

Shoot safe,
Niles Deden
(651) 380-9112

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Friday, January 6, 2017


We had a very nice turnout for the Marksmanship Program at Shooters Alley this morning. Everyone pretty much agreed that it was nicer today shooting inside rather than outside in the cold wind and drizzle.

Congratulations to Dennis Stosky, Jim Carson, and Joann Carson. The three of them completed the Marksmanship program this morning and are now Distinguished Experts.

It's not too late to join the program and start shooting plates. The next formal session is the first Friday in February, but we may have practice sessions before then.

Thanks to JD for reducing the lane fee to $10 this morning.
Thanks to Jim Hinrichs and Tony Knitter for doing all the scoring.
Thanks to Dennis Stosky, Bonnie Fogg, and Jack Mayer for ROing.

Note: the .22 rifle training at Coyote Saturday has been cancelled for weather.

Thursday, January 5, 2017


Congratulations to Bonnie! She shot a perfect score last night a Shooters Alley - 40 shots in the A zone.

Come on out next Wednesday evening and shoot against her.

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