Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
LET'S SHOOT STEEL!
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
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.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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Sunday, January 1, 2017
Today, 1/1/2017 .... a new year and the first steel shoot at Pharr Gun Club.
Each shoot starts out with the standard safety meeting. This is a review of the range procedures, a reminder of the 180o rule, trigger fingers and other safe gun handling. Today we had several new steel shooters and the range safety officer (RSO) reviewed in more detail safe gun handling and range commands during a steel stage.
Shooting steel is fun! Shooting steel requires high concentration which begins as the shooter steps into the shooting box. At the command, "load and make ready", the RSO carefully watches as the shooter un-holsters their pistol, inserts the magazine, loads a cartridge into the chamber, and returns the loaded gun into their holster.
Today, for Aaron Meza the next command, "shooter ready?" didn't happen. For Aaron the unthinkable happened. As he returned his pistol back to the holster, his finger made the gun go BANG. A fraction of a second made the difference from a safe holstering, to his finger touching the trigger and discharging the gun. The bullet travelled through the holster, down his thigh, through his knee and lodged in his calf.
A negligent discharge can happen faster than a blink of an eye. It can happen to a competition shooter such as Aaron, trained in law enforcement. It happened with a RSO standing inches away.... it can happen to anyone, at anytime, it only takes a fraction of a second.
At our range we have been lucky, no one has gotten hurt from a negligent discharge. Yes, there have been accidental discharges. Yes, we have shooters who come close or have broken the 180o. Yes, we have shooters who keep their finger near the trigger guard when they should not. And, we have shooters who simply forget to move their finger away from the trigger when done shooting.
So far we have been lucky.
Today was a vivid reminder that all of us, when at our range (or, at any range for that matter), should be safer.
Our range is fortunate to have volunteers who care, who have undergone extensive training and are willing to stand at the firing line as RSO, making sure our range stays safe.
So, when you hear a correction, or have a conversation about keeping your finger off the trigger, a reminder of the 180o please don't take it personally.... take it as a friend talking to a friend. Accept it and move on.
Today I was reminded how quickly an accident can happen, and WILL happen, even to the best.
For Aaron, 12 hours later he is out of surgery, it's a hell of a way to start the New Year. So I ask, as a friend to a friend, let's all try harder, listen closer, and shoot safer this winter season.