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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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

December Financial Report

I have attached the December gun range finance report in both Word and PDF format.  If you can not open this doc, please let me know.

One note to the finace report. Netto is the Rhodes employee that keeps the grass at the range mowed. He has done a very nice job. We appreciate his effort. We gave him a $25 gift card before Christmas.

Ladies only at the range Wednesday morning.

The Wild Bunch shoots action pistol Wednesday evening at Shooters Alley. Come and shoot or come and watch. 7:00 pm
Shooters pay $15.

NRA Marksmanship Friday morning at Shooters Alley. Forecast is for cold and rain.
10:00 am shoot. Range fee is $15 for non-SA members.
Not signed up for Marksmanship? No problem. The program is free. Bring your guns and at least 100 rounds of ammo Friday morning and get started.

The address of Shooters Alley is 
703 W 2 Mile Line, Mission, TX
It is on 2 Mile between Los Ebanos and Conway, on the south side of 2 Mile.
Look for the feed store. The range is next door. Distance is 4.8 miles.

Shoot Safe,
Niles Deden

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Accidental Shooting at Phar Gun Club

New Years Day, Bonnie and Jack were shooting steel in a competition at Pharr. While they were shooting one stage, Aaron Meza, a competitor we know, had an accidental discharge and shot himself in the leg. He is out of surgery, but has serious damage to his leg.
Please read Bonnie's comments below.

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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.

Respectfully, Bonnie