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!