FWRR Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club will be held on Monday, December 4, 2023.  Meeting Place: VFW Post 857, located at 2202 West Main Street in Fort Wayne.  Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m.

Meeting Agenda:  Standard meeting format.  Please make an effort to attend meetings, as a quorum is required to conduct club business.  Be an active club member. You’ll enjoy the camaraderie.

2024 Membership Renewal

2024 Membership Renewal Forms will be mailed in early December.


Provide responses to all requested information and remember to include proof of current NRA membership.   Proof of NRA membership must be dated.  A photocopy of a membership card or a magazine label (or the label itself) are acceptable forms of current membership proof.  (Some NRA membership cards lack dates.  At present, magazine labels contain membership date information.)

Dues must be received on or before March 1st to avoid a late fee or termination of membership. Dues received with postmark dates after March 1st, but on or before March 31st, are subject to a $25.00 late fee. Dues received with postmark dates after March 31st will be returned with a notice indicating that 1) the party’s membership has been terminated, and 2) future membership requires submission of a membership application and payment of new member fees (c.f., Bylaws Article XI, Section 2).  Dues paid with an NSF check are subject to a $25.00 returned check fee.

If personal hardship prevents timely payment of dues, contact a club officer who may arrange either for dues to be waived or for payment to be deferred.

Individuals who were accepted as members after October 1, 2023 are not required to pay membership dues for the 2024 calendar year; nevertheless, they do need to return the renewal form with proof of current NRA membership.

Updating the roster is a time-consuming activity.  Deciphering illegible printing and contacting members to obtain proof of NRA membership are frustrating and time-consuming tasks. 

Lock Combination Change

The lock combination change is made on Cleanup Day (mid to late April).  Retain your 2023 Membership Card until the change is made.

Dues Increase

Basic dues for 2024 will increase from $60.00 to $80.00 and will be increased at a rate of $5.00 per year for the following four years.  Individuals inducted before January 2024 will be grandfathered with regard to Senior and Life memberships under Article XI, Section 5 of the recently amended 2002 Bylaws.  Individuals inducted after January 2024 who have been members for at least five consecutive years are eligible for Life (dues free) membership in the year following their 70th birthday.  Article XI, Sections 5 of the Bylaws will be amended to reflect these changes.  The revision will be sent with 2024 Membership Cards.

Maintenance Activities

The mowers, sprayer, and cistern were winterized.  The post at the south end of the 100/200-yard covered firing line was repaired thanks to the efforts of Jim Johnston, Ken Ross, and Marty Didion.   The landscape company who damaged the post will be billed for the repair. One hundred road edge markers were installer by Jim Sweeney.  The long-awaited horn/light system was installed on the 25/50/100-yard firing line.  Thanks for the installation go to Larry Beardsley who headed up the project. Larry was assisted by Michael Grannis.  Instructions for system use are posted at the 25/50/100-yard building.  Work to extend the system to the 100/200-yard firing line will be undertaken at a later date.   A repair was made to the 100-yard firing line on the 300-yard range after a careless person drove across the mound.  The Club Cadet mower was taken in for maintenance. Thanks go to Jim Sweeney for transporting the mower to and from the repair facility.  The remainder of the earth work on the east side of the ditch and work to extend the berm between Pistol Pit Bays 4 & 5 will be accomplished next year. 

New Members

No new members were inducted at the October meeting.

Driving Off Road

To avoid damage to the newly installed swales, it is no longer permissible to drive off road to the 100-yard target holders.  Soil conditions permitting, it is acceptable to drive on the lawn downrange of the 100-yard firing mound on the 300-yard range.

Discipline Reports

ACPDL (Allen County Practical Defense League)

The last match of the 2023 calendar year will be held on December 2nd.  Only ACPDL members are permitted to shoot.  The pre-match meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. and shooting commences at 9:30 a.m.  Matches are typically finished by 12:00 noon.  Observers and those persons interested in becoming ACPDL members are welcome.

USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association)

The last match of the 2023 calendar year was held on October 15th.  Matches will begin again in April 2024.

High-power (HP)

Winter Offhand Matches are scheduled for the second Saturday of the month, November through March.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and match start time is 9:00 a.m. 

Cowboy Action

Cowboy Action matches are scheduled May through October.  Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. for regular matches and at 9:00 a.m. for voluntary side matches.  Regular match start time is 10:00 a.m. 

Mowing Crew

The following individuals were members of the 2023 Mowing Crew:  Marty Didion, Tom Fortman, John Halter, Matt Hice, Jim Johnston, Russ MC Curdy, Dennie Mc Nabb, Ozzie Ostheimer, David Rinaldi, Rick Schwaiger, Jim Sweeney, and Gary Walker.  Thanks also go to Gary Walker for spraying unwanted grass and weeds.

If you are interested in joining the mowing crew, contact Martin Didion at

2024 Range Activity Schedule

Discipline leads should be prepared to submit their proposed schedules for the 2024 season during the December meeting. (Note:  A 2024 Schedule has been posted on the website at, but keep an eye out for possible changes.)

For Sale

Centra Rear Sight, 1//4 min. clicks, AR-15 flat-top mount: $190.00.  Gehmann Model 570 rear sight iris with diopters and filters: $88.00.   Gehmann Model 522A22 front sight iris: $58.00. Mo’s front sight mount for 0.750” O.D. barrel: $50.00.  Contact Tony Holdgreve at (260) 705-6940.

Jaggi Shooting Glasses Frame with extra nose piece, lenses, blinders and case: $125.00. Contact Marty Didion at E-mail

100 rounds of 7.62 x 54 National Match ammunition ( M118, 180-grain, dated 1970 Lot LC 20-6), 85.00 OBO.  Proceeds go to Juniors.  Contact Larry Beardsley

Approximately 400 Sierra 2200 168-grain .308 BTHP bullets.  These bullets have been moly coated, but should clean up in a tumbler or just shoot them as they are to clean out your barrel.  Midway wants $0.40 each in quantity100; we’ll let these go for $30/100.  Proceeds go to Juniors.  Contact Larry Beardsley

Members who wish to sell shooting-related items may send ad information to Martin Didion at

Ads must be received three weeks before meetings in order to appear in the next newsletter.