WINTER OFFHAND – February 10, 2024

After the January Blizzard, we got back to shooting on February 10 with a beautiful day. It was a bit cloudy at the start but it turned bright and clear and at 42-degrees, just about as good a day as you could ask for in February.   I was surprised that we only had 10 shooters on such a nice day but I knew two of our Juniors had NRA classes that day. The first shot was about 8:45 and everything was wrapped up by 10:00 – a quick easy morning.

Thanks to Mark Walters for running the match and doing the Stat Office duties for me.

It was a beautiful day to shoot – you should have been there!

The top shooters for the day were:

Mike King                            390-9X  (High string of the day, first stage – 198-6X)

Mark Walters                     385-5X

Doc Habel                            378-8X

John Pickens                      376-6X

Marshall Rohrbach          375-8X  (High Junior)

For shooters who have made all three sessions to date:

Mike King                            1155-24X

Mark Walters                     1138-15X

Marshall Rohrbach          1122-21X

Gary Mabis                         1064- 6X

These four shooters are pretty solidly at the top of  the scoreboard, but as Yogi used to day; “It ain’t over ‘til the Fat Lady sings”.  All it will take is a crossfire or a gun malfunction and any of those positions can change at the Match Match!        

High Power Shooters – Come out for March Winter Offhand, the Junior Breakfast and the debut of the Count The Bullets In The Jar contest for the Winchester Model 94.

Safety Officer Note – Don’t Do This!

In a recent walk-around inspection of the range, one of the Club officers made a disturbing discovery in Pistol Bay 5.

.223 Cases Found in Pistol Bay 5

A number of .223 cases were found laying in the gravel at the Bay 5 firing position. It is unlikely that someone just emptied their pockets or dumped these cases out of their gear bag, so it is most likely that someone was shooting a .223 caliber firearm in Bay 5.



Although the pistol bays have high berms and plywood eyebrows, the bays are not intended or designed to contain high velocity rifle rounds that might ricochet on the backstops. This is a safety matter! We cannot have bullets escaping the containment barriers.



With some very specific exceptions, our Range Rules are very clear about the use of center fire rifles in the Pistol Bays:

“No centerfire rifle-cartridge rifles or handguns chambered in centerfire rifle cartridges are permitted.

How much clearer can this be made? Don’t do it.

If you see someone doing it – explain the Range Rule to them; tell them to stop.

If they won’t stop – report them to a Club Officer or Director so appropriate action can be taken.

Larry Beardsley, FWRR Safety Officer

2024 High Power Match Programs

When I registered our 2024 matches with the NRA and CMP, I had to submit match programs to each organization. Here are the three match programs; I have tried to be consistent to the extent possible, but if anyone finds errors or inconsistencies, don’t hesitate to let me know.:

Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club

2024 NRA 50/80 Matches

Anticipated Competitors:  15 per Match

Dates:           April 20                     8:00 AM

                        May 18                      8:00 AM

                        July 20                       8:00 AM

                        August 17                 8:00 AM

Sponsor:       Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club

Location:      FWRR Range, 15715 Rupert Road, Harlan, IN  46743

                        Google: “15715 Rupert Road” for detailed directions

CONTACT INFORMATION:  For additional information, contact the FWRR High Power Match Director at fwrrhpdirector@aol.com

Open To:      Any individual who has not been convicted of any Federal or State felony or violation of Section 922 of title 18 United States Code and who is not a member of any organization that advocates the violent overthrow of the United States Government.    All competitors must complete or have on file an FWRR Release of Liability form.  NRA membership not required

Entry Fee:    $20 members of FWRR and affiliated clubs; $25 non-members.                                     

Ammunition:  Any safe ammunition permitted – No tracers or incendiary rounds.             

Time:             Registration opens 90 minutes before match and closes at thirty minutes before match.  First shot – promptly at time noted.  There will be no lunch break, no food available at range.

Courses of   Competitors may fire either a 50-round National Match Course or Fire:              80-round Regional Match Course.

Rules:            Current NRA High Power Rules

Targets:        The matches will be shot on Silver Mountain electronic targets. 

                        Competitors are required to provide their own display device (tablet, IPhone, IPad) or similar device.  It is the competitor’s responsibility to be familiar with their device and how to log in to the FWRR Range Server.  Competitors are responsible for having enough battery capacity in their devices to support the operating time required for a match, approximately 4 hours.

                        If, in the judgment of the Range Officer, a competitor is shooting in a manner that endangers the range equipment, that competitor will be withdrawn from the match and their match fees will not be refunded.

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MATCH PROGRAM

Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club 2024 CMP Matches

Dates:            April 20          8:00 AM

                        May 18           8:00 AM

                        July 20           8:00 AM

                        August 17      8:00 AM                    

Sponsor: Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club

Location: Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club Range, 15715 Rupert Road, Harlan, IN  46743   Google: “15715 Rupert Road, Harlan IN” for detailed directions.

Contact Information:  For additional information, contact the FWRR High Power Match Director, Larry Beardsley, at FWRRHPDirector@aol.com.

Open To:  CMP membership not required.  All competitors must complete a CMP Affidavit and Liability Release Agreement and Junior competitors must complete a CMP Parent Consent Form.

Entry Fee: $20.00 for members of Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club, non-members $25.00; payable at Statistics Office on Match day.  Cash or checks only please; no credit cards can be processed. 

 Ammunition:  Any safe ammunition permitted – No tracers or incendiary rounds.          

Time:  Registration opens at 6:30 AM and closes at 7:30 AM.  First shot – promptly at 8:00 A.M.  No food available on site.

Pre-Registration:  Pre-registrations are encouraged – register at FWRRHPDirector@aol.com.  Walk-in registrations will be accepted up to a range capacity of 28 competitors. 

Course of Fire:  CMP Cup 80-Round Match.  The 600-yard stage will be fired at 300-yards on the MR-63 reduced target.

Rules:   2024 CMP High Power CMP Cup Rules will apply.  This is a Service Rifle and Match Rifle match.   Classification of shooters shall be per Rule 3.11.6 – 3.11.8.

Targets:  The matches will be shot on Silver Mountain Electronic Targets.  Competitors are required to provide their own display device (Tablet, iPhone, iPad) or similar device.  Competitors are responsible for having enough battery capacity in their devices to support the operating time required for a match.

If, in the judgment of the Range Officer, a competitor is shooting in a manner that endangers the range equipment, that competitor will be withdrawn from the match and their match fees refunded.

Match Structure:  CMP Cup 80-Round Match

Match 1– 200 yards, slow fire, standing; 2 sighters and 20 shots for record, 22 minutes

Match 2 – 200 yards, rapid fire, sitting; 2 sighters and 2 strings of 20 shots for record, 63 seconds per string of fire

Match 3 – 300 yards, rapid fire, prone; 2 sighters and 2 strings of 20 shots for record, 73 seconds per string of fire

Match 4 – Simulated 600 yards, slow fire, prone; 2 sighters and 20 shots for record, 22 minutes

Match 5–Aggregate score of Matches 1-4.

Awards:   Awards will be made for Service and Match rifle categories as well as shooter classification.

Classification Winners:  Classifications will be combined until a minimum of three Competitors are represented in each Classification. 

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MATCH PROGRAM

Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club 2024 GSM Matches

Date:            June 8            12:00 PM (Approximately – after Junior State Match)                           

Sponsor: Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club

Location: Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club Range, 15715 Rupert Road, Harlan, IN  46743   Google: “15715 Rupert Road, Harlan IN” for detailed directions.

Contact Information:  For additional information, contact the FWRR High Power Match Director, Larry Beardsley, at FWRRHPDirector@aol.com.

Open To:  CMP membership not required.  All competitors must complete a CMP Affidavit and Liability Release Agreement and Junior competitors must complete a CMP Parent Consent Form.

Entry Fee: This match will be conducted in conjunction with the Indiana State Junior High Power Match.  Shooters who have registered for the Junior Match will not pay an additional entry fee.

For shooters who register only for the GSM Match, the entry fee will be $20.00 for members of Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club, non-members $25.00; payable at Statistics Office on Match day.  Cash or checks only please; no credit cards can be processed. 

 Ammunition:  Any safe ammunition permitted – No tracers or incendiary rounds.          

Time:  Registration opens at 11:30 AM and closes at 12:00 PM  First shot will follow when all shooters have been squadded.

Lunch:  Lunch will be available prior to the match as part of the Junior Match at a cost of $10.00.  Lunch reservations are required.

Pre-Registration:  Pre-registrations are encouraged – register at FWRRHPDirector@aol.com.  Walk-in registrations will be accepted up to a range capacity of 28 competitors. 

Course of Fire:  As-Issued Military Rifle Match; Course A (30-Round Match)

Stage 1:  Slow fire prone.  Up to five sighters and 10 shots for record in 15 minutes.

Stage 2:  Rapid fire prone:  Prone from standing.  10 shots for record in a time of 80 seconds.

Stage 3:  Offhand:  10 shots for record in a time period of 10 minutes

Rules:   2024 CMP Games Rifle and Pistol Competition Rules – 11th Edition, 2024

Targets:  The matches will be shot on Silver Mountain Electronic Targets.  Competitors are required to provide their own display device (Tablet, iPhone, iPad) or similar device.  Competitors are responsible for having enough battery capacity in their devices to support the operating time required for a match.

If, in the judgment of the Range Officer, a competitor is shooting in a manner that endangers the range equipment, that competitor will be withdrawn from the match and their match fees refunded.

Awards:   Achievement awards will be awarded as defined in CMP Games rules; Annex A.

Categories:  Awards will be given in the following categories:

As-Issued M1 Garand

Springfield Rifle (M1903/M1903A3)

M1 Carbine

Vintage Military Rifle (.30.40 Krag, Mauser, Swiss Schmitt-Reuben or similar rifles)

Modern Military and Unlimited Modern Military

FWRR Membership Reminder – 2024 Renewals

Membership Renewal Reminder

To date, approximately 40% of the membership has not submitted a renewal form, proof of current NRA membership, and dues.  If you have not renewed your Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club membership, please do so before March 1st to avoid paying a $25.00 late fee.  If you have not renewed your membership by March 31st, your name will be dropped from the membership role. 

Note: Renewal forms were mailed in early December.  No mail was returned as undeliverable.

The membership cards for all persons who have completed the renewal process were mailed on February 3rd.  Cards are being mailed later than usual this year due to a backorder of the card stock on which the cards are printed.  

Thank-you,

Marty

FWRR Membership

FWRR Newsletter – February 2024

February 2024 FWRRC NEWSLETTER

FWRR Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club will be held on Monday, February 5,2024.  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.  New business topics will include a discussion of Cleanup Day activities.  Please make an effort to attend meetings, as a quorum is required to conduct club business. 

2024 Membership Renewal

2024 Membership Renewal Forms were mailed in early December, 2023. To date, approximately 55% of the membership has responded.

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.

PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS PRINTED AT THE TOP OF THE FORM.  

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 of a magazine label (or the label itself) are acceptable forms of proof of current membership.  (Some NRA membership cards lack dates.  At present, magazine labels contain membership date information.)

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. 

Cleanup Day

Please join fellow members for work, lunch, and camaraderie at Cleanup Day, April 27, 2024.  As usual, work will include target frame repairs, road grading, and the trimming of trees and brush along the lane.  In addition, new seats will be assembled to replace those which have deteriorated or mysteriously disappeared.   If you have suggestions for additional projects, please present them at the February meeting.  A list of projects will be posted on the website https://fwrrclub.org/

Lock Combination Change

The lock combination change will be made on Cleanup Day (4/27/24).  Retain your 2023 Membership Card until the change is made.

Dues Increase

Basic dues for 2024 were increase from $60.00 to $80.00 and will increase 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 Bylaw revision will be mailed with 2024 Membership Cards.

Driving Off Road

TO AVOID DAMAGE TO THE NEWLY INSTALLED SWALES*, IT IS NO LONGER PERMISSIBLE FOR ANY MEMBER TO DRIVE OFF ROAD TO THE 100 YARD TARGET FRAME.  Soil conditions permitting, it is acceptable to drive on the grass downrange (west) of the 100-yard firing mound on the 300 yard range to access the 200 yard target frames.  Do not drive across the 100-yard firing mound.

* swales are a low or hollow place, especially a marshy depression between ridges

Discipline Reports

ACPDL (Allen County Practical Defense League) *Click Name for more information

ACPDL matches will be held on February 3rd, March 2nd, and April 6th.  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) *Click Name for more information

USPSA matches will be held on March 3rd and April 24th.  Match start time is 9:00 a.m.  A practice session is scheduled for April 4th at 5:00 p.m.

High-power (HP)

Winter Offhand Matches are scheduled for February 10th and March 9th.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and match start time is 9:00 a.m.  The next 50/80 round National Match course will be fired on April 20th.  Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and match start time is 8:00 a.m.

A Breakfast with the Juniors fund raiser will be held in March.  Sausage and gravy will be on the menu. Please check the website for the date.  A Winchester Model 94 “Count the Bullets in a Jar” event will be held at the breakfast.  A maximum of 40 opportunities will be offered to count the bullets at a requested donation amount of $15.00/opportunity.

If you have young folks who are interested in HP rifle competition, please contact Larry Beardsley.  Email: fwrrhpdirector@aol.com

Cowboy Action

The next Cowboy Action Match will be held on April 13.  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.  The matches begin with a mandatory shooter’s meeting. The ammunition requirements for the regular match are 60 rounds for pistols, 60 rounds rifles, and 30 rounds for shotguns.  Only lead bullets and shot are permitted.  Shot may be no larger than #4 (shot sizes 4 – 9). 

PCSL (Practical Competition Shooting League)

PCSL matches will be held on March 24th and April 28th.  Match time is 10:00 a.m. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.  New shooter orientation begins at 9:50 a.m.  Rifles in caliber .223 and pistols in calibers 9 mm, .40 and .45 are used in this competition. Rounds counts are 120/match for rifles and 60/match for pistols.

Mowing Crew

Current Members of the Mowing Crew:  Please contact Marty Didion

(Email: martindidion4@gmail.com or Text: (260) 633-0172) if you no longer wish to be on the Mowing Crew; otherwise, it will be assumed that you wish to continue to participate.  If you are interested in joining the mowing crew, contact Marty Didion at the email and telephone numbers listed above.

New Members

Please welcome new member Jonathan D. Kline and Brian R. Rice who were inducted as full members at the December 2023 meeting.

Sad News

The club has learned of the passing of David B. Hazelet (membership date: October, 2000).

For Sale

Jaggi Shooting Glasses Frame with extra nose piece, lenses, blinders and case: $125.00. Contact Marty Didion at  martindidion4@gmail.com.

Members who wish to sell shooting-related items may send ad information to Marty Didion at martindidion4@gmail.com.  Ads must be received three weeks before meetings in order to appear in the next newsletter.