Range Safety System Update

The range safety system is getting close to being finished.  We had a spell of “good enough” weather on Tuesday, so we pulled in all of the wiring to the north stations and over the week we have two more switch stations active.

This is how a real electrician keeps his wires from getting all tangled up. Thanks Greg!

We ended up needing two pieces of plastic fittings and some odd hardware to finish the job, so it’s not totally done yet.

Five of the six control stations are active; all of the switches on the 100-yard line and the end switches by the concrete benches are live and can be used to control the strobe/horn units on the 100-yard positions.  We have the pieces and parts we need to finish up – we just need to get everyone healthy enough to finish it off.

A reminder: 

1. When shooters want to go downrange, place the switch at a control station in the up (HORN/STROBE) position to call a CEASE FIRE.  Announce:  “CEASE FIRE, THE RANGE IS COLD”.  Everyone put down their guns – actions open and do not handle guns while people are downrange.  Once everyone has acknowledged that a CEASE FIRE is in place, put the switch in the down (STROBE) position.  The flashing strobes mean that someone is downrange.  If multiple shooters go downrange, everyone should place a switch in the STROBE position.

2. When all shooters return to the firing line, one shooter needs to place the switch in the up (HORN/STROBE) position to get everyone’s attention.  Once everyone is back, and the line wants to go HOT; return all switches to the middle (OFF) position. Announce; “THE LINE IS HOT”.

 ALL switches must be OFF to turn off the strobe lights – any switch, anywhere, in the STROBE position will keep the light flashing. (Any switch, anywhere, in HORN/STROBE will keep that annoying horn sounding as well)

It will be a bit before we get the last wiring done, but it is getting close to being finished.  Thank you for your patience.

FWRR Newsletter; June 2024

June 2024 FWRRC Newsletter

FWRR Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Club will be held on Monday, June 3, 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.

Please make an effort to attend meetings, as a quorum is required to conduct club business. 

Cleanup Day

Cleanup Day was held on April 27th.  Seventeen members (a bit less than 5% of the membership) participated.  Target frames at 25, 50, 100 and 200 yards were repaired and 12 new shooting seats of two different heights were fabricated.  Work completed early; therefore, lunch was not served.

On the Thursday following Cleanup Day, Lynn Rosswurm graded the roads and Pistol Pit area.  Lynn has volunteered his tractor and services for many years.  Be sure to thank him when you see him.

Lock Combination Change

The lock combination change has been made.

Driving Off Road

TO AVOID DAMAGE TO SWALES, IT IS NO LONGER PERMISSIBLE FOR ANY MEMBER TO DRIVE OFF ROAD TO THE 100 YARD TARGET FRAME.  Soil conditions permitting, it is permissible 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.) It is permissible to park and drive on the grass in other areas, soil conditions permitting.

Discipline Reports

ACPDL (Allen County Practical Defense League)

ACPDL matches will be held on 6/1, 6/29 and 8/3. 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 following USPSA matches and practice sessions will be held in the May –July timeframe. Matches: 6/16 and 7/21. Match start time is 9:00 a.m.  Practice Sessions: 5/26, 6/23 and 7/28. Practice session start time is 5:00 p.m.

High-power (HP)

Saturday, May 18, 2024

The following matches and practice sessions will be held in the May –July time frame.  

Prone Match: 6/1, 8:00 start time

50/80 Matches

  • 5/18 and 7/20, 8:00 start time. 

Practice SessionsThursdays, 4:30 p.m. with the exception of July 4th

(Range closes to informal practice at 3:00 p.m.) 

  • 6/7: NMC, 4:30 p.m. 
  • 6/8: RMC, 8:00 a.m.
  • 6/9: NMCs at 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

A “Count the Bullets in the Jar” fundraiser was kicked off at the March offhand match.  This event is aimed at funding the purchase of three spotting scope stands and mounting heads for use by our Juniors. The fundraiser is an opportunity for participants to count the number of bullets in a jar.  The count closest to the actual number of bullets will receive a Winchester Model 94 in caliber .30-30.  The donation amount for each entry is $15.00. Only 40 entries will be accepted.  Entries will be accepted at club meetings and HP matches.  The count will be made at the Junior State HP Championship Match on June 8th.

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

Cowboy Action

Cowboy Action Matches will be held on 6/22 and 7/13.  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 5/26, 6/23 and 7/28..  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.

New Members

Please welcome new members Jerry Brinegar, Derek Brown, John Davis, Riley Fox and Kris Hartwig. These gentlemen were inducted as full members at the April, 2024 meeting.

For Sale

Jaggi Shooting Glasses Frame with extra nose piece, lenses, blinders and case: $125.00. 8 round M1 clips:  $1.50 each.  Contact Marty Didion at  martindidion4@gmail.com 

Browning Buckmark .22:  $350.00.  Kimber Stainless II: $900.00.  AR-15 Rifle (heavy barrel, Jewel trigger, stock weights, diopter and sling): $900.00. Yugo 8 mm Mauser (scope, Timney trigger and modified bolt handle): $600.00.  Kimber Target 45: $800.00.  S&W K38: $650.00.  Thousands of rounds of pistol brass (calibers .380, 9 mm .38, .357 and .45): Make Offer.  Quantity of 5.56 LC brass, primed and ready for reloading:  Make Offer.   1000 rounds of WCC 5.56 once-fired brass:  Make Offer.  Text or call Mike English at (260) 450-4543.

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.

Range Closed for Mowing; Tuesday 21 May 2024

It’s getting to be a jungle or hayfield out on most of the range. Several places were too wet to mow in the last session and they are almost knee high now.

The range will be closed Tuesday morning for the mowing crews to harvest the hay crop.

50/80 Match; Saturday, 18 May 2024

On occasion everything comes together to make a beautiful day for a High Power Match and Saturday, 18 May was just exactly that day.  The threat of rain earlier in the week was gone, the skies were clear and blue, there was almost no wind all day and what wind there was came from straight downrange and cooled rather than bothered.  It did get warm, but not the “I’m cooking in this coat” warm.

Ahhhh, a Quiet, Peaceful Spring Morning

And – in response to the great day we had 23 shooters come to the line at 8:00, the largest number of shooters we have had in a while.  This was a 50/80 Match where shooters may elect to shoot either a 50 round or 80 round course of fire. The matches are fired concurrently; we had 15 shooters in the 80- round match and 8 shooters in the 50-round match.

But, it Got Loud in a Hurry

All of the shooters did well and the match moved right along with very few delays of any sort; we fired in three relays and we finished the last relay at 12:33.  Great job shooters – you make it easy on the Range Officer.

Tayt on His Way to a 83-0X rapid prone string
Marshall lining up his last Offhand shot; 187-1X for the string
And Addisyn From the Port Side
Keeping an Accurate Scorebook is Part of Becoming a Better Shooter

In the 80 round Match, the top three shooters were:

First                      Mike King                           784-28X

Second                 Mark Walters                    775-22X

Third                     Gary Mabis                       758-23X

In the 50 round Match, the top two shooters were:

First                      Jeff McCullough                462-4X

Second                 Jerry Johnson                    443-2X  (It’s good to see Jerry back to shooting)

And then there are the spectators trying to hide from the camera

Thanks to Marty Didion who acted as our match statistician and to Gary Mabis who was kind of our handyman who showed up just at the right times in several places where a hand was appreciated.

Our next match is a 3 x 600 (Reduced to 300) prone match on June 1 with our Midsummer Madness Weekend the next week (Friday June 7, Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9).  Keep an eye out for more information about that series of matches – 5 matches in two-and-a-half days!

We will shoot the Indiana Junior State High Power Championship on Saturday June 8 as part of that series, but there will be openings for just about everyone who wants to shoot that day – not just Juniors.

Burn Barrels in Pistol Bays

The Nasty Old Burn Barrels Are Going Away

Burn barrels have been a fixture in the pistol bays for as long as most people can remember.  While they do reduce the amount of trash residue, they don’t eliminate it (some stuff doesn’t burn and there are ashes and slag left).  And – once the burn barrel rusts and burns out – the barrel itself remains as a trashy item.

Over the next several weeks, the old burn barrels and ash piles in the pistol bays will go away.  They will not be replaced and users are requested not to bring in any new barrels. Trash cans and garbage bags will be provided for clean up after scheduled matches that generate larger amounts of trash.

Shooters are requested to take their range trash (shot up targets, scrap brass, target backers, pop cans and such) back home with them. 

Don’t just throw your trash in a pile and hope someone else cleans up after you – we’re not your mother picking up your dirty socks and underwear!