The Range Report
August 20, 2020




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PHA Board of Directors.

All PHA matches will resume their normal schedule. However, we still must still follow a few NC restrictions while shooting matches.

They are:

  • While shooting outdoors, no more than 25 people will be allowed to participate in ANY PHA match.
  • Everyone shooting the match must maintain the 6-foot separation.
  • All match shooters, match directors, and RSO's must wear protective masks.
  • No food can be provided at any match.

If these requirements cannot be complied with at any match, then the match must be canceled. These requirements will remain in place until the NC Governor relaxes them again. And we'll report those changes in the Range Report.

Also, the guest restriction has now been removed. Please follow the normal limitation, 2 per member, for guests you bring PHA Range.

PHA Board of Directors.
Upcoming Matches
.22 Bench Rest

On Thursday, August 20, is the Ron Gearren .22 Shoot that starts at 8:00 am. This is a bench rest match with .22 rim fire rifles at 50 and 80 yards.
5-Stand Shotgun

The 5-Stand shotgun for this Saturday
will be starting at 8 am.

The 5-Stand shotgun for this Sunday
will start at noon.
Call for Volunteers.

OK everybody, listen up.

We are sorely in need of volunteers for the 5-Stand Shotgun.

Please contact Rick Muetzel via email and let him know that you would like to help. The entire club thanks you for your support!
NRA High Power Match

On Saturday, all competitors (per PHA rules) will be required to attend the safety briefing prior to firing in the match. If someone fails to be there at the time of the briefing, they will not be allowed to compete.

All competitors are expected to arrive early in order to assist in the set up of targets and get the range ready for the match.

The gate will open at 8:00 am, set up will start by 8:20 am. Safety Briefing will be at 8:45 am. Match will start at 9:00 am.
Air Gun Field Target Match

The Air Gun Field Target Match is on Saturday. Sight-in will be at 8 am at the .22 range. The .22 range will be closed to firearms from 8 am to 9 am. The safety meeting will start at 8:45 am and then we will move to the Field Target range.

The course is set up for .177 caliber air guns. There are 15 lanes with 2 targets per lane, and 2 shots per target. Targets are randomly set between 10 and 50 yards. Hole kill sizes are between 3/8" and 1 1/2" depending on distance. The Troyer difficulty rating is a 34, not counting wind and elevation etc. There will be 2 shooters per lane. New shooters will be paired with experienced shooters to help and instruct them. 

Fees are $10 for non members and $8 for PHA members, payable at check-in for the match.
For more information and to register, please contact the Match Director, Artie Claudino, or call 336-470-9579.
Defensive Pistol

Defensive Pistol matches will not resume until all corona virus restrictions are lifted.
Match Results
Bench Rest Match Results
Aug. 15, 2020

Saturday's bench rest match had 8 shooters to test their shooting skills against the weather.
The day started out overcast with a good chance of rain when we starting shooting at 8:00. With poor light conditions & being overcast it was hard to see the X ring at 80 yards using a 36 power scope. Even with the conditions not being the best there were still some impressive scores shot.

Vince was able to double-up with wins in the factory class & open-sight class. As usual the X count determines the winner in both classes. Al, a new shooter from Durham, shooting in his 2nd match at PHA, came within 1 point of winning the factory class. Al brought a CZ 457 rifle to compete in a factory class and brought an Anschutz rifle for the sporter class. I expect that we will see Al taking a win before the season is over.

Our BR match season is slowly coming to an end. We have only four matches left this year; Sept. 19th & 24th, Oct. 17th & 22nd.

Thanks for Harold Fullum for coming out early and helping set up the match.

The prestigious Harbor Freight award went to Steve Russell.

Match Results:

Factory Rifle class 50 yds.  Vince Swicegood 250-10X using a CZ 452, 2nd place, Paul Brinkman 250/8X using a CZ 452.

Sporter Rifle class 50 yds. - Dennis Mueller 249/11X using a Cooper 57M.

Match Rifle class 50 yds. - Steve Russell 250/18X using a Gann custom rifle.

Open class 80 yds. - Tom Whitlow 248-15X using a Remington 40X.

Open-site class 50 yds. - Vince Swicegood 50/14X using a Winchester 52D.

David Motsinger
Match Director  
So, what do these .22 match
targets look like, anyway?
Factory Class
This target is for Factory Class rifles. This match is shot at 50 yards and only one shot per circle. (The top row is used for sighting-in.)
Shooting the solid center dot (in bold) will get you an "X" and 10 points. Missed that solid circle? If you hit between the solid dot and the next bold circle will still get you 10 points but no "X". Everything outside of that circle is 9 points.
Matches usually come down to "X" count.
Open Sight Class
This class is shot at 50 yards using open sights on the rifle.

Sporter Class
This class is shot at 50 yards 80 yards for other classes, and you can use a scope. (The top row is used for sighting-in.)
One shot for each circle. The center dot ("X") is only 1/16 of an inch. And shooting it at 50 or 80 yards, what could possibly go wrong.
These matches are typically shot early (8 am) in the morning when there is little or no wind.
The .22 rim fire cartridge can be sensitive to the slightest wind.

Annual Membership Renewal
is Underway.

This is for all members in all PHA organizations.
Everything you need to know.

The annual membership renewal is underway.

Everything has been mailed in an envelope via US Mail from PHA. This envelope contains all the forms that you need to renew your membership for the coming year.

Your Membership Renewal envelope contains the following:

  • Membership Renewal form. Be sure to fill in all the required information and sign and date it near the bottom of the form.
  • Range Rules form. Be sure to fill in all the required information and sign and date it near the bottom of the form.
  • Ballot. There is an election for PHA Club Officers and At-Large Board Members. You may also receive a ballot for PHA Range and/or PHA Range II if you are a stockholder in one or both of those organizations. Be sure to mark your ballots.
  • Raffle/Donation Tickets. There are 12 raffle/donation tickets included for the Kind Heart program. When you buy your tickets, please issue a separate check. Please return any unused tickets. (See article below for more information about Kind Heart.)
  • A pre-addressed return envelope is included for you to return all your documents to PHA.

After you have signed your documents and marked your ballot(s), and entered the Kind Heart raffle/donation, place everything in the included pre-addressed envelope, put a stamp(s) on it, and mail it.

NOTE: PHA Annual Club members (NOT stockholders) must also include a check for $125 for their annual dues.

NOTE: If you do not sign all your renewal documents and/or if you do not include your annual dues payment, if required, your new membership card will not be issued to you. All your documents will be returned to you to be completed. You will have to re-submit everything. This will delay the issuance of your new membership card.

NOTE: If a PHA Club member anticipates a difficulty, due to job, medical reasons, or any other reason, in paying their annual dues, contact President Ray Owens prior to September 1, 2020.


  • September 1. PHA membership renewals are due on this day.

  • September 26. Open House. You can bring your renewal papers and turn them in at the Ram building.

  • September 30. This is the final day to renew your membership without penalty.

  • October 1 to December 31. Memberships renewed during this time will incur a $50 penalty in addition to the $125 annual dues.
  • December 31. This is the final day that dues + penalty will be accepted. If you have not renewed by this date, you will be officially dropped from the PHA membership rolls. If you renew after this date, you must re-apply as a brand-new member and pay the new member fees.

If you have any questions, please contact the 

Cut this out and tape it on the refrigerator.

The Kind Heart Fund
PHA has started a Kind Heart Fund.

The Kind Heart Fund is off to a great start. I appreciate the excitement and the many kind words from you.
I have already received several requests for extra tickets. If you need more tickets for yourself or to sell, contact:

Chairperson for Kind Heart.
Please enter your info on the ticket stubs and return them with your separate check made to PHA Kind Heart Fund. You may return the stubs and check with your Renewal Form, mail it to PHA, PO Box 913, Thomasville, NC 27360 (postmarked no later than Sept. 20) or bring them to the Open House on Sept 26. Please return any unused tickets.
The drawing for the prizes will be at the Open House on Saturday, September 26,2020, at the Ram Building at 2:00 pm.
Contributed by Nancy Mueller
Friends of the NRA.
Friends of NRA
The Friends of NRA is having a drawing for 30 items and 30 winners.

Each ticket is $100.

Remember, the proceeds for all tickets purchased in North Carolina stay in North Carolina and are used for multiple organizations within the state in the form of grants. Many organizations in our area have benefited from this type of fund raising.

Contact Ray Owens if you are interested or want more information.
Family Day

Found the Kennedy family having a fun shoot at the Shotgun 5-stand.

They are excellent shooters.
Lost and Found
Found:A battery operated tool.

If you have misplaced yours at the range, please contact the Secretary.
PHA Safety Reminder
Every member is a Safety Officer and has the responsibility to politely remind someone about our rules should they observe an unsafe act or safety violation. Do not act confrontational but make a Board Member aware of the situation if it cannot be corrected in a professional manner.
Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates Are Available!
If you would like to give someone a gift certificate for a new membership or for annual renewal, we can help you to do that. Just contact the PHA Secretary for details.
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