August rolled along smoothly at the Range. Though ammunition is still in short supply and what is available is expensive, the Range has seen a continuous flow of shooters. Our trash bins have been filling up each month. If you are throwing away boxes, please take a second to break them down so there is plenty of room for the next user.
I have six folks interested in getting certified as NRA Range Safety Officers. I need a few more before we can get a special class for our Range. The course will be an all-day affair held at Howell’s in Windham, just off the Gray Exit of 95. It will be on a Saturday in October that best suits everyone, and we will reimburse the cost of travel as well as the class. This certification will apply to all ranges, making you a valuable asset for any other range to which you belong. If you are interested, please send me an email or text.
Fall is approaching fast and folks are already starting to sight-in their rifles for hunting season. Deb Sanford was sighting-in her 305 for bear hunting recently, taking advantage of the new 50yard range. We hope you all enjoy the extra space for shooting. Please be aware that if you need to pattern in a shotgun, we ask that you not use the pistol or rifle targets. You may bring a sheet of cardboard and lean it against the bottom of the target stand.
5 Stand and Trap will continue to operate every Saturday (5 Stand) and Sunday (Trap) from 9am to noon or until all shooters are done. If you’ve never tried either, we encourage you to come, and one of our Range Safety Officers or other experienced members will guide you through a round. One box of ammo and a shotgun (20 or 12 gauge) is all you need. I promise you will have a blast!
The voice activation system is still down, but the manual pull is working fine. So if you are certified to use the Trap system and want to shoot outside of our regular schedule, contact me and I will give you the details of using the manual pull.
I just want to give out a special thank you to our range member volunteers who help make everything operate smoothly. There are many of you who have helped out this season. Just a few names I want to mention are those who have helped with the 5 Stand and Trap shoots:
- Ed and Pat Davis
- Mark Daigle and Ami Cinq-Mars
- Darold Tukey
- Seth Gilbert (RSO)
- Steve and Molly Duran
- Jeff Sanford
- John and Kathi Bennett
- Phil and Mary Hunter
- Bill Karn
Come and enjoy your Range. Fall is always the most beautiful time to shoot, so impress your friends and bring them along. Guests are always welcome; just have them fill out a Day-Use Waiver (and leave $5/person) at the kiosk attached to the Gatehouse. Also, membership forms can be filled out at the kiosk or on line. A single membership to both CVOA and the Range is just $40. And if you are new to the Range and apply after October 1st, your membership will be extended through 2022!
See you at the Range,
Diane Stone, Range Secretary
firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-240-4752