Fall is here once again. The days are getting shorter, nights cooler, combines are done roaring, there are fewer grain wagons on the road, and shooting is winding down. Well except for those sighting in their firearms for deer season.
The Defensive Pistol League was a popular event again this year. Shooting every other Tuesday during the summer JT and Marcel expanded the stages of fire from two to three stages for even more shooting fun. We had between 20 to 30 participants each night. Ladies and gentlemen of all ages. This is a challenging activity where you develop your firearm manipulation skills, speed, and accuracy. You shoot between 50-60 rounds during the night. The equipment required is an outside the waistband holster, magazine carriers (optional), eye and hearing protection. No flip flops or open toed shoes.
4H Shooting Sports were active through the summer and even conducted a Fall Shotgun League. Jerry L submitted a grant to the NRA and enhanced the air gun range. If you are interested in participating as a competitor, coach, or involved parent please contact us or the 4H coordinator in Redwood Falls. The 4H Shooting Sports and Wildlife offers multiple disciplines and equipment is provided.
Cowboy Monday and Rimfire Wednesday introduced a couple of new shooters to the sport. Also hosted some Black powder rimfire cartridge shooting at targets at 50, 100,150, and 200 meters. Challenging and fun. If you are interested in running a match(s) such as 22 NRL let us know.
We sponsored Redwood Valley HS and Wabasso HS in trap this spring. They did very well at the State Tournament in Alexandria. We are hoping for a large turnout in the spring. Sign up begins next February.
The Sportsmen’s Club sponsored the MN DNR Hunter Safety Program with classroom instruction and several Field Days for those who took the online course. We are always looking for volunteers to assist. There will be a new class starting in March-April.
As a reminder, No exploding targets and please clean up afterwards.
We want to thank Jeremy W for assisting with cutting the grass this summer. Bob R does an excellent job but always appreciates the extra help and does not mind sharing the task.
We plan on trying to keep the range open after the snow falls so you can maintain your shooting skills.
We want to welcome the many new members. Those who just moved here, those who are working in the area, and those who come here because of our little piece of paradise.
I hope that you can join in the shooting activities that we host. I read in one my gun magazines several reasons to shoot competition. Meet people to share your interests, opportunity to learn from good shooters. Build safety habits. Enhances confidence to measure your ability. Competition is Fun. On a similar note, I have found that the youth who participate in shooting sports also excel in academics. It teaches focus, discipline, problem solving, working with others, to name only a few.
It might be JT, Mike, Steve, or Ole trying to be the fastest and most accurate with their pistols, or Jim and Omega 9 (aka Karl) shooting out the center of the target at 300 yards. It could be Steve demonstrating rapid cowboy shotgun reloads with his Model 97, or Heather and Becky teaching first time lady shooters, or a 4H’er breaking 25 straight shooting trap. It can also be some quality family time sighting in rifles for the annual hunt or informal target practice. Bring a friend, especially one who has never shot a firearm. Emphasize the four simple rules of firearm handling and have a great time. Shooting is a lifelong and equal opportunity sport.
Everyone is invited to come to our monthly meetings. We hold it the at 7:00 PM, the third Wednesday of the month at the Redwood Falls American Legion. 16 Nov, 14 Dec, 18 Jan, 15 Feb,15 Mar.
Don’t forget to vote and bring a friend. Your 2nd Amendment is at risk.
Club Officers: President Steve Whittet, Secretary/Treasurer Larry Weidell. Board Members: Dale Kramer, Tom Morley, BJ Tersteeg, Heather Koffler, Marcel Kruger, Bob Rohlik and Pete Weis