I want to remind everyone of the importance of filing out the member survey that is now available. The board genuinely cares about what members want to see happen at RRRC and this is a convenient way for you to let us know how we can best serve our membership and what direction to take for the future. Please don’t let this opportunity pass you by. You can use the paper survey that is included with this newsletter or you can go online and do it there. Detailed instructions can be found in this newsletter.
Since there has been a large decrease in the amount of property damage in the past year, the board has decided to try a new incentive to help some people stop shooting things they should not shoot. We are going to operate on the assumption that if we give people a variety of steel targets to shoot then maybe we can kill two birds with one shot, so to speak. Members will have more options to shoot and those that have not be able to resist shooting things like target poles, rocks, etc., will no longer feel the need.
We are now in the process of planning and acquiring steel targets for both B and C Ranges. These targets will be of quality construction and designed to be shot safely when used properly. The B Range targets are intended to be shot only with pistols. The targets on C Range will be of a higher grade of armor plate and will be placed at greater distances so that they may be shot with rifles. Please use these steel targets properly. There are no steel targets that cannot be punctured if that is what someone is determined to do. But these will be there for everyone’s enjoyment, so please go easy on them. As long as they appear to be enjoyed without being abused we will try to expand the number and think of other types of targets that can be made available.
One last thing. Steel targets can be great fun but must be used properly to prevent injury. Always remember to stand a reasonable distance from steel pistol targets to minimize the chance of being struck by ricochet or splatter. There is plenty of information about this on-line so read up. You may be surprised. Also, we ask that any steel target brought to the range be of quality manufacture, intended for the purpose used and mounted properly. There has been a recent incident where we have repeatedly found where someone has leaned steel plate against rocks and shot it. This is asking for a dangerous ricochet and is against club policy.