This 3/8" plate was on the 200 yard berm, and this was how it was found on the ground. A .338 bullet was found near it:
The steel plates on the 50 and 100 yard berms have also been shot to pieces.
The steel plates purchased by the range, using your dues and donations to the Rifle Range, can withstand pistol and rifle rounds up to about 7.62mm (.308). Bullet velocity should be below 3,000 fps at the point of impact (to avoid pitting), and less than 3,500 ft lbs of energy at impact. They can generally be used with large calibers at 300 yards and beyond.
The posts are being removed from the 50, 100, and 200 yard berms for use on the Action Range, once the safety improvements are completed. Only the 300 to 800 yard berms will have permanent steel targets.
REMINDER: THE ACTION RANGE IS CLOSED FOR SAFETY REASONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
More work on the Action Range! Our biggest problem is getting suitable earth moving equipment -- the club can't afford to rent any at this time. But there would be none at all if the club had not purchased the new tractor. The latest effort comes to us thanks to Randy Kerby:
And from the other direction:
More gravel is needed on the slopes, and then the firing positions will be established.
And in another of the range: Poles and trees!
Our lease agreement requires that this particular property line have these boundary markers to clearly mark where the range starts. The club mows the entire area, back to the rental home, as part of the lease, but our operations stop here.
(We are also required to post warning signs around the rest of the range; that small sign to the right of the poles is what will be installed sometime this fall.)
And in other parts of the range, we now have ... ... TREES!
The conditional use permit requires trees along the northern boundary for noise abatement. After much research, the Austrian Pine was selected as the tree of choice. These grow well in this area, but require watering for 2 years. An irrigation system will be installed for this purpose. For the time being, the trees will be watered manually.
It's difficult to see, but there are two rows, with the trees planted 10 feet apart. The rows are 5 feet apart, and staggered, for maximum coverage. This is the first planting; more will be planted along the Archery Range.
Tree planting planned and coordinated by Bob Fulgham! Helping with this planting were Steve Anderson, Randy Kerby, and Jeff Stidham
These signs are now in place about the range:
Following these guidelines is a condition of our staying open.
Please cooperate with these temporary measures and “Flatten The Curve”!
Many of you participate in events and clincs throughout the year, sponsored by the East End Rod & Gun Club. These offer fun for you and the family, good shooting experiences, and the opprotunity to promote the shooting sports. These events includes 5 Stand shotgun, Muzzle Loaders, Cowboy Action. The Club also sponsors the Family Range Day, First Shots, and Women On Target clinics. All of these are managed by event directors, volunteers who work with the Board to offer a variety of shooting sport events for the members, and also to the public.
Unfortunately, 3 of the events sponsored by the Club now lack an event director, and will not be held until someone else will take up the reins. So, we are looking for three people to take charge of the 3 Gun Challenge, 22 Silhouette, and Rimfire Challenge.
What do these events involve? Here's a brief description:
- 3 Gun Challenge: Competitive shooting with a semi-automatic rifle (generally AR15 style in .223), pistol (semi-automatic recommended, 9mm and larger), and pump or semi-automatic shotgun (12 gage recommended). Each event can have 1-4 stages, and each with a different course fire. Targets may be paper, steel, or clay pigeon. Stages may be timed, by elimination, or scored. This occurs on the 4th Saturday from March through October, starting at 9 am, with a final Turkey Shoot on the 2nd Saturday in November, where the winner wins a cash card as the prize!
- 22 Silhouette: Competitive shooting with .22 pistols and rifles, using small metallic silhouette targets set at 20, 40, 60, and 80 yards, from a standing and unsupported position. Open sights or optics may be used. These shoots take place on the second Saturday at 9 am throughout the year, and on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 5 pm from April through October.
- Rimfire Challenge: Speed shooting at steel targets using .22 rifles and pistols, with a variety of targets set in 5-7 stages. A good event for a family of all ages. Rimfire is held on the 3rd Thursday at 5 pm, from June through October.
Who can be an event director?
Any club member!
What does an event director do?
The event director plans, coordinates, and runs each event throughout the year. Responsibilities includes recruiting assistants and Range Safety Officers, designing the target layout, developing safety plans, coordinating supplies and materials, running the event, setting up and cleaning the range, and reporting results to the Board. An event director is the Range Officer of the range(s) throughout an event; holding Range Safety Office credentials is optional, but encouraged.
There may be some financial management as well, depending on the event and any grants supporting it. Since these are sponsored by the club, funding, supplies, and liability insurance are provided to the event directors. The real investment will be your time and effort.