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”!
EAST END ROD & GUN CLUB EVENTS CANCELLATIONS DUE TO COVID-19
Updated March 23rd, 2020
As the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus continues to make an impact to our nation, the Club is taking steps to minimize disruption to our operation, while ensuring the health and safety of our volunteers, guest and members. These steps are consistent with the directives and recommendations issued by national and state elected leaders.
Due to the "stay at home" executive order in Oregon, all organized events at the range are cancelled effectively immediately, and through April 30th. This includes range orientations and work days. To minimize risk and exposure, the Club is taking the following actions:
- The Club is cancelling all events through April 30th.
- Any members using the range must comply with the requirements of Executive Order 20-12
We will continue to provide hand sanitizer in the restrooms.
Resumption of normal events will be considered when public health authorities advise that this is adviseable.
Some resources that might be of help are:
How to protect yourself & what to do if you are sick:
Preparing Your Household:
General Updates & Information:
Microsoft COVID-19 Case tracker
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
President / Chief Range Safety Officer
All rifle range users are urged to read this entire article.
There will be interruptions and changes on the rifle range in the near future.
The Board approved a plan at the March meeting to improve the steel targets on the rifle range. These are very popular, see a lot of use, but are difficult, labor intensive, and expensive to maintain. There are also safety and other concerns.
Several different techniques to hang the steel plates have been tried over the last year, most of which do not work very well. After some research and recommendations, Charlie Danforth found that D-M Targets in the Tri-Cities builds plate hangers that are used at multiple ranges around the Pacific Northwest, and are very durable. These photos show the design:
The design is simple, and as the hanger is made of AR500 steel, durable. The minimum profile reduces the number of impacts from poorly aimed bullets, and the AR500 steel extends the life of the hangar for what impacts there. Hanging the plate is a simple matter; when the hanger is shot out, replacement is straightforward. The hangers are installed by pounding them into the ground. The plates will hang about 3 feet off the ground, with variations to reflect the line-of-sight from the firing line.
The plate hangers will cost about $1000 ($125 each, one per berm), plus a nominal charge to drill holes in all our plates for mounting them on the hangers. These hangers will reduce mainteance costs and volunteer labor by simplifying the means of supporting the targets. They will also reduce richochets off the the vertical rail supports, as well as the sparks associated with them.
And more importantly, the hangers will insure that the targets are kept below the middle of the berm, reducing the chances of bullets leaving the range. The photo below on the 800 yard berm shows why this is a concern. There are a lot of impacts on the berm above the targets as they are currently installed. So it's important to keep the targets as low as possible, while still being visible from the firing line.
If you must replace a steel target on any of the berms, keep them as low as possible.
Others planned improvements are:
- Digging out a ramp in front of berm to provide more impact area on the berms (similar to what is now on the 500 yard berm), assure drainage into the pit for lead control, and provide side impact berms for ricochets.
- Replacing the vertical rails with grader blades. The lower profile will minimize accidental impacts, and discourage deliberate targeting.
- Raising and widening the berms, as fill is available, for a larger impact area. The back slopes will be flattened for easier maintenance (mowing and replacing fill on the front of the berms).
During the period of March 8-23, there will be no steel plates on the rifle range. The plate hangers will be ordered from D-M Targets, and all steel targets will be removed from the rifle range. They will be taken to D-M Targets, who will modify them for the new hangers. The new hangers and modified plates will be installed on the rifle range shortly after that window. The absence of the targets is unfortunate, but the long term benefits will be significant, and worth the inconvenience.
The grader blades will be installed while the Action Range berm is being built, as that will reduce the length of closing both ranges. That will be determined by repairs on the Walla Walla River Road, and when spoil from the new fish hatchery can be moved to the range.
Friday, March 20th:
Work is nearly complete on the rifle range! All berms will be widened, raised, and in general, made safer.. New steel targets and target frames will be installed by the end of today.
The rifle and action range will be open for general use on Saturday, March 21st.
Minor work is still needed, such as seeding the raw soil. NOTE: The grass in front of the 800 berm will be mowed to improve the line-of-sight to the steel target.
Installing target frames on the 200 yard berm:
Shaping the back side of the 300 yard berm. The bulldozer is courtesy of Humberts.
The 400 yard berm.
The 600 yard berm.
The 700 yard berm.
The 800 yard berm.
The steel target on the 800 yard berm:
Parts of the fire breaks now disced around and across the range:
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.