East End Rod & Gun Club

Flattening the boredom curve since 1947

Safety Message For Vintage Military Rifles

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The CMP advises to not use .30/06 ammunition in M1 Garands, 1903s, and 1903A3s that is loaded beyond 50,000 CUP and has a bullet weight more than 172gr. These rifles are at least 70 years old and were not designed for max loads and super heavy bullets. Always wear hearing and eye protection when firing an M1 Garand, 1903 and/or 1903A3 rifle.

20210420 CMP Garand Safety Msg

This is why we can't have nice things

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The Action Range was not used properly on Saturday, March 6th.  Two targets were incorrectly placed, as you might see in this photo:

What is wrong with this picture?

And if you can't, here's a zoom of the problem:

Look closely

The wooden posts are not target stands, they are lane markers, and installed for safety reasons.  Shooters may use the far berm between them, and the 40 yard berm to the right of the right hand marker. 

Using them as target stands is unsafe, irresponsible, and silly.  Here's a close up of the lane marker at the 40 yard berm:

Target on 40 yd berm

Whoever put this up went to a lot of work to screw the board onto the lane marker, and to mount the target on the board,  A roll of tape, applied to one of the target stands, would have done the same thing, and with a lot less effort. 

And this is the damage they did to the lane marker by the shooter(s):

Damage to lane marker

Here's the target on the far berm; again, a lot of unnecessary work went into this, espcially considering the steel plates to the right of this.  Fortunately, the marksmanship was poor, and the marker was not damaged as much.

Target on far bermKeep a roll of tape in your shooting bag -- that's $1 at the Dollar Store, or a few dollars at the hardware store.  The blue tape is quite effective.

Oh, and please pick up your garbage -- this was left at the base of the 40 yard berm.

Pick up your garbage -- this was left at the 40 yard berm

 

 

The new NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program

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The NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program is a skill development program, administrated by parents, club leaders, coaches or instructors. Qualification shooting can be conducted on any appropriate range, even a home range where applicable and courses of fire are open to everyone—men, women, and youth.

The NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program offers shooters a self-paced training platform to develop their shooting skills. It’s a drill. We set the standards and you meet the challenge! Progression is self-paced and scores are challenging, but attainable. Take your shooting skills to the next level and challenge yourself in the NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program today!

The courses of fire and qualifications are available for download on the EER&G Club web site!

14 Jan 21: Range Workday!

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Today was Work Day on the range! Lots of maintenance and changes on the Rifle, Action, and Archery Ranges, plus the Blacksmith Building.  Also, the pigeon throwers are being repaired, and the Shotgun Range is down to one at this time.
 
Many thanks to the volunteers who spent the morning working! Pictures are below:
 
Trash can and tractor at work!
Taking down target backing and frames means a lot of trash.
 
 
New framing for the 100 yard targets
Working on the 100 yard target frames
 
 
New backing for the 500 yard target!
New backing for the 500 yard berm!
 
Installing one of the new steel targets on the Action Range
Installing a steel target on a new post for the Action Range
 
Two of the four steel targets on the Action Range

Two of the new steel targets on the Action Range

 
 
New target backing for the 40 yard berm on the Action Range

New back for the 40 yard berm

 
 
One new target stand, and one repaired target stand, for the Archery Range!

One new target stand, and one repaired stand, for the Archery Range

 

Next two photos: Can you tell what we did?

Can you guess what we did here?
 
Well?  Have you figured it out?

How To Download Documents From Your Member Account

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There are several documents that the club publishes for the membership.  This includes, but is not limited to, the Bylaws, Range SOP, and Range SOP.  Due to printing costs, and the wide use of smart devices and computers, the club no longer hands out hard copies, but they are available for download as a PDF.

You are encouraged to download copies of these documents for quick reference on the firing line, especially the Range SOP and Range Rules.  These are updated periodically by the Board.

Downloads are available to paid members.  To access them at the web site (https://www.eergunclub.com/), you need to register for an account.  If you already have one, just log in.  See the figure below:

 

Logging into your account

 

Once you are logged in, click on "Member Documents", as shown in the graphic below.  Please note that you can find your membership status here as well.

 

Go To The Member Documents Page

And here are the files that you can download!

 

Select your file to download

Those Stands Aren't For What You Think They're For

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If you shoot in the Blacksmith building, you have seen these along the left side:

 

Cowboy Action target stands

 

These are target stands for the Cowboy Action event, made from flexible construction rebar, which is easy to bend and weld into useful shapes.  However, the rebar steel is not hardened, like AR500 steel.  The cowboy shoots use low velocity powder with soft lead bullets, which are unlikely to damage the soft steel.  The stands are purchased and built by Cowboy Action members, and are not available for general use.  

That's because modern ammunition, with hardened bullets and higher velocities, will snap these stands like a twig.  These are stored in the open for convenience of Cowboy Action, not general range members.

So this arrangement is a no-no:

Don't do this

 

Thank you for your cooperation!

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