East End Rod & Gun Club

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Wildfire report

Pictures from the fire, courtesy of Stacy Fulgham:

Wildfire near Milton-Freewatedr

Burned field near cemetary


Looking at the range


Closer to the range









Sporting Clays Championship Results

via Larry Zalaznik:

The Washington State Sporting Clays Championship took place July 1 thru 4 at Lost Pair Ranch near Cle Elum. SE WA was well represented with six shooters from WW: Shane Loper, Larry Zalaznik, Mike Bireley, Larry Brown, Gene Curcio, Kelsie Taylor and four shooters from Rattlesnake/Tri-Cities: Lindsay Nelsen, Phil Volkman, Mike Tomlinson, Mark Monopoli. 

Accomplishments of the area shooters:

Shane Loper –

    • Main Event sporting clays AA Class, 1st place w/ 178/200
    • Main five stand AA Class, 2nd place w/ 43/50

Larry Brown - 

    • Main Event sporting clays D Class, 1st place w/ 153/200
    • Main Event super sport D Class, 1st place w/ 38/50

Mike Bireley –

    • Friday super sport D Class, tied for 1st w/ 35/50
    • Main Event super sport D Class, 2nd place (behind Larry Brown) w/ 36/50

Larry Zalaznik –

    • Thursday 12 ga. 50 bird sporting clays A Class, 1st place w/ 43/50
    • .410 bore 50 bird sporting clays B Class, 1st place w/ 37/50

Gene Curcio - 

    • Main Event sporting clays E Class, 3rd place w/129/200. Gene had a 68/100 on the Saturday course and had two stations (14 targets) where he scored zero. He shot the other 11 stations extremely well.

Lindsay Nelsen –

    • Friday five stand AA Class, tied for 1st place 
    • 20 ga. 50 bird sporting, A Class, tied for 2nd place
    • .410 bore 50 bird sporting, A Class, tied for 1st place
    • Thursday 12 ga. 50 bird sporting clays AA Class, tied for 1st place

Mark Monopoli –

    • 20 ga. 50 bird sporting clays B Class, 1st place

Phil Volkman –

    • Main Event sporting clays, B Class, tied for 2nd
    • Main Event super sport, B Class, tied for 2nd
    • Friday super sport, B Class, 2nd place

There was over $20,000 paid to all the shoot winners. The biggest money winner of the above listed shooters was Larry Brown with $500 of winnings. There were 154 shooters in the Main Event sporting clays. Some stiff competition from west-side shooters that have access to numerous clays courses within easy driving time, unlike access for Walla Walla and Rattlesnake shooters. Shooting temperatures started at 75 degrees on Thursday and crept  up to 90 degrees on Sunday. A great respite from our recent heat. 

We saw some really tough tournament targets, but a good time was had by all.

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  Come out and enjoy the fun of sport shooting this month! August is National Shooting Sports Month, and the rangeCome out and enjoy the fun of sport shooting this month! August is National Shooting Sports Month, and the rangewill be open to the public on Saturdays for open shooting. Bring a friend that is new to the sport and both of you could win prizes! 


More problems on the Action Range

The Action Range is not well understood by members. These photos (taken on May 7th) are examples of this problem.  Please respect and follow the range rules; they exist to keep the range safe, and maintenance costs down.
The 100 yd target on the Action Range, with large caliber bullet holes.
The maximum cartridge size allowed on the Action Range is 5.56mm, also known as .223. Someone was shooting at least .30 caliber, at the 100 yard berm; you can see large holes on the cardboard backing in one photo. The concerns are that richochets will go downrange, past the 500 yard berm. And the steel plates on the range aren't made for larger rounds at that range; they will be destroyed.
20 yd targets are not allowed on the Action Range
The other problem is that only 40 and 100 yard targets are allowed on the Action Range. Someone decided to move one of the rebar frames to 20 yards, and where there is no berm for bullets to impact. Richochets are very likely in this case. If you want to shoot at close range, use the 25 yard on the rifle range for rifles, or one of the pistol bays for pistols.

Safety Message For Vintage Military Rifles

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.

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This is why we can't have nice things

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