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.
The Action Range was not used properly on Saturday, March 6th. Two targets were incorrectly placed, as you might see in this photo:
And if you can't, here's a zoom of the problem:
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:
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):
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.
Keep 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.
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Two of the new steel targets on the Action Range
New back for the 40 yard berm
One new target stand, and one repaired stand, for the Archery Range
Next two photos: Can you tell what we did?
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:
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.
And here are the files that you can download!
If you shoot in the Blacksmith building, you have seen these along the left side:
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:
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