I would like to take just a minute to give a heads-up on a number of things.
The Board has decided to require each member to have a concealed carry permit or its equivalent (e.g., active law enforcement or private background check). All new members must present credentials at the application stage. Current members will be asked to provide proof during our next renewal period. If for some reason you don’t have a concealed carry permit and don’t want to get one, let us know. The alternative of a private background check is expected to be significantly more expensive for you than maintaining the concealed carry permit.
We are changing the schedule for renewing our memberships. For our membership year 2017, which remains a calendar year, dues are due on or before November 30. We will have an incentive to pay during October (eligibility for a drawing – 1st place $50, 2nd place $25, and 3rd place $25), a $25 late charge after November 30th, and membership termination January 1st./gate code change.
We opened our Shotgun Field August 13th. For those who haven’t had their Shotgun Field orientation or lack other orientations, we are planning orientations on the second Saturday of each month at 9:00 am, as needed. Harvey Yoder and Ron Bolton are currently coordinating orientations. To use the Shotgun Field you will need special orientation and prepay for 5 Rounds (Round=25 shots/clays) with $25.
In January we will need to elect some new board members and appoint officers. If you have any interest in serving, please contact me for details.
Finally, we will be holding another Club Social set for next Tuesday, October 11th at 5:30p.m. at Mr. Bill’s in Northport. As usual, we will have a Club update and an open forum for general discussion. We hope you will be able to attend.
Generally, life is great at Tuscaloosa Shooting Sports!
George P. Lander
Vice President’s Message
A signed release form is an essential membership requirement. If you have joined since formation of this organization (at our new Lake Harris home) your form was part of your application. Most memberships were transferred from the Tuscaloosa Gun Club so a new TSSI release form is needed. Some transferees have done so, usually by signing and dropping a form in one of the range lock boxes. If you have not already done so please sign a form and either drop in a range lock box, sign, scan and email to email@example.com, or mail to: Tuscaloosa Shooting Sports Inc., P.O Box 1242, Northport, AL 35476.
And a reminder. All non-members, including family, must be accompanied by a member and sign a release form at the range. Only one form is required per guest, it will cover future visits.
TSSI Range Safety
I have a few Safety reminders from things noticed around the ranges:
A. Cold Range Rules
1. Tuscaloosa Shooting Sports operates a COLD range policy.
a. When the range is COLD no one may touch a firearm.
b. Do Not approach a range with a firearm if someone is down range.
c. You may touch, load, and fire your firearm only when the range is called HOT.
d. When the range is COLD your firearm must be in a safe condition; unloaded, action or cylinder open, empty chamber indicator inserted, magazine out, safety on, holstered, cased, racked with the muzzle up, or lying on the shooting bench with the muzzle pointed downrange. Revolvers must have cylinder open and empty.
2. While at any range all firearms not in use shall have actions open and made in a VISIBLY SAFE CONDITION, i.e., install an empty chamber indicator or length of weed eater cord in the chamber so that it can be easily seen by everyone on the firing line.
3. Ammunition may be loaded into magazines on a Cold range, but not placed in the firearm.
4. Firearms must be transported to the range with chambers empty, in a case, holster, or with action open, an Empty Chamber Indicator(ECI) in the chamber, and with the muzzle pointed up.
5. When handling your firearm, be sure that the muzzle is pointing downrange and/or up.
6. You may not handle a firearm unless the range is called Hot. This includes removing a firearm from its case or putting one away.
7. No handling firearms behind the firing line unless the firearm is unloaded, the action is open, an Empty Chamber Indicator(ECI) in the chamber, and the range director has given the shooter permission to handle them.
8. No one shall go downrange until the range is called Cold.
9. When anyone is downrange, there will be no handling of any firearms!
B. Every round must impact the terminal berm.
1. Before you fire your first shot, make sure that you and your target are lined up so that you are firing straight into the berm, do not fire at an angle across the range.
2. Aim your firearm at your target, visualize where your rounds will impact, being sure that you will be firing into the berm.
C. When firing at the steel plates in the pistol bunkers, be sure to stand back at least 15 yards back from the plates. Notice the lead on the ground in front of the plates. It gets thicker, in a hurry, the closer you get to the plates.
Always think safety, forget it and the result may be a constant reminder, or worse.
Chief Range Safety Officer
Extra Housekeeping Notes
We have been getting several calls of people going to the range and the gate is either wide open or unlocked with no member there. While sometimes it may be people servicing the gas wells at fault and there has been a crew bushhogging their right of way, what appears to be the problem revolves around our members coming in and leaving the gate open or not locking the gate on the way out. We have noted issues with one of the locks and we will replace them both and that should help, but please do YOUR PART and make sure the gate is closed on your way in and locked on your way out.
While checking the ranges today, there was brass all over several of the ranges, the bunkers were the worst. EVERYBODY was briefed that it is the member’s responsibility to police their brass everywhere, do it or be ready to get an ear full from me. Obviously, we will not run you off for such conduct …. the first time, but you must recognize this is a rule you are breaking and there are consequences for those who can’t obey our rules.
Directly tied to this situation we find evidence (un-policed brass) indicating people are shooting from wherever they please at whatever they please – most of which are wrong or dangerous! For example, one pile of .380 brass on the 100 yard Range were obviously fired from a place where NO ROUND SHOT AT ANY OF THE TARGET STANDS COULD HAVE POSSIBLY GONE INTO A BERM! Furthermore, what was shot most likely bounced out and had a 50/50 chance of hitting someone on the Shotgun Range! WE WILL RUN YOU OFF FOR THIS!!! In the bunkers we find brass 5 yards from the plate racks, and reflected bullets BEHIND this brass, you get to go to the hospital for this! We have replaced the orange engineering flags in the bunkers conforming to our 15-yard rule on these ranges and you should never shoot plates or any targets closer than these flags. Our Safety Rules are very clear and have no allowance for deviation from this – Every round that comes out of a barrel MUST go into a designated area on every one of our ranges; that’s the way it’s written and briefed to every member; nothing else is allowed.
Don’t forget we have Appleseed Project this weekend (Oct 8-9) and the 50 Yard Range will be tied up with that 8-5 both days, so plan on using one of our other ranges then. Our Monthly CMP .22 Sporter Match will be the next weekend – Saturday Oct 15 starting at 8:00 am with sighters at 7:30 – that’s only $10 for great little fun match.
Thanks – Barry Fikes