Club Connection, Volume 14, Issue 3

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NRA Bianchi Cup Celebrates 30th Anniversary

INSIDE 4 Bianchi Cup Anniversary 11 State Association Spotlight 14 Range Report 18 Club News

Contents NRA Supports Hunters’ Rights By Ronald L. Schmeits, NRA President


30th Anniversary NRA Bianchi Cup By Tom Hughes, Program Coordinator Action Shooting


2009 National Youth Education Summit By Nicole McMahon, Event Services Coordinator


NRA Women’s Wilderness Escape By Patty Zollman, National Training Coordinator


Established 1995 and published quarterly by the Field Operations Division of the National Rifle Association of America. Ronald L. Schmeits


David A. Keene

1st Vice President James W. Porter II

2nd Vice President

Wayne R. LaPierre

Executive Vice President Edward J. Land, Jr.

Secretary Wilson H. Phillips, Jr.

Benefits of Being 100% NRA Club


State Association Spotlight By Ray Harvey, Cyle Kunz, Dean Herron, and Jim VanCleave


Refuse to Be A Victim By Ruthann Sprague, National Program Coordinator


Range Report


Club News


Business News


ILA News


NRA Affiliated State Associations


NRA Field Representatives



Kayne Robinson

Executive Director, General Operations Chris W. Cox

Executive Director, Institute for Legislative Action NRA-affiliated clubs and associations are authorized to reproduce all or parts of this newsletter. NRA Clubs & Associations Department National Rifle Association Attn: Clubs & Associations Department 11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax,VA 22030 (800) NRA – CLUB (672-2582) (703) 267-3939 fax Editors: Elizabeth Bush, National Manager Clubs, Associations, & Range Services (703) 267-1348 Son Nguyen, Marketing Manager (703) 267-1345 Design & layout: Jack Baker, Marketing Coordinator (703) 267-1351 Megan Heltzel, Marketing Coordiantor (703) 267-1343

Dave Sevigny - Glock Team Captain and sponsor of the new 2009 Production Division competed at the 2009 30th Anniversary Bianchi Cup and won the 1st ever Production Division Cup as well 2 l CLUB CONNECTION l Volume 14, Number 3

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NRA Supports Hunters’ Rights


eptember is here, and along with it, hunting season. In my home state of New Mexico, and from California to the Carolinas, each September 1 American sportsmen and women return to the fields, fencerows and watering holes of our nation to engage in the timeless tradition of dove hunting. For many American families, it’s an annual ritual and a much-anticipated kickoff for the entire hunting season. For me, the highlight each year is hunting pheasant and quail across the Midwest. So if you’re a hunter—as most NRA members are— here’s a way you can help give our sport a new relevance, additional supporters and more informed, involved and active participants. When you meet up with friends for an afternoon or weekend of hunting this fall, or when you see other hunters at your deer camp or gun club while sighting in your rifle, make it a point to tell them: All hunters belong in the NRA. Here’s some ammunition that can help you show them why. Whether or not they know it, the fact is the NRA does much more for America’s 18 million hunters than just defend the Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms. For example, we all know that it was the NRA whose proven hunter safety training principles formed the basis for hunter safety courses from coast to coast. But did you know that our NRA now underwrites and oversees the most advanced youth hunter safety and skills training in the country, through the Youth Hunter Education Challenge? It works. Hunting and the shooting sports are among the safest of outdoor activities. And many states are now finding that their youngest hunters are their safest hunters. We all know the NRA fights to protect the firearms you use to hunt. But did you know that our NRA also fights to keep public hunting lands and shooting facilities open, and to open up more land to hunting and shooting? We’ve won shooting range protection laws in 47 states. And we’re fighting for “no net loss” laws mandating that if a state closes a hunting or shooting facility, they must open another of equal size elsewhere in the state.

You’ve heard how “animal rights” radicals have tried to booby-trap deer stands, vandalize duck Ronald L. Schmeits, blinds, poison hunting dogs NRA President and drive game away from hunters. But did you know that our NRA has helped win hunter protection laws in all 50 states? So if some PETA protester tries to sabotage your hunt, it’s possible that protester could be prosecuted! That’s just the beginning. The NRA also underwrites many hunter safety, wildlife conservation, habitat improvement and hunter-access projects through grants awarded by The NRA Foundation. In fact, since its inception, The NRA Foundation has awarded more than $126 million in grants to support such efforts across the United States.

Nobody defends hunters’ rights like the NRA, and nobody offers hunters more benefits for their membership buck than the NRA. We now have a website for hunters like you——where you can go to get all the news about our sport, including up-to-the-minute intelligence about new hunting legislation or regulation in your state or in Washington, D.C. You’ll find a section covering lead bullet bans and the disinformation that’s used to advance them, as well as news about what the anti-gun and anti-hunting lobbies are doing to turn your pastime into a relic of the past. gives you links to every state’s fish and game agency so you can plan your next hunt, as well as a searchable database of places to hunt and ranges where you can shoot in your area. The website includes a forum where you can discuss all the hunting issues of the day and the Trophy Gallery, where continued on page 5 Volume 14, Number 3 l CLUB CONNECTION l 3


30th Anniversary NRA Bianchi Cup By Tom Hughes Program Coordinator Action Shooting The 2009 30th Anniversary NRA Bianchi Cup is generously sponsored by our Title Sponsor – MidwayUSA, Event Sponsors – Bianchi International, Safariland, Sig Sauer, and Division Sponsors – Caspian, Colt, Glock, and sponsored support from more then 55 other industry sponsors.

Former NRA President John C. Sigler and Safariland Sponsor Scott Carnahan congratulate overall men’s Bianchi Cup winner Bruce Piatt

The championship has always been comprised of four stages, which make up the match aggregate. Each of these stages consists of 48 rounds for a total possible score of 480 for each stage and 1920 for a perfect overall score. Competitors shoot all these events from both standing and prone positions. They are also required to shoot with both strong and weak hands at various stages. Class awards are awarded to high law enforcement, high women, high junior, high international, high newcomer, high senior, high service, high semi-auto, high revolver, and a multi-gun aggregate. 4 l CLUB CONNECTION l Volume 14, Number 3

The four shooting events are: 1. The Practical Event: Sponsored by NRA. From the appropriate shooting line, the shooter fires at distances from 10 yards to 50 yards under varying time limits. 2. The Barricade Event: Sponsored by Safariland. From within shooting boxes and behind barricades, a shooter fires at targets on either side of the barricade at different distances and under varying time limits. 3. The Falling Plate Event: Sponsored by MidwayUSA. From the appropriate shooting line, the shooter fires at 8-inch round, steel plates arranged in banks of six at distances from 10 to 25 yards under varying time limits. 4. The Moving Target Event: Sponsored by Sig Sauer. From within shooting boxes at distances ranging from 10 to 25 yards, the shooter fires at a target moving from left to right with the target being exposed for only 6 seconds. With this celebration, the Competitions Division added some exciting new twists to this historical Championship. The Competitions Division ran the Ray Chapman “Nostalgia” Match on Monday, May 18. This match was run in the same format, same targets, with the same firearms used at the very 1st Bianchi Cup in 1979…Production Firearms, this included the same firearm Ray Chapman used, a SingleAction 1911 in .45 ACP. The NRA Competitions Division wanted to pay tribute to Ray Chapman and his vision of the world’s best pistol championship. Thanks to Ray Chapman and co-founder John Bianchi, we still have the world’s best pistol championship. The Competitions Division was honored to have two members of the Country Music Industry to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the NRA Bianchi Cup. Mark Wills and Michael Peterson attended and competed in the Championship. On Saturday, May 23, a Celebrity Pro-Am Event was held for the first time. This event was conducted and shot by the top pistol shooters in the world, as well as industry, press, and celebrity shooters. Celebrity Pro-Am and the rest of the Championship were open to the public and are always free of charge for spectators. Spectators had

a special treat to see some fantastic shooting and view a World Breaking record score of 1.70 seconds fired by the Pro-Am Winner, Sig Sauer Team Captain, Max Michel The conclusion of the match was highlighted by the Awards Dinner that night. Winners were paraded down a Hollywood style red carpet for official photos. Out going NRA President – John C. Sigler was the key note speaker. NRA is proud of all the 2009 30th Anniversary competitors, and especially excited to Award the 1st Production Championship Cup to Glock Team Captain – Dave Sevigny. Dave said “It was a service to the firearm industry and competitors when NRA Action Pistol recognized Production division in 2009. The division is very accessible due to the relatively low cost to get set-up. Plus, with the same gear, you can compete in other venues such as IDPA, GSSF, Pro-Am, Steel Challenge and USPSA.” If you are looking to start an NRA Action Pistol Match at your club, please feel free to contact Tom Hughes at thughes@ or (800)672-3888 ext 1478. Join the excitement, come and compete with your production firearm. The goal is to get everyone that has a firearm out shooting at your local club. The sport is growing. The prizes at the Championship are bigger and better than ever before! 2009 NRA Bianchi Cup Champions Overall: Bruce Piatt – 1920-181X Metallic: Rob Leatham – 1909-145X Production: Dave Sevigny – 1806-101X Junior: Jordan Dick – 1909-160X Women: Julie Golob – 1907-138X Senior: John Pride – 1920-168X

President’s Column continued from page 3 you can post pictures from your latest hunt. So log on to today and get your fellow hunters to do so as well. Nobody defends hunters’ rights like the NRA and nobody offers hunters more benefits for their membership buck than the NRA. So when you go out into the woods and fields this fall and you meet hunters who aren’t yet NRA members—or who have allowed their memberships to lapse—tell them the truth about our Association. Tell them a few of the things we do that benefit them, whether they’re members or not. Then, ask them to do their fair share by joining or renewing their NRA membership. If every American hunter joins forces with the NRA, we’ll be unified to defend our sport, our firearms and our freedoms from every enemy!

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2009 National Youth Education Summit By Nicole McMahon Events Services Coordinator, Field Operations Since it’s inception in 1996, the National Youth Education Summit, YES, has welcomed students to the D.C. Metropolitan Area from all across the country. YES is a seven-day, expense-paid educational experience for rising high school juniors and seniors. Each year, the NRA selects the best and brightest students to visit our nation’s capitol and learn about government, politics and leadership. A total of 45 high school students attended the 2009 program, which took place July 6-12. While visiting NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Va., students listened to a lecture from Pennsylvania Senior Field Representative Kory Enck about how to get involved with their local Friends of NRA while also receiving hands-on experience by attending a mock Friends of NRA event during lunch. They also learned from NRA staff in depth instruction on how to make a difference in their communities by introducing NRA programs such as the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, Refuse To Be A Victim® and Women On Target®. The following day at NRA Headquarters, students received expert instruction from NRA certified instructors on the safe handling and use of firearms at the NRA Range by shooting an AR-15, Ruger .357 revolver, and Glock 9mm semi-auto pistol. Also during that time, the National Firearms Museum staff took students on a comprehensive tour of the National Firearms Museum where they gave an explanation about the history and evolution of firearms. Later on, students had the opportunity to see a special demonstration by National Firearms Museum staff entitled “Musket to Machinegun”. Mid-week, students engaged in exciting question and answer discussions with Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and Congressman Mark Souder from Indiana. In addition, students went on tours of the Pentagon, National Archives Museum, the Capitol, American History Museum, and various memorials in D.C. Later in the week, YES students partook in various activities at the Marine Corps. Base in Quantico, Va. These

activities included the night-vision obstacle course and a ride on the Riverine Assault Craft. The students then went to the National Museum of the Marine Corps. For dinner, students got a taste of real Marine Corps. life by eating MREs—Meal Ready-to-Eat at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Va. To close out the day, the students attended the prestigious Marine Corps. 8th and I parade where they saw a performance by the United States Marine Band, Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Color Guard and Silent Drill Platoon. On the last day, students witnessed the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Four students were chosen, based on their participation throughout the week, to assist the guard during the wreath-laying ceremony. After the ceremony, students went to the Robert E. Lee House and the JFK Eternal Flame before closing out their visit at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Estate, where students finished their individual speeches and toured the land. The week ended with the Awards Banquet, where special

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NRA Women’s Wilderness Escape By Patty Zollman, National Training Coordinator, Women’s Programs

Ladies enjoying the pink camo Ruger .22 caliber rifle


RA is proud to host the 2nd annual Women’s Wilderness Escape scheduled for September 25 – October 2 at the Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico. This nine-day retreat is open to women 18 and older. No experience is necessary, and all firearms and ammunition are provided. You’ll learn to shoot rifle silhouette, long range high power rifle, black powder rifle, pistol, trap, skeet, sporting clays and archery. Other activities include map reading, camping, survival training, game calling, hunter education and Native American history. Here’s what a few of our 2008 attendees had to say about the event: “The NRA Women’s Wilderness Escape is a wonderful opportunity to provide women of all ages a chance to discover skills they were not aware of and to make lifelong friendships.” – Donna Provence. “If you’ve wanted to learn about firearms but didn’t know where to begin, come here.” – Jutta Holzhaus.

“This is a phenomenal program that exceeded all expectations. I now can participate in any of the firearm sports and know safe practices and what is correct. This knowledge has removed any intimidation I have felt in the past when considering participation in any activities involving firearms. And I got hooked on archery too! Thank you for teaching me proper handling. And with all the rounds of practice you provided, I’m not a bad shot either.” - Terri Merry. “The NRA has far surpassed my expectations with this event. I would and will recommend this program to all women both young and senior.” – Peggy York. If this event is for you and you want to learn more contact Patty Zollman at (703) 267-1378 or You may also visit our website at: wilderness_escape.asp

After being introduced to the .22 rifle, the ladies then tried the FNH PS90 Carbine

YES continued from page 6 guest speaker, NRA Secretary Major Edward J. Land, spoke to students about his life changing experiences. Several students were then awarded college scholarships that ranged from $750 to $2,500. At the end, nearly all the students spoke of their experience during the week and how it changed their lives for the better. To qualify for the YES program, all prospective students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. They must also be current sophomores or juniors enrolled in a credited high school or equivalent. Students should also have a clear interest in American government, history, and politics, as well as the Second Amendment and shooting sports. NRA is now issuing a call for all young leaders interested in making a difference for the National Youth Education Summit Class of 2010. The summit will run from July 5-11, 2010. Visit or email for more information. Volume 14, Number 3 l CLUB CONNECTION l 7


Benefits of Becoming a100% NRA Membership Club Why should your organization become a 100% NRA Club? What’s in it for your club? What is a 100% NRA Club? A club becomes a 100% NRA Club when all members of the NRA- affiliated Club actively maintain individual NRA membership. This can be done by requesting proof of NRA membership when signing up new members to your organization and/or including NRA membership as Membership requirement in your organization bylaws. An example of wording used for the bylaw amendment is “Membership Eligibility: All members must maintain a membership in good standing with the National Rifle Association”. One of the two main benefits of this elevated status of Club Affiliation is access to the NRA Range Grant program that is open to 100% NRA Clubs exclusively. It will allow your club to gain access to up to $5,000 per year to make improvements to your range. The deadline for this grant program is August 1 annually. For more information on this range grant program, please visit our website at http://www.

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Secondly, 100% NRA Membership status also fulfills one of the main requirements for the NRA Gold Medal Club Award. The other remaining requirements are: to produce a club newsletter; be an affiliate of your NRA State Association; be actively involved with a youth program; and participate in the NRA Recruiter program. The deadline for this exclusive program is February 15 each year. More information on the NRA Gold Medal program is available at clubs/goldmedal.asp In addition, the NRA Recruiter program could potentially generate additional revenue for your club. For each new NRA member your club affiliates your club will receive $10 and $5 for each renewal. To start earning commission as an NRA Recruiter, please visit their website today at If you have any additional questions about becoming an exclusive 100% NRA Club, please contact us at (800) NRA CLUB (672-2582) or visit

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State Association Spotlight, Tennessee Shooting Sports Association Submitted Ray Harvey, Clyde Kunz, Dean Herron, and Jim VanCleave Tennesse Shooting Sports Association

The Tennessee Shooting Sports Association, Inc. (TNSSA) was originally organized as the Tennessee State Rifle Association in the early 1960’s by a group of highpower competitors located in Oak Ridge and Tullahoma, TN. Along the way, the association changed its name to welcome pistol competitors and include all “shooting sports.” The TNSSA was appointed as the NRA State Association in 1988 and became a not for profit corporation in 1993.

TNSSA was operated and funded by the highpower competition community for many years. During those years, it ran splendidly--fully budgeted and self-sufficient. Increasing demands were made on the state association for more extensive and varied programs in recent years. The requests came from multi-discipline competitors, women and selfdefense advocates, and from NRA for junior marksmanship development and women’s and personal protection programs. As the 21st century dawned, the Board of Directors decided that the association did not have sufficient financial or volunteer resources to conduct all of the programs and events that were spoken of in our old bylaws or for which some would hope. A rewriting of the bylaws was accomplished under the able leadership of Clyde “Rusty” Nail, TNSSA President and Clyde Kunz, Vice-President.

The new bylaws condensed our goals into these: 1. To serve as the sanctioning body for Tennessee State Championships associated with the NRA competitive shooting disciplines (listed below), preserving the legitimacy and honors associated with such tournaments. Each of these NRA competitive disciplines have been assigned to a member of the Association Board of Directors for support and facilitation. A. Air Rifle B. BB C. Black Powder and Muzzleloader D. Highpower E. Pistol F. Silhouette G. Smallbore 2. To provide awards for TNSSA sanctioned State Championships. 3. To provide financial support for Junior State Championship tournaments and Junior State Team representation at National tournaments. 4. To provide financial support for Adult State Team representation at National tournaments. 5. To cooperate with law enforcement agencies, the armed forces, the militia and people of good repute to encourage and improve marksmanship and safe handling of small arms. 6. To support the objectives and purposes of the National Rifle Association as defined within the NRA State Association Officers’ Handbook. TNSSA is organized so that each of the twelve members of the Board of Directors monitor and advocate NRA shooting continued on page 11

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Increase Your Personal Safety Through A Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminar By Ruthann Sprague, National Program Coordinator, Women’s Programs

Refuse To Be A Victim®, the crime prevention program of the National Rifle Association, offers vital personal protection information to groups as diverse as high school or college students, to senior citizens or the physically handicapped. Refuse To Be A Victim® is a non-shooting, non-firearms class that educates the public, giving them essential information for their safety. The Refuse To Be A Victim® four hour seminar teaches methods to promote awareness, avoid dangerous situations and prevent criminal confrontations. Experts agree that the most important factor in surviving a criminal attack is to have an overall safety strategy before you need it. Seminar topics include home, automobile, phone, technology, travel and personal security. Participants are presented with a variety of common‑sense crime prevention and personal safety strategies and devices they may integrate into their daily lives. NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Seminars® are currently scheduled at the following locations. For more detailed information visit our website at October 3 October 6 October 10 October 17 October 24 October 24 October 27 November 7 November 7

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State Association Spotlight continued from page 10 disciplines—BB, air rifle, smallbore, highpower, silhouette, pistol, black powder/muzzle loader, junior development, etc. Directors are responsible for their assigned discipline, including the funding and state championship for that discipline. This decentralized system has worked well with the level of active volunteers and their commitment to TNSSA. TNSSA’s greatest challenge is membership, especially junior members. Our total membership, including life members, hovered at 350 members a decade ago. We have increased membership by approximately 80 members to 430 members in the last couple of years, including 11 affiliated clubs. TNSSA applied for and received a State Association grant this year for membership development and to restart our Newsletter. We have received two NRA Foundation grants in the past four years. One to conduct Highpower Clinics and Coach Training Schools and the other to conduct two NRA Youth Shooting Development Seminars. In the next five years, we would like to see our organization with 800 individual members and 50 affiliated clubs. We plan to have a state championship in every rifle and pistol discipline, a full schedule of junior competitions in BB, air rifle, smallbore and highpower, a regularly published and useful newsletter, a professional looking, useful, informative and well-used website and an outreach program that brings in 100 new women, youth and other shooters into our sport each year. The TNSSA website is or email Volume 14, Number 3 l CLUB CONNECTION l 11

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NRA Awards $150,000 in Public Range Grants By Justin McDaniel Assistant Editor, One of the greatest challenges facing hunters today is finding a public shooting range where they can sight-in their rifles and sharpen their shooting skills without driving long distances or paying excessive fees. And if a hunter is lucky enough to have a free public range near his or her home, long lines can often be expected due to the high demand for these facilities. Such is the case at the Indian Creek Rifle Range in the Sumter National Forest near Whitmire, S.C., where crowds of shooters have been known to gather on Saturdays for a crack at one of the range’s six covered shooting tables. But a $25,000 grant from NRA’s Public Range Fund will soon give shooters in upstate South Carolina a new range option. With that money, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is going to build a brand new rifle and pistol range 30 minutes from Indian Creek at Belfast Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a 4,664-acre former plantation situated on the Newberry/Laurens county line, which was acquired by the DNR last October. That grant is part of $150,000 awarded by NRA this year for range projects in South Carolina, West Virginia and Georgia. “Probably 3 or 4 years ago the decision was made that we need to help build more unmanned public ranges where people can shoot,” said Kyle Weaver, managing director of NRA’s Field Operations Division, which awarded the grants. “We knew we had friends in the state DNRs that could make that happen. And this is just the beginning. You’re going to see more of these types of range projects throughout South Carolina and other states in the future.” The range at Belfast WMA is actually one of three new public ranges the South Carolina DNR has in store, thanks to two additional $25,000 NRA grants. One of those grants will be used to build a 50- and 100-yard rifle and pistol range at Woodbury WMA in Marion County, with the possibility of extending the range to 200 yards. The other grant will be used to build three new trap and skeet fields at Marsh WMA, also in Marion County. In all, NRA awarded $75,000 to South Carolina—funds 14 l CLUB CONNECTION l Volume 14, Number 3

Field Operations Managing Director Kyle Weaver (L) and NRA Board Member Herb Landford (R) giving a $25,000 grant to South Carolina to build more Public Ranges.

that unlocked an additional $225,000 from the DNR’s share of federal Pittman-Robertson funds. The Pittman-Robertson Act, which levies an excise tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition and then returns that money to the states each year for habitat and range projects, requires matching funds at a 3:1 ratio. Thus, each $25,000 grant from NRA will be matched in kind with $75,000 from South Carolina’s Pittman-Robertson appropriations, for a total of $100,000 per range project, or $300,000 in all. “I’m excited about this partnership we have with NRA and look forward to a very long partnership together,” said Emily Cope, assistant director for special projects for the South Carolina DNR, who is overseeing the construction of the three ranges. Of the new ranges South Carolina is building, the one at Belfast WMA will be the first. The Belfast range will be open to the public free of charge Monday through Saturday from daylight to dark and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The range will feature covered firing points for both 50- and 100-yard targets, but the DNR is leaving open the possibility of eventually expanding the range to 200 yards. John Joines from NRA Range Services provided a preliminary layout for the new Belfast range and discussed range design options and suggestions with the state engineers. Joines also conducted a sound test to identify how the range will impact surrounding neighbors. The test involved visiting different sites within a mile radius of the range to measure ambient, or normal, sound pressure and

comparing those readings to the sound of a .30-06 being fired at the range. The results showed that neighbors will notice little, if any, noise when the range is in use. “The ambient pressure reading was actually louder than the gunshot,” said Joines. “All around the property we recorded a 1/10 of 1 percent noise change or none at all. Compared to ambient sound, the sound from the shooting range will be negligible.” The new rifle range isn’t all that the South Carolina DNR has in store for the Belfast property. The property will be managed for hunting, with draw hunts for deer and turkey already in the works, along with some special hunts for youth and mobility-impaired individuals. The DNR will also be offering hunter education classes at Belfast WMA. A hunter education classroom will be established on site, and students will have access to the rifle range, as well as a planned archery course. The archery range will feature two field ranges, a kids range, two walk-through courses, and an archery tower, which will simulate shooting from an elevated stand. One of the individuals who was very supportive of the DNR’s efforts to acquire the Belfast tract was state Sen. Ronnie Cromer (R-Dist. 18), who serves as chairman of the Fish, Game and Forestry Committee in the South Carolina Senate. Cromer was on hand for a check presentation from NRA to the DNR at Belfast Plantation on July 9 and spoke of the state’s need for public shooting facilities.

“The ones who live in the city have to have somewhere they can go to sight-in their rifles and do a little target practice with their handguns,” said Cromer, whose senatorial district encompasses much of Belfast WMA. “We greatly appreciate NRA making the effort to come down and make the quality of life here, especially in upstate South Carolina, a little bit better.” In West Virginia, NRA provided two $25,000 grants for new free, public, unmanned rifle and pistol ranges at Kumbrabow State Forest in Randolph County and Chief Logan Wildlife Management Area in Logan County. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is matching each grant with $25,000 from state funds for a total of $50,000 per range. NRA also awarded $25,000 for a public range in Georgia. “This new range grant program moved incredibly fast,” Weaver said. “We went in a year and a half from having nothing to putting checks in people’s hands. Without South Carolina, Georgia and West Virginia, we wouldn’t have any of it. These states really did help to pioneer this program for us.” For more information on NRA’s Public Range Fund and how your state can apply for a future grant, contact John Joines in the NRA Range Services Department at 703-267-1278 or

Tax Exempt and Still Being Charged Taxes on Orders? Each week the NRA Program Materials Center Online Store gets asked “why am I still being charged taxes on my order when I am tax exempt?” Or, “I am the lead instructor for our Club and we have tax exempt status, how come we still are getting charged taxes on the orders I’m placing on my clubs behalf?” The answer is simple. You may have tax exempt status, but unless you have followed the next three steps your order will not have been recognized as being tax exempt: STEP 1 Tax exemption certificates must be faxed to the attention of Jackie Le Van at NRA Headquarters Financial Services Division (703) 267-3952. A new data base is being set up. Please make sure you follow this step. STEP 2 Allow three business days from the time your fax is received by NRA HQ to the time you try to place your order with the NRA Program Materials Center Online Store. STEP 3 MOST IMPORTANTLY – ALL tax-exempt orders must be called into the NRA Program Materials Center Online Store between the hours of 8:30 am and 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday, 1-800-336-7402. YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR TAX EXEMPT NUMBER TO THE CALL CENTER OPERATOR AT THE TIME OF YOUR ORDER. It’s simple, it’s easy. If you have specific questions about this process, you may contact Janet Boyer, Manager, NRA General Operations Inventory Management, (703) 267-1412, or Volume 14, Number 3 l CLUB CONNECTION l 15


Savage Range Systems


avage Range Systems, Inc. (SRS) is a subsidiary of Savage Sports Corporation, which includes Savage Arms and BowTech. In 1991, SRS introduced the Snail® bullet trap system. This innovation, receiving its name from the circular deceleration chamber, revolutionized shooting range design and has been credited with protecting shooters, range employees, and the environment worldwide. Low angle ramps guide bullets into the throat and the deceleration chamber, where they lose their energy and drop into a collection area for recycling. The patented wet Snail® trap uses a mixture of biodegradable oil and water to encapsulate any lead particles that may be generated before they become airborne and inhaled by range users. This system is in use at practically every firearms and ammunition manufacturer, where range personnel must routinely have their blood lead levels tested in accordance with OSHA requirements. The wet Snail® trap produces a cleaner, healthier range by eliminating the lead particles at the trap without expensive vacuum systems, extending the interval between filter changes in the HVAC system. When used properly, there have been no reported cases of elevated blood lead levels where a wet Snail® trap is installed. SRS has built commercial ranges throughout the USA. Additionally, major SRS installations can be found worldwide, including all branches of the armed forces, and multiple government and law enforcement agencies. Customized traps for special needs, such as fully automatic .50BMG and 40mm TP rounds, are regularly developed. Being a sister company of Savage Arms, SRS understands the requirement for a low maintenance system. Consequently, SRS traps have one of the lowest maintenance requirements of any system. This results in reduced operating costs, and maximizes range availability for training and revenue generation. Ever innovative, SRS recently received a patent for the Air Barrier System. This system provides the ultimate lead dust containment for indoor dry traps. “Positive pressure” is used at the throat of the trap to create an air barrier, keeping lead particles inside the deceleration chamber. Additionally, SRS has a patent pending on the Big Mouth Snail, where 16 l CLUB CONNECTION l Volume 14, Number 3

edge protectors are eliminated. From the shooter’s perspective, the throat is completely open across the full width of the bullet trap, facilitating cross-range tactical training. Applying the same Snail® technology used in its ranges, SRS has developed a product line which includes Check-It clearing stations for range and firearms safety, Gunsmith bullet traps for feed and function testing, and Boxtraps and Manufacturers’ Systems for proof and function testing. A unique product, the Forensic Buddy® was developed for crime labs. This portable unit enables intact bullet specimens to be collected for microscopic ballistic comparison…and provides a much less expensive alternative to traditional methods. In 2007 SRS acquired PortaTarget, thereby adding steel targets, target systems, shooting booths and shoot houses to the product line. Using a consultative approach to sales…whether it is a small custom boxtrap, test-firing range, live-fire shoothouse, or a 1,000 foot indoor or outdoor range…SRS is capable of complete design, manufacturing, and installation, complimented by long-term customer service. Range maintenance and cleaning services are also available. A visit to provides in-depth information on SRS and its products and services. It includes pre-design questionnaires, access to a very informative DVD, and the ability to download the comprehensive catalog and individual brochures. The SRS mission statement is “To offer the safest and cleanest environment possible for shooters and range personnel, while providing innovative, durable and costeffective range equipment.” The company certainly fulfills that objective.

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Is Your Club Eligible For A National NRA Award? Each year the National Rifle Association recognizes outstanding clubs, state associations, youth clubs, and an individual or club for public service. The Annual Awards program recognizes significant accomplishments achieved in areas of organization, operation, and public service rendered. The four award categories are as follows: • Outstanding Club Award • Outstanding Youth Club Award • Outstanding State Association Award • Public Service Award Winners are invited as official guests of the NRA at the Fall NRA Board of Directors Meeting as well as the President’s Reception. Your visit will include a trip to NRA Headquarters, allowing you to visit the National Firearms Museum and the NRA’s state-of-the-art shooting range, in addition to a driving tour highlighting some of the historic sites and places of interest in Washington, D.C. The NRA covers the cost of travel expenses, meals and lodging for the award winners. The deadline for submission for consideration of these awards is December 1 annually. Mail completed applications to: National Manager, Clubs & Associations National Rifle Association 11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax, VA 22030 Applications can be downloaded on the NRA Clubs & Associations website at pdf or may be obtained by contacting the Clubs & Associations department at (800) NRA-CLUB or via email at clubs@

Congratulations to our 2008 Club Award Winners: • Outstanding Club Award: Tusco Rifle Club, New Philadelphia, OH • Outstanding State Association Award: Texas State Rifle Association • Outstanding Youth Club Award: Gasconade County Youth Shooting Sports Owensville, MO • Public Service Award: Cowboy Six Shooter Historic Foundation, Apache Junction, AZ

Pictured above: Past NRA President, John C. Sigler with Executive Director of G.O.A.L., Jim Wallace accepting award for 2007 NRA Outstanding State Association of the Year at the Fall 2008 NRA Board of Directors Meeting.

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Interacting and Attracting Brighton, Michigan By Drew Lieske Island Lake Shooting Range Have you ever thought about the word interaction? In the shooting business, it’s a term connecting clients to cash. The basis of interaction is communication, the soul to a business’ success. Communication includes advertising and everyone talks about how advertising is expensive, but real advertising is FREE. Creating cash clients increases the amount of consumers going to your range. Relationships between the club and your most avid repeat clients are important. When clients feel that your range is “premier”, then they refer to your range as the answer. When clients are referring other shooters to your range, club population increases. Clients that are referring others to your range are “cash clients”, because they are creating cash for your business for FREE. Think about it, what kind of advertising is going to have the biggest affect? • Cash Clients (Consumer Referrals) • TV Commercials • Logo Appeal Cash clients, of course! Attracting the referred shooters is priority. Most of the referrals are novices and are just beginning their journey into the shooting world. The Island Lake Shooting Range offers a variety of clinics, classes and lesson opportunities in both rifle/pistol and shotgun sports. Simple clinics include: • The Basics of Clay Target Shooting • The Basics of Rifle Shooting • Sighting in Your Rifle • Cleaning your Rifle / Shotgun Additional classes for slightly moderated shooters include: • Learning to Shoot Skeet • Learning to Shoot Sporting Clays • Learn to Shoot Trap The main things that these classes offer is learning! Education is needed to maintain your clients. If new shooters are coming to your range and can’t hit paper or crush a few clays, then they’re NOT COMING BACK! Clinics offer shooters a before-shooting experience, so when they go to shoot the real thing, they get ADDICTED. The classes should be highly affordable. The “Basics of Clay Target Shooting Class”, costs only $35.00 per attendee and includes rental gun (if needed), shells, instruction and targets.

We also specify the classes and offer them as “Ladies Only” and “Kids Only” as well as “Kids 3 Day (two hours per day) Camps”. Don’t be afraid, the first few classes you might get only three shooters each, but they will increase over time. Communicate and get the classes in the news and on your web site. It costs NOTHING to tell the local news station what you have coming up, and how to sign-up. After the newly recruited shooters are knowledgeable to the

sport, then you may see them coming out weekly. Over time, they will be your new INTERACTING cash clients, and new referrals will be ATTRACTED. Eventually you will end up having 50 to 100 new shooters without spending a single penny on advertising! It’s just interaction and attraction! Contact Info: Island Lake Shooting Range 13600 Grand River Rd. Brighton, MI 48116

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n the plains of Africa some gazelle blithely eat all day long, never lifting By David Morse, President their heads above Firing Pun Gun & Pawn the grass. Some would call these gazelle happy. Some might call them content. Lions call these gazelle dinner. Mindset is the most significant and essential element for any resistance to crime. If you, dear reader, are convinced “Nothing’s gonna happen” or “It can’t happen to me” -- I wish you well. Families do not leave for vacation knowing their home will be burglarized while they are gone. A man does not go into the shoe store knowing his car will be stolen while he is buying a new pair of shoes. A woman walking toward the market does not anticipate a thief running by, grabbing her purse as he runs into the night. Criminals do not call to make appointments. The vast majority of crimes are “Crimes of Opportunity”. Keys left in the ignition. An unlocked kitchen door. Tools left lying in the back of a pick-up.

Safford, Arizona

Irresistible temptations to a thief looking for a quick buck. The woman who left her keys in the ignition was going to be in the convenience store “Just a minute”. The first step in resisting crime is to realize anyone can be a victim. Awareness is the biggest factor. Be aware that there are people among us who will take advantage of an opportunity to steal something they want or think they want. Preventing theft is often simply not leaving things where they can be easily stolen. Sounds almost too simple to be true. Adopt the mindset that if I am not proactive, something unpleasant may happen to me. Leaving keys in the ignition saves digging them out when I return with a coffee cup and a doughnut in my hands. However, if the car is gone when I come back, I will not feel like drinking the coffee nor eating the doughnut. I’ll take the keys and lock the car. The gazelle who liked eating grass too much to scan the horizon for danger was fine all his life. Nothing happened. The gazelle was happy, content and critical of other gazelle who warned about dangers in the grass. One day, a lion spotted the happy gazelle who blithely went about his business. The lion ate well. The gazelle no longer had to worry about lifting his head above the grass to watch for danger. Mindset is the critical element.

NRA Grant Helps Gun Club Update Range Bigfork, Montana Bigfork Gun Club A large-scale renovation of the pistol range at the Bigfork Gun Club south of Ferndale is complete thanks to a $4,600 grant from the National Rifle Association. Club Chairman, Jim Losee said the club built a new structure for shooters, re-aligned the range to improve safety and nearly doubled the height of the berms around the range. ‘We spent their money wisely,” Losee said. The new building has a large shooting bench for members to use, a stark improvement from the old wooden cable spool that was serving as the de facto staging area before the renovation. The covered building also features a large storage closet to keep targets and other materials out of the weather. With around 300 members, the Bigfork Gun Club is a big operation, and a big draw for sportsmen in the area, as well as those from out of state. The club is open only to members and their guests — though they are accepting new members all the time — and hosts competitions and special events such as cowboy shoots and United States Practical Shooting Association tournaments. Losee said the pistol range hasn’t had as much popularity as other spots at the gun club in the past, but that the new renovations should help change that. continued on page 21 20 l CLUB CONNECTION l Volume 14, Number 3

NRA Grants continued from page 20

The Teen Shooting Academy

In addition to simply making aesthetic improvements, the new structure also features a portion of the shooting deck that is adjustable so that people in wheelchairs can utilize the deck. In addition to the NRA money, the club spent $1,400 from its own coffers, according to Losee. To join the Bigfork Gun Club, interested parties are encouraged to attend one of their monthly board meetings at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the club, which is located about 3 miles south of the Rocky Mountain Roadhouse on Highway 83.

Springville, New York

Reprinted from Bigfork Eagle

The Teen Shooting Academy, Inc. is the only school in New York that teaches young people the art of shooting rifle, shotgun and handgun. This is not a shooting gallery. Students must spend half of their time in the classroom and the other half on the range. This year has produced some excellent shooters in the rifle and shotgun classes who qualify for the NRA Marksmanship program. Â 1. Brian Kaempf graduated in January as a Sharpshooter with 2 bars award in the rifle class. He is 16 years old and an Eagle Scout. He lives in the Town of Williamsville. This spring he attended the shotgun class and graduated with a Marksman 1st Class award. This fall he will be trying the handgun class or will continue with the shotgun class to get another Sharpshooter award.

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Cardinal Shooting Center Marengo, Ohio

Buckeye International Junior Shooting Sports, Inc. The Cardinal Center, located in central Ohio, is quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier shooting facilities. Cardinal, which has been named a Bronze Level Regional Training Center, features international trap, double trap, International and American skeet. The shooting club is also home to Buckeye International Junior Shooting Sports, Inc., an organization whose mission is to promote and develop young shooters in the international disciplines. The Cardinal Center features on site camping, cabin rentals, fishing pond, indoor swimming pool, banquet room, and other shooting opportunities. It is also the home grounds of the Ohio State Trapshooting Association. Located in Marengo, Ohio, it is easily accessible from Interstate 71, and is only a 30 minute drive from Columbus International Airport.

Jack Fishburn, owner of Cardinal Campgrounds and Shooting Center, is the force behind the goal of constructing a premier shooting facility in Ohio. The Ohio State Trapshooting Association (OSTA) had lost its home grounds in Vandalia and was looking for a new location. Mr. Fishburn recognized OSTA’s need and envisioned an opportunity to boost the local economy as well. With Mr. Fishburn’s vision and input from national governing bodies like such as USA Shooting, the club has goals of holding National and International competitions in the years ahead. With one bunker in operation and additional bunkers in the planning stages, the facility is available for coaching junior athletes in all aspects of the international shotgun sports. Coaches Tim Young and Jim Eyster are recognized by NRA, CMP, and USA Shooting as Level II International shotgun coaches and serve as members of the NRA National Coach Development Staff. They are well versed in the shotgun sports and have helped develop elite athletes. In March, the Jack Fishburn Classic International Trap Championship and the Ohio Junior International Trap Championship were held with many adult and junior competitors. Future plans include two upcoming International Skeet and Trap events.

18 International shotgun shooters, plus coaches, enjoyed the first camp sponsored by Buckeye International Junior Shooting Sports, Inc and the Cardinal Campground and Shooting Center.

USAS/NRA/CMP Coach Les Greevy teaches the latest techniques in International shooting.

International skeet shooters enjoyed 4 days of training at Black Wing Shooting Center.

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Grand Blanc Huntsman’s Club Grand Blanc, Michigan

The Grand Blanc Huntsman’s Club was founded in 1957, dedicated to conservation and sportsmanship, to promote and encourage fellowship between members and their families and to provide facilities for the instruction and safe use of all lawful firearms. The club is an active sponsor of SCTP, NSSF, NSCA, NSSA and a member club of the NRA. The club sits on 80 acres in mid-Michigan and offers some of the best Trap, Skeet, 5-Stand and Sporting Clays shooting in the State. In addition, there is a members only rifle and handgun range. Other amenities include a stocked fishing pond for members, hiking and hunting dog training areas. There is also a spacious well-equipped clubhouse for socializing between members and guests. NRA Certified Firearms Training and Safety courses are offered as well as club specific training for the shotgun disciplines. Grand Blanc Huntsman’s Club actively welcomes new members throughout the year. Annual membership is $125 with a $50 one time entry fee. Membership includes spouse and all family members under 19 years of age. Regular club hours are Wednesday from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM year round. The Grand Blanc Huntsman’s Club is located at 9046 South Irish Road, Grand Blanc, MI. Mailing address is PO Box 828, Grand Blanc, MI 48480. Telephone: (810) 636-7261.

Membership Requirements for Grand Blanc Huntsman’s Club • Any person who has attained the age of 18 years and is in good standing in the community may make application for membership to the Grand Blanc Huntsman’s Club by completing the membership application and paying the current years dues plus one time entry fee. • A majority vote of the membership and board of directors at the regular monthly meeting is required for approval. Contacts: Cam Henke- President ( Dale Statson- Manager ( Larry Stolle- Membership Secretary (

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Pennsylvania Team Achieves Success at the International BB Gun Championship Match Harrisburg, Pennsylvania In April, the Harrisburg Hunters and Anglers Association (HH&A) BB Gun Riflemen team qualified to attend the 44th annual International BB Gun Championship Match by placing third in Pennsylvania. They have returned from the match held in Bowling Green, Kentucky July 3-5 having achieved group and individual success and having learned much about dealing with the stress of high level competition. This match is the culmination of a program, sponsored by Daisy since 1965, that begins with shooting education in local hometowns and ends with an international event. Over 250,000 kids age 8-15 participate in a supervised curriculum of shooting education, which starts with gun safety instruction and includes types of firearms, safe carries, determining dominant eye, building a proper sight picture, shooting positions, range commands and more. At the International Match participants shot in four positions with a total of 10 shots fired in each position. The positions in the match were Standing, Sitting, Kneeling, and Prone from a distance of 5 meters. Team and individual competition was close and very challenging with most places being decided based on scores on the 50 questions safety test. The test, consisting of 25 questions from Daisy’s 10 Lesson Curriculum Guide and 25 questions from the NRA BB Gun Official Rule book, is a large part of the competition. Because the first goal of the Daisy program is to teach safety, all competitors scoring 100 on the written test received special recognition.

HH&As Jacob Case, 13, and Brian Stockton, 13, both received perfect scores. The prestigious Paul Teifer memorial trophy is awarded to the team with the highest combined score on the written test. The HH&A team of Tyler Lybarger, Colin Werner, Kyle Ordille, Jacob Case and Brian Stockton scored 492 points out of a possible 500 earning them the trophy. The team alternates; Jordan Hohney and Kelsey Bortner also received high scores on the test. The Harrisburg Hunters and Anglers BB Gun Riflemen team worked very hard to raise funds and ensure that every team member had the opportunity to travel to the competition. The team was overwhelmed by the support of the members of their community. HH&A has always shown a great commitment to youth shooting programs and continues this worthy tradition in the support of their BB Gun teams. Harrisburg Hunters and Anglers, Inc. 6611 Hunters Run Road Harrisburg, PA 17111 717-783-7432

Standing from left to right: Chet Warner, Jacob Case, Stacey Stockton, Jordan Hohney, Tyler Lybarger, Brian Stockton and Burt Stockton. Kneeling from left to right: Kyle Ordille, Kelsey Bortner and Collin Warner.

Cardinal Shooting Center continued from page 22 From June 30 - July 3, Buckeye International hosted an NRA Junior Advanced Shotgun Camp with 18 youth from many different regions participating. NRA/USAS/CMP coaches Les Greevy, Tim Young, Jim Eyster, Hal Hare, and James Keldsen volunteered their time to teach the current techniques in Olympic style shooting. With a generous grant from the NRA and the Laura Revitz foundation, this event was a huge success. For further information concerning Buckeye International Junior Shooting Sports, Inc. contact Tim Young at ohiotim@ or view their website, 24 l CLUB CONNECTION l Volume 14, Number 3

How We Kept Our Hunter Safety Program Going in Surry County Dobson, North Carolina

We have coached this program at Surry Central High School for the past 8 years thru the FFA program. Program and materials are provided by the NC Wildlife Commission and we compete in District, State and National shooting sports events. This year we struggled to keep our program running because of school insurance issues with the shooting sports program, our range and funding issues. Each time we thought we had things worked out, another obstacle was put in our path. We had to get our shooting range NRA approved and had to obtain club insurance, which we purchased thru the NRA Endorsed Insurance Program. In the meantime, I had 25 kids asking me each day when could we start shooting. With a lot of paperwork and a lot of phone calls we succeeded! Even without practicing until February, the Surry Central High School won 2nd Place in our District competitions in March and April. This program means a lot to these kids. It gives them something they can hold on to for the rest of their lives. It is truly a beautiful thing to watch a child grow and blossom under the watchful eyes of our coaches. From Freshman year to Senior year, it is truly wonderful to see the change in the maturity levels from the beginner to the seasoned shooter.

We were very proud of our parents and especially our kids that stepped up to the plate and came through with flying colors this year. We hope with funding from sources like NRA that our program will continue to improve and our kids keep returning for years to come. Team Members 2009: Luke Hudson, Doug Maynard, Cody Moorefield, Jacob Longworth, Laura King, Joseph Shinault, Chris Martin, Jake Dellinger, Zack Stanley, Dakota Holder, Erin Hamlin, Justin Elam, Joseph Johnson, Jonathan Cook, and James Johnson. Coaches: Phillip White, Joshua Longworth, Rodney Holder and Pat White, Justin White, Grayson Cox and Brian Elam. Contact Information: Mr. Pat White - Coach/Instructor Whites Shooting Range/ Surry Central High School 235 Pheasant Creek Trail Dobson, NC 27017

Teen Shooting Academy continued from page 21 2. William Rogers graduated in June as a Sharpshooter with 2 bars award in the rifle class. He is 16 years old. He lives in the Town of Eden. He is a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He said he just enjoys target shooting and is not interested in hunting. In fact, he will be attending this fall’s rifle class to obtain his Expert Rifle award. 3. Philip Wharton graduated June as a Sharpshooter with 2 bars award in the Shotgun class. He is 17 years old. He lives in the Town of Boston. He is a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He said he just enjoys trap shooting. He is also excited about going big game hunting this fall. Call Teen Shooting Academy this fall and sign up to attend one of our classes. Teen Shooting Academy supplies all the equipment. All you have to do is come with a big smile. The Teen Shooting Academy theme is “Attitude is Everything”. Lets all congratulate these three SHARPSHOOTERS. They earned it. Special thanks to the Niagara Falls Friends of NRA grant and others who donated to support this youth shooting school. Teen Shooting Academy, Inc Bob Church PO Box 204 Springville, NY 14141 716-592-7211 Email: Volume 14, Number 3 l CLUB CONNECTION l 25


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Target Sports Marketing

Improving Revenue & Fundraising By Jeff Moran, Managing Director, Target Sports Marketing Is your non-profit shooting club or range being hit hard by declining revenue and funding? Target Sports Marketing (TSM) recently completed work with several 501 (c) (3) nonprofit shooting organizations and came up with some ideas and recommendations you should consider at your club. Develop a “sustaining member” program with ongoing payments via credit cards; convert annual members to sustainers over time. Sustainers would commit to membership donations at a pre-determined monthly level, and payment would continue indefinitely with credit card. These membership programs tend to yield higher retention rates and wallet share than annual membership models in the long run. Often these types of member programs make fundraising simpler, lower recruiting costs, and have the benefit of making cash-flow more predictable. Analyze members and funding sources, identify the more passionate and well- resourced, and create an “elite” sustaining member program extension. Often times 20% of the membership and funding base provides 80% of energy and other resources for a club. Use this to your clubs advantage. Give this elite group more attention, more benefits, and develop a campaign to develop them as partners. This isn’t to say hat you should ignore the other 80%. On the contrary, you should consider, dropping some and seeking more valuable members, especially if your club has a cap on its membership. This could be done by raising the bar for membership in terms of volunteer service obligation, membership fees, or both. 26 l CLUB CONNECTION l Volume 14, Number 3

Get the word out about your charitable status, and elicit donations with an old-fashioned fund-raiser. Lots of shooting clubs have formal charity status with the IRS but few actually make the most of this special status. If your club newsletter or website doesn’t show it is a 501 (c) (3) and that you rely on contributions, make some changes and start doing so. Lost of people and business give for goodness sake, even now, and you should seek them out. For example, use your membership to put the word out about all the good your club does for the youth of your area. Urge members to give more of their charity dollars directly to the club instead of some other charity. Check with your local schools, places of worship, and workplaces to see if you could put some signs up to generate interest in the non-profit mission of your club. Don’t forget to talk to those long-time members about including the club in their estate planning. The difficult economy presents opportunities to rethink how your club works (or doesn’t work) with respect to revenue and fundraising. The ideas above just might work for your non profit club. Why not give them a try. Who knows, these ideas might help take your club to the next level! Target Sports Marketing (TSM), a consulting and services firm focused on the international shooting industry. TSM delivers strategic management, marketing & communications, and competitive intelligence & research client services.




he Second Amendment community is uniquely situated in its ability to utililize gun owners’ “natural resources” such as gun shops, shooting ranges, gun & hunting clubs, and gun shows. These locations serve as rich recruiting grounds for pro-gun voters who support our rights! In an effort to formalize this ongoing endeavor, we are seeking your assistance in identifying Second Amendment Activist Centers to assist in distributing legislative- and election-related materials to NRA members and gun owners. Of course, it makes sense to focus on our “natural resources,” but any business willing to assist in this critical educational campaign is welcome to become an Activist Center. Here’s what we are asking you to do:

Find suitable venues to serve as an Activist Center and ask if they would be willing to participate. These Activist Centers will provide NRA members and gun owners with NRA buttons & stickers, fact sheets on important legislation and issues, volunteer sign-up forms, voter registration materials, and, in election years, information on grassroots activities and events. NRA-ILA will also alert its members to new Activist Centers in their area. Thus, an additional incentive for a business to become a Second Amendment Activist Center is that we will also promote their business via e-mail, on our website at, in the NRA-ILA NATURAL RESOURCES OF Grassroots Alert, and through our monthly THE PRO-GUN COMMUNITY newsletter, “Freedom’s Voice.” GUN SHOPS Now, more than ever, the Second Amendment GUN SHOWS community needs to unite in defense of freedom, SHOOTING RANGES and this project will pay huge divdends for gun owners and the pro-freedom business community! GUN & HUNTING CLUBS

PRO-SECOND AMENDMENT Please reach out to area businesses whom you think would be good candidates to serve as Second BUSINESSES IN YOUR AREA! Amendment Activist Centers, and ask if they will serve in this capacity. For more information or to sign up today, call (800) 392-8683 and ask for your state’s Grassroots Coordinator.

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Mr. James Moses, President 2009 Rodgers Drive, NE Huntsville, AL 35811 256-534-7968 home Mr. Ramon J. Samaniego, Jr. Secretary/Treasurer 2505 Isabelle Circle, NE Huntsville, AL 35811 256-534-2644


Dick Bishop, President P.O. Box 73902 Fairbanks, AK 99707 907-455-6151 office Rod Arno, Secretary/Treasurer P.O. Box 87-1069 Wasilla, AK 99687


Mr. Landis Aden, President P.O. Box 40962 Mesa, AZ 85274-0962 602-524-4437 office 480-854-8823 fax Mr. Noble C. Hathaway, Vice President P.O. Box 40962 Mesa, AZ 85274-0962 623-687-4251 office


Mr. Al Alberius, President 15424 Hartford Street Little Rock, AR 72223 501-217-0217 Mr. Fred Buzen, Vice President 4275 Hwy 51 South Arkadelphia, AR 71923 870-246-2029


Mr. Thomas O. Thomas, President 271 East Imperial Highway, Suite 620 Fullerton, CA 92835 714-992-2772 office Mr. John C. Fields, Executive Director 271 East Imperial Highway, Suite 620 Fullerton, CA 92835 714-992-2772

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Mr. Tony Fabian, President 510 Wilcox Street, Suite C Castle Rock, CO 80104 303-663-9339 office 303-713-0785 fax Mr. David Gill 510 Wilcox Street, Suite C Castle Rock, CO 80104 303-663-9339 office 303-713-0785 fax


Mr. Randy Bieler P.O. Box 754 North Haven, CT 06473 203-272-1725 203-239-2106 fax


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Mr. John J. Thompson, President 113 North Road Wilmington, DE 19809 302-658-3070 office 302-658-3031 fax Mr. Daniel Lindberg 2010 Kynwyd Road Wilmington, DE 19810 302-475-4228


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Mr. Harvey F. Gerwig, President 1039 Kupua Street Kailua, HI 96734 808-306-7194 Bill Richter, Secretary P.O. Box 543 Kailua, HI 96734 808-261-2754 Info Line


Mr. Neill Goodfellow, President 8156 North Penn Avenue Fruitland, ID 83619 208-452-4183 home Mr. Jon Carter, Secretary 1065 River Heights Drive Meridian, ID 83642 208-888-2829 phone/fax


Mr. Don A. Moran, President P.O. Box 637 Chatsworth, IL 60921 815-635-3198 office 815-635-3723 fax Mr. Richard Pearson, Executive Director P.O. Box 637 Chatsworth, IL 60921 815-635-3198 office 815-635-3723 fax


Mr. Jerry Wehner, Executive VP 7527 State Route 56 Rising Sun, IN 47040 812-534-3258 home Mr. William H. Jordan, President 755 W. 300 N. Greenfield, IN 46140 317-462-3270


Mr. John Klopfenstein, President 606 S. Harrison Pl Mt Pleasant, IA 52641 Mr. Bill Besgrove, Secretary 240 Prospect Road North Liberty, IA 52317-9660 319-626-2710


Ms. Patricia Stoneking, President P.O. Box 117 Bonner Springs, KS 66012 913-667-3044 Ms. Linda McCune, Executive Officer P.O. Box 1119 Wichita, KS 67201 316-264-2727


Mr. Rick Allen, President P.O. Box 8527 Lexington, KY 40533 859-276-3518 home Mr. Robert Fraley, NRA Liaison 1620 Old Beechwood Road Owenton, KY 40359 502-750-7565 cell


Mr. Daniel Zelnka II, President 11 Carolina Ct. Covington, LA 70433 504-565-3727 direct 504-588-9750 fax Mr. Skip Blanchard, Secretary 3324 Lake Trail Metairie, LA 70003 504-887-5842 home


Mr. Leslie M. Ohmart, III, President 73 Sunset Strip Brewer, ME 04412 207-989-7304 Angus N. Norcross, Treasurer 14 Pine Road Wiscasset, ME 04578 207-882-4713


Mr. Larry Moreland, President 2814 Needlewood Lane Bowie, MD 20716 301-249-4586 home Mr. Richard Kussman, Chairman 832 Bear Cabin Drive Forest Hill, MD 21050-2734 410-838-1734 home


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Mr. Douglas Bowser, President P.O. Box 1061 McComb, MS 39649 601-249-3315 Mr. Samuel Richardson, Secretary P.O. Box 2486 Madison, MS 39130-2486 601-898-9832


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Mr. Kevin Jamison, President 6140 N. Wagontrail Road Columbia, MO 65202 816-455-2669 816-413-0696 fax Lee Koester, Secretary Po Box 10170 Columbia, MO 65205


Mr. Matt Egloff, President P.O. Box 4394 Butte, MT 59702 406-782-5704 Ms. Zona Mowrer, Secretary/Membership P.O. Box 48 Ramsay, MT 59748 406-782-34560


Mr. Ronald L. Grapes, President P.O. Box 1585, 3407-19th Ave. Kearney, NE 68848 308-237-7902 home Mr. Terry Copple, Secretary 10285 North Aspen Avenue Hastings, NE 68901 402-744-2049 home


Mr. Robert E. Smith, President P.O. Box 7512 Reno, NV 89501-7512 775-762-1494 office 775-355-8088 fax Mr. Mark Geldmacher, Secretary/ Treasurer 8220 Mount Logan Ct. Las Vegas, NV 89131 775-762-1494 office 775-355-8088 fax


Mr. Mitch Kopacz, President P.O. Box 847 Concord, NH 03302-0487 603-225-4664 Mr. Larry Ierardi, Secretary P.O. Box 847 Concord, NH 03302-0847


Mr. Scott L. Bach, President P.O. Box 651 Newfoundland, NJ 07435 (973) 697-9270 Ms. Judith Iorio, Recording Secretary P.O. Box 1397 Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889 Volume 14, Number 3 l CLUB CONNECTION l 29


Mr. Roger Buelow, President P.O. Box 30850 Albuquerque, NM 87190 505-345-3646 Mr. Ken Laintz, Secretary P.O. Box 753 Los Alamos, NM 87544 505-667-0034


Mr. Thomas H. King, President P.O. Box 1023 Troy, NY 12181-1023 518-424-1349 518-449-1332 fax Mr. Joseph DeBergalis, VP of Operations P.O. Box 1023 Troy, NY 12181 518-272-2654 office


Mr. David McFarling, President P.O. Box 4116 Pinehurst, NC 28374 919-929-9585 home Mr. David Prest, Secretary P.O. Box 4116 Pinehurst, NC 28374 910-639-4742 office


Mr. Eric Pueppke, President PO Box 228 Bismarck, ND 58502 701-967-8450 Mr. Steve Faught, Secretary/Treasurer 701-347-5903 home


Mr. David Johnson, President PO Box 571 Dayton, OH 45409 513-934-1468 Mr. Keith V. Bailey, Secretary 175 W. Main St. New London, OH 44851 419-929-0307

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Mr. G. Don Scott, President Rt. 2, Box 23 Maysville, OK 73057 405-867-5234 home Mr. Charles Smith, Executive Director P.O. Box 850602 Yukon, OK 73085-0602 405-324-2450 office/fax


Mr. Tim Pitzer, President 2815 South Shore Drive SE Albany, OR 97322 541-928-2460 home 541-981-2064 fax Mr. Jerod Broadfoot, Vice President (503) 930-4926


Mr. Jack Lee, President 100 Wycliff Way Butler, PA 16001 724-865-2597 phone/fax Mr. James G. Johnson, Secretary 405 Hilltop Road Paoli, PA 19301 610-647-2374


Mr. Paul Boiani, President P.O. Box 41148 Providence, RI 02940 401-233-0771 office Mr. Donn C. DiBiasio, Secretary P.O. Box 17452 Smithfield, RI 02917 401-233-0771 office


Mr. Gerald Stoudemire, President P.O. Box 211 Little Mountain, SC 29075 803-945-7677 home Ms. Peggy Bodner 1080 Pinecrest Dr Rock Hill, SC 29732 803-329-8668


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Mr. BJ McGuire, President P.O. Box 3 Dell Rapids, SD 57022 Mr. Greg Iversen, Secretary 21421 Richard Road Sturgis, SD 57885 605-428-5488 605-428-5502 fax


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Mr. Ray W. Harvey, Jr., President 6653 Jocelyn Hollow Road Nashville, TN 37205 615-352-3954 Mr. Ralph Walker, Secretary 1436 Right Prong Blue Buck Road Duck River, TN 38454 615-662-9116


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Dan Walker, President 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Ste 300 Austin, TX 78752 512-615-4200 Mr. Charles Cotton, Executive Director 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Ste 300 Austin, TX 78752 512-615-4200


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Mr. Elwood P. Powell, President 4834 Van Buren Avenue Ogden, UT 84403 801-449-9763 office 801-476-8274 fax Mr. Willis K. Smith, Secretary 1349 West 2600 North Clinton, UT 84015 801-589-5825 home


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Mr. Roy Marble, President 14 Stafford Avenue Morrisville, VT 05661 802-888-5100 Mr. William Brunelle PO Box 1231, St. Albans, VT 05478 802-524-6320 home


Mr. Lucien Charette, Executive Director P.O. Box 1258 Orange, VA 22960 540-672-5848 office Ms. Andrea T. Smith, Secretary/Treasurer P.O. Box 1258 Orange, VA 22960 540-672-5848 office/fax


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Mr. Dave Sotelo, President PO Box 993 Ellensburg, WA 98926 509-925-4084 home Mr. Monte Milanuk, Secretary 4027 Stemilt Creek Rd Wenatchee, WA 98801


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Mr. Barry Hogue, President 1220 Philippi Pike Clarksburg, WV 26301 304-624-5363 Mr. Richard C. Whiting, Secretary Rt. 1, Box 272-2 Buckhannon, WV 26201 304-623-6093


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Mr. Jeff Nass, President N615 Silver Lane Pulaski, WI 54162-8320 920-687-0505 Gary Nichols, Secretary W271N7055 Hansen Dr Sussex, WI 53089 262-246-3317


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Mr. Mark Spungin, President P.O. Box 94 Guernsey, WY 82214 307-836-2188 home Mrs. Beverly Spungin, Vice President P.O. Box 94 Guernsey, WY 82214 307-836-2188 home Mr. Roger Sebesta, Secretary/Treasurer 625 Sweetwater Street Lander, WY 82520 307-335-9323

NRA Field Representative Directory EASTERN REGION

•Eastern Regional Director Area 1 (ME, NH,VT, N. NY) Area 2 (NY) Area 3 (CT, MA, RI, Lower NY) Area 4 (DE, Eastern PA) Area 5 (Western PA) Area 6 (MD, NJ) Area 7 (DC, Western VA, WV) Area 8 (Eastern NC) Area 42 (Western NC) Area 45 (Eastern VA)

Brian Hyder Michael Langton Jay Rusnock Eric Bieler Kory Enck Thomas Baldrige Brian Swartz Jim Kilgore David Wells Robert Doug Merrill Bob Hipple

276-579-9828 603-938-2860 845-298-7233 860-426-1478 717-689-3200 724-861-0447 973-343-2104 304-255-2916 252-456-2097 828-628-0410 540-631-0633

Philip Gray Brian Hoover John Crone Larry Summarell, Jr. Scott Taetsch Michael F. Huber Gregg Pearre Mike Webb Lloyd Edwards Allan Herman Wayne Steele

740-773-4119 740-297-4257 317-946-7260 270-586-5031 715-873-3360 815-652-0033 573-761-5466 901-382-4789 419-646-3669 989-686-3013 217-233-6784

Al Hammond Dale Carwile Mike Cockerham Howell Lancaster Dick Kingsafer Craig Pace Tommy Easterling Gayle Carter-Cook Mike Nevins Jack Cannon Vacant

386-462-5421 864-223-9900 478-472-4640 352-463-8379 601-794-0068 334-821-3200 903-677-6803 361-972-2166 501-366-0293 325-617-4460 Vacant

•Mid West Regional Director Area 20 (OK) Area 21 (MN) Area 23 (IA, NE) Area 24 (KS) Area 27 (NM) Area 28 (MT) Area 29 (WY) Area 30 (CO) Area 41 (ND, SD)

Tom Ulik Darren DeLong Scott Lembke Tim Bacon Rick Chrisman Peter Ide Joseph Crismore David Manzer Marc Steinke Clay Pederson

509-895-9407 405-692-8672 218-844-2000 515-576-1285 913-294-9956 505-281-6721 406-293-2498 307-746-2520 719-322-4072 701-522-9622

WESTERN REGION •Western Regional Director Area 31 (AZ) Area 32 (S. ID, Eastern NV, UT) Area 33 (Northern ID, Eastern WA) Area 34 (HI, OR) Area 35 (Northern CA) Area 36 (Southern CA, S. NV) Area 37 (Central CA) Area 38 (AK) Area 40 (Western WA) Area 46 (E.CA, W. NV)

J.P. Nelson Donna Cassity Kim Rappleye Brendon Hill Mike Carey Daniel Wilhelm Lissa Davis Jason Quick Bradley J. Kruger Jim Williams Steve Wilson

480-357-4057 520-316-0620 435-213-3274 208-926-7244 541-385-9404 707-994-5877 714-832-1355 805-239-4246 907-235-9059 253-904-8941 209-847-4826


•Central Regional Director Area 12 (Southern OH) Area 14 (IN) Area 15 (KY) Area 17 (WI) Area 18 (Northern IL) Area 19 (MO) Area 43 (TN) Area 49 (Northern OH) Area 51 (Southern MI) Area 52 (Southern IL) SOUTHERN REGION

•Southern Regional Director Area 9 (SC) Area 10 (GA) Area 11 (Northern FL) Area 16 (LA, Southern MS) Area 22 (AL) Area 25 (Northern TX) Area 26 (Southern TX) Area 39 (AR, Northern MS) Area 47 (Western TX) Area 48 (Southern Florida) MID WEST REGION

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