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December 2018
Northern Colorado Rod & Gun Club Newsletter
 
 
 
 
NCRGC is grateful for
all of our wonderful members and would like
to express our best wishes for your happiness, health and prosperity during this holiday season and
through out the new year.
 
 
New Shooting Discipline – NRL22
Bryon Fessler, NRL22 Match Director
 
Over the past decade, precision rifle matches have gained a lot of attention and the goal of the National Rifle League (NRL) 22 is to make tactical rifle shooting more available to the community. All it takes is a few of the 100-yard lanes at the Rifle Range and a 22 rifle to compete. The monthly course of fire, NRL22 Standard Target Package and standard barricades are all intended to be turnkey solutions to simple, fun and affordable precision rifle matches. Stages often utilize simple obstacles such as ladders, cinder blocks, 55-gallon drums, tank traps, tires, pallets, fence posts, etc. The goal of the stages is to keep things as simple as possible while still challenging shooters. Oh, and there will be plenty of prone and unsupported shooting stages as well. Shooting, learning and having fun are the basis of competitive shooting and fellow competitors is what makes these matches so enjoyable. New shooters can ask questions and learn from competitors that have been around for a while and if advice or gear is needed, we readily make it available. While at the matches, please assist with setting up, keeping score, cleaning up and tearing down. This helps to keep things moving fluidly and it is greatly appreciated.
 
There are 4 classes in total and they are Open, Base, Ladies and Young Guns (8-16). All classes must utilize rifles chambered in .22 Long Rifle. The Open class is unlimited in the rifle and optic they use. Ladies and Young Guns may also utilize any rifle and optic. Young guns must be able to manipulate the rifle safely on their own, but voice coaching is absolutely encouraged. The last class is the Base class which is for the budget minded shooter (rifles with MSRP of $350 or less and optics with MSRP of $700 or less).  
 
The monthly shoots will take place from June to February. The 5 courses of fire will always consist of 2 prone stages, 1 positional, 1 barricade and a 5th that can be any of those things. 4 of the stages will be with steel at 10 points per hit. 1 stage will be on paper and scoring from 10 down to a possible 1 based on accuracy to help break ties. You are not required to join the NRL22 but if you do you will be eligible for monthly prizes that sponsors donate to the program.  
 
We will be holding “clinics” between now and June so be sure to look out for those in future newsletters and on the Club’s calendar. We will also be standing up a new webpage with additional information. Merry Christmas NCRGC Members and I look forward to seeing you out at the Range.
 

Shooting Range Development Grant Program
Bryon Fessler, Treasurer
 
Colorado Parks and Wildlife awarded $370,800 to 10 shooting and archery ranges across Colorado in 2018 through the agency’s Shooting Range Development Grant (SRDG) program. These funds were for developing new shooting ranges and upgrading existing ranges. SRDG supports the establishment, improvement and expansion of safe shooting facilities in Colorado and is one of the largest programs in the nation. Since 2012, SRDG has awarded more than $3.3 million in funding to 70 shooting and archery ranges across Colorado. The program's funds come from federal excise taxes generated by the sale of hunting and shooting equipment, in addition to funds generated by license fees. Local partners in the projects also commit at least 25 percent in matching funds for the work.
 
The Board is planning to submit a grant proposal for 2019 for the Rifle Range safety improvements. To be eligible, the project must have a substantive public benefit. For the Rifle Range, this includes hunter sight-in days (recently approved by the Board), Know Your Limits (KYL) shooting discipline, National Rifle League (NRL) .22 shooting discipline, etc. Additional criteria for the grant can be found on the CPW website . This is a fantastic opportunity for the Club and one that will take a lot of volunteer work. Keep your fingers crossed!
 
 
 
 
 
Rifle Range Safety Improvements
Bryon Fessler, Treasurer/Project Leader
 
Great news! The Weavers approved the Rifle Range safety improvements. For several years now, the Board has been planning and putting money into reserves to renovate the Rifle Range and bring it up to NRA safety standards. Members may not realize the significant amount of volunteer time and effort that has gone into this project, so this article is intended to give you an overview of what is planned. The Board-approved design promotes safe and efficient operations and includes provisions for ease of maintenance (e.g., concrete pads, metal roofs). The topography significantly impacts what we can do on the Rifle Range and we will continue to fire into the upward sloping land using the natural backstop of the hill. The project includes a total of 20 covered stations with shooting lanes up to 200 yards and target placements at 25-yard intervals. Several of the shooting lanes will be restricted to 100 yards or less given the topography limitations and these lanes will provide target placement opportunities at 7, 10, 15, 20, 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards so that pistols can still be used on them. Additional renovations will focus on controlled access (barbwire fence), improved backstop (to some degree as we don’t have enough dirt), concrete shooting stations, new target frames (like the Pistol Range), gong lane numbers, painted firing and ready lines, spectator area, gun racks, signs, storage, etc. We will schedule contractors to do most of the work and there will obviously need to be some range closures, which will be announced via the newsletter and website and posted on the front gate. Actual construction will take place in the spring with some preliminary engineering and surveying work commencing immediately.
 
Whenever we talk about the Rifle Range, members contact the Board with requests for long range targets at 300, 400 and 500 yards. At best, we have a 200-yard Rifle Range given the topography and that is a significant planning constraint that can’t be wished away. The Board is committed to placing gongs at 300 yards if they can be made safe. Per Board motion, the gongs at 400 and 500 yards were removed for safety reasons as they require members to raise their muzzles too high and risk overshooting the hogback with Highway 287 on the other side. The Board is working with the NRA for possible solutions for long range targets and you will hear more about that in the future. For now, the planned safety improvements will focus on up to 200 yards only. Questions should be sent to the Board at bod@ncrgc.org .
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hunter Education Class
December 8th and 9th, 2018
 
 
Armen Melikian, Brian Holder, and Dean Sailer will be instructing a Hunter Education Class on December 8 th and 9 th , 2018 in Loveland. It will be a traditional two day class with a full day on Saturday and early start on Sunday with closeout around noon. 
To register and learn more:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NCRGC
PO Box 1298
Fort Collins CO 80528
 
 
 
 
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