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→ Next Meeting: Sunday October 14th, 11am

SEND IN YOUR WAIVER FORMS!!

Club officers to discuss possible prorated refund of dues to those who've not sent in their waivers!

Please Read. Very Important:

Waivers:
In the next few days you'll be receiving a letter from your Club. In this letter you will find a form that must be filled out and returned asap. This form is called a waiver and what it does is release the Club and our insurer of certain responsibilities from accidents that may occur on our property.
Unfortunately if its not filled out and returned to us by 9/24/18 you will be denied any use of your Club starting on 10/01/18 or after. Now before you write, call or whatever to tell us how unhappy you are with this waiver let us tell you the how and why of it all.
NYS and our beloved Safe Act making Governor have tossed our longtime NRA approved insurance provider ,Lockton Affinity, out of NYS. That's right. Seems as if you're the head second amendment hating politico in NY you can do that. Given only a few weeks notice of this it sent us scrambling for a new provider of insurance.
We checked with many. Some took the now fashionable stance and didn't want to provide liability insurance to a gun club and those that did insisted on each member of a Club signing a waiver.
As a result Now as of 10/01/18 if we're caught without a waiver for each member, and also any guest, we can lose our insurance.
So here's the bottom line:

You must fill out the waiver and return it to us before 9/24/18. If you come on Club property and we have no waiver on file for you then you'll not be allowed usage. Also if you bring a guest they must sign a waiver BEFORE using any range.

PLEASE FILL OUT YOUR WAVERS!!
Thank you very much!

enough with that nonsense. Lets move on!

From Last Meeting: Elected for another term the following:

Tom Batsios,President

George Fradenburg, Vice President

Dan Place,Secretary

Bill McGarry ,Treasurer

Ken Kaskoun,Board Member

Appointed Sgt at Arms Jim Wagar

Benchrest Competition Awards: At the conclusion of the September meeting a few moments were taken to hand out trophies to the members of that competition. Receiving a trophy were the following:

Jay Wilkes: High Score Light Target Rifle Division
Jim Wagar: High Score Two Rifle Division
Roberto Martinez: High Score Ruger Rifle Division
Jim Leyhane: High Score Savage Rifle Division
George Fradenburg: High Score heavy Sporter Rifle Division
Paul Adkins: High Score American Made Semi Rifle Division
Joe Valenti: High Score in Biathlon Rifle Division
Joe Michasiow: High Score in Eastern European Rifle Division!

Thanks to all who competed and we hope to see you and even more shooters next year!

22 Benchrest Shoot off results. On September 9th we held our shootoff competition. each competitor used a Target Grade rifle they had never used before at 50 and 100yds. After a tie score shootoff the winners were as follows:

1st place: Joe Valenti

2nd place: Jim Leyhane

Waivers: As pointed out last month we were forced into changing insurers and as a result with our new Liability coverer we now all must sign waivers. On 8/31 those forms were sent out. By the end of the month most members had responded with the signed document. Unfortunately a few still have not. What that means is as of 10/01/18 if you have not signed and returned a waiver you no longer can be allowed on Club Grounds. In order to rectify this contact us here or call 518-469-8584 to make arrangements to sign this paperwork. Any attempt to come on the grounds will be viewed as an act that will result in suspension or revocation of membership. None of us want that so please make the proper arrangements!

Waivers and non members: Any non member(family, friend or whomever) must fill out a waiver each and every time they visit the Club. A supply of waivers are on a clipboard located on the closet/office door. Filled out waivers should be folded and pushed into the mail slot located at the bottom of that door.

Gate: Please keep gate closed at all times. Also remember a lock will be attached in January of 2019. Your Clubhouse key will open that lock.If you haven't a key you should obtain one asap.The cost is $5.00.

Saturday September 29th Hunter Safety Course: we'd like to thank Kevin Bush and Mark Caruso for all their hard work in running this class. Those two guys toiled from 6:30 am to 5pm on their day off to educate and bring in close to 20 new hunters to the outdoors world. Thank you both for a job well done!

Thank You: Thanks go out to Tony Oppelt. Tony donated a beautiful Delongi 40cup coffee percolator to the Club. We used that Saturday the 29th at our Hunter Safety Course Class! Not only did it make delicious coffee it took a lot of work out of making it!

Correction: Last month we thanked Paul Boyko for his donation of a beautiful black powder pistol for our August Auction. Unfortunately it wasn't Paul it was his dad Dave. That said apologies and thank you Dave!

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FROM SEPTEMBER:

Next Meeting: Sunday September 9th @ 11am!

Items on that agenda:
Election of Officers for 2018/2019.

Discussion on recent Insurance problems!

Insurance:
As mentioned above we lost our long time insurer as of 9/30/18. don't be concerned though. We've already been accepted by another with more coverage for less money. We're also awaiting two more quotes! So one way or another Liability insurance will be in place long before the old ones cancellation date!

From Last Meeting:
It was decided by majority vote that the new gate must be closed after entering or leaving. Please comply. This helps to keep the bad guys out and the insurance people placid! Also remember the lock will be put into use in the next few months. That means you'll need a key, which is the same as the Clubhouse one to open it. if you don't have one of those you can obtain one for the amazingly low price of 5 bucks!

Picnic:
On August 19th we had our annual picnic. Attendance was so so. Figures for those in attendance were given by several sources. One counted 46 people while another said close to 25,000. We question the higher figure as it was given by a Woodstock 69 attendee who appeared to be celebrating the 49 anniversary of that gathering all by himself!
All in all the food was great and we would like to thank all those who were kind enough to bring side dishes and sweets. A big thanks also goes out to those who cleaned up on Saturday the 18th and those who manned the kitchen on Sunday. Without these folk this event would not have happened. One last group of thanks need to go to Paul Boyko,Ken Kaskoun and Scott Schmeidessoff. They donated items for auction and those items fetched the Club $350.00.
That was more then enough to pay for all the picnic items and have enough leftover to put into our general fund which ain't a bad thing.

Benchrest Rifle Shoot:
Concluded on 8/22/18 and it was an interesting five event competition. what we witnessed was most (except Doc)of those in attendance getting better scores as the season moved on. Shooters like Paul Adkins,Joe Valenti, Roberto "Deadeye" Martinez (Roberto set a Club record for a sporter with an amazing 266x300),Jim Leyhane George Frodenburg and Joe Michasiow using sporting class rifles upped their scores every time! The guys with the target rigs(Jim Wagar and Doc) outscored them though but the Sporter guys were getting very close at the end.All in all everyone seemed to have fun and that's really what it's all about. It does bring up a question though. Is it the rig or is it the shooter.
The truth is we don't know for sure but on September the 9th after our meeting we're going to attempt to find out. See next article:

Sunday September 9th.
Benchrest Rifle Shootout.
This shoot will take place after our monthly meeting and will be open only to those who participated in the 5 event Benchrest Shoot:

How it will work:
Two rifles never shot by any of the shooters before will be supplied. Both will be scoped and of target grade. One will be sighted in for 50 yds.The other 100yds. Each shooter will fire 5 rounds of supplied target grade ammo with one rifle at each interval. First and second place winners will be determined by the best possible score out of 100. Prizes will be awarded for both first and second place. There will be no charge to enter! This should prove interesting and we look forward to seeing the results.

Sign in and Badges:
There seems to be a bit of confusion on when a non member has to sign in and wear a badge. The answer is very simple. As prescribed in our bylaws the answer is every time they come. That means wife,sister, mother, father, brother,daughter and every NON MEMBER etc.must be signed in and badged.

Guest policy:
Again confusion. As it says in the bylaws and as posted on the ranges ONE MEMBER ONE GUEST. That means no additional non shooting observers.

Upcoming events:

Hunter Safety Class Saturday September 29th!
4 seats remaining as of 8/30/18 The Taconic Gun Club will be hosting a Hunter Safety Training Class Saturday September the 29th from appx 8am to 5 pm. This course will be lead by certified Hunter Safety Instructor and RSO Kevin Bush and assisted by our own Mark Caruso RSO. In order to attend this class you must preregister at Dec's website!
This class will be listed on that site on or about August 22nd!

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html

A Northeast Firearms Class:
Will take place Sunday September 16. The class will be one of the following! Contact Dan for more info!

Upcoming Northeast Firearms Classes:
Here's a bit about the first class: :
Defensive Pistol 103 Range Work @amp; Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club, 420 Dater Hill Road, Troy, NY Class starts at 9 am and will run for 6-8 hours depending on the size of the class. Cost: $220
Pistol range closed 9am to 5pm
and now the second!
Defensive Pistol 104 Range Work
Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club, 420 Dater Hill Road,
Troy, NY
Class starts at 9 am and will run for 6-8 hours depending on the size of the class.
Cost: $220
Limit: 10 Students
Pistol Range closed 9am to 5pm
For more info go to https://northeastfirearmstraining.net/ or call Dan at 518-322-2045.

And believe it or not that's it for now. Thanks for reading

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Annual Picnic: our Club Picnic will be held Sunday August 19th with food starting to be served around 1pm. As usual the Club will provide hot-dogs, burgers

and chicken breasts with some hi quality soft drinks to wash all that down with. If any member feels like bringing something in addition to this we promise to do our very best to eat it. As is the tradition this is a free feed for members and their immediate family. We truly hope to see you there!

Swap Meet/Yard Sale: The day of the picnic all members are encouraged to bring any item they would like to sell or swap to the Club. Please provide your own table to show your goods and please also be aware that any unsold goods must not be left behind. Firearms and ammo deals must follow all laws too.So please comply as we don't want to be seen on the local news! Set-ups can start as early as 9am.

Please remember all ranges will be closed all day Sunday August 19th!

Auction Item for Club Picnic: Did Lee Van Cleef lose his pistol? If he did we found it. What we have ,thanks to a very generous donation from fellow member Dave Boyko, is an 1858 New Model Army pistol in .44 cal. This is not your run of the mill repro though. This one has a 10.5" octagon barrel with a really nice partridge front site and a fully adjustable rear. The pistol,which shows some use, also comes with two extra cylinders and a tool for loading the cylinders outside of the handgun. Also included will be a nice leather holster for it. This piece is being auctioned as a curio ,so anyone can buy it, but in the hands of a licensed owner with all of the appropriate accessories it will definitely fire. If interested come the day of the picnic and make an offer! All proceeds will go to the Club.

Please also be advised that the Northeast Firearms Class for Saturday August 25th has been cancelled!

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Hunter Safety Class Saturday September 29th!

The Taconic Gun Club will be hosting a Hunter Safety Training Class Saturday September the 29th from appx 8am to 5 pm. This course will be lead by certified Hunter Safety Instructor and RSO Kevin Bush and assisted by our own Mark Caruso RSO. In order to attend this class you must preregister at Dec's website ! This class will be listed on that site on or about August 22nd! http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html

A Northeast Firearms Class: Will take place Sunday September 16. The class will be one of the following! Contact Dan for more info!

Upcoming Northeast Firearms Classes:
Here's a bit about the first class:

Defensive Pistol 103 Range Work @amp; Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club, 420 Dater Hill Road, Troy, NY Class starts at 9 am and will run for 6-8 hours depending on the size of the class. Cost: $220 Pistol range closed 9am to 5pm and now the second!

Defensive Pistol 104 Range Work @ Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club, 420 Dater Hill Road, Troy, NY

Class starts at 9 am and will run for 6-8 hours depending on the size of the class. Cost: $220

Limit: 10 Students Pistol Range closed 9am to 5pm

For more info go to https://northeastfirearmstraining.net/ or call Dan at 518-322-2045.

Don't Forget Picnic and Swap meet this Sunday rain or shine! Hope to see you there!

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From Last Meeting:

The following people met all bylaw requirements and announced their availability for Club Office in the 2018/2019 year.

Tom Batsios: President
George Fradenburg: Vice President
Dan Place Sr: Secretary
Bill McGarry: Treasurer
Ken Kaskoun: Director

Onward:

Range/Club Work: After a troublesome start all previously announced building ,range and road work has been completed. A big thank you should be sent by all to George and Peg Fradenburg, and also Paul Adkins for their work on our new gate and for the repair and reconstruction of the 50 yd impact berm. Also Sam and Joe Bott for running a new buried electrical line to the ladies auxiliary building! Least and last we also thank Doc for leaning on a shovel and handing out screws.

Gate: As mentioned above we now have a new gate. Our intentions are that it will be locked in the future after we are positive all members have received proper notification and our coordination with the Eagle Mills VFD and National Grid are settled. For now we ask all members to close the gate when leaving. We also remind all members that the lock that will be applied will open with the same key used to enter the Clubhouse. If you don't have one of these get one($5.00) asap.

.22 rf Benchrest Shoot: the latest installment of this shoot took place Wednesday August 18th. The winners were as follows:
Joe Valenti: Winner Laminated Stock Target Rifle Class
Paul Adkins: Winner Sporting Rifle Class
Doc McGarry: Winner in the cheating class
There are two more shoots scheduled for this year. The dates are as follows:Weds August 8th and ending on Wednesday August 22nd.Food at five shoot at six!

Taconic apparel. If you want to order Hats,Tee's etc the store should be open 8/1! If you want to wait also included are the ordering dates for the rest of the year!

Open: 8/1
Close: 8/15
Approx. Delivery: 9/5

Open: 11/1
Close: 11/15
Approx. Delivery: 12/6

So follow the link below and take a look! There's some very nice items there!

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Busy Time of The Year: As Fall and hunting season approaches our ranges will become more crowded. To help ease the potential problems that might bring we remind all members of our bylaw rules that state the following:

Article 18 Section 1:

The Club Grounds are to be considered available to any member in good standing and their immediate family. Also one guest when accompanied by that member!

Members and their guest when using any of the Ranges must follow these rules:

1) Member must familiarize their guest with range rules before shooting!
2) Member and their guest can not shoot at the same time!
3) Member and their guest must use the same bench or shooting lane!
4)Members will be allowed to bring guests six times a year!

Please also be aware that our rules say all guests must be signed in and obtain a guest badge before using a range and they also must sign out and return that badge when done. Please don't contact us and ask for any deviation from the above rules.

Things that need doing:
Clubhouse: Bathroom ,kitchen and meeting areas need some cleaning attention.
Rifle and Pistol range shooting area needs sweeping.
Bathroom could use some paint.
Pumphouse shack needs a rebuild.
Ladies Auxiliary Porch is close to falling apart. Numerous branches and such around the property need to be picked up.
Burning barrel on pistol range is burned out and needs to be removed and disposed of.

Events on the horizon: Two Northeast Firearms Classes!:

Upcoming Northeast Firearms Classes:

Here's a bit about the first class:

Sat. August 18th: Defensive Pistol 103 Range Work @ Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club, 420 Dater Hill Road, Troy, NY Class starts at 9 am and will run for 6-8 hours depending on the size of the class. Cost: $220

Pistol range closed 9am to 5pm
and now the second!

Saturday August 23rd 2018: Defensive Pistol 104 Range Work

Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club
420 Dater Hill Road
Troy, NY

Class starts at 9 am and will run for 6-8 hours depending on the size of the class.
Cost: $220
Limit: 10 Students
Pistol Range closed 9am to 5pm
For more info go to https://northeastfirearmstraining.net/ or call Dan at 518-322-2045.

with a little help from our friends: Thanks go to Chris Swanson for his help with the Eagle Mills VFD/Gate.
Fred Realbuto for his valuable insight and Tony Oppelt for repair and paint on picnic tables!

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→ Please also be advised that the North East Firearms Class scheduled for Sunday June 3rd has been postponed and the Pistol Range will be open!

The range work scheduled to start 7/9/18 has been postponed until next week starting on Monday 7/16/18. We'll notify all of any changes. Thank you!

Announcement of availability of officers for the 2018/2019 Club Year!

Updates on Gate Project!

Planning for Annual Picnic!

Onward:

Annual Picnic: At last we found a person to manage the annual picnic. Based on that our Club Picnic will be held Sunday August 19th with food starting to be served around 1pm. As usual the Club will provide hot-dogs, burgers

and chicken breasts with some hi quality soft drinks to wash all that down with. If any member feels like bringing something in addition to this we promise to do our very best to eat it.
As is the tradition this is a free feed for members and their immediate family. We truly hope to see you there!

Swap Meet/Yard Sale:
The day of the picnic all members are encouraged to bring any item they would like to sell or swap to the Club. Please provide your own table to show your goods and please also be aware that any unsold goods must not be left behind. Firearms and ammo deals must follow all laws too.So please comply as we don't want to be seen on the local news! Set-ups can start as early as 9am.

Work on Rifle Range:
We've been told to expect work on the rifle range berm to start Monday July 9th and last for the better part of the week. Because of this the rifle and shotgun ranges will be out of use for that time. This work will be weather dependent and that possibly could cause a start/finish time. We'll do our best to keep everyone informed via email.

50yd impact berm:
we anticipate rebuilding this berm the week of July 8th also. So if you have nothing to do during that week please let us know. we can use the help!

Gate:
We anticipate putting up the front gate during the week of July 8th. If completed that gate will not have a lock on it till mid September. This lock will use the same key as the Clubhouse one. If you don't have a key we suggest you obtain one before mid September.

Badges:
A reminder: We all must wear our badges when shooting on any of the ranges. As per unanimous vote anyone observed shooting without a badge will lose their Club privileges for the rest of that day and possibly be subject to additional punishments. So please wear your stinkin badge!

Guest/Non-members:
All must sign in BEFORE using any range and acquire a badge at that time. When done shooting badge must be returned and guest/non member signed out.

Wednesday Evening Benchrest 22 Shoot. Because of range work scheduled for that week we're going to move the shoot that was scheduled for July 11th to Wednesday July 18th. The start time will be 6pm for shooting. Those who wish to eat before shooting are invited to do so between 5 and 6pm. The schedule then will return to the previously announced one which is as follows: Weds July 25th, Weds August 8th and ending on Wednesday August 22nd.

These are the results of the June 20th Benchrest Shoot:

Winner / Two rifle class:
Jim Wager. Winner Heavy Sporting Rifle Class: George Fradenburg. Winner NY made Semi Rifle Class: Jim Leyhane. Winner European Sporter Rifle Class: Joe Michasiow. Winner Ruger Synthetic Stock Semi Class: Roberto Martinez. Winner Borrowed Rifle Class: Joe Valenti. Winner Ruger Wooden Stock Semi Class: Paul Adkins. Winner Frankenstein Rifle Class: Doc McGarry
Hope to see you at the next shoot

Events on the horizon:
Two Northeast Firearms Classes!:

Upcoming Northeast Firearms Classes:

Here's a bit about the first class:
Sat. August 18th: Defensive Pistol 103 Range Work @amp; Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club, 420 Dater Hill Road, Troy, NY Class starts at 9 am and will run for 6-8 hours depending on the size of the class. Cost: $220 Pistol range closed 9am to 5pm and now the second!

Saturday August 23rd 2018:
Defensive Pistol 104 Range Work

@ Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club, 420 Dater Hill Road, Troy, NY

Class starts at 9 am and will run for 6-8 hours depending on the size of the class.

Cost: $220

Limit: 10 Students

Pistol Range closed 9am to 5pm

For more info go to
https://northeastfirearmstraining.net/ or call Dan at
518-322-2045.

A little Help from Our friends: A big thank you to fellow member John Simoncic. John spent two days painting our rifle range benches and did a great job. Thanks John!

Things that need doing: Pumphouse shack still needs a rebuild. Picnic benches and pistol range shack could also use a little paint.

Guess that's it.Thanks for reading and don't forget to visit Mark over at www.tvrgc.com

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Taconic apparel. If you want to order Hats, Tee's etc the store is now open!
If you want to wait also included are the ordering dates for the rest of the year!
Open: 5/1
Close: 5/15
Approx. Delivery: 6/5

Open: 8/1
Close: 8/15
Approx. Delivery: 9/5

Open: 11/1
Close: 11/15
Approx. Delivery: 12/6

So follow the link below and take a look! There's some very nice items there!

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The Winners of the June 2nd Moe Barbera Surprise Shotgun Shoot:

From left to right: Anthony Barbera 2nd place. Mark Caruso 3rd place. Master of Ceremonies Moe Barber and 1st Place Winner Nick Calordino.

22 caliber Benchrest Shoot.

The first installment of this Summers .22 cal BR competition was held Wednesday June 6th. The winners are as follows:

Winner German Rifle Division: Jay Wilkes

Winner Two Rifle Division: Jim Wagar

Winner Funny looking Rifle Division: Doc McGarry

Winner Made In Massachusetts Bolt Action Rifle Division: George Fradenburg

Winner Made in NY Semi Rifle Division: Jim Leyhane

Winner Made in New England Semi Rifle Division: Roberto Martinez

Winner Made In former Russian Country Bolt Action Rifle Division: Joe Michasiow.

Next BR Shoot: Wednesday June 20th start 6pm with food available at 5pm. Can't make it then? Contact us here and we'll make other arrangements!

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Next Meeting: Sunday, July 8th, at 11am!

Items on that agenda:

Announcement of availability of officers for the 2018/2019 Club Year!

Updates on Gate Project!

Planning for Annual Picnic!

Onward:

Annual Picnic: At last we found a person to manage the annual picnic. Based on that our Club Picnic will be held Sunday August 19th with food starting to be served around 1pm. As usual the Club will provide hot-dogs, burgers

and chicken breasts with some hi quality soft drinks to wash all that down with. If any member feels like bringing something in addition to this we promise to do our very best to eat it. As is the tradition this is a free feed for members and their immediate family. We truly hope to see you there!

Swap Meet/Yard Sale: The day of the picnic all members are encouraged to bring any item they would like to sell or swap to the Club. Please provide your own table to show your goods and please also be aware that any unsold goods must not be left behind. Firearms and ammo deals must follow all laws too.So please comply as we don't want to be seen on the local news! Set-ups can start as early as 9am.

Work on Rifle Range: We've been told to expect work on the rifle range berm to start Monday July 9th and last for the better part of the week. Because of this the rifle and shotgun ranges will be out of use for that time. This work will be weather dependent and that possibly could cause a start/finish time. We'll do our best to keep everyone informed via email.

50yd impact berm: we anticipate rebuilding this berm the week of July 8th also. So if you have nothing to do during that week please let us know. we can use the help!

Gate: We anticipate putting up the front gate during the week of July 8th. If completed that gate will not have a lock on it till mid September. This lock will use the same key as the Clubhouse one. If you don't have a key we suggest you obtain one before mid September.

Badges: A reminder: We all must wear our badges when shooting on any of the ranges. As per unanimous vote anyone observed shooting without a badge will lose their Club privileges for the rest of that day and possibly be subject to additional punishments. So please wear your stinkin badge!

Guest/Non-members: All must sign in BEFORE using any range and acquire a badge at that time. When done shooting badge must be returned and guest/non member signed out.

Wednesday Evening Benchrest 22 Shoot. Because of range work scheduled for that week we're going to move the shoot that was scheduled for July 11th to Wednesday July 18th. The start time will be 6pm for shooting. Those who wish to eat before shooting are invited to do so between 5 and 6pm. The schedule then will return to the previously announced one which is as follows: ,Weds July 25th, Weds August 8th and ending on Wednesday August 22nd. These are the results of the June 20th Benchrest Shoot: Winner / Two rifle class: Jim Wager. Winner Heavy Sporting Rifle Class: George Fradenburg. Winner NY made Semi Rifle Class: Jim Leyhane. Winner European Sporter Rifle Class: Joe Michasiow. Winner Ruger Synthetic Stock Semi Class: Roberto Martinez. Winner Borrowed Rifle Class: Joe Valenti. Winner Ruger Wooden Stock Semi Class: Paul Adkins. Winner Frankenstein Rifle Class: Doc McGarry Hope to see you at the next shoot

Events on the horizon: Two Northeast Firearms Classes!:

Upcoming Northeast Firearms Classes:

Here's a bit about the first class: Sat. August 18th: Defensive Pistol 103 Range Work @ Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club, 420 Dater Hill Road, Troy, NY Class starts at 9 am and will run for 6-8 hours depending on the size of the class. Cost: $220 Pistol range closed 9am to 5pm and now the second!

Saturday August 23rd 2018: Defensive Pistol 104 Range Work

@ Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club, 420 Dater Hill Road, Troy, NY

Class starts at 9 am and will run for 6-8 hours depending on the size of the class.

Cost: $220

Limit: 10 Students

Pistol Range closed 9am to 5pm

For more info go to https://northeastfirearmstraining.net/ or call Dan at 518-322-2045.

A little Help from Our friends: A big thank you to fellow member John Simoncic. John spent two days painting our rifle range benches and did a great job. Thanks John!

Things that need doing: Pumphouse shack still needs a rebuild. Picnic benches and pistol range shack could also use a little paint.

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→ Items on agenda:

→ Settling Date for starting 50yd impact berm rebuild.

→ Finding volunteers to manage annual picnic.

From Last meeting: Funds approved for:

→ Raising of side berm for rifle range(first yards)

Repair of 50yd impact range.

→ Repair of 100yd impact range.

→ Construction of basic entrance gate with keyed lock.

→ Entrance Gate with camera: As mentioned above we're going to be erecting a gate at the entrance to our Club. We expect to have this completed sometime over the Summer. The gate will be of a keylock type and the key will be the same as the Clubhouse door key. If you don't currently have a key please obtain one($5.00) by September First when the lock will go functional.

→ 50yd impact berm work: The impact berm is in deplorable shape at this time. We anticipate correcting this as soon as possible. Unfortunately as of this writing the exact date and time we're not sure of. As soon as those are established we'll notify all via email.

→ Things that need doing: Clubhouse: Bathroom ,kitchen and meeting areas need some cleaning attention. Rifle range shooting area needs sweeping and benches could use some paint. Numerous branches and such around the property need to be picked up also.

→ Upcoming Events:

Moe Barbera Shotgun Shoot!. THIS Saturday June 2nd starting at 11am!

We're pleased to announce that after months of attempted bribery, threats and coaxing Moe has finally given in and decided to host one more of his famous Surprise Shoots. For those not familiar with this competition the shooter is placed slightly forward of five skeet machines. On command of PULL by the shooter one of these machines will launch a clay bird and the shooter must do his or her best to hit that bird. Unfortunately for that shooter he or she doesn't know from which of the machines the bird will come and ehh...well....that's the surprise part of it. Long story short it's a fun competition that most of us do pretty poorly at but like we just said it's fun! The total rounds fired will be 20 and he or she who scores the most wins....nothing! Like we said it's all in fun. Shoot fee is 5 bucks and that includes a burger and hotdog lunch! If you're not up for the competition(and we use that term very loosely) come anyway. It's a good excuse to get out on a nice day and enjoy the companionship and conversation of like minded people! Hope to see you there and if you have any questions contact us here!

22 Cal RF Benchrest Shoot: STARTS WENESDAY JUNE 6TH:

For those unfamiliar with it this is a very informal competition that was started here last year. It involves shooting best groups at paper targets set at 50 yds and 100yds for a combined score! Essentially its a fun shoot where there are more inaccurate shooters then accurate ones. what it is though is a good chance for shooters and observers alike to get together and socialize a bit. In the interest of opening this up to more shooters and observers we're moving this shoot to a Wednesday night twice a month during June ,July and August starting at 6pm.If you feel that that you don't have the proper rifle setup for this shoot don't let that stop you. There would be several suitable rifles there that the owners will be happy to loan you! There will also be Hotdogs and burgers available from 5 to 6. Shooting would commence a tad after six and probably conclude before 8pm!

The schedule will be Weds: June 6th,Weds June 20th,Weds July 11th,Weds July 25th, Weds August 8th and Weds august 23nd! Entrance fee will be$5.00. This will be put towards expenses and any money left over at the end of the shoot will be used as voted on by a majority of all participants!

North East Firearms Class: Here's a little bit about the class being held on on Sat 6/23 and Sunday 6/24 :USCCA Instructors Workshop: Do you want to become an instructor for the United States Concealed Carry Association? If you’re ready to become a highly trained firearms instructor who is prepared to arm their students with exceptional education then you’re ready to become a USCCA Certified Instructor! This is a 2 days course. There are prerequisites you must complete before you attend this class. Please visit the USCCA website or give Dan a call at 518-322-2045 to find out more about how YOU can become a certified instructor! Class starts at 9am and ends at 5pm both days! Cost $347.00 plus a $20.00 range fee.

Pistol Range closed 9am to 11am on 6/24/18

For more info go to https://northeastfirearmstraining.net/ or call Dan at 518-322-2045

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More discussion on plans for 2018 year.
From Last meeting: A finalized report and price were given on the electronic front gate. An alternative was suggested for a manual gate. More info to be supplied on that at the May meeting!

Discussed also was repair work needed for 50yd impact berm!

Discussed and an estimate to be supplied at the May meeting pricing for raising the height of the first 50yds of the side berm on the rifle range and also repair to 100yd rifle impact area.

In addition also Pistol range impact area!

Discussed was the possible elimination of snow plowing by Club with that task being given to an outside snow plowing firm!
estimate for the cost to be obtained for May Meeting.

Smoking during meetings: We remind all members that smoking during a meeting is against the rules.
Any first time violator will be subject to a hefty spraying of Fabreeze and banishment to the work shack where they'll be forced to watch every Virginia Slims commercial in slow motion reverse until they think they're the Marlboro Man!

.22 Cal RF Benchrest Shoot:
For those unfamiliar with it this is a very informal competition that was started here last year. It involves shooting best groups at paper targets set at 50 yds and 100yds for a combined score!
Essentially its a fun shoot where there are more inaccurate shooters then accurate ones. what it is though is a good chance for shooters and observers alike to get together and socialize a bit.
In the interest of opening this up to more shooters and observers we're toying with the idea of moving this shoot to a Wednesday night twice a month during June, July and August starting at 6pm.
If you feel that that you don't have the proper rifle setup for this shoot don't let that stop you. There would be several suitable rifles there that the owners will be happy to loan you! we're also considering making Hotdogs and burgers available from 5 to 6. If anyone feels like this is something they'd enjoy please give a shout. If you feel that you'd prefer to see it held on Sunday as it was last year we'd like to hear that too.

wondering where the trout are? Well check out this link sent in by George Hillje and you'll have a good idea! Trout stocking:
Bill, N.Y.D.E.C. 2018 TROUT STOCKING.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30465.html

Elimination of competition shooting in schools:
Believe it or not it's being considered by those who think they're keeping us safe. Check out the below sent in by Bob Mergen:

This bill would prohibit all school shooting teams (including archery). It’s still in committee but we need to keep an eye on this one. Below is the text of the bill in addition to Ms. Rosenthal’s webpage. I encourage folks to read, oppose, and then contact her with your concerns.

http://nyassembly.gov/mem/Linda-B-Rosenthal/about/

https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/a10428

Upcoming Northeast Firearms Classes:
Here's a bit about the first class: Sat. May 26, 2018: Defensive Pistol 103 Range Work at Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club, 420 Dater Hill Road, Troy, NY Class starts at 9 am and will run for 6-8 hours depending on the size of the class. Cost: $220 Pistol range closed 9am to 5pm and now the second!
Sunday June 3, 2018: Defensive Pistol 104 Range Work at Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club, 420 Dater Hill Road, Troy, NY Class starts at 9 am and will run for 6-8 hours depending on the size of the class. Cost: $220 Limit: 10 Students
Pistol Range closed 9am to 5pm
Here's a little bit about the third class on Sat 6/23 and Sunday 6/24 :USCCA Instructors Workshop:
Do you want to become an instructor for the United States Concealed Carry Association? If you’re ready to become a highly trained firearms instructor who is prepared to arm their students with exceptional education then you’re ready to become a USCCA Certified Instructor! This is a 2 days course. There are prerequisites you must complete before you attend this class. Please visit the USCCA website or give Dan a call at 518-322-2045 to find out more about how YOU can become a certified instructor! Class starts at 9am and ends at 5pm both days! Cost $347.00 plus a $20.00 range fee.

Pistol Range closed 9am to 11am on 6/24/18
For more info go to

https://northeastfirearmstraining.net/

or call Dan at the above number!
Things that need doing: Clubhouse kitchen,meeting area and bathroom need a cleaning. Grounds: Many branches adjacent to road, ladies auxiliary, Clubhouse and ranges that can be picked up and thrown into the tree line. Also leaves around Clubhouse and Ladies Auxiliary need to be raked up and again thrown into treeline. If you're a new member and wish to get credit for any of these please write up what you did , when you did it and how long it took on a piece of paper and place in mail slot located in the closet door inside the Clubhouse!

Spring Clearance: we were cleaning out a closet and discovered a few of the original Taconic Valley Tee Shirts! We're selling off the following for $7.00 a piece! We have only the sizes and quantity listed and they're available for immediate pick up! If interested act now.
Ladies pink/black size medium,quantity 1.
Mens Classic black and orange:
Small: quantity 3.
Medium: quantity 1.
3x: quantity 3.
4x: quantity 2.
Please do not confuse these with the shirts that can be ordered from Wicked Smart.
Found in another Closet:
Taconic Valley Window Stickers: 3.25" circular and self sticking: Price $5.00ea.
Taconic Valley Antique Reproduction 2.25" Circular tin badge: Price $5.00 ea.
Limited quantities on both of the above!
New Members: On Saturday March 31st an introductory and safety meeting was held for our newest members. At the conclusion of this meeting all in attendance were voted in as probationary members. At this time we'd like to welcome them and also ask all of our seasoned members to offer any assistance they might need if encountered on any of our ranges.
We'd also like to thank Director Ken Kaskoun and VP George Fradenburgh for their work towards this end. Ken spent countless hours calling and emailing prospective members in order to get them to this meeting! George did a really great job of consolidating and updating our bylaw and range rules so they could be be placed with other information in an introductory package for the new members!
Thank you both for your efforts!Thanks also go out to Dan from Northeast Firearms for his presentation at this meeting!
Badge Color for New Members: This years color is White!
Temporary Power Line: We touched last month on the 36 year old temporary power line that runs from the Clubhouse to the ladies Auxiliary Building! Fellow member and licensed electrician Sam Bott read of our problem and offered his assistance! He'll donate his time and all material needed to do the job. Alls we have to do is dig a trench from building to building and he'll do the rest! Maybe this next meting we can sign up a few shovelers and set a date for an early dry day and get one project off of our to-do list?
Northeast firearms classes: As mentioned last month those in attendance at the January Meeting voted to allow NEF the use of the Clubhouse and Pistol Range the following dates: to learn more about these classes you can visit
https://northeastfirearmstraining.net/ or call Dan @518-322-2045
April 14th and 15th(Sat and Sunday ,9am to 5pm) for a USCCA Instructors Workshop.
May 26th Saturday 9am to 5pm: Defensive Pistol 103
June 3rd Sunday 9am to 5pm: Defensive Pistol 104
August 18th Saturday 9am to 5pm 9am to 5pm Defensive Pistol 103
August 25th Saturday 9am to 5pm Defensive Pistol 104
Here's a little bit about the first class on 4/14 and 4/15 USCCA Instructors Workshop:
Do you want to become an instructor for the United States Concealed Carry Association?
If you're ready to become a highly trained firearms instructor who is prepared to arm their students with exceptional education then you're ready to become a USCCA Certified Instructor! This is a 2 days course. There are prerequisites you must complete before you attend this class.
Please visit the USCCA website or give Dan a call at 518-322-2045 to find out more about how YOU can become a certified instructor!
Here's a bit about the second class:
May 26, 2018: Defensive Pistol 103 Range Work @ Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club, 420 Dater Hill Road, Troy, NY Class starts at 9 am and will run for 6-8 hours depending on the size of the class. Cost: $220

→ More information on potential gate was passed on to attendees by Rich Dethomasis which raised more questions. Rich kindly offered to look into those questions and try and provide more info by this upcoming meeting! Also mentioned, or in some cases forgotten to be mentioned, as potential projects for this year were,are or could be: Installation of front gate which would utilize a card swipe system. Also be equipped with cameras to record who was using it!

More discussion on Potential projects for 2018 such as:

→ Rebuilding of 50yd rifle impact berm.
→ Rebuilding of 100yd rifle impact berm.
→ Raising the height of the first 50yds of the side rifle berm.
→ Pistol Range: Impact area needs work.
→ Well house is in need of replacement.
→ 200yd rifle range target frame is in need of replacement.
→ Porch area on tractor shed is close to collapse.
→ Replacement of kitchen sink base cabinet.
→ Securing toilet in bathroom.
→ Permanent year round water use!
→ Temporary power line running from Clubhouse to Tractor Shed is in need of replacement,
(no surprise since 36 years have passed since it was temporarily put up).
→ Plow truck replacement.
→ Purchase of a 4wd tractor with enclosed cab, Cyrus radio, air-conditioning, heat and bucket
that could also be used as a replacement for the plow truck.
→ Building with a concrete floor to house plow truck/tractor or whatever in!

As you can see from the above list there's a lot of worthwhile projects that should be addressed! Some far more expensive then others! Since there's only so much money available the order and priority they're addressed is up to the treasury and the membership! So that said you may want to come on March 11th to voice your opinion!

→ New Members for 2018: As of this writing we're contacting those on our waiting list to meet with them and then schedule an introductory safety class! It's our intention to have all available memberships filled s soon as possible .

→ Northeast firearms classes: As mentioned last month those in attendance at the January Meeting voted to allow NEF the use of the Clubhouse and Pistol Range the following dates: to learn more about these classes you can visit:

Northeast Firearms Training

or call Dan @ 518-322-2045

→ April 14th and 15th(Sat and Sunday ,9am to 5pm) for a USCCA Instructors Workshop.
6th Saturday 9am to 5pm: Defensive Pistol 103
June 3rd Sunday 9am to 5pm: Defensive Pistol 104
August 18th Saturday 9am to 5pm 9am to 5pm Defensive Pistol 103
August 25th Saturday 9am to 5pm Defensive Pistol 104
Here's a little bit about the first class on 4/14 and 4/15 USCCA Instructors Workshop: Do you want to become an instructor for the United States Concealed Carry Association? If you're ready to become a highly trained firearms instructor who is prepared to arm their students with exceptional education then yor're ready to become a USCCA Certified Instructor! This is a 2 days course. There are prerequisites you must complete before you attend this class. Please visit the USCCA website or give Dan a call at 518-322-2045 to find out more about how YOU can become a certified instructor!

→ More discussion on gate for Club. Rich Dethomasis will report additional new information!

→ Possible Set up of Committee for new 2018 members admissions!

→ Planning on what we need to do/accomplish for 2018!

From Last Meeting: Approved were dates for NE Firearms Clinics

onward:

→ As mentioned above we had an excellent report given at the last meeting regarding a gate! Discussion opened the door for the type of gate and what type of electronic admission to be used! It was said different features probably added to pricing. So Mr Dethomasis offered to look farther into it and report his findings at the February meeting! Here are some of the thoughts and opinions expressed during the January meeting(thanks go to Roberto Martinez for this portion, Sorry I didn't catch all of this to report because my thoughts were sidetracked by the rumor that Tom Selick isn't in the Magnum PI reboot!)

Probably a good move insurance wise in case we were ever challenged on entry procedures

Should be on as flat as area of road as possible because of snow and ice

Should purchase upgrade option of codes for each member (Club can cancel the code at their discretion) Should have motion detection camera to film those entering

Need ability to leave door open for large gathering and parties

Should be upgradable ie fobs, scanable cards

Should be a vertical lift because of snow

Should stay open long enough to let 1 or more vehicles through if you have a guest

→ Northeast Firearms Classes: A majority vote decided to allow NE Firearms the use of our Clubhouse and at times pistol range for 5 occasions during the 2018 year! In exchange for these dates NEF will compensate this club on a dollar rate based upon each student enrolled! They will also conduct our New Members Safety Class in March on a no charge basis! The classes will start in April and a schedule will be posted here in March. A reminder of the dates and times for each particular month will also be mentioned at the start of that month!

→ Taconic Apparel: Thanks to the tenacious efforts of Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane Taconic apparel will once again be available for order four times during the 2018 year!
So follow the link below and take a look! There's some very nice items there!

WickedSmart Colletions

Wicked Smart
700 Fifth Ave
Watervliet, NY 12189
518-417-1430

New Members for 2018: As of this writing we're still sorting out how many new members will be admitted for the 2018 year! We anticipate contacting all the eligible people before the end of this month! They then will be invited to a Club Safety Meeting in March after which a vote will be taken on their admittance!

→ Dates for NE Firearms Classes for 2018!

→ Christmas Party: Approximately 45 people attended on a snowy day! Thanks go out to Jim Davin,Pat Rinaldi,Mark Caruso,Moe Barbera and Family and all the guests who brought along some delicious side dishes!

→ Dues: If you haven't paid your dues by now you have until January 31st to do so! Unfortunately after 1/1/18 a late fee will be added to them! So please include an extra $25.00 on top of your dues fee! Any payments sent in after 1/1/18 without this fee will be returned to the sender! Please also keep in mind that after 1/1/18 any member who has not paid their dues is not allowed the use of the facilities. Any member who has not paid by 1/31/18 and has not sent in a letter of resignation will be expelled. Expelled members are never again allowed on the grounds nor are they allowed to rejoin at a future time! Letters of resignation can either be written and snail mailed or emailed to this address!

→ Membership Cards for 2018: When your dues are paid you'll be given a new colored card! The 2018 card is a lovely combination of a Floridian Tart Orange backfield with Sheffield Black lettering! Please slide this eye-catching new card into your neck badges and remember that the neck badge must be worn visibly when shooting on any of the ranges! This is not to say you can't wear it elsewhere though. If you're comfortable wearing it at work or while shopping at Walmarts or even the Mall please feel free to do so! When it comes to swimming.....maybe not!

→ Pistol Permit Recertification: Neil Brown has sent along this reminder:

Pistol/Revolver License Recertifications are currently only required for those permits originally issued before January 15, 2013. If your permit was issued before January 15, 2013, the deadline to submit your recertification is January 31, 2018.The appropriate paperwork can be picked up at any NYS Trooper Barracks or can be filed electronically at this link:

→ Pistol License Recertifications

→ With a little help from our friends: A huge thank you goes out to Jim Davin! Jim not only worked the kitchen for our Christmas Party he also donated a lot of the food and most of the prizes for our raffle! Another thank you to Lou Tangredi for his donation of a 20lb frozen turkey! Last but not least another thank you to Mike Wieland! Mike was kind enough to plow the Club out on Christmas Day when our regular plow guy turned up awol! One more before we go! This one for Scott Schmeideshoff! Scott managed to get us a very nice electric range for our kitchen!

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GUEST POLICY;

We hate to nag but some people have seemed to miss the below. So here we go again! Thanks to the majority who have cooperated though!

Please also be aware of the Clubs guest policy which reads as follows: Members and their guest (that means 1 guest) when using any of the Ranges must follow these rules:

1) Member must familiarize their guest with range rules before shooting!

2) Member and their guest can not shoot at the same time!

3) Member and their guest must use the same bench or shooting lane!

4)Members will be allowed to bring guests six times a year!

5) Members with guest must sign in and out on a sheet located in Clubhouse.
Sign in must occur before using the ranges. If you don't have a key you need to get one prior to bringing a guest.

6) Guests must wear a "Guest Badge". Guest badges are located with sign in/out sheets in Clubhouse.

Membership Badges:
These must be worn visibly when using any of the ranges! As per a majority vote those not wearing badges will not be allowed to shoot!
Those observed shooting without a badge will lose their shooting privileges for the day and will face disciplinary action. That could mean expulsion or suspension!

Please remember we're a Paper Target only range. No other type of target is allowed!

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→ Range Rules and Etiquette: as we said last month as hunting season approaches more and more members turn up at the range to sight in! Many of these folks are not regular users and may not be familiar with the rules and etiquette of range shooting! That's why its of the utmost importance that our more seasoned members take some initiative and bring order to the firing line. Before you or they shoot kindly point out range rules! Establish with them what the terms hot, cold, clear, commence and do you have your ears on mean! Tell them what you are doing and ask them to tell you the same! Making sure they know these things by communicating with them, Hopefully this will make theirs and yours shooting day safer and more fun!

→ Sighting in a scoped rifle: The Club has several lazer borsesighters available! We recommend you use one of them before firing a newly set up firearm on the range. If you prefer not to do that keep in mind that under no circumstances can you fire at any target other then the 50 or 100yd setups. DO NOT place a target any other place. If you need a target closer then that contact us here and we'll borsesight your firearm!

→ New Range Officers: We're pleased to announce that on October 28th three of our members completed The NRA Range Safety Officers training class! We'd like to thank Roberto Martinez,Jim Leyhane and Mike Favata for taking the time to take this class and for their future efforts to make our Club safer!

→ Show and Tell! Ever wonder what a falling block action looked like? How bout a trapdoor action? Or a rolling block action? Side hammer? Under hammer? Single action only revolver? Automatic revolver? Maybe a revolver that shot triangular bullets? Well many of us aren't familiar with a lot of these. So at the suggestion of George Fradenburg and to help our new Range Officers out we're going to try and get examples of all of the above to show you after the monthly meeting on November 10th. If you have an unusual actioned firearm bring it along. I'm sure many would like to see it!

Guess that's it for now! Sorry for the repeats of range rules etc. Truth be known almost everyone follows them. Unfortunately the few who don't could create a massive does of mayhem if they go unchecked.

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Election of Officers results:

The following people were elected to the following positions:

President: Thomas Batsios

Vice President: George Frodenburg

Secretary: Dan Place

Treasurer: Sticky Fingers McGarry

Director: Pat Rinaldi

Funds Approved for Rifle Range Road and Parking lot Work!

New Officers for 2018/2019: Now if the above list looks like the sos it's because of one simple reason. No one else seems to want to run for office. That needs to change. Lets face it the elected officers aren't getting any younger! So what does a member have to do to become eligible for the next Election in September of 2018? The answer is a very simple one. He or she just needs to attend six meetings between now and June of 2018. Then that person at the July 2018 meeting announces their interest in a certain position. With that they will be put on a verbal ballot and voted for in September. Pretty simple! We'd also like to make attending meetings easier. If that means moving the time and date so more can attend we will. So if you have a suggestion for a better time let us know by dropping an email to us. If we see a majority interest a change will be made!

Hunter Education Class for 9/30/18. Thanks go to Instructor Kevin Busch and his assistant Mark Caruso. On a cold and dreary Saturday those two guys did an outstanding job of making the understanding of Hunting safely interesting. As a matter of fact it was so interesting even a few of the old salts who were hanging around relearned a thing or two. So a big hats off to the to the two guys who do that job strictly for knowing that they've made hunting a safer sport to enjoy for all of us!

Taconic T-shirts. Thanks to the efforts of Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane the Taconic T-shirt will soon be available again. This time though you'll be able to order them online and in a variety of colors. More details of this will be announced by Roberto and Jim at our next meeting!

Rifle range parking area and road! as mentioned above funds were approved for this project and it's been completed! A huge thank you to Ron Showers and Scott Pollero for their help in doing Ron,who runs the equipment did much more then we agreed on. Scott,who owns the quarry the stone came from sent a good more material then we paid for! The end result was the main road from bottom to crest was also done along with some patching all the way to our Clubhouse. All in all it was a great job and a good deal for us!

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From October 8th:

Discussion and vote on the approval of funds for repair of road leading to the Rifle Range!

Auction of revolving gun rack donated by Rich Dethomasis!

100/200 yd .22 cal Bench Rest Shoot: This shoot turned out to be far more challenging then most thought possible! We would like to thank Scott for cooking up the idea and making it happen too! All competitors did extremely well in the two meeting event and the scores from top to bottom were separated by a very small amount! That said here's the top three and their score:

Doc McGarry: 436x 600

Jay Wilkes: 401x600

Mark Caruso: 394x600

So if you're thinking you'd like to try this type of competition out you soon will be able. Along about the third Sunday of September Scott is planning a return to a 50/100 yd benchrest shoot! The competition will be held each Sunday morning at 11am for six weeks! More details in next months email!

With a little help from our friends: Thanks go out to Nick Casey and Chris Swanson. In the past few weeks both of these guys cleaned the Clubhouse so well we thought we should take our shoes off before entering!

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From July:

→ Ruger recall: Dan Place announced at the June meeting that the new Ruger Mark 4 was being subjected to a recall regarding the safety. A suggestion was made that all who own one of these new pistols contact Ruger for more information!

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→ From Last Meeting:

Details for implementing New Guest Policy and sign in/out sheet were Ironed out!
Authorization given for the purchase of new Guest Policy Range signs!
Also decided was to proceed with purchase of lawn tractor!
Discussed was rebuilding 50yd berm containers!
Discussed and tabled to June Meeting was the fact that most new members are not honoring their work commitment and what needs to be done about it!

→ Onward:

Dove Hunting In NYS:
Would you like to see dove hunting allowed in NYS? If the answer to that was yes you join the ranks of many of your fellow hunters.So how do you make it happen?
The answer to that is easy thanks to the below sent in by Mark Caruso, Moe Barbera and Ray Rockwell:

Assembly Bill 07778 - Allows dove hunting in New York

ACTION NEEDED to make it happen:
1. Contact as many members of the Assembly as you can and ask them to co-sponsor A07778.
2. Contact as many state senators as possible and ask them to sponsor a "same as" bill to A07778.
3. Contact Assemblyman Steve Englebright, who is the Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee. Ask him to process A07778 through the committee.
4. Contact Assembly speaker Carl Heastie; ask him to please allow A07778 to be processed
5. SIGN THE PETITION http://nydovehunting.weebly.com/petition.html

→ With a little help from our friends:
Thanks go out: to Chris Swanson for doing an amazing an absolutely antiseptically clean clean- up of our Clubhouse! John Livolsi for his wonderful weed whacking on our grounds! Chris Loiselle for his perfectly punctual plywood pickup, Dwight McGee for his wather ( spellchecked ok by the Elmer Fudd Dictionary.com) wonderful whirlwind blowout of our rifle firing point and last but not least Carlos Correa Jr. for patiently picking up those particularly annoying and pesky pieces of pine branches and limbs on our Archery and Shotgun areas!

One Final Thank You:
This one goes out to Dan from Nassau Hardware! Amongst the many hats Dan wears he's also the holder of an FFL! As such he was a huge help in receiving our Raffle Firearms! As a matter of fact Dan is such a big supporter of the second Amendment he refused any payment for the time consuming effort that took! So the next time you need to go to a real hardware store where they have EVERYTING and KNOW what they're talking about and are also Gun People go visit Dan in the Village of Nassau!

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FROM LAST MONTH

→ Carry in Carry out: We've said it before and most have listened and cooperated. Now we have to say it again. We have absolutely no way to get rid of the trash that some members are leaving behind. If it came with you,this includes shotgun hulls,brass,targets bottles,cans and cups it must leave with you. If we don't get 100% cooperation on this we'll be forced to contract for a disposal! Estimates for such range from $600 a year for a small container to as much $6000 a year for a small dumpster! We simply can't afford to absorb that. Doing that mean everyone's dues would go up accordingly! Another possibility is to start actively perusing and punishing offenders! Lets hope it doesn't come to that! So please do your best to keep our Club dues affordable and take all your garbage with you!

→ Stinkin' Badges: Club ID badges must be worn where they are visible when using any of the ranges. Remember by majority vote of the Club it was decided that if you don't do this your shooting privileges will be lost for that day!

→ What a nice Guy: A big thank you needs to go out to our Webmaster Mark ! Recently we were contacted by a local conservation group who desperately needs a website. They are short on cash and technology and wondered if we could offer assistance. We contacted Mark who offered to build them a site at no charge. Thanks Mark for your help in making gun people look better!

Guess that's it for now! Let me say also that I'm less then happy with the way this email appears! Seems Windows 10 just might have been created by Rod Serling and using it can put the user in the Twilight Zone!
Thanks for reading and take care!

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For additional info and to sign up for NE courses contact Dan @ 322-2045 or go to:

Northeast Firearms Training

→ Pistol Permit Recertification:
As you may have heard NYS Pistol Permits will have to be updated! Both Bob Mergen and George Hillje have sent in these links to make that task a tad easier:

Online Recertification
(Downloadable Paper Version)
(Downloadable Paper Continuation Sheet (PPB-2A))
Recertification Frequently Asked Questions
Check Recertification Status

→ NYS Encon: Does it seem that those folks down at Encon are forever changing hunting and fishing regulations and not telling you about it? Well if it does you're not alone! For that reason George Hillje has sent the below link! If you follow it and fill out the requested info ENCON will send you weekly updates as to what's going on which will not only make you informed but also admired for your knowledge by those in the hunting and fishing communities!

New York State
ENCON


→ With a little help from our Friends: Thanks go out to Tom Batsios,John Thomas and Jule Kovacs for their work in sealing up our Pistol Shed!

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♣ Your Club Dues At Work ♣

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→ OUR CLUB AND RULES ♣

About a hundred years or so ago a group of people decided the location we're now in would be a great place to build a shooting range! As members we should be thankful for all their efforts and hard work as we still enjoy their choice today! On the other side of the coin many of us would like to ask them WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING? DIDN'T YOU NOTICE THAT MOST RANGES ARE BUILT AT THE BASE OF HILLS AS OPPOSED TO THE TOP? Well that said we now have to live with it! Living with that means we have to pay out money for material to create man made impact areas and berms! It also means we have rules that are probably unique to this Club! Rules that help to insure that fired projectiles don't land on a neighbors property! According to NRA Range Management such an event as that could easily close us down! So here's a list of Our Clubs Rules! We ask you to read them and also show them to any guest you might bring BEFORE that guest uses any of the ranges! We also remind you that rules not covered here are covered in The Proclamation or Standing Rules Of Order located in the back of your copy of The Bylaws! Now after reading all those damn rules make some time to come out to your Club and look around! From where we are located on a clear day you can see the Helderbergs, Taconics, Grafton and even The Green Mountains! As the Sun goes down you'll see one of the nicest sunsets this area has to offer. Given these things maybe we can see how our founders were swayed by this location!

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Homeland Security

Geronimo
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Apache Chief Geronimo

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→ RULES FOR ALL RANGES ♣

→ ID Badges must be worn when using any range!

→ Please refer to the top of this page for Guest Policy Guidelines!

→ Rifle Range Rules ♣

1. Alcohol is not allowed on any shooting range.

2. Minors under 17 must have adult supervision when shooting.

3. Hearing and vision protection must be worn on ranges.

4. Firearms must point down range when on the shooting bench.

5. Guns must be unloaded with actions open and no one is to handle any firearm when targets are posted or retrieved.

6. Paper targets only.

7. Post targets on designated stands: Bench and target frame must have same number(no cross shooting) Posted targets must fit within the boundaries of the frame.

8. Do not place targets on frames.

9. no 50.cal BMG.

10. Slugs only for shotguns on Rifle Range. No shot of any type.

11. Rapid/reckless (machinegun style ) fire is prohibited.

12. Ranges are closed during monthly meetings.

13. Sunday Shooting after 9am.

14. Work proceeding on or near a range(mowing etc.) precludes shooting on that range.

15. Pick up brass and hulls. Live ammo must not be left behind and it must be disposed of off of Club grounds.

16. All ranges are closed at sunset.

17. Rifle range targets are designed for firing from the sitting position at a bench! no standing ,kneeling or sitting position shooting allowed.

18. All shooting is to be done from inside the rifle range structure.

19. Hunting type pistols are allowed. NO compact carry style.

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→ PISTOL RANGE RULES ♣

1. NYS Law. No one is allowed to handle or fire a hand gun without a Pistol Permit.

2. Safety is first. If it looks like fun, don't do it. In an emergency Dial 911 and tell them to respond to 420 Dater Hill Rd Brunswick, NY Send someone to Dater Hill Rd to direct emergency personnel.

3. Eye and ear protection is required.

4. No more than seven (7) people on line at one time.

5. Keep guns facing in a safe direction with fingers off the trigger until ready to fire.

6. When anyone is down by the targets, all guns will be out of shooters hand, empty and the actions open.

7. Shooters that are between lean-to and targets have right away. No shooting around other shooters.

8. Shoot only paper targets. Shooting the frames only adds work for club members.

9. Follow a cease fire order. From anyone.

10. Make sure you are shooting into the berm. We are responsible for all projectiles that leave the property.

11. Clean up when you are done. Take empties, targets and empty boxes. Leave the range better than when you came.

12. This is your club. Have some responsibility and pride.

13. All rapid/reckless machine gun style fire is prohibited.

14. No Sunday shooting before 9am

15. Range closes at sunset.

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→ Tactical Shotgun Range Rules ♣

1. Paper targets only placed within boundaries of wooden frame.

2. No Slugs. Shot shells only

3. When done remove target, pick up empties and dispose of off Club property.

4. Make sure Rifle Range is clear before using this area!

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→ Skeet/Trap Range Rules ♣

1. Use # 7.5 to # 9 shot shells in low base only.

2. Do not move machines.

3. Pick up empties and dispose of off Club grounds.

4. Make Rifle Range users aware of your presence before using this area

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→ And furthermore I'm including these safety rules: ♣

bullseye Ten Commandments of Gun Safety

  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction

  • Don't rely on your gun's safety

  • Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use

  • Be sure of your target and what's beyond it

  • If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care

  • Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting

  • Use proper ammunition

  • Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting

  • Don't alter or modify your gun and have it serviced regularly

  • Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using
bullseye More Safety Rules:
  • ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED
    The only exception to this occurs when one has a weapon in his hands and he has personally unloaded it for checking. As soon as he puts it down, Rule one applies again.

  • NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO DESTROY
    You may not wish to destroy it, but you must be clear in your mind that you are quite ready to if you let that muzzle cover the target. To allow a firearm to point at another human being is a deadly threat, and should always be treated as such.

  • KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET
    This we call the Golden Rule because its violation is responsible for about 80 percent of the firearms disasters we read about.

  • BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET
    You never shoot at anything until you have positively identified it. You never fire at a shadow, or a sound, or a suspected presence. You shoot only when you know absolutely what you are shooting at and what is beyond it.

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→ And Speaking of Rules let us not forget this one ♣

Taconic Beef Jerky Rule:
It's been over five years since we last sighted a sasquatch at our Club! The reason for this is we outlawed the presence of beef jerky on our property! Now as you can plainly see from this image taken by one of our security cameras the damn things are back! Probably because someone brought a bag in and forgot to take it with them! Please remember no beef jerky means no stinking Big Foot!

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→ I have to shorten this page!
All previous posts and info are on the archive page.


→ TVRGC ARCHIVES

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→ From 2016 ♣

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Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club Eagle Mills NY hunting fishing shooting outings

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RCFirearmsTraining

There ain't no fish here: Well that may be the case! This link sent in by George Hillje will at least tell you where they were though!

New York State Freshwater Fishing Records - NYS DEC

www.dec.ny.gov

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A little help from our friends: I forgot last month to say thanks to Robyn Wilkes for all her hard work during the years she was our Clubs Secretary! So thank you Robyn! Now on another positive note Robyn has agreed to stay on as a consultant! We thank her for this too! Her expertise is a very valuable asset!

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~Doc ♣

E-Mail Doc

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Our Club Today ♣


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Report from Range Officers and Board Members on potential changes that would help to make club safer!

Vote to reimburse the "Accreditation Fee" paid to the NRA by our Range Officers!

Updates on both Rifle and Pistol Range improvements!

Onward!

Range Safety Officers: On July 25th ten of our own fellow members successfully completed this very long course! We're pleased to announce the following are now NRA certified Range Safety Officers:
Jay Wilkes
Tom Batsios
Mark Caruso
Ken Kaskoun
Kevin Busch
Paul Quinn
Lorraine Litten
Nick Calordino
George Fradenburg
Walt Johntson

Stinkin' Badges: Please remember that all Club members must wear their i.d. badge when using any of the Clubs ranges! Don't forget that a vote by your fellow members decided that no badge on the range means no shoot!

With a little help from our friends: thanks go out to Carlos Correa,Doug Doyle,Nick Calordino and Neil Brown for their generous donation of goods to be used in our Club Raffle! Also to our friend,Joe Quintel, who frequently rescues us when mechanical disasters strike!

With a little help from our friends: Thanks go out to the following people! Their efforts have helped make our Club better for all of us:

Robyn and Jay Wilkes for designing and paying for the copying of our 2016 Picnic Poster!

Neil Brown for his generous donation of the youth model .22 rifle!

Tracy Church for locating and getting us an outstanding rate on the vibratory roller that was essential in our road project!

SAFE ACT

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Taconic Items for Sale:

Tee Shirts: Black with orange lettering! Sizes small,medium,no large,ex large,2x,3x and 4x! Normally $3349.00
clearance priced at 15.00 each!

Ladies Tee Shirts pink with black lettering! One medium! Normally $33000.00
clearance priced at $15.00!

Taconic decals: Normally two for $99.00 now clearance priced at $4.00 each!

Taconic 1927 Tin Badge Replicas: Normally $5800 each now $5.00!

NRA : Please don't forget we are an Official NRA Recruitment Center! We can sign up new members
(for as little as 10 bucks) or renew existing ones!
If interested contact George @ 421-9635 or Doc@ 469-8584 !

Doing business with like minded people: Here's some info on fellow members and the services they supply! If you'd like we can add you next month! Just email us a short note with your particulars and we'll send it out in June!

Plumbing and heating: Paul D'Angelo! Paul can be reached at 488-4869.

Building and managing websites: Dylan Macleod. Stonehenge Associates Network Administrator. Dylan can be reached at 518-727-8356

Check out a few of his sites:
http://www.stonehenge-associates.com
http://www.fjfire.com

Engineering and Solar: Cris Schrader owns Seed Engineering and Solar, which provide civil and environmental engineering services and the installation of solar PV systems. The website is
seedpllc.com
and Cris can be reached at
cjschrader@seedpllc.com or 253-6851.
Also, Cris will be donating $500 to the club for any member that installs a solar PV system.
Thank you Chris for that generous offer!

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From April

Thank You to: Kevin Taylor. Kevin donated a nice shadow box containing a repro 1873 Winchester! it now hangs in our Clubhouse!

Some Info sent in by Bob Mergen:

NSSF

Some more sent in by Mark Caruso:

NYSCC

Like Minded People: We'd like to put a list together of members and what type of business they're in! The idea would be that if you needed a service this list would provide you with a source and also insure that your money is being given to a person or company that supports your interest! If you'd like to be listed drop an email with your particulars! Every month we'll make that list available in our Newsletter! So that said here's our first entry: Joe Quintel! Joe repaired our plow truck on the coldest snowiest night possible! When it comes to mechanical repairs,welding or large and small engines Joe walks on water! You can reach him at: 817-6406

Also for March:
Discussion on possible purchase of Video Security System for Ranges!

Progress Report on Rifle Range Baffle System!

Discussion on allowing new members to bring guests!

New Location for Tactical Shotgun!

Enlarging the Pistol Range!

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25 yard Target is missed: at the January meeting a member mentioned how much more difficult it was to sight in his rifle at 50 as opposed to 25 yards! After the meeting several members of the Board came up with the idea of obtaining a lazar bore sighter for Club use! This has been done and that piece of equipment, donated by Neil Brown the largest dealer of fine firearms in Poestenkill, is available on Sundays or by appointment! Hopefully this will make things a bit easier for all concerned!

Pledge of Allegiance! A member recently donated an American Flag to be displayed in our Clubhouse! His only request was that we consider starting each meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance! If there aren't any opposed to this maybe we can start doing this in February!

New Members and Guests: Very often new members share their new club with friends! Since new members tend to be more frequent users for their first few weeks this could mean and has meant that the two new guys show up and bring four friends! What that could mean is you arrive at your normal time and you may have a difficult time getting on the firing line! So the question is do we leave things as are! Or do we change the guest policy a tad for new members? Maybe say that for the first three months new members aren't allowed a shooting guest? Or perhaps they're allowed only one bench? Well that's all in your hands now and you'll let us know how you feel about it in February!

Pistol Range, circa 1983! We really need to take a hard look at this area! It was originally set up in the 80's and built to accommodate a club that only had 75 members! Today our membership more then triples that amount! Now also figure in this range is the most heavily used of all of our ranges! Add to that the fact that the NRA tells us that the comfort level for any shooter is about 6 feet! In other words 2 feet to his or her right and left! That figured it means we can only accommodate 2.5 pistol users at one time! That's assuming we have a .5 person too! Given these things it's more then apparent this range isn't adequate and it's time to start planning on making some much needed changes soon! Maybe it doesn't have to be from soup to nuts! Maybe just widening it and deepening a bit? Maybe Add a tad more berm on the left of impact? A few more feet of berm on left and right? Maybe some drainage for the person that doesn't enjoy shooting in ankle deep water or mud? Maybe the old building doesn't have to come down? Given all these maybes maybe if we can all compromise a bit a more accomodating pistol range could be ours by Summer!

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Rifle Range Use: it was reported that a member and two of his guests were firing standing off hand on the rifle range! They were firing at the 50 yard target and their bullets were impacting at about 75 yards! Another shooter corrected them but when told the policy the standing member said he was unfamiliar with it! Maybe we need to send out hard copies to everyone? Add another rule sign ? Or just toss out an offender or two? So for those who missed it here goes again!

1) Paper targets only! No other types are allowed! These paper targets are to be placed inside the boundaries of the wood frames! The reason for this is so that your projectiles will pass through the 2'x2' openings and impact the berm at 100yds! If placed in any other fashion the bullet could strike the ground and skip over the berm or miss the berm entirely!

2) Benches are numbered. So when shooting from one make sure your firing at the same numbered target!

3) All shooting on the Rifle Range is to be done from a bench! Never step outside the shack and in front of benches to shoot!

4) All shooting is to be done sitting and from a bench! The heighth of targets is configured that way! If a shooter stands to fire this will cause the bullet to strike low, before the berm and possibly skip over the top!

5) Handgun use on Rifle Range is allowed but the same rules as above apply! Also we ask all members to use common sense when doing so! In other words please use pistols capable of hitting at least the 50yd target! We recommend hunting type handguns for this! If you're wishing to use a compact carry handgun here it's not advisable! It's best that you stick to the regular pistol range!

6) those shooting 200yds should check with shotgunners before placing or checking targets if that range is in use!

7) If others are on the line communicate with them! Be aware of what they're doing and make them aware of what you're doing!

Skeet Range Rules Revisited! Please keep in mind that shot carries a good distance! #9's will travel close to 300yds when fired at the right angle! For that reason we specify shotshells used be of low base type releasing either 8's or9's!

Using these will insure that pellets stay on our property! also make sure that when firing your shotgun it's aimed straight ahead! Again this insures pellets stay on our property and don't end up on Farmer Browns field where they're ingested by Bossy the cow who next Spring gives birth to a two headed calf who's faces look remarkably similar to Feinstein and Cuomo (which is an absolute indication of lead poisoning and guess who'll be blamed for that!) !If others are on the line communicate with them! Be aware of what they're doing and make them aware of what you're doing! One final also if rifle range is in use please check with shooters there to make sure no one will be approaching the 200yd target!

Archery Range: No broadheads! No apples to be shot of anyone's head unless release form is filled out entirely! Even then apples must be larger then 3 inches!

Pistol Range: paper targets only stapled to 2'x2' backers! No cans ,bottles etc.If others are on the line communicate with them! Be aware of what they're doing and make them aware of what you're doing! Please don't dawdle when it's apparent other shooters wish to use the range!

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Maybe I'll vote and then again maybe I won't: Well you might feel a bit different about that after you read the info on the below link! Seems our beloved governor, who's currently in Afghanistan probably trying to pitch the Taliban on how much better off they'd be if insurgents had only 7 round clips, has even better plans for us! Thanks to both Bob Mergen and Kevin Taylor for sending us info on this!

Safe Act Part 2 - scopevoter

After reading the above we hope you chose to vote at least once. We also hope that you'll consider joining one or both of the below if you haven't already:

NEW YORK STATE RIFLE AND PISTOL ASSOCIATION: We now have applications on hand! They can be picked up at the Clubhouse or mailed to you! Contact Doc if interested!

NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION: you can join for as little as 10 dollars a year.If interested contact George or Doc and we'll get the paperwork to you!

Unwanted Waste Material(garbage): Please remember we don't have any refuse pick up.So if you bring anything with you please remember it also leaves with you!

Don't forget all ranges will be closed Saturday October 4th for our Hunter Safety Course!

Doc

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~Should The Club Pay for a Full Time Zumba Instructor?

→ Hats off time: We all should offer our own Don Miller and big pat on the back. While off duty from his job at the Sheriffs Dept Don made one hell of an apprehension. According to the Newspapers and local TV it looked like something out of a movie too. Seems Don did a flying tackle to take a rapidly fleeing perpetrator down. Jeezas that had to be something to see. That said Congratulations Don and thank you too!

→ Rumor Dept: Once again this month we're going to confirm or deny some rumors that have been floating around the Club!

--- Rumor One: That Pat Rinaldi was once a member of a famous Rock Band! Answer: Yes.He was the drummer for Santana.He left shortly after Woodstock to start his own janitorial company!

--- Rumor Two: That Fred Job played Eddie Haskell on The Leave It To Beaver Show! Answer: Yes and Moe Barbera was The Beaver!

--- Rumor Three: That Doc designed the M-16! Answer: No! He has been known to drink a lot of MD-20-20 though!

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From previous months:

→ Rehashing of Basic Range Rules: We have added 50 new members since last September first. For that reason we'd like to remind all of existing rules!

→ Rifle Range: Please read rules before using. Not mentioned the use of pistols on rifle range is permitted. Pistol shooters must shoot only at existing target distances and at targets placed on existing wooden frames.

→ Skeet Range: Shotguns only loaded with shot from #'s 4 to 9 0nly. No buck or slugs of any type. Magnums are not needed or recomended!

→ Pistol Range: First 8' on left side facing. This open area is for the use of shotguns. Holders for cardboard targets are placed there. Please do not use any area other then those 8'. Pistol Range right hand side: Pistols only. Please place your target only on the 2'x2' plywood!

→ NRA: Given what's happened recently we have to advise all members if they're not currently a member of this organization they need to be. We can arrange this for you.
Contact George @ 421-9635 or Doc @ 469-8584 for info.

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→ Rumors: In any organization it seems you have rumors. We feel if some of these go unaddressed damage can occur. So we've decided to address three that are currently in circulation around our Club!

1) I've heard that you guys invited Andrew Cuomo to our Founders Day Picnic! If you've heard that it's true. He won't be attending though. It seems he refuses to attend dressed as a piñata as we asked!

2) I've heard that Doc was once the Manager of The Supremes! The answer to that is False. He never was. He did come to a Christmas Party a few years ago dressed as Diana Ross though.Heck he even belted out a pretty darn good version of Stop In The Name Of Love!

3) I've heard that Henry Rifle is actually going to be engraved "Fred Job. Worlds Best Gun Club President and Firefighter Extraordinaire" This we've heard too. So we went to Fred and asked him. His Answer was FALSE. That inscription will never be marked on any firearm. It will though ne inscribed on a bronze bust of himself he will unveil at the August Picnic!

→ A Little Help from Our friends: Thanks go to:
Steve Merriman.Ara Shahanian and Scott Favreau for their generous Donations!

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♣ REMINDER:

→ NO 50 cal bmg
rounds are to be used on any ranges!

→ PLASTIC REACTIVE
targets are for .22 rifle only!

→ NO RAPID FIRE ON ANY RANGES:
a count of three is required between each round.This is not new.Its been a rule here for 20 years!!!!

→ PAPER TARGETS
only on any range.They must be placed so they
DO NOT TOUCH ANY WOODEN PART OF THE FRAMES!

→ TACTICAL SHOTGUN AREA
is located on the pistol range. It is the first 8 feet only!

→ CLAY BIRD RANGE:
6 TO 8 SHOT ONLY!

→ CARRY IN CARRY OUT!
We have no garbage disposal. So if you bring it make sure its with you when you leave!

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Keeping with my policy of never deleting anything, I will post all previous info to the archive page.

→ TVRGC ARCHIVES

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→ A Message from George Hillje our NRA Recruiter:

As you may be aware The NRA is the champion of the gun owner and a guardian of the second amendment! What that means is a very important part of you joining the NRA is you actually take a hand in the defense of your Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. What many of our newer members may not be aware of is This Club is a fully authorized Recruitment Center for The NRA.That means you can join and or renew your membership through us.Even better news is that if you originally joined or even renewed through us before we can do the same for you again with us doing all the work! That's right.No forms to fill out. No dates to remember. No dotted lines to sign. We will notify you appx one month in advance of your next renewal. All's you then have to do is send your check made out to The NRA to us here.If your address has changed simply include the info listed below and send it to the Club at 420 Dater Hill Road Troy NY 12180! Or drop it off in person. If you have any questions feel free to contact me anytime at 421-9635.

Listed below are prices on the various types of membership. With any of them you will receive:

Choice of one of three free magazines!

$5000.00 accidental death and dismemberment coverage at no cost!

$2500 firearms Loss Insurance at no cost!

Life Members receive $10,000 worth of insurance at no cost!

Law Enforcement Officers joining the NRA receive $25,000 worth of insurance at no cost!

Associate Membership: One year $10.00(note no magazine with this one)

Full One Year Membership with choice of one of three magazines:$25.00!

Full Two year Membership with choice of one of three magazines: $60.00!

Full Three Year Membership with choice of one of three magazines: $70.00!

Full Five Year Membership with choice of one of three magazines: $100.00

Life Membership with choice of one of three magazines: $750.00

Junior: $15.00! Subscription to Insights Magazine!

If you'd like to sign up here's all will need to get things going!

NAME: First,last and middle!

ADDRESS!

BIRTH DATE!

PHONE NUMBER!

EMAIL!

MAGAZINE PREFERENCE! American Hunter! American Rifleman! American Freedom!

A Check made out to the NRA for the amount that covers the type of membership you want!

Place in envolope and mail to: Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club 420 Dater Hill Road Troy NY 12180

It's as easy as that.Take advantage of The Taconic Valley RGC Recruiting Service! If you do you'll help yourself,The NRA and Your Club.You'll also become one of six million Americans who are saying we want our Second Amendment Rights Upheld!

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→ Doug Doyle has sent this! If you fish the Hudson there's some good news for you!
→ DEC NY Permits

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→ Imagine yourself working at a job where almost everyday you and your coworkers risked life and limb to save lives and property! Then one day you're in a situation where you go far beyond what's even expected of that norm!So far beyond that even your coworkers are amazed! They're so amazed by your actions they decide you should receive an award! Guess that something you did would have to be dammed spectacular! Well that was the case last year for Troy Firefighter and our very own Ray Littlejohn! Ray was in situation where a person was trapped on the third floor of a burning building and there was no way out for him! Not until Ray decided to do something anyway! Ray risked his life and brought that man out of the 3rd floor window! Saving his life! For his actions his fellow firefighters nominated him for and he received the 2012 Maltese Cross Award! We'd like to congratulate Ray for his bravery! we're proud to say he's one of us too!

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Speaking of people who help this Club I have to mention Al Chabot! For over 20 years Al has been committed to making this organization a better one! We thank Al for all of those efforts! in recognition of his commitment The Board of Directors has decided to make Al an Honorary Lifetime Member! Thank you Al!

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→ Pat Rinaldi! No matter when or what you can count on Pat to be there and do whats got to be done! Thank you Pat!

→ Those of us who carry might want to read this piece sent in by fellow Jack Borden! It offers some very good advice! Thanks Jack!

→ read-before-you-decide-carry

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U S Navy Seals

Job Well Done,
Thank You Very Much.


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Our Mailing Address:

♣ Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club ♣
420 Dater Hill Road
Troy New York 12180

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Rockys Range ♥ And let us all remember those we shall not see here again: Rocky Harris, Isabelle Seales, Joel Konieczny---R.I.P.


♥ Sadly our long time Treasurer Rocky Harris passed away in early May! Needless to say he will be missed! His excellent work as our Treasurer will be hard to duplicate! Still we must try! elected by a majority vote at our May Meeting as Rocky's replacement was Doc McGarry. Filling the Board Position vacated by him was Dan Hartnett.

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The Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club was incorporated in 1927!
It was in existence for many years before that though. In fact Teddy Roosevelt was a regular competitor on our grounds when he was New York City Police Commissioner from 1895 to 1897. In short this makes our club some where around 111 years old! Quite an accomplishment and something we as members should all take pride in and celebrate.
Doc Mc G.

Get action. Seize the moment.
Man was never intended to become an oyster.
~~Theodore Roosevelt - The Bullmoose

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Apostle of Ireland
Born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387;
Died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.

I came to the Irish people to preach the Gospel and endure the taunts of unbelievers, putting up with reproaches about my earthly pilgrimage, suffering many persecutions, even bondage, and losing my birthright of freedom for the benefit of others.

The Lord hath given to me, though humble, the power of working miracles among a barbarous people, such as are not recorded to have been worked by the great Apostles. But I beseech you, let no one believe that for these or the like works I am to be at all equaled with the Apostles, or with any perfect man, since I am humble, and a sinner, and worthy only to be despised.

The Shield of St. Patrick

St. Patrick's Confession




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Thanks Mike

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Two Deer

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New York State Senate

New York State Assembly

New York’s 56th, The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

United States Congress

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Welcome to the Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club!

compasOriginally incorporated in 1927, the Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club is located off Dater Hill Road in the hamlet of Eagle Mills, Town of Brunswick, Rensselaer County New York. The club property boasts rifle ranges of 50, 100 and 200 yards with covered firing line, 50 foot pistol range with covered firing line, informal trap and archery ranges, and Clubhouse and picnic area. Small by comparison to many other fish and game clubs, this allows for a more close knit group able to respond to the needs of our membership and facilities.rossi 44Few organized shoots are scheduled by the Club. Rather, groups of members will meet for various activities on the Club grounds centered on the shooting sports. Shooting the bull in the Clubhouse is popular on Sunday afternoons!

Meetings are held the second Sunday of each month at 11:00 am in the Tom Parker Memorial Clubhouse. Work parties are held occasionally, usually announced at the meetings, in the quarterly newsletter, or on this website. A cookout is held on the club grounds during August, and a holiday party is held.

In order to join, prospective members should complete a membership application and submit it with an application fee during a regular club meeting, or on any Sunday afternoon when at least 4 Board members are present. Annual dues are required.

Club dues have remained low for several years now, due in large part to the efforts of your officers and board members who never spend a dollar if we don't have to. Please pay your dues promptly.

~~ Doug

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Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club

420 Dater Hill Road, Postenkill, NY 12180