March 2015 Newsletter

March is a busy month with one league ending, the other just finished and the indoor tournament season upon us!

Links to this months newsletter and the updated work roster are posted below.  Please also check out the updated work roster linked below.  Volunteers are still needed for this years tournaments.

Backstops and Range Safety


Over at Fox News today, there was an article about a couple who live next door to a shooting range and their allegation that a stray shot grazed the wife’s head.

Every shooter and range operator must take seriously the risk associated with bullets leaving the range property and landing somewhere they are not supposed to land. Whether pistol or rifle bullets, the matter is not a laughing one. Muzzle discipline and the fundamental rules of range safety must be followed — every time you go to the range.


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On the Topic of Lead


Blood Lead Levels, Shooting Sports, and Lessons Learned. By: Peter Vasilion, MD, FACP

Did you hear how lead plumbing contributed to the downfall of the Roman Empire?

Of course you have: if you were born after 1909.  That was the year that Rudolph Kolbert, a German archaeologist, first proposed lead poisoning as a cause of Rome’s decline.  Kolbert’s theory did not receive much attention because it was not written in English and Kolbert’s work was published in an obscure journal.  The theory was “restated” in the mid-1960s and later popularized by the media after a 1983 article in the New England Journal of Medicine attributing chronic lead poisoning to the fall of the Roman Empire.

The understanding that lead is not good for you is well known and medically accepted, and even the ancient Romans were aware of illness caused by too much exposure to it.

As recreational and competitive shooters, we are warned to “get the lead out” and to follow good hygiene practices to limit our […]

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February 2015 Newsletter

Happy February greetings!  Attached is this month’s newsletter.  Lots of exciting things are happening (or are about to happen) with the Club so please come to this meeting to stay up on all new stuff!

Click here for the February 2015 newsletter.

Good shooting.

Rochester Rifle Club 1800 Tournaments

Our sister club, Rochester Rifle Club, announced it will hold two “1800” tournaments on February 21 and April 11, 2015.

RRC is a very nice club and we have had a long relationship with them over the years.  It should be a fun event.  Those interested should download the attached match bulletin.  Questions should be addressed to Gerry Gerace (contact info is in the bulletin).

Good Shooting.

2015 GCL / RRC Match Bulletin

January 2015 Newsletter

Happy New Year to all!

Attached is the January Newsletter in .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format along with the work assignment roster.  The work assignment roster is password protected for your privacy.  The code is the same number combination as the outdoor range combination.  In case you forgot, the combination was published in the paper edition of the April 2014 newsletter.  If you are printing the Work Roster, you will need legal-sized paper (8 1/2″ x 14″).

Hope everyone has a prosperous and safe 2015.

Click Here for the January Newsletter

Click Here for the 2015 Work Roster

NYSRPA Announces 2015 SAFS

NYSRPA announced today that the 2015 Small Arms Firing School will be held at Peconic River Sportsman’s Club on April 24 & 25, 2015.

SAFS is a marksmanship seminar taught by a team of nationally ranked highpower competitors, including retired military, civilian national match competitors, CMP Distinguished Riflemen, and volunteer rifle competitors from local clubs. The training emphasizes Range & Firearms Safety, Service Rifle Marksmanship Fundamentals and Techniques, Match Operations and Procedures, Zeroing, and Operation of the U.S. Service Rifle AR-15 A-2 . The training includes classroom instruction and closely supervised Dry Fire and Live Fire instruction. Training is one-on-one.

This link opens the registration program: 2015 SAFS Program

CMP Pistol Rule Changes 2015

Extra! Extra!

Read all about it!  CMP adds rimfire distinguished badge; lowers centerfire standards!

On December 30, the CMP posted rule changes to their Pistol Competition program to attract new shooters and adapt to changing times.  By clicking the Distinguished Badge, below, you will be taken to the CMP’s official press release.

SAFE Act Pistol Permit Renewals

The NY Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013 changed pistol permits into a renewable license.  Renewal and re-certification of a permit holder’s eligibility is now mandatory and affects every one of our Members.  If a pistol permit holder were to fail to re-new and re-certify his or her eligibility to possess a pistol license, that permit holder could (probably would) be charged with at least one Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year of incarceration.  What follows is our current understanding of the process and how obtained this information:

On Tuesday November 18, 2014, the State Police gave a presentation to the State Association of County Clerks on the recertification process required under the New York State Safe Act.

A pilot of the recertification process will begin in January of 2015.  Three counties will pilot the State Police renewal scheme:  Albany, Schenectady and Fulton.

Under the SAFE Act and the State Police renewal process, you will need to verify the following information on your pistol […]

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January “1800” Tournament

UPDATE (01/11/2015):  Thank you to all of the competitors who attended and made the first 1800 we hosted in over a decade a success.  The preliminary results of the match are found here.

We received approval from the NRA to host an “1800” pistol match in January and it has been christened the Winter Icebreaker 1800.  The Program is attached below.

The match will be held at the indoor range, 853 Ransom Road, Lancaster, NY, on Saturday January 10, 2015, beginning at 9:00 am.  Registration begins at 8:00 and mail-in or register-by-email is strongly recommended because we have received surprisingly strong interest.

Good Shooting,

Jim Gerstung, Match Secretary

Click here for the 2015 ICEBREAKER 1800 program.