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Southwest Mississippi
Gun Club
 
Southwest Gun Club, Inc.
PO Box 1061
McComb, MS 39649
601-341-8797
NRA Club # C1149       DCM Club # Y35005
douglasbowser@att.net

January, 2019

NEWSLETTER 2019
ANNUAL DUES AND ANNUAL BANQUET:

Associate members dues are due on January 1st. The gate combination will be changed after the Annual Banquet. The Annual Banquet will be at Cypress Landing on US 98 West of Summit, on January 19, 2019 at 6:30PM. You have to let me know, by email or snail mail, if you are going to attend the Banquet and how many people you are going to be with you. If you don’t RSVP, you cannot attend. The event on 1/19/19, will be a banquet only. We will pay for the meals of members only.  The club will not pay for Junior member or Spousal member meals. If you bring additional people to the banquet, we will collect the fee for their meal at the door. The fee will be $20.00.

The Club’s Annual Dues are $75.00 per year. Dues for Spousal Members are $10.00. Junior dues are $10.00. The gate combination will be changed on January 21, 2019.

DIRECTIONS TO THE RANGE:

It is 6 miles East of McComb, MS on US Highway 98 East. When driving from McComb, drive East on US98 until you see the Homestead turnoff sign. Drive 2 miles further on US 98 and the entrance to the range is on the North side of the road. You will have to drive to Turner Rd., and turn around and drive West to the driveway. If driving from Tylertown, MS, drive past the Bogue Chitto River Park and look for a roadside market on the right. The range road is 2.2 miles past the store, on the right. The name of the range road is Edna Drive.

VANDALISM:

Vandalism is at an all time low at our range. I believe it is because we have surveillance cameras at the range.

We leave a removable pistol bench in place on the right end of the shooting shed. This is done so a shooter will not drop his/her handgun down at their side to rest it and possibly point a loaded handgun at his/her leg or foot.  Shooters have been setting up on the bench rests behind the pistol bench and trying to shoot rifles over the top of the board at targets farther down range. When this is done the shooter can inadvertently shoot the rifle into the edge of the pistol bench. We had to replace several pistol benches in the past, due to this practice and it looks like some members have not learned anything from this past experience. It would be a simple thing to move away from the benches where the pistol bench was in place. Thanks to Tersie Oliphant, we have 9 concrete topped benches. There is no EARTHLY reason a shooter cannot move two benches to the left, to prevent damaging the pistol bench.
If we catch anyone vandalizing our equipment, property or indiscriminately shooting bullets into the ground, short of or above the impact backstops, they will be removed from the club. If the damage is significant, we may seek criminal vandalism charges with the Pike County Sheriff’s Department. Our Officers are going to accept no excuses for this behavior. There will be zero tolerance for vandalism.

CLUB NEWS:
CLUBHOUSE – AIR RIFLE RANGE AND USE OF CLUB EQUIPMENT:

We have central air conditioning and heat in our range building. There are officers AT THE RANGE on almost every Monday evening. Members may use most of the club secured equipment on this evening. Such as sit down traps, turning targets, etc. Call first to be sure we will be there.

STORAGE BUILDING:

If you see anything that needs to be picked up and disposed of, it is your duty as a club member to do so. Our Club is not a Country Club. If you carry it to the range carry it home with you. If you used a cardboard backer and it becomes unserviceable, take it home with you and dispose of it.

NRA MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR SGC MEMBERS:

We passed a rule in the club, in 1988, that we would require NRA Membership for all Southwest Gun Club Members.  We will require a current NRA membership card or payment before we accept dues this year or issue cards to life members.  Our club is now a NRA Membership Recruiter.  I can take the money for NRA memberships and cash back on each new membership or renewal will reward the club.   The club has been awarded the Gold Club Award and 100% membership is required. Range Grants rely on the club being 100% NRA Members.  There is a Membership without magazine that is $10.00 per year.  Many of our new members have chosen this membership.

MISSISSIPPI STATE FIREARM OWNERS ASSOCIATION:

I am President of the Mississippi Firearm Owners Association.  We are conducting our Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 23, 2019 AT 2PM. It will be at the Bass Pro Shop in Pearl, MS. I would appreciate your attending the meeting and your support of the MSFOA. There is a Gun Show that weekend at the Trade Mart, in Jackson, so we can make a full day of it. 

NRA BASIC PISTOL AND ENHANCED CONCEALED CARRY CLASS:
1/26/19, 3/16/19 AND 5/25/19

This class is very informative and helpful for people interested in protecting their home and use handguns for self defense.  We will conduct our classroom session in the SGC Clubhouse in McComb. The fee for this class is $65.00. The Secretary has acquired Louisiana State Patrol and Mississippi Department of Public Safety Instructor Status for this class. This will allow the participants in our class to qualify for the firearms training necessary to be issued a Louisiana Concealed Carry Permit. This class will also qualify for the training needed to get the enhanced pistol permit in Mississippi.   Moral and legal aspects of the use of deadly force are well covered in our class.


NRA 3-GUN RIFLE, PISTOL AND SHOTGUN MATCH:

WHEN: 3/23/19

Sign up time 8:30AM, Start time 9:00AM.

WHAT:

An informal rifle, pistol and shotgun tournament designed to take advantage of the rapid fire capabilities of sporting rifles, handguns and shotguns. This is our version of the NRA Rimfire Challange.

FIREARMS:

Any safe .22 long rifle caliber rifle with iron sights or telescope will be allowed. No laser sights. Maximum weight of rifles with sights is 8.5 pounds. (rifles must hold at least 6 shots)
Any safe .22 long rifle caliber pistol or revolver with iron sights. (pistols must hold at least 6 shots)
Any safe repeating shotgun of 12, 16 or 20 gauge that holds 5 shots may be used.

AMMUNITION:

Any safe .22 RF Long Rifle cartridges may be used. No .22 Winchester Magnum, .22 W.R.F. or .17 RF ammo allowed. No tracer ammunition allowed.

Shotgun shells shall have a maximum load of 3 drams with 1-1/8 ounces of shot. Shot size will be no larger than 7-1/2.

Senior members will have the following ammo available for purchase.
Winchester .22 Standard Velocity $3.00 per box of 50
12 or 20 ga trap shotgun shells $.26 per round
No checks for ammo purchases, cash only
Fees: $10 for Seniors and $5 for Juniors.

VINTAGE MILITARY HANDGUN TOURNAMENTS:

NOTICE: TO EXPIDITE THE TOURNAMET, EACH SHOOTER SHOULD BRING A STAPLE GUN, STAPLES, A ROLL OF MASKING TAPE OR WHITE PASTERS AND A PEN. THIS WILL MAKE   TRANSITIONS DURING SCORING FASTER AND MORE EFFICIENT. OTHER EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE SIGHT BLACK, A SPOTTING TELESCOPE OR BINOCULARS. ALSO, HANDGUNS SHOULD BE BROUGHT UP TO THE FIRING LINE IN A CASE AND OPENED WITH THE MUZZLE POINTING DOWN RANGE. WE DO NOT WANT ANYONE SWEEPING THE FIRING LINE WITH ANY FIREARM.

What: A tournament using handguns used by military organizations that the model was used at least 50 years ago or earlier, all shooting is with one hand at targets at 25 yards.

When: 1/12 /19, 2/9/19, 3/9/19, 4/27/19, 5/18/19 & 6/8/19, signup at 8:30AM shooting starts 9:00AM

Equipment: Any CF handgun model used at least 50 years ago, by any military organization in as issued condition.

Note: S&W Model 15, 14, 19 and 28 revolvers qualify because they were used by the US Air Force over 50 years ago for their Air Police.

Other pistols will qualify as long as they are as issued (no aftermarket sights) and not altered in anything but a trigger job. Not everyone has an original pistol and we do not want to eliminate any potential shooters from this contest. As long as the pistol or revolver is of the same model as the handgun used by the military organization, it will qualify even if it is less than 50 years old.

We also will not prevent anyone from firing in this match because of their pistol not qualifying. If their pistol does not qualify, their score will be counted in a special category. Target pistols will use NRA Outdoor Pistol Targets.

Ammunition: Any safe ammunition of the proper caliber will be allowed. No tracer rounds allowed.

Additional Rules: Shall be taken from the NRA Conventional Pistol Rule Book.

All shooting done at 25 yards with one hand on the US ARMY “L” Target. 

Fee: $10.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Juniors. If awards are deemed necessary, the fee would be $5.00 higher.
For additional info, call the Secretary, Doug Bowser 601-341-8797
 

WOMEN ON TARGET SHOOTING CLINIC:

WHAT: A LADIES ONLY SHOOTING CLINIC WITH THE FOLLOWING EVENTS:
1. TRAP WITH 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN
2. .22 RF RIFLE
3. .22 RF PISTOL
4. AIR PISTOL IF TIME ALLOWS
WHEN: JUNE 15, 2019 SIGNUP IS AT 8:30AM
COURSE OF FIRE: THE GROUP WILL BE SPLIT UP INTO 3 GROUPS. A MAXIMUM OF 30 PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ALLOWED. ALL PHASES OF THE EVENTS WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE SAME TIME, EXCEPT THE AIR PISTOL EVENT. AIR PISTOL WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE SHOTGUN GROUPS AFTER THE SHOTGUN IS COMPLETED.
FEE: $25.00 INCLUDING A HAMBURGER LUNCH, USE OF ALL FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION.
USE OF CLUB OWNED RIFLES AND SHOOTING EQUIPMENT:

We have the following equipment available for our club member’s use at tournaments:

Ruger 10/22 rifles with 2.5x10 Tasco telescopes
Ruger Mark III 5.5” target pistols
M1 Garand Rifles
AR15 NM A2 rifles
Mossberg 44 and 144 .22rf rifles

We will make these rifles and pistols available for club member use at club events. There will be no loaning firearms by hand receipt, except to members going to a match not held by the SGC.  Then the rifle or pistol must be returned ASAP after the match is completed. A shooter wanting to borrow a firearm for a SGC tournament will have to notify the club official operating the tournament.  Otherwise, a firearm may not be available at the range. No ammunition will be fired in club rifles or pistols that is not issued or approved by the club. Club members who borrow club firearms and equipment will be responsible for repair or replacement, if these items are damaged or lost. Firearms used in club matches, will have to be cleaned by the user of the firearm.

NRA JUNIOR SHOOTING NEWS:

We can use our building for Junior Activities. We can conduct Junior practices on Tuesday evenings at 4 PM. We have not received any help from 4H for our Junior Program. We need to recruit youngsters from the ages of 8 years until the end of the year of their 20th Birthday. We have several disciplines available for them in this Program. 

INTERNATIONAL AIR PISTOL LEAGUE:

We will be conducting these events each Monday (except as noted). We will have a relay at 5:00PM. The fee will be $5.00 per night. This will include the use of a high grade air pistol, pellets and targets. Adult Men will shoot 60 shots each night and Junior and Women shooters will shoot 40 shots but they can shoot 60 shots if they desire to do so. For more information call the Secretary. If you really want to learn to shoot a pistol with one hand, this is the way to do it. It is the most challenging pistol sport I have ever participated in. Please let the Secretary know, if you are going to attend.
INTERNATIONAL CENER FIRE AND SPORT PISTOL MATCH:   

What: An International Pistol Match that is fired with .22 RF handguns and called the Sport Pistol Match or fire with Centerfire Handguns and called The Centerfire Match. Centerfire Pistols must be .32 or larger. Rimfire Pistols must be .22 LR.

When: June 29, 2019, signup is at 8:30AM

Course of Fire:
1. Precision Course - 30 shots on the International Precision target. The competition consists of 6 series each of 5 shots. The time limit for each series is Five (5) minutes. Before the course begins a series of 5 sighting shots may be fired within a time limit of Five (5) minutes. Preparation Time: Five (5) minutes.
2. Rapid Fire Course - 30 shots on the International Rapid Fire target. The course consists of 6 series each of 5 shots. During each series the target appears five times, each time for 3 seconds, with a 7-second pause between each appearance. One shot will be fired during each appearance. Before the program of 30 shots begins, the competitor may shoot a sighting series of Five (5) shots in the rapid fire course. The precision course must be completed by all competitors before the rapid fi re course can begin. Preparation Time : Three (3) minutes
Fee will be $10.00. Junior members in good standing shoot free.


TRAP SHOOTS: SPORTING CLAYS AND ATA STYLE:

What: Trap Shoot using portable traps, ATA trap field or 5 stand. The choice of the style of shooting will be up to the individuals at the range.  It would be possible to conduct all styles of shooting at the same time.
When: The Trap Shoots will be scheduled, weather permitting, as listed in the schedule, beginning at 9:00 am and ending at the discretion of the match director. You should come to the range as early as possible to be able to shoot. Emails will be sent to the membership telling them about the trap shoots on the Thursday before the shoot.

Equipment: Any shotgun, of 12 gauge or smaller that is safe to shoot using shells that do not exceed 3 dram – 1-1/8 ounces of shot. With a shot size of # 7 1/2 or smaller (7-1/2, 8 or 9) Shotgun shells of more power and larger shot size will increase the shot fall zone to dangerous limits.

Course of Fire: A choice of 25 single birds or 12 pairs of double birds per round

Fee: $5.00 per single or double round, please bring cash and correct change.
Ammunition is to be provided by the shooter. If a shooter brings ammunition that is of higher power than allowed, he or she may not be able to shoot. There will be free 12 & 20 GA shotgun ammunition available for Junior members of our club who participate in our regular Junior Program, as long as it lasts.  The shotgun ammunition is furnished by the Youth Sports Shooting Alliance and the NRA Foundation.

Shooter’s responsibility to the club: Try to help set up and take down the trap machines. Shooters will be responsible for the policing of all spent shotgun shells. Shooters should bring water or something to drink as well as a lunch if desired.

For additional info, call the Secretary, Doug Bowser 601-341-8797 or dougbowser@cableone.net or the Match Directors, John Malone at 504-214-3401 or Dusty Rhoads at 985-510-0899
NOTIFICATION TO MATCH DIRECTORS OF INTENT TO ATTEND A MATCH:

We are asking that members and non-members call the Match Director or Secretary to let them know if they are going to attend a match. This will make it easier for the Match Directors to plan their relays and arrange the equipment for the event. The Match Director’s phone numbers are listed on the Gun Club Schedule.

When handling firearms in a tournament, it is our procedure to bring them up to the firing line in a closed case. The muzzle of the firearm should be pointed downrange and the case opened at the firing line as to not sweep anyone with the firearm.

I will try to notify all members who have email of each event.

Doug Bowser – Club Secretary