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Memberships are overdue!
Shoot often in 2020!
1. The LRC's SPRING MEETING FOR March 29, 2020 was C A N C E L L E D due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please continue to observe and abide by the State's guidelines for social distancing and to wear a protective mask
when social distancing is not possible.
2020 MEMBERSHIPS ARE NOW DUE
2. LRC's 2020 memberships are now due and starts January 1st through
December 31st. If you are renewing your LRC membership and
there are no changes to either your home address or telephone number or Email address, etc.,
then you should just mail-in your $35.00 annual dues (either cash or check accepted) to the LRC.
If there are changes to any of your personal information, be sure to include them with a small note
along with your $35.00 dues.
LRC T-SHIRTS ARE STILL ON SALE !
3. LRC T-SHIRTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE! The Club received another order of club T-shirts and they
are available for purchase by members and/or anyone who may want one. The current T-shirt sizes available: large (L)
and extra large (XL); there are some small (S), medium (M) sizes. There are no extra-extra large (XXL) sizes.
The cost for the club T-shirts are $20.00. They are available now for purchase or at any 2020 high power rifle match at the outdoor range. Otherwise, call Elwin @ (413)773-3548 direcly to set up a date & time to purchase.
LRC's 2019 CHRISTMAS PARTY
4. LRC's 2019 Christmas party was held on Saturday, December 14 at the Bernardston (MA) V.F.W.
That night, there were many members + guests who attended the party. A good time was had by all!
The date for the next LRC Christmas party in 2020 has already been reserved at the V.F.W.
LRC's 2020 CHRISTMAS PARTY
5. The LRC 2020 Christmas party will be for the evening of Saturday, December 12 at the Bernardston (MA)
V.F.W. starting around 5:30 PM until ???. Tickets for the LRC XMAS party will only $15 each and are are sold on a
"first come, -first serve" basis. Please contact either Elwin or Mary Lou B @ (413)773-3548 in the Fall of 2019 for tickets.
KEEP THE LRC CLEAN !
6. PLEASE REMOVE ANY TRASH OR TARGETS THAT YOU BRING TO THE RANGES! This message has been
repeated time-and-time again in LRC's past newsletters and on our website yet there seems to be
members who still do not abide by it. Shot-up plastic milk containers, plastic soda bottles, aluminum cans,
TV's, spent shotgun shot shells, 7.62x39 & .223 steel cartridge cases, "live" rounds, clay pigeons, etc.
continue to litter the outdoor rifle & pistol ranges.
To all LRC members:
"If you bring it to the range, take it back home with you."
FOR NEW MEMBERS...
7. If you are becoming a new LRC member, please go to the Membership page. Print-out the LRC membership application form, fill-out all required information and mail the completed application form along with your due of $35 (either cash or check accepted) to the address at the bottom of the membership application form.
Remember: Any size monetary donations to the LRC will always be welcomed and will be used for various projects needed by the Club.
ALWAYS HAVE YOUR CURRENT LRC MEMBERSHIP CARD WITH YOU AT THE RANGES; YOU MAY BE ASKED TO SHOW IT TO A CLUB OFFICER, IF REQUESTED.
- SLOW DOWN -
8. PLEASE DRIVE S-L-O-W-L-Y ON RIVER ROAD TO AND FROM THE CLUB. Some of the residents on River Road in Leyden have voiced some concerns to the Club that some (possibly LRC members?) are driving too fast. So please, when on River Road, drive responsibly and proceed with caution. The residents will appreciate it if you go slow and the Club will be viewed as a "good neighbor" with them. "Thank you."
9. At the October 20, 2019 Annual Meeting, the elected LRC Officers for 2020 were:
• PRESIDENT: Eric G.
All the attending members at the fall Annual Meeting became LRC Directors for 2020.
GET INVOLVED !
10. Ever thought about getting involved to help run the Leyden Rifle Club? The LRC is looking for any LRC members to voluntarily 'step-up' to help conduct the Club's business. The current Club officers have sacrificed a lot of their time to keep the LRC going year-after-year but their actions won't last forever. If the LRC is to endure into its 90th, or even its 100th, year of existance, the LRC members need to come forward and help with the operation of the Club so to continue its existance into the foreseable future. Members seem always say, "I just want a place to shoot." Well, how about looking into the future and then say, "I want to make sure that my children will have a place to shoot."
If interested, please Email the Club -OR- attend our work parties or the Club's meetings to find out how you can help out running the LRC. All LRC members are welcome to come and help run the Club!
11. LRC's Membership Policy was established and defined at our Club's Spring 2016 meeting. In the past,
there was some vagueness regarding types of Club memberships and it became necessary to define and establish
the various LRC's memberships offered by the Club.
DAMAGED CLUB SIGNS
(Above photos courtesy of LRC member, Joe S.)
Do the above pictures upset you? Well, how about the other brainless individuals shooting either filled or empty cans and
milk jugs, old TV's, signs or even the 'port-o-potty' at the rifle range? Worse yet is the fact that they leave the so-called
riddled "targets" at the range afterwards. Offending persons(s) caught committing any non-sporting idiotic behavior at
the ranges will be legally prosecuted by the LRC. If convicted, they will lose their right-to-carry
firearms in Massachusetts!
CLUB WORK PARTIES
12. It's a known fact that in any organization,
We see this constantly over-and-over with the low member turn-out at the LRC's work parties and events. The LRC wants to remind all of its members that they are obliged, as part of your membership, to help at our work parties during the year. It's still true that "Many hands do make light work." and the LRC could ALWAYS use the extra help. At the next LRC work party, why not come to help out? You will be among friends who think the same way you do, have a good time and help out the Club.
2019 RIFLE MATCH WINNERS
13. The winner and runner-ups for the LRC's "High Power 4-Rifle Matches" were:
• 1st place: Robert T.
Robert's prize for winning 1st place is a free 2020 LRC membership for his excellent rifle marksmanship. The other runner-up rifle shooters all received a diploma from the Club for their marksmanship skills and placement.
NOTE: 2019 marks the end of the 4-gun high power rifle match competition. It was decided at the Fall Annual Meeting in October 2019 that all high power rifle matches, from now on, will now be conducted as a "50-round for score course-of-fire" for every rifleman participating in a high power rifle match. There will no longer be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place 4-gun aggregate match scores for the participating LRC riflemen.
- ABOUT THE M1903 RIFLE -
14. Bruce Canfield, the nationally noted military firearms historian / expert, gave a presentation at a seminar for the
Springfield Armory National Historic Site (SANHS) on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The subject of the SANHS' seminar
was about the Springfield M1903 Rifle, its history, its development and its adoption by the U.S. Army leading up to and
during World War 1. After his presentation, Alex MacKenzie, a curator for the SANHS, gave a follow-up presentation
on the development of M1903 precision *match* rifles in the post-World War 1 era, 1920 - 1935.
RIFLE MATCH COMMANDS
15. Many shooters have heard the range command given, "Lock and load!", during the high power rifle matches.
Did you know where and how that command originated? The NRA's "American Rifleman" magazine (September 2016)
published an article about the range command; it stated:
A 'FUN' RIFLE MATCH?
16. Our Sunday morning high power rifle matches are not just for competitive rifle shooters; they are also
for anyone who wants to have a "fun time" shooting and just be among friends. The Club welcomes
ALL members to come to our rifle range on Sundays to learn about high power shooting and also improve their
markmanship skills (just think of them as "fun shoots"). The LRC is always looking for members to come and
participate in our high power rifle matches. Are you inexperienced about high power rifle matches? Don't worry,
there will always be attending LRC membes who will gladly coach a new shooter during a high power rifle match.
You don't have a rifle to shoot? The LRC has 'club' M1 Garand rifles available for use by new shooters; also,
.30-'06 cal. ammunition is available for purchase for use during the matches.
A MAGAZINE ARTICLE
17. You may have heard some stories about the Club's problems with the Town of Leyden officials, abutters
and alike regarding the security agency that used our Club for training puposes in the late 1990's and early 2000's.
The LRC gained nation-wide notariety when a not-so-favorable article about the situation was written in the
March/April 2006 edition of the "Mother Jones" news magazine. Eventually, the Security Agency
stopped using the LRC for training; the whole scenario eventually diffused into oblivion.
EMAIL THE LRC
18. The LRC can be contacted by Email. To email the Club, click on the Contact LRC page and then click on the Email the LRC link where you see: • Email.
JOIN THE N.R.A.!
19. Are you an N.R.A. member? If not, why not? One would think that every law-abiding firearms enthusiast and gunowner in the United States of America would be a member of the N.R.A.; however, this is not the case. The LRC strongly recommends that all its members join the N.R.A. and continue to support the N.R.A. now and into the future.
THE 2nd AMENDMENT...
20. Over the past years, there have been many shooting tragedies: Newtown, CT, San Bernadino, CA, Aurora, CO, South
Carolina, Virginia, Orlando and Parkland, FL; some are terrorist related and some not (metally deranged). If you are a Massachusetts'
resident, you are targeted by the Massachusetts' Attorney General, Maura Healey, to restrict your rights to own and possess firearms
defined by her as "assault weapons and the so-called AR-clones". The LRC strongly urges its members to resist those who
attempt to either limit or forfeit your gun rights as guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment of
the United States' Constitution and our God-given right to live as free men.
→ Ensure that you help preserve and fight for our 2nd Amendment rights!
21. The LRC is now "paperless" for our newsletters and notices because of U.S. postal mailing costs. The LRC will Email our Club newletters (in .pdf file format) and notices to only current LRC members.
Don't have an Email address? No problem. For those LRC members who don't have Email, the Club will
U.S. Mail you a hard copy of our newsletters and notices. Contact the Club by clicking on Contact link for LRC's mailing address and let us know that you do not
have an Email address and you wish to formally request hard copies of our newsletters be U.S. mailed to you.
THE LEYDEN RIFLE CLUB
22. Prospective and new members often ask what activities are held at the LRC. Obviously, many
members use the Club for target practice, for high power rifle matches, to sight-in their rifles, shotguns
for hunting and handguns. The Club even does have the occassional archers who use the range for
improving their archery skills. Lastly, some members bring their
clay pidgeon throwers and try their hand at shooting trap or sporting clays. We welcome all these activities
that we sportsmen like to take part in. But our Club wants to remind its members that, first and foremost,
the LRC was founded on being a rifle club and it always will be. The LRC will always remain
dedicated to the rifle and to what historcally it has represented since the founding of the
United States of America.
LRC's Fall Annual Meeting
23. REMINDER: LRC's Annual Meeting for 2020 will be on Sunday in October 18st
@ 12:00 noon at our Club House. The usual Club's business will be conducted as well as the election of the
LRC's Officers for 2021. Please plan of attending this important meeting; all LRC members are welcome!
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Col. Townsend Whelen, a developer of the M1903 Match Rifle
Sgt. Morris Fisher, USMC, with his 1903 Free Rifle (c. 1923)