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           2018 !


1. 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.

The LRC Officers and Directors are getting tired of picking up shooters' trash and such.

REPEAT: The offending persons(s) will be prosecuted by the LRC and they will lose their right-to-carry firearms in Massachusetts!

Pistol range posts damaged & shot-up by shooters (Fall 2017 Work Bee)

(Above photo courtesy of LRC member, Joe S.)

To all LRC members:

      "If you bring it to the range, take it back home with you."

2018 memberships are now due

2. LRC's membership year starts January 1st through December 31st. If only renewing your LRC membership and there are no changes to either your home address, telephone number, Email address, etc., then mail-in your $35 annual dues (either cash or check accepted) soon to the LRC. If there are changes to any of your personal information, be sure to attach them in a note along with your $35 dues.

If you have already renewed your LRC membership for 2018, "We thank you!"

If becoming a new LRC member, please go to the Membership page. Print-out an LRC membership application form, fill-out the required information and mail the completed application form along with $35 (either cash or check accepted) to the address at the bottom of the membership application form.

Remember: Any monetary donations to the LRC will always be welcomed and will be used for various projects needed by the Club.

Many thanks goes to both renewing & any new members for supporting the LRC in 2018.



3. For your information, a Military History Expo will be held on May 18 - 20, 2018 in Orange, MA at 645 South Main Street. There will be a Militaria Flea Market on Friday, May 18th, starting at 10 AM. On Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th, from 10 AM to 4 PM, there will be a military equipment displays, battle reenactments as well as other military activities of interest. Tickets are available from their website, see the image below.

4. At the October 22, 2017 Annual Meeting, the elected LRC Officers for 2018 are:

    •    PRESIDENT:   Eric G.

    •    VICE PRESIDENT:   Joe S.


    •    SECRETARY:   Mary Lou B.

All the attending members at the fall Annual Meeting also became LRC Directors for 2018.

5. 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!

6. LRC's Membership Policy was established and defined at our 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.

Please go to the Membership page to read the current LRC Membership Policy (in .PDF file format).


The Club's entrance sign targeted by unwelcomed range visitors.

Just how STUPID can anyone be?

(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!

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7. A Fall Work Bee was held on Saturday, September 24th. On that day, some 25 to 30 LRC members showed up to rake leaves at the Clubhouse and outdoor ranges, install new posts for the 100 yard and handgun ranges, cleared trees and brush to create a new (single firing lane) 300 yard range, -above the 200 yard target butts. A good time was had by all -plus- many new friendships were made among the attendees. Many thanks to all the LRC members who gave up their time and day at the Fall Work Bee. As always, Mary Lou B. made a great lunch on Saturday for all the work bee helpers. "Thank you mary Lou!"

"Great job guys and thank you!"

Below are a few pictures from the Fall 2017 Work Bee.

"Many hands do make light work."

New pistol range target backings installed.

LRC members, Walt T. and Paul W., moving the damaged pistol range posts.

(All above photos courtesy of LRC member, Joe S.)

8. It's a known fact that in any organization,

"90% of the work is always done by 10% of the people."

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.

9. The winner and runner-ups for the LRC's "High Power 4-Rifle Matches" for 2017 are:

    •   1st place:    Ralph L.

    •   2nd place:   John K.

    •   3rd place:    Jim V.

    •   4th place:    Robert T.

    •   5th place:    Eric G.

    •   6th place:    Paul W.

    •   7th place:    Joe S.

Ralph's prize for winning 1st place is a free 2018 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.

10. 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.

Some interesting facts from the seminar:

a) During World War 1, the Springfield Armory employed some 5,500 workers to produce the M1903 rifles; after the war, there were on some 200 workers (mainly gunsmiths) left with the rest of the Springfield Armory workers laid-off.

b) The original M1903 rifle's receiver design was based upon the German-developed K98 Mauser rifle. After World War 1 and despite being an enemy of the United States, Germany sued the U.S. over the patent infringement of the K98 rifle in U.S. courts and won! Germany settled for patent infringement of approximately $400,000 (in 1920 dollars, -worth now about $2,000,000 in current U.S. dollars.)

c) In the early 1920's, Col. Townsend Whelen requested the few Springfield Armory workers left to begin the task of "accurizing" standard M1903 rifles for marksmanship matches, i.e., at Creedmoor and Camp Perry rifle ranges. All of the major components were "air gaged" for critical dimensions and the 'straight' rifle stock was replaced with a "Type C" ('pistol grip') stock. The Springfield Armory produced many match M1903 rifles and supplied them both to the U.S. Army and also to the N.R.A., which offered the M1903 match rifles for sale to N.R.A. members at the cost of $34.95 (!) for each rilfe.

d) The M1903 Springfield rifle was eventually replaced around 1936 by the adoption of the M1 .30 cal Rifle (the "Garand"), although the Springfield rifles were revised/redesigned to the new version, M1903-A3 Springfield rifle, for World War 2.

Bruce Canfield lecturing at the M1903 Springfield rifle seminar (STCC campus)

The post-WW1 M1903 Match Rifle

(Photos courtesy of LRC member, Joe S.)

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11. Many shooters have heard the range command given, "LOCK AND LOAD!", during high power rifle matches. Did you know where and how the command originated? The NRA's "American Rifleman" magazine (September 2016) published an article about the range command; it stated:

The range command, "Lock and Load", was worked out for matches using the M1 Garand rifle before World War II. The "Lock" part of the command requires the shooter to pull back on the operating rod, which clears the chamber, opens the action and locks it in the open position. "Load" requires the inserting the clip and pressing it into the action with the right thumb from the line of the bolt as it snaps forward and closed to chamber the first round. The next command is "Commence Firing."

Now you know....

Correctly loading the 8-round enbloc clip into an M1 .30 cal rifle.

12. 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.

Note: The ammunition is sold only at the matches at a reasonable price and is not for sale to purchase for other purposes; it is to be used only for rifle matches. Also, the .03-'06 empty cartridge cases and the M1 'en bloc' clips become property of the LRC after the matches.

If you are still feeling uneasy about high power rifle shooting, why not come to the LRC to watch a match and observe ow the rifle matches are conducted? (Maybe see you there?)

The schedule for this year's 2018 high power rifle rifle matches is listed on the Schedules page.

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13. 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.

To read the "Mother Jones" magazine article, click here   →     pdf file

If you find the magazine's version hard to read, here's the same article from the Internet. Click here   →     pdf file

Note the security agency has since left the LRC many, many years ago; the LRC no longer allows or permits any security training to take place, ever again, on the Club's grounds.

14. 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.

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15. 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.

16. Over the past years, there have been many shooting tragedies: Newtown, CT, San Bernadino, CA, Aurora, CO, South Carolina, Virginia, Orlando, FL; some terrorist realated and some not. If you are a Massachusetts' resident, you have been targeted by the Massachusetts' Attorney General, Maura Healey, restricting your right to own and possess firearms defined by her as "assault weapons and their 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.

Remember the sayings, "United we stand, divided we fall". and

"A house divided against itself cannot stand." -Abraham Lincoln

→ Ensure that you help preserve and fight for our 2nd Amendment rights!

17. 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.

→ Please make sure the LRC has your current Email address.

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.

Be advised the LRC is transitioning away from U.S. mailing hard-copy newletters, regarding Club news and notices, to its members and posting the information our website or by sending the information via Email.

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18. 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.

Since 1935, the name of our Club is the LEYDEN RIFLE CLUB, with the emphasis on the word, 'RIFLE'.

LRC's Fall Annual Meeting

19. REMINDER: LRC's next Annual Meeting is on Sunday in October 21st, 2018 @ 12:00 noon at our Club House. The meeting's date is listed on the Schedules page. The usual Club's business will be conducted as well as the election of the 2019 LRC's Officers. Please plan of attending this important meeting; all LRC members are welcome!

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Great American riflemen:

Col. Townsend Whelen, a developer of the M1903 Match Rifle

"My M1 speaks for me." (1942)

John Garand examining his M1 rifle. (Circa 1942-43)

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