CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Junior Trap member, Jacob McCarthy! Jacob won High Junior at the Long Lake Fish & Gun Club Annual 100 Bird Shoot on August 1, 2020. He finished with an impressive 96/100 (49/47)!

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September And October Meetings

The board has not received any suggestions regarding meetings per the request in the newsletter.

Our bylaws require that the election of officers occur at the October membership meeting each year. An additional bylaw states that any nominations for officers occur at the September membership meeting.

We will have a membership meeting in September, with the sole purpose of accepting nominations for the board of directors positions. We will conduct the meeting outside under the rifle range firing point, on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 7:00PM. The only business that will be conducted will be nominations for elected positions.

Masks and social distancing will be required for all members attending.

On Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 7:00PM, we will hold another meeting at the same location for the sole purpose of the voting for the Election of Officers. No other business will be conducted, and masks and social distancing will also be mandatory.

The clubhouse has a maximum legal capacity of 47 persons. With social distancing of 6 feet, this would allow approximately 25 members to be in the meeting if it were held indoors. We feel that the risk is too great under the state guidelines to have indoor meetings, especially in colder weather when the windows will be closed.

We will start mailing printed newsletters to keep the membership informed.

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New Safety Rules For The Outdoor Pistol Range. Plate Rack Is Now Available For General Member Use

In response to member requests, the club’s plate rack has been made available for general member use. It has been installed to the far right of the outdoor pistol range. The distance has been determined to be appropriate for safety of users. Do not move it from the current location. All shooting must be done from inside the firing point building.

There are rules posted for the use of the plate rack that MUST be followed for safety reasons. All shooting of the plate rack must be done from the designated location, marked by signs.

Because the shooting of steel targets requires additional safety rules, new range rules will be posted on line and at all ranges for member reference.

There will be no parking allowed next to the outdoor range starting today. A sign has been installed prohibiting vehicles in the area next to the range, because of bullet splatter or ricochets when the plate rack is used.

The use of eye and ear protection when entering the outdoor pistol range area is MANDATORY. There can be no exceptions to this rule. Bullet debris has been found on vehicles that had been parked in the area. The danger of allowing people and vehicles in the area is too great a risk that can be avoided.

The modified Standard Operating Procedure which includes the Range Rules will be posted on the club web site and a printed copy at each range within a few days. There are other, pertinent rules regarding muzzle control and trigger discipline that have been changed, so make sure you read ALL of the new document.

The club has made a major upgrade to this range. The new rules have been added to increase safety.

Violation of these SAFETY RULES will result in loss of membership! Don’t put the club at risk!

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Online Bowhunter Education Course Now Available

An online Bowhunter Education class is now available. The DEC DOES NOT receive money for this course, it is being offered by an approved provider, Hunter-Ed.com.

Click on the following link for information:

https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/92267.html

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Range Closed Thursday, September 3, 2020 For HR-218 Qualification

The outdoor pistol range will be closed for HR-218 qualification from 09:00 until 15:00 hours on Thursday, September 3, 2020. The clubhouse will be used for shooter registration. Face coverings will be mandatory. Photos will be taken of each officer.

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Change To The Range Rules

There is an addition to the club range rules:

Except for Trap, barrels of loaded firearms must not be elevated past horizontal!

We have noted holes in the roof of the indoor range and bullet strikes on the protection boards on the outside pistol range. This damage is being caused by range rule violations:

1. Raising the muzzle of loaded guns above horizontal before firing shots.

2. Placing the trigger finger in the trigger guard before the sights are on target.

Both rules are covered by the Basic Rules of Gun Safety, but have been added to our Standard Operating Procedure as additional procedures.

Anyone found to violate these rules will lose their membership. A projectile leaving the club property is the most serious issue the club can face, and could result in closure and loss of the club. It is not trivial, it can be deadly.

DO NOT VIOLATE THESE RULES. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR MEMBERSHIP!

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First Responders Competition

Second Annual Blue Line – First Responders Top Shot Challenge, at the SaraSpa Rod and Gun Club, on Sunday, September 13th.

Please join us at Saraspa Rod and Gun Club in Greenfield, NY, where Law Enforcement-First Responders will compete at a Steel Shoot for Trophies and Bragging Rights followed by a BBQ. Spectators are welcome to cheer on their Favorite Teams.

Early Bird Special Registration Fee – $200 per team of 6, ($33.00/person), minimum of 4.

After June 15th, the registration fee will be $250 per team.

July 16 – August 15, the registration fee is $300 per team.

To reserve your team’s spot, you have 2 payment options:

1. Mail a check to:

Blue Line United, 6 Skipper Lane, Malta, NY 12020

2. Pay online at Practiscore. The Team Captain must pay for the entire team when he/she registers for the event, however each team member must also register. If you already have a Practiscore account from last year, you do not need to create a new one. To start an account go to https://practiscore.com/signup

We encourage you to find a local business willing to sponsor your team and help out with registration fees. We also suggest appointing a Team Captain to be your contact for event details and registration.

The event is open to LE, Fire and EMS as well as retired LEO.

For those of you who are new to this event, it’s a steel shoot for Law Enforcement and First Responders (Firefighters, EMT, Paramedics, Military and Veterans). It is a fun day for us to give back and show appreciation for all your service. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

This event is sponsored by Saratoga Weapons and Tactical.

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Trap is open!

Trap shooting is available, with social distancing required, on Wednesdays at 11AM, and Saturdays starting at 9AM.

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Greene County Police Officers Association Donates to C-A Trap Team

The C-A High School Trap Team has received another very generous donation from the Greene County Police Officers Association.

A check was presented by Association President Ed Shanley at the December meeting.

Thank you for supporting the team!

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New Applicants

Mackenzie and Remington Abbott – Earlton, NY

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