Mystic Rod and Gun Club
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monthly Meeting and Steak Dinner.
Monthly meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month. Come at 6:30pm and enjoy a tender steak dinner before the meeting for only $15.00 per person. Steaks are given out from the kitchen, you then grill your own to your preference! Fixin’s are included. All members are encouraged to attend.  The next meeting will be on the 29th of January. 
Monthly Newsletter

Lee Road Proposed Firearm Training Facility Presentation to the BOD on 5 July

On 5 July the CT The Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection and Department of Administrative Services gave a presentation to the Board of Directors on the proposed firearm training facility to be located on Lee Road. This presentation can be viewed at the below listed links.

The Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection and Department of Administrative Services main site is:  http://www.ct.gov/csprange

Here is the direct link to the presentation:
http://www.ct.gov/csprange/cwp/view.asp?a=4867&Q=581296&csprangeNav=|

As a part of the process, we will be afforded an opportunity to submit questions and express any concerns the Club may have. ANY MEMBER with questions, comments or concerns please email them to Terry Chance at tchance@atlanticbb.net. I will bring them to the BOD and they will be collated and presented to the State in a formal letter. Remember this is a long process and we are in the early stages.
Thank You

Terry Chance,
President


RIMFIRE CHALLANGE September 24

September 24 will be the Mystic Rod and Gun Club's 2nd Rimfire challenge and will be held at the Griswold range.

The Rimfire challenge is a fun match with .22 pistol and .22 rifle on steel plate targets. These targets are not meant to be difficult and are geared to fun shooting for all skill levels. The match is based on time. Expect to shoot around 200 rounds of .22LR ammo. The match can be shot with open, scoped, or red dot sights. Pistol targets will be around 10-15 yards, rifle shots will be 25 to 35 yards. Link to Flyer

The match fee will be $20.00. Pre-registration is required. a link to match registration is :
https://goo.gl/forms/nuxf3C435gs44vit1.  Sign-in will be at 8:30am and shooting will commence at 9:00am, we should be done by 1 or 2pm. 

If you have any questions contact Tim Hausler at 860-961-2991 or email at Mysticrimfirechallange@gmail.com.

Clambake 17th of September
The club will be having a clambake at 4pm.
Lobster, steamers, cherry stones, chowder, stuffed clams, corn on the cob, BYOB. There will be a 50/50 raffle and booze basket. Tickets are $30 and will be available at the monthly meetings or by calling Rob Pettini at 401-315-2468. This would be a great way to get in your work hours - we are always looking for help.

Skeet & Trap Chairman
Dan Spencer is the new Skeet and Trap Chairman. For any information regarding the skeet program please contact him at dan12245@comcast.net.

Pistol Safety Course
The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course is now a blended training course. Phase 1 is conducted in an online environment through the NRA and is completed on your own time. Once you have completed Phase 1 and have a PIN number, contact Walt Woycik at 860-884-1409 or Jim Gauthier at 860-884-4795 to schedule the Phase 2 instructor-led portion. You must successfully complete Phase 1 and Phase 2 in order to receive your NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course certificate.

Register for the Phase 1 at https://onlinetraining.nra.org/online-courses/nra-basics-of-pistol-shooting-course

The Stonington range will be closed during the pistol course.

Black Powder Shoot
Chuck Griffin is our new Black Powder Chairman. We are planning on having a black powder shoot on the 17th of September.Tickets are $30

LOCKS:
Lock combinations were changed the first week of June. To operate the door locks,  enter the combination, then press * and the lock should disengage. Just operate the handle and the door should open. If you have trouble contact Terry Chance at 860-235-0203 or Chuck Griffin at 860-908-9571. If you did not receive a 2016-17 membership card please contact Terry Chance at 860-235-0202 or email mrgc@mysticrodandgunclub.org

To open the combination lock on the gate enter the 4 digit combination on the angled portion near the base of the lock and then pull on the shackle. The bottom is just a seam from assembling the lock and NOT the indicator bar.

Land Management
A certified forester has been engaged to survey our property for possible logging and long term forest and land management.  He will provide a detailed report of forest condition, species, and the estimated harvest. He will also mark all trees to be harvested, and provide recommendations for future harvesting.

Pistol League
The summer league is running every Monday night starting at 7pm. Volunteers are needed on Monday nights to help score, call the range etc. Volunteering your time will be credited to your servicel work hour requirement. Link to Schedule for 2015-16, Link to League Rules.

                HELP  NEEDED AT GRISWOLD
Volunteers are needed to mow the Griswold property. It's a great way to get your work hours in. The club provides all the equipment and fuel needed as well as instruction/tips. The areas that need to be mowed are numerous and include the skeet field, the field to the left of the skeet field, the hillside up to the parking lot, the outdoor rifle range, the picnic area by the pond and the area by the dam, outhouse point and the caretaker property. In addition to the mowing there is plenty of weed-whacking to be done. Lawn tractor, mowers and required tools will be provided. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated! If you can spare the time to do any portion it would help. Please contact John Clark at (401) 527-5825 for details or to volunteer and get checked out on the lawn equipment.

Archery Chairman
We thank Joe DeGange for stepping up to be our new archery chairman. He can be contacted at 860-204-7006 for any questions or suggestions.

Suggestion Boxes: Suggestion boxes have been placed at both Stonington and Griswold. Please let us know how to make OUR club even better.

CCTV cameras - A reminder to all members that CCTV is in operation both at Griswold and at the Stonington clubhouse 24/7.


RANGE SAFETY
The RED metal containers are for MISFIRED rounds only. Misfires are NOT to be placed in the brass bins. Recently misfired ammunition was found in the brass bin.
 
Use COMMON SENSE and OBSERVE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS when using the range.  TRACER AMMUNTION IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. ONLY PAPER TARGETS affixed to the wooden pallets are authorized. EXPLODING TARGETS, SELF HEALING TARGETS OR ANY TARGETS PLACED ON THE GROUND OR ON THE BERMS IS PROHIBITED. NEVER SHOOT AT THE GROUND OR ANYTHING WHICH CAN CAUSE A RICOCHET. WHEN IN DOUBT DON'T!!!!!!  LEAD BULLETS ONLY ON THE INDOOR RANGE !!!!!! DO NOT SHOOT AT WATERMELONS OR ANY OTHER FRUITS OR VEGETBLES. THE RESIDUE CREATES INSECT AND VARMIT PROBLEMS. All Shooters are reminded to police your brass when finished shooting. Steel and Aluminum casing go into the trash and not the brass bins. The salvage yard will not accept the brass if other materials are mixed in. An EXPLODING TARGET was found at the 25 yard line of the pistol range. These types of targets are PROHIBITED on all MRGC ranges, and anyone caught using them (in-person or on VIDEO SURVEILLANCE) will have their membership revoked and forfeit all dues paid.

Griswold Facility Chairman - Eric Sabo is our Griswold Facility Chairman. Please contact him regarding matters concerning the Griswold Facility. Reminder - No wood is to be removed from the Griswold property without the prior approval of the President, Vice President or Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Stonington Facility
Members are reminded to use ONLY the remote control for the gas fireplace. Shutting the isolation valve secures gas to the pilot light which is not a good thing.
For work around the Stonington Club House contact Pete Dyer.  Volunteers are needed to mow the grass around the club-house. Volunteers can use the club's mowers or use their own.  There is light duty work available for those who cannot handle much physical labor anymore (help with monthly dinner preparation, raffle ticket sales, snack bar operation, newsletter prep and labeling, etc). 

MRGC Reading Library -
The next time you visit the Stonington clubhouse take a few minutes and browse the Coleman library.  MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT BOOKS ARE NOT TO BE REMOVED FROM THE CLUBHOUSE. Any donations of quality books will be greatly appreciated.

BY-LAWS
The Club's By-Laws are avaible on line at: (Current By-Laws).

Range Logs and Waiver Forms:
Members are reminded to sign in prior to shooting. If you bring any guests and they have not previously signed a waiver form, please ensure they do so prior to utilizing the facilities. Waiver forms are located at the Stonington range, and at the Griswold clubhouse. Folders are provided for the completed forms. Your support is appreciated.


NEW Connecticut Gun Law Forms
Connecticut Gun Law CLICK  HERE
 
Application for Ammunition Certificate (PDF form - fill in an print)


Mike Pietraallo our Steward is doing an outstanding job preparing for the meeting night dinners. He is always looking for volunteer help. If you can help in the kitchen please let him know. He can be contacted at mikepietraallo@yahoo.com or 401-218-8640. It's a good way to perform your work hour requirements.



Membership
New members are welcome so please ask your friends if they would like to join.  An application form can also be downloaded from the website by clicking on the following link.
Membership Application.

Junior Rifle - Sunday Evenings - 6:00 pm Junior Rifle Training  
Rifle and Pistol practice is Sunday nights 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Contact Jim Gauthier at (860) 884-4795 or james.gauthier@comcast.net for more info. 

Skeet Shooting Program
The winter league is over and the summer fun begins. Shooting is allowed from 8am to  10pm. The skeet field is open Thursday evenings from 6:00pm until 10:00pm when members socialize and have a good time shooting under the lights. Skeet and Trap tickets have increased to $2.50 a round or $25 for a ticket of 11 rounds. For skeet information or  questions Dan Spencer. Please make sure there are plenty of targets in the houses when finished shooting. If you don't have access please call Dan and let him know.
THE SKEET FIELD CAN NOW BE USED FOR PRACTIC E ON SATURDAY EVENINGS STARTING 1 HOUR AFTER SUNSET.

FISHING  - Anglers are reminded  to review the fishing rules as outlined in the General Rules and Common Sense Practices. Joey Grispino is the fish chairman. (Link to Rules)
2016 opening day will be 2 April - preceded by a fishermans breakfast.
Anglers are reminded to sign in the log located in the clubhouse. We are collecting harvesting and catch data, in order to evaluate the summer holdover rates. This data will be used to plan for future stocking requirements.  Your accuracy in log keeping is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or suggestions contact Pete Dyer. If you use a boat you are required to have a personal flotation device for everyone on the boat. When finished using the boats, please turn them upside down (keeps water out) and store them next to the trees to keep parking spots free.


Edward S. Comrie Jr. Scholarship

Two $500.00 scholarships were awarded last year. Helene Donahue of Stonington High School and Joseph Allyn of Fitch High School.  Congratulations to the winners. We wish them success in their educational pursuits. Special thanks to Chris Zauner and the scholarship committee. For information on the Edward S. Comrie Jr. scholarship please contact Chris Zauner  at 860-961-5530 or cszauner@sbcglobal.net. The application form can be found here (Scholarship Application).

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