May 2004 NEWSLETTER
Buccaneer Gun Club
P.O. BOX 681 - Wilmington, NC 28402
675-9357 (H) 341-6263 (Pager)
799-9057 (H) 762-6631 (W)
793-3098 (W) 452-2763 (H)
Don Pelling 791-0926
Hidy McEachern 762-9626 (W)
Don Sloop 799-4627 (H)
Wilt Leeuwenburg 395-2855 (H)
Big Bore Silhouette
Tom Mix 763-0870 (H)
Ray Campbell 686-7339 (H)
Field Pistol/Rimfire Silhouette
Louis Stanley 259-8497 (H)
Dale Lear 686-2418 (H)
NRA Action Pistol
Sholar Powell Jr. 799-5438 (H)
452-2145 (H) 763-6274 (W)
Harold Lange 791-6232 (H)
Dave Miller 452-3416 (H)
Wayne Aycock 256-7215
MAY 2004 NEWSLETTER
MONDAY, May 10, 2004 - 7:00 P.M. Pearls Restaurant
Sat. 1 Club Workday
Sat. 8 Big Bore Silhouette Match
Mon. 10 Club Meeting
Sat. 15 Cowboy Action Match
Sun. 16 Summer Warm Up Open, Skeet
Sat. 22 .22 Field Pistol
Sun. 23 Action Pistol Match
Sat. 5 Club All Around Match
Sat. 12 Big Bore Silhouette Match
Sun. 13 School’s Out Open, Skeet
Mon. 14 Club Meeting
Sat. 19 Cowboy Action Match
Sat. 26 .22 Field Pistol
Sun. 27 Action Pistol Match
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Note From The President
WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH THE “FIREARMS DISCHARGE
PROPOSAL” IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY
The Public Hearing was held 5:30 pm Monday April, 19 2004 at the Brunswick county Complex south of Bolivia on old Hwy 17. BGC was well represented and our comments were read into the record by BGC Secretary Dick Brame. It will be discussed at the May BGC meeting,
Note From The Secretary
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START OF UNAPPROVED MINUTES for the 4/12/04 Meeting
The meeting was called to order at Pearls Restaurant by President John Scott at 7:14 P.M.
The minutes of the last meeting [3/8/04], as appearing in the newsletter, were accepted with one correction. Dale Lear (not Don Pelling) spoke for Sgt. Miller asking if the club could help with funding for Ashley High School shooting team expenses.
Skeet March Winds held – see article.
Bench Rest Had 17 shooters.
Action Pistol Will start in April.
Cowboy See Report at end of newsletter.
The rifle range sheds are mostly finished.. We allocated $20,000 for the job and expenses look to be in the $16,500 – $17,000 range thus far. Several of the posts have settled, so we will have to brace them and then we can finish the concrete pads. Everyone was urged to come out and enjoy the new rifle range facilities.
Bill Murrell, Skeet Chairman, noted that he had visited the club several times and found the skeet machines empty or near empty. Each member is responsible for loading the skeet machines when they are finished shooting. In addition it was noted that someone was again shooting holes in the silhouette targets with rifles as well as shooting cinder blocks on the course and not cleaning them up.
We are a membership club with no staff. The condition of the range, targets and skeet fields is entirely up to each of you. Please leave the club grounds the way you would like to find them the next time you use them – clean.
PROPOSED BRUNSWICK COUNTY SHOOTING ORDINANCE:
This ordinance proposes to stop the discharge of firearms within 1000 feet of a dwelling, public building or livestock, except that it would not pertain to people engaged in lawful hunting. While it was not felt the ordinance was intended to affect gun clubs, the language was not clear on the subject. The proposed ordinance was discussed in detail, Secretary Dick Brame was asked to present the Club’s concerns to the Commissioners at their April 19 meeting. In essence we are to indicate that we would prefer that the Commissioners find another solution to the problem other than a blanket ordinance, but if they must pass an ordinance to put in language specifically exempting organized gun clubs like the Buccaneer Club. A brochure for the Club was proposed to distribute to the Brunswick County Commissioners.
ADJOURNMENT: Motion made and seconded to adjourn. Adjournment was at 8:17 P.M.
END OF UNAPPROVED MINUTES for the 4/12/04 Meeting.
THE CLUB STORE NOW HAS VALIANT BULLETS IN STOCK
When we purchased the last lot of Valiant Lead bullets we ordered some extra for the club store.....The price for these is the same that we paid for them and you can buy them in 500 boxes and the price is basically the same as if you purchased 1000.....Remember these are lead bullets not jacketed.....And this is not loaded ammo, just reloading bullets. I had list of exactly what we ordered but it seems to have gotten lost in the back of my truck and I cannot locate it.....They'll probably find it among the remains of my truck when it finally explodes someday.... Here's what I remember but don't hold me to it.....because I think they may be others I couldn't remember.....Don't call Hidy to go look and see what's there because they are way back at the back of the warehouse and he wasn't there when I dropped them off so give him a break......
9mm 125 gr RN
38 caliber 125 gr RNFP
38 caliber 148 gr DEWC
38 caliber 158gr SWC
40 caliber 180 gr truncated cone
44 caliber 240 gr SWC
45 ACP 200 gr SWC
45 ACP 230 gr RN
You know the ole saying "You snooze you loose" so don't wait till you've run out to get some of these. They are there now so don't wait..........Ray
MARCH WINDS OPEN TIME AGAIN (Fred Welfare)
The 2004 version of the Buccaneer Gun Club’s March Winds Open took place on March 20-21. The weather was on its best behavior. The temperature was pleasant, there was no rain, and the wind was light to moderate. Of course the wind was at its maximum during the 410. Twenty three participants took advantage of these nice conditions. Seventy seven guns were fired. Participation ranged from 22 in the 12 and the 20 to 16 in the 410. Dick Brame (Wilmington) led the 12 gauge with a 100. Following closely were Gary Mullins (Grifton, NC),
Bill Murrell (Wilmington) and Chuck Passwater (New Bern, NC) with 99 each. Senior shooter Marvin Thompson (Locust, NC), in only his 4th season of skeet, posted a fine 97 in class C.
In the 20 gauge, 96 was the highest score and was posted by Bill Murrell, Gary Mullins, and Neill McInnis (Fayetteville, NC) in class AA; and by John Langdon (New Bern, NC), Dick Brame, and John Scott (Wilmington ) in class A. A shoot off involving all six determined Bill to be twenty gauge champion and class AA 1st, Gary class AA 2nd, John Langdon Class A 1st, and John Scott Class A 2nd.
Following the shooting on Saturday, shooters and guests were treated to a pig picking complements of John Scott. The food and the conversation were both excellent and were enjoyed by everyone.
The 28 gauge scores were not as close as the 20 gauge had been. Bill Murrell’s 100 was the winner, and Gary’s 99 the next highest score. The other top score posted was 96 by John Langdon and John Scott. As usual scores dropped off a bit in the 410. Bill Murrell’s 96 took top honors. Neill McInnis and John Scott both had 95, and they were followed closely by Steve Perry’s 94. In the HOA Bill Murrell took the championship with 391. The other HOA winners were Gary Mullins – Class AA, Dick Brame – Class A, Jim Tiner (Fayetteville, NC) – Class B, Marvin Thompson – Class C, Jerry
Mitchell (Watha, NC) – Class D, and Beady Mitchell (Watha, NC ) – Lady Champion.) It was a good shoot and there are already some plans about how to make it better next year. See you then.
APRIL ACTION PISTOL MATCH (Sholar Powell):
We had a fine turnout for the first match of the year, with 7 shooters running 23 guns. Jay Della Bella cranked it up on the Mover and shot a perfect score, with 35 x’s. Thanks to everyone who helps run these matches (Campbell, Jackson, Della Bella, Mix Gang); would not be able to put these on without Club Member help to keep things moving along. Campbell was shooting better with his wheel gun than his semi-auto in Plates....the new Jerry Miculek is on the rise. We’re working on getting Gehrig a watch, more magazines, a revolver tray and a speed loader for the next match. The Mix Gang shot up the place pretty good, and a large time was had by all. Campbell has agreed to run the May match, so come on out and give it a whirl. Winners in this month’s shoot include:
FALLING PLATE MATCH
Semi-Auto High Master Jay Della Bella 470/47x
Expert Ray Campbell 450/45x
Sharpshooter Sholar Powell 420/42x
Marksman Ray Jackson 360/36x
Pistolero Gehrig Austin 290/29x
Revolver Expert Ray Campbell 460/46x
Marksman Jon Mix 300/30x
Pistolero Gehrig Austin 270/27x
MOVING TARGET MATCH
Semi-Auto High Master Jay Della Bella 480/35x
Expert Ray Campbell 470/20x
Sharpshooter Sholar Powell 408/10x
Marksman Ray Jackson 416/7x
Pistolero Gehrig Austin 361/5x
Revolver Marksman Jon Mix 354/6x
Pistolero Gehrig Austin 333/5x
Semi-Auto High Master Jay Della Bella 473/33x
Expert Ray Campbell 417/17x
Marksman Ray Jackson 386/11x
Pistolero Gehrig Austin 304/7x
Revolver Marksman Jon Mix 357/2x
2004 Blair Match: (Dale Lear)
Last October MGySgt David Miller challenged the Buccaneer Gun Club to field 2 teams of 4 members each to shoot in a National Jr. Sr. Small Boor Indoor Postal Match. MGySgt Miller planned to field 2 teams (Blue and Gold) from Hoggard NJROTC. He ultimately fielded a 3rd team (Scarlets) made up of 4 female Hoggard High School graduates who just happened to have been members of his NJROTC rifle teams. (I calzem RINGERS!!!)
The course of fire was a timed, 15 meter shoot with any .22 you wanted to use. The course consisted of 40 shots (4 target sheets containing 10 bulls-eyes each) in each of 3 positions: prone, standing and kneeling. Some of the BGC “Greybeards” team members (ages ran from 65 to 72) utilized a modified kneeling position nicknamed the “Wilmington kneeling position” by MGySgt Miller. The “Greybeards” team members were Tom Mix, Dale Lear, Robert Neale and Tom Fisk. The BGC “Silvertips” team members were Ray Campbell, David Morgan, Sholar Powell and Jon Mix.
Well, the “RINGERS” took 1st Place having out shot the 2nd Place Silvertips 1399 to 1314 (shot average of 7.2853 to 6.9230). Those girls could shoot but the Silvertips gave them a run for “their money.” BGC members took 2 individual trophies as Jon Mix took 2nd Place - Standing and Dale Lear took 2nd Place - Kneeling (would you believe a borrowed rifle). Amanda Cummings, the daughter of Sally who many BGC members know from scoring area air rifle matches, had the high score overall with 937 (20X) while Dale Lear finished 4th with 869 (7X) and Jon Mix finished 6th with 848 (11X). Everyone I spoke with had a good time especially at the Awards Ceremony held April 13th at the Golden Corral Restaurant in Monkey junction. All but one of the BGC team members were able to make the ceremony. Many of the young adult shooters who participated were there with their parents. We practically filled the private dining room with approximately 50 people attending. Guest of Honor was Mrs. Bobbie Blair and son Robert Blair. The match was named in honor of Mrs. Blair’s deceased husband LCDR Blair. Robert Blair is a teacher at Hoggard. LCDR Blair, who was a Naval Science Instructor at Hoggard, got the Navy CB’s to build the firing range at Hoggard which was subsequently named in his honor.
Next year MGySgt Miller would like to see more than 2 teams from BGC. He would not mind seeing other Shooting teams, made up of shooters from the Wilmington community at large, join in the fun. If you want to have some fun and see some fine shooting by young adults you need to sign up as soon as the 2005 Blair Match is announced!
Cowboy Action Newsletter
Regulator Gazette—May 1897
Headline: You may be a gun nut if.....
I feel real bad about some of these, because most are true and apply to me. You see pictures of war on T.V. and all you can think about is that you want to be there so you can pick up the BRASS. Your only criteria for renting a video is what guns it might have in it. You have spent more on guns in the last 6 months than you did on your wife’s engagement ring. You have traded the wife's wedding ring for a shotgun, and she let you. You let your wife go out and blow all kinds of money on junk she'll never use just so she won't gripe when you buy that latest piece you really need for your collection. You build a gun rack in your bedroom and it's closer to you than your wife. Your gun safe cost more then your dining room set. You or your wife do the wash, several spent casings fall out of your rolled-up sleeves. Your wife/girlfriend thinks that aura of Hoppes #9 is your favorite after shave. Your wife threatened to leave you after finding 400 muddy shotshells soaking in the bathtub for the tenth time. You buy a gun at a shop only to find out you used to own it a couple of years ago. The largest gun store in your area *calls* you if they need something they can't get elsewhere. When buying a new gun, you plead with your gun shop to keep it until you have space for it. We had another good turnout for April...we started out with around 20 and for some reason we lost a couple
who had to leave early and 18 finished....The real fight of the day was between Mad Dog and Dick
Holliday.....When the smoke cleared, Mad Dog edged out Holliday by 7 seconds.....Holliday contends that Mad Dog doctored his rifle sights while he was indisposed.....We were also blessed with a visit by a bunch of "Steely Eyed Killers" from the Flatwoods Ranch in Hubert.....Thanks for coming guys and hope to see youagain.
Scores for the match went like this....
First Flight...Mad Dog, Dick Holliday, Col Case Hardin, Milo Talon, Carl
Second Flight....Ragtime Kid, Slow Hand, Little Mix, Stalker
Seniors....Roberdel, Idaho Spud, Black Smith, Doc Clock, Tom Two Feathers, Wild Willie,
Gun Fighters....Owen, Pard Picket
We'll see you again on the third Saturday of May and at the conclusion of the match we're gonna shoot the buffalo targets at 100 yards.....you can either use your cowboy pistol caliber rifle or your 45-70 or whatever rifle caliber.....i haven't made up the rules yet but it will be fun and will have several classes so as to sorta keep things equal........
So until next month keep practicing "Mad Dog" and don't forget.........Take a kid shooting........Respectfully
BUCCANEER GUN CLUB 2004 CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
The calendar of events for 2004 follows:
Workdays will be the 1st Saturday in March, May, August and November starting at 8:00 A.M.
Big Bore Matches will be the 2nd Saturday in March, April, May, June, July and August starting at 10:00
A.M. Skeet Matches will be the 2nd Sunday of every month starting at 1:00 P.M.
Club Meetings will be the 2nd Monday of every month starting at 7:00 P.M.
Cowboy Action Matches will be the 3rd Saturday of every month, except December, starting at 9:00 A.M.
.22 Field Pistol Matches will be the 4th Saturday in March, April, May, June, July & August at 10:00 A.M.
Action Pistol Matches will be the 4th Sunday in April, May, June, July, August, September & October at 12
The March Winds Open Skeet Match, NSSA Skeet, is usually held on the week-end following the regularly scheduled March skeet match. Match Directors are requested to check their match dates so allowances may be made for holidays or other shoots and to advise the Secretary as soon as possible so a calendar may be drafted.
NO LOADED CONCEALED WEAPONS ARE TO BE CARRIED TO THE FIRING LINE AS WE ARE A COLD RANGE CLUB.
PLEASE – DO NOT SHOOT CENTER FIRE RIFLES NEITHER AT SILHOUETTE TARGETS NOR AT THE COWBOY ACTION TARGETS.
TO PREVENT OTHERS FROM SHOOTING CENTER FIRE RIFLES AT THE
SILHOUETTE TARGET WE ARE REQUESTING YOU DROP THE SILHOUETTE TARGETS WHEN YOU ARE THROUGH SHOOTING.