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What's New - 6/2011
All ranges will be closed for the weekends of 25-26 June, and 3-4 July.
A new Upcoming Events page has been added to the left hand navigaton links and the Home pag. This will be evloving over time. Your input is greatly appreciatd and should be directed to the website support on the Contact Us page.
Calling all pistol shooters!
USPSA style practical shooting returns Sunday, July 10th. Be warned that this event is very popular and pre-registration is highly recommended as there will be a maximum of 40 participants. For those that participated in the introductory clinic - we had close to 60 participants!
Calling for volunteers - June 25 & 25 Fredericksburg
Southeastern Guns and Knives Show
Once again we are fortunate to be given a table at the Fredericksburg Southeastern Guns & Knives gun show, June 25 and 26. We will use this opportunity to solicit new members for the Club. As you can guess, we need volunteers to man the table throughout the show.
Shannon Zeigler, Chairman of the Membership Committee and Grand PuBa of the event, has developed a sign up schedule (click to download).
Please read the instructions and then e-mail Shannon with the times that you would like to volunteer for. Remember, all volunteers get into the show free.
Also, please provide Shannon with a cell phone number that we can use to contact you during the times of the Show. Getting into and out of the show for free will require communication with those members at the table inside the gates of the show.
As always, we do appreciate your participation in our efforts to make QSC the "Club to Belong to."
National Records this weekend!
During the two days of the Palma Regional Match (third day cancelled for weather), four new National records were shot, pending verification from the NRA.
Palma FTR 4 Man Team - BNX Rife Team - 1717 - 42X
Palma F Open Service - James Gaston - 431 - 9X
Palma FTR Service - Sherri Gallagher - 434 - 14X
Palma FTR Women - Sherri Gallagher - 434 - 14X
Club Multi-Media pages now available
Thanks to QSC member and video producer extraordinaire Doug Hurst; we now have several new video's for your viewing pleasure. Please take a look and be sure to thank Doug. The new pages can be selected on the left side navigation menu. There will be more video's to be posted so please check back often.
Thanks to QSC member Lorne Cooper we now have registration forms for rifle and pistol matches including sanctioned matches, rec fire type matches (not necessary for routine rec fire on Range 1, etc), and marksmanship clinics. The forms are available for download on our new Match Registration and Match Results page located on the left side navigation menu. Members and guests are encouraged to use the link to download the newest Adobe pdf reader as the newest version is necessary to "save" the information you fill in. In addition there is a direct email link to the QSC Operations Officer for sending your completed registration form as an attachment. This is the preferred method for ensuring you are not only registered for an activity but it also allows for efficient resource and time management. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!
We continue to improve our web site and ease for our members and guests.
USPSA style match scheduled for this Sunday, June 12, 2011
Regrettably, we must cancel the USPSA Match scheduled for this Sunday, 12 June 2011. Unfortunately, we had too few participants pre-register. Please pre-register for next Month's competition which will be held on 10 July 2011.
June 17-19 - Palma Regional Match with new format
In order to accommodate as many shooters as possible with Father's Day; the TEAM match has been moved to Friday. Saturday and Sunday will be individual Palma Matches. Match bulletin and pre-registraion form on calendar. We strongly encourage you to pre-register and reserve a puller, if available.
This weekend - membership meeting and USPSA style match!
All members are encouraged to attend our quarterly membership meeting, 0900 at WTBn classroom. Click here for agenda.
Lew Walker will once again host a USPSA style, non-sanctioned match this Sunday. These matches are ideal for our members and guests to gain experience in action pistol shooting. Pre-registration is required as there is a maximum of 40 shooters. Walk-ons will be allowed if the maximum is not reached.
Please see the calendar and click on the match event for the match bulletin which has pre-registration instructions.
The Eastern Armed Forces Memorial Match
Remembering The Brave
Most of you are aware of the fact that we hosted the Second Annual Eastern Armed Forces Memorial Match this past Memorial Day Weekend. The Match was successful in spite of a violent windstorm hitting the base Friday night forcing a within-the-match power outage, and a 90 minute check fire caused by a medivac helicopter flying within our SDZ. The Opening Ceremonies were conducted by Colonel Steve Beck, the President of the Remembering the Brave Foundation. We had Colors presented by the #33 Fire House of the Quantico Fire & Emergency Services, Captain Austin T. Cooper II presiding over the deployment of the Flag during the playing of the National Anthem. Captain Caleb Wells, WTBn Teams, played "Amazing Grace" on the bag pipes, followed by the Opening Shot fired by Jeff Falkel, a dedicated Gold Star Dad from Colorado. He fired an "X" from the 1,000 yard line using an M1-D, iron sights only. Awesome!
We were able to complete all the scheduled matches in spite of some delays that were sometimes within, but mostly not within, our control. As of yet, we can't say that we set any National Records, but if we do, we'll get back to you. Our picnic at Lunga Park, hosted by the Quantico Shooting Club, was a resounding success. Unfortunately, the social aspect was cut short due to the Sun deciding to fade over the Western Horizon before we were through, but that's the breaks. Regardless, we will not hesitate to repeat that social event next year so that more folks can join us and spend more time getting to know each other.
I, along with your Board of Directors, would like to express our thanks to those folks who gave of themselves as Volunteers in order make this match a success:
Our Friends, the Marines at WTBn. We sincerely appreciate the advice and consideration that we have received from our friends at WTBn. Without their guidance in an advisory capacity, both before & during the Match, we would have at times been lost. Our thanks goes out to Colonel Armstrong and Colonel Osborn, Captains Traves, Wells, & Lambert, GSgts Stephens, Peterson, Kennedy, & Otto, SSgts Hall & Malone, and all the other Marines that were there when we needed direction.
Colonel Steve Beck, President of the Remembering the Brave Foundation. Without his continued support and contributions to our planning efforts, we would not have been able to adequately express our appreciation for the Ultimate Contributions that the members of our Armed Forces have given to our Nation.
Our Registration/Squadding/Statistics Team. Jim Therrell, our Operations Officer, Russell Jones, our Assistant Operations Officer, Lorne Cooper, Statistics Officer, and David Zlowe, our Treasurer, Gene Szymanski, and last but not least, Margaret Wyse. We were able to generate our statistics in a timely manner so that the trophy presentations on Sunday had special meaning.
Medical Support. PTS, as always under the guidance of Mike Sponaugle, again showed why we are so proud of the efforts that they have put forth to make our shooting experiences aboard MCB Quantico something to remember. They were with us all the way and provided quality assurance that should a mishap occur, we were covered.
Our Line Officers and RSOs: Again, Jenny Boyd was wonderful. We thank her for holding on to a tight schedule, even with the little bumps that we encountered. Our RSOs, Willie Williamson, David Dye, & Steve Mullins allowed us to keep our schedules without interruption. Our Volunteer Line personnel were fantastic, both in the pits and at the line. Andy Sherrer & Jonny Metz, to mention a few were there for us.
The Front Line: My special thanks for volunteering has to go out to Jim Stoll. He has been there for us over the years and continues to come back time after time. Jim, my heart-felt thanks goes out to you and I know your Board of Directors feels exactly the same. Try to clone yourself.
The Brooke Point HS NROTC: Wow! These young students helped us bridge that gap between not having enough help to having more that we could hope for. Thank you, Mike Darnell, for giving your Troops the opportunity to participate and provide us with the substantial support that they demonstrated.
The Trophy Plaques: We need to give a special thank you to Rob Jones for his help with the Trophy Plaques. Not only did he play a pivotal role in their construction and assembly, but put forth a Herculean effort to make sure that the plaques were engraved with the winner's names prior to their presentation. His effort involved dodging numerous power outages and score card errors requiring a trip back to the drawing board. As Steve Beck said, this is the first time in his history of being involved with Matches that the Plaques were engraved while the Stats themselves were still "warm" and before they were presented.
Our Set-up and Line Volunteers: This year, we used our own tents, and thanks to Willie Williamson, our very own well outfitted Stats Trailer. Setting all that up on both Friday and Saturday required substantial effort. Thanks to David Baker, Ed Wyse, and Rita Ponterio, we were able to pull it off without a hitch.
The Picnic: The picnic hosted by QSC was an unqualified success. Without Betty Jones, Sam Work, Kay Lewis, and Steve Mullins' Pig Roasters, we would have been eating cake only, and stale cake at that. There is no question but what we will repeat that again next year.
I know that I have failed to mention all those who helped. Please accept our thanks for all your efforts and contributions. We have improved our performance this year as compared to 2010. I know Steve Beck appreciates our hard work. Let's strive to do even better in 2012.
I hope to see you all there when we kick off the 3rd Annual Eastern Armed Forces Memorial Match on Friday, 25 May 2012.
All scores are now listed on our Match Results page. Pictures forthcoming so stay tuned!
President, Quantico Shooting Club