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to visit violence on those who would do us harm.

~~ George Orwell



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Special Thanks to our friends who helped out with Club Business;


Thanks to our friend at Dater Hill Kennel.

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A very big thanks to our friends at Kennedy's Garage.

Kennedy's Garage
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(518) 272-3881




Special thanks to member Bob N. He was kind enough to bring in his equipment to dig the trench from the Club House to the septic tank at no charge. Please keep him in mind if you need any of this type of work!
George's Auto Sales
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Troy, NY 12180
Office: (518) 286-1857
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NEXT MEETING

→ Sunday December 11th, 10am ♣

→ Meetings are now at 10am!!


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November 4, 1942

Second Battle of El Alamein

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This may not be the end, not even the beginning of the end but, possibly,
the end of the beginning!
~~ Winston Churchill


On the night of November 1st, Gen. Montgomery launches the second phase Operation Supercharge, which is designed to break through the last part of the German defences. The infantry units clear the way for the armoured divisions. Rommel, his army depleted and his petrol almost finished, decides the battle is lost.

On 2 November, Rommel warns Hitler that his army faces annihilation.

Hitler orders Rommel to 'stand and die', but the Panzerarmee has already begun to retreat.

The battle is a turning point in the North African campaign. It ends the long fight for the Western Desert. This is the only great land battle won by the British and Commonwealth forces without direct American participation.


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I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast;
for I intend to go in harm's way.
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→ Next Meeting: Sunday, December 11th at 10am! ♣

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From Sunday November 13th, 10am:

Items on that agenda:

Vote to permanently change monthly meeting time to the second Sunday of the month at 10am!

Discussion on establishing a New Member Committee!

From Last Meeting:

Change of Meeting time and day. It was agreed by all in attendance that the proposed change was not practical! A vote was then taken to amend the original proposal. This was accepted by the maker and it was then agreed that the amended proposal would be voted on at the November meeting!

Christmas Party Chairperson: After last years Christmas Party fiasco( some may remember the Treasurer confused Christmas with Valentines Day and decorated the Clubhouse accordingly) it was decided we need a new chairperson! Seeing the importance of a Holiday Party(and probably not wanting to see the Clubhouse decorated with little hearts and The Treasurer dressed as Cupid again) two of our heartiest members stepped up and said they would co-chair the event! Thanks go out to Jim Davin and Scott Shmiedeshoff for their future efforts! We're sure they're going to do a good job and they'll also keep Cupids arrows on the archery range!

Christmas Party: Sunday December 11th @ 1pm. The Club will provide soft drinks, pizza and a turkey and ham dinner. As always if anyone feels like bringing something else it will be appreciated!

Dues: All members dues expire on 12/31/16. So what that means is soon we all will be getting a bill! This bill will tell you the following:

If you joined prior to 12/31/15 your dues fee will be $80.00!

If you joined after 1/1/16 your dues will be $120.00 if you don't intend to work the required hours per our bylaws. If you do intend to do this work your dues will be $80.00. Please be advised we will keep a close eye on those who claim this will work clause! Be also advised we're looking at the ones who claimed this for 2016. If it's found they haven't performed as they said they would the membership will decide what the next move will be!

Range Rules and Etiquette: as we said last month as hunting season approaches more and more members turn up at the range to sight in! Many of these folks are not regular users and may not be familiar with the rules and etiquette of range shooting! That's why its of the utmost importance that our more seasoned members take some initiative and bring order to the firing line.Before you or they shoot kindly point out range rules! Establish with them what the terms hot, cold,clear, commence and do you have your ears on mean! Tell them what you are doing and ask them to tell you the same! Making sure they know these things by communicating with them will make theirs and yours shooting day safer and more fun!

Membership Badges: These must be worn when using any of the ranges! Those not wearing will not be allowed to shoot!

.22 Bench Rest Shoot! A big hats off and a thank you to Scott S for his work on this shoot! It not only provided an average of 11 people a lot of fun it also created and in some cases awoke an interest in accurate moa shooting. On an even more positive note we heard Scott is cooking up a similar shoot to start in December! He's even working on a heated area for the firing line! As we get the details we'll pass them on! Oh and look at this! The details just came in! Please read the next paragraph ,it's an update from Scott, to see what's in store for the .22 benchrest shoot!

The fall 22 shoot ended this past Sunday with a prime rib dinner at Two Brothers....a good time was had by all. We decided to continue with a Winter shoot beginning December 4th, 11th,18th and January 8th, 15th and the 22nd. Leaving a break for the Xmas holidays. Shooting time is 11am each Sunday.
Any member or their guest may shoot and we encourage our youth to join in. The shoot will consist of 20 rounds at 50 yards and 20 rounds at 100 yards. Any 22 rifle and any sights are allowed. The two top shooters each week and the two most improved shooters each week will win a $1.00 scratch off ticket. Improved shooter prize will begin on the second week of shooting.
Each shooter will pay $5.00 per week towards targets ,prizes and an event at the end of the shoot. If you have a conflict for a particular week you can pre-shoot at the club and your score will be recorded.
Any questions call shoot coordinator Scott Schmiedeshof at 518-421-5102 or scot3773@yahoo.com

Pistol Classes: We're often asked the wheres and whens of these classes! George Hillje was kind enough to help us out by sending this link in for those who reside in Renns. County!

http://rcfirearmstraining.us/

There ain't no fish here: Well that may be the case! This link sent in by George Hillje will at least tell you where they were though!

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/23295.html

A little help from our friends: I forgot last month to say thanks to Robyn Wilkes for all her hard work during the years she was our Clubs Secretary! So thank you Robyn! Now on another positive note Robyn has agreed to stay on as a consultant! We thank her for this too! Her expertise is a very valuable asset!

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♣ October 9th :

Vote to change monthly meeting time to the second Wednesday of each month with a starting time of 7pm!

From Last meeting:

Election of Officers: The following people were elected or reelected to these positions!

Jay Wilkes ,President!

Tom Batsios,Vice President

Dan Place,Secretary

Doc McGarry ,Treasurer!

Mark Caruso, Director

Presidential Appointee: Tom Madsen was appointed to the position of Sargent At Arms by President Wilkes!

Funds for the purchase of firewood were also approved!

Treasurers Annual Report: The Treasurer reported the Club to be in very good financial condition! Financially the cash on hand is almost equal to what it was last year at this time! He pointed out that this was quite a fete considering our expenditures, due primarily to range work, were the highest ever and our income only the third highest!

Onward:

Lead Cleanup: In mid September Andy Crowley was assisted by Ara Shahanian and an unknown elf in our first 50yd target cleanup! After removal and washing of the crushed rubber contents close to five pounds of lead was extracted and taken away from our property.While it may not seem significant it is! It makes us one of the first Clubs in the area to do a hazmat clean up of its type! It also puts us one step ahead of those who would try to hamper our shooting rights using the environment as a weapon!

Hunter Safety Course: On September 24th The Taconic hosted it's yearly Hunter Safety Course! Thanks to the efforts of Instructors Kevin Bush and Mr Wendell over 20 new hunters will be able to enjoy the sport of hunting!

Sunday .22 cal Shoot! Thanks to the efforts of Shootmeister Scott Shmiedeshoff an average of 11 people have been enjoying some friendly weekly competition on our rifle range! If you're interested the shoot starts at 11am and the range fee is just 5 bucks! Those who participate in all 6 shooting events will be eligible to attend a free dinner at Two Brothers Restaurant! UPDATE: The dates for the two remaining events have been changed! They new dates will be Sunday October 16th and Sunday October 23rd! There will be no shoot even on October 9th!

A fish Story: George Hillje sent this along! Unfortunately it means some of us will have to be a bit more....accurate when telling of our past fishing adventures!

New York State Freshwater Fishing Records - NYS DEC

www.dec.ny.gov

A list of record fish for 45 freshwater fish species.

Range Rules: hunting season is approaching quickly! That means more and more people will be using the ranges to sight in their blunderbuss! Many of these members are just occasional shooters! That means they may need a little help from you ,the more senior and experienced shooter,with not only their firearm but in understanding our range rules! When you can please offer assistance with both! Please also correct them if you see a range rule being violated! Advise them to read the posted rules and if necessary also remind them that any infraction could result in their termination as a member! If you can do this you'll be helping to keep your Club a safe place to shoot!

Lost and Found Dept: Found one soft and cuddly grey blanket! Possibly belongs to Linus! If this is yours give a shout! You can have it back when our Treasurer finishes his nap!

With a little help from our friends: Sorry but I forgot to thank a few people for their donations last month! These donations were a huge help in making our Raffle a success in August! So a sincere thanks goes out to Bob Henry,Jack Borden and Dave Hummel! Thank You! Your contributions were really appreciated!

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From September:

Election of Club Officers for 2016/2017 !

: In recognition of his support for our Club a unanimous vote to make Neil Brown a Life Member!

Picnic: In spite of a rainy weather forecast we had a great turn out! Those who count reported a total of over 100 attended throughout the day! Our sincere thanks to all who brought salads and sweets! They were truly delicious!

If you've won any of the firearms or ammo please call Neil Brown @283- 1307 to schedule a pick up time!

If you've won any other prize please call Doc @ 469-8584 to arrange for pick up!

Hunter Safety Class:

The Taconic Gun Club will be hosting a Hunter Safety Training Class Saturday September 24th from 8am to 5 pm. This course will be lead by certified instructor Kevin Bush .This class will accommodate appx 15 people and will fill up quickly! We urge those interested to sign up as soon as it's posted to DEC's website! We believe that will occur this Saturday the 27th in the afternoon! Please be advised that no sign-up can occur at Club level! All who wish to attend MUST SIGN UP AY DEC'S Website:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html

Sportsman Education - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
www.dec.ny.gov

Sportsman education teaches future sportsmen and sportswomen how to be safe, responsible and ethical hunters and trappers. After successful completion of the required ...

Please also be advised that our club will also provide a free lunch for all attendees! This lunch will be prepared by world renowned outdoor Chef Mark Caruso!

Please also be advised that in the event our class fills up our neighbors at Hendrick Hudson will be hosting the same class on 9/30!

Sportsman Education - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
www.dec.ny.gov

Sportsman education teaches future sportsmen and sportswomen how to be safe, responsible and ethical hunters and trappers. After successful completion of the required ...

In Closing: Thanks to all who helped make our picnic and raffle a success! Thanks also to Jule Kovaks for making some very nice rifle rests! Also Miles Colfer for his donation of material to make our landscape greener!

Guess that's it

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From August →

Funds approved for potential replacement of small tractor!

Funds approved for the purchase of material to repair skeet platform!

Funds approved for the purchase of extra crushed rubber!

Onward:

Thanks go out to Chris Loiselle ,Frank Castle and our good friend Neil Brown for their generous donations of items for our raffle!

From July:

50yd Berm: After several weeks of use it appears the 50 yd berm set up is doing what we hoped it would! We do ask all shooters to please take extra precautions so as not to shoot and damage any of the surrounding wood! If sighting in a new setup please borsesight first! If you don't have a borsesighter one can be borrowed from the Club! If you don't know how to use one of these we'll be happy to show you or do it for you!

Reseeding: The areas of the Club that donated soil for the different berms have been reseeded! thanks go to Ken Kaskoun,Mark Caruso and Mr and Mrs George Frodenburg for this effort! Now if only we can get some rain we might see some green!

Small Tractor: As mentioned above we've had some problems with our small tractor. With what is now the equivalent use in hours to approximately 20 years of service it's starting to show it's age! In particular it developed an excessive vibration and then a few oil leaks! Our mechanic determined this was caused by a hairline fracture in the block! He theorized the vibrations are caused by worn crank bearings! Internet investigation show the Kohler motor that powers the machine is prone to block cracking! This said he did manage to repair the fracture and that oil leak has stopped! Unfortunately he couldn't be sure how long this repair would last! For that reason at the July meeting a vote needs to be taken to make the funds available should the need suddenly arise for replacement!

Cameras: We all know we have security cameras around the property! What we don't know is someone has on occasion taken photo's of us! Seems one of our members found this on google earth! That of course is no surprise! What's interesting is the photo according to him shows crop circles! We theorize that these circles were made by extraterrestrials when they dropped off Hillary and Andy!

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You don't know where you are unless you know where you came from! Not sure if that makes sense but it allows for an introduction for a few photo's. Pictured first is one taken in 2006 and the other current. Note the absence of any side berms on the earlier photo!

I will be posting more photos!

Seasonal Place for Sale: If you've been looking for weekender but have found the Hamptons just a tad expensive you just might appreciate this place. Located very close to Lake Champlain and a short drive to Vermont this setup is pretty nice. It's on leased land it comes equipped with two storage sheds and even has a nice covered porch to sit on! Price is $4000.00.If interested contact fellow member Ara Shahanian at 892-6158 !

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From the June meeting:

Items on that Agenda:

Discussion and planning for our annual Members Only Raffle and Club Picnic!

From Last Meeting: It was discussed and approved that as long as equipment was going to be on premises that we get a price on freshening up the pistol range impact berm and include raising of the low shoulder on the right side! Our excavator complied with a very reasonable price! Based on this the work has been done!

Onward:

Range Work: As this is being written excavation work is being done on our rifle and pistol ranges! The goal is to have almost all work completed by end of day Saturday June 5th! The one area we're struggling with is the 50yd berm! Worst case scenario will be the 100 and 200 yd and ranges will be open by Sunday and the 50yd within a few days after! So please hang in!

50 yard Berm: As mentioned this berm is requiring a lot of attention! Originally we had figured on just a pile of clay with some sand in the center to act as a projectile catcher! Since then though we've conjured up another plan! What we're doing is taking nine 55 gallon drums and filling them with chopped rubber and placing them in the core of the berm.We've tested this idea firing both a 30:06 and a 7mm mag into the filled drums.What we found is both calibers penetrated only 16 inches out of the 34 inch depth! In addition to this we're going to add a roof over the drums! The idea behind the roof, or as it's officially called eyebrow, is to catch and contain any projectile that might otherwise ricochet off in a direction other then down range! One other benefit from this set up will be lead containment! Most of the fired bullets will be inside the drums as opposed to outside in the soil! This means we're not leaching lead into the ground and waters etc. This is important because many states are now looking at gun clubs and the issues lead can cause! This type of set up helps us to stay once step ahead. I think we can all take pride in knowing we're probably the first Club to take such measures on an outdoor range in the area! So the long and short of it is if it takes a bit longer to get done it's worth the wait!

Pistol Range: Work has been completed and it's ready for immediate use!

thanks go out to a few of our members for their work on making the range changes! So here's a few names of the guys who deserve a pat on the back for working for hours in the Sun on mid 80's days ! Andy Crowley,Mark Caruso,Pat Rinaldi,Ara Shahanian and Jim Davin! We also should mention the excavator guys! Ron Showers and Scott Polaro! Both of these Poestenkill guys are artists who use dozers and excavators instead of canvas and a brush!

In closing if you get the chance stop out and check out the new berms. We think you'll be pretty happy with them!

On another note:
Taconic Gun Club Official Bathroom Policy:
It seems that today, following the lead of State,County and local governments, it's necessary to have an official policy on bathroom use. So Ours is as follows!
We only have one damn bathroom. So whoever wants to use it can!

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Our Club and Rules: About a hundred years or so ago a group of people decided the location we're now in would be a great place to build a shooting range! As members we should be thankful for all their efforts and hard work as we still enjoy their choice today! On the other side of the coin many of us would like to ask them WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING? DIDN'T YOU NOTICE THAT MOST RANGES ARE BUILT AT THE BASE OF HILLS AS OPPOSED TO THE TOP? Well that said we now have to live with it! Living with that means we have to pay out money for material to create man made impact areas and berms! It also means we have rules that are probably unique to this Club! Rules that help to insure that fired projectiles don't land on a neighbors property! According to NRA Range Management such an event as that could easily close us down! So here's a list of Our Clubs Rules! We ask you to read them and also show them to any guest you might bring BEFORE that guest uses any of the ranges! We also remind you that rules not covered here are covered in The Proclamation or Standing Rules Of Order located in the back of your copy of The Bylaws! Now after reading all those damn rules make some time to come out to your Club and look around! From where we are located on a clear day you can see the Helderbergs, Taconics, Grafton and even The Green Mountains! As the Sun goes down you'll see one of the nicest sunsets this area has to offer. Given these things maybe we can see how our founders were swayed by this location!

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ID Badges must be worn when using any range!

Rifle Range Rules:

1. Alcohol is not allowed on any shooting range.

2. Minors under 17 must have adult supervision when shooting.

3. Hearing and vision protection must be worn on ranges.

4. Firearms must point down range when on the shooting bench.

5. Guns must be unloaded with actions open and no one is to handle any firearm when targets are posted or retrieved.

6. Paper targets only.

7. Post targets on designated stands: Bench and target frame must have same number(no cross shooting) Posted targets must fit within the boundaries of the frame.

8. Do not place targets on frames.

9. no 50.cal BMG.

10. Slugs only for shotguns on Rifle Range. No shot of any type.

11. Rapid/reckless (machinegun style ) fire is prohibited.

12. Ranges are closed during monthly meetings.

13. Sunday Shooting after 9am.

14. Work proceeding on or near a range(mowing etc.) precludes shooting on that range.

15. Pick up brass and hulls. Live ammo must not be left behind and it must be disposed of off of Club grounds.

16. All ranges are closed at sunset.

17. Rifle range targets are designed for firing from the sitting position at a bench! no standing ,kneeling or sitting position shooting allowed.

18. All shooting is to be done from inside the rifle range structure.

19. Hunting type pistols are allowed. NO compact carry style.

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Pistol Range Rules:

1. NYS Law. No one is allowed to handle or fire a hand gun without a Pistol Permit.

2. Safety is first. If it looks like fun, don't do it. In an emergency Dial 911 and tell them to respond to 420 Dater Hill Rd Brunswick, NY Send someone to Dater Hill Rd to direct emergency personnel.

3. Eye and ear protection is required.

4. No more than seven (7) people on line at one time.

5. Keep guns facing in a safe direction with fingers off the trigger until ready to fire.

6. When anyone is down by the targets, all guns will be out of shooters hand, empty and the actions open.

7. Shooters that are between lean-to and targets have right away. No shooting around other shooters.

8. Shoot only paper targets. Shooting the frames only adds work for club members.

9. Follow a cease fire order. From anyone.

10. Make sure you are shooting into the berm. We are responsible for all projectiles that leave the property.

11. Clean up when you are done. Take empties, targets and empty boxes. Leave the range better than when you came.

12. This is your club. Have some responsibility and pride.

13. All rapid/reckless machine gun style fire is prohibited.

14. No Sunday shooting before 9am

15. Range closes at sunset.

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Tactical Shotgun Range Rules:

1. Paper targets only placed within boundaries of wooden frame.

2. No Slugs. Shot shells only

3. When done remove target, pick up empties and dispose of off Club property.

4. Make sure Rifle Range is clear before using this area!

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Skeet/Trap Range Rules:

1. Use # 7.5 to # 9 shot shells in low base only.

2. Do not move machines.

3. Pick up empties and dispose of off Club grounds.

4. Make Rifle Range users aware of your presence before using this area

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And Speaking of Rules lets not forget this one:

Taconic Beef Jerky Rule:
It's been over five years since we last sighted a sasquatch at our Club! The reason for this is we outlawed the presence of beef jerky on our property! Now as you can plainly see from this image taken by one of our security cameras the damn things are back! Probably because someone brought a bag in and forgot to take it with them! Please remember no beef jerky means no stinking Big Foot!

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In Closing: Guess that's it for now. Thanks for reading!

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From the April Meeting: Special meeting held on April 24th ended with unanimous vote to allocate funds for the immediate (weather dependent) update and construction of Rifle Range Berms!

Rifle Range will be closed: As mentioned above we're going to be doing some work on the Rifle Range! Unfortunately this work will mean the closure of the entire rifle range for almost a week! Because the project is weather dependent we can't give exact times as to the start and finish times! We will try to keep everyone posted when we find this information available! If you have any questions feel free to call or write!

The Goal: When this work is done the goal is that that the range will be far better at projectile containment and safety! This will be achieved in a few different ways!

1) 100yd impact berm will be raised from its current height of 13' to 20'! According to the NRA this "should" be high enough to stop deflected rounds from going any farther! In case it's not we're going a bit farther!

2) We plan on eliminating wooden target frames. It appears that when hit by a misplaced round they can be prone to deflection! In their place will be target holders that use a chicken wire type fence to hold target backers!

3) Construction of a 50 yd berm! This berm will be both a berm and a shooting box! We intend to build the majority of the berm out of clay! Once the clay portion is down we will cut out what will be the impact areas and fill with a more porous material! A wooden stop will be added at ground level to keep the soft material from sliding out. Then a roof or eyebrow will be placed over the impact area! This eyebrow in theory will stop deflected bullets from traveling out of the box and off the range. It should be mentioned we're going to attempt to do the same at the 100yd mark and eventually the 200 yd area also! If all of these steps work as planned we'll also be taking a step in the direction of lead containment and retrieval! Those are areas that many states encons are currently looking at and we should be too!

4) Enforcement of Range Rules: Everyone of us has to make sure that we and our fellow shooters follow the rules! If the rules aren't followed all of this work might be for nothing! Please remember it takes just one person shooting a can off the deck to put us out of business!

So what's Next?: After this project is complete, probably next year, we should take a look at raising our side berms! Scott Bucciero offered some info on Mafia Blocks that if used would prove to be a permanent solution! Also Charlie Testo will be talking to a fabricator on the possible construction of a 25yd Bullet trap!

Ok enough with the lectures!

Onward:

Annual Members Only Raffle:It was decided at our last regular meeting that the prizes available for that drawing would again only be available to Club Members! What wasn't decided was what firearms to use for prizes ! So if you have a favorite let us know! We're not saying we'll definitely get the firearm of your dreams but if the cost is good we'll definitely consider it!

Ford 9-N Tractor: Thanks to Jim Wager, ten hours worth of mechanical work and a big bunch of cuss words our 1939 Ford tractor is running like new! As a matter of fact it's running better then it ever has! So we thank Jim and his assistant Dan Place for all their efforts!

Thanks also to John Rubino for installing our new motion detector light! Under the heading of doing business with like minded people we should tell you John is a licensed electrician. So if you're in the need of some electrical work he along with Greg Lammon and Josh Charland might be your guys! If interested contact us here and we'll give you numbers to reach all of them! While on this subject if any of our members are in any field or trade and they'd like to get listed send an email with your particulars and we'll send it out next month!

And speaking of doing business with like minded people I thought I'd tell you again about a business started by fellow member Tracy Church and his daughter Amanda. Called Freedom First Coating they specialize in powder coating firearms but can coat anything! So if it's that slightly rusty firearm you picked up at a garage sale(prior to The Safe Act of course) and want to deugly it or that firearm you love but just want to give it a unique dress up they can do it! The truth is they can also coat any metal ,wood or plastic item! Check out their webpage for more info! www.freedomfirstcoatings.com

One Final Thanks: This one to Andy Crowley. Andy has been a real asset in determining the source of problems and solving them on our rifle range!

Guess that's it! Thanks for reading!
If you get a chance light a candle and pray for me as I suffer through the loss of windows 7 and the challenges of windows 10:)

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Items on the April agenda:

Discussion on bringing rifle range up to NRA specifications!

Discussion on the type of Rifles to be used in Annual Raffle!

And speaking of doing business with like minded people I thought I'd tell you about a business started by fellow member Tracy Church and his daughter Amanda. Called Freedom First They specialize in powder coating firearms but can coat anything! So if it's that slightly rusty firearm you picked up at a garage sale, prior to The Safe Act of course, and want to deugly it or that firearm you love but just want to give it a unique dress up they can do it! The truth is they can also coat any metal, wood or plastic item! Check out their webpage for more info!

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From last meeting:

Approved Funds for readying both grass cutting machines approved!

Funds for Archery Range Safety Fence approved!

Onward:

Rifle Range:
we'd like to do a few things to make our rifle range safer and a bit more shooter friendly! One of these something's would be the construction of an impact barrier directly behind the 50 yd targets! Under consideration now is a plan that would utilize the left over poles from the 100yd berm repair! Under this potential plan they would be stacked horizontally to create a wall that was 15' wide and 6 foot high! This barrier if so constructed would potentially stop projectiles at that mark! In addition to this would be the elimination of all wooden target frames at that yardage! In their place would be a target holder system that was made of chicken wire type fencing, on which target backers would be attached! It would then be held in place by two 4"x4" posts located 16 foot apart! This system,if used,would cut down on the possibility of projectiles being deflected off the horizontal and upright pieces!

Rifle Range Impact Berm Height. When completed several years ago the altitude of our impact berm was 15 feet! In the years since it's eroded to about 13'6". While it's taller then many of our neighboring gun club berms it is is far below the NRA minimum of 20 foot! Given this It's probably a good idea to get some current pricing to bring it up to 20 ft level! This won't be a cheap project! It will necessitate bringing in a very large bulldozer, excavator and 100yds plus of fill and then building an earthen ramp! As many of us might remember from past experience the earthen ramp is the only way the machines can reach places like the top and adjoining corners! We've also been told by those in the excavation business that these heavier and bigger machines present several problems for us! They can't be trailered up our narrow road so they must be driven! Driving them up can cause damage to our road!Also because of their weight ground conditions have to be extremely dry.This means a very narrow window of opportunity for their use on our grounds! It appears that we'll just have to play this one out little by little!

Acting Range Officers: Two of our members have agreed to become acting Range Officers! Andy Crowley and Chris Spencer will be frequent firing line visitors whose job will be to assist members in following range procedures and safety rules! Christo and Jeanne-Claude: if you see what appears to be the curtain work of those two draped over the top of our rifle range berm it isn't the work of those two international artists!! It is though the brain child of Andy Crowley! Andy came up with this idea to help us check to see if projectiles were passing over the top of the berm! It's our hope that we don't see any holes appear in it. If we do well then that's another story! Either way thanks go out to Andy for this idea!

Upcoming events: Saturday April 9th Defensive Pistol Class: Hosted by our Club This is a custom course put together by Dan From North East Firearms Training! In this class students will learn real life defensive scenario uses for their handguns. Dan will teach shooting while moving, engaging multiple targets and reloading under adverse conditions! The course is 60% live fire so you'll need to bring three to 400 rounds of ammo! Also discussed that day will be the legal aspects of using a firearm in a defensive situation! Cost of the course is $ 200.00. For more info or to register visit Northeast Fire Arms website http://northeastfirearmstraining.n et/product/defensive-handgun- special-class-april-9-2016-troy- ny/.Or contact Dan at 322-2045

With a little help from our friends: Most of us would never realize it but it takes an amazing amount of effort to keep our Club open! Thankfully there are members that help out ! Here's just a few names of people who helped in the month of March: Mike Weiland. Mike and his front end loader were only a phone call away when we needed to do an emergency repair on our rutted road! Jim Wagar! Jim took on the mechanical work needed to get our Ford 9-N ready for the cutting Season! Andy Crowley for being there with brain and brawn to work on our rifle range! last but not least Josh Charland for his shockingly good electrical expertise!

CPR Class:
The CPR Class scheduled for Saturday March 19th has been postponed!
A new date will be scheduled in the future!
Thank You!

In the future:
Our Club will be hosting a CPR Class! This approximately 4 hour long Class will be instructed by our own Frank Razzano! Among the many hats Frank wears he's also a certified CPR instructor with the Troy Fire Dept! Thanks to him this will be a free class for those attending! Class size will be limited to 20 people so preregistration is an absolute must! To enroll email us here or call Doc @469-8584! Please also note that those who will need American Heart Association Certification Card for completion of this class(lifeguards and such) there's an $8.00 fee! This class though will be registered and as such you can obtain this certification at a future date!

And Furthermore:

One of our members reported seeing several members setting up and shooting waterfilled plastic bottles on our rifle range!
We are now going over our surveillance images to see if we can determine who these people were!
If we do determine who they are they will be immediately suspended! They will then be brought up on charges at our next meeting with the recommendation by The Board for expulsion!
If you are one of these people it would be in your best interest to step forward now!

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From March:

Vote for the approval of amended funds to build a safety divider between Archery Range Firing point and Clay Bird Launching areas!

Approved funds for: the building of an 8'x22' roof over front door of Clubhouse!

The rebuild of 200yd rifle range impact area and construction of new safety berm for the same area!

Monies needed to get tractor equipment ready for the cutting season!

NY State Pistol Permit Course Class: we're pleased to tell you that on February 13th this class was held at our Club. This was significant for a few reasons. As a Gun Club one of our chief priorities is to assist in helping people grow in the shooting sport! Secondly this was the first time in over 35 years this Club hosted such an event! Thanks to all who made it happen and lets hope it can become a regular event!

New Members: On February 25th 16 potential members attended our safety and indoctrination meeting.As per our bylaws at that time they also appeared before a quorum of The Board of Directors and have been accepted as new probationary members! We'd like to extend our welcome to them and ask all of our seasoned members to offer assistance to them if needed!

New Members Work Detail: Starting in March each new member will be required to police the Clubhouse, ranges and grounds for a few hours each week. Their schedule will repeat itself four times before March of 2017. We hope those efforts will keep Our Club looking good and functioning well.

Upcoming events: CPR Class: Saturday March 19th 9am. Our Club will be hosting a CPR Class! This approximately 4 hour long Class will be instructed by our own Frank Razzano! Among the many hats Frank wears he's also a certified CPR instructor with the Troy Fire Dept! Thanks to him this will be a free class for those attending! Class size will be limited to 20 people so preregistration is an absolute must! To enroll email us here or call Doc @469-8584! Please also note that those who will need American Heart Association Certification Card for completion of this class (lifeguards and such) there's an $8.00 fee! This class though will be registered and as such you can obtain this certification at a future date!

Saturday April 9th Defensive Pistol Class: Hosted by our Club This is a custom course put together by Dan From North East Firearms Training! In this class students will learn real life defensive scenario uses for their handguns. Dan will teach shooting while moving, engaging multiple targets and reloading under adverse conditions! The course is 90% live fire so you'll need to bring four to five hundred rounds of ammo! Also discussed that day will be the legal aspects of using a firearm in a defensive situation! Cost of the course is $ 200.00. For more info or to register visit Northeast Fire Arms website:

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Or contact Dan at 322- 2045.

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In observance of Valentines Day the regularly scheduled meeting in February will be moved to Sunday February 21st at 2pm!

Items on that agenda:

Vote for funds to pay for the construction of an 8' x22' roof over the front entrance and side of building!

Vote for funds to rebuild the 200 yd impact berm. Funds would also cover the construction of a berm 50' long on the right side that would extend from the impact berm back towards the 100yd berm! Additionally funds would also cover a 10' berm on the impact berms left side that would extend back towards the 100yd berm! Also included would be a topping off of the 100yd impact berm! From Last Meeting: Motions were made and carried to: Obtain Estimate for the construction of entrance door roof.

Obtain estimate for 200yd berm rebuild!

Ok'd for construction of a barrier between Shotgun area and Archery Area!

First Aid Kits: Thanks to efforts by George Fradenburg and Jay Wilkes first aid kits have been placed on The Rifle, Pistol Range and also in The Clubhouse! In each kit there are two smaller kits! One contains materials(Band-Aids etc.) for cuts,burns and other minor injuries.The other more severe trauma type! Lets hope none of these kits are ever needed! It should also be mentioned the contents of each kit is itemized on it's backside! Hopefully this will discourage the curious amongst us from opening and rummaging through!

New Members: As of this writing we're still not 100% sure as to how many new members we'll be binging in for the 2016 year! It does appear that we've lost a record low amount! In the next few days we'll know for sure but at this point it appears we'll be bringing in less then 16. That amount will just cover those who've been on the list, in some cases, for over a year! If you have a friend or family member with a pending application tell them we'll be in touch one way or another within the next ten days! Those who are not admitted this year will be kept on the list for next year!

Upcoming Events:

Saturday February 13th: Economy Basic Pistol Permit Course! Basic Pistol Safety Course instructed by Northeast Firearms Training at Our Club! This is a class for beginners – people looking to get their New York pistol permit and for those who are just getting started with formal training. Learn the basics of safe pistol shooting. This course fulfills the NYS pistol permit requirement, and does not include books or range shooting. Cost of course is $75. For more information or to purchase the course on line go to:
http://northeastfirearmstraining.net/product/nra-basic-pistol-course-february-13-2016-troy-ny/

Saturday February 13th: available as an upgrade: NRA Full Basic Pistol Course instructed by Northeast Firearms Training at Our Club. This is a class for beginners – people looking to get their New York, Florida and Connecticut pistol permit and for those who are just getting started with formal training. Learn the basics of safe pistol shooting. You will learn the basic knowledge and fundamentals of shooting, and the skills and attitude needed for owning and using a handgun safely. Class is approximately 7 to 10 hours long depending on if you already have your NY permit or not. Those that do not have a NY permit will do classroom only. And upon passing the test at the end of the class will receive a certificate to aid in getting your NY permit. After receiving your permit you are invited back for a free 2 hour class on the range with your gun. Those that have their NY permit or are coming from out of state will do the same class as above plus 2 hrs. On the range after classroom that day. You will need your pistol, 50 rounds of ammunition, a strong side holster, eye and hearing protection and a baseball style hat. Dress for the weather of the day. Cost of the course is $100 and there is also a $10 range fee. For more info or to sign up go to:
http://northeastfirearmstraining.net/product/nra-basic-pistol-course-february-13-2016-troy-ny/
or contact Dan 322-2045!

Thursday February 25th @ 7pm: Range Safety Class for all 2016 new members. This class is a mandatory class for all of our new 2016 members.It will be instructed by Daniel Bartholomew of North East Firearms Training and focus on not just rules of firearms handling but also our own Clubs Range Rules!

CPR Class: Saturday March 19th 9am. Our Club will be hosting a CPR Class! This approximately 4 hour long Class will be instructed by our own Frank Razzano! Among the many hats Frank wears he's also a certified CPR instructor with the Troy Fire Dept! Thanks to him this will be a free class for those attending! Class size will be limited to 20 people so preregistration is an absolute must! To enroll email us here or call Doc @469-8584! Please also note that those who will need American Heart Association Certification Card for completion of this class(lifeguards and such) there's an $8.00 fee! This class though will be registered and as such you can obtain this certification at a future date!

Saturday April 9th Defensive Pistol Class: Hosted by our Club This is a custom course put together by Dan From North East Firearms Training! In this class students will learn real life defensive scenario uses for their handguns. Dan will teach shooting while moving, engaging multiple targets and reloading under adverse conditions! The course is 90% live fire so you'll need to bring four to five hundred rounds of ammo! Also discussed that day will be the legal aspects of using a firearm in a defensive situation! Cost of the course is $ 200.00. For more info or to register visit Northeast Fire Arms website:
http://northeastfirearmstraining.net/product/defensive-handgun-special-class-april-9-2016-troy-ny/
Or contact Dan at 322-2045.

Lost Revenue: As most of us know the sale of hunting licenses is down drastically! This means lost revenue for the State! Faced with this problem it seems Encon had to find a way to increase interest in hunting again! As this photo from one of our cameras shows they may have gone a bit far.

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--> FROM: January 10th meeting: Items on that agenda:

Application for Life Membership!

Discussion on Club Projects for 2016!

2016 Budget!

Christmas Party: close to 70 people attended and had a great time! Thanks go out to all who brought goodies! There were some wonderful food items there to say the least! A big Hats Off to the entire Barbera family for their efforts with the ham,turkey and all the trimmings! Another Hats off to Ryan Oppelt for creating another stunning Taconic Gift basket for our drawing!

Dues: Even more thanks go out to the majority of our members for their timely payment of dues! Unfortunately there are still a few that haven't! If you're one of those please send your check for $ 80.00 to: Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club! 420 Dater Hill Road,Troy New York! If you don't wish to stay a member please respond to this email with "I withdraw"! This will allow you to reenter at a future date(current backlog appx 2 years)! Please keep in mind that you may have to go on a waiting list to do that! Also as of January 1st those who have not paid their dues are not allowed to use the Club or any of it's facilities! Sorry but insurance prohibits this! Reminder: those who haven't yet paid now have until January 31st to do so.If payment is not received by then you will,as per our bylaws,be expelled! Expelled members are never again allowed admittance nor are they allowed on the property! In closing on this subject we want to add we don't want to lose anyone because of a monetary problem! So if that's the case please contact us. It's possible that something (with the approval of our members) could be worked out and your name would not have to be mentioned!

Stinkin Badges: when you receive your yellow 2016 card please place it in your neck badge!! Remember these color coded badges must be worn when using any Range!

CPR Class: Saturday March 29th 9am Our Club will be hosting a CPR Class! This approximately 4 hour long Class will be instructed by our own Frank Razzano! Among the many hats Frank wears he's also a certified CPR instructor with the Troy Fire Dept! Thanks to him this will be a free class for those attending! Class size will be limited to 20 people so preregistration is an absolute must! To enroll email us here or call Doc @469-8584! Please also note that those who will need American Heart Association Certification Card for completion of this class(lifeguards and such) there's an $8.00 fee! This class though will be registered and as such you can obtain this certification at a future date!

Snow Plowing: we're going to try and not plow our entrance road until the ground freezes! Plowing it before such time will take the crown off and cause it to erode and then rut! So if it does snow please hang in till we either have no other choice or a good freeze!

Cabin Fever Avoidance Schedule! Here's an updated list of the events we've set up for the first quarter of 2016:

Saturday January 16th: Utah Pistol Course: Graduates can Legally carry a concealed pistol in 30+ states with the Utah pistol permit.The class is approximately 5 hours, covering firearm safety and Utah law. Finger prints and photos are included in class. All you need to bring to class is a black pen and your Driver's license. When you leave the class all you need to do is enclose a check made out to Utah BCI and put postage on the envelope. In about 60 days you should receive your permit (as long as you have no disqualifiers). The cost of this class is $150. Please make all checks payable to Northeast Firearms Training, LLC or you can purchase the course online. An option is available to receive both your Utah and Florida permit for a discounted cost of $210. Checks and completed applications can be mailed to: 111 Barnerville Rd PMB #119, Cobleskill, New York 12043 For more info call Dan @(518) 322-2045. Or go to northeastfirearmstraining.net to fill out and application!

Saturday February 13th: Economy Basic Pistol Permit Course!Basic Pistol Safety Course instructed by Northeast Firearms Training at Our Club! This is a class for beginners - people looking to get their New York pistol permit and for those who are just getting started with formal training. Learn the basics of safe pistol shooting. This course fulfills the NYS pistol permit requirement, and does not include books or range shooting. Cost of course is $75. Please make all checks payable to Northeast Firearms Training, LLC or you can purchase the course online. Checks and completed applications can be mailed to: 111 Barnerville Rd PMB #119, Cobleskill, New York 12043 For more info please call: Daniel Bartholomew, dmbpps@yahoo.com, (518) 322-2045

Saturday February 13th: available as an upgrade: NRA Full Basic Pistol Course instructed by Northeast Firearms Training at Our Club. This is a class for beginners - people looking to get their New York, Florida and Connecticut pistol permit and for those who are just getting started with formal training. Learn the basics of safe pistol shooting. You will learn the basic knowledge and fundamentals of shooting, and the skills and attitude needed for owning and using a handgun safely. Class is approximately 7 to 10 hours long depending on if you already have your NY permit or not. Those that do not have a NY permit will do classroom only. And upon passing the test at the end of the class will receive a certificate to aid in getting your NY permit. After receiving your permit you are invited back for a free 2 hour class on the range with your gun. Those that have their NY permit or are coming from out of state will do the same class as above plus 2 hrs. On the range after classroom that day. You will need your pistol, 50 rounds of ammunition, a strong side holster, eye and hearing protection and a baseball style hat. Dress for the weather of the day. Cost of the course is $100 and there is also a $10 range fee. Please make all checks payable to Northeast Firearms Training, LLC or you can purchase the course online. Checks and completed applications can be mailed to: 111 Barnerville Rd PMB #119, Cobleskill, New York 12043

Saturday March 19th CPR Class: See above for more details!

Saturday April 9th Defensive Pistol Class: Hosted by our Club This is a custom course put together by Dan From North East Firearms Training! In this class students will learn real life defensive scenario uses for their handguns. Dan will teach shooting while moving, engaging multiple targets and reloading under adverse conditions! The course is 90% live fire so you'll need to bring four to five hundred rounds of ammo! Also discussed that day will be the legal aspects of using a firearm in a defensive situation! Cost of the course is $ 200.00. For more info or to register visit Northeast Fire Arms website.Or contact Dan at the above phone number. Inventors in our Midst:

I could've been clearer about the classes for 1/16/15 ,2/13/16 and 4/9/16. So let me take another stab at it! These Classes are being run by Northeast Firearms Training! If you wish to attend any one of them you must preregister at their ,northeastfirearmstraining.net, website! Additional information such as starting times and methods of payments will be listed with each class! Thank you!

Patent # 24889-B: Awarded to Jim Sleicher for the Sleicher Plastic Bag Dispenser: Kidding aside a thank you to Jim Sleicher! Jim came up with a rather novel idea for a plastic bag dispencer that will be placed on all of our ranges! This will make our carry in carry out efforts much easier! Thanks Jim!

Patent Denied: Docs application for his Wizard of Oz Tin Man Brass Bucket was turned down! Seems Dorothy had come up with the same idea when she lived in Kansas!

Range Behavior: We've had numerous complaints about a member who fools around on the rifle range! We've been told his antics include juggling and even riding a unicycle! No one seems to know for sure who he is. One of our security cameras did pick him up near the rifle range! If anyone knows who he is please tell him to quit clowning around!

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Dues: Another reminder! All member's dues expire on December 31st! So if you intend on staying a member please mail a check for $80.00 to the Club before then! If you don't intend on staying a member please simply respond to this email with "I withdraw". Withdrawing will allow you to reenter at a future time! Failing to withdraw will warrant an expulsion! Expelled members are never allowed back in again as per our bylaws! Nor are they allowed on Club property again! If they attempt to visit the grounds they will be banished to a French Penal Colony located on some steamy bug and snake infested remote island that's surrounded by sharks or worse yet a man eating fish that closely resembles Hillary! Also Please keep in mind if you do withdraw and then decide to reenter down the road you start at the back of the waiting list! If you intend on paying by mail a check or money order can be sent to: Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club.420 Dater Hill Road Troy NY 12180. If you intend on paying in person by cash please try and have the exact amount of $80.00!

Saturday April 9th Defensive Pistol Class: Hosted by our Club This is a custom course put together by Dan From North East Firearms Training! In this class students will learn real life defensive scenario uses for their handguns. Dan will teach shooting while moving, engaging multiple targets and reloading under adverse conditions! The course is 90% live fire so you'll need to bring four to five hundred rounds of ammo! Also discussed that day will be the legal aspects of using a firearm in a defensive situation! Cost of the course is $ 200.00. For more info or to register visit Northeast Fire Arms website.Or contact Dan at the above phone number!

All in all it looks as if 2015 was a good year for our Club! We managed to find a home for the Tactical Shotgun users! Enlarged and lengthened the Pistol Range,made our entry road a tad better and did some much needed repairs to our Rifle Range Berm! So the questions is whats on the agenda for 2016. Well here's a few of the things we've been tossing around:

200 yard target holder and impact berm! The frame has been literally shot to pieces and is in dire need of replacement! The impact berm needs some height and while we're down there maybe it would be a good idea to construct a berm on the Clubhouse side that would adjoin the impact berm and extend 50 foot back towards the firing point side. This earthen wall would also be high enough to insure that a projectile couldn't stray off to the Shotgun Shooters side!

Water: As we learned last year the recovery rate of our well isn't the best! At picnics and during other events we frequently drain out!A proposed idea would have us installing a larger bladder tank.One that would hold 3 to 4 times the volume ours currently does! As opposed to drilling a new well this would surely be a a more financially reasonable way of solving the problem!

Parking Lots and Remainder of Road:It probably is a bit early to say for sure but as of now it looks as if the crushed stone and vibratory rolling have helped our entrance road immensely! Maybe we should look into doing the parking lots and remainder of the road? The real question is what do you think should be on the 2016 agenda? Let us know what you think!

Cameras: as mentioned previously we've added some cameras for surveillance! For the most part this has been good and has actually helped us to stop a problem or two! Unfortunately a photo taken recently has caused us a problem! Seems we can't identify the subject! The Treasurer ,who fancies himself an authority on all wild life forms, has positively identified it as a Beagle! We don't know about that! So check the attached and let us know what you think!

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From November:
Items on that agenda: Approval for donation to the Eagle Mills Volunteer Fire Dept! Approval for Donation to the NYSRPA! Approval for funds to purchase Moe Barbera a nomex fire suit! (see Christmas Party for explanation)

From Last Meeting: Approval of funds to have Range Rules Signs made! The Hon. Joseph Michasiow having met all Bylaw requirements was made a Life Member!

Range Rules Signs: as mentioned above we're having signs made detailing range rules for each range! While most of us know and practice these a few seem to have forgotten! These signs will serve as a reminder to those folk! Also they will disallow the favorite excuse of "I didn't know that"! A note to those who bring guests that before you allow them to shoot they read these signs! Keep in mind their infraction is yours!

Christmas Party: Will be held Sunday December 13th starting at 2pm! As always this will be a free event with food being furnished by The Club! This year we'll be serving, with the trimmings, turkey and spiraled ham! Of course we can't leave out pizza ! Something new for this year also! We intend on asking Chef Moe Barbera to cook one turkey in a deep fryer. Rest assured on two things,the first is it would be cooked outside! Second we'd make very sure the Fire Dept received our donation before Moe started deep frying the turkey! All that aside if you feel like bringing a dish from home please do!

Christmas Raffle: We intend on having a small raffle the day of the Christmas Party! Tickets will be sold that day!

Dues! All membership dues expire on 12/31/15! 2016 dues fee will remain the same! For those of you who have a memory like mine that means they will be $80.00! Please send checks or money order for that amount to :Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club.420 Dater Hill Road Troy New York 12180 by December 31st! Keep in mind that members who have not paid by that time will not allowed the use of the facilities as of 1/1/16! p.s. if you intend on paying in person with cash please try and have the exact amount! We don't always have change on hand! Also the Treasurer is really really bad at math and probably wouldn't give you the right amount back anyway!

Withdrawing from Club: It's quite possible that some of our members may chose not to renew their membership! For those who've decided this we ask they respond to this email with a simple statement that just says "I withdraw". In doing this it allows us to bring in new members that are on our waiting list! It also means that we will not expel the withdrawing member! As per our bylaws expelled members are never again allowed admittance as a member nor are they ever allowed on the grounds again!

Initiation Fee: will remain the same at $50.00!

Cameras: as the result of some vandalism on our ranges a few months ago it was decided ,by majority vote, that we'd in invest in some additional camera surveillance equipment! So we did! Many of us feel that such surveillance is an intrusion on our privacy and puts out a question about trust! Most of The Board agrees with this train of thought! In spite of this feeling though there's no denying the cameras have already proven to be an asset to all of us in this organization! Without going into details they recently helped us stop a situation that was rapidly damaging our "peaceful coexistence" with our neighbors! So while many of us may be initially opposed try and keep an open mind!

Carry in, Carry out: We don't have a refuse removing service! That means that any garbage you leave behind has to be picked up and carted away by one of your fellow members and that just isn't right! So take all spent shells,targets.coffee cups,water bottles and believe it or not used exercise mats and very large truck air cleaner element with you when you leave!

Fo r Sale:Minty Belgian Browning BAR caliber thirty ought six! Comes with 3x9 scope! If interested call Frank at 237-2214!

Thanks go out to: Andy Crowley for doing a much needed clean up in our Shotgun areas! Carlos Correa for his archery target donation!

That's it for now and thanks for reading! Don't forget to visit Mark over at www.tvrgc.com

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Pistol Range: Please remember that based on a majority vote of this Club the use of.22 rimfire rifles was allowed on this range! According to this rule they are THE ONLY rifle allowed! For clarification purposes the .22 magnum(.22wmr) and any other rimfire are not included! Also on the no-no list are ANY shotgun, center fire,muzzle loader, inline rifle and RPG! So in conclusion the only rifle allowed on the Pistol Range is a .22 rimfire rifle!

Bore Sighter: I hate to admit this but I was 53 before I realized a bore sighter wasn't an optical device used to spot wild pigs! Well anyway as most of us know it's not! What it is though is a device that allows you to sight your scoped firearm in without firing a shot! Slight exaggeration! I should say it'll at least get you on paper at 50 yds anyway! You'll need a few shots to tighten it up from there! Now the reason this is mentioned is the Club has two of these.If you want to save yourself time,ammo and some frustration just ask to borrow one!

Clay Bird Range: A reminder that only #7 1/2 to #9 shot is to be used! Also shells used should be of the low brass type!

Tactical Shotgun Range: NO SLUGS!

Stinkin' Badges: Please wear them! anyone caught not wearing one is subject to a fine of $10,000 and three years in jail!

Surveillance Cameras: As a result of discussions about the Mad Shotgunners actions and then a majority vote of the members in attendance at our September meeting surveillance cameras have been purchased! These cameras will be placed at different locations and moved periodically! Intended areas for monitoring will be entrance road,rifle,pistol,shotgun and archery ranges! They'll be also moved to monitor possible intruders entering and leaving via wooded areas surrounding the Club!

Pistol Range Enclosure: This structure has been painted! Thanks to a sprayer supplied and operated by Scott Schmiedeshoff it was relatively easy! The difficult part was picking color! After all we know the wrong shade or color simply would not create a comfortable ambiance! So we looked at thousands of samples from the top designers in the industry to pick just the right hue.In the end when our eyes feasted on a Martha Stewart color called Adams Apple #49 we literally wept with joy because we knew it spoke the right message about peace,love,the ecology and firearms safety! We truly hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

The Door: Just in time for the colder weather our front door has been repaired! We thank Neil Brown and Bob Dore for their efforts on this!

Hunter Safety Course: Thanks to the efforts of Kevin Busch and Mark Caruso the hunting world has close to two dozen new members! We really need to give a hats off to these two guys for the immense amount of time and effort they put into teaching this class! We also should give an attaboy to our own Range Officers ,Paul Quinn and Ken Kaskoun for their assistance in helping to supervise these new hunters during live fire on our range!

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FROM AUGUST

Report from Range Officers and Board Members on potential changes that would help to make club safer!

Vote to reimburse the "Accreditation Fee" paid to the NRA by our Range Officers!

Updates on both Rifle and Pistol Range improvements!

Onward!

Range Safety Officers: On July 25th ten of our own fellow members successfully completed this very long course! We're pleased to announce the following are now NRA certified Range Safety Officers:
Jay Wilkes
Tom Batsios
Mark Caruso
Ken Kaskoun
Kevin Busch
Paul Quinn
Lorraine Litten
Nick Calordino
George Fradenburg
Walt Johntson

Stinkin' Badges: Please remember that all Club members must wear their i.d. badge when using any of the Clubs ranges! Don't forget that a vote by your fellow members decided that no badge on the range means no shoot!

With a little help from our friends: thanks go out to Carlos Correa,Doug Doyle,Nick Calordino and Neil Brown for their generous donation of goods to be used in our Club Raffle! Also to our friend,Joe Quintel, who frequently rescues us when mechanical disasters strike!

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With a little help from our friends: Thanks go out to the following people! Their efforts have helped make our Club better for all of us:

Robyn and Jay Wilkes for designing and paying for the copying of our 2016 Picnic Poster!

Neil Brown for his generous donation of the youth model .22 rifle!

Tracy Church for locating and getting us an outstanding rate on the vibratory roller that was essential in our road project!

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Taconic Items for Sale:

Tee Shirts: Black with orange lettering! Sizes small,medium,no large,ex large,2x,3x and 4x! Normally $3349.00
clearance priced at 15.00 each!

Ladies Tee Shirts pink with black lettering! One medium! Normally $33000.00
clearance priced at $15.00!

Taconic decals: Normally two for $99.00 now clearance priced at $4.00 each!

Taconic 1927 Tin Badge Replicas: Normally $5800 each now $5.00!

NRA : Please don't forget we are an Official NRA Recruitment Center! We can sign up new members
(for as little as 10 bucks) or renew existing ones!
If interested contact George @ 421-9635 or Doc@ 469-8584 !

Doing business with like minded people: Here's some info on fellow members and the services they supply! If you'd like we can add you next month! Just email us a short note with your particulars and we'll send it out in June!

Plumbing and heating: Paul D'Angelo! Paul can be reached at 488-4869.

Building and managing websites: Dylan Macleod. Stonehenge Associates Network Administrator. Dylan can be reached at 518-727-8356

Check out a few of his sites:
http://www.stonehenge-associates.com
http://www.fjfire.com

Engineering and Solar: Cris Schrader owns Seed Engineering and Solar, which provide civil and environmental engineering services and the installation of solar PV systems. The website is
seedpllc.com
and Cris can be reached at
cjschrader@seedpllc.com or 253-6851.
Also, Cris will be donating $500 to the club for any member that installs a solar PV system.
Thank you Chris for that generous offer!

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From April

Thank You to: Kevin Taylor. Kevin donated a nice shadow box containing a repro 1873 Winchester! it now hangs in our Clubhouse!

Some Info sent in by Bob Mergen:

NSSF

Some more sent in by Mark Caruso:

NYSCC

Like Minded People: We'd like to put a list together of members and what type of business they're in! The idea would be that if you needed a service this list would provide you with a source and also insure that your money is being given to a person or company that supports your interest! If you'd like to be listed drop an email with your particulars! Every month we'll make that list available in our Newsletter! So that said here's our first entry: Joe Quintel! Joe repaired our plow truck on the coldest snowiest night possible! When it comes to mechanical repairs,welding or large and small engines Joe walks on water! You can reach him at: 817-6406

Also for March:
Discussion on possible purchase of Video Security System for Ranges!

Progress Report on Rifle Range Baffle System!

Discussion on allowing new members to bring guests!

New Location for Tactical Shotgun!

Enlarging the Pistol Range!

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From Last Meeting: late fee for dues paid after December 31st.Voted on and approved a $20.00 late fee for any member paying dues after December 31st 2015!

2015 Budget: Approved with the bulk of our disposable income targeted for range maintenance and improvement!

Range Plans for 2015: Discussed were ways of making ranges safer and less likely to send spent projectiles off grounds! Voted on and approved was the purchase of The NRA's Range Manual to help in these efforts!

Creation of Mandatory Indoctrination Program for New Members: discussion explained how future members will be informed in more depth about the use of each particular range, safety procedures and what exactly it means to be a member of a Club!

Shut down of Tactical Shotgun Area! After repeated abuse of the Pistol Range by shotgunners the majority of members in attendance voted to stop the use of shotguns on the Pistol Range!

Onward: New Members: As of this writing we're still tabulating how many new members will be allowed in for the 2015 year! Depending on the amount they may be brought in over a two month period! The reason for this being new members tend to use the facilities very often for the first few weeks! While this is an admirable trait it often means a tad more congestion on the firing line. Especially on weekends! So hopefully this tactic will work as well this year as it has in the past and our more senior members will get the range time they're accustomed to!

Tactical Shotgun: As mentioned above that area has been shut down! While it solves the problem for the pistol range it now creates a new one! Tactical shotgunners,the overwhelming majority of who've followed the rules and paid their dues just like the rest of us, now have no place to pursue their interest at our Club! As six or so have already pointed out they're being punished for the sins of probably one! Doesn't seem right does it? So maybe we should make it right! Some how or way before the next meeting ends we really need to find an area for this activity to take place! Tactical Shotgunners take note: You need to attend this meeting!

Smoking During Meeting: A few members have requested that we put a ban on smoking during our monthly meeting! Given the fact that at least one member left our last meeting because of the foggy conditions perhaps it's time we did this! Please bring your opinion and Nicorettes to the February 8th meeting!

One Versus Two! Several members at the January meeting questioned the need to send two letters to those who haven't paid! Aside from the fact it's a long standing tradition it also complies with our bylaws! Section 60 under Disciplinary Actions demands the second! Article 5 section 3b the first! As much as we all would like to save time and stamps the practice will have to continue until these bylaws are changed or amended!

25 yard Target is missed: at the January meeting a member mentioned how much more difficult it was to sight in his rifle at 50 as opposed to 25 yards! After the meeting several members of the Board came up with the idea of obtaining a lazar bore sighter for Club use! This has been done and that piece of equipment, donated by Neil Brown the largest dealer of fine firearms in Poestenkill, is available on Sundays or by appointment! Hopefully this will make things a bit easier for all concerned!

Pledge of Allegiance! A member recently donated an American Flag to be displayed in our Clubhouse! His only request was that we consider starting each meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance! If there aren't any opposed to this maybe we can start doing this in February!

New Members and Guests: Very often new members share their new club with friends! Since new members tend to be more frequent users for their first few weeks this could mean and has meant that the two new guys show up and bring four friends! What that could mean is you arrive at your normal time and you may have a difficult time getting on the firing line! So the question is do we leave things as are! Or do we change the guest policy a tad for new members? Maybe say that for the first three months new members aren't allowed a shooting guest? Or perhaps they're allowed only one bench? Well that's all in your hands now and you'll let us know how you feel about it in February!

Pistol Range, circa 1983! We really need to take a hard look at this area! It was originally set up in the 80's and built to accommodate a club that only had 75 members! Today our membership more then triples that amount! Now also figure in this range is the most heavily used of all of our ranges! Add to that the fact that the NRA tells us that the comfort level for any shooter is about 6 feet! In other words 2 feet to his or her right and left! That figured it means we can only accommodate 2.5 pistol users at one time! That's assuming we have a .5 person too! Given these things it's more then apparent this range isn't adequate and it's time to start planning on making some much needed changes soon! Maybe it doesn't have to be from soup to nuts! Maybe just widening it and deepening a bit? Maybe Add a tad more berm on the left of impact? A few more feet of berm on left and right? Maybe some drainage for the person that doesn't enjoy shooting in ankle deep water or mud? Maybe the old building doesn't have to come down? Given all these maybes maybe if we can all compromise a bit a more accomodating pistol range could be ours by Summer!

Rifle Range Use: it was reported that a member and two of his guests were firing standing off hand on the rifle range! They were firing at the 50 yard target and their bullets were impacting at about 75 yards! Another shooter corrected them but when told the policy the standing member said he was unfamiliar with it! Maybe we need to send out hard copies to everyone? Add another rule sign ? Or just toss out an offender or two? So for those who missed it here goes again!

1) Paper targets only! No other types are allowed! These paper targets are to be placed inside the boundaries of the wood frames! The reason for this is so that your projectiles will pass through the 2'x2' openings and impact the berm at 100yds! If placed in any other fashion the bullet could strike the ground and skip over the berm or miss the berm entirely!

2) Benches are numbered. So when shooting from one make sure your firing at the same numbered target!

3) All shooting on the Rifle Range is to be done from a bench! Never step outside the shack and in front of benches to shoot!

4) All shooting is to be done sitting and from a bench! The heighth of targets is configured that way! If a shooter stands to fire this will cause the bullet to strike low, before the berm and possibly skip over the top!

5) Handgun use on Rifle Range is allowed but the same rules as above apply! Also we ask all members to use common sense when doing so! In other words please use pistols capable of hitting at least the 50yd target! We recommend hunting type handguns for this! If you're wishing to use a compact carry handgun here it's not advisable! It's best that you stick to the regular pistol range!

6) those shooting 200yds should check with shotgunners before placing or checking targets if that range is in use!

7) If others are on the line communicate with them! Be aware of what they're doing and make them aware of what you're doing!

Skeet Range Rules Revisited! Please keep in mind that shot carries a good distance! #9's will travel close to 300yds when fired at the right angle! For that reason we specify shotshells used be of low base type releasing either 8's or9's!

Using these will insure that pellets stay on our property! also make sure that when firing your shotgun it's aimed straight ahead! Again this insures pellets stay on our property and don't end up on Farmer Browns field where they're ingested by Bossy the cow who next Spring gives birth to a two headed calf who's faces look remarkably similar to Feinstein and Cuomo (which is an absolute indication of lead poisoning and guess who'll be blamed for that!) !If others are on the line communicate with them! Be aware of what they're doing and make them aware of what you're doing! One final also if rifle range is in use please check with shooters there to make sure no one will be approaching the 200yd target!

Archery Range: No broadheads! No apples to be shot of anyone's head unless release form is filled out entirely! Even then apples must be larger then 3 inches!

Pistol Range: paper targets only stapled to 2'x2' backers! No cans ,bottles etc.If others are on the line communicate with them! Be aware of what they're doing and make them aware of what you're doing! Please don't dawdle when it's apparent other shooters wish to use the range!

Projects of the Month: A strap is needed to secure the gutter downspout on the back of the Clubhouse!

Replacement 2'x2's are located on the decrepit porch of the Ladies Auxiliary! A cordless screw driver and screws are in the Clubhouse!

Laser Engraved Taconic Crate!! Quite a few members have asked who did the engraving on Ryan Oppelts Taconic Gift Crate! Ryan has supplied us with that info so you can check it out!: Blue Turtle Design Design Works: https://www.facebook.com/Blueturtledesignworks!

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According to scope - the pilot counties will be Albany, Schenectady, and Fulton.

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Bob also sent us a link on the 700 Remington Recall! Unfortunately that link seems to have gone sour! That said if you own one of these rifles it might be in your best interest to look into it!

This could be us: I'm including a couple of links you should click on! What they will show are the stories of two Gun Clubs that were accused of sending projectiles off their property! Keep in mind that in both cases it hadn't yet been proven! Given that look at what they've had to do!

Localsyr

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1. Eagle Mills Fire Dept requested a donation of $100. Motion was made, seconded and passed to give the donation.

2. Rensselaer County dispatcher was noti?ed of the location of the Gun Club There was a problem with location on an emergency call.

3. Discussion was held (in length) on new requirements for new members. Suggestions included higher dues, and volunteer work hours.

4. Discussion on increasing the number of members in the club and increasing the dues for all members.

5. Suggestion was made to have all users of the ranges sign in. This would give the club some information on how the ranges were used.

6. Motion was made to set up a committee ,co-chaired by Brian Baker and Jim Sleicher, on adopting a volunteer work schedule. Their task is to set up minimal hours required and method of implementation!

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Update on Rifle Range Rules:

1) Paper targets only! No other types are allowed! These paper targets are to be placed inside the boundaries of the wood frames! The reason for this is so that your projectiles will pass through the 2'x2' openings and impact the berm at 100yds! If placed in any other fashion the bullet could strike the ground and skip over the berm or miss the berm entirely!

2) Benches are numbered. So when shooting from one make sure your firing at the same numbered target!

3) All shooting on the Rifle Range is to be done from a bench! Never step outside the shack and in front of benches to shoot!

4) All shooting is to be done sitting and from a bench! The heighth of targets is configured that way! If a shooter stands to fire this will cause the bullet to strike low, before the berm and possibly skip over the top!

5) Handgun use on Rifle Range is allowed but the same rules as above apply! Also we ask all members to use common sense when doing so! In other words please use pistols capable of hitting at least the 50yd target! We recommend hunting type handguns for this! If you're wishing to use a compact carry handgun here it's not advisable! It's best that you stick to the regular pistol range!

Please follow these basic rules! For those who won't a reminder. Not following them is grounds for expulsion!

Maybe I'll vote and then again maybe I won't: Well you might feel a bit different about that after you read the info on the below link! Seems our beloved governor, who's currently in Afghanistan probably trying to pitch the Taliban on how much better off they'd be if insurgents had only 7 round clips, has even better plans for us! Thanks to both Bob Mergen and Kevin Taylor for sending us info on this!

Safe Act Part 2 - scopevoter

After reading the above we hope you chose to vote at least once. We also hope that you'll consider joining one or both of the below if you haven't already:

NEW YORK STATE RIFLE AND PISTOL ASSOCIATION: We now have applications on hand! They can be picked up at the Clubhouse or mailed to you! Contact Doc if interested!

NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION: you can join for as little as 10 dollars a year.If interested contact George or Doc and we'll get the paperwork to you!

Unwanted Waste Material(garbage): Please remember we don't have any refuse pick up.So if you bring anything with you please remember it also leaves with you!

Don't forget all ranges will be closed Saturday October 4th for our Hunter Safety Course!

That's it for now! Doc

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~Should The Club Pay for a Full Time Zumba Instructor?

→ NYS SAFE LAW: I can't speak for you but I'm not feeling any safer since this law was "passed". I am feeling a lot more confused though about what may be legal and what may not! I'm sure I'm not alone on this too! Fortunately for us Glen Hammond who's a fellow member and local attorney has offered to help us out.On March 10th,following our meeting,Glen will give a presentation on the law followed by a question and answer period. Thanks Glen.

~Announcement from the front: ~NY Supreme Court Considers SAFE Act Injunction ♣

This just in at TTAG command central:
Good News. The New York Supreme Court has stated that they will issue an injunction against the new SAFE Act on April 29th-unless the state can prove that the law is constitutional. This puts the burden of proof on the state of New York to show the Act is legal under the newly re-affirmed provisions of the Second Amendment, which is impossible. From WKTV . . .
The Buffalo-based attorney who is spear-heading a lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent gun laws said that Wednesday was "monumental," as a State Supreme Court Justice issued an order requiring New York State to show good cause that the law is constitutional. New York State has until April 29 to respond or else an injunction will be issued.

Bear in mind that the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that firearms "in common usage" cannot be restricted. And since the NY SAFE Act's entire purpose is to restrict ownership of the single most popular firearm in the United States, there's no way they can make a case that their law complies with the Second Amendment. If this injunction is upheld, then it opens the door for New Yorkers to challenge the standing "assault weapons" ban and other gun laws as well.

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→ OOPS! I made a mistake! Last month after the regular meeting I was approached by several members who had a question about our bylaws rules on expulsion. In particular the one that mentions Conservation violations. I said the rule stated "convicted" on said type of charge. I was wrong. Investigation has shown me that even being charged would cause a violating member to be expelled. Farther investigation also showed that this type of violation does not just include hunting or fishing related charges. It also includes things like illegal dumping! Interesting and I stand corrected!

→ Hats off time: We all should offer our own Don Miller and big pat on the back. While off duty from his job at the Sheriffs Dept Don made one hell of an apprehension. According to the Newspapers and local TV it looked like something out of a movie too. Seems Don did a flying tackle to take a rapidly fleeing perpetrator down. Jeezas that had to be something to see. That said Congratulations Don and thank you too!

→ Rumor Dept: Once again this month we're going to confirm or deny some rumors that have been floating around the Club!

--- Rumor One: That Pat Rinaldi was once a member of a famous Rock Band! Answer: Yes.He was the drummer for Santana.He left shortly after Woodstock to start his own janitorial company!

--- Rumor Two: That Fred Job played Eddie Haskell on The Leave It To Beaver Show! Answer: Yes and Moe Barbera was The Beaver!

--- Rumor Three: That Doc designed the M-16! Answer: No! He has been known to drink a lot of MD-20-20 though!

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From previous months:

→ Dues: Are past due. If you intend on staying a member you must pay. If you'd like to withdraw and rejoin latter you can.Simply respond to this email saying "I withdraw if thats your choice you'll need to possibly go on the waiting list! . Whatever your choice please act quickly.

→ Rehashing of Basic Range Rules: We have added 50 new members since last September first. For that reason we'd like to remind all of existing rules!

→ Rifle Range: Please read rules before using. Not mentioned the use of pistols on rifle range is permitted. Pistol shooters must shoot only at existing target distances and at targets placed on existing wooden frames.

→ Skeet Range: Shotguns only loaded with shot from #'s 4 to 9 0nly. No buck or slugs of any type. Magnums are not needed or recomended!

→ Pistol Range: First 8' on left side facing. This open area is for the use of shotguns. Holders for cardboard targets are placed there. Please do not use any area other then those 8'. Pistol Range right hand side: Pistols only. Please place your target only on the 2'x2' plywood!

→ NRA: Given what's happened recently we have to advise all members if they're not currently a member of this organization they need to be. We can arrange this for you.
Contact George @ 421-9635 or Doc @ 469-8584 for info.

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→ Rumors: In any organization it seems you have rumors. We feel if some of these go unaddressed damage can occur. So we've decided to address three that are currently in circulation around our Club!

1) I've heard that you guys invited Andrew Cuomo to our Founders Day Picnic! If you've heard that it's true. He won't be attending though. It seems he refuses to attend dressed as a piñata as we asked!

2) I've heard that Doc was once the Manager of The Supremes! The answer to that is False. He never was. He did come to a Christmas Party a few years ago dressed as Diana Ross though.Heck he even belted out a pretty darn good version of Stop In The Name Of Love!

3) I've heard that Henry Rifle is actually going to be engraved "Fred Job. Worlds Best Gun Club President and Firefighter Extraordinaire" This we've heard too. So we went to Fred and asked him. His Answer was FALSE. That inscription will never be marked on any firearm. It will though ne inscribed on a bronze bust of himself he will unveil at the August Picnic!

→ A Little Help from Our friends: Thanks go to:
Steve Merriman.Ara Shahanian and Scott Favreau for their generous Donations!

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♣ REMINDER:

→ NO 50 cal bmg
rounds are to be used on any ranges!

→ PLASTIC REACTIVE
targets are for .22 rifle only!

→ NO RAPID FIRE ON ANY RANGES:
a count of three is required between each round.This is not new.Its been a rule here for 20 years!!!!

→ PAPER TARGETS
only on any range.They must be placed so they
DO NOT TOUCH ANY WOODEN PART OF THE FRAMES!

→ TACTICAL SHOTGUN AREA
is located on the pistol range. It is the first 8 feet only!

→ CLAY BIRD RANGE:
6 TO 8 SHOT ONLY!

→ CARRY IN CARRY OUT!
We have no garbage disposal. So if you bring it make sure its with you when you leave!

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Keeping with my policy of never deleting anything, I will post all previous info to the archive page.

→ TVRGC ARCHIVES

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→ A Message from George Hillje our NRA Recruiter:

As you may be aware The NRA is the champion of the gun owner and a guardian of the second amendment! What that means is a very important part of you joining the NRA is you actually take a hand in the defense of your Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. What many of our newer members may not be aware of is This Club is a fully authorized Recruitment Center for The NRA.That means you can join and or renew your membership through us.Even better news is that if you originally joined or even renewed through us before we can do the same for you again with us doing all the work! That's right.No forms to fill out. No dates to remember. No dotted lines to sign. We will notify you appx one month in advance of your next renewal. All's you then have to do is send your check made out to The NRA to us here.If your address has changed simply include the info listed below and send it to the Club at 420 Dater Hill Road Troy NY 12180! Or drop it off in person. If you have any questions feel free to contact me anytime at 421-9635.

Listed below are prices on the various types of membership. With any of them you will receive:

Choice of one of three free magazines!

$5000.00 accidental death and dismemberment coverage at no cost!

$2500 firearms Loss Insurance at no cost!

Life Members receive $10,000 worth of insurance at no cost!

Law Enforcement Officers joining the NRA receive $25,000 worth of insurance at no cost!

Associate Membership: One year $10.00(note no magazine with this one)

Full One Year Membership with choice of one of three magazines:$25.00!

Full Two year Membership with choice of one of three magazines: $60.00!

Full Three Year Membership with choice of one of three magazines: $70.00!

Full Five Year Membership with choice of one of three magazines: $100.00

Life Membership with choice of one of three magazines: $750.00

Junior: $15.00! Subscription to Insights Magazine!

If you'd like to sign up here's all will need to get things going!

NAME: First,last and middle!

ADDRESS!

BIRTH DATE!

PHONE NUMBER!

EMAIL!

MAGAZINE PREFERENCE! American Hunter! American Rifleman! American Freedom!

A Check made out to the NRA for the amount that covers the type of membership you want!

Place in envolope and mail to: Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club 420 Dater Hill Road Troy NY 12180

It's as easy as that.Take advantage of The Taconic Valley RGC Recruiting Service! If you do you'll help yourself,The NRA and Your Club.You'll also become one of six million Americans who are saying we want our Second Amendment Rights Upheld!

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→ MAJORITY
vote decided that this Club will stay with present NRA approved Insurance Carrier for our shooting only liability! This means we will have no hunting insurance coverage! It was decided that if there are enough interested parties we will obtain that coverage at a future date!

→ RIFLE RANGE
2'x2' cardboard pieces have been cut and placed at the shooting point on the Rifle Range. All members are asked to use these as backing material on target frames. It's hoped that by doing this frames will last longer and projectiles hit the burm as the design was intended!

→ SKEET
All of the machines have been rebuilt.If any fail to operate please do not attempt to fix. Instead contact President Job ,who being a graduate of The Trius Online Skeet Machine Repair University, will make the appropriate repair

→ COMBAT SHOTGUN
Looks as if this area is getting a lot of use. We do ask all users though to place their targets so pellets not strike the guide wire. Also there is a limited supply of cardboard available for target backing material in the Clubhouse.Feel free to use it. A reminder to all members.Please clean up all empties and used targets on all ranges!

→ Shotgun: It's become very difficult for our members to figure where shotguns can be used according to Club Policy! So here's a breakdown we hope is helpful!

→ Shotguns on Rifle Range: Solid projectile(slug) only! NO SHOT!!!!!

→ Clay Bird Range: Shot only! Sizes #6 to #8 fired out of low based type shells!

→ So Called Combat Shotgun Range: This is the 8 FOOT OPEN AREA FRAMED WITH YELLOW PAINT located at the Pistol Range! In this area any size shot can be used but NO SLUGS! For this area Clips have been attached to the guide wire where you can hang your targets! PLEASE DO NOT HANG TARGETS ON PLYWOOD!

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS DEPT: We're very fortunate to have a lot of great members! The names I'm mentioning now are for the folks who have gone way above and beyond this month in helping to make this Club a better one! John Livolsi! Freeman Loyner and Bill Weaver! I'm sure I don't speak alone when I say thank you for what you've done!

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→ Doug Doyle has sent this! If you fish the Hudson there's some good news for you!
→ DEC NY Permits

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→ Imagine yourself working at a job where almost everyday you and your coworkers risked life and limb to save lives and property! Then one day you're in a situation where you go far beyond what's even expected of that norm!So far beyond that even your coworkers are amazed! They're so amazed by your actions they decide you should receive an award! Guess that something you did would have to be dammed spectacular! Well that was the case last year for Troy Firefighter and our very own Ray Littlejohn! Ray was in situation where a person was trapped on the third floor of a burning building and there was no way out for him! Not until Ray decided to do something anyway! Ray risked his life and brought that man out of the 3rd floor window! Saving his life! For his actions his fellow firefighters nominated him for and he received the 2012 Maltese Cross Award! We'd like to congratulate Ray for his bravery! we're proud to say he's one of us too!

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Speaking of people who help this Club I have to mention Al Chabot! For over 20 years Al has been committed to making this organization a better one! We thank Al for all of those efforts! in recognition of his commitment The Board of Directors has decided to make Al an Honorary Lifetime Member! Thank you Al!

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→ Pat Rinaldi! No matter when or what you can count on Pat to be there and do whats got to be done! Thank you Pat!

→ Those of us who carry might want to read this piece sent in by fellow Jack Borden! It offers some very good advice! Thanks Jack!

→ read-before-you-decide-carry

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Rockys Ridge

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Job Well Done,
Thank You Very Much.


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Our Mailing Address:

♣ Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club ♣
420 Dater Hill Road
Troy New York 12180

E-Mail Doc

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Rockys Range ♥ And let us all remember those we shall not see here again: Rocky Harris, Isabelle Seales, Joel Konieczny---R.I.P.


♥ Sadly our long time Treasurer Rocky Harris passed away in early May! Needless to say he will be missed! His excellent work as our Treasurer will be hard to duplicate! Still we must try! elected by a majority vote at our May Meeting as Rocky's replacement was Doc McGarry. Filling the Board Position vacated by him was Dan Hartnett.

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The Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club was incorporated in 1927!
It was in existence for many years before that though. In fact Teddy Roosevelt was a regular competitor on our grounds when he was New York City Police Commissioner from 1895 to 1897. In short this makes our club some where around 111 years old! Quite an accomplishment and something we as members should all take pride in and celebrate.
Doc Mc G.

Get action. Seize the moment.
Man was never intended to become an oyster.
~~Theodore Roosevelt - The Bullmoose

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Flag St. Patrick

Apostle of Ireland
Born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387;
Died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.

I came to the Irish people to preach the Gospel and endure the taunts of unbelievers, putting up with reproaches about my earthly pilgrimage, suffering many persecutions, even bondage, and losing my birthright of freedom for the benefit of others.

The Lord hath given to me, though humble, the power of working miracles among a barbarous people, such as are not recorded to have been worked by the great Apostles. But I beseech you, let no one believe that for these or the like works I am to be at all equaled with the Apostles, or with any perfect man, since I am humble, and a sinner, and worthy only to be despised.

The Shield of St. Patrick

St. Patrick's Confession




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Some pictures here courtesy of Mike R.
Thanks Mike

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Two Deer

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Skunks

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Hawks

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Department of Environmental Conservation


New York State Senate

New York State Assembly

New York’s 56th, The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

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Welcome to the Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club!

compasOriginally incorporated in 1927, the Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club is located off Dater Hill Road in the hamlet of Eagle Mills, Town of Brunswick, Rensselaer County New York. The club property boasts rifle ranges of 50, 100 and 200 yards with covered firing line, 50 foot pistol range with covered firing line, informal trap and archery ranges, and Clubhouse and picnic area. Small by comparison to many other fish and game clubs, this allows for a more close knit group able to respond to the needs of our membership and facilities.rossi 44Few organized shoots are scheduled by the Club. Rather, groups of members will meet for various activities on the Club grounds centered on the shooting sports. Shooting the bull in the Clubhouse is popular on Sunday afternoons!

Meetings are held the second Sunday of each month at 11:00 am in the Tom Parker Memorial Clubhouse. Work parties are held occasionally, usually announced at the meetings, in the quarterly newsletter, or on this website. A cookout is held on the club grounds during August, and a holiday party is held.

In order to join, prospective members should complete a membership application and submit it with an application fee during a regular club meeting, or on any Sunday afternoon when at least 4 Board members are present. Annual dues are required.

Club dues have remained low for several years now, due in large part to the efforts of your officers and board members who never spend a dollar if we don't have to. Please pay your dues promptly.

~~ Doug

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Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club

420 Dater Hill Road, Postenkill, NY 12180