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Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

~~ John F. Kennedy

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night
to visit violence on those who would do us harm.

~~ George Orwell

It's Tommy this, an Tommy that,
an 'chuck 'im out, the brute!'
But it's 'Savior of 'is Country,'
When the guns begin to shoot.

~~ Rudyard Kipling



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


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

Thanks to our friend at Dater Hill Kennel.


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

Kennedy's Garage
271 3rd St, Troy, NY
(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
741 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
Office: (518) 286-1857
Cell: (518) 368-1284


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Eagle Mills, New York

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♣ Next Meeting: Sunday November 8th, 2pm ♣

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Next Meeting: Sunday November 8th at 2pm ♣


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, 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

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From October:

Items on that agenda: Picking up on past discussion on posting safety and procedure rules on Ranges! Discussion on Future use of of .22 rim fire rifles on Pistol Range!

We're happy to report both the Pistol Range and Rifle Range have received their updates!

Rifle Range: During the rebuild it was noticed a good deal of tires on the lower levels were getting the majority of hits and being torn open! this caused the sand in the upper tire rows to drain down and eventually out! Because of that it meant that all tires on the lower levels had to be removed,along with the upper level ones. Then all filled with sand!Quite a bit of work! So in an effort to extend the life expectancy of the impact berm and make it easier to maintain we've shrunk the both the 100 and 50 yard backer boards down to 18"x24". We're hoping that doing this will help to keep hits on the upper rows of tires WHICH are far easier to replace! ...... Ouch! I just reread this and got a headache! Maybe it would've been better to say we're conducting an experiment with smaller backer boards that will hopefully save us time and money and left it at that!

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!

In closing we also should thank a few others for their recent help! Jesse Lundy, Mohammed Zamani ,John Livolsi and Pat Rinaldi for their assistance in our Rifle Range Rehab!

That's it for now.Thanks for reading and don't forget to visit Mark over at

From September:

Items on that agenda: Annual election of Officers!

Creation of Range Procedure Signs !

Report on Annual Raffle/Auction! Onward:

Pistol Range: Finally the weather cooperated and this years work on that range is mostly done! When you visit you'll find that the range was widened to comfortably accommodate 7 shooters! This allows for a distance of four feet, left and right, from one shooter to the next! Also the shooting distance has been lengthened to 25 yards!(you can still shoot less though) This is a definite plus for our members in law enforcement who train and qualify at this distance! .22 rim fire rifle shooters should also be aware that a rifle bench has been placed at the 25 yard mark too! That's something that many members have requested! For those who complain of seasonal wet feet the range also has been pitched and covered in crushed stone! For the safety concerned the impact berm has been raised to 15 feet and sides from 7 to 12'! The only problem now is all this new work has made the old shelter look pretty shabby! So the week after Labor Day we're going to solve that with a new coat of paint! All this all said come check it out and hopefully enjoy!
P.S. Hats of to our Excavator Ron Showers! That guy is the Mickey Angelo of bulldozer operators! Without him none of it would have been possible!

Rifle Range: Weather permitting we hope to start and finish this the week after Labor Day!

Picnic: we had a great turnout that day! an unofficial headcount puts attendance at about 100 people! Thanks go out to Scot and The Fraternal Order Of Eagles for their food donation! To Pat,Scot,Moe and Mrs Barbera for their cooking efforts and to all those who brought salads and sweets! A huge thanks also to the guy who marinated the chicken! That process made that chicken the absolute best the world has ever seen or tasted! At least that's what people are saying!

Members Only Raffle: Happy to report we did well financially with this! In fact better then last year! We're happy also because the firearms were won by one of our longest tenured member and one of our newest members! Congratulations to the following members:

Mossberg Patrol Rifle! Winner :John M
CZ 455 .22 Rifle: Laura S
Lee Reloading Set Up! Ulysses W
2016 Dues paid: Ulysses W
.22 Bulk Ammo: Mario S
Rich K
Gary M
Tony O
Joe C
Members who've won ammo must pick it up at Neil Browns shop! Neil can be reached at 283-1307! Please pick up by the end of September!

Utah Pistol Course and Florida Live Fire: On Saturday September 19th the Club will be hosting another Utah Pistol Course! Instructed by Dan Bartholomew of North East Firearms Training those completing will be given certification in quite a few States!
For more info contact Dan @ 322-2045 or visit !

New York State Hunter Safety Course!Friday September 25th at 6 to 9pm and Saturday September 26th from 8:15 to 5:00 pm: Instructed by Kevin Busch and Mark Caruso this course features all of the things needed for a new hunter to learn . It also includes a live fire for all students! For that reason we ask that a few of our Range Officers lend a hand on Saturday for that aspect!
The Club will provide a free lunch for all students, instructors and helpers!

The Return of The Mad Shotgunner: Many of you may recall visits from The Mad Shotgunner this past Winter! It was then he stopped by the Pistol Range and kind of destroyed the place! Several times! As a result that area was closed off to him and innocent others. This June many of us gathered to make a place for the innocent tactical shotgunners to enjoy their sport! Seems TMS ,in a show of appreciation, has visited that place too! He recently peppered the footage markers there with #8's and finished one of them off with a slug! To make matters worse the slug left that marker in a direction that would have it leaving our property! During his next visit he shot up the archery target and slugged a pine tree so severely it had to be taken down! To make matters even worse those slugs were found imbedded in trees that were directly in line with the Pistol Range! We think it goes without saying that this person could easily hurt or kill someone with such antics! He could also get us into a lot of trouble with our neighbors and the town! Trouble that could be very expensive to get out of! So the question is what needs to be done?
Lets talk about this on September 13th! If you know who this is let us know! Such info would be treated discretely!

For Sale or possible trade: It's been suggested that we add this section to our monthly email! So if you have item or items ,be it cars, firearms or whatever send it in with your contact info and we'll include it. Please also remember all firearms and ammo sales must follow current laws!

Neil Brown 283-1307 tells us: He HAS OVER 50 PRE OWNED BIG GAME HUNTING RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS THAT HE IS LIQUIDATING AT ROCK BOTTOM PRICES IN ORDER TO MAKE ROOM FOR MORE COLLECTABLE FIREARMS! He also has one 100 round box of American made .223 and one 100 round box of 40 cal S+W for $35.00 each!

1999 Toyota Avalon. Clean car with leather interior and sunroof! Price:$2000.00. Contact Ara at 892-6158 for more info!

Browning 1885 cal 45/70: Rifle appears new and features nice sights and great wood! Price $750.00 ! Contact Ara at 892-6158 for more info!

Train Set: 3 boxes of Lionel stuff with track cars engine etc! Price $25.00! Contact Walt @ 618-8792 for more info!

2003 Hyundai Sonata: V6 ,109k,inspected! clean in and out! Price $3500! If interested call Scot @ 421-5102 for more info!

Rear Bumper: From Walts full size Chevrolet pickup! After market but almost new! You remove price $50.00! Contact Doc!

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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!


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

Work Party: Starting at 10am Saturday August 15th. The focus of this effort will be to make the Club House and picnic area ready for Sunday the 16th's festivities!

Gutters: gutters over the front door have been replaced thanks to Neil Browns efforts!

Annual Picnic: don't forget it will be held Sunday August 16th with a start time of 1pm. Food items will be hot dogs,burgers,chicken breasts etc! If you feel like bringing something please do! This is a free event open to all members and their immediate family!

Members Only Raffle: A reminder the drawing for the below prizes will take place August 16th at our annual picnic! Those who need more tickets can contact us here all call Doc @469-8584 . Tickets can be returned the day of the picnic or mailed back before.Our address is: 420 Dater Hill Road Troy NY 12180!

Second Place Prize: C Z 455 !

Third Place Prize: Lee Reloading Set Up!

Fourth Place Prize: $$$$$$$$ Your Dues Paid for 2016!

Runner Up Prizes #'s 5,6,7,8,9 and 10! One bulk carton each place (our choice) of either Remington or Federal .22's!

Small Auction: We have some bulk .22 ammo which we intend to auction off the day of the picnic! We also will have,thanks to a donation from Neil Brown,a youth size .22 rifle called The Cricket! The particular one donated comes with a pink stock! Update: we can also add the following items to our Auction: More .22 ammo! .223 ammo! .40 S+W ammo and 9mm ammo(thanks Carlos)! Heads for reloading 9mm(thanks Nick)! ww2 era helmet and liner(US) and a very nice fishing knife(thanks Doug)!

Bulletin: as this was being written Neil Brown contacted and informed us he's donating a quantity of Mexican .22 ammo for our auction! When asked where it came from his reply was "I've got this tunnel that starts in my shop and that's all I can tell you"! Hmmm! Could it be the rumors of the Poestenkill Cartel aren't just rumors?

Swap Meet: don't forget about this! we've been told of some interesting items that will be appearing! Included are a pump action exposed hammer shotgun! Many knives! Hunting and fishing gear! Lionel train sets and equipment to name just a few!

Money: Please consider bringing some smaller bills with you on the 16th! We try to have a few hundred dollars on hand for change making purposes! Unfortunately a few hundred dollar bills eat that up quickly!

Utah Pistol Course: On Saturday Sept 19th the Club will host another Utah Pistol Permit Course! Instructed by Dan Bartholomew of NEFAT those completing will be given certification to carry concealed in quite a few other states! For more info contact Dan @322-2045 or visit:

NorthEastern Firearms Training

Hunter Safety Class: The Club will once again hold a Hunter Safety Class! Hosted by Instructors Kevin Busch and Mark Caruso this class will be held the last weekend in September! As this month progresses we'll have more info.So look to next months email and Encons website for more details!

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!

Guess that's it for now! Thanks for reading and hope to see you and yours on August 16th!

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From July:

Items: Announcement of availability for office by candidates!

Discussion and vote to allow NEFAT to host another Utah Class in September at our Club!

From Last Meeting: Section 5 amended by 2/3rds majority vote to read that new members( starting in 2016,)during their first year will work 10 hours at Club related maintenance. 5 hours their second year! Failure to do so will result in a fine equal to 50% of the current years dues!


Range Officers: We're pleased to announce that ten of our members will be attending the Range Officers Class at Our Club! This class will be held Saturday July 25th! Start time on the 9 hour class will be 9am.

Road Repair: As a result of a few serious rain storms our entrance road was becoming seriously rutted! Left unattended it would have worsened to the point where it could have become a muffler eater! Thanks to the efforts of quite a few of our members and some outstanding work by our Excavator, Ron Showers, the road has again been stabilized and made passable!

Members Only Raffle: A reminder the drawing for the below prizes will take place August 16th at our annual picnic! Those who need more tickets can contact us here all call Doc @469-8584 . Tickets can be returned the day of the picnic or mailed back before.Our address is: 420 Dater Hill Road Troy NY 12180!

First Place Prize: Mossberg Patrol!

Second Place Prize: C Z 455 !

Third Place Prize: Lee Reloading Set Up!

Fourth Place Prize: $$$$$$$$ Your Dues Paid for 2016!

Runner Up Prizes #'s 5,6,7,8,9 and 10!

One bulk carton each place (our choice) of either Remington or Federal .22's!

Small Auction: We anticipate having some bulk .22 ammo which we intend to auction off the day of the picnic! We also will have,thanks to a donation from Neil Brown,a youth size .22 rifle called The Cricket! The particular one donated comes with a pink stock! You may find it interesting to know that the manufacturer makes many other stocks for this rifle! So you could change that young ladies look to a boys model for as little as 40 bucks! It's also possible to buy an adult backpackers stock too! With it's 16.5" barrel this little rifle would be the perfect gun to carry on a camping trip or underneath a long coat for a hike in Troy!

Rifle and Pistol Range Work: We're once again at the mercy of Mother Nature! Current weather has left the ground wet,muddy and unable to support the bulldozer and bucket loader that are needed to do the work! According to our excavator guy we need at least seven days in a row of dry warm weather for him to start! Lets all keep our fingers crossed!

Daniel Boone Award? Congratulations to Mark Caruso! A few weeks ago Mark broke a 31 year old record when he shot a fly that had landed on his target at a distance of 50 yards! This beats the previous record ,set by the late James Glynn, who struck a bee at the same distance! Mark claims the shot wasn't perfect since he was actually aiming for the bugs head and struck its tail!

Donation from The Fraternal Order of Eagles: Scott Schmiedeshoff ,who's a member of TVRGC and The FOE,recently contacted us and informed us that we're going to be the recipient of 80 1/4 burgers with buns to match for our picnic!! We thank Scott and his fellow FOE members for this gift and wish them to know if there's ever anything we can do to assist them we will be happy to do so! Oh and a few things you might not know about the FOE! They were the group that headed the charge on establishing Mothers Day in this country! They also did the same for creating a Social Security System! Established in 1898,they're described as an international non-profit organization that unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty,justice and equality to make human life more desirable by lessoning it's ills and by promoting peace,prosperity,gladness and hope! Sounds as if we should be honored to be associated with such a group!

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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From June:

Tactical Shotgun:
thanks to the efforts of many a new target holder, framed in fluorescent orange and located forward and to the right of the Skeet Field,has been built and is now operational!
We remind all shooters that they must coordinate with those on the Rifle Range before using! We also must point out that this area is for the use of shotguns firing only shot! All slug firing is to be done on the Rifle Range! Users must supply their own cardboard targets and dispose of same when done! Target material can be attached to the two clips located on the underside of the overhead support piece! Please do no staple to the target frame!

Range Officer Class:
A date of Saturday July 25th has been set!
Start time on the 9 hour class will be at 9am. Prospective students are reminded that the Club must have their $30.00 check no latter then 6/14/15.
Those attending must also bring a pen and notebook!

Items on that Agenda: Discussion and Vote on Amending Article V of our Bylaws!

Announcement of availability of Candidates for Office!

From Last Meeting: Funds approved for Pistol Range Improvement!

Funds approved for expenditures of annual raffle!

Relocation of Tactical Shotgun area approved pending construction!

Work Party: There will be a work party Sunday June 7th starting at 10am! The purpose of this work party will be to clean up the pistol range area of trees and undergrowth and make it ready for excavation! Similar work will also be done on the area slated for The Tactical Shotgun Area! Those attending are advised to dress accordingly and be prepared to work in the underbrush(bug spray)! If you have a chainsaw and a weed whacker please bring it! If you're not capable of doing physical work please come anyway and be a Supervisor! According to Taconic Tradition 7 Supervisors are required for every one person working. Potential Supervisors must be willing to tell all laborers that whatever they're doing it's being done wrong and they have a better way of doing it!

Meeting Times: Please note that we are now on our Summer Meeting Schedule! Meetings for June July and August will start at 11am!

Range Officers: As a result of our work with Northeast Firearms Training we are now in a position to offer members the opportunity to attend Range Officers School! This NRA Certified course usually costs upwards of 145 dollars plus travel and an overnight stay to complete! Thankfully those of our members who wish to attend wll complete the course in one 9 hour sitting on a Saturday in July at our Clubhouse! The only costs for member attendees will be $30.00 for the necessary books that must be purchased from the NRA! Non Members are also welcome to attend for a fee of $145.00! In order to attend this class prospective member attendees must have sent a check for $30.00 in by 6/14/15! Non Members $145.00 by the same date! Please also be advised that those graduating this class will be asked to occasionally act as Safety Officers at Shoots,check in on ranges during busier times of the shooting year and help acclimate new members to range use all in a diplomatic and mentoring way! We also hope that some of these graduates will move on to the next level and become Chief Range Officers! After obtaining that credential they are allowed to sponsor new Range Officer recruits! This would help us in maintaining a level of qualified safety people for the future!

Rifle Range Rebuild/Pistol Range Work: We've been in touch with the people responsible for working in both areas and advised them that ground conditions are perfect for working! Based on that they will be starting work as soon as their schedules allow! As soon as we're advised on dates we'll pass on that info to our members! Our goal is not only to complete this work asap.It's also to do that with minimal closure time on both ranges! Where possible we'll make arrangements to at least have these areas partially open or open in late afternoon and weekends! So please hang in!

Annual Members Only Raffle: As mentioned last month we'll be having our annual raffle! A recap of the prizes is as follows!

First Place Prize: Mossberg Patrol Rifle !

Second Place Prize: CZ 455 Target Grade .22 Rifle!

Third Place Prize: Lee 50th Anniversary Reloading Setup! Runner Up Prizes: Last month we mentioned having several thousand rounds of bulk Remington .22 ammo! This month for the more discerning target shooters we've added several bulk cartons of Federal .22 match target ammo!

Tickets will be $5.00 each and five tickets will be mailed to each member this month!!

Annual Picnic: don't forget it will be held Sunday August 16th with a start time of 1pm. Food items will be hot dogs,burgers,chicken breasts etc! If you feel like bringing something please do! This is a free event open to all members and their immediate family!

Flea Market: As last year members and their immediate family are invited to bring any type of item for selling or swapping !Firearms and ammo transaction must be handled in a legal fashion! Neil Brown will be on hand to help in that area! Flea Marketers can start setting up as early as 9am! They must provide their own tables and blankets.They also are reminded they must take all unsold items with them at the end of the day!

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 Replica Tin Badges: Normally $5800.00 now $5.00!

NRA: Don't forget we're an Official NRA Recruitment Center! That means we can sign up new members(for as little as $10.00) ,renew and extend old ones! Questions contact George @421-9635 0r Doc @469-8584!

Approval of funds for pistol range enlargement!

Approval for relocation of tactical shotgun area!

Rehashing of Article 5 of Bylaws!

Approval for funds to proceed with Annual Raffle!

From last meeting: Bylaw change!

Approved starting in 2016:
Addition to Section 5 to read: New members must donate 10 hours of work time to Club related projects during their first year! New members must donate 5 hours of work time their second year! Failure to comply with section 5 will result in loss of membership.

Annual Raffle: Based on the success of last years raffle and the fact we like to give firearms to our own Clubmates this years will be the same! All prizes will be for members only! Drawing for these prizes will be held at our Annual Picnic Sunday August 16th at 2pm! Winners need not be in attendance ! So what's on the giveaway agenda? Well take a look: First place prize: will be a Mossberg Patrol! This rifle, per Mossberg's spec sheet, is in caliber .556/.223.It is equipped with an A2 flash hider ,Picatinny Rail,16.25" medium bull barrel and takes readily available AR-15 type mags(comes with a ten rounder) Tests have shown this rifle will shoot less then minute of angle at 100 yds right out of the box! Second place prize: will be a CZ 455 Target Grade Rifle!

This classic styled rifle ,reminiscent of the Winchester 52 Sporters, will be supplied in .22 cal rim fire! Thanks to a special design by CZ engineers an optional barrel in either 17cal or 22 mag can be purchased and easily installed! The rifle has an adjustable trigger and comes with a classic European type stock with a Schnabel forend! Tests have shown this rifle will surpass the rim fire target benchmark of firing 5 rounds into 1 hole at 50 feet! It will also cut less then .5" inch at 50 yards and will print under an inch using carton quality ammo at 100yds!
Third place prize: Lee 50th Anniversary Reloading set up!

Tired of not being able to find your favorite calibers of ammo! And when you do it's not in the right weight or design you want! Then paying way more then you should have to for that inaccurate stuff! Well you can change all that by winning the below! Just add powder.primer and projectile! 50th Anniversary Challenger Kit

Runner Up Prizes:! Bulk .22 Ammo! We have over 2000 rounds now and will get more!

Tickets will be $5.00 each and five tickets will be mailed to each member some time in June!

Annual Picnic: as mentioned above will take place Sunday August 16th! Cooked under the guidance of Chef Moe Barbera, Burgers,hotdogs,chicken breasts and soft drinks will be provided free of charge to all members and their immediate family! As always if you feel like bringing something we promise to eat it! Food will start being available around 1pm!

Flea Market: As last year members and immediate family are invited to bring any type of item for selling purposes! Firearms and ammo sales must comply with all laws! Mr.Brown will be in attendance to help in this area! Please bring your own tables and blankets! All unsold items are not to be left behind! Set ups can start as early as 9am!

Utah Permit Class: Saturday May 9th: Openings still available! If you haven't signed up yet you need to go to:
click on the Civilian section and then the Utah section then the application section! Fill out that application and mail it in to NEFAT with the appropriate fee! If you have any questions contact us here or call Dan at 518-322-2045 ! Class will be limited to 30 students so act quickly.

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:

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
and Cris can be reached at 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!

In closing: That's it for now! Thanks for reading!

Items proposed from the April meeting agenda:

Thanks to the members who've contacted us about the porch roof collapsing!
We are aware of it and are taking steps to stabilize and temporarily repair the damage!

Admission of new members!

Catch Up with some of the items from the cancelled February Meeting!

Items from Last Meeting: None!

Stinkin' Badges: We remind everyone that badges must be worn when shooting on any range! The only possible exception to this would be our Treasurer! Last week he managed to get his entangled in the side view mirror of our plow truck and almost hung himself! Thankfully the Eagle Mills VFD was able to cut him free! Unfortunately he was deprived of a crucial amount of oxygen during this time! So please don't pay any attention to him if he tries to talk you into voting for Nixon in November! While on the subject of badges please note that our newbie members will be sporting yellow ones! When you see someone wearing one of those please do your best to keep him or her on the right path!

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:


Some more sent in by Mark Caruso:


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!

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!

Snow: This last week of the month has been a challenge ! We've had a few small powdery snowfalls that haven't seemed like much from an accumulation point of view! Unfortunately the powdery types cause more havoc then any other! Seems that lighter snow then blows from west to east and then collects on our driveway! In just the past four days this area and other parts of our club have been plowed out 8 times! Please know we're doing our best to keep the club open and available!

Thanks go out to: Neil Brown for his donation of a bore sighter! To Frank Spallane for his assistance in helping to keep the snow drifts at bay!

Thankfully that's it for now! Sorry to all who know and practice the rules for the repeats! Hopefully those who don't read them!!

A late fee for dues paid after December 31st.

Discussion on 2015 budget!

Range Plans for 2015!

Creation of Mandatory Indoctrination Program for New Members!

Possible shut down of tactical shotgun area!

Christmas Party: It appears that went well! Over 75 people were fed,6000 rounds of .22 ammo dispersed and a couple of dozen nice gifts given out! Add to that the Club ended up making enough money to pay our National Grid bill for a year makes it sure seem to indicate a success! All that didn't happen without the efforts of quite a few! Those folks definitely deserve a mention! So here goes: Moe Barbera and Family for cooking that fabulous turkey,ham and all the trimmings! Tom Batsios for his generous donation of all the pizza! The Bornt, Spillane,Patton and Rinaldi Families for their food donations! Doc for bringing a partial bag of Cheetos! Mark Yamin,Chris Huff and Ryan Oppelt for their donation of prizes! Mark Caruso,Wayne Burch and Neil Brown for their combined work on procuring and legally dispersing .22 ammo for our auction! Tony Dethomasis,Paul Quinn and Kevin Taylor for reaching deeply into their wallets and buying that ammo! Robyn and Jay Wilkes for their host/hostess ticket sales and poster work! Last but not least Frank Spillane for sanding and salting our road and parking lot! I'm sorry to say I know more helped and donated but with all the commotion we didn't get to see the who and what! To these folk we also give a big thanks!

Dues: 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!

Tactical Shotgun Use:! For some time now combat shotgun users have been allowed to use the open portion of the pistol range! For the most part this has worked out acceptably! In the past few months on four occasions this hasn't been the case! A shotgun user or users has decimated the 2'x2' backer boards and the 2'x4' ers that support them leaving behind several hundred empty hulls and an area that looks like an explosion at a saw mill! These actions are ,shall we say,irking our pistol shooters! We've done our best to sign that range to indicate its proper use but it seems to go unread! So at the next meeting we're going to have to decide what to do next quickly! Let's face it,our handgun shooters shouldn't have to tolerate this type of behavior!

Ranges: In the last seven years we've made some significant improvements to our ranges! In particular the rifle range! The additions of berms and trying to maintain their heights and impact areas have definitely been steps in the right directions! The question now is what can be done to improve them even more? What can we add that will make them safer and help to insure that spent projectiles stay on our property and open up the possibility of adding other then shooting paper targets to our menu?! The answer to those questions might be baffles! We'd like to discuss this at the next meeting!

Mandatory Indoctrination Program For New Members: As per our bylaws we give every new member an introductory tour of our club! The focus always has been on range use and safety! While that's obviously good its just not good enough! We're currently working on a program that would involve a class where all new members would be educated not only in depth about the use of our ranges but also the importance in maintaining them and the rest of the facility! This class will be launched in March as our new folks arrive! So if you have any ideas as to what else should be touched on please bring them to our January meeting!

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:!


Pistol Permit Recertification:: Fellow member Bob Mergen has sent in this link that you might wish to read:

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


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!

Well guess that's it for now! So In closing Thanks for reading! May you and yours have a prosperous and safe 2015

Please be advised that as of 1/11/15 The Tactical Shotgun Area located on The Pistol Range has been shut down! This decision is based on a majority vote held at the regular monthly meeting this date! Members unhappy with this decision are invited to state their displeasure or present an alternate plan ,such as relocation of that area, at the next meeting on Sunday February 8th at 2pm! All members are also reminded that The Rifle Range is absolutely off limits to any shotgun firing shot! Slugs only are allowed!

Thanks to all in advance for their cooperation!

December 14th:
As tradition has it there'll be no Club Meeting in December! Instead on Sunday December the 14th we'll set that time aside so that we can have a small get together to celebrate The Holiday Season! The festivities will start at 2pm! Under the guidance of Chef Moe Barbera The Club will be serving roast turkey! Spiraled ham and of course all the trimmings! There'll also be finger foods and some of Giuseppe's famous pizza! If you feel like bringing along a confection for after dinner or even a home made item please feel free to do so! Remember this is a free event for all members and their immediate family! We do though ask if you're going to attend please email back and tell us how many in your party so that we can make the proper preparations! We don't have to water down the jello again like we did last year!

Christmas Raffle:The list of prizes continues to grow as we get closer to December 14th and The Christmas Party! As it stands right now we have close to 3000 rounds of hard to find .22 rimfire! We also have Gift Certificates! One for Verdiles Restaurant in Troy! Also fellow member Chris Huff, who's also owner of Advanced Orthotics and Prosthetics, donated two coupons each for a free pair of custom arch supports! (I spoke to one of Chris's customers about these.He told me because they're custom fitted they're incredibly comfortable! They're also worth upwards of $350.00) We also have a nice Cabalas knife and a custom shooters gift basket put together by Ryan Oppelt and his wife.Oops I almost forgot to mention even more .22 ammo thanks to Mark Yamin! So if you haven't bought tickets you should! They're priced at $5.00 each or three for $10.00! Winners need not be present to win!

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! 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!

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!



Good News: It appears Fall has brought back with it a lot of shooters! Use at both the rifle and pistol range seems to be up sharply! The bad news is the 2'x2' backing boards are getting shot up much quicker then before! That's not the problem though! Getting them replaced in a timelier fashion is! So in an effort to change this we're going to do the following: Precut and leave on the porch of the Ladies Auxiliary Building a stack of 2'x2' pieces! Then leave inside the Clubhouse a cordless drill! With these items range users will be able to repair targets themselves! Hopefully this effort will help keep the ranges ready for use by all! Ok! Before some of our older members email me I do remember what happened the last time we left a cordless drill out! I have to remind them though that the person or persons responsible for screwing the picnic tables to the plow truck are older and more mature now! So it's very unlikely it will happen again!

that's it for now!

Hope to see all at our Christmas Party! Oh and drop in at and say hello to Mark

Next Meeting: Sunday November 9th at 2pm!

Items on that agenda:
Updates on Rifle Range Berm!
Information update on Clubs 911 Status!
Possible discussion on enhancing Pistol Range, other areas or no areas in 2015! Discussion On Mandatory Work Program!
Preparation for Christmas Party!

From Last Meeting:

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!

Now Other Stuff:From November

Christmas Party: Will be held Sunday December 14th 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, roast turkey and spiraled ham! Of course we can't leave out pizza too! Something new for this year also! Seems that our two Chefs at large,Moe Barbera and Tom Batsios, will collaborate on roasting a lamb donated by Tom, outdoors over a spit! Sounds both interesting and tasty! So please bring yourself and immediate family! It should be fun!

Christmas Raffle: We intend on having 15 or more items for this drawing! As of right now we have: Several thousand rounds of hard to find .22 ammo! A $50 gift certificate to Verdiles Italian Restaurant in Troy and a very nice knife and combo tool from Cabalas! We will be adding onto this list more items as time gets closer to December 14th! Tickets will be: $5.00 each or 3 for @$10.00! This will be a Members Only Raffle and the winners need not be in attendance! Want tickets? Call Doc @469-8584 or send an email here!

Dues! All membership dues expire on 12/31/14! As per our bylaws(section 9 paragraph 1 for those of you who think I just make this stuff up) the Board Of Directors has elected to bring a slight increase to our 2015 dues. This means they will rise by $5.00. This makes our new yearly fee $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!

Initiation Fee: As per the same above section of our bylaws Initiation Fee for 2015 will be $50.00!

Hunter Safety Course: Back on October 3rd and 4th Instructors Kevin Bush and Mark Caruso put on a very successful Class! We really need to thank those two guys for doing a great job! Especially after dealing with some of the curves life tossed at them prior to the Class! Also to be thanked for assistance are: Ken Kaskoun! Charlie Testo and Dan Place! Those guys managed to standby ready to help for two days! Of course we can't forget Mr Brown! He was kind enough to loan three shotguns for the live fire aspect of the Class!

Improvements for 2015: As our Club New Year approaches we're trying to make some plans for improvements for the upcoming year! One of the ideas kicked around has been our Pistol Range! Another The Shotgun Range! As most of us know both of these areas ,aside for some light maintenance, haven't been updated in years because we didn't have the money needed to do so! That's now changed! Thanks to the hard work and support of our membership we will be in a financial position this new year to do something! Or if you prefer...nothing! Please come to the next meeting and let us know what you think! Your opinion really is needed!

Shotgun use on Pistol Range! A reminder Shotguns firing shot only are to be used on the open portion of the pistol range! this is mentioned again because several times in the past few weeks some inquisitive individual needed to know what happens to plywood when it's hit with #8's from 7 yards with a shotgun!

Firearms Recall list: Fellow member Dan Place has set up a recall list in a bound book at our Club! Dan tells us he'll update this when he learns of any new or old firearms or ammo problems! He also encourages fellow members to leave such information in this book if they hear of any problem!

With a little help from our friends Dept. We all need to thank Carlos Correa for his recent cash donation! Carlos apparently forgot to return his August raffle tickets and felt obligated to make up for that! It should be said his donation far exceeded the ticket value too! Also Walt Johnston! Walt, who's often harassed by our Treasurer for his frugality, donated a utility trailer a few months ago! When he found out we couldn't use it he arranged for it's sale then donated the money to us! Wish we had more like these two guys!

Rumors: We've all probably heard there's going to be another indoor range opening in the future! This makes two! Now to adding one more to the potential pile is the rumor that the largest firearms dealer in Poestenkill is now considering a similar move! According to the gossip channel he's now working with a well known distributor and looking at locations! Hmmm! Does this mean that outdoor ranges like ours will soon go the way of the dinosaur,honest politcians and K-mart? Guess time will tell!

A few items that were lost recently! If you have them or know who does please call Doc @ 469-8584 ! Thank You

Men's Jacket: Left in Clubhouse Monday October 27th!

Deerskin covered sandbag(sentimental value): Left on rifle range appx one month ago!

One Item Found: Ring in Clubhouse, today!

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From October
Progress report on Rifle Range Berm Repair!

Discussion on enlarging Pistol Range!

Possible change in criteria for new members!

From Last Meeting: Use of pistols on Rifle Range suspended pending results of investigation by several members of the

Board of Directors!(suspension lifted see accompanying info)

25yd small bore target temporarily removed from Rifle Range and relocated to Pistol Range for 15yd use!

Results of Annual Election of Officers!

President: Jay Wilkes!

Vice President: The Honorable Tom Batsios!

Secretary: Robyn Wilkes.

Treasurer,beating out Bernie Madoff by only one vote,Doc McGarry!

Board: Pat Rinaldi!

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!

Phase 1 Of Rifle Range Berm work was completed! Thanks to the following members for their help pushing dirt and slinging shovels:

Jay Wilkes!

Robyn Wilkes!

Jim Sleicher!

Anthony Deththomas!

Bob Bornt!

Pat Rinaldi!

Ken Kaskoun!

Neal Brown!

Walt Johnston!

Doc McGarry (who claims to have been there but no one saw him)

Special thanks also to Mohamed Zamani for dirtying up his brand new truck to make an absolutely essential delivery to us!

Cool Heads Prevail: Early this past Spring we had an incident on our Pistol Range! It seems one of our members suffered a severe medical emergency! Fortunately this happened when another shooter was present. That member kept his composure, lent assistance to the stricken shooter,dialed 911 and walked down to Dater Hill Road to meet Emergency Personal and guide them back up to our fallen member! Thanks go out to Brian Baker for being that cool headed person! A sidebar on this was that the 911 people had no idea where our Club was. We've since contacted them to make that info clear! We also advise members to remember the Clubs address.In case you don't have it handy it's 420 Dater Hill Road Troy NY 12180. Oh,forgot to mention the good news.Our stricken pistolero was back shooting within a few weeks.

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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Updates On Berm Rebuild! Vote for Honorary Membership!

From Last Meeting: Ken Kaskoun was appointed by President Wilkes to go over the treasurers books!

Raising Of Membership: Tabled pending more study!

Doc McGarry was also appointed by the President as Temporary Parliamentarian!

Members Only Raffle Winner! Tony Oppelt was the winner of the Henry .22 rifle! Congratulations to Tony on that and we hope he enjoys that gorgeous rifle! Thanks to all who supported this raffle too! We made enough to pay for our well and road problems this Spring which is good news! That means we won't have to remove funds from our savings to cover the unbudgeted expenses!

Picnic: In all we were very lucky to have such a perfect day for it! I didn't count attendees but those who did told me we had well over 80 people show up! Judging from the amount of food we went through it appears they were pretty hungry too!

Swap Meet! Seemed to go well! Like anything this being our first time out it wasn't perfect! Next year though, with the help of Dan Place, we'll make some improvements based on this years experience and Dans observations and we promise it will be even better!

Rifle Range Side Berm and Pistol Range Berm was completed by Ron Showers in August! The increased heights hopefully will insure projectiles don't stray off of our property!

Rifle Range Impact Berm: We've gathered material and are poised to start but Mom Nature hasn't been cooperative! As of Saturday 8/30 the ground is still far to soft to put on any of the equipment needed! So wait we must!

Entrance Road: Thanks to Tracy Church,Frank Spillane,Tony Oppelt,Walt Johnston,Mark Caruso and Ken Dippel our entrance road was repaired! Looks like these guys did a heck of a job too seeing it's held up to several heavy deluges! I'd also like to take the time to deny the rumor that says I was hiding in Rays cornfield when this work was being done! The simple truth is I became disoriented from the heat ,wandered in there and just became .......lost! Or something like that!

Honorary Membership: As mentioned above we'd like to award that position to someone who's unfortunately very ill! This person is a life long friend of one of our members! it seems one of this persons strongest desires is to be able to target shoot as long as failing health allows! We'd like to help them with this.If you feel the same way please attend the September Meeting and vote accordingly!

Hunter Safety Class: Will take place Friday October 3rd from 6 to 9 pm! Saturday from 8:15 to 5pm! Registration for this class: WILL NOT be handled at Club level as in previous years! Potential Students must sign up at DEC's website when class is posted late in day on Thursday September 4th! Potential students are advised that this class will occur both inside and out.So please dress accordingly! Lunch will be provided by our Club on Saturday! Please also be aware that because of insurance regulations we must shut our range down on Saturday October 4th! Any questions write here or call 469-8584 !

In closing: We'd like to say thanks to Tracy Church! Tracy,who's famous for loving to wear is ID badge, generously donated two truck loads of crushed stone for our road repair! He also donated the use of a vibrating pounder that packed the stone down like concrete! Even better then that he wouldn't let any of us use that machine.Probably because he knew we'd all end up in the Emergency Room! This all said thank you Tracy!

Speaking of thanks we have to say that to Ken Kaskoun, Pat Rinaldi and Moe Barbera.They did an outstanding job preparing food at the picnic! Also Jim Davin for bringing himself and 40 lbs of salad! Boy was that potato salad outstanding! Thanks also to our Mr Brown for.....well truth is he's got his hands into so much it's hard to pick one! Lets just say Mr Brown thank you for all you do!

One final Thanks! This one for Mark Caruso! Seems Mark knows a guy who can fix anything in life! I'm not kidding! If you think I am tell Mark your problem and he'll pull his phone out and in no time he'll hook you up with that guy! Such was the case when our standby Hunter Safety Instructor Guy said he couldn't hold a class this year! Well I mentioned it to Mark and sure enough he knew this guy and ....well that our class this year!

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→ Discussion on Rifle Berm Rebuild!

→ Wiring repair for Ladies Auxiliary Building!

→ Discussion on possibility of having .22 r/f rifle Metallic Silhouette shoots!

→ Possible creation of a Facebook Page for our Club!

Purchase of Olympic size swimming pool postponed till all Life Members agree to become certified lifeguards!

→ Opening of Taconic Valley Rod Gun Casino Resort Aquatic Park Convenient Store and Trailer Park postponed pending zoning board approval!

→ August 17th Members Only Rifle Raffle: Tickets are available! They're priced at $5.00 ea or 3 for $10.00! They can be picked up at the Club most Thursdays and Sundays! Or if that doesn't work for you call 469-8584 or write us here and we'll arrange to get some to you! First prize will be a Henry Heritage .22 lever rifle! Runner up prizes(and this list will grow as we get closer to the drawing date) are as follows! 500 rounds of Federal .22 l.r. 525 rounds of Remington .22 l.r. hp's! One Years Dues for Taconic Rifle Rod and Gun Club!

→ Swap Meet/Flea Market! Sunday August 17th! Members and members family members are invited to bring any type of item that day for swap or sale! Items can also include firearms and ammo! An FFL holder ,Mr. Neal Brown, will be on hand to make sure all Federal ,State, local and intergalactic laws are observed! For all who just have one or so items they'd like to get rid of The Club will also have a table! Donated items can be dropped of there!

→ Annual Picnic: Will also take place Sunday August 17th! As always this is a free event to all members and their immediate family! The Club will be serving real hamburgers ,chicken and soft drinks! If anyone would like to bring an additional food item it's definitely encouraged!

→ Carry In/Carry out! Thanks to all members who've made an effort to not leave their trash behind! After the first month of the start of our busier season the grounds are looking remarkably clean! We all hope it stays that way too!

→ NRA: A reminder we're an authorized membership station for the NRA! If you wish to join, renew or upgrade we can handle it for you! Questions? Just write us here!

→ New York State Rifle and Pistol Association! We have applications to join if interested(and you should be).

→ With a little help from our friends: Thanks go out to Bob Dore for his tractor expertise and advice! John Rubino for his emergency repair of our pump house wiring! Mark Jolicoeur for his donation of wood! And last but not least Tom Madsen for cleaning up our metal mess!

→ A fond Farewell! We've learned that Glen Hammond will be leaving our Club in July! Seems he and his family are moving back to Arizona! While we can't say we blame him for that we will say that we'll all miss him! Glenn was a heck of an asset to our Club! We all wish him and his family the best and hope he knows he's welcome back any time he's in town!


→ From May

→ Discussion about repairs and architecturally correct historic restoration of our pump house! (in other words lets bang some nails into it quick before it falls down)

→ Relocation or repair of Club Sign at entrance!

→ Discussion on filling out application to turn Club into a casino!

→ From Last Meeting: It was reported that an anonymous donor had made a number of telephone poles available to the Club for its berm work!

→ Meeting times: were temporarily changed by majority vote! Please be advised that for May, June, July and August start time will be 11am! (please note also May meeting rescheduled to third Sunday in observance of Mothers Day)

→ Disposition of Ford plow truck: Approved by majority vote!

→ Well: Just prior to the monthly meeting it was learned that our well was not operating! By majority vote it was decided to have repaired!

→ Oh well! As mentioned above we experienced loss of water from the well! After attempts to solve problem by fellow members failed we had to bring in a professional! The end result was replacement of our 40 year old pump! Hopefully this will be the end of any water problems for another 40 years!

→ Reminder on Range Use! NO SHOTSHELLS ON RIFLE RANGE!


→ Guests: Please remember you are responsible for your guests behavior! That said have them read our Range Rules before using any of our ranges! "I didn't know" will no longer be taken as an excuse for violations!

→ Garbage: We've mentioned before we don't have a waste removal service! That means if you bring it with you make sure you take it home! This includes cans,bottles,coffee cups old targets and empty shells! Oh ,and umbrellas too! Someone actually left a broken one on the range! We don't want to threaten anyone! The fact is most of our fellow members are going the extra mile on this! The very few who aren't and won't though may want to consider looking for another Club to join!

→ Stinkin' Badges: Please remember they must be worn when using any Range!

→ Club Clean Up! Is scheduled for Sunday May 18th following the monthly meeting! Please do your best to help out!

→ Taconic Valley Rod Gun and Gambling Casino! As we mentioned earlier we intend on applying to become a Casino! We've filled out all the needed paperwork but have lost our backer on the million dollar application fee! Seems our money man,Neil Brown,had the funds buried where his wife planted her new rose bushes .He now won't be able to make a "withdrawal" till Fall! So if there's anyone else interested please contact us!

→ Dues! Another reminder that every members dues will expire on December 31st!
That means it's time to send in your check for $75.00. Our mailing address is: 420 Dater Hill Road Troy Ny 12180. If you feel you don't want to stay on as a member please send a brief note saying so. This could allow you to enter at a future time. It will also stop you from being expelled in February as per our bylaws!

→ New Members! We are currently accepting applications for membership.
admittance by new members is contingent on availability of membership positions.

→ Sign in Sign Out!
At the November meeting a compromise was reached on this issue! What was voted on and approved was the wearing of neck badges that hold our Club membership card! These are to be worn when using any of the ranges.
As members pay their dues we're giving out these badge and lanyards set ups free! If you've paid yours and haven't received one yet( they arrived just prior to Thanksgiving) give a shout. We can either mail you one or they can be picked up at the Clubhouse most Thursdays and Sundays.

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~Continued discussion on Sign In for Range Use!

~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.

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

targets are for .22 rifle only!

a count of three is required between each round.This is not new.Its been a rule here for 20 years!!!!

only on any range.They must be placed so they

is located on the pistol range. It is the first 8 feet only!


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

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I will post all previous info to the archive page.


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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!





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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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!

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!

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

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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U S Navy Seals

Job Well Done,
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Our Mailing Address:

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

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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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→ USMC Corporal Jake S. wearing his Taconic T and holding his M-16 40 miles west of Baghdad!

Cpl. JS

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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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Some pictures here courtesy of Mike R.
Thanks Mike

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New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation

New York State Senate

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

United States Congress

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Welcome lady

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 2:00 pm 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.

Total membership ranges between 70 and 100 members. 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


Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club

420 Dater Hill Road, Postenkill, NY 12180