Centerfire Defender Pistol Shoot

It was good turnout of shooters on a blustery morning at the Short range on the morning of April 23, 2017 for the scheduled Centerfire Defender Pistol Shoot. This was to be a two gun shoot so each shooter arrived packing a centerfire hand gun and a centerfire rifle.

At the ten yard line in front of each shooter were three targets consisting of a small silhouette with two playing cards on it, a cardboard strip with three playing cards, and a large silhouette with three playing cards on it. The targets were hung from strings so they moved in the breeze making hitting the targets that much more challenging. Here each shooter laid out eight rounds and loaded and fired at the cards as instructed by the match director.

Then each shooter moved to the twenty-five yard line their remaining seventeen rounds of handgun ammo. Here they had in front of them the dueling tree with its six steel paddles and a target frame with a blank sheet of paper on it. Each shooter loaded and fired at the steel paddles on the tree until they hit all six or ran out of ammo. If they hit all six and still had ammo left, they shot their remaining shots into the paper target.

Then each shooter moved onto the fifty yard section of the range with their centerfire rifles and ten rounds of ammo. Here they had in front of them a silhouette target with a balloon head, a silhouette target with a balloon heart and gut, and seven clay targets handing from strings. Each shooter had to shoot the head first and then move to the heart and gut balloons and if they had ammo left over they could try their hand at breaking the clays.

Overall each shooter went through the program twice for a total of 50 rounds of handgun ammo and 20 rounds of rifle ammo fired.

After all the total bullet hits were counted, shooting honors for this event went to:

1st Place Jin Garges

2nd Place Jim Ritts and Doug Harp

3rd Place Dean Backer

As said over and over, my thanks to all those who came out, helped with set up and tear down, and took part in this fun shooting event. And has also as said over and over, those who stayed away missed out on a lot of shooting fun and great shooting practice. So mark your calendars and come on out and give this fun shoot a try.

Tim Brown…………Match Director

Help Wanted for Rickreall Gun Show

The Summer Rickreall Gun Show will be coming up on Saturday and Sunday,

June 10 and 11, 2017, at the Polk County Fairgrounds. As usual, the Four Corners Rod and Gun Club will support their gun show efforts by having an information and membership table at the show to make our facilities, programs, and activities know to the people attending the show.

Member volunteers are needed to man the table. Two members are needed at the table for each of four shifts or a total of eight members. Table shifts will run from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM and 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday.

Club members manning the table will receive free admission to the gun show. This, of course, is in addition to the reward of being of service to the club, gaining an opportunity to meet and talk with a lot of interesting people, and being able to browse around the show and look at all the goodies.

Members desiring to help will need to sign up for a shift so that their names can be given to show management for name tags and free entry. To sign up for a shift, or if you have questions, please call Tim Brown at 503-390-1922.

Rimfire Defender Pistol Shoot

It was a fair turn out of shooters at the at the Indoor range on the evening of April 11, 2017 for the scheduled Rimfire Defender Pistol shoot. As the shooters took to the firing line and looked at the targets in front of them they found one playing card target, one three bull target, one saber tooth prairie dog target, and one saber tooth wood chuck target. As instructed by the match director each shooter loaded the announced number of rounds and fired at the targets in the order given – round and round and up and down, side to side, back and across, etc. – until they had gone through their first fifty rounds. Each time they came to the playing card target they had to remember where they had shot before as there could be only one bullet hole in any card for score. After the first round of shooting was concluded, the targets were replaced, the shot ones scored, and the shooting fun continued for another fifty rounds. When all the targets were scored, and the range cleaned up, shooting honors for the evening’s fun went to:

1st Place Neil Dozler

2nd Place Tim Brown

3rd Place Gerald Pannella

As said a bunch of times before, my thanks to those who came out and enjoyed the evening’s shooting fun and challenges. And as said an equal bunch of times before, those of you who stayed home missed out on a lot of shooting fun, great pistol practice, and really good fellowship. So mark your calendars as this shoot is held every month. Come on out and join in the fun.

Tim Brown…………Match Director


The dues notices for the 2017-2018 membership year will go out in the mail soon. So keep a sharp look out for yours in your mail box.

The completed and signed notice must be returned to the club with the appropriate dues payment in order for an individual’s membership to be kept active. Completed renewal forms are the main way the club has of keeping its membership database up to date. No membership renewals will be processed without a completed and signed membership renewal form. Incomplete forms, or payments received without a renewal form will be returned. So, do not pay your membership dues until you get your renewal form and be sure to send the completed form with your payment. If you have not received a form by late May please contact me.

A reminder for those members who have VA disability related reductions of their dues. Members with a VA disability will be allowed to reduce their dues by one-half their VA disability percentage, not to exceed a total reduction of 50% in their dues rate. As in the past, if you have previously sent in your percentage VA disability documentation and your percentage has not changed, you do not need to send in the documents again. Just indicate on the renewal form one-half your percentage in the % line. If your percentage has changed, or you have never sent in the documentation, you will need to send it with the renewal form. If for some reason your percentage documentation sent in prior years is not on file you will be contacted to provide it before your renewal can be processed.

The membership year for Four Corners Rod and Gun Club runs from July 1 of one year to June 30 of the following year and dues must be paid by July 1 by the club by-laws. After that date, anyone who has not paid there dues is no longer considered a member of Four Corners Rod and Gun Club is not entitled to use the club facilities.

It is each member’s responsibility to pay his or her dues by the due date. So don’t delay – fill it that dues notice, gather up the amount due, and send it in.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 503-390-1922.

Tim Brown . . . . . . . . Secretary/Membership person