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Cold Weather closure


This evening, Wednesday January 9, 2019, the Indoor Range will be closed to any shooting activities as the current temperatures are running in the minus 30 degrees Celsius or colder range. These low temperatures put extra stress on the heating and ventilation system in the indoor range.

Forecasts indicate that next week will show some improvement so we can continue with indoor shooting activities again next week. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

Minister Bill Blair seeking views on reducing violent crime

On October 11, 2018 the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, issued the following statement:

“Keeping communities safe and reducing violent crime is a priority for the Government of Canada. This is why, in my Mandate letter, the Prime Minister has asked me to lead an examination of a ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada, while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians. I am committed to examining all options and hearing all perspectives on this issue. ”

Check out the news release on the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada website and read for yourself. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-safety-canada/news/2018/10/minister-blair-seeks-views-on-reducing-violent-crime.html

Until November 10, 2018 you can share your views online by connecting to the following link https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/cnslttns/hndgn/index-en.aspx

 

Bill C-71 Meeting with Conservative MP

The Yukon Party Official Opposition  will be hosting Conservative MP Blaine Calkins who is here to gather your input regarding Bill C-71 which proposes changes to the  current firearms legislation.

This is an opportunity for Yukoners to have their concerns heard. You are invited to attend the meeting on Sunday June 10, 2018 at the Gold Rush Inn, in the General Store Meeting Room at 2 pm.

 

 

 

Handguns and steel targets

The  Falling Plates Range and the Handgun Silhouette Range are intended for handgun use. Evidence suggests that not all members are using these range areas appropriately and safely as centre fire rifle cartridges have been left behind on more than one occasion on both of these handgun range areas. Using rifles on the steel targets in these range areas not only inflicts significant damage to the club targets, but it is also dangerous.

While there are guidelines from target manufacturers and various shooting organizations that specialize in gun vs steel target disciplines, distance from the shooter to the target is not the only factor to be considered for safety. The hardness and the condition of the steel and the type of ammunition must also be factored in to the equation, as well as the angle at which the bullet hits the steel.

How close is too close? On a pristine piece of  reactive or properly angled hard steel, using  your handgun, a minimum of 10 yards is probably fairly safe. The harder the steel, the more it can withstand repeated hits without deformation, but every time a round hits that metal target, a degree of deformation results. The more that target is hit, especially if made of a softer steel,  the more it is deformed.  This deformation of the target surface will cause the bullet to ricochet in unpredictable directions. Ricochets from steel at 100 yards with a hunting rifle are not impossible. All shooters and spectators should be wearing safety glasses when involved in reactive metal shooting activities.

Club members are reminded that each range area is designated for a specific type of firearm for safety and licensing reasons. These designations are determined by the range topography, the target material, distance from firing line to the target and ballistics. As a responsible shooter and responsible club member you are expected to comply with the range rules.