July 2016 Newsletter

July 15, 2016

The next Social Meeting is July 25th.  The next Business Meeting is August 8th.


Black lives matter, Blue lives matter, All lives matter. In the wake of the tragic and senseless shootings of police officers in Dallas and elsewhere, and the resulting subsequent call for gun control,  I found the following article had some interesting statistics.

Americans urged to ‘buy a gun, get trained, carry it always’

Washington Examiner, By Paul Bedard (@SecretsBedard) • 7/9/16 8:54 AM

Calls for strict gun control following a deadly week in America come despite new statistics that show gun deaths plummeting as sales of firearms soar.

According to the industry’s trade group, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, homicides by gun have dropped 43 percent since 1991. Other crime with a gun such as robberies have decreased even more, by 70 percent since 1993.

In a graphic display of the numbers, NSSF also showed that unintentional deaths with a gun have dropped 82 percent.

Along the way, gun sales have soared to 140 million a year. Unintentional fire-arms related deaths have declined 82% from a high of 3,200 in 1929 and 1930.

And 41 percent of Americans say they have a gun in their home.

President Obama spoke twice this week about the need for more gun control in the wake of the Dallas police deaths and two deadly police shootings, in Louisiana and Minnesota.

But gun rights advocates suggested instead that having a gun is the answer to self-protection.

“We’re urging all of our customers, including members of law enforcement and civilians, to stay vigilant. The best defense against a mass shooting is to buy a gun, get trained to use that gun, and carry it all the time,” said Justin Anderson, the marketing director of Hyatt Guns of Charlotte, N.C., one of the nation’s biggest sellers.

NSSF said the statistics back Anderson up. “One thing is clear — punishing the law-abiding firearms owners in the U.S. and the federally-regulated firearms and ammunition industry for the criminal acts of terrorists and madmen cannot be justified by data.”


The following information was submitted by KSC member Rob Krause.

Top-Level Intelligence Experts to Discuss Terrorism, Current U.S. Threats, and Recommendations

-With so many reports of terrorism world-wide, it can be difficult to understand what’s going on and how it concerns American citizens. In today’s global economy, however, it’s important to understand how these attacks can – and are – impacting our lives on a global, national, and local level. To help northern Michigan residents obtain a better understanding of these events, Covenant Defense is sponsoring an informational seminar with two top-level intelligence experts who work extensively in terror education.

-Below are three links to video interviews recently conducted with Dr. Steven Bucci.  For those of you that don’t know Dr. Bucci, he is a retired special forces colonel who went on to be the top military aid to the US secretary of defense. He has done many other things as well, but to save space I will allow you to research his extensive bio if you see fit.  Needless to say he is one of the foremost authorities on terrorism threats in America. He is one of two speakers that will be presenting at the July 24th Terrorism seminar.  One of the things he addresses in the videos is his concerns that Traverse City is a prime terrorism target.

Range Rules Reminder – At the Sunday pistol shoot unauthorized targets were discovered in the trash cans. Everyone has received a copy of the range rules and should know what are acceptable targets and what are not. To refresh your memory I have attached the range rules for your review. The range rules are enacted for a purpose, please abide by them or report anyone who is in violation of them.

We are in the process of compiling a list of KSC members who are NRA RSO’s, if you have those credentials please send your name in a a return email.

The KSC now has tee shirts for sale @ $10.00 each. They were going fast at the meeting so they may not last long so be sure to get yours soon.

     Firearms for Sale

#152, Ruger Stainless Steel Security-Six Revolver, .357 Magnum, 4 inch barrel, Pachmayr Presentation Grips. Includes original walnut checkered grips, 2 Uncle Mike’s Holsters and 41 rounds of ammo. $450.00.  If you are interested in this Ruger please send a reply email with your name and phone number. Then the weekend after the newsletter is sent I will forward the replies in the order received to the individual who has the firearm for sale.

If you have any firearms that you would like to sell send an email with the information on what it is (brand, model, caliber, finish, barrel length, optics, etc.) and I will include it in the next newsletter.

     Reserved/dedicated range Activities. The following reserved activities have first right to the use of the range at the designated days/times. If you are at the range at the same time you will need to adjust your activities to accommodate their needs. Club members and the public are welcome to participate in these activities.

4H Youth Shoot – Beginning at 5:30 pm on Tuesdays, July  19, August 9 & 23, September 9 & 23 and October 4 & 18. Contact Rich Steffe @ 231-620-5981 for more info.

Pistol Shooters, every Sunday from noon until 3:00 pm. The first Sunday of the month is CCW day and the last Sunday of the month is .22 day. Sundays in between, shoot what you bring.

22 Silhouette Shoot – Beginning at 6:00 pm every Thursday night starting May 5th and running until fall.

Heritage Days Turkey Shoot, noon until done on Sunday, July 17th.

For those of you who may be interested the Cadillac Sportsman’s Club announces an ‘Action Shotgun Match’ on June 13, 2016, 6:30 pm Setup, 7:00 match. Begins in the new General Purpose Range by the Pistol Range. You do not have to be a club member to participate. Cost $10.00. Meet consists of a few stages with multiple reactionary targets. You’ll have an opportunity to run them again after the match. We’re looking to see how much interest there is in this type of shooting. With enough enthusiasm we could make them a regular scheduled event. Your feedback and suggestions welcomed.
What you’ll need:
Shotgun suitable for self defense in good working condition
50 rds of inexpensive lead birdshot suitable for your gun, and some way of carrying it on your person.
Eye and ear protection
Some 12 ga birdshot will be available for purchase.
There will be a loaner shotgun available for those without a suitable firearm.

Please uncase and case your firearm, muzzle to berm, on the Safety Table. Carry with action open and place in rack.
Muzzle – ALWAYS keep the muzzle of your firearm pointed in a safe direction. For the purpose of the event that’s within 180 deg downrange, and vertically from level at eye height to pointed at the ground three feet in front of you.
Finger – keep your finger OFF the trigger and on the frame of the gun until you have identified a target you intend to shoot, and what’s behind it, and have the your sights and the target in the same field of view.
Cold Range – ALL guns are unloaded until you are on the firing line and instructed to load by the range officer. Unloaded guns will be racked and not handled when off the firing line.
Come watch Dave fumble shot shells all over the sandpit!

September 24th and October 29th are the 2016 dates for the CCW Classes conducted by Ted Hentschel and Dave Wessel, owner of Great Guns in Acme. The class costs $150.00 and starts at 8:00 am and concludes at 5:30 pm. To reserve your spot please call Ted at 231-313-0720.

Gun Shows:  Following is a partial list of semi-local upcoming guns shows. If you know of any upcoming gun shows please pass it along for the next newsletter.

August 13 & 14, Houghton Lake @ Houghton Lake Event Center

August 27 & 28, Grand Rapids @ 28th Street Show Place

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Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom. – John F. Kennedy