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January News Letter

 

December Wrap Up

LASC had its annual Christmas Dinner, and those who stayed were treated to a wonderful meal.  A big round of applause and thanks goes to the LASC cooking team of Faye, Pat, Joe and Patsy (visiting from Yuma and South Dakota) along with JR who prepared part of the feast on the Traeger grill.  We also celebrated two December birthdays—JR and Joe Cadenas—with birthday cake.  If you are not staying for the Saturday dinners, you are missing out on good times, wonderful food and some great conversation and fun. 

AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF APPRECIATION

December 2018 was a hallmark event:  One year since the facility was almost totally destroyed.  We bounced back and are well on the way to rebuilding what was lost. And that means that a huge “Thank You” and round of applause goes to two people who have donated over 1000 hours of time so LASC could rebuild and club members could enjoy the Christmas dinner in a new club house with heating, running water and amenities: 

Jerry Napier and Joe Cadenas

Therefore, the LASC Executive Committee has nominated Jerry Napier as the 2018 and Joe Cadenas as the 2019 annual LASC Honorary Life Membership recipients.  LASC many bestow an Honorary Life Membership to one person each year who has gone above and beyond to support the club.  Club members will vote to confirm the nominees at the annual meeting in October 2019.

Without these two dedicated members, LASC would not have been in the position it is today, one year after the fire.  

LASC ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP

LASC memberships are due at the end of January.  Each member should have received the update on the cost for the annual LASC dues.  REMINDER:  Annual dues need to be paid in the month of January to be current.  They are delinquent if not paid by February 1.  Please let Dennis Robinson know if you have any questions on the new fee structure and payment of your dues.

 

SAVE THE DATES!  MAY 3rd, 4th & 5th 2019!

LASC will be hosting the Southwest Regional  Lever-Action Rifle Match!

 

This match will be NRA sanctioned. 

LASC will hold the match starting Friday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 5rd.  Shooters will be able to arrive on Wednesday, May 1st if you are planning on staying at LASC and practice on Thursday, May 2nd.

All those who are shooting the CRPA California State Match over Memorial Day Weekend at Hat Creek, can start their shooting odyssey at LASC in early May and hone their skills before the CRPA State Match.  This is the perfect way to test loads and get your “match mind set” going for the state championship.

In 2019, the CRPA California State Lever-Action Rifle Championships will be going to Hat Creek Rifle and Pistol Club in northern California over Memorial Day Weekend.  But, the match will return to LASC in 2020.  LASC looks to host the event on alternating years with Hat Creek up north to better serve shooters in both Northern and Southern California.  We are making this match a lead-up to the CRPA State Match so those shooters who really want to hone their rifle skills can start at our Regional Match and then head to the CRPA State Match at Hat Creek.

*About the opening picture:  It is the Model ’73 Winchester as it was found in the Nevada mountains.  It was made in 1882, and was abandoned against a tree for decades if not a century.  I found two videos about the rifle that were made by the same person.  The first is when it was initially found; the second, the results after it was examined by museum curators.  These are not official videos, just made by someone who was fascinated by the rifle and its history.  Enjoy!
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkboM5FBAd0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvUE0g_Dado

·       IMPORTANT:  FRIDAYS RESERVED FOR LASC

MEMBERS IN 2019:  The following Fridays in 2019 have been set aside so LASC club Members may use their range:  February 1; March 22; July 5; August 18; November 29; and December 27.  (If dates change or additional days become available, we will add them to this list.)  LASC is doing this to accommodate ASR’s need to rent our range during the year.  We hope that by 2020, all Fridays will be reserved exclusively for club members.

Until then, if any club member wants to check the possibility of LASC being available during the week, they must call the ASR office at (818) 899-2255 and speak to either Alex at extension 103 or Jeannette at extension 110.  They will be able to advise you of LASC availability, and if it is booked all day or only a partial day.
 

·       REMEMBER:  On non-match days when the LASC range is open for LASC Club members to use, they must ALWAYS check in at the ASR office, enter their name and the date on the LASC attendance roster, sign a release form and pay the ASR fee before going up to LASC to shoot.  (Some of you are not checking in!)
 

·       Lost and Found – If you believe you lost something at one of the matches, please check with Jerry Napier.  Anything found goes into the office. There is some interesting items we are accumulating…  
 

·       Don’t forget to sign a Release Form each time you shoot at LASC.  They are on the firing line or at the ASR office for non-match days.

LASC WORK PARTIES

by Dennis Robinson
December 1, 2018

The range has remained in good condition for the last few months, so the amount of time and work has been minimal. There were nine members that arrived at the range between 8 and 9:30.

Jerry N, Joe C, Gordon H, and Jerry R, worked on the double‑wide trailer to add some additional storage space and work on some of the improvements on the inside of the building.

Dennis R, Jeffery Y, Ted B, Jacques R, and Mark W, worked on clearing the grass and raking the berms. With five people the job was completed in about one hour.

NEXT REGULAR-SCHEDULED LASC WORK PARTY:
Saturday, February 2nd at 9am!

Remember, after the work party you can stay and practice!

 

February News Letter

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We had cold and a little wet shooting weather for the two-day match in January.  Some shooters stayed home but it was nice to see Dan Hagerty and Eric King wander down from up north for our match.  LASC again has a wonderful Saturday night dinner (thank you Faye and Pam and Joe) in a warm club house.  If you haven’t noticed, Jerry Napier and Joe Cadenas completed the addition of the much needed store rooms to the side of the club house.  It has been painted so that even from the outside the addition looks like it came with the building. Great Work, Jerry and Joe!

CALLING ALL LASC MEMBERS!

LASC NEEDS YOUR HELP 


for the
MAY WEST COAST REGIONAL LEVER-ACTION RIFLE MATCH

As you all know, LASC will be hosting a regional match May 3rd through 5th.  Of course we hope a lot of LASC’s members shoot the match, but we also need help running the match, logging and tracking the scores, helping with meals—lunches and dinners—and range prep for the day’s events.  If you are not shooting the match, please participate and support LASC by helping run the match.  That frees up club members who want to participate and allows them to relax a little and shoot their best, as well as showing our guest shooters that we are a top notch match facility with active club membership.  Everything we do reflects back on LASC, including club members’ participation to keep things running smoothly.  Even if you can only participate for one or two days, any support is needed and appreciated to keep LASC‘s reputation in the forefront of silhouette facilities.  Please let Jerry Napier or JR know when you would like to volunteer and help.  We need help starting on May 1st to ensure the range is in tip top shape and all targets are set up.

This match will be NRA sanctioned. 

LASC will hold the match starting Friday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 5rd.  Shooters will be able to arrive on Wednesday, May 1st if you are planning on staying at LASC and practice on Thursday, May 2nd.

All those who are shooting the CRPA California State Match over Memorial Day Weekend at Hat Creek, can start their shooting odyssey at LASC in early May and hone their skills before the CRPA State Match.  This is the perfect way to test loads and get your “match mind set” going for the state championship.

In 2019, the CRPA California State Lever-Action Rifle Championships will be going to Hat Creek Rifle and Pistol Club in northern California over Memorial Day Weekend.  But, the match will return to LASC in 2020.  LASC looks to host the event on alternating years with Hat Creek up north to better serve shooters in both Northern and Southern California.  We are making this match a lead-up to the CRPA State Match so those shooters who really want to hone their rifle skills can start at our Regional Match and then head to the CRPA State Match at Hat Creek.

LASC ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP

LASC memberships are due at the end of January.  If you have not paid by February 1, you will be considered delinquent.  Please let Dennis Robinson know if you have any questions on the new fee structure and payment of your dues.

**FEBRUARY – REMINDERS & NOTICES**

·       Jim Henry will be at the LASC Big Bore Match on BOTH DAYS!  If you missed him last month, don’t miss him this month.

·       FRIDAYS RESERVED FOR LASC MEMBERS IN 2019:  The following Fridays in 2019 have been set aside so LASC club Members may use their range:  February 1; March 22; July 5; August 18; November 29; and December 27.  (If dates change or additional days become available, we will add them to this list.)  LASC is doing this to accommodate ASR’s need to rent our range during the year.  We hope that by 2020, all Fridays will be reserved exclusively for club members.

Until then, if any club member wants to check the possibility of LASC being available during the week, they must call the ASR office at (818) 899-2255 and speak to either Alex at extension 103 or Jeannette at extension 110.  They will be able to advise you of LASC availability, and if it is booked all day or only a partial day.
 

·       REMEMBER:  On non-match days when the LASC range is open for LASC Club members to use, they must ALWAYS check in at the ASR office, enter their name and the date on the LASC attendance roster, sign a release form and pay the ASR fee before going up to LASC to shoot.  (Some of you are not checking in!)
 

·       Lost and Found – If you believe you lost something at one of the matches, please check with Jerry Napier.  Anything found goes into the office. There is some interesting items we are accumulating…  
 

·       Don’t forget to sign a Release Form each time you shoot at LASC.  They are on the firing line or at the ASR office for non-match days.

LASC WORK PARTIES

by Dennis Robinson
January 5, 2019

8:00 AM Jerry Napier and JR started working on putting a roof on the added storage area of the club house. The job took most of the day.

Joe Cadenas and Gordon Hull moved some shelving from the ransom/reloading room on the firing line to the new storage area in the clubhouse.  They also moved the cooking equipment and food preparation equipment and the club’s supplies to the new storage area. Also moved were the club’s equipment stored in the ransom/reloading room to the storage container.

Dennis Robinson cleaned out and raked the target bunkers, and with the help of Sako Festekajian picked up the trash that the wind had blown down range.

Boris Sorkin cleared the weeds and raked the 100 and 150 meter berms.

Bill Wright repaired damaged targets.

There were eight LASC members at the work party.

NEXT REGULAR-SCHEDULED LASC WORK PARTY:
Saturday, March 2nd at 9am!

Remember, after the work party you can stay and practice!

 

March News Letter

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

January Wrap Up and Update for Club Members

Again, there was cold and wet shooting weather for the two-day match in February.  Sunday was so rainy that shooting had to stop early and many shooters did not get a chance to even shoot a match on Sunday.  Dan Hagerty and Eric King again made the trip down from up north for our match.  Dave and Patsy Silva made the trek from Yuma.  We missed seeing Faye and Jim, but hopefully they will be at the March match.  LASC again has a wonderful Saturday night dinner (thank you JR, Ramon, Patsy, Pam and Joe) in a warm club house.  

SUNDAY MORNINGS AT THE TWO-DAY MATCH

We now have a waffle maker.  Those shooters arriving before 9am will be treated to a waffle breakfast with all the trimmings.  Don’t miss out!

LASC NEEDS YOUR HELP 


for the
MAY WEST COAST REGIONAL LEVER-ACTION RIFLE MATCH

We only had one or two members respond to this request.  We really need more members who can step up and help run the match, log and track the scores, help with meals—lunches and dinners—as well as range prep for the day’s events.  Please help and support LASC so this is a successful event.  That frees up club members who want to participate and allows them to relax a little and shoot their best, as well as showing our guest shooters that we are a top notch match facility with active club membership.  Everything we do reflects back on LASC, including club members’ participation to keep things running smoothly.  Even if you can only participate for one or two days, any support is needed and appreciated to keep LASC‘s reputation in the forefront of silhouette facilities.  Please let Jerry Napier or JR know when you would like to volunteer and help.  We need help starting on May 1st to ensure the range is in tip top shape and all targets are set up.

GET YOUR ENTRY IN BY APRIL 5 !

EARLY ENTRIES GET A DISCOUNT!

APPLICATION FORM ATTACHED TO THE NEWSLETTER EMAIL

All those who are shooting the CRPA California State Match over Memorial Day Weekend at Hat Creek, can start their shooting odyssey at LASC in early May and hone their skills before the CRPA State Match.  This is the perfect way to test loads and get your “match mind set” going for the state championship.

In 2019, the CRPA California State Lever-Action Rifle Championships will be going to Hat Creek Rifle and Pistol Club in northern California over Memorial Day Weekend.  But, the match will return to LASC in 2020.  LASC looks to host the event on alternating years with Hat Creek up north to better serve shooters in both Northern and Southern California.  We are making this match a lead-up to the CRPA State Match so those shooters who really want to hone their rifle skills can start at our Regional Match and then head to the CRPA State Match at Hat Creek.

**MARCH – REMINDERS & NOTICES**

·       Jim Henry – We hope to see Jim at the match, at least for one day.  He and Faye were missed at the February match.

·       FRIDAYS RESERVED FOR LASC MEMBERS IN 2019:  The following Fridays in 2019 have been set aside so LASC club Members may use their range:  February 1; March 22; July 5; August 18; November 29; and December 27.  (If dates change or additional days become available, we will add them to this list.)  LASC is doing this to accommodate ASR’s need to rent our range during the year.  We hope that by 2020, all Fridays will be reserved exclusively for club members.

Until then, if any club member wants to check the possibility of LASC being available during the week, they must call the ASR office at (818) 899-2255 and speak to either Alex at extension 103 or Jeannette at extension 110.  They will be able to advise you of LASC availability, and if it is booked all day or only a partial day.
 

·       REMEMBER:  On non-match days when the LASC range is open for LASC Club members to use, they must ALWAYS check in at the ASR office, enter their name and the date on the LASC attendance roster, sign a release form and pay the ASR fee before going up to LASC to shoot.  (Some of you are not checking in!)
 

·       Lost and Found – If you believe you lost something at one of the matches, please check with Jerry Napier.  Anything found goes into the office. There is some interesting items we are accumulating…  
 

·       Don’t forget to sign a Release Form each time you shoot at LASC.  They are on the firing line or at the ASR office for non-match days.

LASC WORK PARTIES

by Dennis Robinson
February 2nd, 2019

The February work party was rained out.

NEXT REGULAR-SCHEDULED LASC WORK PARTY:
Saturday, April 6th at 9am!

Remember, after the work party you can stay and practice!

 

April News Letter

JOIN THE FUN!

MAY 3rd, 4th & 5th 2019

West Coast Regional

Lever-Action Rifle Match!

 

 

 

We are less than one month out from LASC’s West Coast Regional Match! 

GET YOUR ENTRY IN NOW !

ENTRIES RECEIVED BEFORE APRIL 15th GET A DISCOUNT!

APPLICATION FORM ATTACHED TO THE NEWSLETTER EMAIL

All those who are shooting the CRPA California State Match over Memorial Day Weekend at Hat Creek, can start their shooting odyssey at LASC in early May and hone their skills before the CRPA State Match.  This is the perfect way to test loads and get your “match mind set” going for the state championship.

In 2019, the CRPA California State Lever-Action Rifle Championships will be going to Hat Creek Rifle and Pistol Club in northern California over Memorial Day Weekend.  But, the match will return to LASC in 2020.  LASC looks to host the event on alternating years with Hat Creek up north to better serve shooters in both Northern and Southern California.  We are making this match a lead-up to the CRPA State Match so those shooters who really want to hone their rifle skills can start at our Regional Match and then head to the CRPA State Match at Hat Creek.

 

 

LASC MEMBERS - ATTENTION!

MAY WEST COAST REGIONAL LEVER-ACTION RIFLE MATCH

If you cannot shoot the match, please help and support LASC so this is a successful event.  That frees up club members who want to participate and allows them to relax a little and shoot their best, as well as showing our guest shooters that we are a top notch match facility with active club membership.  Even if you can only participate for one or two days, any support is needed and appreciated to keep LASC‘s reputation in the forefront of silhouette facilities.  Please let Jerry Napier or JR know when you would like to volunteer and help.  We need help starting on May 1st to ensure the range is in tip top shape and all targets are set up.

 

 

 

 

LASC ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP

Notice from the LASC Membership Chairman

The list of authorized members allowed to use the LASC Range that is in the Angeles Range Office has been updated. Please contact Dennis Robinson to pay your dues and reinstate your membership if you were removed from the list.

 

 

**APRIL – REMINDERS & NOTICES**

·       Jim Henry – We hope to see Jim at the match, at least for one day.  He and Faye were missed at the February match.

·       FRIDAYS RESERVED FOR LASC MEMBERS IN 2019:  The following Fridays in 2019 have been set aside so LASC club Members may use their range:  February 1; March 22; July 5; August 18; November 29; and December 27.  (If dates change or additional days become available, we will add them to this list.)  LASC is doing this to accommodate ASR’s need to rent our range during the year.  We hope that by 2020, all Fridays will be reserved exclusively for club members.

Until then, if any club member wants to check the possibility of LASC being available during the week, they must call the ASR office at (818) 899-2255 and speak to either Alex at extension 103 or Jeannette at extension 110.  They will be able to advise you of LASC availability, and if it is booked all day or only a partial day.

·       REMEMBER:  On non-match days when the LASC range is open for LASC Club members to use, they must ALWAYS check in at the ASR office, enter their name and the date on the LASC attendance roster, sign a release form and pay the ASR fee before going up to LASC to shoot.  (Some of you are not checking in!)

·       Lost and Found – If you believe you lost something at one of the matches, please check with Jerry Napier.  Anything found goes into the office. There is some interesting items we are accumulating… 

·       Don’t forget to sign a Release Form each time you shoot at LASC.  They are on the firing line or at the ASR office for non-match days.

 

 

LASC WORK PARTIES

 

by Dennis Robinson

March, 2019

The March work party was rained out.

NEXT REGULAR-SCHEDULED LASC WORK PARTY:

Saturday, April 6th at 9am!

Remember, after the work party you can stay and practice!

 

May News Letter

LASC NEWSLETTER

ANNOUNCMENTS, EVENTS &

APRIL MATCH REPORTS

This is going to be an abbreviated report because over the last weekend LASC hosted the regional lever-action match for three days.  Scores and details to follow in next month’s letter.  That left little time to do the May newsletter.  But we will catch up next month.

For those club members who did not shoot the match (why not????), the LASC Extravaganza is only 3 ½ months away!  Time to start thinking about your sight settings and what guns you will be shooting!!

 

This is my obligatory Rattlesnake Article because we are finding juveniles on the firing line area at

 

LASC:
SOUTHERN PACIFIC RATTLE

HABITAT  (YES, THEY ARE FOUND AT LASC)

These rattlesnakes live in a variety of areas including grasslands, mountain forests, coastal dunes, rocky deserts and hillsides, and agricultural fields. In the northern end of their range they spend the winter hibernating in rock crevices and ledges. Many individuals (sometimes hundreds) will gather together in “snake dens” to over-winter.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The thick body of Southern Pacific rattlesnakes ends in a short stubby tail. The rattles at the end of the tail are made up of a series of loosely jointed, dry, hollow segments of skin. Narrow ridged (keeled) scales cover the entire body. The large triangular head widens at the base. Fangs are contained in the front of the mouth. The neck is thin. Heat sensing pits are located on each side of the head. The pupils of the eyes are elliptical. The tail of young juveniles ends in a soft prebutton (an extra large scale) instead of a rattle. When the snakes shed their skin for the first time at one to two weeks after birth, another scale, the button, emerges. The button is the first segment of a rattlesnake’s rattle.

Most of these rattlesnakes blend into their surroundings due to their coloration. Although usually brown to olive-brown, they may be gray or a greenish tint. A thin brown, grey, or black stripe extends from the corner of each eye to the mouth, covers their eyes. Large, dark-rimmed spots of brown, olive, tan, grey, or black cover the back. The spots narrow into strips toward the tail. Very young snakes in this species usually have a bright yellow-green tail. Southern Pacific rattlesnakes found on Santa Catalina Island are usually almost completely black, lacking patterns.

SIZE

Adults are usually 75 to 100 cm (30 to 44 in) long. Some individuals grow to be over 135 cm (54 in) in length.

DIET

Rattlesnakes eat only when they are hungry. If their last meal was large, adults can go two weeks between meals. Juveniles usually eat once a week. Young snakes feed mostly on small lizards, while adults usually eat birds, lizards, snakes, frogs, insects, and small mammals, including mice, rats, rabbits, hares, and ground squirrels. (Adult California Ground Squirrels are immune to rattlesnake venom and will intensely confront any snake they feel to be a threat.)  Rattlesnakes usually are nocturnal hunters. One way that they track passing prey in the dark is by flicking their forked tongue in and out to pick up of ground odors that come from the potential meal. The smell is transmitted to organs in the roof of the mouth that connect to the brain. These snakes also catch a meal by hiding near their prey’s territory and ambushing it. Usually, one bite is enough to kill the victim before it can run or fly away.

BEHAVIOR

Since they are cold-blooded, rattlesnakes are only as warm or as cold as their environment. To maintain an ideal body temperature, rattlesnakes move into sunlight or shade throughout the day. By hunting and moving mostly at night, they avoid very warm daytime temperatures. Night hunting when the ambient temperature is cooler also allows their heat sensitivity to be at peak performance. Not active during cooler periods in winter.

CONSERVATION

Southern Pacific rattlesnakes are not listed as threatened or endangered either by the IUCN Red List or California Fish and Game. Unfortunately, due to increasing road construction and human ignorance, rattlesnakes are on the decline in almost every environment where they are found. Without these stealthy predators as a natural control, it the rodent population may increase threatening human food supplies and other wild flora and fauna.

Other than humans, rattlesnakes are commonly preyed on by birds of prey, coyotes, and Roadrunners, (Geococcyx californianus).

AMAZING FACTS

Much of our current-day technological advances in night-vision and heat seeking ability are a result, in part of research done on pit vipers such as the southern Pacific rattlesnake.

Southern Pacific rattlesnakes’ venom changes as they age. While the snakes are young, their venom is less potent and does not digest prey very quickly. As the snakes age and favor faster, harder to digest prey, the venom becomes stronger, adapting to the need to hunt larger and different prey to satisfy their appetites.

RATTLESNAKES IN CALIFORNIA

As springtime calls people and snakes alike to the outdoors, encounters with snakes become inevitable. California has a variety of snakes, most of which are benign. The exception is California’s only native venomous snake – the rattlesnake.

California rattlesnake species include the northern Pacific rattlesnake (in northern California), and the Western Diamondback, Sidewinder, Speckled rattlesnake, Red Diamond rattlesnake, Southern Pacific, Great Basin rattlesnake and the Mojave rattlesnake (all found in Southern California). Though rattlesnakes are dangerous if provoked, they also provide humans with a tremendous service they eat rodents, other reptiles, and insects, and are in turn eaten by other predators. In California where rattlesnakes are found from sea level to the inland prairies and desert areas and to the mountains at elevations of more than 10,000 feet, enjoying the outdoors means learning how to avoid contact with rattlesnakes.

Generally not aggressive, rattlesnakes strike when threatened or deliberately provoked, but given room they will retreat. Most snake bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally touched by someone walking or climbing. The majority of snakebites occur on the hands, feet and ankles.

Rattlesnakes can cause serious injury to humans on rare occasions. The California Poison Control Center notes that rattlesnakes account for more than 800 bites each year with one to two deaths. Most bites occur between the months of April and October when snakes and humans are most active outdoors. About 25 percent of the bites are “dry,” meaning no venom was injected, but the bites still require medical treatment.

The potential of running into a rattlesnake should not deter anyone from venturing outdoors, but there are several precautions that can be taken to lessen the chance of being bitten when out in snake country – which is just about anywhere in California.

DOS AND DON’TS IN SNAKE COUNTRY

First, know that rattlesnakes are not confined to rural areas. They have been found near urban areas, in river or lakeside parks, and at golf courses. Be aware that startled rattlesnakes may not rattle before striking defensively. There are several safety measures that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of startling a rattlesnake.

§  Never go barefoot or wear sandals when walking through wild areas. Wear hiking boots.

§  When hiking, stick to well-used trails and wear over-the-ankle boots and loose-fitting long pants. Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day.

§  Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see, and avoid wandering around in the dark. Step ON logs and rocks, never over them, and be especially careful when climbing rocks or gathering firewood. Check out stumps or logs before sitting down, and shake out sleeping bags before use.

§  Never grab “sticks” or “branches” while swimming in lakes and rivers. Rattlesnakes can swim.

§  Be careful when stepping over the doorstep as well. Snakes like to crawl along the edge of buildings where they are protected on one side.

§  Never hike alone. Always have someone with you who can assist in an emergency.

§  Do not handle a freshly killed snake, it can still inject venom.

§  Teach children early to respect snakes and to leave them alone. Children are naturally curious and will pick up snakes.

IS IT A RATTLESNAKE?

Many a useful and non-threatening snake has suffered a quick death from a frantic human who has mistakenly identified a gopher snake, garter, racer or other as a rattlesnake. This usually happens when a snake assumes an instinctual defensive position used to bluff adversaries. A gopher snake has the added unfortunate trait of imitating a rattlesnake by flattening its head and body, vibrating its tail, hissing and actually striking if approached too closely.

A rattlesnake is a heavy-bodied, blunt-tailed snake with one or more rattles on the tail. It has a triangular-shaped head, much broader at the back than at the front, and a distinct “neck” region. The rattlesnake also has openings between the nostrils and eyes, which is a heat-sensing pit. The eyes are hooded with elliptical pupils. Additional identifying characteristics include a series of dark and light bands near the tail, just before the rattles which are different from the markings on the rest of the body. Also note that rattles may not always be present, as they are often lost through breakage and are not always developed on the young.

WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A SNAKE BITE

Though uncommon, rattlesnake bites do occur, so have a plan in place for responding to any situation. Carry a portable phone, hike with a companion who can assist in an emergency, and make sure that family or friends know where you are going and when you will be checking in.

The first thing to do if bitten is to stay calm. Generally, the most serious effect of a rattlesnake bite to an adult is local tissue damage which needs to be treated. Children, because they are smaller, are in more danger if they are bitten. Get to a doctor as soon as possible, but stay calm. Frenetic, high-speed driving places the victim at greater risk of an accident and increased heart rate. If the doctor is more than 30 minutes away, keep the bite below the heart, and then try to get to the doctor as quickly as possible.

The California Poison Control Center advises:

§  Stay calm

§  Wash the bite area gently with soap and water

§  Remove watches, rings, etc, which may constrict swelling

§  Immobilize the affected area

§  Transport safely to the nearest medical facility

For more first aid information please visit California Poison Control.

 

June News Letter

WEST COAST LEVER ACTION REGIONAL

RESULTS AND WRAP-UP

 

The Match was a fun event and a great warm-up to the state championship up north.  While we had hoped for more shooters, there was a solid turnout and some interesting moments.  The weather was very cooperative with cool mornings, comfortable afternoons and evenings that were mild and relaxing.  Jerry and Joe had set up tables covered by Eazy Ups on the deck.  We could sit outside and enjoy the weather, scenery and conversation.  It was nice to connect with shooters who normally don’t visit our range on a regular basis. 

While there were some winds each day during the match, the Rifle caliber and Pistol caliber matches were mostly unaffected.  Scores were solid and there were no shoot-offs.  However, the Small Bore match on Sunday was definitely impacted by the slight winds.  Scores were a little low, and there was a shoot-off between AA shooters Dave Silva and Karen Bailey.  Dave beat Karen by two ram targets for a total of 54+3 to Karen’s 54+1. 

A Big Congratulations to

Tony Tello – Match Champion! 

He won the Master Class each day and posted the highest score with a 62 in Rifle Caliber, 60 in Pistol Cartridge and 58 in Small Bore. 

 

Congratulations to First Place LASC members:  Loren Greenwell, First Place AAA Rifle Caliber with 57 and First Place AAA Pistol Caliber with 57; and Steve Howard, First Place AAA Small Bore with 52.

If you didn’t make this year, why not?  Plan on next year when the California State Championship returns to LASC (we will confirm and announce the dates shortly).  Come out and support LASC even if you just have a good time.

A Special thanks goes to all those who helped us with the West Coast Regional Lever-Action Match:

v Dennis Ostler who designed and supplied LASC with the trophies for the match, bricks of .22 ammo for the raffle and photographed and downloaded all the fabulous photos of the event

 

v Ron Cottriel who loaned us target setters from ASR to help on the Friday match

 

v All the Target Setters who kept all chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams set for the entire three-day match:

–      THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

 

v Henry Repeating Arms who donated swag for us to raffle off to attending shooters

 

v LASC supporters and members Jeffrey Ye (he was a great line officer!), Somerset Waters (volunteer target setter), Gordon Hull, Val and Vicky Shaver who showed up and helped

 

v All the LASC chefs who prepared the lunches and dinners that kept us all including the target setters going for the three-day event:  Faye Henry, Pam Ray, Patsy Silva, Joyce Brown, and Joe Cadenas.   

And, a THANK YOU to all the shooters who attended the match and gave it their best. 

See a few pictures from the match at the end of this newsletter.  For the complete gallery of pictures, check out the website:

https://thebugfather.smugmug.com/2019-LASC-West-Coast-Lever-Action-Regional/n-CsS6Ps

Two BIG announcements this month:

The EXTRAVAGANZA! 

Friday Aug.30th thru Monday Sept. 2nd.

Come to LASC’s four-day feast of silhouette shooting.  All the guns you can shoot and three dinners over a four-day event for one fee.

Those who want to bring motorhomes, campers, trailers or just camp out can start arriving on Wednesday afternoon, August 28th.    The matches start on Friday, August 30th.

  ► The cost for the four-day event (all the guns you can shoot) and three nights of fantastic dinners is $80.

► Individual days can be purchased for $20 which covers all the guns you can shoot for the one day.  Meals will be an additional charge.

► Individual cards can be purchased for $10 if a shooter only wants to shoot one match.

► Dinners can be purchased each night for either $10 or $15, depending on the night’s menu. 

Those who want to bring motorhomes, campers, trailers or just camp out can start arriving on Wednesday, August 28th.    The matches start on Friday, August 30th.

DON’T MISS the BIGGEST CLUB EVENT OF THE YEAR!

 

*LASC ANNUAL MEETING*  

Saturday, October 12th - after the match about 4:30.  We will be including more information on the meeting in upcoming newsletters.  We must get business done so the club can continue to move ahead.  IF you can attend, LASC needs you there to weigh in on future projects.  If not, there will be information and a proxy form so the club can conduct business.  Please plan on attending.  As a member, your input is important!

 

July News Letter

EVENTS &

JUNE MATCH REPORTS

 

REMINDER:

ONLY TWO MORE BIG-BORE MATCHES—JULY and AUGUST—UNTIL

The EXTRAVAGANZA! 

 

LASC’S 

BIGGEST CLUB EVENT OF THE YEAR!

 

Friday Aug.30th thru Monday Sept. 2nd

Come to LASC’s four-day feast of silhouette shooting.  All the guns you can shoot and three dinners over a four-day event for one fee.

► The cost for the four-day event (all the guns you can shoot) and three nights of fantastic dinners is $80.

► Individual days can be purchased for $20 which covers all the guns you can shoot for that one day.  Meals will be an additional charge.

► Individual cards can be purchased for $10 if a shooter only wants to shoot one match.

► Dinners can be purchased each night for either $10 or $15, depending on the night’s menu. 

Those who want to stay at LASC and have motorhomes, campers, trailers or a tent out may start arriving on Wednesday, August 28th.  Practice starts on Thursday, August 29th and the matches start on Friday, August 30th.

**PRE-EVENT REGISTRATION BONUS:**  If you plan on attending the event and register before August 17th, you will receive additional raffle tickets for give-aways and other bonuses.  This early registration helps us determine the amount of supplies to purchase and allocation of camping area for those staying at LASC.  

 

So PLEASE pre-register and let us know you are coming!!

*LASC ANNUAL MEETING* 

Saturday, October 12th - after the match about 4:30.  We will be including more information on the meeting in upcoming newsletters.

We must get business done so the club can continue to move ahead.  IF you can attend, LASC needs you there to weigh in on future projects.  LASC MEMBERS WILL BE GIVEN   INFORMATION ABOUT PROXY FORMS!   

 

Please plan on attending.  As a member, your input is important!

**SPECIAL REQUEST OF LASC MEMBERS**

The club wants to put together a retrospective and history of the building and creation of LASC, and document past events at the club (such as National and International matches) so we have a pictorial record of LASC.  Since we lost pictures and documents in the fire, we are asking for club members who have photos or other documents to please share them with us.  Color copies of photos would be much appreciated.  Since the club was built in 1988 to the early ‘90’s, any photos of the different stages of the building (or even photos of the area before the building started) and events through the 1990’s would be appreciated.  We need the members who have been part of the club for years to dig deep into their archives.

With the re-building of the club since the fire, we really want to do something special in 2020!  

 

PLEASE let Karen Bailey know if you can contribute, and send anything to:  Samtrinakat@gmail.com

**JULY – REMINDERS & NOTICES**

SUNDAY MORNINGS (ONLY) AT THE TWO-DAY MATCH

We are making waffles for Sunday mornings to entice shooters to arrive early.  Come before 9am and partake in a waffle breakfast with all the trimmings.  Don’t miss out!

 

·       Jim Henry – Jim and Faye will be at the July match.  Will your guns be ready for the Extravaganza??

 

·       LASC MEMBERS:  FRIDAYS RESERVED FOR MEMBERS IN 2019:  The following Fridays in 2019 have been set aside so LASC club Members may use their range:  February 1; March 22; July 5; August 18; November 29; and December 27.  (If dates change or additional days become available, we will add them to this list.)  LASC is doing this to accommodate ASR’s need to rent our range during the year.  We hope that by 2020, all Fridays will be reserved exclusively for club members.

 

Until then, if any club member wants to check the possibility of LASC being available during the week, they must call the ASR office at (818) 899-2255 and speak to either Alex at extension 103 or Jeannette at extension 110.  They will be able to advise you of LASC availability, and if it is booked all day or only a partial day.

 

·       REMEMBER:  On Lever-Action or .22 match days if you do not attend the match and arrive at LASC post match activities or on non-match days, when LASC is open for members to use, they must ALWAYS check in at the ASR office, enter their name and the date on the LASC attendance roster, sign a release form and pay the ASR fee before going up to LASC to shoot.  WE MUST HAVE MEMBERS CHECK IN FOR INSURANCE REASONS AND TO TRACK LASC MEMBER USAGE.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

 

·       Lost and Found – If you believe you lost something at one of the matches, please check with Jerry Napier.  Anything found goes into the office. There is some interesting items we are accumulating…  

 

·       Don’t forget to sign a Release Form each time you shoot at LASC.  They are on the firing line or at the ASR office for times when members check in there.

LASC WORK PARTIES

 

by Dennis Robinson

July 2019

I have no report from Dennis.  So, I hope we can catch up in the next newsletter.

NEXT REGULAR-SCHEDULED LASC WORK PARTY:

Saturday, August 3rd at 9am!

Remember, after the work party you can stay and practice!

 

August News Letter

THE EXTRAVAGANZA 2019!

AT THE

LOS ANGELES SILHOUETTE CLUB

 

Friday Aug. 30th thru Monday Sept. 2nd

It’s almost here!  The four-day feast of silhouette shooting.  All the guns you can shoot and three dinners over a four-day event for one fee.

► The cost for the four-day event (all the guns you can shoot) and three nights of fantastic dinners is $80.

► Individual days can be purchased for $20 which covers all the guns you can shoot for that one day.  Meals will be an additional charge.

► Individual cards can be purchased for $10 if a shooter only wants to shoot one match.

► Dinners can be purchased each night for either $10 or $15, depending on the night’s menu. 

Those who want to stay at LASC and have motorhomes, campers, trailers or a tent out may start arriving on Wednesday, August 28th.  Practice starts on Thursday, August 29th and the matches start on Friday, August 30th.

 

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON COMING! 

This allows us to determine the amount of supplies to purchase and allocation of camping areas and hook-ups for those staying at LASC.  

So PLEASE send us an email!!

Send to jerrynapier@ca.rr.com with your name, date of arrival, number of participants, days of shooting, dinner nights requested and contact information.

The weather forecast for the Labor Day weekend looks to be really great:  High 80s to low 90s.  That means we can enjoy the comfortable evenings sitting outside and sharing great conversation with friends from afar who make the trek to our annual match.  We also now have an air conditioned clubhouse for those who want to cool off during the middle of the day.  Come to LASC and enjoy The Extravaganza!

 

October News Letter

ANNOUNCMENTS, EVENTS &

AUGUST MATCH REPORTS

___________________________________________________________

 

The Extravaganza report will be in the November newsletter.

*LASC ANNUAL MEETING*

Saturday, October 12th

After the match about 4:30.  We must get business done so the club can continue to move ahead. 

We need Members to attend.

Your input is important!

The positions of club President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer are open for nominations and will be voted on as well as club issues.

WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR OLD LASC PICTURES!

With the re-building of the club since the fire, we really want to do something special in 2020!   PLEASE let Karen Bailey know if you can contribute, and send anything to:  Samtrinakat@gmail.com

**OCTOBER – REMINDERS & NOTICES**

SUNDAY MORNINGS (ONLY) AT THE TWO-DAY MATCH

We are making waffles for Sunday mornings to entice shooters to arrive early.  Come before 9am and partake in a waffle breakfast with all the trimmings.  Don’t miss out!

 

·       Jim Henry – Jim will be there for your firearm needs

 

·       LASC MEMBERS:  FRIDAYS RESERVED FOR MEMBERS IN 2019:  The following Fridays in 2019 have been set aside so LASC club Members may use their range:  February 1; March 22; July 5; August 18; November 29; and December 27.  (If dates change or additional days become available, we will add them to this list.)  LASC is doing this to accommodate ASR’s need to rent our range during the year.  We hope that by 2020, all Fridays will be reserved exclusively for club members.

 

Until then, if any club member wants to check the possibility of LASC being available during the week, they must call the ASR office at (818) 899-2255 and speak to either Alex at extension 103 or Jeannette at extension 110.  They will be able to advise you of LASC availability, and if it is booked all day or only a partial day.

 

·       REMEMBER:  On Lever-Action or .22 match days if you do not attend the match and arrive at LASC post match activities or on non-match days, when LASC is open for members to use, they must ALWAYS check in at the ASR office, enter their name and the date on the LASC attendance roster, sign a release form and pay the ASR fee before going up to LASC to shoot.  WE MUST HAVE MEMBERS CHECK IN FOR INSURANCE REASONS AND TO TRACK LASC MEMBER USAGE.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

 

·       Lost and Found – If you believe you lost something at one of the matches, please check with Jerry Napier.  Anything found goes into the office. There is some interesting items we are accumulating…  

 

·       Don’t forget to sign a Release Form each time you shoot at LASC.  They are on the firing line or at the ASR office for times when members check in there.

 

November News Letter

 

December News Letter