We are on track to have the biggest gun show ever in Flathead Valley. There will be the usual outstanding selection of firearms, ammo and accessories, and you can also try your hand at the shooting simulator provided by the Women’s Firearm Academy. If collectibles get you buzzing, check out Ed Luke’s outstanding display. He will surprise us with a sample of his collection. You will also get a chance to see the late Austin Monk’s antique Winchester and Remington collection. Renowned gun writer Mike Venturino will have a table at the show, so stop by and chat. If that’s not enough you get a chance to win a door prize each day you participate in the show.
Flathead County Fairgrounds – Trade Center Building
Friday 12 to 6 Saturday 9 to 6 Sunday 9 to 2
$5 per day $10 all three days Child with adult free
Contact: David Mosby 406-471-0972 Hosted by Northwest Montana Arms Collectors Association, a Montana non-profit for the benefit of the Les Bauska Underground Target Range
Yep! we were 21% busier in 2017 compared to 2016. That hardly means we are overwhelmed with shooters at the range. The average visits to the range per day is 5.25 shooters which hardly causes a line at the door. This average is up from 4.33 shooters in 2016. Coincidentally, membership is also up 21% from 241 to 292. In 2016 membership was up 88% but range usage was only up 53%.
We all have different agendas when we come to shoot. Some like to visit with others while many just want to burn a box and go. You will see some trends in the statistics that will help you best achieve your time goals. Don’t let Tuesday trick you. The range is closed every Tuesday between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. for cleaning. So pick the best day and time and enjoy. Make sure to check the calendar on the “Shooting Range” page of our website (www.nwmaca.wordpress.com) to see if there are any closures when you want to shoot.
There are some of us that have grown up doing their best to figure out everything around us. We have stuck nails in electrical outlets, jumped off roofs and ventured into into this world with little thought of the consequences.
On behalf of American Electric I would like to assure you that there are no operator friendly switches or parts other than the green on/off switch and the distance selector. Everything else you may encounter with the system is designed to either re-calibrate the system or perform an emergency shut down. Once the emergency shut down is engaged (the lever that hangs down alongside of the H-beam) the system is inoperable. The only thing you should do when this happens is press the red off button and call Corky. The light will stay on, so don’t try to turn it off.
I know this is a lot to ask you plug punchers and roof jumpers, but it is a quick electronic fix to get the system operational. We have thousands of dollars invested in the electronics. Please leave the electronics to the professionals.
More to come on the monitor for the cameras.
At long last we are open for shooters on the new 100 yard rifle lane. An orientation has been deemed unnecessary. Due to the long delays an open house seems anti-climatic. The operation is by the most conservative description…idiot proof. So when you are shooting this is what you see.
Off to the right is the green and red Start and Stop Buttons. The yardage selector is directly overhead on the red beam face. The instructions are posted on the door to your right.
To all NWMACA members:
Greetings! My name is Bubba Gray and I am the Secretary of the gun club. Many of you know me through the club and through the gun shows. For those of you who do not, I have been associated with the gun club for several years now. When I first became a member and began to be involved with gun club activities, the Les Bauska Range was very much in a state of disrepair. While this was no one person’s fault, several of us decided it was time to take action and under President Mosby’s leadership some fantastic improvements have been made. I feel that we now have a facility we can be proud of, however those improvements have come with a price tag.
In the past several years we have rebuilt the bullet trap in the pistol range, we have rebuilt the trap in the .22 range, and we have completed numerous other projects to improve our facility. One of our most important projects, and our most expensive, has been the installation of a new one hundred yard rifle tube. It was a very necessary expenditure and one we all feel will benefit members for years to come. While we planned carefully and budgeted accordingly, many design changes and improvements became obvious as the project progressed leaving us about $13,000 over budget.
This is where you can help. When you pay your dues, or even if you have already paid your dues, any donation you can make will be recognized and greatly appreciated. Our responsibility to our future generations is to pass down a legacy that protects our Second Amendment rights, which we all know have been under attack for a very long time. NWMACA and the Les Bauska Underground Gun Range is a shining beacon in the Flathead Valley for that most sacred cause. With your help, we can keep it that way.
Bubba Gray, Secretary
Northwest Montana Arms Collectors Association
I was just informed by Facebook that they rejected our ad for the upcoming gun show Sept 8, 9, 10 after originally approving the ad and running it for a week. The ability to share ideas, events and even the most trivial personal experience on the website is wonderful. The sad part is how the management at Facebook get to determine which ideas and events are acceptable. Smacks of KGB level oversight. I guess I should be grateful we don’t yet have the Gulag here in the Land of the Free.
Excavation is complete and setting culverts is nearing completion. We had to close the two 50 yard shooting lanes while we work in the 50 yard bunker. Hope to have the left hand 50 yard tube temporarily open soon. We will have to close it down again when we start the electrical and target carrier installation.