Newsletter May 2014


SRRPC Newsletter 05/01/2014

Savannah River Rifle and Pistol Club
P.O. Box 5337
Aiken, SC 29804

NRA # C7072 CMP # 037002

April 27, 2014 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President, Jim Samsel. Officers present were Jim Samsel, Joe Podesta, George Laverick, Roger Ward, and David Nichols.

Several members were present in addition to the officers.


The minutes of the March 23, 2014 Executive Committee meeting were read by George Laverick. The minutes were accepted with minor corrections.

Treasurer's Report

The Treasurers report was given by Roger Ward.

Range Report

David Nichols reported that he has the materials to repair the water system, and plans to do so the next Saturday.

Range Committee

The Range committee met the week following the last Executive Committee meeting. A decision was made to postpone any activity on the 300 yard range. Primary reason was safety, specifically that members headed down range to set targets would be out of sight of the firing line. If another member were to arrive at the firing line he might start shooting thinking no one was there. While it MAY be possible to install a foolproof system to prevent firing whenever someone is down range, the cost of such as system would be extremely expensive.

A letter from the concerned neighbor regarding communication issues between the Club and the neighbor was read by Joe Podesta along with his response to the letter.

Armorers Report

Since the Armorer was not present, no report was available.

Old Business

The popper targets have been ordered, and two of the four have been received. Roger Ward has been in contact with the seller about the plate rack, but it is not yet on order.

George Laverick has received three quotes to install chain link fence along the road frontage at the range. He recommended that we disregard the lowest quote since the bidder quoted based on footage only without actually visiting the range. The other two quotes we quite close to each other. A discussion was held about clearing brush, trees, etc. on either side of the fence. Both contractors basically quoted minimal clearing to be able to get their equipment in to do the installation. Jim Samsel felt there should be a cleared area of about four feet on each side of the fence so it could be periodically mowed. It was decided that George Laverick would schedule a visit to the range with the other officers to decide exactly what we want to do before going back to the contractors for a re-quote.

Jim Samsel will contact the owners of the “triangle” to see if they are interested in selling it to the club and at what price. This would affect where the fence would be run.

George Laverick presented a proposal to change the general range rules to deal with the issue of automatic weapons fire raised by our neighbor as well as with use of “heavy” weapons at the range. The recommended changes are as follows, and members are asked to comment before the next Executive Committee meeting:


  2. No armor piercing, explosive or incendiary ammunition may be used on the club's ranges. No .50 BMG caliber or larger ammunition may be used without special approval bythe Executive Committee (This does not prohibit the use of muzzle loading firearms of greater than .50 caliber.).


  2. No armor piercing, explosive or incendiary ammunition may be used on the club's ranges. No ammunition shall be used which has a muzzle energy greater than 4000 ft-lbs.


9 Automatic weapons are permitted on the range provided all other rules are adhered to.


9 Automatic weapons are permitted on the range provided that the member has a copy of the approved “Form 4” (ATF F 5320.4) for the weapon on file with the club and all other rules are adhered to. “Bump Fire” or similar devices or methods are NOT permitted for safety reasons.

George Laverick reported that the modem has been installed at the gate. There were some startup problems, but he has successfully uploaded information to the gate controller using the modem.

New Business

Members have suggested various projects they would like to see the club undertake.

The list is below. What is needed now is for members to volunteer to be responsible for one or more projects. (Note that the member does not necessarily have to do the work themselves. They can recruit other members to help or the Executive Committee is willing to allocate funds to hire outside contractors where needed.)

 Another pistol range falling plate similar to or identical to the present one. (Money has already been allocated, but someone is needed to manage the installation.)

 Replacement “popper” targets for the left side of the rifle range. (On order.)

 Design and installation of overhead baffles on both pistol ranges to prevent rounds from going over the backstop berm.

 Chain Link fencing along road frontage of SRRPC property. (George Laverick is managing this but is willing to accept help.)

 Reinstall steel silhouette target on right pistol range in the center of the rear berm.

 Additional steel targets for pistol range.

 Additional steel targets for rifle range.

 Replace target mounting net on rifle range.

 Yardage markers for the pistol ranges.

 Replacement of RR tie backstops on rifle range.

 Replacement of RR tie backstops on pistol ranges.

 Design and installation of steel permanent target stands (at 15, 25, and 50 yds) on pistol ranges.

 Demolition and removal of old outhouses including backfilling.

 Removal and disposal of old burning barrels.

One of the members present noted that the roofing was coming loose from the firing line on the rifle range. David Nichols will address the issue on his next visit to the range.

We have received a membership application from an ADPS officer. However, the club is currently at the maximum number of members (350) set by the executive committee. A motion was made and passed to waive the membership limit for new member applications for Current Certified law enforcement officers, in the employment of federal, local or state government and serving in South Carolina.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:42PM.

The next Executive Committee meeting will be held May 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the ADPS Indoor Range, 240 Dupont Dr., Aiken.


George Laverick, Secretary

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