USRA’s Defensive Handgun II was held at the Chillicothe Sportsmen’s club (in Il) this past Saturday, October 1st.
Great class and great weather equal super range time!
Here are some prep and in action photos
US Rifleman’s Association Meeting
6:00pm Aug 9, 2016
Chili’s Bar and Grill, Aurora, IL
Treasurer – Reviewed balances of association’s checking, savings, and PayPal accounts.
Secretary – No comments on minutes from May meeting
Promotions – Dave B – Oct Def HG2, Nov Tac Carbine2
Instructor Training/Recruiting – Gravy presented the Instructor Development document Rev 8/8/16, 2 pages plus a training log example. Provides a 4-step procedure for becoming a USRA instructor including an Instructor In Training phase. Will be send around for comment.
1 Shoot reports:
a. NRA Youth Hunter Education event Richmond, IL Friday June 3: Lot of fun, 150 kids. 5 stations. Tough to man on a weekday. They used our gear for rifle, with Fred & Karl leading the shotgun station for young kids.
b. IL Def Handgun I. Chilicothe. Sat May 14th. Had 8 students.
c. Tact Carbine I. July 30th 15 students. Hard to instruct from memory when we only instruct 1-2 times per year.
2 Tactical Carbine II COF. Will be worked on after Defensive HG II COF [Doug]. Refine at boot camp.
3 Tactical Carbine I COF . More than just the cheat sheet. Karl S will send out draft for review and feedback.
4 NRA grant application. [Dave] Application is open. Due Dec1 for northern IL. Need EIN, Not-for-profit info, financials. Application includes what our org has done, what we want. Would be good to tie to youth shoots like the one in Richmond.
5 IL Range Dates:
a. Aurora Sportsman Club – need to contact Nancy
b. Buffalo Range Shooting Park, Ottawa – NO GO. They are using Appleseed.
c. Boot Camp Sun Oct 16-Sat Oct 22
d. Chilicothe- [Steve S], Def HG2 Oct1, Tac Carb2 Nov 6
e. Durand- [Doug] Sold. Pecatonica??
f. ISRA- [Berg] No update.
g. Pontiac – plan for 2017. Range more receptive to hand gun.
6 Def Handgun II COF—Reviewed at May meeting.
1. At boot camp, review offering class discounts for couples..spouse shoots for ½ price.
2. Boot camp:
a. Reviewed proposed menu for boot camp. Looked good.
b. Start thinking about how many events we want for 2017. We now have 5 courses we can offer with American Marksman.
c. What are instructors’ availability and capacity?
d. Karl would like lead instructors to step up and own a range, like Steve does for Chili. Not burn anyone out.
e. Sunday memorial, spread Guy’s ashes
f. Reviewed “42” patch design for Guy. Not much interest in patches. Would rather include a “42” memorial on our USRA t-shirts.
g. Need to check inventory of red (instructor) and tan USRA shirts. Ed to contact Eel. Also on patches and hats.
h. Can we offer a performance poly shirt as opposed to the cotton?
i. $190 for members, $250 for non-members. Includes a meal plan.
j. Reviewed Boot Camp schedule
– Add course Def HG2 on thur
– Split out competition day over two days Wed & Fri
– Ask Mike Royal about bowling ball cannon and Tuler drill
– Special events: bird house demo? Can someone lead a 3 gun drill? Night shoot – doesn’t 1 Shepard shoot at night?
Next Meeting: Tuesday September 13th, 6:00pm, Chili’s Bar and Grill, Aurora, IL
Location: Chili’s in Aurora
Review and vote to adopt Def Handgun II course
NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge
How to best memorialize Guy
A founding member of the USRA, a husband, a father and a friend to many passed away Saturday Morning April 16th after a long fight with PSC. Chris “Guy” Gibb would have been 42 Today Monday April 18th. Guy inspired hundreds, perhaps thousands, to be better citizens, better riflemen and better people. His unique style of instructing, along with his personality, made him a person you wanted to get to know better and to call your friend. He will be missed.
A memorial service will be held Saturday April 23rd at:
224 S. Margaret St.
Piper City, IL 60959
From 1:00-3:00PM with the service starting at 3:00PM. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Those that are not able to attend but would like to share a memory about Guy to be read at the service please send those to either Chris Midkiff or to HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure they get there.
Information will be available soon and will be provided if you wish to make a donation on Guy’s behalf to fight PSC (Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis)
Please take a moment to consider becoming an organ donor. Each day, an average of 79 people receive organ transplants. However, an average of 22 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs. People of every age give and receive organ donations. In Illinois you can become an organ donor at the Secretary of State’s office or go on line to HYPERLINK “https://www.ilsos.gov/organdonorregister/” https://www.ilsos.gov/organdonorregister/
US Rifleman’s Association Meeting Minutes
6:00pm April 5, 2016
Chili’s Bar and Grill, Aurora, IL
Cherie and Karl Schweitzer, Kyle Stambler, Ron Berg, Shane Thurston, Chris Graves, Dave Blaskey, Doug Fink
-Meeting with Steve S completed last month for turnover
-Reviewed balance of bank and PayPal account
NRA Youth Hunter Education event Friday June 3 at Richmond Hunting Club in Richmond, IL 8:30-4:30. Looking for volunteers and loaner rifles. Contact Terry or Fred. See 3/8/16 USRA Meeting minutes for more details.
April 16 USRA Instructor shoot at Pontiac, IL. Open to instructors and potential-instructors. Not open to public. Post on closed group page?
Adding Ron Berg as a second USRA web site admin
Tactical Rifle II COF will be worked on after Defensive HG II COF.
Karl S working on building out the Tactical Rifle I COF, more than just the cheat sheet. Karl S will send out draft.
Clarification on Youth Shoot ammo. USRA procured ammo last year for a shoot. We will use it for August youth shoot in Durand. At the March 2016 meeting the group decided to donate $300 (or $300 in ammo) to Richmond Hunt Club for their youth shoot. Note: NRA grant application due in November.
Reviewed draft course of fire for USRA Defensive Handgun II course. Debated several specific COF items including addressing any potential safety scenarios, types of drills and how to tie everything we learned that day into the “Grand Finale”
Buffalo Range Shooting Park, Ottawa—someone working on shoot dates? Could be added to current shoot schedule
Discussed individuals including a donation in cards for Guy or passing the hat (like we did for Bruce S) at the instructor shoot. Possible for USRA to donate meals for Guy and his family? Doug F going to check with local contact
How can IL Team support MO Team? Recommend taking advantage of web forums and posts for advertisements.
Next Meeting: 6:00pm Tuesday May 3rd, Chili’s in Aurora, IL
Spring is in the air and classes are getting arranged for you!
Registration will be possible soon. . .
Two new dates so far:
May 14 – Introduction to Defensive Handgun
October 1 – TBA
Keep checking back to see when and where you can join the fun!
USRA Board Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Time: 6 pm
1290 N. Orchard Rd.
USRA Meeting 3/8/16
Karl Schweitzer, Cherie Schweitzer, Ron Berg, Kyle Stambler, Dave Blaskey
2016 Shoot Dates
Steve S. attending Chillicothe board meeting 3/8/16 to confirm class dates.
Dates are on website (approved by Thor)
Gave balances as of 1/31/16
Meeting set for Sat. 3/19/16
Steve S., Karl, & Cherie
Review previous data and hand off Treasurer info.
Ammo purchase for youth shoots
Ron Berg to get application to Karl
Approval to spend up to $300 for youth shoot ammo
Grant Application for IL must be submitted by November each year for the following year
NRA Youth Hunters Education Challenge (NRA YHEC)
Richmond, IL: Friday 6/3/16 (Richmond Hunting Club)
Request for assistance:
Volunteers to help out at event
Rifles for the youths to use
Reach out to Ron, Fred, Terry for more information / volunteer sign up
Melissa Martin is the Coordinator for the event. She can be reached @ 847-931-0698. E-mail: email@example.com
Karl handed out Tac I Cheat Sheet & Defense Handgun II rough draft
Karl to turn Tac I Cheat Sheet into a COF
Karl to work with Doug to create COF for Tac II
Defensive Handgun II
Need to figure out specifically what is to be accomplished
Course focus suggestions:
Grip/Stance – importance stance factors when moving & in different positions
Moving around / become more comfortable moving around
Shoot from cover / take a knee
Karl to incorporate revisions provided and resend to instructor group.
Practice run of the COF will occur at the 4/16/16 Pontiac IL event (see NRA RSO class below)
NRA RSO Class – Saturday 4/16/16
Pontiac Sportsman’s Club; Pontiac, IL
Contact Fred or Terry for more information / sign up
Plan to use the 50-yard range for a practice run on the Defensive Handgun II COF
Next Meeting: Tuesday 4/5/16
USRA Board Meeting
When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 6 pm
1290 N. Orchard Rd
USRA Meeting 2/9/16
Bill Essling, Karl Schweitzer, Cherie Schweitzer, Chris Graves, Ron Berg, Fred Gebbia, Justin Anderson, Doug Finke, Ed Schuhl, Kyle Stambler, Mike Kleymann, Dave Blaskey
Tactical Carbine I and II
Need to put COF on paper
To Do: Doug and Karl
Defensive Handgun II – Potential Topics
More focus on precision
Better form & hand holds
Smaller shot groups
Better marksmanship to improve speed
Karl to create rough draft COF document
Shoot Schedule 2016
Prefer to have less quantity of shoots to ensure full classes
Only one shoot per calendar day in IL
Shoot Locations 2016
Steve Schnurbusch to look for 3 dates
Need 1 youth shoot
Consider 4 hour session, so can hold 2 sessions in one day (AM /PM)
Six shoots in 2016, tentatively:
Tactical Carbine I – 2 classes
Tactical Carbine II – 1 class
Defensive Handgun I – 2 classes
Defensive Handgun II – 1 class
4/9/16 RSO Class
Fred to inquire about range usage
Try to hold at least 1 class there to keep range relations active
Ron Berg to handle communications
4H State Shoot – Bloomington
Doug is asking everyone to consider helping in any capacity
Eight dates tentative, run by Eric Anderson
Bill E. to confirm / Ginger can put up on calendar
Remain with Dale in 2016 as Website Maintainer
Need photos / media to post to website
Need to update COF info
Can the website be used to track membership?
Ron Berg to look into Go Daddy options
Promotions will only be done online
Dave Blaskey is to be the Director of Online Promotions
Ron Berg – Invited by NRA to become a NRA Training Counselor
Ron to look into training dates that he may attend
USRA to consider some form of sponsorship / support
12/31/2015 Balances were read at meeting. Balances available for inquiry:
Due workplace policies, Cherie Schweitzer cannot accept the position
Bill Essling has been voted in as the new Treasurer
Instructor Training / Recruiting
Gravy – to be the czar of Instructor Development, creating a path to Instruction
Bill is renewing the membership
Range Assistance (motioned & approved):
Missouri (Thor) $500
Durand (Kenny) $350
Are up to date
IGOLD reminder: is being held on 4/6/16
Boot Camp class suggestion: Personal Self Defense
Personal pressure points
Traps, blocks & locks
Facebook / Twitter
Reminder: no ‘gun sales’ info on USRA
Utilize Twitter to notify public of upcoming events
Next Meeting: Tuesday 3/8/16