ATTENTION DESOTO GUN CLUB MEMBERS
Desoto Gun Club Inc. is now open. Hurricane Irma left the ranges in need of repairs. Much of the work has been completed, but there is still lots to be done. You may encounter inconveniences due to repair work. We ask for your understanding and patience until all necessary work is completed. Scheduled work will take priority over recreational shooting.
The next scheduled membership meeting will be held on Sunday December 17, 2017. If your membership expired during the month of September, 2017 you will be granted a grace period until the December membership date. At that time all members in question should please verify that their membership is current if they desire to continue to use the ranges.
MAILING IN DGC MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT IF YOU CHOOSE TO MAIL IN YOUR DGC MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL IT WILL NOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL THE NEXT REGULAR SCHEDULED MEMBERSHIP DAY AFTER WE RECEIVE YOUR RENEWAL.
MEMBERSHIPS ARE PROCESSED 4 TIMES PER YEAR ONLY: MARCH, JUNE, SEPTEMBER, DECEMBER. SO IF YOU MAIL IN YOUR RENEWAL DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL, IT WILL NOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL JUNE.
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NOTICE TO ALL DGC MEMBERS
RECENLTY WE HAVE HAD INDIVIDUALS INSIDE OF OUR GATE & ON RANGES THAT WERE NOT MEMBERS OR “GUESTS”. THIS HAS HAPPENED ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION. WE ARE ASKING ALL DGC MEMBERS TO BE AWARE OF SUCH AND REPORT ANY PERSONS THAT ARE KNOWN TO BE USING THE RANGES WHILE NOT BEING A MEMBER OR A “GUEST” AS DEFINED IN THE DGC MEMBER HANDBOOK.
WE ASK ALSO THAT YOU DO NOT PERMIT ANOTHER VEHICLE THAT MAY BE FOLLOWING YOU TO ENTER THROUGH THE GATE UNLESS YOU SPECIFICALLY KNOW THAT PERSON(S) IS IN FACT A CURRENT DGC MEMBER. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE HAS A DGC MEMBERSHIP BADGE DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEIR MEMBERSHIP IS CURRENT. THERE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE NOT PAID THEIR DUES INTENTIONALLY, AND THOSE TOO WHO MAY HAVE UNINTENTIONALLY NOT PAID DUES, OR SUBMITTED THEIR RENEWAL LATE, THUS THEIR MEMBERSHIP WILL NOT BE CURRENT. SOME MEMBERS MAY HAVE HAD THEIR GATE CODE DEACTIVATED BY DGC FOR VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY ISSUES, ETC. THUS PREVENTING THEM FROM ACCESSING DGC PROPERTY. IF YOU SHOULD ENCOUNTER AN INDIVIDUAL AT THE GATE WHO CLAIMS HE/SHE IS A MEMBER BUT THEIR CODE WILL NOT WORK DO NOT GRANT THEM ACCESS. PLEASE ADVISE SUCH INDIVIDUALS THAT THEY MUST CONTACT DGC VIA EMAIL THROUGH THE LINKS PROVIDED AT THE CLUB’S WEB SITE, AND THEIR SITUATION WILL BE LOOKED INTO.
AS A FINAL REMINDER TO EVERYBODY, IF YOU ARE FOUND TO HAVE GRANTED ACCESS TO ANYBODY NOT IN POSSESSION OF A CURRENT DGC MEMBERSHIP YOU WILL BE HELD LIABLE FOR THAT ACTION.
Important notices regarding range use at DGC
As of late we have had repeated requests to use “bump fire stocks” on the ranges. By decision of the Desoto Gun Club, Inc. Board of Directors, ANYTHING that simulates ANY firearm to automatic arte of fire is strictly prohibited on ANY range EXCEPT the “containment range”. This will however require prior approval and a special membership badge along with at least one full year of safe, incident free membership. ANYBODY caught in the use of any device or techniques to simulate full automatic rate of fire out of the containment range & without prior approval will have their membership revoked immediately.
Due to the risks involved NO TRACER / INCENDIARY ammo of ANY kind may be shot on Desoto Gun Club, Inc. property at ANY time,,,, NEVER! The use of such poses high risks that Desoto Gun Club, Inc. can’t take due to fire hazards. ANYBODY caught in the use of these items will have their membership revoked immediately.
No “exploding targets” of ANY sort are permitted to be used on ANY of the ranges,,,NEVER! Again, the fire risks associated with such are too great.
We ask all members to exercise extreme caution when choosing to shoot at anything but typical paper targets. Aerosol paint cans are NOT a good target idea. Please remember than an “empty” propane tank containing only fumes has equal exploding power to 5 sticks of dynamite (information courtesy of the local fire inspector). Obviously a “target” of this nature would be prohibited. USE CAUTION please!
NOTICE TO ALL DGC MEMBERS
Our Ranges are provided on occasion to law enforcement for training & qualification purposes & these events remain scheduled on the DGC web calendar. The real reason they are posted there is NOT so a few of you can come a runnin to horde all the free brass, but rather as a note to members who may choose to avoid such & use the ranges on another day.
First off, when Desoto County Sheriffs or any other law enforcement department folks are using the ranges they are to be left alone. They Are NOT there for free legal consultation or to listen to stories about when you were a cop back in ’65. Their limited time to train is valuable and they wish to NOT be disturbed.
Secondly, Desoto Gun Club, Inc. will NOT tolerate ANY forms of possessive or aggressive behavior when it comes to collecting the brass left behind by the law enforcement departments. Phone calls have been made and emails have been sent to us regarding the embarrassing fact that some of you want us to stop posting law enforcement usage dates on the web calendar so nobody else gets your brass. There are those of you too, who are lined up with rakes and buckets in hand, waiting for the very second you can do a mad dash downrange to collect these free treasures that belong only to you. If you are visiting DGC ranges to ONLY collect brass, please stay home!
ANYBODY caught or reported, displaying aggressive or possessive behavior over the brass will have their membership revoked immediately. There simply & safely is NO place on ANY firing lines for these types of attitudes. If these attitudes tend to persist, all DGC member access codes will be turned off during these times & the law enforcement departments will be advised to bring their own personnel to clean up and remove ALL brass from the ranges as was customary in the past.
Thank you to all members who have read this. Please pass the word along.
New shooters: before you get to the range
When taking a new shooter to the range there are a variety of items that should be covered before they get into a situation involving real guns with live ammunition in them. At the range it is a good idea to try to start every new shooter off with a “talking to” and a blue gun ( solid plastic training handgun that won’t go bang),,,,if not available, do so with a “safe gun” meaning it is unloaded, before taking them onto a “hot” range with live firearms.
The first thing new shooters need to hear is the four rules of gun safety, and how the four rules apply to the range they are about to be on.
Rule 1: All guns are always loaded. This means we don’t want anyone behind the firing line with an “unloaded” gun. Keep it on the firing line unless it’s in the case, because trust me, it’s loaded, and no one wants anyone with a gun wandering around behind them. Approach & leave the firing lines with all firearms “safe”. If a gun is NOT cased, it is to be carried, muzzle up, action open, and chamber empty, until it is placed safely into the shooter’s vehicle. If you arrive at a firing line with a gun bag, please remove & replace all guns in the bag on the firing line, and not behind the firing line.
Rule 2: Don’t point your gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy.That means keep it down range. No matter what happens the firearm should not be pointed at the floor, the roof, the shooting tables & benches, or anything besides the dirt berm. Keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction also applies to uncasing/casing any firearm.
Rule 3: Keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are on the target. Keep your finger indexed, parallel to the barrel, until the gun is up, sighted in and you are ready to break the shot. This will also include times during loading & unloading. Generally speaking, fingers do NOT go on the trigger until we want the gun to go bang.
Rule 4: Know your target and what is beyond it. Paper doesn’t stop bullets. Your bullet will travel beyond the target and hopefully hit the dirt berm. Keep an eye on your angle of trajectory and keep your aim aligned so the bullet will impact the REAR BERM. Shots that “skip” off the ground are NOT acceptable.
The next thing I like to do with new shooters is go over basic stance and grip. Nothing fancy, just “hold the gun safely”, and “stand safely”. We want everyone to have a safe and fun shooting experience. Many people are nervous and very excited so they have a difficult time focusing (and hearing) once on the range, the more instruction you have heard ahead of time the better.
NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, Desoto Gun Club, Inc.