The Coalfield Shooters Association finally has its membership cards available and is celebrating with a sporting clays shooting event this weekend.
“I went to Walmart yesterday and picked up ten boxes of sporting clays,” President Roger Ramey said on Wednesday at the June CSA meeting. “We have 900 clay birds to shoot up, and we have plans to order more.”
Ramey said a throwing machine and back up will also be available for the event taking place this Sunday, June 17, running from 1-4 p.m. at the field off Gaston Caperton Drive on U.S. 119. The group will also have an impromptu meeting at 11 a.m. at the range.
Ramey also had several stacks of membership cards ready and he and Daniel Adkins discussed the idea of putting membership applications online. The group currently has a facebook page with pictures from events and videos.
“If we had applications available online, people could print them out, fill them out and get them back to us,” noted Adkins, who works at B&B Loans on Stratton Street. The store is the unofficial home to the group through the week, and the organization has monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at Logan City Hall. Members discussed the possibility of changing locations, but Ramey noted from experience
“When you move around, or change dates, your members lose track of you,” said Ramey. Ramey is a longtime member of and former president of the Kiwanis Club of Logan as well as a competitive shooter who has participated in many national events.
Ramey said Mike Beckett with the Logan Fire Department had made some steel targets for the group, which may be utilized at the next combat shooting match instead of bowling pins. Ramey noted non members are welcome to compete in CSA matches.
“You can pay a $10 entry fee per run,” said Secretary Jim Morrison who works at Logan Bank and Trust.
Ramey noted the sporting clays event on Sunday will be $5 per run, but that rate may increase later to help pay for expenses. Ramey said a one-year membership in the CSA covers a shooter’s immediate family. Memberships are $125 per year, however new members coming into the group right now can receive a pro-rated membership at $115.
Members discussed the format for upcoming events, including a possible two or three stage match utilizing dynamic tactical shooting scenarios, and possibly having a scenario featuring live fire from an automobile.
“It will be revolver neutral,” Ramey said, explaining that the course would require each shooter to reload their handgun after six rounds.
“That makes it a level playing field for newcomers to competitive shooting who may not have a semi-automatic pistol,” Daniel Adkins said, explaining that many people may prefer to shoot revolvers or only have inherited an old service type revolver from a parent.
“I want to be the first guy to shoot through the windshield,” said Morrison, who is one of two revolver or “Wheelgun” enthusiasts in the group.
“We have United States Practical Shooting Association targets for our next action shooting match,” Ramey added. “In October we will have a Zombie Shoot for Halloween, with special Zombie targets.”
Following the Sporting Clays shotgun match on June 17, the club’s next match will be on July the 7th.
Following the meeting, Ramey, Morrison and J.D. “Big Jim” Charles discussed different types of aftermarket revolver grips. Both Ramey and Charles noted that some of the best aftermarket handgun stocks of all time are no longer made — the old Pachmayer Bill Jordon grips and the Safariland finger grooved combat grips.