Chillicothe Sportsmen’s

Club News May 2008





GUEST POLICY:  1) If you bring a guest to the Range, YOU MUST REMAIN ON THE RANGE BEING USED BY THE GUEST.  This is to protect the Club in the unlikely event of a problem.

2) When NON-MEMBERS come to participate in an event, they CANNOT use any of the other Ranges before or after participating in the event they came to participate in.


Reminder:  ATV’s, Dirt-Bikes, etc., ARE NOT permitted to be used on any of the Club Grounds.  DO NOT bring them for your children to use while you are using any of the Ranges.


SPECIAL INDOOR RANGE CLEANUP:  Saturday, May 10, 2008, 9AM.  We will also be washing the walls, cleaning out the lead from the backstop, cleaning the shooting stations.  Any & All help will be greatly appreciated.  Questions – contact Bob Bjerke @ (309) 692-1800.


E-MAIL ADDRESS CHANGES:  Some of us have changed or will be changing our e-mail address.  Please notify Tim Vik, our Club Webmaster,  if yours has changed.  This will be especially important to the INSIGHTBB.COM customers who will have to change over to COMCAST.NET about the end of June.

Other e-mail address recipients, if you are no longer receiving your monthly newsletter via e-mail and have previously provided your e-mail address, please e-mail it again to Tim so that we can get everyone updated.

If you wish to start receiving your monthly newsletter via e-mail, and have not previously provided your e-mail address, please do so by e-mailing it to advising him of your desire.


Newsletters:  Postage is going up again this month.  If you are receiving the monthly newsletter both via “e-mail” and regular “snail-mail”, PLEASE CONSIDER stopping the “snail-mail” version.  The monies saved during the year would be substantial and there-by available for other projects.  Just notify our Club Webmaster, at and he will then notify the appropriate Club individuals.


YSSI WEEKEND:  Thanks to all Club Members & the Event Directors who donated their TIME, GUNS, AMMUNITION, & TARGETS to make the annual YSSI Event a tremendous success.  The youth & leaders really enjoyed themselves and had nothing but KUDOS for everyone involved.

One young boy who has had extremely limited experience with a shotgun (2 previous shots in his life) destroyed most of the clays he shot at using a 12 gauge shotgun.  The gun was almost as long as he was tall.  This included shooting all the way back to the 27-yard line with the trap machine set to full oscillation and no coaching.  Yes, he had many offers to join most of the current year’s trap league teams.


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:  There are still a substantial number of ANTI-GUN bills pending in the Illinois General Assembly.  Please contact your respective representative, either in Springfield or thru his/her local office and POLITELY request that he/she vote against any and all pending ANTI-GUN legislation.  Additionally, politely request that he/she vote FOR the CONCEALED-CARRY LAW that is also pending.  The phone numbers are in your phone book.  They are also available thru the CSC, and websites.  Follow the prompts.



NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION (NMO):  An (**) in your middle initial area means you need to attend to obtain your 2008 card & gate key.  Check the enclosed calendar for dates & times.  ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED OR NO INSTRUCTOR WILL BE AT THE CLUB FOR THE CLASS.  To make your class attendance reservation or to ask any questions - Contact Charles Varnold at (309) 697-6766 or via e-mail at



Mauser Match rules are casual center-fire off-hand rifle matches at 50 meters for rifles with open sights and pre-1964 military bolt action repeaters.

April 12 match results:

High Raw Score: Paul Bishop          197-4X        M1903 Springfield

First Place:    Mike Roe             215-0X        K31 Schmidt-Rubin

Second Place:   Steve Lewis          208-2X        M1903 Springfield

Third Place:    Steve Dippel         208-0X        M24/47 Yugo Mauser

Challenge Match Winners:      Paul Bishop   198-3X        M1903

Marty Lehman  196-2X        03-A3

Jay Zentko    195-6X        Garand

May 10 Special Challenge Match is “skinny bullets – any bullets less than .300 inches in diameter”.

Competition seems to be scaring some people off.  In fact some people will go to great lengths to avoid competition altogether.  Our Leader, Max Koehl underwent gall bladder surgery the week before the April Match apparently just to avoid the embarrassment of getting beat.  In any case, he won’t be able to use this excuse next month, because he is recovering quite well.  We hope to see you at the May Match also Max.  These matches are very low stress matches and nobody need feel bad about their scores.  WE shoot for fun and camaraderie.  Get well soon!

Questions – contact Max Koehl @ (309) 385-1033.



Are you going to be “TEMPORARILY AWAY(maybe for the winter, an extended vacation or job demands)?  More and more monthly newsletters are being returned to the Club marked as “TEMPORARILY AWAY”!  When you notify the Post Office that you are going to be “TEMPORARILY AWAY” they will ONLY HOLD or FORWARD 1ST CLASS MAIL.  All other mail is returned to the sender.  Your monthly newsletter is mailed to you using Bulk Rate Postage.  Consequently, your newsletter is returned to the Club marked POSTAGE DUE @ $ .41 which the Club has to pay to retrieve it.  These newsletters cannot be forwarded, as we do not know where to send them.

Members that have “MOVED TO A NEW ADDRESS and have not notified the Club of their NEW ADDRESS also have their newsletters returned marked POSTAGE DUE @ $ .41.  The Post Office will not forward these newsletters.  The Club then pays another $ .41 postage to forward it to you and updates your file to reflect your new address.  Please notify the Club when you move!



The newsletter and calendar are available for viewing on-line at  The website also lists all Club ACTIVIITIES, events, and contains periodically updated general information as well as the current CSC Membership Application. Tim Vik is the CLUB WEBMASTER and E-MAIL coordinator.  His NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS is

If you have any questions or concerns about your Club you may contact any Club Officer listed below or any board member.


President            Vice-President             Secretary            Treasurer

Charles Varnold      Jerry Oglesby              Bob Bjerke           Lowell Bennett

(309) 697-6766       (309) 274-5413             (309) 692-1800       (309) 274-5586

Acronyms - What the heck do they mean!!???!!?!?

Wonder what all the acronyms used out on the range and in this newsletter mean? This area of the newsletter is dedicated to helping explain these. If I forget some or misidentify them, please let me know.

SASS          Single Action Shooting Society

USPSA         United States Practical Shooting Association – Club Number #IL-08

DCM           Department of Civilian Marksmanship (old designation)

CMP           Civilian Marksmanship Program (new designation) - Club Number #52084

IPSC          International Practical Shooting Confederation

NMO           New Member Orientation

NRA           National Rifle Association - Club Affiliation Number  #R0570

ISRA          Illinois State Rifle Association – Club Affiliation Number  #00282


Contact Tim Vik via e-mail at if you would like to receive the CSC Newsletter and calendar of events via e-mail at no cost to you.