My name is Aaron Ostrom and I am honored to be your Vice President of the Redwood Gun Club. I was interested because I would like to give back more to this range and this community of shooters. I've met some great people (members, RSO's and guests) at this range too. Redwood Gun Club is a huge asset for our community and I feel I can help this range with it's current and future goals.
2022 has arrived for Redwood Gun Club and with it let’s hope for fewer masks and more ammo. 2022 also brings a couple of changes to the E-Board in the form of a new president and vice president. I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself. Before introductions, I would like to thank our former Prez and VP for all of the hard work that they have put in over the past few years. The range looks amazing with lots of new storage and 3 dynamic ranges that have brought a lot of new opportunities to RGC members and the public alike.
What a cold start to our 22 offhand season! Our first match of the year was held on January 1st, and despite the holiday and 29-degree temperatures, we had 10 eager shooters.
Another of Mike Gills 4-H shooters showed up for this match, and over the last year we have had two young ladies that have competed. Kelsey and Haley both have had their fathers attend with them to shoot our challenging targets. Haley's father even joined the club last year to encourage her shooting.
Two years ago I introduced Cowboy Action Shooting to the Redwood Gun Club. Just as we were about to have our first monthly shoot in March 2020, we were locked down by the Covid pandemic. After scrambling for a safe way to hold a shoot, we had our first shoot in April. While it was a lightly attended affair, it was to lay the foundation for all the monthly shoots to follow.
My father and other family members were not impressed with handguns, so there was no chance that I was inheriting a Colt Bisley. Heck, my uncle was so anti-gun that he wouldn’t even stop and buy me a Luger when billboards in Oregon advertised them for $29.95. And, even way back, Colt Bisley’s sold for a heck of a lot more than $29.95!
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What a fantastic year full of monthly matches. We have challenged about 25 different shooters in our 12 matches. Attendance varied greatly, as this is a great drop-in kind of match. There are very few rules and all you need to bring is $5, a .22 rifle with any sort of sights and sixty or so rounds of ammo. Undoubtedly, one of the most inexpensive ways to have fun!
Weather gave us a break Saturday for our last official Rimfire Steel Match of the 2021 season. Five participants showed with enough .22 ammunition to complete 5 Stages in record time. One of our regular shooters, from Brookings, was in Texas (land of the free) to be with family. Hope he comes back. Another double booked the weekend.
“The Shooter”: she once again showed all of us how it’s done. One of her strings, with her rifle, was under 2 sec. for 5 Steel plates. 1.98 seconds. Think about that for a moment. Range record!
RGC’s Women's Handgun Safety Class (WHSC) has introduced women to safe handgun handling and shooting. Over 450+ women have gone through this basic handgun class over the past 5 years.