The Satuit Nimrod

The Newsletter of the Scituate Rod & Gun Club
August 2023 — V30N08

News Around the Club

There are two meetings in September. The first on Sept. 4th is the meeting when we change the locks and distribute new keys for the princely sub of $3.00 and also close nominations for elected office. If you want to run for office, either write your name on the board in the clubhouse or tell our Nominations Chairman, Tom McCusker that night before he makes the motion to close nominations. The second meeting takes place on September 18th and is the night of our Annual Meeting and Election of Officers. 


Dues must be received by the Treasurer, or postmarked by September 1st in order to avoid a $25.00 reinstatement fee. If you joined the club after June 1st, you are considered carried-over until next year.


We had sixteen shooters compete in the Plate Match held on Saturday, August 8th. Every time we hold a pistol match with reactive targets there is a good turnout — there's something very satisfying about ringing steel targets. It should be noted that Phil has now mastered the art of reloading 9mm and his reloads are substantially more reliable.

Results were:
First Relay

Iron Sights

1st Tom Melanson 57.26 secs.
2nd Griff Campbell 59.52 sec.
3rd Adam Proulx 68.79 secs.

Optical Sights
Drew Thompson 56.38 secs.
Phil Lennon 140.29 secs.
Sue Lennon 201.96 secs,

2nd Relay

Iron Sights

1st Tom Melanson 61.74 secs.
2nd Griff Campbell 58.84 sec.
3rd Alex Koines 70.16 secs.

Optical Sights
Drew Thompson 43.56 secs.
Sue Lennon 141.64 secs,
Phil Lennon 156.97 secs.

The next pistol match will be a "Miss and You're Out!" aka "Shoot 'til You Miss" match on a September date TBD.

This match will debut enhanced safety measures including a Safety Briefing prior to the start of the match that all competitors must attend if they wish to shoot in the match, plus the mandatory holstering of handguns at all times except when actually shooting. If you don't have a holster, get one! They can be obtained from Amazon for as little as $12.00.

Skeet and Trap

Both disciplines are back to breaking clays again; or at least trying to. Our order of clays finally arrived and have been distributed to the houses. Thanks to those members who unloaded and stacked the clays.

Cowboy Action Shooting

The next two shoots will be a Wild Bunch Match on Saturday, September 23rd at 9:00 am and a traditional Cowboy Match on Sunday, November 12th at 9:00 am.

August and September are Historically the Peak of Hurricane Season in Massachusetts.

Learn what you can do now to prepare.

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Tree Removal

We had several tall pine trees that posed a danger to the clubhouse in storms, so it was decided to have them taken down along with a couple of other trees that eventually would have to be removed. Total Tree, owned by Andy Spalt, was contracted to remove the trees. 

Andy and his crew did one heck of a job. In total 16 trees were removed with most of them being chipped with a truly impressive chipper. Those trees that were too big for the chipper were removed by Andy.

Quotes of the Month

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence. From the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security, and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference; they deserve a place of honor with all that's good. A free people ought to be armed.”
George Washington

These Sarah Brady types must be educated to understand that because we have an armed citizenry, a dictatorship has not happened in America. These anti-gun fools are more dangerous to liberty than street criminals or foreign spies..”
Theodore Haas, Dachau Survivor

"The problem we face today is because the people that work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living"

George Bernard Shaw. Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist

In Case You Were Wondering

Every Brockton, Massachusetts classroom has received an emergency kit in case of an active-shooter situation. The kit includes a five-gallon bucket, a wooden doorstop, hammer, fifty-foot rope, and duct tape.

The "Instructions for Use" should be a hoot to read; social media had a ball with this announcement. It is posited that the monies spent on these kits would have much better been spent on ensuring ne'er-do-wells cannot get into school buildings.

Gun Ownership Twice as High as Previously Thought?

by Guy J. Sagi | Posted on August 3, 2023 | NRA Shooting Illustrated

Gun ownership could be dramatically under-reported.

Results from a Rutgers University New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center study, released in late June, indicate the number of Americans who own guns could be twice that of the widely accepted figure of roughly 30 percent. Applying a probability model based on a statistical analysis of 3,500 respondents, the researchers determined reluctance to provide personal details to a stranger—particularly when asked about home- and personal-defense choices—minimized results of previous efforts at determining the figure. The new report indicates the number is considerably higher and may run all the way up to 60 percent.

The study, titled “Predicting Potential Underreporting of Firearm Ownership in a Nationally Representative Sample,” was published by the Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology journal. The findings endorse a long-held belief in the industry that firearm owners put a higher value on their privacy than non-gun owners, particularly when it comes to questions about gun ownership.

The report also highlights a growing trend that will likely increase the inaccuracy gap in future studies that ignore participants uncomfortable with Second Amendment questions. More urbanites, females and minorities are exercising that right than ever before and, as the study notes, “Our results highlight the potential that several groups, particularly women and individuals living in urban environments, may be prone to falsely denying firearm ownership.”

The research cites the divisive and contentious debate on guns and the right to self-defense as one motivation for not answering a poll correctly when it includes firearms. Another, according to the report, “…may be that a percentage of firearm owners are concerned that their information will be leaked and the government will take their firearms or that researchers who are from universities that are typically seen as liberal and anti-firearm will paint firearm owners in a bad light.”

Club Calendar

Monday, September 4th – 8:00 pm. Nominations for Office close at this meeting, plus new keys will be available.

Monday, September 4th – 7:00 pm.

Monday, September 18th – 8:00 pm.

Sundays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Note: if turnout is light, Skeet will close early; come early and be happy!
Wednesdays: On hold until Fall.

Saturdays: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Tuesdays: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Miss and You're Out/Shoot 'til You Miss — September date TBA.

Wild Bunch Match  — Saturday, September 23rd  at 9:00 am.
Cowboy Match — Sunday, November 12th  at 9:00 am.

TTuesday, September 5th – 7:00 pm & Thursday September 7th – 7:00 pm Register here.
Tuesday, October 3rd – 7:00 pm & Thursday October 5th – 7:00 pm Register here.

Sunday, September 10th – 9:00 am Register here.

…And Finally