The Satuit Nimrod

The Newsletter of the Scituate Rod & Gun Club
February  2024 — V31N02

News Around the Club


The Pistol Committee will hold a Miss And You're Out match on Saturday, March 16th, starting sharply at 11:00 am with the safety briefing. Rimfire pistols are not recommended as the tie-breaker target is a dueling tree and a rimfire round does not have enough energy to move the plate.

Skeet and Trap

Trap shooting on Saturday mornings only until the Spring. Skeet continues to shoot on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

The plan to rebuild part of the high house to allow better access to the thrower and have better storage for clays is underway.

Cowboy Action Shooting

The Gunnysackers have been shooting at the SASS World Championships at the Ben Avery range in Phoenix. News on the bush telegraph is that Ron Rice took 5th in over 70 black powder, Jean Alexander secured 7th in over 60 Lady black powder and Sue Lennon came in 8th in the over 60 Lady duelist category. Ron, Jean and Phil Lennon all shot the match without a miss. Only 29 out of the 200 competitors shot the match clean.

The Gunnysackers will be wending their way home along the dusty highways and byways of America, stopping along the way to shoot in the odd match they encounter along the way.

There are two Cowboy matches scheduled for March; a Wild Bunch match on the 23rd and a regular Cowboy Action match on the 30th.

The Rationale for Defensive Hollow Points

by Massad Ayoob | Published in The Armory Life, February 22nd, 2024

Editor’s Note: The statements reflected in this piece are the author’s opinion and do not constitute legal advice.

Ever since hollow point handgun ammunition became readily available in the 1960s, anti-gun and anti-police groups alike have been antagonistic to the concept. In the 1970s, the liberal magazine The Nation published an article titled “The Vietnamization of Main Street” which decried American law enforcement’s rapid adoption of hollow point duty ammo. The article contained every shibboleth imaginable, with terminology such as “dum-dum bullets” and “bullets shaped like the nacelles of jet engines” and gross exaggerations like “the bullets don’t explode…you do!”

That bunk has been a template for the “antis” ever since. You can find the classic article “Defending the Self-Defense Case” online that appeared some years ago in Champion, the journal of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. It was written by Attorney Lisa Steele, who is generally considered the leading appellate lawyer who specializes in self-defense cases that went wrong at the trial level and resulted in unmeritorious convictions.

In the article, Steele points out that often, prosecutors who were either clueless or unscrupulous tried to paint the use of expanding bullets as “indicia of malice,” designed to “rend and tear and cause unnecessary pain and suffering and greater lethality.”

Shown in this digital image are four cartridges for revolvers. Each uses a different projectile which is the point to the illustration. From left to right, they are a lead round nose, semi-jacketed soft point bullet, a semi-jacketed hollow point bullet and a lead semi-wadcutter. A special note about the LSWC bullet — some effective hollow point bullets are made with semi-wadcutters. They have an open front, deep cavity and use soft lead to increase the probability of expansion.

Can this be a problem in court after a legitimate self-defense shooting? Of course it can. Does that mean you shouldn’t load them in your defensive firearms? No!

It means that you should be able to explain why you chose that ammunition, and explain it in a way that a jury selected by the other side for their lack of knowledge of guns and ammo can understand!

Read the complete article here.

Club Calendar

Monday, April 1st – 8:00 pm.

Monday, April 1st – 7:00 pm.

Sundays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Wednesdays: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Saturdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Tuesdays: On Hold until the Spring.

Saturday, March 16th, 11:00 am – Miss And You're Out Match.

Saturday March 23rd, 9:00 am – Wild Bunch Match.

Saturday, March 30th, 9:00 am – Cowboy Match

Tuesday, April 2nd – 7:00 pm & Thursday April 4th – 7:00 pm Register here.

Sunday, April 7th – 9:00 am Register here.

…And Finally