The Satuit Nimrod

The Newsletter of the Scituate Rod & Gun Club
November 2022 — V29N11

News Around the Club

The end of October through November was a busy time at the club with our first Pumpkin Drop on October 30th , a pre-Turkey Shoot cleanup and wood splitting/stacking effort on November 19th, the Turkey Shoot on the 20th and a Thanksgiving themed Pistol Match on the 26th plus regular Skeet and Trap.

Pumpkin Drop

Thanks to Dave Glancy and dglancycrane.com we held our first Pumpkin Drop on Sunday, October 30th. A throng of excited children and adults watched as several candy filled pumpkins were hoisted aloft in a cargo net with a quick release opening. Dave gave a mighty heave on the release rope and nothing happened — the pumpkins had jammed in the opening of the net!

After the pumpkins had been lowered to the ground and rearranged in the net they were hoisted aloft again. This time when Dave tugged on the rope the net opened and the pumpkins plummeted to the ground where they smashed into the ground with a squishy thud.

On command, the kids ran in to scoop up the candy. Pure bedlam ensued for a few minutes as the kids picking through the smashed pumpkins to retrieve their prize. In a surprisingly short amount of time all the candy had been scooped up.

Photos of the event can be viewed here.

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Cleanup and Wood Splitting/Stacking

On Saturday, November 19th, in preparation for the Turkey Shoot the next day, we had a cleanup and wood splitting/stacking party. Mary Kinahan and Rebecca Glancy did a phenomenal job in getting the clubhouse spick and span, particularly the kitchen — a big hat's-off to the dynamic duo!

Several members showed up to split and stack the pile of timber that was blocking clear access to the skeet field. While the splitting/stacking was going on, Tom McCusker and Phil Lennon constructed a base for a new club sign for the end of the driveway. The original plan was to dig footings four feet deep to support the sign but ledge was struck after drilling only 18-inches. Tom and Phil constructed a portable base to support the sign and with help from Arty Johannesen, sited the sign at the end of the driveway.

There's photos available here. We're trying something new so they may take a couple of second to open — be patient. Photos in the layout can be clicked to view singly and scrolled though. Use the X to return to the layout view.

Turkey Shoot 2022

We held our 2022 Turkey Shoot on Sunday, November 20th. The day was bright but cool with a brisk wind that probably kept some folks away. Those who ventured out were suitably bundled up, for the most part, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Zombies were getting blasted to Hades on a regular basis. A big word of thanks goes out to the Cohasset Appalachia Service Project for donating a lot of the pumpkins. All the games enjoyed a steady stream of customers until 2:00 PM, or thereabouts, then the activity started to drop off.

Prizes this year were gift cards for the Village Market in Scituate — trying to keep the money local — plus some Bass Pro gift cards that were left over from last year's shoot. Revenue for the event will be revealed at our next meeting and will be reported in the next newsletter.

Photos of the event can be viewed here.


Pistol

The Spooktacular Pistol Match held on October 29th drew 13 shooters most of whom shot the three-target course of fire twice. In the first relay Drew Thompson and Ron Rice tied for first place; both shooting clean. Coming in tied at second place were Gordon Crosier and Richard Martin while Maura Devine nailed third place alone.

The second relay also saw a tie for first place with Ron Rice and Richard Martin shooting clean. Drew Thompson took second place with Arthur Fiorillo securing third.

The pistol match held on November 26th had a Thanksgiving theme. The first target was easy, just five pumpkins. The second target, a Pilgrim with and axe chasing a turkey, could be shot one of two ways; ten shots on the Pilgrim at five points per hit or ten shots on the turkey at eight points per hit.

The third target required a modicum of thought —this target was laid-out as a Find-A-Word puzzle which contained six Thanksgivingy (is that a word?) words; Cornucopia, Pilgrim, Turkey, Indian, Pumpkin and Mayflower. The shooter blindly pulled a word and was limited in rounds to the number of letters in the word. Shooting accurately and being able to spell was the undoing of many shooters.

The course of fire was shot twice. The first relay was won by Richard Martin with Maura Devine second and Paul Figueiredo third. The second relay was won by Richard Martin who shot clean and scored the maximum possible. Second place was taken by Alex Koines while Paul Figueiredo came in third.

A pistol match is planned for Saturday, December 17th starting at noon;. This will be a Combat Match which are always fun and will introduce a new target — the Five-by-Five Drill. Five shots in a five inch circle at five yards in five seconds — easy peasy, right?

Quotes of the Month

"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such a twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become the unwitting victims of the darkness."
Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980)

They will never outlaw all of your guns at once. But every 'reasonable' control they can impose without your resistance gives them one more bit of leverage to make gun ownership for you and your children and your grandchildren as difficult as possible.
David Kopel, Author

Study Finds Handgun Owners Carrying Daily In Us Doubles In 4 Years As Self Protection Concerns Soar

by Madeleine Hubbard | Just The News | 11/27/22

The number of Americans who said they carried handguns within the last month nearly doubled from 9 million in 2015 to 16 million in 2019, the study states.

The number of handgun owners carrying daily has doubled in the United States over four years as more people are citing personal protection concerns as the reason for carrying a firearm, according to a new study.

In 2015, about 3 million U.S. adults reported carrying a handgun daily and by 2019, that number soared to roughly 6 million, according to a study published in December's edition of the American Journal of Public Health.

The number of Americans who said they carried handguns within the last month nearly doubled from 9 million in 2015 to 16 million in 2019, the study states.

The study does not include post-pandemic data. However, 7.5 million American adults became new gun owners from January 2019 to April 2021, according to a study published in February by the Annals of Internal Medicine. While the new firearm owners were mostly purchasing handguns, the study did not state whether they carried the weapons.

The study published this month said that more people are citing protection as a reason for carrying a firearm than sports and hunting. In 1994, the study's authors found 46% of firearm owners said they owned guns for protection, and by 2015 that number rose to 65%. By 2019, nearly three-out-of-four firearms owners (73%) said they owned guns for protection.

Blend or Bleed: Will You Make the Right Choice?

by Ryan Domke | The Armory Life | November 24th, 2022

When I was growing up, I was encouraged to not worry about “fitting in”. While I agree with that sentiment to this day, I now realize that there is most definitely a time and place to do just the opposite. Standing out in the wrong place or at the wrong time can put a target on your back, which is why having the ability to be a “gray man” can literally save your life.

What is a “gray man”, you may ask? The gray man has an exceptional talent that will likely never be noticed, which is by design. He blends in with the crowd, doesn’t draw attention to himself, and avoids confrontation.

Some believe that the gray man concept only needs to be applied in SHTF scenarios, but I would disagree. Even in day-to-day life, it can help by reducing your chances of being targeted by a criminal or being confronted by the drunk on the sidewalk as you walk to your car from dinner. Flying under the radar is not a bad thing in many cases.

How it Works

Believe it or not, there’s a scientific explanation behind why blending in is so beneficial. There is a part of our brain, called the Reticular Activating System (RAS), that processes stimuli and responds to whatever details happen to stand out. Think of it as a filter of sorts, only making you notice things that seem out of place, or things that might be perceived as threats. Anything from bright colors, loud noises erratic movements and more, can trigger it to take notice.

Your attire plays an obvious role in mitigating or attracting immediate attention, but there is so much more to take into account. From your vehicle, to your home and even how you carry yourself, they all need to follow this principle if you want to avoid becoming the focus of a threat.

Your Attire

Your attire includes your clothing and your EDC gear. It’s one of the first things people notice. I’ve heard many people say it’s as simple as wearing low-key colors such as gray and black. That’s true in some cases, but I believe it’s more about matching the environment you’re going to be in.

If you’re invited to a 70’s-themed costume party, showing up in all gray and black will actually make you stand out. If you’re going to be in the woods, camo would make sense, but not if you’re walking through the mall. If it’s 90 degrees out, long pants and a hoodie aren’t going to be your best bet. In short, it’s less about the colors of your clothing, more so about the style of them.

I think it’s safe to assume that if you’re reading this article, you likely carry some sort of gear on a daily basis. Whether that be a firearm, knife or flashlight, keeping them hidden and discreet is always a good idea.

Don’t advertise if and what you’re carrying. Have you ever seen someone open-carrying at the grocery store? If you have, everyone else probably noticed as well and was likely staring. It’s not something you see often, so it stands out. It can also make you a target for confrontation.

Your Car and Your Home

Many of us are proud of the guns and gear we own, and also the beliefs we have. However, using your vehicle as an advertisement for them by putting stickers all over it will not only draw attention, but let people know what you may have inside.

A large “I love my AR-15” decal paired with an NRA sticker can put a target on your vehicle. SHTF scenario or not, people may want to steal your guns and will assume they are in the vehicle.

The same goes for your home. Let’s think about something as simple as a flag. Flying an American flag out front is common, and you probably don’t even notice them half the time. But, flying a bright yellow “don’t tread on me” flag or a black Punisher skull flag will definitely grab people’s attention, and also scream “I have guns in the house”.

The less you advertise, the better. Read the full article here.

Club Calendar

MONTHLY MEETING
Monday,
December 5th – 8:00 p.m.

SKEET
Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

TRAP
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.

PISTOL
Combat Match: Saturday, December 17th at noon.

COWBOY
Nothing Planned

SAFETY COURSE
Tuesday,
December 6th. – 7:00 p.m. & Thursday December 8rd. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday,
January 3rd. – 7:00 p.m. & Thursday January 5th. – 7:00 p.m

RANGE ORIENTATION
Sunday,
December 11th. – 9:00 a.m. Register here.

…And Finally