News

Welcome a New Shooting Group to WMSA

The Benchrest Shooters are now active, with a division for Rimfire shooters and a separate group for Centerfire shooters. They are shooting on the 2nd and 4th Fridays, so come on out and see if you can put all your shots into one hole!

As the representative of the Benchrest group, John Easterbrook has been elected by the club membership—Welcome to the board, John!

The Association Has a New Publicity Director!

Vicki Monsumonji has agreed to take it on, and is looking for others to lend a hand. If you are interested, please contact her at 623-556-3704 (phone or text) or via e-mail at vickim.wmsa@gmail.com. Thank you Vicki!

Second Knoll Target Range Cleans Up!

Fifteen members of the White Mountain Shooters Association, Inc., gathered on Friday, November 15 to clean up their ADOT Adopt-A-Hwy MP 345-346. This mile is the responsibility of the Second Knoll Target Range to keep clean two to three times a year. We received many horn honks from passing vehicles during our clean-up, proof to us that our effort is appreciated.

Moving Forward

AZ Game and Fish Range Administrator Matt Schwarzkopf answered questions at January’s meeting. He did announce that a contract has been let for the engineering of the caretaker/campground host pad . . . AND the 300-yard range! These are the first steps, required by the Forest Service, for construction. While the caretaker is coming first, the only “educated estimate” for the 300-yard range was around $300,000. So construction may be a ways off.

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Article on Second Knoll Target Range 

Target shooting can be a fun and rewarding activity for the whole family and a great way to enjoy our public lands. As fire season progresses and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest moves into Stage II fire restrictions, opportunities for dispersed target shooting become limited. Fortunately there is a great facility for target shooting located on the National Forest that remains open despite the restrictions. . . .

Rentals

The training and competition bays are available for rent for private events. Contact the club for details.

The Big News

We now have overhead cover on the 100- and 50-yard range firing lines! The Game and Fish Department paid for a solid, well-built cover on both ranges. This is a result of the volunteer hours by the RSOs, Board members, and the membership, and our willingness to abide by the rules of the Forest Service and Game and Fish.

Bill Weldon, our outgoing Vice President, got to fire the first shot under the new covers. And, rather than protect us from the sun, they kept the (welcome) rain off our heads while the Mountain Riflemen, the Muzzleloaders, the Bullseye shooters, and the general public shot! Come on out and enjoy it yourself!

Range Safety Officers Needed