October 14, 2014 11:49 pm
From: SMGC Website Administrator
Nick Wagner

Website Maintenance In Effect

Right now you will notice the site going through some ugly facelift procedures.  It’s a messy process, but it is only temporary, and necessary for new functionality about to take place.


Again, please bear with me while this site maintenance is underway.


Don Sargent’s Estate Sale
Posted: August 29, 2014 by Nick Wagner

Items from Don Sargent’s estate are coming up for sale. Please check “Gear and Accessories” on the Forums pages from time to time as firearms and reloading items are listed.

Recent Changes at SMGC
Posted: August 19, 2014 by Max Wellman

Anyone who has observed the SMGC Board of Directors (BOD) over the last several years will surely notice that two things they do not tolerate is unsafe range practices and mistreatment of our members.  We have a number of members who are new to the shooting sports and we welcome the opportunity to work to improve their skills through training and first hand experience while on our property. The Board has taken this role very seriously and given lifetime suspensions to those who verballyabuse members or for unsafe range practices.

The mission of SMGC is to provide a safe, comfortable environment for members to learn and hone their skills in their preferred discipline. Our goal has been to provide training classes at little to no cost to the members. But finding qualified trainers willing to work within our framework has been a disappointment so far. Our search will continue for a reasonable and quality training program for our members to access, if they so choose.

Those of you who have been patiently waiting for Self-Supervised Shooting (SSS) credentials should know that the previously announced requirements have been reviewed and will be made more realistic for you to qualify.

RSO’s are asked to please provide range safety oversight while allowing range users their personal space to just enjoy the sport and range time. If RSO’s are not present during scheduled range times, club policy allows general members who are not SSS or RSO to shoot anyway. Please report any RSO no-show’s to the club phone; 269-382-2238.

Changes are continuing at SMGC, and if you want to know why, look no further than our Mission Statement and Bylaws. We do listen to you and work hard to get it right.

Max Wellman
Recording Secretary

Change of Self Supervised Shooter Policy
Posted: August 17, 2014 by Nick Wagner

At our last Board of Directors meeting, the BODs voted to make a major change of policy of how we handle SSS applicants. From this time forward there will be NO prequalification, NO fees, NO additional classes you must attend before taking SSS training, however, you must be a member for at least 6 month to apply. All the old applications have been lost so it is necessary to fill out a new application which can be found on our web site under the RESOURCES section (SSS Application). If you do not have web access, write a quick note to the club requesting one be mailed.

We will start holding classes as soon as we have 20 applications. The mailing date on the application will set the priority as for invitation for training. You will be notified by email/mail as for time and date of SSS training clinic.

Send applications to:
809 East Crosstown Parkway
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Club Forums
Posted: July 31, 2014 by Nick Wagner

Just as a reminder to our members, we have a great FORUMS section to our website.  Right now there is an item for sale in the Classifieds section, a posting in the Lost & Found section about a lost class ring at the range and the results of the latest Centerfire Bench Rest match (you can see the latest 3 postings in the “LATEST FORUM POSTS” section on every page of the Member side of the site just below the QUICKLINKS bar on the right hand side).

Contribute to the discussions, or start a new one!

Product Warning & Recall Notice — Winchester .22LR
Posted: February 13, 2014 by Nick Wagner

win22recall01(GunReports.com) — Olin Corporation, through its Winchester Division, is   recalling two (2) lots of M*22™ 22 Long Rifle 40 Grain Black Copper Plated   Round Nose rimfire ammunition.

Symbol Number: S22LRT
Lot Numbers: GD42L and GD52L

Winchester has determined the above lots of 22 Long Rifle rimfire   ammunition may contain double powder charges. Ammunition with double powder   charges may subject the shooter or bystanders to a risk of serious personal   injury and/or death, or cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm   inoperable.

Do Not Use Winchester® M*22™ 22 Long Rifle Rimfire Ammunition With Lot Numbers GD42L or GD52L. The ammunition Lot Number is imprinted (stamped without ink) on the left tuck flap of the 500-round carton as indicated in the nearby photo. The 1000-round intermediate carton does not have a Lot Number.

To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Symbol Number and Lot Number. If it is Symbol Number S22LRT with a Lot Number   containing GD42L or GD52L, immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester   toll-free at 866-423-5224 or visit http://www.winchester.com/Product-Service/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx   for free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.

This notice applies only to Symbol Number S22LRT with Lot Numbers GD42L   and GD52L. Other Symbol Numbers or Lot Numbers are not subject to this   recall.

If you have any questions concerning this 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition   recall, please call toll-free 866-423-5224, write to Winchester (600 Powder   Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 Attn: S22LRT Recall), or contact Winchester   Customer Support online.

To view the entire article, click   here.


Posted: September 19, 2014 by Nick Wagner

Beginning Monday, September 22, 2014 the SMGC website will undergo some maintenance that will block visitors and members from our website at various times over the week (possibly 2 weeks).

The needs of our members have outgrown the original redesign of the site and this improvement will allow for future scalability.

During this time ALL MEMBERS WILL HAVE TO RE-REGISTER TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE MEMBER SIDE OF THE SITE. I will try to make this as painless as possible.

Once the site is back up and functioning there will be some nice, subtle (and not so subtle) improvements to the front end, but lots of major improvements on the back end.

Bottom line, the site will be better when this is finished, and enhancements will start to be implemented which our members should appreciate going forward.

Suppressors on the Ranges
Posted: September 6, 2013 by Kerry Rasmussen
Dear RSO,

Two items of interest have recently come to my attention:

  • We are starting to see people show up at SMGC with suppressors on firearms.
  • Some RSOs have been requesting that shooters with suppressors on firearms show their drivers license, CPL and documents showing compliance to laws regarding suppressors.

Let me address these items of interest so there will be clarity:

  • Suppressors are legal in our state and club policy does not prohibit their use on our ranges.
  • Shooters with suppressors on their firearms do not need to show “papers” showing compliance to laws regarding suppressors.

The RSOs responsibilities are to oversee the safe operation of the range.

All other rules still apply to suppressed firearms (eyes, ears…).

I hope this communication clears up any mis understandings regarding suppressors and their use on our ranges.

If you have any questions please contact me.

Kerry Rasmussen
SMGC Safety Officer

Range Safety Officer (RSO) & Self Supervised Shooter (SSS) Update
Posted: August 8, 2013 by Kerry Rasmussen

Update – Range Safety Officer (RSO)
The RSO program allows our club to provide open shooting times to members on the weekends and some weekdays. RSOs are trained to NRA standards and certified by the NRA. Once RSOs receive their credentials from the NRA they may be scheduled for up to 5 shifts a year at the lower ranges. Since they have received formal training in the safe operation of a range the RSOs enjoy access to the ranges outside of scheduled shooting times. The next time you are at the range make sure and thank the RSO for volunteering.

Some members have expressed an interest in becoming an RSO. We are reviewing our RSO master lists to see if there is a need to train more RSOs. If a class is scheduled information will be posted on the website and in the Lock, Stock and Barrel.

Update – Self Supervised Shooter (SSS)
The SSS program allows members with an appropriate amount of training and/or experience to enjoy access to the ranges outside of scheduled shooting times.

The SSS program has been on hold for some time for reconstruction. This reconstruction is almost complete and the SSS program should be up and running again this Fall. When the SSS program resumes a notification will be posted on the website and in the Lock, Stock and Barrel.

Know Your Bullet’s Impact Area
Posted: June 5, 2013 by Dale Drake

Because of the careless action of a couple shooters, the Olive State Game Area has been lost for recreational target shooting.  It would not come as a surprise to see other action groups demand a review of other State areas which currently allow target shooting.  The problem causer violated one of the primary rules of shooting, “know your bullet’s impact area”.

Read the article from the Holland Sentinel and also from the Grand Haven Tribune.

Photo Gallery links FIXED!
Posted: May 15, 2013 by Nick Wagner

If you have checked out the Photo Gallery already and found the links at the bottom of the page wasn’t working correctly, you were not alone! I have been troubleshooting this little bug for a couple weeks now when I saw the error start occurring.  Well, it’s fixed now!  So go visit the Photo Gallery (quick links above) and enjoy the additional page(s) of photos.

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