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MRPC Fullbore Rifle


We will NOT shoot this Wednesday

because the National Bench Rest group

is having a week long match.


See you next week. Frank 541-89- 6872




Klamath News

KLAMATH Defensive Shooting Sunday Match



Sunday 9-24-17
Defensive shooting
Four stages. 40 rounds ( if you do not miss)
Clay targets





MRPC General Monthly Meeting Tonight—7pm




Do you know fellow members who do not receive “MRPC NEWS”

If so, you might let them know that chances are they also won’t get an

Automatic Membership Renewal Notice

before their membership lapses.


Recommend they check their Membership Profile in the Club’s Website

or contact

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Membership Information

Your one-year/365-day membership in the Club becomes active as soon as the Club receives your payment.  

Be sure to attend a New Member Orientation meeting as soon as possible to maximize your membership time.  

It is recommended that you renew your membership before it expires.

The club will attempt to send you a 30-day e-mail notice near the end of your membership,

if we can access your e-mail address. 

Upon 365 days, your membership will lapse and the door access FOB will no longer let you in the range. 

The club will allow standard membership renewals, based on your initial payment date,

for up to 90 days after membership expiration. 

Renewals after 90 days will be handled as new memberships at the club’s new member rate,

and will establish a new start date.





Safe Gun Handling at MRPC


MRPC has a friendly staff of NRA certified range safety officers

that would be happy to meet with you at MRPC and go over the range rules for MRPC. 

There is no charge for this and it may save you from losing range privileges in the future. 

You can contact Dave, Tracy, or Tyler

at the email address  

for more information.



Oregon’s Gun Confiscation Law


Many people and gun owners in Oregon are VERY upset that Oregon SB 719 passed.

A group is working to repeal this Measure already signed by Gov. Brown. 

They need your help.


Why Should It Be Repealed?

SB 719 calls for the forced confiscation of property by the police with no due process,

no accusation of a crime let alone conviction of a crime.

It allows people with no mental health credentials to make assessments of another’s state

of mind and it allows people with no mental health credentials (judges) to punish people

they have never met or spoken to.

Furthermore it actually forbids judges from considering assessments of the respondents mental

health by people who actually DO have mental health credentials.

The law allows a judge to confiscate every firearm (&/or deadly weapon) in a household

because one person there has ever has a DUI conviction.

The law provides no help whatsoever for a person who has been accused of being suicidal.

In fact, an amendment that would have called for some minimal intervention was not even considered.

The law provides NO protection for people who are living in the household of a person

who has been accused of being a danger to others.

The law provides no guidance for the police who are tasked with confiscating the firearms of the person

who has not been accused of or tried for a crime.

The law allows 24 hours for the respondent to turn over firearms even though in many cases that is not possible.

That 24 hour window is clearly a time of extreme danger in the event

the respondent actually IS a danger to self or others.

The law defines no provisions for determining how many firearms the respondent has, or how to assure they

have all been seized and lastly,


it appears that Governor Kate Brown stalled signing this bill into law which greatly limits the amount of

days to gather signatures, thus depriving Oregonians of their constitutional rights.


See for yourself, Read the actual Measure at this Link




The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a national organization dedicated to training and educating U. S. citizens in responsible uses of firearms and airguns through gun safety training, marksmanship training and competitions. The CMP is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) corporation that places its highest priority on serving youth through gun safety and marksmanship activities that encourage personal growth and build life skills. Links on this page will lead you to more detailed information about the CMP and its programs.
Statutory mission. The federal law enacted in 1996 (Title 36 U. S. Code, 40701-40733) that created the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety, Inc. (CPRPFS, the formal legal name of the CMP) mandates these key “functions for the corporation:

1.    To instruct citizens of the United States in marksmanship;

2.    To promote practice and safety in the use of firearms;

3.    To conduct competitions in the use of firearms and to award trophies, prizes, badges, and other insignia to competitors.

The law specifically states: In carrying out the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the corporation shall give priority to activities that benefit firearms safety, training, and competition for youth and that reach as many youth participants as possible.

CMP Governance and Leadership

The CMP is governed by a Board of Directors made up of eleven members who have extensive experience and leadership credentials in military and business. The Chairman of the Board serves as the Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Operating Officer directs CMP sales programs at CMP South headquarters in Anniston, Alabama and oversees day-to-day operation of CMP training and competition programs at CMP North headquarters at Camp Perry, Ohio. The DCM Emeritus is a part-time consultant who works on several projects for the CMP.



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Book Review              Today’s selection — from  Cattle Kingdom by Christopher Knowlton.

Hollywood notwithstanding, there was not much gun fighting in the Old West:


"But it was no accident that [legendary lawman and showman] Wild Bill Hickok chose to carry a sawed-off shotgun to defend himself after [a] shootout … in Abilene. A shotgun was a much better weapon than a re­volver in a gunfight, and it easily surpassed the six-shooter as an aid to law enforcement. The historian Lewis Atherton cited the case of perhaps the most successful law-enforcement officer of the cattle era, Nathaniel K. Boswell, a former drugstore owner who served as a sheriff in the Territory of Wyoming for a decade beginning in 1869, while doubling as deputy U.S. marshal at Laramie. Boswell later be­came a long-serving chief detective for the Wyoming Stock Grow­ers Association. 


James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok and William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody in 1873, dressed for the stage

"His weapon of choice was a Parker or Remington double-barrel shotgun, not a six-shooter. (The pump shotgun was not introduced by Winchester until 1893.) Boswell never engaged in reckless shootouts, choosing instead to conceal himself before apprehending culprits. Consequently, he never failed to make an arrest and never let an arrested man escape. Furthermore, he never received so much as a scratch during his many years of service, earning a deserved reputation for both bravery and resourceful­ness. So much for the image of the lawman as a daring gunslinger! This myth, largely invented by the press, later became a staple of the western, both on television and in the movies. Most cattlemen who lived long enough to watch these programs considered them ‘highly unrealistic in their use of gun play.’


"In fact, most cowboys did not carry weapons at all. If they did own an expensive six-shooter, it was likely the Colt Single-Action Army, introduced in 1873 and known as ‘the Peacemaker.’ Its price — a hundred dollars per pair — would have been a huge amount of money for a cowboy. The cowboy who did own a revolver usually kept it in his bedroll because a loaded six-shooter worn around the waist was both cumbersome and heavy when riding or walking. And most cowboys knew that wearing a six-shooter in a cattle town was an invitation to gunplay; most preferred to avoid altercations. Cowboys tended to settle a dispute with a fistfight. A revolver was best used to kill snakes, put wounded animals out of their misery, or signal for help. As Leon Clare Metz wrote in The Encyclopedia of Lawmen, Outlaws, and Gunfighters, ‘The image of the ordinary Western cowboy as a fast and accurate gun-fighter has practically no validity.’ …



Nathaniel K. Boswell

"Some cowboys simply disliked guns. Surprisingly few ever saw actual gun violence in the towns that they visited. Indeed, cowboys were highly motivated to stay out of trouble. If caught committing a crime, they faced the most rudimentary and arbitrary forms of criminal justice. The local justice of the peace or the police-court judge handled all minor cases, and these men were, as likely as not, also the local saloonkeepers. District judges, who handled federal and state crimes, from robberies and holdups to rapes and murder, served the larger territories. But these judges had to travel vast dis­tances to dispense justice, and they struggled to convene juries; an offender had no guarantee of a timely trial, let alone a fair one. …

"Life might be cheap in a cattle town, and the law only erratically enforced, but the towns were hardly deadly if you went about your business and took care to avoid trouble. In fact, no one was killed in Abilene in 1869 or 1870. Ironically, no one died in a cattle-town gun­fight until the arrival of the sheriffs and marshals, who were hired to prevent such murderous acts. Even in Dodge City’s worst year, 1878, only five men died in gunfights. The historian Robert Dykstra counted only forty-five homicides in all of the Kansas cattle towns during the cattle era, an annual average of 1.5 homicides. Thirty-­nine were from shotguns, and only six from handguns. Of the forty-five victims who suffered bullet wounds, less than a third returned fire. …


"The eastern readers of dime novels would have been shocked to discover how little gun fighting actually went on in the cattle towns."



Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West

Author: Christopher Knowlton 

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Copyright 2017 by Christopher Knowlton

Pages 53-56

If you wish to read further: Buy Now








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