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Steel Challenge this Sunday!

Fast and Furious

Set up at 8am   Shooting Starts at 9am

Come early to register








Ring those Christmas Bells !



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FULLBORE Rifle Practice


We will shoot this Saturday.

600 yards 22 rounds or less, Shooting Prone or Bench


Hope to see you Saturday.

Frank 541899 6872



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The inside of the indoor range has now been painted.

It was more than 10+ years since it was last painted.




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Gunshot Trauma, CPR & AED CLASS

DECEMBER 29th Saturday  8AM TO 5PM

Cost is $50       

Location:    Avista Utilities 580 Business Park Drive

Make your reservations today.  Class size is limited !

Contact Phil Grammatica @


Know how to save a life and respond to accidents



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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Annie Oakley?

by W.H. “Chip” Gross – Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Annie Oakley?

Annie Oakley (1860-1926) was the greatest, most famous exhibition shooter in American history.

But what do you know about this prim, proper and petite lady who could shoot a gun better than any man?

Take our 10-question quiz to find out. But be careful, you just might learn something—and have some fun doing it, too!

Annie Oakley

1.   Where was Annie Oakley born?
      a.  Darke County, Ohio
      b.  Darke County, Indiana
      c.  Darke County, Illinois
      d.  Darke County, Iowa
2.   Before adopting her stage name of Annie Oakley, what was Annie’s real name?
      a.  Phoebe Ann Oakley
      b.  Phoebe Ann Mosey
      c.  Bono
      d.  Madonna
3.   How did Annie Oakley meet her future husband and manager, Frank Butler?
      a.  While competing against him in a watermelon-eating contest
      b.  While competing against him in a dance contest
      c.  While competing against him in a shooting contest
      d.  The couple met at a church ice cream social
4.   For years, Annie Oakley traveled both North America and Europe demonstrating her shooting prowess with what show?
      a.  Barnum & Bailey Circus
      b.  New York Metropolitan Opera
      c.  Buffalo Bill’s Wild West
      d.  At times, all of the above
5.   During her public shooting demonstrations, Annie always wore knee-length skirts over leggings and had her hair down.

                                How did she obtain her costumes?
      a.  Her husband Frank purchased them for her
      b.  She sewed them herself
      c.  The outfitter Abercrombie & Fitch of New York City provided them
      d.  None of the above
6.   Annie Oakley performed using what firearm during her shooting exhibitions?
      a.  Handgun
      b.  Rifle
      c.  Shotgun
      d.  All of the above
7.   Annie Oakley performed which of the following shooting tricks for audiences?
      a.  Shooting an apple off her pet dog’s head
      b.  Shooting over her shoulder by using the blade of a Bowie knife as a mirror and splitting a playing card held in Frank’s hand
      c.  Shooting while standing on a galloping horse
      d.  Shooting double targets while riding a bicycle
      e.  Shooting flames off candles as they rotated on a wheel
      f.   Individually shattering six thrown glass targets in the air before they could hit the ground
      g.  All of the above
8.   What famous Indian chief nicknamed Annie Oakley “Little Sure Shot”?
      a.  Tecumseh
      b.  Crazy Horse
      c.  Sitting Bull
      d.  Red Cloud
9.   At the age of 65, one of Annie Oakley’s last public appearances was at the Grand American National Trapshooting Championships

                at Vandalia, OH, in 1925. A local newspaper report following the event described Annie as still having all her…?”
      a.  Wits about her
      b.  Ever-present smile
      c.  Teeth
      d.  All of the above
10.   Shooters today still visit Annie Oakley’s grave located in the small Brock Cemetery in Darke County, OH.

                                When doing so, they often leave what item atop her gravestone?
       a.  An empty .22 shell casing
       b.  A clay target
       c.  A penny
       d.  All of the above

Quiz Answers

 a.  Darke County, Ohio

 b.  Phoebe Ann Mosey

 c.  While competing against him in a shooting contest

 c.  Buffalo Bill’s Wild West

 b.  She sewed them herself

 d.  All of the above

 g.  All of the above

 c.  Sitting Bull

 c.  Teeth

 c.  A penny (During her shows Annie would shoot a penny or sometimes even a dime out of Frank’s fingers. Don’t try that at home!)



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Late 80’s S&W Model 41 22LR Target Pistol


Comes with 2 interchangeable barrels



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MRPC Christmas Toy Drive

Two ways to help!


#1 Bring a toy to the Monday night Rimfire 22LR BULLSEYE Practice

          At the end of that practice, at about 8:15pm to 8:30pm, We will shoot

          the “National Match Course” of 3 targets with any Center-Fire Pistol

          30 rounds total, Only takes about < ½ Hour   See how you do at Bullseye!


#2 Bring a toy any time you’re near the club.  In the front entry room is a big

          Christmas Box where you can deposit a toy donation


                 Bring a smile to a Child’s face!                  .

     The Toys will be Donated to Organizations that Help Kids


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What you do at Tax Time can Help

support your Gun Rights in Oregon!

Dear Gun Rights Supporter,


With Christmas coming you are certain to be busy preparing for the holiday so I won’t take up much of your time.


I just want to remind you that if you want to help preserve gun rights in Oregon, in what is sure to be a very

challenging legislative session, there is still time to do it and it may not cost you a dime.

Donations to the Oregon Firearms Political Action Committee  qualify for a tax credit of up to $100.00. 

That means for most people they can donate and actually take their donation off any taxes they owe the state of Oregon!

People who file as individuals can take up to $50.00 and those filing jointly can take up to $100.00. 

This is not a "deduction". This is an actual credit.

That’s right, money that would go to the gun grabbers in Salem could actually be used to fight for your rights.

This is an amazing deal, but you have to do it before Dec. 31st to take the credit for 2018.

We’ve never needed you more so please consider taking advantage of the credit as soon as possible. We know

there is much going on right now, but it only takes a minute. Please use this link and be sure to indicate in the

"Donation Category" drop down menu that your donation is for the "Political Action Committee." 


Thanks for your support and have wonderful holiday.

Kevin Starret—Oregon Firearm Federation





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The Medford Rifle and Pistol Club offers Club Members an

OREGON Concealed Carry Weapons Course



(A typical savings of $50 over the regular $75 price at other places)


This class offers far more than the minimum training offered at other places

It is held at the MRPC Indoor Range

Live-Fire Range Time included in the Class


On the Second Saturday of each Month.

Remember that using a firearm for self-defense can have serious consequences.

Making a wrong decision can thrust you into the criminal court system and/or result in a civil lawsuit.

This is why you want to take a comprehensive class that offers you the best training available.


More information available under the “Training” tab of the club’s website


Directly E-mail Phil at


                                      Also Available                                    .

        Arizona CCW Permit class      .


The Arizona Non-Resident CCW Permit is currently recognized in 31 States,

including the States of Nevada and Utah.  (33 when coupled with the Oregon CHL)


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Choosing Size, Material & Velocity

by Jeff Johnston – Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Home-Defense Buckshot: Choosing Size, Material & Velocity

I crack up when keyboard commandoes discuss the finer points of combat flashlights and tourniquets, handgun calibers and batteries for red-dot sights, but

then when it comes to loads for their customized home-defense shotgun they just say, “buckshot.” That’s like saying “surprise me” when the server asks you what kind of beer you’ll have.  


“Buckshot” is a general term that historically means any pelleted shotgun load where the individual pellets are big enough to bring down medium-size game such as deer.

More-modern uses of the term “buckshot,” however, usually mean 00 buck. That’s right, “double aught.” If you want No. 4 buckshot from the guy behind the counter, 

specify “Number 4 buck”—else you might just wind up with 00 buck.   That’s really all one needs to know about buckshot because you can’t go wrong with any version of

full-power 00 buck, but if you’d like to get technical—which is what we do here at SI—here goes. There are many varieties of buckshot, and here are few points to consider:


Pellet Size
Of course, buckshot is classified by pellet size. The bigger the pellet, the more its energy, but the fewer pellets in the pattern. The number of pellets that can be stuffed into each shell is

often—but not necessarily—determined by gauge and shell length. (For simplicity, let’s stick to 12-gauge for now, and the U.S. shot sizes, not the UK’s, which it calls SG.)


Pellet Material
All buckshot isn’t just round, pure-lead pellets. Some companies plate the pellets in material such as copper. This keeps them round so they’ll fly better and stay together better as a uniform pattern, but it also prevents them from expanding—or flattening on impact—as much. Buffering of the shot column protects the pellets from each other so they don’t deform as much on setback, which also produces more-uniform patterns. Various styles of protective wads do the same thing.


Load Velocity
Then there’s the shell’s velocity, which, when combined with the shell’s payload weight, dictates its energy and, accordingly, its recoil. If it weren’t for recoil, everyone would shoot 2.5-ounce loads of 000 buck at 1,700 fps. But, from an 8-pound gun that theoretical load would produce 158 ft.-lbs. of energy—nearly three times more than a .416 Rigby elephant gun—it would likely break your shoulder and detach your retinas on the first shot. Therefore, shooters should pick a reasonable round that they can handle. Still, I tend to lean toward the magnum end for home defense, because the recoil isn’t going to hurt me nearly as much as that extra energy penetration and tissue shock is going to hurt an assailant. Some people argue differently; they say even a reduced-recoil shotgun load is devastating, so why make follow-up shots that much harder. Many folks say the average 2¾-inch 00-buck loads are perfect. Me? I like 3-inch shells up around 1,300 fps or better when it’s “go-time.”


My Buckshot Load
Just like my concealed-carry-gun ammo and my hunting bullets when I’m taking an expensive elk-hunting trip, I don’t go cheap on my buckshot. I like powerful, buffered, copper-plated, waterproof loads that I can count on every time.

For pellet size, there’s no disputing that the bigger the pellet, the more it penetrates and the more energy it delivers. I prefer penetration over expansion when dealing with big, slower projectiles, so I like big pellets for my bedside gun. It’s my life and my choice. But, at some point you can start to reduce a shotgun’s strength—its pattern—if you go too big on its pellets. While there are valid arguments for No. 1 buck and 0 buck, 00 is a great balance of density and individual pellet energy. If you have to shoot through a barrier, you can. It’s so common and proven and I’m not convinced anything is better. As for pellet count, the 12-pellet 00 buck shells provide a balance between a full pattern, great downrange energy and recoil that I can handle, especially when mitigated via the use of a heavy-ish semi-automatic shotgun with a good recoil pad.

Specifically, I like a 2¾- or 3-inch, high-velocity, 00 buckshot, 12-pellet, buffered and copper-plated load such as Winchester’s Double X Hi-Velocity buckshot. At 1,450 fps, it kicks like a mule even in my heavy Remington Versa Max Tactical, but I’d sure hate to be on the other side of it. For practice, I prefer a 2¾ nine-pellet, all-lead round that’s cheap. While this is my choice, the reality is, any 00-buck load should work just fine for home defense.


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