December 2019 Newsletter


A few years ago we started the orientation requirement for new members. Since the start of that program we have had less issues at the range. Our goal is to eventually have an online version so all members can be familiar with the range rules since we do have a few reoccurring issues. Here are a couple tips to help everyone:

The Gong range. We realize having a 1400 yards range is rare and a great asset. We added some berms to the sides to enable other ranges to be open at the same time. However, it does need to be closed when people are down range on the adjacent ranges. Check the calendar to confirm it is open and talk with the adjacent ranges when you need to go down range. Also your vehicles need to be parked behind the structure not down range of the chain.

Bay 1. Bay 1 is a pistol caliber only range. Please do not shoot rifles other than .22s or pistol caliber carbines.

Barrels. The barrels typically found in bays 2 -8 are barriers NOT target stands. Using them as target stands costs the range money to replace them.

Safety tables. Safety tables are for range safety, NEVER to be moved and used a shooting tables.

The front gate. For our insurance and lease with BLM we need to track who is using the range and make sure only members and escorted guests are using the range. Do not share your card or gate code. Make sure only one car goes in for every card swiped or code entered. If you have guests with you in your vehicle, please swipe your card for each guest so we get a correct count of the range use. Be sure and sign your guests in at the guest sign in kiosk and pay the $5.00 fee per guest to cover them with the COSSA insurance.

I appreciate your help in knowing the ranges rules and helping us keep COSSA open 24/7.


Due to the snow accumulation, the range may be closed to protect the roads and facilities. Check the COSSA calendar before going out to the range. If you do go the range and find the gate not working, please notify Bill Lewis, 541-480-4695, or lewis.w.l@hotmail.com. The power for the gate and cameras is supplied by the solar panel on the roof of the gate house. If the snow gets too deep for the gate to open and needs shoveling, there is a snow shovel on the back side of the gate house and it would be greatly appreciated if the snow was cleared away from the gate when getting too deep. Also, there is a roof scraper to clear off the solar panel and it needs to be cleared off to keep the batteries charged.


We had a very good crew for the work party and we got a lot done. We had our annual bonfire to burn off all of the scrap wood that we accumulate all year long. The garbage was picked up and all of the outhouses were cleaned and supplied. The broken target holders were welded up and reset. Maintenance to the front loader was done and work on the grader was performed. There was some tree cutting done on the Buffalo range to make the targets more visible. Also a new buffalo was added to the herd. Those in attendance were; Tom Thompson, Butch Eastman, Eric Brown, Don Thomas, Jim Crittenden, John Skovran, Mick Briscoe, Gary Estes, Dennis Jones, Dave Sweet, Ted Anderson, Steve Dunbar, Rich Fleming, Galen Ruud, Earl Mc Kinney, Butch Heilmeyer, Stephen Waite and Bill Lewis. Thank you all for your work. The work party for December is still in question. Watch the COSSA calendar to see if it is canceled due to weather.


Work was done in the Training Center and the storage room walls were finished. We still need the storage room walls painted. Anyone wishing to paint the walls should contact Bill Lewis, 541-480-4695, or lewis.w.l@hotmail.com. The training center will be outfitted with a solar panel and batteries to supply a minimum of power for lights. The work party was able to install the conduit from the solar panel post to the training center. We are all set to get it installed. A large generator was also purchased through an NRA grant for supplying more power when needed. The next project will be getting the molding installed for the doors and window. Anyone interested in this project contact Bill.


The policy for members bringing in guests has been that a member can bring in as many as 4 guests at a time. This was to introduce other shooters to what we have at the range with intent of having them join COSSA. It seems that this policy has been misused. The COSSA board reviewed the present policy on members bringing in guests and after much discussion, it was decided to change the policy.

The new policy will be that the member can still bring in 4 guests at a time with the fee remaining at $ 5.00 per guest. The change in the policy will be that a member can bring in the same guest only 3 times a year. At that time the guest will be encouraged to become a member if they want to continue shooting at COSSA Park. The same sign in policy will be followed as in the past. However, to keep track of the numbers of people entering the range, a requirement by the BLM in accordance with our present lease, the member entering the range with guests should flash his card at the keypad one time for himself and once for each guest entering the range. If the guests are in different vehicles, the flash card should still be flashed for each guest. After entering the range, the member should stop at the guest sign in kiosk and sign in and have the guests sign in below. The fee for shooting adult guests will remain at $5.00 per guest. Non shooting spectators and children under 18 will not be charged a fee. However, to be covered by the COSSA insurance while on the range, all persons entering the range should sign in the guest log. The log has been changed so that all persons entering can indicate what time they entered, whether they are a member, paying guest or non-paying guest (spectator or junior). Please follow these rules and write legibly in the log. The guests must stay with the supporting member and must leave when the member leaves.


COSSA Kids has been operating for many years headed by Don Thomas. Many members have helped in the past and have moved on to other interests. Don is looking for volunteers to help out with the coaching for COSSA Kids once a month. If interested, contact Don Thomas, 541-389-8284.


Disciplines, now is the time to put in for your events on the 2020 calendar. Event times will be put on the calendar according to what was done last year. If any changes are required contact Bill Lewis, lewis.w.l@hotmail.com Be sure and check the calendar for mistakes.


While you’re at the shooting range or anywhere you handle a firearm safety ALWAYS comes first there are 10 Rules of Firearms Safety and the first four are the big ones.


This is the most basic safety rule. If everyone handled a firearm so carefully that the muzzle never pointed at something they didn’t intend to shoot

Never point your gun at anything you do not intend to destroy. This is particularly important when loading or unloading a firearm. In the event of an accidental discharge, no injury can occur as long as the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction.

A safe direction means a direction in which a bullet cannot possibly strike anyone, taking into account possible ricochets and the fact that bullets can penetrate walls and ceilings.

This is your responsibility, and only you can control it.


Firearms should be loaded only when you are in the field or on the target range or shooting area, ready to shoot. When not in use, firearms and

ammunition should be secured in a safe place, separate from each other. It is your responsibility to prevent children and unauthorized adults from gaining access to firearms or ammunition. Never assume a gun is unloaded — check for

yourself! This is considered a mark of an experienced gun handler!

When in doubt, unload your gun!


Treat every gun as though it can fire at any time. The “safety” on any gun is a mechanical device which, like any such device, can become inoperable at the worst possible time.

Never pull the trigger on any firearm with the safety on the “safe” position or anywhere in between “safe” and “fire.” It is possible that the gun can fire at any time, or even later when you release the safety, without you ever touching the trigger again.


No one can call a shot back. Once a gun fires, you have given up all control over where the shot will go or what it will strike. Don’t shoot unless you know exactly what your shot is going to strike. Be sure that your bullet will not injure anyone or anything beyond your target. Firing at a movement or a noise without being absolutely certain of what you are shooting at constitutes disregard for the safety of others. No target is so important that you cannot take the time before you pull the trigger to be absolutely certain of your target and where your shot will stop.


Guest Speaker: "Affordable Africa" with Bill Herrick

Bill Herrick will be our guest speaker at the December 12th, 2019 COSSA meeting. Bill and his son just finished an 11-day hunt for fair chase plains game in South Africa this September 2019. This was his second Safari, his first being a hunt in Zimbabwe back in 2000. Many of you know Bill as a long time COSSA member, hunter and competitive IHMSA shooter.

Bill has titled his presentation “Affordable Africa” because he went there, hunted and harvested 27 animals (split with his son Jeremy) at a price point below what a single guided elk hunt is going for in Colorado, New Mexico, Montana…. Yes, you can do this!

Bill will break down the costs, travel arrangements, transportation of firearms, US Customs forms and South African forms required to enter the country and a few of the better airlines to choose. Oh, and he has pictures and stories…lots of stories.

If you have always wanted to hunt Africa (and really…who hasn’t!) you will benefit from this…it is within your grasp and financial reach.


I am sure all the members will be pleased with the improved condition of the Sight in Range. The wind has been blowing for many years and moving sand off the berms and depositing it on the sight in range. We have been trying to get the sand removed for years and that is one of the main reasons for the purchase of the Cat 950 loader. The initial use of the loader was to upgrade the pistol area for the Area 1 shoot earlier this year. That was done and the range looked very good for the event. Just within the last two weeks, we had two volunteers, Dave Sweet and Eric Brown, go out and move yards of dirt to level out the sight in range. It was necessary for that range to be closed for the work to be done. The first day it was worked on it was not on the calendar that it would be closed and I apologize for that but it was last minute choice and was necessary. I am sure that the renewed condition of the sight in range will be appreciated by all the members. Further work may be done in several areas of the range and it would be best to check the calendar for any closures. If the sight in range is closed there are other areas that can be used for rifle shooting, the Gong Range and Bay 18.

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