January 2020 Newsletter

Updated: Nov 2, 2020


Once a year, COSSA holds elections for its board members – President, 2 Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary and Member at Large. The terms are for one year and there is no formal nomination process. If you are interested in being on the board, please let a board member know and we will add you to the ballot.

Last year we moved from US Mail ballots to E-Mail ballots, as a result we received over 3 times the response rate and saved about $1000 in printing and postage costs. If you are a current member and we have your current email address, you will be e-mailed a link to vote towards the end of February.


Banquet & Fundraiser March 21st, 2020 @ 4PM,

Riverhouse Convention Center, Bend, OR

Friends of NRA is a program of the NRA Foundation, a non-political 501c charity. It is a fundraising program associated with the National Rifle Association of America. Funds are raised across America, primarily during approximately 1100 annual events. Each event occurs in a different community and is volunteer-run and managed at the local level with NRA support staff oversight.

The NRA hosts an annual dinner in Bend. This is a major fundraiser for the NRA. Join other Central Oregon champions of the Second Amendment for dinner, raffles, auctions and fun with a chance to win exclusive NRA guns, gear, décor and collectibles!

COSSA buys at least one table every year in support of the NRA. We know there are a lot of our members that go to the event. We would like to show the NRA how COSSA and its members support them by having several tables. So, to encourage our members to sit at a COSSA table, if you buy your ticket(s) through COSSA instead of paying the $60 price, COSSA will discount the ticket down to $50 and will reserve a spot for you at the COSSA table. Contact Rich Fleming rfleming@bendbroadband.com as soon as possible if you are interested.

Last year the NRA Foundation supported COSSA with a grant nearly $5000 with proceeds from this fundraiser. Your support not only helps COSSA but also promotes our Second Amendment activities throughout the State.

For more information on tickets and raffle packages go highdesertfnra@outlook.com

Contact Rich Fleming at rfleming@bendbroadband.com for a seat at the COSSA Table(s).


Gary Lewis will report on the success of a COSSA Kids hunting initiative 10 years later at our January 9th General Membership Meeting. We hope to see you there.


Disciplines, please check the COSSA calendar on the web site and make sure all of your dates are correct. Contact Bill Lewis, lewis.w.l@hotmail.com if changes are needed or dates added.


The COSSA Foundation is a 501 (C)(3) tax-exempt organization seeks funds to support firearm related public interest activities that defend and foster the Second Amendment Rights of law-abiding Oregonians. Such activities are designed to promote firearm and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills and to educate the general public in the lawful, historic and safe use of firearms. Funds granted by the COSSA Foundation will benefit children, youth, women, individuals with disabilities, law enforcement, hunters and competitive shooters. The Foundation is fully registered with the IRS to accept tax deductible donations that support our charter.

The COSSA Foundation Board members are Ed Hauswald, Kurt Solomon, Tom Allen, Gary Hoffman, Gary Lewis and Bill Herrick. If you have interest on participating in foundation activities, reach out to any board member.

A donation from COSSA was used as seed money to get us up and running with the IRS and the State of Oregon, i.e., registration fees as well establish bank accounts, stationery, a mailing address and a website: www.cossafoundation.org. Tom Sayeg from Karnopp Petersen here in Bend and who is also COSSA member did the LEGAL work pro bono.

Donations so far have slowly come in via word of mouth...

- Training Center

o Electrical installation & equipment thanks to Summit Power

o Propane heat installation discounts at CoEnergy

o NRA Foundation funding for propane heat and power

o Interior & exterior paint discounts at Sherwin Williams

o Painting … Painters via WebFoot Painting …FREE!

o OHA… chairs and tables

- Bend Trap Club …sponsored youth at their summer clinic

- Equipment donations by members …generator, chain saw

- NW MultiGun prizes

- Money donations... via company matching funds or straight up member donations…

The Foundation is now starting to more aggressively seek funds to further its goals and assist organizations like COSSA. Donations can be directed to COSSA can be applied to a specific need, project, discipline or COSSA’s general fund.

There are many ways a COSSA member can assist the Foundation:

- Direct donation of money or goods

- Matching funds from your employer

- Amazon Smile: If you purchase anything on Amazon, always start at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

For more information on the Foundation, reach out to us at contact@cossafoundation.org


The work party went off as scheduled because the weather cooperated. The New Training Center was the focus of the work for the work party. The usual garbage was picked up and both the trash and the cardboard trailers were taken to the Knott and fill. The Training Center storage room is now ready for painting and the baseboard and door trims are on order. This will be the main emphasis on the next work party to get the final work done on the Training Center. Any members that want to volunteer to paint the storage room before the next work party contact Bill Lewis, lewis.w.l@hotmail .com. The members attending the work party were; Kevin Peterman, Michael Sandiford, Bill Herrick, Dave Semich, Jeremy Lewis, Ron Bathaw, Ted Anderson, Don Thomas, Mikke Casey, David Sweet, Eric Brown and Bill Lewis. The next work party will be held January 15th, if the weather permits. Check the COSSA calendar before coming out.


All the -oyoti to breathe fire in your fusee.

By Gary Lewis

It's 1859. Statehood has been proclaimed, there's a new flag flying in Salem, and you are a butcher in Oregon City or a baker in Stumptown or a teamster from Dalles City or a trapper on the Owyhee. Your first language might be Hawaiian, German, English, Shoshone or Sahaptin, it doesn't matter. You want a rifle and you have coin in your pocket or peltry on the packsaddle. Let's see what is available.

If you wandered into a trading post at the mouth of McKay Creek in a place that would later be called Pendleton, there might not be much to choose from. It would be common to find Indian trade guns for sale. They were called variously Hudson's Bay fukes, North West guns or Carolina muskets and were often smoothbore and flintlock. At a trading post, a trade gun might go for $20 if you paid in coin, or 20 pelts if you brought in beaver fur. It was common for a Barnett Trade Gun made in Birmingham, England, to change hands in such a transaction.

In a well-stocked gunsmith's shop such as could be found in Portland or The Dalles (they started calling it that in 1860), it was a different story. In any of these establishments, it would have been common to find new rifles, shotguns and handguns alongside traded-in guns, cleaned up and ready for resale.

Close to Fort Vancouver, and along a major trade route - the Columbia River - guns of all types would have flowed in and out of local smith's shops and hardware stores. The Enfield rifle-musket long guns in their 1853 and 1856 variations would have been available, as well as the shorter flintlock carbine. Percussion rifles were in favor and the Harpers Ferry 1857 would have been easy to find. As far as handguns go, a hunter could have purchased anything from a Pepperbox to a Colt Model 1851 for $25.

You caress the Colts and ogle the Enfields but opt for a used 50-caliber Hawken, made in St. Louis in the 1840s and converted from flintlock to percussion ignition somewhere in the last decade. Maybe it was carried by old Joe Meek. If it was good enough for him, it is good enough for you.

You grumble a little as you dig in your poke for twenty dollars. Maybe you go out to the pack animal and count off 20 beaver pelts.


ATTENTION Steel Shooters: This guy is very lucky to be alive. View the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ABGIJwiGBc

This guy is shooting a Barrett 50 caliber rifle.

The target is a steel plate, 200 yards --one-way -- distance away. You can hear the ping of the hit on the target and then hear the bullet coming back. It hits the ground just in front of him (look at the dust cloud at 20-seconds)

The 50 caliber bullet then bounces up and hits his earmuffs, knocking them off of his head.

The footage is amazing. If you haven't heard a ricochet before, you can hear the bullet as it tumbles through the air on its course back toward the shooter.

Consider the probability the bullet hitting the ground in exactly the right place to bounce up at the correct trajectory angle to hit his ear protection.

Fortunately the tumble, or the angle of the plate he was shooting at, changed the return course of the bullet by 6 inches "left" over the total travel distance. Otherwise it would have been a "return one hop head shot", instead of an earphone shot.

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