May 2020 Newsletter


Everyone keeps referring to this as “unprecedented times” and I guess I must use the same cliché. We sit on about 600 acres allowing for plenty of distancing between members, so we have stayed open and we plan to continue to stay open. Most of the discipline events have been canceled, however keep an eye on the events section. Some disciplines are considering hosting some of their events. However, larger events such as NW Multigun that has 200-300 competitors has been canceled.

The loss of revenue from canceling events and not able to do orientation for new members will decrease our income. COSSA is in a great financial position with no debt and healthy savings, but we still have some mandatory expenses to stay open (lease payments, insurance, maintenance, ect.). I want to keep us financially strong. The board and I have agreed to suspend planned improvements that were budgeted for 2020. This is designed to further increase COSSA’s reserve accounts protecting us from any financial downturn.

Members are our greatest source of income and support. With COVID 19 we have not had any orientation allowing new members to join and that is a problem. I have been working on an online orientation that will allow new members who cannot go to the range for orientation to learn the information required to keep COSSA safe. I hope to have this finish by mid-May. I hope that many existing members will also take to orientation to make sure they are aware of all the safety rules since the range is always evolving.

The board and I hope everyone is in good health.


Richard Mann

American Rifleman, May 2020

“Defensive handgun shooters spend a lot of time practicing presenting their handgun to the target. The draw stroke should be practiced often, and you should be able to conduct it quickly and smoothly.

What is often overlooked in practice sessions is holstering. This is the primary reason many self-inflicted gunshot wounds occur while holstering; shooters either do it wrong or do it in too much of a hurry.

There is a proper technique to holstering, and if done correctly, it is very safe.

The first rule when holstering a handgun is not to be in a hurry. It might be imperative that you get your gun out fast, but it is never critical to holster it in the same speed. When you decide it’s time to holster your handgun, take a deep breath, decide if there are any ammunition concerns that need to be addressed, and then – and only then—begin the holstering process.

The first thing you must do is remove your finger from the trigger and place it along the frame of the handgun. Then bring the gun to your workspace, close to your body at chest level. At this point, if the gun is equipped with a manual safety or decocker, you can activate it. Now is the time to remove your support hand from your two-hand grip.

When you do so, place that hand flat against your chest. This will prevent any chance of covering that hand with the muzzle of the handgun. Now begin to rotate the gun 90 degrees toward the ground as you move it to position directly above the holster. If you are wearing a cover garment, you can sweep it out of the way using the extended thumb of the gun hand. Once the gun is directly above the holster, reconfirm your trigger finger is completely out of the trigger guard and alongside the frame, and then slowly lower the gun into the holster.

Once the gun is fully seated in the holster you may release the grip on it with the shooting hand. If your holster has any retention devices, such as a thumb strap, you may now secure them. If it takes two hands to do it, then use both hands. Take your support hand from the center of your chest and lock the security devices in place.”

Remember, at COSSA, a holstered gun that is unloaded and has no magazine in the magazine well is considered a cased gun and you may move freely around the range with it in this condition.

A good holster covers the trigger when the gun is seated in it. Guns only fire when the trigger is depressed.


The work party for May is scheduled for the 20th. However, at this time we do not know if the Governor will allow a bunch of volunteers to get together and have so much fun. Therefore, keep an eye on the website for the latest information.

In the meantime, if you see a trash can overflowing, pull out the sack and put it in the black trash trailer. Keep the rubber band that keeps the bag in the can and replace the plastic bag. New bags are in the Old Training center back room. The more members keep trash contained, the easier it will be to keep the range clean.


Way back in the dark past someone had an idea. Bend needed a shooting range. A bunch of us got together and formed COSSA and started working towards that goal. One of the first was Norm Rife. We had to go to the many meetings and talk with the BLM and Norm was alwa