November 2019 Newsletter


The training center is nearing completion, slowly. The interior has now been painted thanks to members of Webfoot Painting. It looks terrific. There are several things that we will need volunteers for.

1. The first job will be to finish off the storage room walls with plywood. This will require 4 volunteers with skills to cut and fit the plywood to the walls. The plywood will be put up with screws and so will need battery screw drivers. We will have the necessary other tools at the Training Center but it you have a skill saw, carpenter square and tape measure it would be good to bring them. There is a scaffold in the storage room.

2. The second job will require 4 volunteers that have the skills to do the finish carpentry for the windows and sills. We have the 1” x 8” MDF boards for the sills.

3. The third work party will be for volunteers with finish skills to put in the plywood wainscoting and install the interior trim around the doors. This will come near the end of the year when the wainscoting is on hand.

4. The final (I hope) job will be to paint the storeroom.

Any member that wishes to volunteer for any of these jobs, please contact Bill Lewis, 541-480-4695 or lewis.w.l@hotmail.com and let him know when you would be available and for what job.

Cabinets and shelving will be ordered and installed by an outside source. Final electrical installation and the solar panel will also be installed by an outside source. New tables and chairs will be purchased by an NRA grant.


Our speaker for November is Russ Scott, a native of Central Oregon and a homegrown hunting and fishing outfitter. The topic: how Russ started in this unique career path and where it has taken him. Scott's Cast & Blast and Direct Adventures offer waterfowl hunts, upland bird hunts, trout fishing and steelhead fishing and more. Russ will present at the membership meeting on November 14. As always, COSSA's membership meeting is free and open to the public.


Another thing that was done at the work party was to put an additional camera at the gate. Now we can view the license plates of all entries into the range. This gives us a view of all members coming into the range and any vehicle that comes up the road and turns around at the gate. This will give us a good look at anyone trying to enter the range by foot, as has happened at least twice when water was stolen. Before the cameras were up we also had some first aid kits and fire extinguishers and toilet paper stolen. We will now be able to trace these thefts and put a stop to them. The more things we provide for the members convenience and safety, the more the thieve’s will be tempted.

The gate cameras are also showing some of the things we want to caution members on.

1. Speed, the speed limit on the range is 15 MPH and this includes the road between the gate and highway 20. This is to keep the dust down and to save the roads, please keep your speed down.

2. Members vehicle with more than one person in the vehicle. All members in a vehicle should enter their code into the key pad. The BLM requires that we report to them the number of people using the range. Members with guests must enter their code and stop at the guest sign in and enter the member name and the guests name and pay the fee. We are not getting 100% payment by guests. If members or guests are not signed in through the key pad record or legibly signed in at the guest kiosk, they technically are not at the range and are not covered by the COSSA insurance.

3. Multiple entries with one gate opening, tailgating. Members with guests in multiple vehicles may enter on one gate opening but must stop and register the guest at the guest kiosk. If a member enters when there is a vehicle parked in the turn around and the member does not know the owner, the member should drive through the gate on the right side of the road and stop just inside the gate so the parked vehicle cannot follow you in. The same procedure should be followed when exiting the range with a vehicle parked in the turnaround. Edit the gate far enough for the gate to close behind your vehicle and do not let the non-member in.

4. It has been noticed that when exiting the range, some vehicles are too far to the left when they get to the gate. When this happens the sensor will not pick up the vehicle and open the gate. Some members have been getting out of their vehicles and going up to the key pad and putting in their code to open the gate. This is not necessary, all you have to do is to back up beyond the tree on the North side of the road and pull forward again for the sensor to pick up on your vehicle and the gate will open.


The October work party was held on October 16th which proved to be about a week late for draining of the fire trailers. The cold weather the week before caused the water to freeze in most of the valves on the trailers and split them wide open. The turn-out was very light but we managed to get the necessary things done to keep the range functioning. The toilet paper was restocked and the garbage cans were emptied. Target holders and gongs were repaired also. Those volunteering were: Jim Mooers, Galen Ruud, Don Thomas, David Sweet, Bob Elliott, Dennis Jones, Doug Lowndes, Mike Conley and Bill Lewis.


The archery range is far from finished but it has targets up and can be used. We hope to get it completed by spring and we will be asking for volunteers. The jobs that need to be done are the roofing of the target holders to preserve the targets, brush cutting spreading out the gravel in the parking area. We also hope to have some kind of storage container put on the range to store other targets and items in. A 18’ truck box has been donated but we need some way to get off the truck and to the range. Any volunteers for this work should contact Bill Lewis, 541-480-4695 or lewis.w.l@hotmail.com


Essential to any responsible hunting or Range trip is an ironclad adherence to the four basic rules of firearm safety that can be easily remembered using the TAB-K formula.

T = Treat every firearm as if it is loaded. Never assume a firearm is unloaded and never treat it that way, even if you watch as it is unloaded. Make it a habit to treat guns like they are loaded all the time.

A = Always point the muzzle in a safe direction. About one third of all hunting or gun range incidents are self inflicted injuries. That means the muzzle was pointed at some part of the shooter’s body. A safe direction is a direction where the bullet will travel and harm no one in the event of an unwanted discharge. There are no accidental discharges with firearms, only unwanted discharges.

B = Be certain of your target and what’s beyond it. Positive target identification is a must. To shoot at something you only think is a legal target is gambling. In the case of human injury, that means gambling with human life. You must be absolutely certain and correct in judgment before deciding to shoot. Otherwise, it’s reckless behavior. In addition to identifying the target, a shooter must know that a safe backstop for their bullet is present in every shooting situation. We don’t always hit our target, and, in some cases, the bullet passes through the target. A safe backstop guarantees that no one will get hurt.

K = Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot. If a hunter or shooter stumbles with a firearm in one hand and nothing in the other, whatever that person does with their free hand will automatically happen with the hand holding the gun. If a finger is inside the trigger guard, that hand is likely going to close around the pistol grip of the gun and on the trigger causing an unwanted discharge.


The trading post is a benefit that we provide for our members. Each ad will run for one month unless it is resubmitted. To run an ad, email content to lewis.w.l@hotmail.com by the 15th of the month.

FOR SALE: Sierra (100 count) Varminter 6mm .243 DIA 80 grain SBT Blitz #1515 26 boxes of 100 count available for purchase. $19.50/box of 100 541-390-3916 Arnie

FOR SALE: Home-built bullet casting station: All items sold as a lot only. Commercially made items (furnace, etc.); new $436.00 YOUR COST: $150.00

- Wood table (31” tall [from floor to table surface that everything else is sitting on] x 20” deep

x 42” long)

- Lyman Mag 20 bottom-pour casting furnace. Holds 20 lbs lead per batch. ($340.99 new)

- Lyman casting thermometer: newer ($43.47 new)

- 1 ea 4-cavity casting ingot mould ($18.49 new)

- 2 ea near-full 1 pound jars of casting flux ($13.95 ea new)

- 1 ea sprue removal hammer Inclined, padded drop tray for hot, fresh cast bulletscooled

bullet dump chute with receicing pan

- 1 ea bullet puller

- Sprue pot and misc. tools

- 1 copy Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook Call or text Tom Teaford at 541-815-6402


Springer Precision is looking for a full time shop assistant to help us manufacturer custom firearms parts. The job starts at $12.00 hour with room to salary increases based upon experience and performance. This is an indoor position and would be suitable for both retired persons and persons eager to enter into the gun making world.

Job duties will include:

- Under immediate supervision, operate CNC machines.

- Prepare completed milled parts for anodizing.

- Package and assemble parts.

- Assist with counter sales and packaging vendor orders.

- Assist with other firearms related tasks, possibly to include product testing, creation

of firearms related videos and assisting with trade show events.

Contact Michael Boyd at Springer Precision LLC for application and additional details.

541 480-5546

541 668-4857 (cell)


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