Sunday, August 31, 2014

First newsletter of the week......lots happenin'

We are probably going to have two newsletters this week to get everything in.  So, please take notes so you don't forget anything.

First, we have so many folks spending the day here, the guys, Jon and Adam made a barbecue/smoker that we can use for special events.  In addition, it is on wheels so we can also wheel it to your favorite range for your own picnic.  Shoot while you cook hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, steak, lobster, corn or anything you want.  Jon and Adam have volunteered to stand by your sizzling lobsters and steak while you shoot.

Jon fired it up today for its maiden voyage and cooked hamburgers, hotdogss and corn.  We did a taste testing and it was delish.  It is good enough for our shooter friends.

I took pictures, but unfortunately, the meat didn't survive the feeding frenzy.   No one wanted to get close during the feed for fear of getting bit.  There is some corn left.  Ask for it.  It is in the back in the refrig.

We have found a new way to support Massey's Rangers.  The first way is that we have is targets that are a deck of cards.  Some folks are using them to play poker, but we thought they were to play Fish.  Go figure.  But they are your cards, do what you want.

The targets are $5.00 each.  After we pay back Larry, we get to keep the proceeds to help Massey's Rangers buy equipment for competitions and travel expenses.  Larry provides rifles, closes the steel 22 range for competitions  and practice, targets and equipment for USPSA.

Massey's Rangers have their own Facebook Like Page.  Like it to hear about updates.

We have another target for Kids' Competitions that will allow kids to shoot at any time.  More on that after we get the target stands up on the range and the web page built.

Labor Day is free rentals for all.  Don't miss it.  Come early.  We have been the busiest in the early afternoon.  Bring something to bbq and our hungry, underpaid staff will wheel it out to you.

Sunday is our CHL class.  We have 3 more Hunter's Safety Classes this month.  Check out our Calendar of Events.

Ok, take a break from reading.  The other newsletter will be coming soon.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Busy September Coming Up.

This weekend, the last is August (good riddance hot weather), is free rentals for college students on Saturday.  

This marks your last weekend of freedom and any money you earned this summer.  Back to hitting the books.   UTB and UTPA students graduating this May will be the last UTB and UTPA graduates ever before the two universities consolidate to form UTRGV.  Keep watching our Newsletter.  We will have a special graduation day for you in May.

Saturday is also our CHL class.    This class is for new shooters and experienced shooters.  If you have not yet purchased a handgun, take the class before you buy. Click here for the Texas State's FAQs for concealed carry.  Check if you are someone who needs to have a license.  

We are celebrating Labor Day weekend by giving our friendly staff more work.  Labor Day Weekend brings specials for everyone.  See the specials below:

Saturday is free rentals for college students.  That includes UTB, TSC, TSTC, STC, UTPA  and the private technical colleges.  Just show your ID or anything else to prove you are a student.  A very sad face with an depleted wallet will do.  You will need to have $15.00 range fee and ammo.  Bring your own or buy here.

Sunday is 50 Cal. day.  We usually charge $25.00 for the first round.  From 1 pm to 3 pm we will drop the $15.00 staff fee.  So, every shot is $10.00.  Bring a camera and post your video on our regular   Facebook page, our Like Page orMassy's Rangers Like Page, a like page for youth under 18.  If you rent it, you have to carry it out!  Our friendly staff carriers out the ammo.

Monday is Free Rentals for all!  We really want our staff to work hard to celebrate Labor Day.  That is what it is all about right?  You can use any of our firearms in our rental shelves.  This is a good time to try new firearms.  You will only be charged for the day fee and ammo.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

New Additions Over the Summer

Lots of changes over the summer. The biggest you will notice as you walk into the shop. Lots of room to sit, visit with staff and friends and even play games between shooting.

We have come to the conclusion that target shooting is a social sport. Our customers come here spend a relaxing and fun day with family and friends.  So we made it more comfortable for you.

This was also so customers can get to the counter to register!

We also added a video gaming  area.  Kids of all ages can take a break and use one of the two gaming stations.  Or, make it a reason to stay longer with your friends and
family.  The games are included in your day pass admission.

This room will also be used for classes and meetings.  Our classes are always informal with an emphasis on learning and enjoyment for  very interesting topics.  And, no, your day pass does not include an overnight on the couch.  That is reserved for staff.

We added a new bowling pin range.  Bowling pins have become the favorite target so we added one more bowling pin range.  The bowling pins are proving to be a favorite range.  You need a 9mm or bigger to knock them over.  This new bowling pin range is for friendly competitions.   The other range is for our Saturday competition and practice.

We have updated our descriptions of our ranges on our webpage.  Click here to see them. 

The Hunter Safety Classes for August are on Wednesday the 13th, Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th. Visit our Hunter Safety webpage to learn what you need to do before the class.  We only have three more classes in September before White winged dove season opens on September 20th.  Take the course now, in August, and practice shooting in September on our Shotgun Range.   

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Procrastinators now is the time to attend the Hunter Safety Course

OK, procrastinators.  The August dates for the Hunter Safety Course are August 13, 16, or 17.  The course starts at 2 pm.  There are some steps you need to take before you come.  The State provides written information and a test that is on the Internet.  Complete that test first, print out your scores.  Click here for more detailed instructions.

You only need to take the workshop once, however if you have kids, friends or
others coming with you, then they  have to take the Course.

You will learn many interesting things that will eliminate hunting accidents.

We have a CHL Class on Sunday, August 3rd.  Show up at 2 pm.  The class will last until 8 pm.

We are continuing Saturday Date Night throughout the summer.  After 4 until the range closes, it is two fer one.
Do you want to update an old shotgun for hunting season?  This is a  picture of a refurbished shotgun that had a broken stock, sticking action and pitted barrel.  It went through a through cleaning, duracoating, wood refinishing and diamond patterning on the reject portal.

Don't give up on your old firearms.  This one took down many deer before it was retired to a closet.  Give them a new life.  Bring them in.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

What is happening with the AK's?

What is going on with AK-47? In our heightened economic sanction war with Russia over it's antics in Ukraine, the State Deportment has been banning companies from importing products made in Russia since Russia started taking over the Ukraine. As a result of the Malaysia flight being shot down over the Ukraine, the number of economic sanctions has greatly increased.

The latest round of banned companies included Kalashnikov Concern who manufactures AK's and other products. Not all firearms companies have been sanctioned so Russian goods will still come in.

This is a ban of new imports only, not what is in the US currently. It is still legal to purchase them, own them and shoot them in the U.S. They are banned from import to the U.S, however other countries will most likely figure out a way to profit from this and bring AK's back into the market.

It may take Russia a while to figure how to get the AK back into the American market. The picture shown here obviously demonstrates that they have not learned the first rule of safe gun handling. Always point your gun in a safe direction. We can see why their troops are diminishing. They seem to have a difficult time learning.

How long these sanctions will continue is unknown. The sanctions are directed toward companies that will hurt the Russian economy. First companies sanctioned last year were the gas and oil. It is a common practice to install economic sanctions like we have done in Iraq and other countries. The best is to contract your Congressman or Legislature and talk to them about the AK's ban.

Meanwhile at the Range every thing is going strong. This summer we are making new ranges and improving others. The shop is now a place to hang out and talk about what we all like to talk about, how great a shot we are.

The Glock 42 is coming in, inconsistently, but coming in. Let us know if you want to be added to the list as they arrive.

CHL class is the last Saturday of the month. Don't miss this one.

It is getting close to panic time for hunter safety class. Do this is August so you won't miss the fall seasons. Check here for the dates the classes are given.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Specials for the 4th and regular stuff

We have specials for the 4th of July weekend.

Friday is free rentals for everyone.  Start with the 22's and work your way up to the AKs and ARs.

Saturday is 50 Cal day.  We are waiving the $25 fee.  All you have to do is pay for the ammo.  Tag us on your photos!  It makes those who missed the day drool all over their $600 smart phone.

Sunday is one kid is free with a paying adult.  Bring your daughters, sons, nieces, nephews and kids on your block.  There is noting finer for our staff than seeing a responsible adult teach a child how to shoot safely.  OK, someone just asked.  Kids are 16 and under.  The actions of your spouse does not qualify them a kid.  They are a kid at heart.

Sunday is CHL class.  Show up at 2 pm, grab a brownie and a soda and have a seat.  This is the best 6 hours you will spend.  You will need a handgun and 100 rounds of ammo.  If you do not have one, we have rentals.  It really is wise to take this class before you buy.

Have a great fun and safe weekend.  We value all our shooters.  We want you well and alive.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Over 50,000 plus hits on our website!

Thanks to you all.  In the last six monthswe have had over 50,000 hits on our website.  Whew.  Thanks folks!  We hope you all come and see us soon!

This is a busy weekend.  We have our CHL classes this Saturday.  You know the drill.  Come at 2 pm, grab a brownie and a drink and join us for a very informative class.  You can bring your own firearm or rent one of ours.  This class is recommended for those seeking a CHL and those informing themselves about firearm laws and safety.

We have started our courses for Hunter Safety.  If you plan on hunting in Texas this fall, you  need to have your hunter safety course out of the way.  Do not wait until the Fall.  Get is this summer and spend Fall outfitting yourself.  Click here for more information.

You only need to take this course once.  If you are planning to hunt with your kids, bring them along.  They also need to take the course before they hunt.

When you get your deer, we will happily BBQ your deer sausage and help you eat it!  We are just that great.

Our last post talked about the Supreme Court clarification on how to purchase firearms as a gift.  The best thing to do is purchase a gift certificate from us.  You pick out the gun you want to give as a gift.  We make a gift package that you give the lucky gal or guy.  They come into the shop and pick it up.  Both of you go out and shoot it for the first time.  What can be better?  OK, there is a couple more days until Christmas, but planning is everything.

This weekend the RGV Shooters is having a IDPA pistol shoot.  Hop in their website for more details.  If you are new to competitions, they are the best group to start with.  Members, you are needed to help set up on Saturday.

We have set up a practice range for those of you who want to practice.  Just let the staff know when you arrive that you are practicing for competitions and they will set up the range for you.  We have practice for our plinking and bowling pins as well as IDPA and USPSA.

Come and see us this summer.  We get the cool golf breezes and an air conditioned  shop for relaxing with gun guys and gals.

Final thing.  If you are not on our Facebook, click here to join.