Open House, Thursday Nov. 13, 2008.
MATANUSKA VALLEY SPORTSMEN’S ASSOCIATION
MVS wishes to express its thanks to all who turned out for our Open House/Re-opening celebration.
A special thanks to Noel and Jean Woods, Brenda Montgomery, and Bob Lochman for putting together a fine selection of snacks for the Open House.
We again express our sincere thanks to those who helped make the financing of the new HVAC system possible. They include:
State of Alaska Grant
Carl Gatto, Charlie Huggins, Mark Neuman, Lyda Green, Wes Keller, Bill Stoltz
Alaska Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund (AFWCF)
AK Chapter Safari Club International
Jack Cripe - J bar B Enterprises
Bobby Graham - Glacier Aircraft Parts
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Johnson
Mr. & Mrs. David Snyder -Diversified Tire
John Veit- Valley Golf Shop
A Range Use Scheduling Meeting was held on Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 7:00 PM. Schedules for range use by user groups were completed through Feb 2010. Events must be scheduled through Allen Chapman 357-2480or by e-mail at
The next scheduling meeting is set for Monday, February 9, 2009 at 7:00 PM.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board of Directors meeting will be on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 7:00 PM at the MVS range complex.
A Concealed Handgun Permit Class will be held on January 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.
Classes on Jan. 22nd and 23rd are from 6:00 to 8:30 at MTA. On Jan 24th, class is from 9:00 until 3:00 and is located at the MVS range complex. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.
There will be a Defensive Handgun Skills Improvement Class on Saturday, Feb. 21st at 7:00 AM at the MVS range. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.
A Concealed Handgun Permit Class will be held on Sat. April 18th class from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. This class is located at the MVS range complex. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.
There will be an NRA Basic Pistol Class on Saturday, April 25th at the MVS range complex. Time is from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM
There will be a Defensive Handgun Skills Improvement Class on Saturday, May 16th at 7:00 AM at the MVS range. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.
A Concealed Handgun Permit Class will be held on July 23rd, 24th, and 25th.
Classes on July 23rd, 24th are from 6:00 to 8:30 at MTA. On July 25th, class is from 9:00 until 3:00 and is located at the MVS range complex. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.
There will be a Defensive Handgun Skills Improvement Class on Saturday, August 29th at 7:00 AM. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.
When we re-open we will be on our winter hours schedule.
Mondays 6-9 PM
Wednesdays 6-9 PM
Fridays Noon- 9 PM
Saturdays 4 PM – 9 PM
Sundays 4 PM -9 PM
Membership Extended to Cover Shutdown
All memberships will be extended for four (4) months from the date of their issue to compensate for the range shutdown/HVAC upgrade. For example, if your membership was set to expire in July, 2008. It will now expire in November, 2008.
The outdoor range remains unavailable for general use until we announce it as open to the public. Questions regarding the progress of the outdoor range should be directed to our project manager, Dick Barlow 745-2784.
User Group News
Matches are held the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month. Contact Allen Chapman for details/schedule. 357-2480or by e-mail at
COWBOY ACTION SHOOTS
The Alaska 49ers Cowboy Action Shooting Club has returned to MVS. Contact Brenda Montgomery (Outpost Rider) at 746-3090 for details/schedule.
BULLS EYE PISTOL
For more information contact: George Strother 376-3865, Joe Bishop 338-8375 or Andrea Tesch 333-0265.
If you have anything you wish to buy or sell, you can place a free ad in our classified section.
E-mail Steve Montgomery at
You can also drop off items for the newsletter at the range. Address them with “Attn. Newsletter Item”, and I will do my best to get them in the next newsletter.
Words of Wisdom
At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a Mrs. Powel anxiously awaited the results, and as Benjamin Franklin emerged from the long task now finished, asked him directly: "Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" "A republic if you can keep it" responded Franklin.
As we look forward to a new year and the promise of certain change; the statement, "A republic if you can keep it." takes on a renewed meaning for shooters and gun enthusiasts. We must be resolute in defense of our Second Amendment rights. We must be willing to speak up, volunteer time and treasure, and make ourselves heard in the market-place of ideas. We are blessed to live in the freest of all nations upon the face of this earth. Let us strive together to keep it ever so.
Current MVS Board Members
Steve Montgomery, Pres., 746-3090
Noel Woods, Vice-President, 745-3027
Jon Leary, Secretary, 745-8531
Susan Grasser, Treasurer, 745-3772
Bob Lochman, 248-9676
Pat Reed, 376-6826
Earl Lackey, 376-1003
Brian Pinney, Range Mgr., 232-6480
LADIES ONLY NIGHTS
Matanuska Valley Sportsmen, Inc.
Mile 38.5 Glen Highway Palmer, AK 99645
This climate controlled 12 point; indoor shooting range will be open to women only from 6-9 p.m. on selected Tuesday nights beginning October 21, 2008.
Brenda Montgomery @ 746-3090 For more information or a schedule contact:
(Before 5 p.m. leave a message)