Board Actions – December Meeting
Synopsis only-see Bulletin Board for official meeting minutes.
The repair and painting of the exterior of the range was voted on as the project that will be our #1 priority for the coming year.
Other Board decisions:
  • John Pratt is to work on our old HEPA vacuum rather than MVS purchasing a new one. All other projects were tabled.

  • Steve Montgomery is to survey volunteers past and present in January.

  • Improvements to the Glenn Highway and their effects on the range were discussed.

For next time…(Jan 7, 2010 @ 7PM)
Preparing for the General Membership Meeting in February.

Brian stated that he needs to take a break, he is stepping down at the next annual meeting (February). The Board of Directors accepted his resignation and will be looking for a replacement. MVS thanks Brian Pinney for his invaluable service to the club.

Women On Target is Coming to MVS January 12, 2010 from 6 to 9 PM.

If you'd like to ...
  • Learn how to safely handle a firearm
  • Learn about safe storage options for your home
  • Learn about modern or historic firearms
  • Learn in the company of other women
  • Learn in a safe, friendly environment
  • Learn about competitive shooting and hunting basics
... then Women On Target® is right for you! “Women On Target is helping women learn shooting and hunting skills in a safe and supportive women-only atmosphere!”
On January 12, 2010, MVS will host a Women on Target .22 rifle clinic from
6:00 – 9:00 PM. Guest instructors Larry Boyle and Alexandra Brown from Firearms Education and Training will conduct this clinic.
What others have to say about Women On Target®
"The Women On Target program encourages women to participate in shooting sports, educates them on how to do so safely and successfully, then provides them with arenas in which to enjoy their newly found skills."
-- Doug Pike, outdoor columnist, the Houston Chronicle

Ladies Night Continues to be a Success at MVS
On our last Ladies Night at the Range, we had 16 shooters. Usually, each Ladies Night is characterized by a discussion or presentation of one facet of the shooting sports. We have had black powder shooters, small-bore position shooters, bulls-eye pistol shooters, and demonstrations of some esoteric equipment.
Usually, anyone who wants to shoot one of the demonstrated firearms is able
to do so. The ladies on Dec. 8th participated in a presentation about submachine guns and each had an opportunity to fire a real submachine gun. A great time was had by all.

Ladies Night Schedule
Ladies Only Nights are scheduled for:

Jan. 12th & 26th
Feb. 9th & 23rd
March 9th & 23rd
April 13th & 27th

Call Brenda Montgomery 746-3090 for more details.

WINTER HOURS-begin October 1st
Mondays & Wednesdays 6-9 PM
Saturdays & Sundays 4-9 PM
Fridays Noon to 9 PM
(Note: Mondays are for .22 caliber only)
New fee schedule as of Nov. 1st:
Non-Members $20
Members $10
Youth (under 18) $ 5
Punch cards (8 visits) $68
(Punch Cards reduce the cost to $8.50 per visit)

Note: punch cards are available to members only.

Monday Nights are for .22 only
Only .22 caliber pistols and rifles are allowed on Monday nights from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. There is also an NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program on these nights.
“Qualification shooting is an informal, year-round recreational shooting activity that provides incentive awards for developing and improving marksmanship skills…”
“…The courses of fire in the qualification program are designed to take shooters from beginning skill levels (Pro-Marksman, Marksman) through intermediate levels (Marksman 1st Class, Sharpshooter, Expert) up to a nationally recognized skill level -- Distinguished Expert...”
-Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program, NRA website.

Current Membership
MVS has 1237 members as of 12/1/09.

Scheduling Meeting
Events must be scheduled through Allen Chapman 357-2840 or by e-mail at

It is important for anyone wishing to schedule range time to attend these meetings.
The next Scheduling Meeting is set for March 15, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

Upcoming Classes
A Concealed Handgun Permit Class will be held on Jan 21, 22, and 23, 2010.
Classes on Jan. 21st and 22nd are from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at Palmer Fire Training Center on 645 E. Cope Industrial Way. On Jan 23rd, the 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 an NRA Basic Pistol class on Saturday, January 30, 2010 from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.

There will be a Defensive Handgun Skills Improvement Class on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 7:00 AM. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.

A Women’s Only Concealed Handgun Permit Class will be held on March, 20 2010. The class is from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM 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, April 24, 2010 at 7:00 AM. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.

NRA First Steps Pistol Orientation Classes are available on a sign-up basis.
The cost is $30 and will be taught by an NRA –Certified Firearms Instructor.
FIRST Steps Pistol is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific pistol action type for classes of four or fewer students.

Call or e-mail Steve Montgomery to sign up for a First Steps Pistol Orientation: Phone: 746-3090
(leave message before 5 PM)
E-Mail :
Attn: First Steps

Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminars

RTBAV Seminars teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for developing a strategy for ones personal safety.

Call or e-mail Steve Montgomery to schedule a Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminar. Phone: 746-3090
(Leave message before 5 PM)
E-Mail :

Note: on all classes only those students who pay in advance are guaranteed admittance. You may sign up without paying, but you will be on stand-by status and can attend only if room is left over after pre-paid class members are admitted.

For information on NRA Classes Available at MVS please contact Steve Montgomery, President, at either
746-3090 or e-mail at

Outdoor Range Committee Members:
Dick Barlow 745-2784.
Mike Kelly 357-6562
Jim Kaufman
Earl Lackey 376-1003

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 the Outdoor Range Committee. Please call a member of the Outdoor Range Committee to donate much needed time and/or money. All donations are tax-deductible

Pick. Click. Give.
In January, when you apply for your Permanent Fund Dividend, you will again have the opportunity to give to your favorite Alaska nonprofit organizations like the Matanuska Valley Sportsmen. Pick. Click. Give. provides a safe and secure way to make a donation, and it's available to all Alaskans who file on-line.

When you go on-line to sign up for your dividend, you will see the option called PFD Charitable Contributions Program (Pick. Click. Give). Click and follow the instructions to make a donation.
Organizations from across the state have been qualified for the program this year, so you're likely to find one you already support, and you can use this way to make an additional gift. Or you may find a new organization whose mission is important to you, and you can donate to that organization.

Matanuska Valley Sportsmen is on the list for 2010. We appreciate any and all support you can give.

You may give all or part of your dividend, whatever is appropriate for you and your family. We simply encourage you to give.

MVS Quorum

At MVS, our By-Laws provide that a quorum at our General Membership Meeting in February is 5 percent of our dues paying members. With our current membership, a quorum is 50-70 members. It has been difficult to get that many people to attend. We would like your suggestions on how to improve attendance at the General Membership Meeting so that we might have a quorum to do club business. Please let us know how you think attendance at the General Membership meeting could be improved and/or how a quorum could be achieved.

Please let us know your thoughts either by filling out our survey by going to the following web link on your computer
You may also contact the Board President, Steve Montgomery, at this e-mail address:

Of course, regular mail is also always welcome. Please direct your thoughts on the quorum issue to:

Steve Montgomery, President
Matanuska Valley Sportsmen, Inc.
P.O. Box 1875
Palmer, Alaska 99645

User Group News

Matches are held the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month. Contact Allen Chapman for details/schedule. 357-2840 or by e-mail at

The Alaska 49ers Cowboy Action Shooting Club has returned to MVS. Contact Brenda Montgomery (Outpost Rider) at 746-3090 for details/schedule.

For more information contact: Andrea Tesch 333-0265.

Words of Wisdom
"It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains."
--Patrick Henry

"The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Where, some say, is the king of America? I'll tell you, friend, He reigns above."
--Thomas Paine

"I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day."
--Abraham Lincoln

Next Board Meeting
The next Board of Directors meeting will be held January 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the MVS Range complex.
(All members are always welcome to attend.)

Current MVS Board Members
Steve Montgomery, Pres., 746-3090
Earl Lackey, Vice-President 376-1003
Leonard Toop, Treasurer, 745-0386
Mike Kelly, Secretary, 357-6562
Jon Leary, 745-8531
Bob Lochman, 248-9676
Pat Reed, 376-6826

Brian Pinney, Range Manager 232-6480