Big Bore Range Construction Update

The long-awaited construction project on the Big Bore Range is breaking ground this week!

On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, the contractor will begin prepping the site for construction, followed by clearing the space behind the 25 yard berm. As a result, the Big Bore Range will be closed September 9 – 11. It will reopen Saturday, September 12, and remain open through Sunday, September 13.

Starting on Monday, September 14, the range will close again, until further notice as the contractors begin digging the footings for the supports of the new No Blue Sky (NBS) system.

We will be in constant communication with the contractors, and will open the range whenever it is safe to do so. Please check back for updates.

Once completed, our No Blue Sky system will look similar
to this, except with fewer support posts and steel baffles.

Once completed, the NBS system will be a series of overhead steel baffles running downrange. From the firing line, shooters will not be able to see above the backstop (hence, “no blue sky”), which means any stray round that might miss the backstop will be stopped by the baffles before it could leave the range. This will increase range safety.

Check out the Summer 2020 newsletter for more details on this project.

 
Photos of range construction will be uploaded to the Club’s flickr page.

Clubhouse and Indoor Range Reopen Sept 9th

Beginning Wednesday, September 9th, the Clubhouse and Indoor Range will reopen to members (and family). Everyone entering the building must sign in on the contact tracing log on the porch, and while inside any part of the building, wear a mask at all times and maintain a 6′ physical distance from anyone not from their own household.

Physical distancing is also required in the Indoor Range. If range use exceeds this distancing, arriving shooters must wait until others leave. Anyone shooting is asked to be mindful of members waiting. Surfaces should be sanitized before and after touching them (ie, light switches, door knobs, restroom surfaces), and hands should be washed or sanitized frequently. The Reznor air handler should be on AT ALL TIMES when the indoor range is occupied.

All COVID-19 safety guidelines must be observed:

  • Stay more than 6′ away from others whenever possible
  • Masks must be worn when social distancing is not possible
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often
  • If you aren’t feeling well, stay home and contact your doctor

LSC Open to the Public Effective July 14th

Update as of July 14, 2020

 

The Lowell Sportsmen’s Club is once again open to the public for scheduled public events.

This includes Sunday/Wednesday Trap and Skeet, Thursday Night Archery, Friday Night Fun Shoot, and other PUBLIC events listed on our calendar. More events will be added as they are rescheduled.

The Clubhouse and Indoor Range remain closed due to the new office construction project. When this project is completed and the main hall cleaned up and organized, the Clubhouse and Indoor Range will once again be available for use.

All COVID-19 safety guidelines must be observed:

  • Stay more than 6′ away from others whenever possible
  • Masks must be worn when social distancing is not possible
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often
  • If you aren’t feeling well, stay home and contact your doctor

LSC Reopened Effective May 18th

Update as of May 18th, 2020

 

Members of the Lowell Sportsmen’s Club:

The Lowell Sportsmen’s Club is once again open, effective immediately, with conditions.

The reopening plan for Massachusetts, announced this morning during Governor Baker’s press conference, permits outdoor shooting ranges to open on May 18th. Therefore, the gate code will be reset to the code that was contained in your 2020 membership letter. Members may once again use Club facilities.

Although outdoor ranges are open, the Clubhouse and Indoor Range remain closed.

Wednesday/Sunday Skeet and Trap, along with Thursday night Archery, will resume as normal, provided range officers are available. Range-specific COVID-19 rules are posted at these ranges and must be observed.

No guests are permitted.

All COVID-19 safety guidelines must be observed:

  • Stay more than 6′ away from others whenever possible
  • Masks must be worn when social distancing is not possible
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often
  • If you aren’t feeling well, stay home and contact your doctor

The Club is in the process of acquiring hand sanitizer to make available at the ranges. In the meantime, and whenever possible, please bring your own.

Health officials are highlighting that during the reopening process, it is important to still be smart and use common sense regarding person health.

Thanks to all members for enduring the temporary Club closure during this global emergency.

COVID-19 Update + Club Reopening

From President Brian Campbell:

At the May 5th Eboard meeting, the eboard voted to open the club on a limited basis, starting Saturday May 9th. These limits are:

  • Members ONLY, no guests. Wearing of your membership badge will be required as always, with more stringent enforcement. If you want to use a range, your membership badge must be worn and be visible.
  • Outdoor ranges ONLY (Trap, Skeet, Big Bore, .22, Archery, Black Powder, Pond, and boating.)
  • The Indoor Range and Clubhouse will remain CLOSED. This includes the restroom – plan accordingly.
  • All special events are still suspended. However, Sunday/Wednesday trap and skeet, Thursday archery, and First Saturday Black Powder will resume, provided range officers are available.
  • The eboard will continue with regular virtual meetings, but monthly general meetings remain suspended.

You, as members, are responsible to follow the rules to minimize the risk to yourself and others. You are ultimately responsible for your own health and safety. Those members using our outdoor ranges will need to follow the Massachusetts COVID-19 Prevention guidelines, and the guidelines suggested by GOAL posted at each range:

  • Stay 6 feet away from others, and masks are required when this is not possible
  • Don’t shake hands, avoid groups of more than 10 people
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid sharing equipment
  • Clean things before and after you touch them (like shooting stations and chairs) with household cleaning spray or wipes (please bring from home)
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hand
  • And as always, observe all firearm and range safety practices

Specific rules for Trap (Thanks Phil Sullivan for putting this together)

  • Maximum number of shooters on the trap range at one time is five members. No non-members or non-shooters allowed. No observers.
  • Only one person opens/closes the trap house and loads the trap machines. The trap house is too tight for more than one person.
  • Only one person opens/closes the garage and gets out/puts away the call boxes and controller.
  • A third person or the garage person should bring clays down to the trap house to replenish what
    was used that day.
  • Do not use a scorer as the scoring materials are typically handled by more than one person.
  • If there are more than three shooters at the range, shooters 4 and/or 5 should do nothing except stay 6-10’ away from everybody else until it’s their turn at the shooting line.
  • When moving from station five to station one leave 6-10’ between you and the shooters on the
    line.
  • Pick up your own empty hulls.
  • Put your payment in an envelope or plastic bag that you provide noting the number of rounds you shot and how much money you put in the envelope/bag. You must bring exact change. Bring your own pen. Pens should not be shared. Drop your own envelope in the caretaker’s mailbox.

COVID-19 Update + Letter from the President

To My Fellow Lowell Sportsmen’s Club Members,

Massachusetts is currently in the middle of an unprecedented health crisis. The Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is sweeping through our state and nation, leaving behind severe hardships and multiple deaths. Many of my own family members and friends are presently on the frontlines in the battle against the ravages of COVID-19.

The Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, has put forth executive orders mandating all non-essential businesses and services to be closed until at least the 4th of May. In his initial order ranges and stores selling firearms were on the list of essential services. However, within a week the Baker administration reversed course and removed both services from the list. Board members of the Lowell Sportsmen’s Club have reached out to various sources seeking clarification of the governor’s order. We have also contacted our many sister clubs in the area to inquire how they are addressing this situation.

The Lowell Sportsmen’s Club Board of Directors met by conference call on Tuesday evening the 7th of April. After two hours of discussion, and at times a passionate debate, we came to the conclusion to close our club and all its facilities. Therefore, effective Saturday April 11, 2020, the front gate lock combination will be changed and all ranges, indoors and out, will be closed. This rule also includes the clubhouse, fishpond, and the boating facilities. The club’s closure will only remain in effect until the governor lifts the order on gun stores and ranges, and it is once again safe for people to gather in large groups. The board made this decision for the consideration of the health and safety of our members, many of whom are in the most vulnerable population for acquiring this disease.

Although individuals will be permitted to hike the surrounding grounds for physical activity, during this time, we encourage all members to respect the board’s decision and refrain from traveling to the club for any reason. If any members are observed violating this decision by utilizing ranges or other facilities, they will be reported to the EBoard and actions of suspension to termination of membership will be considered.

We sincerely hope our members understand the reasoning behind the EBoard’s decision to take this profound step. We are all waiting the time when we can again enjoy a sport we love.

Please feel free to contact any board member or myself with questions or comments regarding this rule.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy!

Brian D. Campbell COL, USA (ret)
President Lowell Sportsmen’s Club

COVID-19 Update – April 11th, 2020

What This Means

  • Effective Saturday, April 11th, the code of the main gate at the street will be changed to prevent access to the property.
  • All ranges, including archery and the fishing pond, as well as the clubhouse, are closed.
  • Members who wish to walk the Club property for exercise are permitted to park outside the main gate and walk in. Badges must be visible at all times. Also, you are responsible for observing all COVID-19 safety guidelines, which includes not touching tables, benches, or other surfaces within the Club. We are not able to keep everything disinfected, so it is your responsibility to practice social distancing and good hygiene at all times.
  • In support of law enforcement, the Middlesex Sheriffs and Chelmsford Police will still use the Club to train and qualify their officers. When using the Club, these departments are required to follow strict disinfecting and cleanup procedures before and after their sessions. Considering the emergency conditions we face, preventing law enforcement from being at their best would be a disservice to our community.
  • General monthly meetings are suspended until further notice. Although using a conference call for E-Board meetings works, it doesn’t seem like a feasible option for a general meeting. We are continuing to explore Zoom and other video conferencing tools, and members will be notified if we are able to conduct a virtual meeting. In the meantime, First and Second membership readings are also suspended, and Membership Secretary Darlene Parker will be contacting the pending applicants. As always, any member is welcome to attend an E-Board meeting; that has not changed. Contact President Brian Campbell for information on how to join the conference call.
  • We will also be making special arrangements utility companies who routinely service the Club. Jim Martin will be coordinating with them during this time, as well as anyone else who needs emergency access to the property.

This is an unprecedented time for all of us. The E-Board made this decision only after exhaustive discussion, because it was not the outcome anyone wanted, but was clearly the only choice under the circumstances. The LSC is a member-run club, and everyone’s input is welcome and valued. Please direct comments to Brian Campbell, or any member of the E-Board.

The E-Board will endeavor to keep the membership as up to date as possible as conditions change. Please watch your email, the website, and Facebook for additional updates. We’re all in this together. Keeping safe and healthy is the best way we can get through this.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines:

  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others
  • Stay 6 feet away from others
  • Don’t shake hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean things before and after you touch them (like doorknobs and tabletops) with household cleaning spray or wipes (please bring from home)
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hand

COVID-19 and the Lowell Sportsmen’s Club

Due to State and Federal public health guidelines, the Executive Board of the Lowell Sportsmen’s Club is taking the following action:

  • Weekly scheduled events (trap, skeet, archery, and pistol) are suspended. Members of the public are not permitted at the Club.
  • Other events, including training classes, are suspended until further notice. These events will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Members are still allowed to use the Club and ranges. However, it is important to use common sense when at the club.

  • First, if you feel sick or are showing symptoms, stay home or seek medical treatment.
  • Use the hand sanitizer and soap and water available at the Club. As always, wash your hands after shooting, with hot water and soap, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Maintain comfortable distances between people, preferably 3-6 feet.
  • Do not share eye or ear protection, and firearms or other equipment should be sanitized with alcohol wipes before being used by another shooter.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 after being at the Club, please inform your medical provider and the E-Board, so we can try to notify any other members you may have been in contact with.

This situation, and recommendations from health officials, have been developing rapidly. We will provide the membership with additional information as it is warranted.

MA Gun Laws Seminar with GOAL’s Jon Green

Tuesday, Jan 21st, 6pm-9:30. This event is free and open to the public.

Massachusetts is well known for fragmented and convoluted gun laws. This presentation will help to separate fact from fiction and provide guests with a basic understanding of MA gun law regarding the possession, transportation and storage of guns in this State. Additional topics include MA assault weapons laws, the approved roster and, the buying and selling of guns.

This class is presented by Jon Green the Director of Education and Training for Gun Owners’ Action League.

2020 Membership Renewals

All notifications have gone out for 2020 Membership Renewals, both email and USPS. Please read your bill carefully to understand and double-check the amount you owe for your dues.

Dues are due by January 31st, either postmarked or paid online. Online payments can be made at http://lowellsc.org/about/join-renew-online/.

If you have any questions, please contact Membership Secretary Darlene Parker at membership@lowellsc.org.

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