Big Timber Rifle and Pistol Club

is located just outside of Siletz, Oregon just off of Highway 229. For you shotgun and archery lovers, we have that too!  BTRPC is a non-profit 501(c)(7), that is run by a handful of devoted firearms enthusiasts.  We are always looking for new members and dedicated men, women, and children to get involved in our happenings.

Please enjoy the website, and come visit us at one of our monthly meetings held at 1900 hours on every 3rd Monday of the month at The Timbers Restaurant and Lounge meeting room in Toledo.

  • 500 Meter Rifle Range
  • 25 Yard Pistol Range
  • 50 Yard Archery Range
  • Covered Shooting Shelters
  • Classroom Facility
  • Regularly Scheduled Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun Shoots

Please download and review the rules:

 

Reminder:
When you sign the Waiver and Release of Liability each year with your membership application, for both new and renewal members, you sign indicating that you understand these rules, know what they mean and will abide by them. Your membership may be revoked for breaking these rules.

PRESIDENT

John Way

(541) 272-7243
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VICE PRESIDENT

Walt Heller

(541) 336-2907

SECRETARY, WEBMASTER

Rich Fix

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TREASURER, MEMBERSHIP

Earl Agee

(541) 994-2437
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MEMBER AT LARGE

Bill Henderson

(541) 609-1021

HUNTER SAFETY

Dave Boyce

(541) 336-2936

LATE NOTICE - MAY 2020 MEMBERSHIP MEETING IS CANCELLED

We hope to return to The Timbers in June 2020!

The May Newsletter has been completed:

The downloadable file prints out to 3 pages, and no longer includes a calendar page.  Please visit the calendar page of the website for up-to-date listings.


“Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.”

~ Squire Bill Widener of Widener’s Valley, Virginia
   Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography, chapter IX

DEFENSIVE GUN USES IN THE UNITED STATES
One popular falsehood that gun control advocates like to spread is to say that firearms just aren't used very often in self-defense by law-abiding citizens.  As the website linked below reports, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost every major study on defensive gun use has found that Americans use their firearms defensively between 500,000 and 3 million times each year.  There’s good reason to believe that most defensive gun uses are never reported to law enforcement, much less picked up by local or national media outlets.”


SOURCE: Heritage Foundation Research.

The linked webpage of The Heritage Foundation provides an interactive map to recently reported defensive gun uses in the United States.  As we're currently in a political election season, now is a good time to bookmark this page in your browser for the next time someone asks you to give them an example of a law-abiding citizen using a firearm in self-defense.  (May 1, 2020)

APRIL MEMBERSHIP MEETING CANCELLED
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be cancelling the April 2020 membership meeting.  Please stay safe, we hope to be back together soon.  (April 15, 2020)

2020 OREGON LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO END THIS WEEK
The absolute longest the 2020 Oregon Legislative session can run to is March 7, 2020 at 11:59pm.  The Republicans have used the only tool they have in the toolbox to prevent the Democrats from passing this year's version of the egregious carbon tax bill…  They have walked out to deny a quorum.  In doing so, they are also preventing the malicious anti-gun bills on this year's Democratic legislatve agenda from making progress.  Please write those brave legislative representatives and thank them for preventing these atrocious bills from seeing the light of day.

Then, get ready for the real battle we will be facing this year, which will be keeping a couple of anti-gun ballot measures from making the November general election ballot.  The risk is high when anti-gun legislation is in front of the general population and a vote of 50% +1 can decide the fate for all.  Remember, gun owners are now in the minority…  It's up to us to get the word out and educate those who do not understand the importance of our right to keep and bear arms!  (March 2, 2020)

LOST AND FOUND
About a week or so ago, a member left a firearm at the range that has not yet been turned in.  In packing his gear back into his vehicle, he mistakenly left a box behind and only realized it the next day when he unpacked the vehicle at home.  Immediately returning to the range, it was not where he believed he left it.  There was one firearm and some other items in the box.  If you have these items, or know of the disposition of them, please contact John Way at (541) 272-7243 so he may facilitate the return to the owner.

A stapler was found recently at the range.  Two magazines were found at the range on Saturday, August 3rd.  Call or go to Wesley's Trading Post in Newport and describe items to claim.  (updated November 5, 2019)

Wesley's Trading Post
136 SE 1st St
Newport, OR 97365
(541) 265-4556

THE TRUTH ABOUT ASSAULT WEAPONS
To go along with some of Mike's thoughts in the September newsletter, I thought I'd post this link to a webpage that should help you dispell one of the anti-gunners most common arguments. (September 2, 2019)



REST IN PEACE
Wayne Hodges, BTRPC Vice-President, passed away Friday, March 22nd after an extended illness.  Read more in the April newsletter.  (April 2, 2019)


The one and only Wayne Hodges, we will miss you.

BENCHREST MATCHES - THIRD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH
Got an accurate rifle?  Come out to the Steel Gong Benchrest Matches on the third Saturday of May, June and July.  200, 300, 385 and 500 meter gongs of around 2 minute size will challenge your skill.  10 shots at each range with sighters.  $5.00 entry fee, starts at 9:00am.

In August, we will return to the Military Rifle Match format, which is also a benchrest shoot.  Bring out those old Springfield, Mauser, Enfield and other military rifles and have some fun.  Shoot at the regular silhouettes (chicken, pig, turkey and ram) at 100, 200, 300 and 385 meters for iron sights, and out to 500 meters for vintage sniper rifles.  40 shots for record with sighters.  $5.00 entry fee, starts at 9:00am.  (March 19, 2019)

GUN RIGHTS BY STATE
Here is an interesting map that shows which states have the most “freedom” in different categories as determined by the CATO Institute… The category shown is gun rights.  Click here to be taken to the website where you can see other categories.  Oregon's Democratically controlled 2019 Legislative Session could have our once great state dropping all the way down to #50 on this map.


LOST & FOUND
There have been several items found at the range lately.  If any of these items are yours, please call Wesley's Trading Post at (541) 265-4556 and provide a full, accurate description of your items to claim.  (December 16, 2018)

  • Box of rifle ammunition.
  • .22 LR target.
  • Sweatshirt.
  • Knife and sheath.
  • Spotting scope.
  • Rifle magazine.

THE MYTH OF U.S. MASS SHOOTINGS


Want to read “old” news?

The link below takes you to a page where you may read previous articles published in the NEWS & NOTICES column, and/or download archived editions of our newsletter.

May 21
Lincoln County Parole & Probation
Pistol range closed until 4pm.
Contact: John Way
June 6
Work Party
All ranges closed until 3pm.
Contact: John Way
June 13
N.S.S.F. Rimfire Challenge
Public welcome, 9:00am start.
FREE .22 LR Ammo for Kids!
Pistol range closed all day.
Contact: John Way
June 20
Steel Gong Benchrest Match
Public welcome.
Rifle range closed all day.
Contact: Dave Boyce
June 27
CHL Range Session
Logical Response, LLC
Pistol range 3-5pm.
Range is open and shared.
Contact: Chris Miller
July 4
Work Party
All ranges closed until 3pm.
Contact: John Way
July 11
N.S.S.F. Rimfire Challenge
Public welcome, 9:00am start.
FREE .22 LR Ammo for Kids!
Pistol range closed all day.
Contact: John Way
July 14
Lincoln County Parole & Probation
Pistol range closed until 4pm.
Contact: John Way
July 18
Steel Gong Benchrest Match
Public welcome.
Rifle range closed all day.
Contact: Dave Boyce
July 18
CHL Range Session
Logical Response, LLC
Pistol range 3-5pm.
Range is open and shared.
Contact: Chris Miller