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
Email me

VICE PRESIDENT

Wayne Hodges

(541) 875-4381

SECRETARY, WEBMASTER

Rich Fix

(541) 265-4454
Email me

TREASURER, MEMBERSHIP

Earl Agee

(541) 994-2437
Email me

MEMBER AT LARGE

Walt Heller

(541) 336-2907

RANGE MANAGER, NEWSLETTER, RSO

Mike Carey

(931) 206-5493
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HUNTER SAFETY

Dave Boyce

(541) 336-2936

The June Newsletter has been completed:

The downloadable file prints out to 5 pages, including the calendar page.  There is a lot of new information about the proposed Gun Confiscation and Mandatory Lock Up ballot measures within.

Excerpt taken from the Ceasefire Oregon blog, 2 May 2018 –
Penny Okamoto, Executive Director of Ceasefire Oregon

“Thank you to the one hundred and ten people who turned out last night at Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland to learn how to gather signatures for IP 43! ….  We are still hoping to be able to begin signature gathering in the last part of June.  But signatures are due July 6 so we need to be organized and trained!

Banning the future sale and transfer of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines is one of the best things we can do to remove these weapons of war from our communities and to stop mass shootings.  It’s time our country put the lives of Americans ahead of the profits reaped by the gun lobby from these obscene weapons of war.  Thanks for making this happen!

Best wishes, Penny”


ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES
It is that time of the year again…  Time to pay your annual membership dues.  If you are a Member in good standing (and provided us with a LEGIBLE mailing address) you should have received a Membership Application by mail within the past month.  Please complete that, include a check for your dues, sign the WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY, and mail all to us at PO Box 80, Lincoln City, OR 97367.  Renewal Members are required to complete a new application and sign a new WAIVER each year as well.

If you did not receive a Membership Application in the mail, or if you are joining as a New Member, please download the Membership Application and complete.   Include a check for your dues, sign the WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY, and mail all to us at PO Box 80, Lincoln City, OR 97367.

Please note that the fee for one key is included in the Annual Membership Fee, and Extra Keys are an additional $5.00/each.   Also, unless you actually performed 4 hours or more of volunteer work for the club during this past membership year, you owe the extra $40 for the work bond as well.  Be extra careful to make sure the information you include is complete and legible.  Big Timber is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization, and if your information is incorrect, or not able to be read, we may not be able to get back to you in a timely manner.  (6/17/2018)

NRA GRANT RECEIVED - WORK DETAILS COMING SOON
We have been granted funds from the NRA to proceed with the work on repairing the roof at the rifle range.  Stay tuned for details regarding work needing to be done.  Demolition will begin soon and we will need a lot of hands for that task.  (5/1/2018)

COMING TO OREGON IN 2019
GUN CONFISCATION!

Is this headline “Fake News,” or not?  Well, let's just say it's a difference in punctuation at this point.  Right now, if it was a question instead of an exclamation, it would be 100% accurate.

Fellow members, I briefly mentioned at the last General Membership meeting that there was a ballot initiative petition on gun control coming that would seek to implement some type of ban on so-called, “assault weapons.”  Unfortunately, the very next day that came to fruition and it's even worse than we could have imagined.

On March 22nd, 2018, an anti-gun, religious organization out of Portland, Oregon filed a ballot initiative petition for the November 6, 2018 general election that seeks to ban most modern firearms and magazines, removing them from the State of Oregon permanently.  Worse yet, there is no grandfathering clause, nor compensation offered for firearms owned and surrendered prior to the ban.  Instead, it looks like there is a registration scheme, along with restrictions on how registered firearms and magazines must be stored and used, if, and only if, you are deemed acceptable to possess these by submitting to additional background checks at your own expense.  (By-the-way, I'm not a lawyer, but I can't determine if the registration would be available to private citizens, or only to law enforcement and other government officials).  Essentially, registered firearms and magazines would be restricted to little more than “safe queens…”  At least until the anti-gun forces can implement outright confiscation.  If you haven't been paying attention to the latest gun control movement, I hope I have your attention now.

The definition of an “assault weapon” this proposed measure seeks to thrust upon Oregon's citizens is so outrageous, many hunting rifles, shotguns and pistols, and nearly all rifles, shotguns and handguns suitable for defensive purposes, would be banned.  If you own a firearm that was manufactured in the 21st, 20th or maybe even the late 19th century, when semi-automatic firearms were first manufactured, you probably own a firearm that this ballot initiative petition seeks to ban.  No lie.  Read the proposed measure here and decide for yourself.  This ballot initiative petition is in the process of becoming measure 43 on the November 6, 2018 ballot.

There are things we may be able to do to fight this, most obviously, do not sign initiative petition 43 if you are asked to.  If the initiative doesn't get 88,000+ valid signatures, it doesn't get on the ballot.  But this is Oregon…  Where the politically liberal/progressive metro areas control much of what happens in statewide elections.  There may also be some legal actions that can be taken to hinder the signature gathering process, but, someone will need to step up to make these legal challenges.  And rest assured, this is not a grassroots effort, as many so-called, “organizers,” would have you believe.  There is BIG MONEY behind this effort and it could very quickly overwhelm us.

So what can we do specifically as individuals, and as a club?

Most importantly, we must GET POLITICALLY ACTIVE.  As the Secretary of the Big Timber Board of Directors for the past 3-4 years, I am also the keeper of the membership database.  A year or so ago, the membership application was revised to include a checkbox section for “Shooting and Club Interests.”  One of those checkboxes is for, “Pro Gun/2A Lobbying.”  For the most recent membership year of 2017-18, only 5-6% of our membership checked that box as an interest.  Friends, the sole purpose of our organization is to support a gun range, if that's all the political activity OUR organization can muster in support of the Second Amendment, we might as well kiss it goodbye.

Now believe me, I get it…  I too struggle to find the time to get the day's tasks done and have a few minutes of free time to myself afterward.  I'm really not “interested” in using those few extra minutes to write a letter, email, or place a call to my legislator to tell them to essentially leave me and my God given rights alone.  I would rather bury my head in the sand and do something more interesting with my time, after all, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it,” right?

Well, a lot of people have been misled into thinking that the wrong things are “broken.” They are not knowledgeable on the reality of the issue, they are being lied to about what would actually “fix” things, and now they are coming for our guns.  This is it Big Timber members, this is the type of anti-gun effort that I fear most.  A simple majority of voters, 50% plus 1, can decide the fate of millions of firearms for the rest of us.

Here are a few suggestions on what I mean by GET POLITICALLY ACTIVE:

1) Educate yourself, speak out and speak up.  It's not enough to just vent your frustrations in an echo chamber with like-minded friends.  Opportunities present themselves all the time to make the truth more clear to people who are only hearing the lies told by the anti-gun side.  Get educated on the issues, and be ready to win the conversation.  Here's an excellent resource for understanding the lies of gun control and countering with the truth: Crime Prevention Research Center

2) Vote like there's no tomorrow.  If you are already a conservative minded voter, that's good, but we need great.  Almost all of us know people who don't vote, or only vote in Presidential elections, or are on the fence with this issue.  We need to open a dialog with these people and educate them about the reality of this egregious measure, get them registered, and get them to vote.  If this measure makes the ballot, we need a “red wave” of conservative voters to sweep over the State of Oregon and wipe this measure out…  And hopefully wipe out the Democratic trifecta in the Oregon House, Senate and Governor's Mansion at the same time… Because they will do even more damage in the 2019 Legislative session if they can.

3) Give early, and often.  Don't wait until the last couple of months this year to give your tax-deductible donations to those organizations that are fighting for our rights.  It's going to cost something to fight this initiative, and this fight will be won or lost before November.  Unfortunately we're up against a number of billionaires who are more than happy to take our rights away while enjoying the protection of their own bodyguards.  If they are successful, we'll also be up against our own government, who spends the tax revenue we give them to fight our interests.  My recommendation is to “give at home.”  The pro-gun organization to support in Oregon is the Oregon Firearms Federation.  The above mentioned Crime Prevention Research Center is an excellent choice as well, but not local.  Note that if you're strapped for cash having just “donated” to the U.S. Treasury and State Revenue Departments, or on a fixed income, both of these organizations have options to set up regular donations at specified intervals (monthly, quarterly, etc.), spreading out any hit to your cash flow.

That's all I've got for now friends.  There is an excellent read though in this month's newsletter submitted by Range Manager, Mike Carey, which I recommend.  We will do our best to keep you updated, but as always, I highly recommend subscribing to the Oregon Firearms Federation Email Alerts to be kept up-to-date on this initiative.

Sincerely,

Rich Fix
BTRPC Secretary

LOST & FOUND
A shooting mat was found at the range.  To claim, please call Wesley's Trading Post and correctly describe it.  (3/11/2018)

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

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.

June 19
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Pistol range closed until 5:00pm.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
June 23
CHL Range Session
Logical Response, LLC
Pistol range 3:00-5:00pm.
Range is open and shared.
Contact: Chris Miller
June 23
Private Event
Rifle range closed 2:00-5:00pm.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
June 25-29
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Range T.B.D. closed all day.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
July 7
Work Party
All ranges closed until 3pm.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
July 14
N.S.S.F. Rimfire Challenge
Public welcome, 9am start.
FREE .22 LR Ammo for Kids!
Pistol range closed all day.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
July 21
Military Rifle Match
Public welcome.
Rifle range closed all day.
Contact: Dave Boyce
July 28
OHA/BTRPC 5-Stand Shoot
All members & friends welcome!
Rifle range closed all day.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
August 4
Work Party
All ranges closed until 3pm.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
August 11
Private Event
Rifle range closed all day.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
August 11
N.S.S.F. Rimfire Challenge
Public welcome, 9am start.
FREE .22 LR Ammo for Kids!
Pistol range closed all day.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
August 16
Lincoln County Parole & Probation
Pistol range closed until 4:00pm.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
August 17
Lincoln County Parole & Probation
Pistol range closed until 1:00pm.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
August 18
Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Hunter Education Field Day
All ranges closed all day.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
August 20-24
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Range T.B.D. closed all day.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
September 1
Work Party
All ranges closed until 3pm.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
September 8
N.S.S.F. Rimfire Challenge
Public welcome, 9am start.
FREE .22 LR Ammo for Kids!
Pistol range closed all day.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey
September 22-23
Hunter Sight-In Days
Public welcome.
Rifle range closed all day.
$3 per gun, all participants.
Contact: John Way or Mike Carey