Posted: 9/5/2008 6:39:12 AM EDT
John, I want to thank you for fighting the good fight, and I hope you understand that your efforts have indeed been greatly appreciated. However, this was the last straw, and I understand that none of it is your fault.
First steel targets were prohibited. Okay, that was fun to shoot, but I guess I can survive with paper, despite cross breezes.
Then certain calibers were banned. 7.62x54R, but not it's ballistic equivalent, .30-06. 7.62x51mm was banned, but not .308 Winchester (or maybe it was vice versa - either way, it's the same as if it was said that .223Remington was banned but 5.56x45mm NATO wasn't -- the same bloody cartridge!). 7.62x39mm was banned, but not 6.8SPC, which performs just the same, if not better. 7.62x25mm (Tokarev) was banned along with all these others, under the claims that they fired too far - nevermind that Tokarev is a pistol cartridge.
Then they clarified this asinine position by revising it, only to ban "Soviet-type" ammunition (7.62x54R, 7.62x39, 7.62x25).
Well, at least I can still shoot my M1A and AR15...
But now they've closed Range 305?
That's not just the last straw, but the removal of all incentive for me to be a QSC member. Now that the appeal of distance shooting has been taken away, there's nothing that QSC can offer me which I cannot find through other, closer, establishments.
Again, thanks for fighting the good fight, John, but I think it's been made clear by Quantico that we're no longer welcome.
John has been doing a great job for the QSC considering what the present leadship at the Quantico Marine Corp Base has been implementing. Range 1, when it opens (hopefully very soon) offers a covered (versus Range 305 uncovered) 300 yard range. For greater distances Range 4 is available.
I think we should support John to try to solve the problems and obstacles placed before us rather than just give up. If it is the Base Commander that is causing some of the problems facing the QSC, then it is just a matter of time before the Base Commander rotates out and the new Base Commander may be more accommodating like some the previous base commanders.
How many other places in the vicinity can you shoot rifles at 300+ yards? If you are not military or a DoD employee and you give up your QSC membership, you will probably have to wait to join again (placed on a waiting list) when you believe conditions at the QSC have improved to your satisfaction. Three years ago a friend waited 2 years to join the QSC.
This is just some of my thoughts and I think the QSC members should give the QSC leadership some more time and help if they can to work thing out.
When R1 comes back we'll be allowed to shoot steel there, and the commie calibers are coming back. Don't be too hasty, and remember we shot exclusively on R1 for decades before moving to 305.
I'm meeting with the new CO and XO of WTBN on the 15th at 0830. We're going to be holding an open house/wounded warrior shoot on 27 September. There's plenty of reason to remain a member of the QSC.