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IN THE OUTDOORS: Concerns muzzled for local shooting park

When heavy equipment began moving dirt in January 2007 at the site of the long-awaited Clark County Shooting Park — on North Decatur Boulevard, about five miles north of the I-215 Beltway — it was a great day for recreational shooters across the Las Vegas Valley. For park manager Don Turner and the 30-member Shooting Park Advisory Committee, it marked the turning of a corner, the transition from planning and design to construction.

But for residents of Carmel Canyon — a nearby home development that came into being long after the Clark County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the shooting park — the sight of heavy equipment was a call-to-arms, especially after they learned a shooting facility was being built on the slope many of them thought would remain undeveloped — something only relative newcomers possibly could think.

Turner, along with Las Vegas Councilman Steve Ross and state Sen. John Lee, both members of the advisory committee, accepted an invitation to address concerns of the Carmel Canyon homeowners during a meeting at the Aliante Public Library on Feb. 13. But any hope the trio might have had for a rational exchange of information and concerns was crushed by a frontal assault launched by a crowd of more than 100 jeering homeowners.

It was apparent by his reaction that Turner was blindsided when the woman who was moderating the session explained the meeting would follow a question-and-answer format rather than a more traditional format that includes a presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.

Once the questions started, Turner, Ross and Lee did their best to answer them but constantly were cut off or shouted down. Anytime people in the room sought answers to questions, they too were slapped down by their neighbors. At one point during the meeting, Lee was hit with debris thrown by an angry homeowner who then ducked out through a side door.
Had the people listened, they would have realized early that Turner had come prepared to address their concerns about noise, range safety and lead, among others.

When he finally was allowed to address the noise issue, Turner explained Clark County Code restricts the amount of noise that can emanate from the shooting park to just 56 decibels (dBA). By comparison, normal speech measures 63 to 65 dBA at a distance of three feet, and the sounds of a city street are at 70 dBA. When Arizona’s Tucson Trap and Skeet Club is operating at full capacity, the associated noise measures only 51 dBA at a distance of one mile, Turner said.

At completion, the distance between the shooting line and the closest private property line will be 5,280 feet, one mile exactly. Once the range is operational, the county will test the noise level for compliance. If it is not compliant, the range will be closed until the situation can be remedied.

Formal shooting ranges are operated under a strictly enforced set of rules established for the safety of those who use the range as well as those who might live or play nearby. The same will be true for the county shooting park. Turner said certified range masters will be on site to supervise all shooting activities whenever the park is open. Also, the park police will have an on-site presence. People who don’t follow the range rules will be ticketed and removed.

Turner cited studies that show lead deposited on alkaline soils like those found at the shooting park will not dissolve into lead salts. The lead instead will remain as it is until it is removed periodically. Water passing through the range will be cleaned of lead before it leaves the site. The state Health Department has approved the process for lead removal.

During his address at the October 2006 groundbreaking ceremony for the shooting park, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid talked about shooting activities with his grandson, Mason.
This park is going to allow children of all ages to learn how to shoot, Reid said, adding, “There will be things happening here that will be with boys and girls the rest of their lives.”
May it ever be so.

Doug Nielsen is an award-winning freelance writer and a conservation educator for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. His Review Journal column is published Thursday. He can be reached at doug@takinitoutside.com.

Homeowners Range Questions Answered

At completion, the distance between the shooting line and the closest private property line will be 5,280 feet, one mile exactly. Once the range is operational, the county will test the noise level for compliance. If it is not compliant, the range will be closed until the situation can be remedied.Formal shooting ranges are operated under a strictly enforced set of rules established for the safety of those who use the range as well as those who might live or play nearby. The same will be true for the county shooting park. Turner said certified range masters will be on site to supervise all shooting activities whenever the park is open. Also, the park police will have an on-site presence. People who don’t follow the range rules will be ticketed and removed.

Turner cited studies that show lead deposited on alkaline soils like those found at the shooting park will not dissolve into lead salts. The lead instead will remain as it is until it is removed periodically. Water passing through the range will be cleaned of lead before it leaves the site. The state Health Department has approved the process for lead removal.

During his address at the October 2006 groundbreaking ceremony for the shooting park, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid talked about shooting activities with his grandson, Mason.

Here’s the complete story from the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Latest CMP News

CHANGE TO CARBINE SALES DATES: Inspection & Repair and grading of M1
carbines has progressed faster than expected. CMP will now accept mail orders for Saginaw, Saginaw S’G’, and National Postal Meter carbines on 28 April, 2008. Order acceptance date for Standard Products and IBM has now been set as 7 July, 2008. For operational reasons, we have set a limit of one carbine per customer for each of these manufacturers per grade until further notice. A small quantity of these manufacturers will be available at both CMP stores. For additional details, please see http://www.odcmp.com/rifles/carbine.htm

NORTH STORE RENOVATION: The Grand Re-Opening of the CMP North Store is still scheduled for 12 march, 2008.

HRA GARANDS NOW AVAILABLE: CMP is now accepting orders for HRA Service and Field Grade Garands. For additional details, please see http://www.odcmp.com/Services/Rifles/m1garand.htm

PRICE REDUCTION – NATIONAL MATCH M1 GARAND STOCK SET: CMP price for Item #085 has been reduced from $124.95 to $94.95. This stock set is listed under the ‘commercial parts’ tab on our estore http://estore.odcmp.com/Store/catalog/catalog.aspx

Two of America’s top names in shooting, three-time gold medal winner Kim Rhode and 2004 gold medal winner Matt Emmons, have been named USA Shooting’s Athletes of the Year. The athletes were selected based on a points system. Rhode, of El Monte, Calif., was the 2007 World Cup Santo Domingo Champion and set a world record in Women’s Skeet. She was also the 2007 Pan American Games Silver Medalist and 2007 National Champion in Women’s Skeet. Emmons, of Browns Mills, N.J., and Fairbanks, Alaska, recently secured two nominations to the 2008 Olympic Team following a two-year point selection system and a gold medal win in the Men’s 50m 3 Position Rifle event, as well as a silver in the Men’s Prone Rifle event at the 2007 ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup Final in Bangkok, Thailand. Also named were Discipline Athletes of the Year: Vincent Hancock, top male athlete in shotgun; Jamie Beyerle, tops in women’s rifle; and Keith Sanderson, men’s pistol.

Clark County Shooting Park Update

To volunteer for the shooting park, go to Clark County Parks and Recreation  home page and click on Volunteer Program  This is for the park only not the advisory board.

http://www.co.clark.nv.us/parks/homepage.htm
On October 2, 2007 the Clark County Board of County Commissioners awarded a bid to Contri Construction Company to construct our water pump station, onsite reservoir and water service lines. As soon as all their paperwork is processed, they will begin construction.

Because of its location on a major flood plain and alluvial fan, the shooting park site design has had to struggle with significant event water run off flows from the Las Vegas Range north of the site. This expensive flood control project has been the single most time consuming part of the design of this shooting park.

Future bids will be for the civil package for the ranges, the Decatur Roadway, all the internal utilities and supporting structures and the shooting ranges. Check out the website, the areas indicated in yellow are the areas that will be covered by this first phase of development.

In mid-September, we released a bid for the construction of the buildings. During further discussions, it was made known to us that the code did not allow for building construction to begin until the fire water lines were installed for safety reasons. This meant that the buildings were released for construction before the water service could be provided. Consequently, the building bids were pulled in order to allow the other utilities to proceed in proper sequencing, they will be bid last.

The design team has finished its business, and now we have a construction team in place.
Don Turner have been receiving rumors that the shooting park project has been cancelled, that the funding has been removed, and several other rumors that basically are saying that the project is dead. These rumors are not true.

In August, we added a Marketing Specialist to the staff. I’m pleased to announce that Joan Miller comes to the Shooting Park with experience in the private sector within the Las Vegas market. Her priorities will be to develop a task oriented marketing plan, establish an outreach volunteer program, take our display booth on the road in the Las Vegas area, begin preparations for the grand opening ceremony, develop a retail business partnership program, as well as “other duties as assigned.”

As you know from previous eBULLETins, Gena Crunden is our Administrative Supervisor and she has been busy with Shooting Park accounts payable and receivable procedures, as well as working on a merchandising plan for two pro shops.

The Business Enterprise of Nevada has exercised its legal rights and has chosen to operate the cafeteria in the Clay Target Center as well as the on site vending machines. We are looking forward to working with them to develop our agreements for their operation.

September 30, 2007 was the final day of the three-year Nevada Department of Wildlife grant which has supported Don Turners position and the administrative support for the Shooting Park during the planning phases. We are sincerely appreciative of their support and assistance and are actively developing an inter agency agreement regarding the joint operation of the Hunter Education Center. Currently the Shooting Park personnel and programs are fully funded by Clark County. We are still active in generating capital development funding for the Events and Services Module of the Shooting Park. I hope to be able to provide you with some success stories regarding these efforts in future issues of the eBULLETin.

24 August CMP Newsletter

LATEST CMP SALES NEWS – 24 August 2007.

M1 GARAND “CMP SELECT” AVAILABLE BEGINNING 17 SEP, 2007. CMP armorers expect to complete the assembly of a limited run of 1,000 “CMP SELECT” M1 Garand rifles by 30 Sep, 2007. We will begin accepting orders for these rifles on 17 Sep, 2007. This rifle will consist of a new production stock and handguard set with CMP cartouche, a new production barrel and new leather sling. Receiver and most other parts are refinished USGI, but some parts will be new manufacture. Introductory price is $895. plus $22.95 S&H. The next production run of this grade will not be until 2010. Please see http://www.odcmp.com/Services/Rifles/m1garand.htm.

NORTH STORE CLOSED 19 AUG – 5 SEP. The CMP North store at Camp Perry will be closed for inventory and recuperation from 19 Aug through 5 Sep. The store will resume normal hours of operation beginning 6 Sep. At this point we are not sure what rifles (if any) will be on the racks.

SOUTH STORE CLOSED 1 SEP. The CMP South store in Anniston, AL will be closed on Saturday, 1 Sep 2007 for the Labor Day weekend. Normal store hours will resume on 6 Sep.

INLAND CARBINE UPDATE. Service grade Inland M1 carbines are now sold out. We think that we have enough in inventory to fill all orders already received. Any orders received after 25 August 2007 may not be filled.

UNDERWOOD CARBINE UPDATE. Next manufacturer to be released will be Underwood. Less than 3,200 available. Price for Underwood carbines is $565, plus $22.95 S&H. We will begin accepting orders on 4 Sep 2007. For details, please see http://www.odcmp.com/rifles/carbine.htm.

M1 GARAND RECEIVERS. CMP now has several grades of SA, HRA, and WIN M1 Garand stripped receivers available for sale. Quantities are limited. Please see http://www.odcmp.com/Services/Rifles/m1garand.htm.

SIGN UP NOW FOR GARAND CLINIC MASTER INSTRUCTOR COURSE AT ANNISTON, ALABAMA. A Garand-Springfield-Military Rifle Master Instructor Course is being offered at CMP South in Anniston, Alabama on 15-16 September 2007. The course is for anyone who wants training in how to conduct Garand or other rifle clinics at their home clubs or ranges. The course covers how to teach gun safety, safe range procedures, basic firing positions and shot technique, the Garand Match course of fire and how to fire it plus additional competitor responsibilities like scoring and pulling targets. The course fee is $35.00. That covers student materials including an instructor notebook and CD to use in teaching clinics and lunches both days. Students are responsible for their own housing. A detailed program for these course is posted on the CMP website at http://www.odcmp.com/Competitions/GSMClinic.htm. You will find an Application Form to download, complete and send in at the end of the program or you can download it at http://www.odcmp.com/Competitions/GSMClinicApp.pdf. If you are interested in becoming better prepared to help new shooters get started in highpower rifle shooting, this course will help you do that.

ENTRIES OPEN FOR WESTERN CMP GAMES AND CREEDMOOR CUP MATCHES. The 2007 Western CMP Games will take place at the Ben Avery Shooting Center north of Phoenix, Arizona on 20-23 October. The 2007 Western Creedmoor Cup Matches will also take place at the Ben Avery Range on 24-28 October. These combined matches offer events for virtually every highpower rifle shooter–from clinics for beginning shooters to less formal Garand, Springfield and Military Rifle Matches to CMP Excellence-in-Competition Matches to NRA Registered Service and Match Rifle Highpower events. The official program is posted at http://www.odcmp.com/Competitions/WesternGames.htm. You can register on-line for any of the Western CMP Games or Creedmoor Cup matches at http://clubs.odcmp.com/cgi-bin/matchInfo.cgi?matchID=2516. Just click on “Registration” and complete your entry.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR GARAND CLINIC MASTER INSTRUCTOR COURSE IN PHOENIX. A Garand-Springfield-Military Rifle Master Instructor Course also is being offered at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility north of Phoenix, Arizona on 19-20 October 2007. The course is for anyone who wants training in how to conduct Garand or other rifle clinics at their home clubs or ranges. The course covers how to teach gun safety, safe range procedures, basic firing positions and shot technique, the Garand Match course of fire and how to fire it plus additional competitor responsibilities like scoring and pulling targets. The course fee is $35.00. That covers student materials including an instructor notebook and CD to use in teaching clinics and lunches both days. Students are responsible for their own housing. A detailed program for these course is posted on the CMP website at http://www.odcmp.com/Competitions/GSMClinic.htm. You will find an Application Form to download, complete and send in at the end of the program or you can download it at http://www.odcmp.com/Competitions/GSMClinicApp.pdf. If you are interested in becoming better prepared to help new shooters get started in highpower rifle shooting, this course will help you do that.

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Thank you for your support of the CMP.

Orest Michaels
Chief Operating Officer

Latest CMP Sales News

M1 CARBINE SALES. We have started the inspection of the M1 Carbines that were recently transferred to the CMP. Because the carbines were received with the bolts removed and many are in heavy preservative, the process is taking longer than expected. The carbines will not be ready for sale on 1 March. We will begin accepting carbine orders for Inland carbines on 30 April, 2007. Carbine orders received prior to 30 April will be returned to the sender. Other manufacturers will not be available until later in the year. At this time no decisions have been made as to pricing. We are not accepting orders or establishing waiting lists at this time. Please see http://www.odcmp.com/rifles/carbine.htm. We will post new information as it becomes available. Next CMP Sales update is planned for 23 March.CARBINE AMMO. At this time CMP does not have any carbine ammo for sale. If we are successful in acquiring some, we will post the information on our website and also include it in a CMP Sales Update.

CMP “USGI” GARAND RIFLES. The CMP has been notified that any M1 Garand rifles still in depot storage will not be transferred to the CMP, but will be retained in support of veterans’ organizations. We had expected to receive some of these Garands for use in filling the backlog of “USGI” orders. Any future transfers of M1 Garands to the CMP will be MAP returns and will not meet our current definition of “USGI”. As a result, over the next few weeks our staff will be contacting everyone who has an existing order for a “USGI” Garand to find out if the customers would like to change the order to an option currently in stock or cancel the order altogether.

.22LR, M1903 and M1903A3 BACKORDERS. Many of the .22LR and M1903 and M1903A3 that were available for purchase in January have been posted as sold out or removed from our website entirely. In addition to accepting orders for the quantities we had ready for shipment, we also established a backorder list for those quantities we felt we would be able to fill over the next 90-180 days, based on expected additional transfers from the Army. We do expect to fill all backorders for these items. If we find that we cannot fill those orders, we will contact the customers and let them know. New orders being received for the sold out models are not being accepted and customers are being notified.

EMAILS TO CMP. To improve response time for emails being sent to the CMP, please include the email thread (previous emails – if any). Work assignments at CMP are rotated almost daily based on staff availability and having the complete thread reduces research time. The CMP staff thanks you for this consideration.

LATEST CMP SALES NEWS

M1 CARBINE SALES. We have started the inspection of the M1 Carbines that were recently transferred to the CMP. Because the carbines were received with the bolts removed and many are in heavy preservative, the process is taking longer than expected. The carbines will not be ready for sale on 1 March. We will begin accepting carbine orders for Inland carbines on 30 April, 2007. Carbine orders received prior to 30 April will be returned to the sender. Other manufacturers will not be available until later in the year. At this time no decisions have been made as to pricing. We are not accepting orders or establishing waiting lists at this time. Please see http://www.odcmp.com/rifles/carbine.htm. We will post new information as it becomes available. Next CMP Sales update is planned for 23 March.

CARBINE AMMO. At this time CMP does not have any carbine ammo for sale. If we are successful in acquiring some, we will post the information on our website and also include it in a CMP Sales Update.

CMP “USGI” GARAND RIFLES. The CMP has been notified that any M1 Garand rifles still in depot storage will not be transferred to the CMP, but will be retained in support of veterans’ organizations. We had expected to receive some of these Garands for use in filling the backlog of “USGI” orders. Any future transfers of M1 Garands to the CMP will be MAP returns and will not meet our current definition of “USGI”.  As a result, over the next few weeks our staff will be contacting everyone who has an existing order for a “USGI” Garand to find out if the customers would like to change the order to an option currently in stock or cancel the order altogether.

.22LR, M1903 and M1903A3 BACKORDERS. Many of the .22LR and M1903 and M1903A3 that were available for purchase in January have been posted as sold out or removed from our website entirely. In addition to accepting orders for the quantities we had ready for shipment, we also established a backorder list for those quantities we felt we would be able to fill over the next 90-180 days, based on expected additional transfers from the Army. We do expect to fill all backorders for these items. If we find that we cannot fill those orders, we will contact the customers and let them know. New orders being received for the sold out models are not being accepted and customers are being notified.

EMAILS TO CMP. To improve response time for emails being sent to the CMP, please include the email thread (previous emails – if any). Work assignments at CMP are rotated almost daily based on staff availability and having the complete thread reduces research time. The CMP staff thanks you for this consideration.

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