Member News

***  Dec  27  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The RCWA annual Board of Directors elections will occur on 3 Jan. 2023 (Tuesday).  As in recent years, voting will be open to all current RCWA members in good standing from 4pm till 7pm at the RCWA clubhouse.  You must have your current member badge (the green one) with you to vote.  Do not forget the badge requirement !  You will vote for up to seven candidates.

The following are the final field of candidates for the 2023 RCWA Board election:

Kevin Aube

Bill Belvin  *

Kurt Culbert

Leon Dunn

Roger James  *

Bill Kluttz  *

John Lingle  *

John Lowe  *

Frank Phillips

Patrick Shealey

Patrick Spillman

    *   incumbent

***  Dec  1  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

2022 Major RCWA Board Activities

The RCWA Board had a very busy year in 2022.  Take a look of the major activities.

The Major 2022 RCWA Board Activities


***  November  29  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Reminder !!!   Fourth Quarter Board/Member Meeting - Nov. 29, 2022.   Meeting is at 7:00pm in the RCWA clubhouse.  A meal will be available ($10).

November 23  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

RCWA Board of Directors 2023 Elections

The RCWA annual Board of Directors elections will occur on 3 Jan. 2023.  As in recent years, voting will be open to all current RCWA members in good standing from 4pm till 7pm at the RCWA clubhouse.  You must have your current member badge (the green one) with you to vote.  Do not forget the badge requirement !

Seven (7) of the 14 Board of Director positions are open each year during the annual election to serve for two (2) years.  The following Board members are finishing up a two year term – Bill Belvin, Mike Holshouser, Brandon Holt, Roger James, Bill Kluttz, Jon Lingle, and John Lowe.  We are now accepting nominations through 23 Dec. 2022 for the Board elections.  Nominees must be RCWA members in good standing for 12 months prior to election.  The Board President collects the nominations – please text or call (contact info is on the RCWA web site) Roger James our current President with your intent. 

For those thinking about running for the RCWA Board, please keep in mind that RCWA is an all volunteer operation – all of the RCWA range operational activities (with the major exception of the range grounds maintenance by Carey Graham and friends) are facilitated by the RCWA Board.   Board members need to have time available to take on some of the Board duties and be willing to take on tasks outside their personal range interests.  If you do not have some spare time to take on some Board duties from time to time then it is probably not a good fit.  The RCWA Board is not a one night a month Board meeting position.   The Board activities offer some diverse options from pure administrative to hands on physical activities across all of the different venues that operate on the RCWA range properties. 

November 16  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

RCWA Surplus Equipment Sale - Update

Due to illness of a key Board member this week, the opening of the bids for the surplus equipment has been postponed till 29 November which is the fourth quarter Members meeting.   No bids were opened so nothing has changed.  Those of us running/attending the Board meeting on 15 November had not been involved with the bid process for the surplus equipment and were not prepared to deal with it.  Sorry for the delay - we will get organized for the 29 November Members meeting.

November 1 - 6  2022  *** ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Reminder:   The SASS NC State Championship of cowboy action shooting will be using the following facilities:  Ranges 5 thru 13 - Nov. 1st  thru Nov 6th at noon.   Rifle Range - Nov. 3rd (10am - 3pm).   The main match competition will be on Friday and Saturday for those wishing to see some of the best in cowboy action shooting.

October 7  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

RCWA Surplus Equipment Sale

11/29/22 Update: Andrew Erving was the EZ Go winning bid and Bill Johnson was the JD mower winning bid.

RCWA has two pieces of surplus equipment for which we need to find a new home.   The range has acquired more effective and versatile equipment and is no longer using these items. The RCWA Board has decided to offer the RCWA membership the opportunity to purchase the surplus items via a sealed bid process.  The following are the two items:

  • A John Deere F911 Front Deck Mower (1735 hours)
  • An E-Z-GO Workhorse Utility Cart - Gas engine powered and has a working dump bed.

Both are under a shelter at the range clubhouse for your inspection.  Both run – sold as is.

Submit a bid in a sealed envelope that contains your name and contact information with the item identified you are bidding on and the amount of the bid.   On the outside of the envelope, identify with SURPLUS ITEM BID – item  (John Deere or E-Z-GO).  You may bid on both items with separate bids for each.   The bids must be in the hands of the RCWA Board prior to or at the Nov. 15 2022 Board meeting.   The bids will be opened and awarded at that meeting.   A tie bid will be resolved by random selection from a container.  You can hand the sealed bid envelope to a RCWA Board member or mail the sealed bid in a separate envelope to the RCWA PO box address.


F911 John Deere Mower1
F911 John Deere Mower2
F911 John Deere Mower3

September 28  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

There is a new updated copy of the RCWA Range Manual - 27 Sept. 2022.   It is available on the RCWA web site  - click on the  Range Procedures icon on top option line.

September 21  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The skeet and trap fields will be closed 8 October 2022 , Saturday, due to the annual Fireman's Shoot.

***  September  21  2022  *** +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Reminder !!!   Third Quarter Board/Member Meeting - Sept. 27, 2022.   Meeting is at 7:00pm in the RCWA clubhouse.  A meal will be available ($10).

***  August 19  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Updated Range Schedule as of Friday Evening !! 
UPDATED RANGE SCHEDULE - Friday Evening:  The main road paving is complete so the range will be open tomorrow (Sat.).  However the shoulder work is not complete and that work will resume Monday.  If you go to the range this weekend, do not get off on the shoulders if at all possible,  Damaging the new pavement edges will only cause more work and disruption.


Updated Range Schedule as of Monday Morning!! 
UPDATED RANGE SCHEDULE - Monday Morning: Due to rain forecast off and on for much of week, the RCWA Range will be closed 8/15 - 8/19 (Mon - Fri). The contractor has committed to having the range open for the weekend. They started off with some significant rain on Monday morning.

***  June  27  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Ok, we have added a new feature to the RCWA web site under the Membership tab.  We are trying to make the process for non-members applying for RCWA membership a bit easier to navigate. Now when someone submits a Prospective Member Application, we will assign it a unique tracking number which is conveyed to the applicant when we receive their application and enter it into our new on-line tracking document on the RCWA web site. The applicant can now see the status of their application and where they are in the new membership queue. It hopefully makes this process more transparent to everyone.

Note: We have not yet contacted all of the applications that were already in the queue to let them know their tracking number. We will try to get those out or they can request one if we have not gotten back. Going forward, we will acknowledge receipt of application when we log it in and give them their tracking number.

***  June  23  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Reminder !!!   Second Quarter Board/Member Meeting - June 28, 2022.   Meeting is at 7:00pm in the RCWA clubhouse.  A meal will be available ($8).

***  June  15  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Final Reminder !!!   Your annual RCWA membership renewal is due on June 30.  It must be post marked by June 30 or it is late.   See the May 12 notice below for procedure for requesting your missing annual renewal notice.   Remember - the late fee is now $100 and will be applied to any renewal not post marked by June 30.

***  May  12  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Notice !!  All of the annual RCWA renewal notices have been mailed for at least two weeks now.   If you have not received your renewal notice, send an e-mail to ASAP with a message title "Missing Renewal Notice" and include your current name and mailing address.  You must include your mailing address so we can make sure our records are correct before sending you a new renewal notice.  Remember the deadline is June 30 so do not forget - late fee is now $100.  We are starting to mail out the new member badges for those that got their payment in early.  

***  April  23  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Please note the new schedule for the RCWA Board/Member meetings:
The 2022 Board/Member meetings are currently held quarterly on the final Tuesday of March (29th), June (28th), September (27th) and November (29th).  The meetings will occur at 7:00pm with a meal available ($8).
***  April  19  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The RCWA renewal notices are being sent out this week. They should all be mailed by Saturday, April 23.  If you have not received you notice by the second week of May you need to contact the club Secretary and let him know.  When you receive your renewal notice, please send it back in so their is no delay in you being able to use the range.  Remember - the late fee has increased to $100 and will be applied to any renewal not post marked by June 30.

***  April  18  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The skeet and trap fields are currently a cash only payment method.  A new Briley token machine for purchasing tokens for each round you wish to shoot has finally arrived and been installed .  It has been installed in the Hub House for the skeet and trap fields.  The new Briley token machine accepts $5, $10, and $20 bills.

***  March  15  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Reminder:  There will be a Board/Member meeting for March.   Meeting will be in the RCWA clubhouse on 29 March (Tuesday) at 7:00pm.  A a meal will be available ($8).

***  Feb  21  2022  ***   +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

 Short Notice !!   The RCWA Rifle Range will be closed Tuesday (2/22/2022) afternoon for some maintenance work.   Removing the old storage container from behind the 100 yard berm.

***  Feb  16  2022  ***   +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

New RCWA Shotgun Fields Operational Procedures

The operation of the RCWA shotgun fields has been leased out to a third party on an annual calendar year basis for the last 30+ years.   As a result of reduced shotgun field use ( primarily due to very short supplies and increased costs of ammo and reloading supplies ), the RCWA Board had no one interested in submitting a lease proposal for the RCWA shotgun field operation for 2022.


A core group of RCWA members, who want the excellent RCWA shotgun facilities to remain operational, have volunteered to develop a process to manage the shotgun field operation as an RCWA member run process.  This experienced shotgun group is known as the Shotgun Range Officers (SRO).  An RCWA Shotgun Fields Operations document has been produced and agreed upon by both the RCWA Board and the SRO group.  This will result in a completely new way of using the RCWA shotgun facilities for all RCWA members and their guests going forward. 


The following is a brief outline of the major changes:

  • The operation of the RCWA shotgun facilities by the SRO group will report directly to the RCWA Board in a manner similar to other RCWA shooting venues.
  • The RCWA range shotgun facilities will no longer be open to the public. Non-members of RCWA will have to be a guest of an RCWA member going forward unless they are shooting in an RCWA approved open event/match.  The RCWA range gate will no longer be open to the general public for access to the RCWA shotgun facilities.
  • There will basically be 4 levels of users of the RCWA shotgun facilities.
        1. The Shotgun Range Officers (SRO) group. These are experienced RCWA member shotgun shooters that received detailed training on running the RCWA shotgun facilities per the approved RCWA Shotgun Fields Operations document.  The SRO group certifies RCWA members to become Certified Members (CM) using an SRO developed RCWA Shotgun Fields Orientation Manual in their orientation process.  The SRO group members are your points of contact if you have questions about or problems with the RCWA shotgun field operations.  Contact info is on the RCWA web site under the Shotgun Fields tab.
        2. Certified Members (CM). These are RCWA members who have successfully completed the SRO developed CM training program on how to use the RCWA shotgun facilities.  Contact the SRO members (check the Shotgun Fields tab on the RCWA web site) to discuss the CM orientation process.
        3. RCWA members (not a CM). RCWA members that are not CMs must shoot as a guest of an SRO or CM.
        4. Guest (not an RCWA member). Not a member of RCWA and must shoot as a guest of an SRO or CM.
  • There will no longer be regularly scheduled days nor hours of operation for the RCWA shotgun fields. SROs and CMs (and their guests) can use the RCWA shotgun fields during any hours the RCWA range is open for member use.
  • RCWA members will need to contact the SRO members identified on the Shotgun Fields tab on the RCWA web site to discuss the options for becoming SRO or CM certified or the options to shoot as a guest. If you are new to skeet and/or trap shooting, the SRO group will work with you on learning the proper skeet/trap rules and etiquette as part of the orientation process.
  • The RCWA 5 Stand facilities are closed until further notice. New procedures and possible automation need to be developed to work in this new format.

This is a high level overview of the changes coming to the RCWA shotgun facilities.  The RCWA web site ( ) will include the evolving finer details of this change in the shotgun field operations as they become available and evolve.  

***  Feb  11  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

RCWA Members Update

There are a couple of recent RCWA changes that might be of interest to the RCWA members.
First, RCWA members may now bring up to 3 guests to the range. The rules for guests are still the same - the member is responsible for the guests while at the range and the guests must remain with the member while at the range.
Second, the RCWA range membership limit was recently raised from around 1500 members to 2000 members. The membership process hopes to work down the backlog of membership applications over 2022. Range member applications are processed in batches. Each batch requires a lot of paperwork that must be prepared for presentation to the RCWA Board. Once the RCWA Board accepts new applicants, the new members are scheduled for a range orientation class. This process then is repeated for the next batch. It takes time - it is an all volunteer group handling the RCWA range process.

***  Feb  1  2022  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

New Storage Shed on Barn

RCWA has recently completed adding a new equipment shed to the large barn building.  Larger range maintenance equipment items that needed to be out of the weather but not necessarily inside the barn were filling up the space in the barn and increasingly making it harder to maneuver around in the barn.  This will make much more efficient use of the barn space for items that need to be inside and secured.

New shed
New shed
New shed
New shed

***  Jan  18  2022  ***   +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Joe Earley Estate Auction of Guns, Ammo and Shooting Equipment.

When and where:

Saturday Jan. 22nd, 2022 at 10:00am
At 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd Salisbury, NC 28147
Westend Plaza ( old Salisbury Mall in Pennys Bldg )


***  Jan  3/4  2022  ***   +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

2022 RCWA Board Elections

Reminder - Tuesday ( 4 Jan. 2022 ) is election day for the 2022 RCWA Board. Each year at this time, 7 of the 14 RCWA Board seats are up for election. Voting will be available from 4pm to 8pm on a drop in basis at the RCWA club house. Votes will be tallied after the poll closes at 8pm. The details on who is running are available on the RCWA web site ( ) under the RCWA Board Info tab on the top right of the home screen. We plan on posting the election results later in the evening.
Remember that you must have your red RCWA membership badge with you to vote - no badge, no vote !
Election results will be posted Tuesday night on the RCWA Board Info page - tab at top right of this page.

***  Dec  22  2021  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

2021 Major RCWA Board Activities

The RCWA Board had a very busy year in 2021.  Take a look of the major activities.

The Major 2021 RCWA Board Activities


***  Oct 24  2021  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Utilization Change for Berms A thru L

 Recent Range Utilization Change/Upgrade Clarification - Berms A thru L.   Berms A thru L up next to the Archery Range were originally designated as pistol only with only paper targets allowed.   Berms H thru L were  lengthened some time ago for a bit more flexibility.  Recently new AR 500 steel pistol targets have been added to these 5 longer berms (H thru L).   You can now use the installed steel targets or post your own paper targets in the longer berms (H thru L).

So now berms A thru G remain as originally designated - paper targets only and pistol only.   Berms H thru L have recently had signage changes.  They are now designated as pistol caliber only.   You may shoot pistol and rifle in the longer berms H thru L as long as the rifles are pistol caliber.   No standard ARs or AKs  !!  Anyone caught using any rifles that are not pistol caliber will pay a visit to the RCWA Board for explanation.....     Hope that this provides a bit of clarity on the changes.  It is hoped this will allow a bit more flexibility to the members using these berms.


***  Oct 12  2021  ***   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Range Refurbishments Activities

Recent Range Refurbishment for range berms 2 thru 13.   Over the past couple of months the Old North State Posse cowboys have been providing some manpower to refurbish tables available for use in these berms.  This included all new tables in the new berms 11 - 13 and refurbishment or replacement of all the small tables in berms 2 thru 10.   RCWA has provided all of the materials for this effort.

Just as a reminder, if you remove any equipment from under the berm shelters while using berms 2 thru 13, you are expected to return that equipment back to the shelters when you finish.   Weather is not kind to the tables if left out.   None of the equipment under the shelters should be used for building shooting scenarios or as target stands.   The bullet holes in some of these tables is not good !  You will be asked to attend a board meeting to explain if found doing this.  Please take care of your range facilities.



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