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harbl_the_cat
04-17-2012, 10:56 AM
Hello,

This year we are starting out a program geared specifically for youth shooters at our new facility in Kananaskis.

We have 3 days scheduled that will be focused on introducing kids to the shooting sports (with some time for the parents to plink afterwards).

The age range will be 8-18, but we can make special exceptions for experienced kids or kids that are 19 years old.

These events are open to the public as well, so if you want to bring your kids and their friends, they are more than welcome! They also will be a great opportunity to view our new ranges (http://www.albertarifle.com/images/N...2011/index.htm)

The planned dates are:

26 May - rescheduled due to scheduling conflict
18 Aug
13 Oct

If you are interested in attending or volunteering, please contact harbl.the.cat@gmail.com for more information (please include the word "BTSA" in the subject line).

jwirecom109
04-17-2012, 10:58 AM
Hey Harbl good to have you join us.

I have added these events to our calendars

harbl_the_cat
04-17-2012, 11:11 AM
Cool beans, thanks jwire!

So many forums... so little time :)

harbl_the_cat
05-29-2012, 04:08 PM
Pics coming soon, but our first shoot was this past weekend and it was a HUGE success.

We had 26 shooters, including 14 kids.

harbl_the_cat
06-03-2012, 06:02 PM
Some pictures/videos of the shoot :)

Our charity shoot was this weekend, and it was big success too... $4700 raised for the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.

I won a 1911 too so happy day!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-q3hCtKmbs&feature=youtu.be

jwirecom109
06-04-2012, 08:11 AM
Some pictures/videos of the shoot :)

Our charity shoot was this weekend, and it was big success too... $4700 raised for the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.

I won a 1911 too so happy day!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-q3hCtKmbs&feature=youtu.be


Thats great to hear that you raised that much money, I wish i could have been in better condition to attend, hopefully next time.

harbl_the_cat
06-04-2012, 09:59 AM
Thats great to hear that you raised that much money, I wish i could have been in better condition to attend, hopefully next time.

No problem! We run it every year! One guy from GOC showed up.

I posted up your sign and gave out the bumper stickers. Thanks so much, we also listed you as one of our sponsors, so that should get out to our mailing list.

As for the youth program, the next one is scheduled for August 18th, so if anyone in Southern Alberta is interested, please fire me off a PM!

jwirecom109
06-04-2012, 10:07 AM
Closer to the date I'll be able to tell if I will be able to attend it's a great proogram forsure keep up the great work.

Slice
06-04-2012, 05:39 PM
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r554/Cret23/BTSAACH12-1.jpghttp://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r554/Cret23/BTSAACH12-2.jpghttp://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r554/Cret23/BTSAACH12-3.jpghttp://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r554/Cret23/BTSAACH12-4.jpg
Some pics of BTSA's Charity shoot for the Alberta Children's hospital.

Slice
06-04-2012, 05:42 PM
...and a few more
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r554/Cret23/BTSAACH12-5.jpghttp://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r554/Cret23/BTSAACH12-6.jpghttp://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r554/Cret23/BTSAACH12-7.jpghttp://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r554/Cret23/BTSAACH12-8.jpg

Redhouse
06-04-2012, 06:58 PM
That looks like a nice range. Congrats on the fundraising.

jwirecom109
06-04-2012, 07:02 PM
all those guns and all that food, i wish my back would have been better!!! grrr

jonanddad
06-04-2012, 11:31 PM
all those guns and all that food, i wish my back would have been better!!! grrr

I wish I was closer lol

Slice
06-05-2012, 05:47 AM
let me tell ya, What a great group of folks those BTSA clubbers are. They were friendly and made me feel welcome to join them. The competition was easy going with an emphasis on fun and friendship. I hope to be invited to the 20th annual charity shoot for the Alberta Children's Hospital next year. Depending on what happens with CDTSA, maybe I'll even be a BTSA member by that time.

harbl_the_cat
06-05-2012, 09:43 AM
Thanks everypony.

Some general info and history about the BTSA as well.

Until 2 years ago, we were primarily based out of Calgary, shooting at the Steve Johnson Range near Deerfoot mall.

There were some controversies with that range, access has been intermittent, and the future uncertain so 2 years ago a member of our board spearheaded a major initiative to procure land and build up the complex you see in these pictures. Last fall, we moved most of the dirt, and opened up this spring to our general membership. There's still some growing pains and some infrastructure we need to put in place. We literally got the paving on the pistol bays done the day before the Children's Hospital Fundraiser, and put in a garage the day after. We are going to put in a club house (the one in the picture belonged to another club - the Swiss Rifle Club, I believe), covered shooting points, benches, and permanent outhouses in due time. Those ranges are key access, and keys are available to members who have gone through a range orientation and are in good standing only (standing is determined by board and long term members based on user participation at our events and/or volunteering).

With our new ranges, we've exploded in membership and our programs.

Some programs we have include:

-a weekly holstered handgun shoot that straddles both IPSC and IDPA rules (but is much more informal and again, fun focused - but still with a focus on competition )
-sanctioned IPSC and IDPA matches (we are hosting the IPSC provincial championship this year)
-a monthly "hunters" group that does long range shoots at the Fullbore 900m rifle range (Fullbore is another club under our parent association, the Alberta Provincial Rifle Association).
-an annual Children's Hospital Fundraiser (shown above)
-an annual Fall "Turkey" shoot, which is another family focused fun shoot and BBQ
-Our summer Youth Program (shown above, new and spearheaded by yours truly).
-3-gun clinics (in the works, spearheaded by yours truly).

Until last year, we consistently had a membership of between 100-150 but with recent shut downs of ranges in Southern Alberta and with our new facilities, we've seen our numbers explode to the point that we are now over 300 members. Not to tout our horn or get anyone into a sense of urgency, but we set a membership cap at 400 (IIRC) and it appears we rapidly are approaching that number. Our application forms are here: http://btsa.ca/MEMBERSHIPAPPLICATION.pdf.

Our new range is nestled in an area with a substantial amount of crown land, an established lease, little rural development, and an amicable relationship with the regional government authorities - so the risk of our range getting shut down is very remote.

Our memberships are NOT prorated, however, so the fee is the same for the whole year ($275 for new members, $175 for current), with memberships effective until December of the current calendar year.

harbl_the_cat
08-07-2012, 07:38 PM
Just a bump for interest - the next youth shoot is 18 Aug and we still have room!

BuckingFastard
08-12-2012, 11:28 AM
First time I seen this thread, awesome stuff harbl. I'll try and get my little brothers there unfortunately I'm working or they'd be there for sure.

Beltfed
03-13-2013, 10:11 PM
I've thought over posting on this topic for a bit, and I just can't hold back.
There are some inaccuracies in your post, and I want to clear up some of the revisionist history that I'm not sure if it is what you are being fed by others in your club, or if you actually think this is accurate.



Until 2 years ago, we were primarily based out of Calgary, shooting at the Steve Johnson Range near Deerfoot mall.
There were some controversies with that range, access has been intermittent

The controversies started by BTSA members wanting to do non-static target shooting at targets placed outside of the established known-distance target stands - the 'holster nights' saw dynamic shooting, albeit on the firing line with lateral movement only - the result was the overhead baffling did not work as intended and rounds richocheted out of the range. The Steve Johnson Range was/is a fine range if used within it's limited design parameters. I think the BTSA made a hack job of screwing that up for the APRA groups that really rely on that range - the Cadets, Biathalon and small bore.


so 2 years ago a member of our board spearheaded a major initiative to procure land and build up the complex you see in these pictures. Last fall, moved most of the dirt, and opened up this spring to our general membership.

The leased land was part of the already existing lease held by the APRA - no one from the BTSA did anything to procure more land. The majority of Money came from the APRA, not internal BTSA funds.
The design and build process was hijacked by the BTSA with the help of the current APRA president - who happens to be a BTSA member...despite a voted on and approved standing APRA committee - the new 'BTSA' ranges were intended to be utilized by all members and user groups within the APRA.
That of course fell by the wayside to political back room dealing within the APRA that sees the BTSA as the sole user group of that range and other user groups get what they wanted - quid pro quo as it were....another group, not so lucky.
Political expediency at the expense of fellow shooters...who wouldn't want to support such a fine club?


and keys are available to members who have gone through a range orientation and are in good standing only (standing is determined by board and long term members based on user participation at our events and/or volunteering).

It's good to see nothing of the 'old boys club' has changed - 'keys issued to those we think worthy' not like paying a membership and having a valid PAL should count for anything....
If you question any of this, I'd be happy to share my records - all emails and meeting minutes of APRA BoD dealings for the last 4 years.
To those thinking of an APRA or BTSA membership - know there is baggage attached to it, and your range access will likely be limited/curtailed, and supporting a fine bunch of 'fellow' shooters.