Archery Update

The Platform near the “Bowl” is close to completion. Archery Director Bobby Beals along with the efforts of Marty Finn, Jesse Hill and Robert Jr. have really added a nice touch to this trail as there are five targets at that position. Archers have more to be excited about as construction for the new Indoor Archery Facility is underway.

Tuesday Night Archery

Tuesday October 23rd we will hosting Tuesday Night Archery. We will start at 5:30 to 8:00. If you have never tried archery and would like to give it a try, please come join us, bows will be available.

If you're already an archer, please feel free to join us as well. We will also have hamburgers, hotdogs and refreshments.

Additional Lockers for Rent

The club has 24 more 12x12x18” lockers available to our members for an annual rental fee of $25. The new lockers are located at the bottom of the steps leading to the Indoor Range.

Interested parties need to pre-pay for the box rental before using it, and should contact the club treasurer (Brad) at


3-Gunner Event Results

Phil Proto and Allan Arena from the Outdoor Rifle Range Department are pleased to announce the winners of the 3-Gunner Event that took place on the 28th of July. They had a great turnout and everyone had a great time:

First Place:  Matthew Keating
Second Place: William Sallie
Third Place: Dominic Truchon

Trap on July 3rd

Please note that due to the July 4th holiday, regular Wednesday trap will be moved to Tuesday, July 3rd.


Beginner Instructional Trap

Beginner Instructional Trap from 6pm till 9m Monday nights!  Starting June 18th and then every other Monday!

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, July 9, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, July 23, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, August 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, August 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

NRA Pistol Instructor 2-day Class

NRA Pistol Instructor 2-day Class

Saturday July 21st, 8am to 4pm

Sunday July 22nd, 8am till 5:00pm

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

NRA Pistol Instructor 2-day Class

NRA Pistol Instructor 2-day Class

Saturday July 21st, 8am to 4pm

Sunday July 22nd, 8am till 5:00pm

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

May Community Relationships Report

The May meeting had John Ratka, director of the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, speak. John gave a brief outline of the work that the center does for our veterans.

Andover is once again having an Andover day to be held on September 8th. The club will be having a table. Last year we were very well received.

This year, due to the number of scholarship applicants the club is giving out 6 scholarships. This is in addition to the 4 that we give to local schools. The recipients are:

  • Natalie S.
  • Sarah S.
  • Christa F.
  • Elliot B.
  • Anthony C.
  • Ryan R.

All of the recipients have been invited to the June 14th membership meeting.

Recap of Steve Cioffi's NRA Counselors Training

In January I was invited to attend the NRA Training Counselors workshop.

The workshop is an intense 4-day training which is held at NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. To be eligible to attend a Training Counselor Development Workshop, you need to be an NRA Certified Instructor for a minimum of two years, have conducted a minimum of ten NRA courses (as the lead trainer), have taught a minimum of 50 students, and successfully reported your training activity at Meeting the eligibility requirements, I registered myself for the workshop. I was eager and excited to get started on my journey.

I met seven other excited candidates taking the workshop; all which are professionals in law enforcement or safety training fields from across the country. 8 registered candidates did not attend the workshop.

My eagerness very quickly turned to nervousness and stress. It become clear that being recommended for counselor by the training staff was not going to be an easy accomplishment. Being constantly evaluated by unemotional training staff was not a comfortable situation.

  • Day 1: Not one person passed safe handling of semi-auto, revolver and single-action firearms. I did however pass safe handling of both revolver and single-action. I came to find out that I did not pass semi-auto because I racked the slide in a different manner than the trainer.
  • Day 2: The shooting qualification, 6-inch group of 16 shots out of 20 with in a 9-inch circle. A very difficult qualification under enormous stress. I was only 1 of 2 people to pass.
  • Day 3: Defensive qualification, one candidate was actually removed from the workshop for being unsafe. 5 people reattempted the shooting qualification from day 1 and only 1 more person passed it.
  • Day 4: Half day of classroom and then exit interview.

Four days of intense classroom and role-playing with the above qualifications proved a stressful and mentally exhausting experience. It was eye opening and humbling. At the end of all exit interviews I found out that I was only 1 of 2 candidates that were being recommended to become an NRA Training Counselor. I am proud of my accomplishments and eager to be bringing a new level of training to Andover Sportsmen’s Club.

-Steve Cioffi, Director of Training