NRC Pistol Safety In The News

Seated from the left, Seth Bousquet, his mom, Samantha, and Taylor Brown and her mother, Angela Mandia, listen to Newport Rifle Club Chief Instructor Robin Kasckow talk about firearms safety.

MIDDLETOWN – Newport Rifle Club’s last Basic Pistol class until October was a first. It was the first time a parent and son or daughter have taken the class at the same time. Along with five others, Samantha Bousquet and her son Seth, 13, of North Smithfield and Angela Mandia and her daughter, Taylor Brown, of Portsmouth took the all-day class recently in the club’s new combined classroom and air-rifle range.

Basic Pistol is geared toward people with little or no experience with handguns. Among other things, the hands-on instruction covers firearm and range safety, pistol and ammunition knowledge, basic marksmanship, target scoring, pistol selection, pistol cleaning, safe storage and firearms transportation laws. For safety and individualized training, each student has his or her own one-on-one instructor for the live-fire portion of the course.

Newport Rifle Club offers Basic Pistol at least half a dozen times a year with several classes for women only. For information about Basic Pistol and other classes go to Newport Rifle Club Instruction.

Newport Rifle Club is the oldest continuously operating gun club in the US. It was founded in 1876 by W. Milton Farrow, one of the finest long-distance rifle shots in the world at the time.

The club usually has a waiting list for membership, which is capped at 700, but currently has a few openings. See Newport Rifle Club Membership for all the details.

Newport Rifle Club has a nine-port 100-yard outdoor range and an eight-port 50-foot indoor range with a HEPA filtration system for air purity. The club provides a wide range of safety, marksmanship and firearms-care training for youth and adults and offers a number of competitions within the club and throughout the state.

2017 Dr. Paul Houston Memorial Shoot

The 2017 Dr. Paul Houston Memorial Pistol Shoot

Sponsored by Island Gun Shop

Held at the Newport Rifle Club, 360 Wyatt Road, Middletown

Saturday, March 25th , 11am to 2pm

Open to all Rhode Island and Mass. gun club members and their guests

$10 entry fee
$10 reentry fee
18 years and under $5 entry
$5 reentry

All entry fees go to the Newport Rifle Club Junior Rifle Team Scholarship Fund


First place ($200) $100 cash AND $100 gift certificate to Island Gun Shop

Second place ($100) $50 cash AND $50 gift certificate to Island Gun Shop

To be raffled to participants:

Black powder pistol x2 ($50 each)
Gift cards to Brick Alley Pub in Newport
4 gift certificates for twin lobster rolls at Easton’s Beach Snack bar
1 gift certificate to Domino’s Pizza ($50)
1 gift certificate to 15 Point Road ($25)
5 bundles of $20 NRC range cards
And more!


Iron sights only (no lasers, no red dots) colored filament iron sights OK

Any caliber allowed on the indoor range (no 5.7×28, .17 HMR, .17 Mach 2, .22WMR)

Handgun must be capable of holding at least 5 rounds in its magazine

1 or 2 handed shooting (standing) allowed. No supplemental support allowed.

You may reenter as often as courteous participation allows. Only your high score for the day counts towards awards. You will receive an additional raffle ticket each time you reenter.


3 minute, dry fire only, preparation period

Slow fire stage – 10 shots in 5 minutes on the B-29 silhouette at 50 feet

Timed fire stage – 2 strings of 5 shots, 20 seconds per string on the B-3 Bulls eye target at 50 feet An “alibi string” will be allowed if your gun malfunctions.

20 shots total per course of fire with a possible score of 200 / 20 X

Steve’s Famous Pizza will be served! Including the phenomenal Coney Island Pizza

No need to preregister, each line takes less than 15 minutes.

All fees go to NRC Junior Rifle Scholarship Fund.


Questions? Contact Bob King: 401-847-5678 or

24th Annual Pot Luck Dinner

The 24th Annual Pot Luck Dinner will be held Tuesday, March 21st, 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the FOP hall

All club members and guests are welcome. There is a sign-up sheet attached to

the in-house league board. You are welcome to bring any dish along with a

serving utensil. Beverages are to be purchased at the bar.

There will be cash awards and a cash raffle for participants in the league.

A fun “everybody wins” raffle table will be set up. If you have items to donate

(gun-related or not), your contribution will add to the fun.

Circle your calendar!

Bob King 847-5678

December Practical Pistol Results

The final results for Practical Pistol 2016 are in!

Rick Paiva is our Open +10 2016 Champion
Rob Beebe is the Double Stack 2016 Champion
Kevin Mathis is the Open -10 2016 Champion
Beth Devlin is the Single Stack 2016 Champion
Dan Bartholomew is the Revolver 2016 Champion

Congrats to all the winners!

Here is the stage breakdown from the last match.


Here is the final Championship standings for 2016.


See you in April!

November Practical Pistol Results

Here are the results of the November edition of Practical Pistol.

Open +10 and Overall = Scott Cook
Double Stack = Rob Beebe
Open -10 = Paul Donovan
Single Stack = Justin Clougher

Here are the stage breakouts:

We had an equipment failure in Stage 2 so it was scrapped from the match.


Here are the Championship Standings:

We have quite a battle going for 1st in Open -10 as well as 3rd place in Double Stack.


See you in December!