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New Ontario Shooters Association (NOSA)
2018 Recent Activities or Events and Pictures

Here find details of the shooting activities and related events at NOSA, the family-friendly Thunder Bay rifle and pistol shooting club. Events or subjects are in approximate date order (usually based on the earliest date if an activity is spread out).

Photos here are by Banacek unless otherwise attributed. This page is also intended to show some of our members' 2018 photos in club and related activities in and about Thunder Bay, Ontario -- or wherever our members travel for competitions or sport. Member photo contributions are much appreciated. And please be kind.

At the end of each calendar year, a particular year's activities and photos will still be available on its own NOSA page.

Click Year to See Our Previous Activities
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
2015 2016 2017

Nolalu Range Improvement Projects, pictures and text, during a particular year can be seen on the individual year pages above, but for your convenience several years of such projects have also been gathered together here on a summary webpage.

NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts are similarly reported in each year's activities, but prior years have also been gathered here in a summary webpage.

Photos on these web pages are optimized for viewing at the low resolution of a computer monitor. If you wish to print particular photos, identify them in an email to the Webmaster, and he will email you a higher resolution version. If you have an objection to a particular image of yourself or your family member, send an email to the Webmaster and that image or the complete photo will be removed from the website.

Spelling of Names. We try hard to spell folks' names correctly but errors can creep in. Please advise any corrections needed.

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NOSA Indoor Shooting at Arnone Range -- 20 Sep 2017 through 27 Apr 2018

The fall to spring indoor shooting schedule began at Arnone Range:
--- on Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 for Junior Shooters;
--- on Friday, 22 Sep 2017 for Adult Shooters.

NOSA Gun Show in Thunder Bay -- Saturday and Sunday, 10 & 11 March 2018

Gun Show Visitors

This annual two-day NOSA Spring Gun Show featured the opportunity for the public to buy, sell, or trade: Guns, Knives, Ammunition, Collectors' Cartridges, Reloading Supplies, Optics, and Accessories. A Legion food concession was also on site.

Location: The Slovak Legion, 801 Atlantic Ave., Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 2S7 Canada.

Show Hours for the Public:
            Saturday 10 March -- 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
               Sunday 11 March -- 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Admission for the Public was $5.00 each day, and free for those under 12 when accompanied by an adult. And this year we had a new record of 1354 paid admissions.

NOSA had an information display about our Club, and our activities promoting the shooting sports including our Junior Shooters Program. This show provides much of the annual funding for the Club to support the Juniors' Program.

The NOSA Adult Members and Junior Shooters very much appreciate the support of the vendors and exhibitors, whose participation was much more beneficial than just attending for sales purposes -- they enjoyed talking with and educating the public in their areas of expertise, and networking with both new and old friends. And we always appreciate the participation of the C.F.O. representative, Deb Bissonette, who puts a helpful and friendly face on this important agency.

Trevor B. did much of the organizational work and, with the assistance of Glenn H., kept everything on track during the show. Many other volunteers were vital to the success of this show including John A., Merv A., Dana C., Kristina P., Ron G., John Gi., Jodi H., George H., Victoria H. (who also organized the Junior Shooters' contingent, that provided great service to the public and to the vendors), Neil J., Verner K., Dave and Jo-Anne and Kayla L., Bob M., Chris R., Samantha R., John S., Gord S., and Li Y. [If I've left anyone out, please drop me an email.] Banacek took the accompanying photos.

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Friday evening
and Trevor B.
is ready for us
Last bit of
prep before
vendors come
George H. checks
Jeff B.'s book
Terry D. preps
while Vinnie
is planning
Friday evening
and the tables
go to sleep
Saturday and
John S. chats
with Joe C.
as Jim M. is
his display
as Rick G.
last touches
Stan and Wayne
are always
here with us
Sarah and Jodi
staffing the
Fish&Game table
Gus is in
from SS-Marie
with nice stuff
Albert H. taking
from John A.
Deb Bissonette
represents the
CFO proudly
Susan and Wes
love being at
our shows
Wayne S. helps
Joe C. with his
tons of goodies
Spencer always
has great books
and neat stuff
Siri joins James
at the Combat
Club display
Terry sets
prices very
Len S. gives
some useful
Warren W. is
a fount of
Yes, Jo-Anne,
that pesky
camera is back
The Aviation
Centre has
lots of goodies
Joe C. is
It has been
very busy
all Saturday
These ladies
have talent
at their crafts
TBBC regulars
are hanging
Victoria H.
and her Junior
Shooter helpers
Sunday at the
door: John, Glenn,
Kristina, & Merv
Vern K. has
made some neat
camp/tent stoves
Tim Ross
makes fabulous
custom knives
Brian and John
have some
neat stuff
Gary runs
Great Northern
Gun Works
End of Show
packing up
and work is
in harmony
and our main
2018 Show is
over now

NOSA Annual General Meeting -- Sunday, 18 March 2018

Members at Club Meeting

Location. NOSA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Slovak Legion, 801 Atlantic Ave., Thunder Bay. Refreshments were available.

This AGM's agenda included presentation of the annual budget and discussion of club business.

Most items discussed were routine follow-ons to normal annual club activities. There were however two notable discussions and conclusions about our regular shooting programs:

Junior Shooters Program will have a two phase enrollment starting in the fall of 2018. Those signing up by the cutoff date [yet to be announced] for September 2018 will have dues of $60 and participate until the end of April/May 2019. Those who are too late for that earlier phase may sign up for $30 for the portion from January to April/May 2019. In this way each group will experience full initial coaching attention for the beginning of their phase, as well as ongoing coaching commensurate with their needs and progress. More details will be announced well in advance of September.

Nolalu Range condition was discussed and several members elaborated on the maintenance issues affecting particularly Range 2 (100, 200, and 300 metres). Should the range fail the upcoming 2018 CFO inspection, or fail to meet NOSA's needs, alternate solutions will be examined.

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NOSA Juniors Easter Shoot -- Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Image of paper target

Report and photos by Victoria H.

The Easter Shoot for Juniors took place on 28 March and Easter chocolates were awarded to all Junior participants.

Scores are a combined tally of Scored targets, Bingo Targets, and a Mystery target.

Unsupported (combined scores): Mliss: 127; David: 124; Mallory: 123

Supported (combined scores): Xander: 121; Rhys: 89; Carson: 84

Shut the Box (remaining tiles): Bella & David 1; Rhys 3; Mallory & Tristan 4

There was also an experiment with reactive targets which seemed to be a hit as well, however not included in the score.

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NOSA Adult End of Season Indoor Shoot -- Friday, 20 April 2018

Image of paper target

This annual shoot was the last adult indoor competition before summer, but informal shooting for adults continued up to 11 May inclusive.

This Adult Shoot included events for:
CF Handguns Bullseye Target;
.22 RF Handguns -- Bullseye and Bingo Targets;
.22 RF Rifles -- Bullseye and Bingo Targets.

Having fun was the prize that everyone gets.

NOSA Juniors End of Season Indoor Shoot -- Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Image of paper target

This fun evening for Juniors was the last formal event before summer break, but Junior shooting was also extended to include Wednesday, 02 May. Report and photos here by Victoria H.

Shoot Results, with first through third place:
Target Junior: Aiden 88, Rhys 80, Landon 67
Target Senior: Bryce 81, David 80, Heath 79
Bingo Junior: Bella 41, Landon 30, Ristin 29
Bingo Senior: Byron 46, Kolten 40, Reeghan/Bryce 35

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NOSA Inaugural Nolalu Shoot -- Saturday, 26 May 2018

Image of paper target

This shoot formally celebrated the beginning of another season shooting outdoors at Nolalu and started at 10:00 a.m. Despite a forecast of possible showers, the weather at Nolalu was warm and mostly sunny.

Shooting events were free to participate and included rimfire (RF) and centerfire (CF) handguns and rifles. There were prizes for first through third place in each event.

Our thanks to Trapper-John A. for organizing this event, and Warren W. for assisting him, and to all the good folks that participated.

Shooting Matches

Adults 25M CF handgun bullseye: Dana C., George H., Dave L.
Adults 25M .22RF handgun bullseye: George H., Dave L., Dana C.
Adults 25M .22RF handgun bingo: George H., Dana C., Barry W.
Adults 25M .22RF rifle bullseye: George H., Dana C., Chris R.

Adults 100M .22RF rifle 5-shot group: Dave L. 1 1/8", George H. 2 3/8", Don K. 2 3/4"
Adults 100M CF rifle 3-shot group: Dave L. 1 1/4", Chris R. 2 3/4", Don K. 2 7/8"

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Some Range Days at Nolalu in 2018

A change in scheduling has affected some of the small group of NOSA members known as the Irregulars, and on 22 June they started shooting at Nolalu on Friday evenings instead of Thursdays. We have some photos of Jeff B. on the first evening providing a black powder smokescreen to ward off bugs. And yes he shot a very nice group.

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Jeff B. inserts
powder charge
and ball
and takes aim
with this
and produce
a huge cloud
of smoke

NOSA Member Photo Submissions. It helps me here if photographs submitted are mostly under 1 Megabyte in file size, but larger will still be okay. Note: special pictures like group shots or panoramas often turn out better if processing here begins with an even larger file size.

If you have access to a photo software program, the first editing step (always) is to make a copy with a new name to work on. [Keep the original file safe and untouched!] Crop the copy photo to get rid of unnecessary background. Then fix light levels. Finally save as a jpg file. Free programs that can improve photos and resize them include: Paint.NET (for Windows) which is simple to use and has many useful features; another very capable free choice is GIMP, GNU Image Manipulation Program, that is available for Windows, Apple, or Linux operating systems.

If you are not comfortable using photo programs, just email a copy of the picture just as it came out of the digital camera and I'll do any adjustments needed here. If you use a film camera and paper prints, loan me a print and I'll scan it for the website.

Email your pix as attachments to:
but first change the xxxx into the usual email symbol.

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