With time on my hands Thursday afternoon, I paid a visit to the Albany Rifle and Pistol Club at Saddle Butte east of Shedd, combining a bit of target practice with the social distancing we are obliged to practice now.
My timing was good because today, the club emailed members to say, among other things: “Do not use the ARPC ranges if you do not need to.”
According to the email from ARPC board President Ben Lalonde, the club was informed that a vendor who had been on the property several times in the past month had come down with Covid-19 and was “well on their way to recovery.” The vendor “did not use the facilities,” and “We do not believe any member was directly exposed.”
The club’s ranges remain open for use by members. The stated reason is the reported rise in gun sales, which presumably increases the likelihood that some members want to train relatives or friends in firearm safety and gun handling for personal protection.
Otherwise, the club’s advice is to stay away. For those who do go, the club advised, use the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, avoid the restrooms and club house, and leave the doors of the outdoor range buildings propped open.
But on Thursday, before all that, the pistol range I was using offered what seemed like a safe harbor from the corona virus and the disruption and dislocations it has caused. I was there alone, and the only things harmed were some cans and the target stakes on which they were propped.
As the video below reflects, the nearby Linn County countryside too was a picture of normalcy and calm. (hh)