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 FORT VALLEY GUN CLUB

 

 

Welcome to the Fort Valley Gun Club

P.O. Box 1291, Fort Valley, Georgia 31030

 

Directions to the range: From the Butler/Reynolds direction, turn right toward Fort Valley on Hiway 96 at the Hiway 49 bypass intersection and turn right on Gun Club Road. Pass through the pecan orchard and go straight until the road turns to dirt & gravel and then go farther until you cross the RR tracks. DO NOT SPEED THROUGH THE HOUSING AREA!! There are lots of children and pets! PLEASE RESPECT OUR NEIGHBORS!! From Fort Valley on Hiway 96 West, at the 2 mile marker turn left on Gun Club Road. Follow as noted above. From Byron, take Hiway 49 South to the 49/96 bypass on your right just outside of Fort Valley. Follow the bypass for several miles until you see a left turn onto Hiway 96 to Fort Valley. Take the left onto 96 and then turn right on Gun Club Road. Follow the road as described above.

 

The Fort Valley Gun Club is an NRA Affiliated organization dedicated to primarily Rifle & Pistol shooting events. Our mission is to promote gun safety and awareness at the same time that we enjoy friendly but spirited shooting competitions. While we are a membership club, all monthly competitions are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! (We have the only 350 yard Buffalo Rifle Silhouette Match in Middle GA) Please visit our "Matches & Results" page for scheduled matches, match fees and rules. Everyone is welcome regardless of their experience level. SAFETY is paramount and all safety rules are enforced for everyone's protection. A "Porta-Potty" is on site for your convenience. Bring your own food, water or soft drinks as none is available on site. 

 

MONTHLY CLUB MEETING - The monthly club meeting is held on the first Saturday of the month from February through October on the upper range. It begins at 12:00 Noon. Only members in good standing are allowed to participate. All guests and visitors must stay on the other side of the Range Officers booth until the meeting is over. Important information and policies are discussed and voted upon so all members are urged to attend and let your voices be heard.

HOME PAGE CHANGES - To unclutter the club's home page, routine current notices and information will be posted on a separate page. Only the scheduled matches and other selected information will be available here. All members are responsible for staying informed and up-to-date. The latest and best information available will be found on our web site. Urgent and other important notices will still be posted on the home page for a few days before being moved to the Information Page or deleted.  

Click HERE to access the information page. 

 

A WORD OF CAUTION: When on the range, be alert for poisonous snakes. Last Wednesday, I spotted a large snake in the middle of the gravel road as I was leaving the range. It was a 4 ~ 4 1/2 foot Timber Rattler and at least 3 inches in diameter.... a big one. If you spot one, the best advice is to leave it alone. Also be aware that it is illegal in Georgia to harm a non-poisonous snake. Members of the Black Snake family such as the Rat and King Snakes actually keep poisonous snakes away. They will kill and eat them. They are our friends. So, be vigilant and be safe while enjoying our ranges.

 

ANOTHER WINNER!! On the "Steel Chicken" website, the results of the recent North Carolina State Championship Steel Silhouette matches have been posted. Our very own Susanna Cummings was singled out for high praise. Susanna is the third standout silhouette shooter among our young ladies. The following comments are from the Steel Chicken post:

"Like many State Championships (at least here in the SouthEast) we shot 2 x 40 in Smallbore on Saturday and 2 x 40 in Hunting Rifle on Sunday. That allows someone to shoot one day or the other (or both) and still get awards.
I think most of the competitors would agree the following was a highlight of the Match(es):
A 12 year old young lady from GA (Suzannah Cummings), in only her 1st year of shooting and only her 2nd State match - overshot her class in BOTH Smallbore Rifle matches (22 & 30)! That resulted in her moving from B class when she registered into A Class, then up again into AA class and STILL came in 2nd!!! FANTASTIC shooting!
Then in Hunting Rifle, she started as an A class shooter and overshot in the morning match - shooting a 28! That moved her up into AA Class, where she WON that class!!
You need to remember her name, she will be moving up steadily through the ranks and competing at the top real soon!"

 

BATTLELINE TACTICAL TRAINING CLASS for defensive pistols/carbines is coming to the Fort Valley Gun Club. The course is two days with 13 hours of instruction taught by Kris "Tanto" Paronto and Dave "Boon" Benton assisted by other vetted tactical instructors from the intelligence community. Tanto and Boon are both ex-military snipers and fought against the terrorist attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. They are the real deal. The classes will be held 4 & 5 October on the pistol ranges which will be closed to all except paying students. Non-paying onlookers will not be allowed for any reason. There are limited slots available and the cost is $650. Full details may be found here: http://www.kristantoparonto.com/battleline_tactical_is_coming_to_georgia. The local contact is Robert Stringer and if you have additional questions, please contact Robert at 478-919-2747. 

MATCH DIRECTORS & RANGE MAINTENANCE: The Executive Committee has noted that the range mowing doesn't include trimming of areas that the mower doesn't reach. They would like for the Match Directors to assume responsibility for trimming the ranges they use for their matches. Thanks for your help keeping the ranges looking good.

HOT NEWS - The FVGC now has an archery range! It's located on the parking lot above the pistol ranges and offers targets at 10, 20, 30 & 40 yards. If you shoot a bow, please take advantage of our new facilities. You may thank current club President Butch Bennett for installing the targets. All safety rules apply, of course, and ONLY PRACTICE ARROWS may be used. NO BROADHEAD ARROWS ALLOWED!

MATCH CHANGE UPDATES:  Please read the match schedule below carefully as there have been numerous changes. The centerfire and Rimfire benchrest matches will now be held twice monthly on the first and third Saturdays with the first Saturday matches, Centerfire and Rimfire, being 100 yards always. The third Saturday Centerfire match will rotate between 100, 200 & 300 yards. The Rimfire match will be 50 yards on the third Saturday. The Rimfire Benchrest Matches will now always be held on the Long Range.

SCHEDULED MATCHES: All matches scheduled to be shot each month will be listed below by date. Some matches are held each month all year. Some matches are only scheduled for part of the year. To view detailed information and the annual schedule for each match, visit the "Matches & Results" page where each match is described in detail. With the exception of the Tactical Matches, each match is the same from month to month although the Match Director has the authority to make changes as he/she sees fit. The Tactical Matches vary each month as determined by the Match Director. While a tentative Tactical Match list is posted, events may be changed at the Match Director's discretion.

                                                                                         Saturday, 4 Aug.  - TACTICAL MATCH. This will be a .22 caliber Tactical match requiring a minimum of 150 rounds. Bring more if you like. Ear & eye protection mandatory. Bring food & water as necessary.  Targets will be from 7 ~ 30 yards. Setup at 8:00 AM and the match begins at 9:00 AM. Note that the match fee is now $20. The increased costs of all match materials has made the increase necessary. Please contact Match Director Bob Stringer at (478) 919-4727 for additional information. 

                                                                                                                            - .22 SILHOUETTE MATCH. Safety briefing at 9:00 AM with match starting immediately afterward. Come out and enjoy the fun! Cost is $7 per entry. Standard and Hi-Velocity cartridges ONLY. NO HYPER-VELOCITY CARTRIDGES ALLOWED! (They damage the targets.)

                                                                                                                           - .22 NRA Silhouette Match. Will be shot concurrently with the standard .22 Silhouette Match. All NRA Silhouette Match rules apply. This is an Official Sanctioned NRA Match. Match costs $7 and the Official Score Book is a onetime fee of $13. Match may be shot without score book in "Unclassified" category.

                                                                                                                           -  CENTERFIRE BENCHREST MATCH. The first Saturday match will always be 100 yards. It will not rotate distances like the third Saturday match. Five stages featuring five bulls eyes plus sighter target per stage. Total of 25 scoring shots with a possible of 250-25X. Compete in your class. Great fun for only $7. DUE TO THE RAINED OUT MATCH IN JULY, THIS MATCH, 18 AUGUST, WILL BE 200 YARDS!

                                                                                                                           -  .22 BENCHREST MATCH. This match follows the Centerfire Benchrest Match and the monthly club meeting at approximately 12:30 ~ 1:00. It is shot from the benches on the Long Range at 100 yards. Targets will be the NRA TQ-3/5 with 5 bulls, each to be shot 5 times for a total of 25 scoring shots and a possible of 250-25X. There are sighter targets that may be shot as many times as desired. The X-ring is .4" and the 10 ring is .9" in diameter. There are two classes: Custom and Sporting. Cost per match is $5.00. A tremendously fun match, it's proving to be popular so come out and enjoy yourself.                                                                

                                                                                        Saturday, 18 Aug.   -  CENTERFIRE BENCH REST MATCH. Begins at 9:30 AM. The third Saturday match will alternate each match between 100, 200 and 300 yards. See the matches & scores page for more details. This month's third Saturday match will be 100 yards.

                                                                                                                           -  .22 BENCHREST MATCH. Begins at 12:00 or after the Centerfire Benchrest Match if it finishes late. This match will now be shot from the Long Range benches; IBS 25 Bull targets at 50 yards. Any rifle shooting .22LR is permitted. Scopes necessary as the bulls are very small. Match fee will be $5. For more information contact Match Director Dave Witte at (478) 934-0385. 

                                                                                        Saturday, 25 Aug.    - FAMILY & FRIENDS SILHOUETTE MATCH. Gates will open at 9:00 AM for practice and a safety briefing will be held at 10:00 AM. Match begins immediately after. Any .22LR rifle may be used but NO HYPER-VELOCITY cartridges allowed. 40 targets consisting of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams; 10 each placed at 46, 60, 77 meters & 100 yards respectively. Hit them and they go down. This is a fun match for the whole family so come out and have a great time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                       

 

The oldest NRA Affiliated Gun Club in Georgia

 

    President: Jason Heisterkamp   Vice-President: Tom Andorfer

Secretary-Treasurer: Gary Kretsinger    Executive Range Officer: Dave Witte

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