FORT VALLEY GUN CLUB

 

 

Welcome to the Fort Valley Gun Club

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

 

 

CURRENT NOTICES & INFORMATION

 

FVGC is now affiliated with the Georgia Sport Shooting Association (GSSA). As such, all FVGC members are now able to take advantage of the services offered by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Please click on the links to access the GSSA and CMP web sites.     GSSA     CMP  

FORBIDDEN! The use of Tannerite Targets, Tracers, any & all exploding targets or devices and any ammunition or device that could cause a fire is STRICTLY PROHIBITED on the FVGC Range!!

EXECUTIVE NOTES: The following important information for members is from the Executive Committee;  i.e., The FVGC Officers.

We would like to ask our membership to send their e-mail address to the webmaster for our database. As with all of our data this will be kept confidential, this will not be given to anyone other than the Executive Committee of the FVGC. If anyone has address or phone number changes that would help too. They can send these to the webmaster and we will designate someone to maintain the data. (Walker Smith) To email the information, click on the "Webmaster" link in this message or at the bottom of the page.

CLUB RULE BOOK: (The rules concerning the number of allowable guests per member and their use of the range has changed. See page 7 of the Club Rules for the amended rules.) For a pdf copy of the 2015 club rule book, click HERE. This file will open using Adobe Reader which is available free on the web. Members are required to know and abide by all club rules. Please save this file and read/review as necessary.

NEW FACE BOOK PAGE: Member Jason Heisterkamp has created a FVGC Face Book page. It can be seen here:  https://www.facebook.com/fortvalleygc/ Please LIKE & SHARE with your friends. If you have information relevant to club activities or pictures of club competitions or events, please contact Jason at: jheisterkamp75@gmail.com  Jason will do his best to keep the page current and post items such as pictures that are not easily included in the club website.

CORA'S PAGE. CORA SHOT A 40!! IN ALL THE YEARS WE'VE BEEN SHOOTING THE SILHOUETTE MATCHES, CORA IS THE FIRST AND ONLY SHOOTER TO BAG A PERFECT SCORE! Go to her page for details! Cora Heisterkamp, a teenager who has been shooting .22 Silhouette matches for a few years at our club has been doing some impressive competition shooting at state level matches. A page with pictures and listing her accomplishments are HERE. Click on the link and see what one of our young shooters is accomplishing. She isn't just good at the silhouette game; she's REALLY GOOD!! UPDATE: In August, Cora travelled to Tennessee for the state championship matches. Once again, Cora returned with impressive results. In Standard AA Class she won 1st place as well as High Animal Count for Rams. She also qualified for the Nationals again. In Hunter AA Class she placed 3rd, 1 point behind 1st and 2nd place. Of 58 total competitors at the Tennessee State Championship Matches, Cora had the 3rd highest total score! Only two Master Class shooters managed to score higher. Cora has now moved up to AAA Class. New pictures of Cora in Tennessee have been posted.

The NRA has published an article about Cora's accomplishments. It's a great article and here's the link to it: http://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2015/10/12/cora-heisterkamp-aaa-class-champion-ready-for-the-2016-season/

HOT NOTICES:

                                       INCREASED ANNUAL DUES REMINDER! There was a club meeting on 5 November to discuss and vote on an increase in annual membership dues. The proposal to raise the annual dues to $75, effective immediately for 2017, was passed unanimously. Dues may be paid from now until the close of business of the February, 2017, regular meeting. Please mail checks made out to the Fort Valley Gun Club to the address at the top of this page or pay the Secretary-Treasurer in person. Thanks to everyone for your support for the much needed dues increase.

                                         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!

                                                   FAMILY & FRIENDS MATCH!  This is a chance for the whole family to enjoy quality time together while the children learn gun safety and the joy of competitive shooting. It's a handicap match so everyone has a chance to win. The cost is $7 to enter and any .22LR rifle (scoped rifles do best) may be used with standard or hi-velocity cartridges. NO Hyper-velocity cartridges allowed as they can damage the targets. Semi-auto rifles are restricted to those age 17 and over. Steel chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams are shot at 40, 60, 77 meters and 100 yards respectively. When hit, they fall over. Shooters 12 and under will shoot from a bench while those 15 and under must have adult supervision while on the line. Ear and eye protection is mandatory. Safety ALWAYS comes first. Come and have a great afternoon. The children will shoot BEFORE the adults!

The annual Family & Friends Awards Banquet was held on 13 November, 2016. Twenty five people were in attendance to honor our young shooters' accomplishments. Final season standings may be seen on the Matches & Results page. The following awards were presented: Perfect Attendance awards went to Suzannah Cummings and Austyn Gochenour. Abbey Heisterkamp received the Most Improved award while Kody Eliason was given the Coolest Gun award. These young people are the future of gun sports in this country. Please support them as much as possible.

                                                                             RANGE HOUSEKEEPING is YOUR responsibility! The rule is simple; if YOU bring it, YOU take it with you when you leave. That includes the targets you post on the target frames and shoot. DON'T leave them for the next member to clean up. Be considerate of your fellow club members and don't leave your trash behind. When you remove your targets, please also remove the staples so that the next shooter can lay their targets flat against the backboard. Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.

                                             IMPORTANT CLUB MEETINGS INFORMATION: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY ALL club meetings are for current MEMBERS in good standing ONLY!! You MUST display your club membership card to attend and participate in club meetings. Those without membership cards will be required to stay at least 50 yards from the meetings while in progress. The FVGC is a private, members only, club and only members may voice opinions about club issues or cast votes effecting club matters. The only exceptions will be guest speakers invited or approved in advance by the Executive Committee.

                                                          FVGC SALES & TRADES PAGE: Don't forget that one of your perks as a FVGC member is being able to post your guns and shooting related items on this website for FREE! Send the webmaster your information and pictures. It's a great way to advertise your items.

                                                           FVGC RULES CHANGES:  The complete and revised 2015 FVGC rules have been posted and linked above as a pdf file that members can read or download and save. Please save a copy to your computer. These revised rules do not change in any way the club by-laws. The club Officers would like to especially thank Tom Magerkurth's daughter Donna McKinley who so graciously typed the rules book and made it into a pdf file. Donna did a fantastic job.

                                              RANGE SAFETY - Careless gun handling practices WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!! Any member observed discharging a firearm into anything other than a berm-backed target may lose their membership. Members are also responsible for the actions of their guests so be sure the guest(s) conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner.

                                                             - ALCOHOL & GUNS mix like oil and water. IF a member or guest feels the need to have a cold beer while on the range, BE CERTAIN that all shooting by them has ceased and all guns have been put away FIRST. ANYONE observed drinking alcohol and handling a gun on the range will seriously jeopardize their club membership.

 

                                             DON'T DO IT!! If your shots do not impact the berm, you are in violation of club rules and it's a good way to lose your range privileges or even club membership. There is NO EXCUSE for violating this rule. Targets MUST be placed so that bullets impact into a berm and not the ground.

                              CLUB MEMBERSHIP: At present the club membership is at maximum capacity. Our current dropout rate indicates a wait of at least 3 - 4 years before new members will be allowed to join. Therefore, no new membership applications will be accepted until further notice.

                                     MONTHLY MEETINGS: The Monthly Meetings of the Fort Valley Gun Club are held at noon on the first Saturday of each month beginning in February, 2016. The last meeting of the year will be in October. Important topics of interest to all FVGC members are discussed and voted upon. Be involved and let your voice be heard.

                                    MEMBERS & GUESTS: Please respect our range neighbors and DO NOT speed through the housing area. There are many children and pets so keep your speed at 25 MPH or less. We know the speed limit is 35 MPH but in our judgment, that's too fast. Please, be careful.

 

 

                                                             WEB SITE LINKS - A page with links to sites of interest to shooters. It's an on-going project that will eventually include information sites for shooters of most disciplines and sites that sell almost everything a shooter and reloader may want. To access the page, go HERE.

 

 
FVGC Executive Committee Notes.

RANGE CARE - Range rules are simple: IF YOU BRING IT, TAKE IT HOME WITH YOU! It's YOUR responsibility to leave the range as you found it and that includes removal of your targets, drink containers and large trash items. The Range Officer is not equipped to dispose of large quantities of trash so please help. Consider this to be a friendly reminder to all members.  

SAFETY REMINDER - Hard objects such as rocks, bricks - ANYTHING hard that will cause a bullet to ricochet - WILL NOT be used as a target on our ranges!! Violation of this rule is cause for loss of membership. Use proper targets and only the berms as a backstop. DO NOT lean targets against, or attach targets to, the .22 Silhouette Target frames! ONLY .22 rim fire Long Rifle, Longs or Shorts - Standard or High Velocity - may be shot using those frames. NO HYPER-VELOCITY .22 Rim fire allowed when using those frames. Be safe at all times!  

 IMPORTANT: Do not drive on the new ranges when the ground is damp. It will take time for the ground to settle and we don't want ruts on the range or in the graveled road. 

SAFETY NOTICE - DO NOT drive on the upper range road past the 150 yard line. With the new range open, it's not safe to use the upper range road beyond the 150 yard target frame. BE CAREFUL!!

 

THE GATES ARE NOW UP AND SO IS THE RED & GREEN FLAG. PLEASE FOLLOW NORMAL SAFETY PROCEDURES WHEN USING THE RANGE!

 

The oldest NRA Affiliated Gun Club in Georgia

 

    President: Butch Bennett    Vice-President: Jason Heisterkamp

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

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