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.
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.
CHANGES COMING!! In
the near future you will see changes to the FVGC Home page. Your webmaster has
been giving consideration to this for some time and will shortly take action to
de-clutter this page by moving most of the content to separate pages. A link
will be provided to take you there. The most urgent and important information
will still reside on this page but other - also important - club information
will be on an information page. ALL club members should review this page and the
information page on a regular basis to stay current and not miss vital
Also, we now have two talented Heisterkamp girls shooting outstanding scores and winning state matches. Cora and Abbey Heisterkamp will be combined on a page dedicated to "Team Heisterkamp" and we hope all members will assist and support them in every way possible. They and their parents, grandparents and friends put the time and effort into keeping them sharp in the Silhouette game and the least the FVGC can do is give tem as much support as we can.
OFF LIMITS!! The target frame mounted on a red steel trestle and stored at 50 yards off to the side of the 350 yards range is ONLY for the .22 Bench Rest Match and NOT for any other use. DO NOT use it for ANY casual shooting and especially not for center fire guns of any kind. There are two other 50 yard target frames you can use; one on the upper range and one on the pistol range.
FAMILY & FRIENDS MATCH! See the match schedule below. 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!
RANGE CLOSURE DATES: Due to conflicting work schedules, mowing of the ranges - normally done on Friday - will now be done on Saturday afternoons for the foreseeable future. Thus, the ranges will be closed for 3 ~ 4 hours once each month. While we anticipate the hours to be 1 ~ 4 PM, it may run a bit later. Please note that as each range is mowed, it will re-open as soon as the mowing is complete. Thus each range will be down for the minimum time possible. Here are the scheduled dates: 30 April; 28 May; 25 June; 30 July; 27 August; 24 September & 22 October. Please schedule your range sessions accordingly.
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.
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.
Sunday, 1 May - RIFLE/CARBINE MATCH. Five stages that will require a minimum of 150 rounds. Distances will be 5, 10 ~ 50 yards. Contact Match Director Bob Stringer for specifics. The following information is standard for all Tactical Matches. Safety briefing at 9:30 AM and match begins at precisely 10:00 AM. Match fee is now $15. Ear and eye protection mandatory. Drinks and food are the responsibility of each individual. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. For match specific information, please contact the Match Director Robert Stringer at (478) 919-4727.
Saturday, 7 May - .22 SILHOUETTE MATCH. Safety briefing at 9:00 AM with match starting immediately afterward. We know this is the 4th of July but enough shooters expressed an interest in holding the match so it will be held. 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.)
- BIG BORE BUFFALO MATCH will begin approximately 1:00 PM following the .22 Silhouette Match and club meeting. The match is for single shot or lever action rifles with open sights or scopes in caliber .38 or larger. Bullets must be cast or swaged. No jacketed bullets allowed!! BLACK POWDER OK!! Course of fire is 10 Chickens & eggs at 100 yards; 10 pigs at 150 yards; 10 turkeys at 200 yards; 5 small rams at 250 yards and 5 large rams at 350 yards. Shot from crossed "buffalo sticks". Spotters allowed. Cost is $10 per entry.
Saturday, 21 May - CENTERFIRE BENCH REST MATCH. Begins at 9:30 AM. The match will alternate monthly between 100/200 yards and 200/300 yards. See the matches & scores page for more details.
- .22 BENCHREST MATCH. Begins at 12:30 or after the Centerfire Benchrest Match if it finishes late. IBS 25 Bull targets will be shot 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, 23 Apr. - NRA OFFICIAL .22 SILHOUETTE MATCH. Gate opens at 8:00 AM for practice. Safety briefing at 8:45 AM and the match begins at 9:00 AM sharp. There are two classes of rifles: Standard and Hunter. Shooters may fire one class for $7 or both classes for $10. Please see the "Matches & Results" page for complete match details.
- FAMILY & FRIENDS .22 SILHOUETTE MATCH. Start time is 1:00 PM and the entry fee is $7.This is a fun match for the whole family; children and adults alike. The children will shoot first, before the adults! It's a handicap match with classes assigned according to age and average scores. Children 12 and under shoot from the bench. Those under 15 must have a parent or other adult supervising. Any .22LR rifle may be used with semi-autos restricted to those 17 or older. Rifles with scopes will do best. Cartridges may be standard or hi-velocity but NO hyper-velocity cartridges will be allowed as they can damage the targets. The targets are steel chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams set at 40, 60, 77 meters and 100 yards respectively. Ear and eye protection is mandatory. Safety is always paramount.
PICTURES PAGE UPDATED! The Pictures page has been updated with a link to a new page featuring recent and current picture thumbnails. Click on the thumbnails and the full picture will come up. Use the back button to return to the thumbnails. To see the new page & pictures, click HERE... or go to the Pictures page and use the link there!
CURRENT NOTICES & INFORMATION - In order to unclutter the club's home page, routine current notices and information will be posted on a separate page. All members are responsible for staying informed and up-to-date. The latest and best information available will be found on our web site. Click HERE to access the information page. Urgent and other important notices will still be posted on the home page.
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.
The oldest NRA Affiliated Gun Club in Georgia
President: Butch Bennett Vice-President: Walker Smith
Secretary-Treasurer: Tom Magerkurth Executive Range Officer: Tom Hodge
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