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.
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.
MATCH CANCELLED FOR 2015: Due to health issues, the Big Bore Buffalo Match will be cancelled for the remainder of 2015. However, if a club member wishes to run the match, please let a club officer know and the match can continue. It would be great if someone would step up and volunteer.
WORK DAY - The Fort Valley Gun Club will have a work day on the second Saturday of November, 2015. Work will begin at 8:00 AM. Bring weed eaters, shovels, pruners and any other vhand tool that may be needed. The club doesn't have a work day often so please do your best to attend and contribute to making YOUR gun club the best it can possibly be. If you can't make it, please consider making a nominal donation to the club.
.22 RIMFIRE BENCH REST MATCH! Beginning at 12:30, following the Centerfire Benchrest Match on each third Saturday, there will be a .22 Rimfire Bench Rest Match on the 350 yards Founder's Range. It will be shot on 25 bull IBS targets at 50 yards. Any .22LR rifle may be used. Due to the size of the bulls, a scope will be necessary. Cost will be $5 and the fun maximum. For more information contact Match Director Dave Witte at (478) 934-0385.
CORA'S PAGE. 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.
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, 2015. 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.
Saturday, 3 Oct. - .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.)
Sunday, 11 Oct. - 2 GUN PISTOL & RIFLE MATCH. This will involve targets from 3 ~ 100 yards and will occupy the entire lower range. Bring plenty of cartridges. There will be 5 stages but movement will be limited so no oxygen required! Setup at 8:30 AM, Safety briefing at 9:30 AM and match begins at 10:00 AM. 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, 17 Oct. - 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, 24 Oct. - NRA .22LR SILHOUETTE MATCH. Summer Schedule: Match begins 9:00 AM with practice beginning at 8:00 AM. Classes are Standard and Hunter. Rifles must meet NRA class rules. This is a sanctioned official NRA match and is run IAW NRA rules.
- FRIENDS & FAMILY .22LR SILHOUETTE MATCH. This will be the last F&F match of 2015! Match begins 12:00 Noon. This FUN match is for the whole family; everyone from the young to the almost ancient. Those 12 and under shoot from the bench while those 13 and up shoot offhand. Targets are 3/8 size animal steel silhouettes. Firearms are .22LR rimfire rifles using standard or high velocity cartridges only. Hyper-velocity NOT permitted. Cost is $5 per entry. Full details and rules can be found by clicking HERE!
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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