Want to take a tour?

I’ve been promising this for a while, sorry for the delay but I think it is worth it. I’m proud to be part of an organization that has built a facility like this.

I’m a very poor Membership Secretary —because I can’t remember exactly when our club moved out to the current property.

I do know the club was founded in the 1950s and had 2 previous (I think) locations before settling where we are now.

There are many pictures so I’m going to put most of the post behind the fold for those that don’t want to see. All photographs are mine by the way.
As with most of my posts – click to enlarge the photos, then click to close.

Let’s start off with Range A(all of our ranges are very imaginatively named as you can tell).

This range is Texas Department of Public Safety Certified – meaning that Concealed Handgun License Classes can be conducted on it.

It is set up with 3-, 7-, 15- and 25-yard target holders as well as 2 distance adjustable target holders. This is where I spend most of my time as you’ve seen in other pictures. It is one of the busiest ranges out there.

It was built with the future in mind. Currently it is only partial enclosed but was set up so we can add a roof and front later if we choose. In that picture you can also see the storage for the range next to it on the left.
Which is:

Next comes Range B – one of the other ranges that sees a lot of activity

Range B gets the honor of being the home to our Cowboy Action Events and our Blackpowder events.

There are also set ups for Falling plates — I do want to get involved in this activity.

There are other reactive targets on this range — 2 plates buried in the berm.

Range C is our 100 yard range.
Very much used by the hunters of the club as well as the members of the Evil Black Rifle Club. I believe this is where our NRA Silhouette competitions are held.

Of course, that shot shows off the signage and cover, it doesn’t show how many lanes it has. This picture is a little better for that.

There was a lot of thought that went into the planning and design of the ranges if you haven’t noticed. Parking is immediately in front of the range, covered in gravel. All the rifle and pistol ranges are covered — a necessity for summers here in Texas.

Range D is up next and it is another 50 yard range.


Not sure what events are shot here but I’m sure something is. Our calendar of activities is incredibly full and incredibly varied.

In addition to shade for every range, each of them have benchs or shooting positions. Every range is designed to reduce the chance of a round leaving the range.

Range E is the 25 yard Rimfire Only Range.

Here is a close up of the type of benches/shooting positions at the club

Since this is a rimfire only, it is very popular with the kids. We also have a bench rest competition that is as more engineering and physics then I want to deal with. The owner of the rig in the picture gets upset when he misses hitting the bullseye by the width of a .22!

Range F is our last and newest range — 200 yards.

This is actually a rebuilt range – we completely tore down the previous one that had people shooting through tubes, redesigned it with better baffles/shutters, increased the height of the berm (I think) and greatly reduced the risk of a round going off range property.

Here is a close up of the shooting position.

The range also has purchased tools and equipment to make maintaining the facility easier. In one of the earlier pictures, the skid steer was visible.

Some of the equipment is stored at the barn near the archery field (another post), some of it is stored at the shotgun sports fields (yet another post). We also have a large meeting room for our monthly meetings/board meetings which has a kitchen. That building is also used for teaching CHL, Hunter’s Education, Introductory to Firearm Classes, NRA Instructor and Safety Classes.

Some of it is stored near the pistol and rifle ranges.

The buildings from Left to Right are the Restrooms & Reloading Area (don’t ask why those two were combined — I don’t know and not sure if I want to know), the Range Officer’s Hut, and the Storage for Targets and equipment.

Of course, we have to not go along with the Anti-Right Advocates memes and actually prohibit consumption of alcohol on our property. We post safety and range rules conspicuously on all the ranges.

So pretty impressive for a volunteer organization wouldn’t you say?

Especially consider the fact that the club has no long term debt. The property (110 acres) is paid for, the equipment is purchased for cash or paid off on short term.

The club invests a considerable amount of money in maintaining the facilities. We spend a considerable amount of money within the community; food for activities, printing services, equipment, construction services (for what our club members can’t not do), etc.

Nor is our only impact on the community financial.
For  while the Mansfield Police Department trained on our ranges.
We host a local school’s FFA group every year.
We have days for Scouts to come out and complete their merit badges.
We have a Youth day to introduce kids (and their parents) to the sports. Last year we had 273 youths and adults out at Youth day.

Thanks for letting me take you on a (partial) virtual tour of the range. I’ll work on getting shots of the 5 skeet fields, 4 trap fields, 2 Five Stand fields and the Archery Area.

Please join the discussion.

15 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Weer'd Beard on 07.04.10 at 04:30

    Wicked nice Club, Bob! One could have a really good time at a place like that.

    …so of course it should be banned! ; ]

  2. Posted by Bob S. on 07.04.10 at 04:30

    Yep, it should be banned because we also teach kids to use deadly weapons and people to defend themselves.

    Can’t have that now can we?

    Wish I could take more credit for the club but have only been a member for a couple of years. Lots of folks have spent many a weekend out there.

    My question to the antis — how do they contribute to the society in ways the gun crowd can’t?
    We buy supplies, hire contractors, teach skills –club members with knowledge willing to share-everything from firearms to construction, etc.

  3. Posted by Weer'd Beard on 07.04.10 at 04:30

    “My question to the antis — how do they contribute to the society in ways the gun crowd can’t?”

    Given that the only people they care about is themselves, the answer would be “Who cares?”

  4. Posted by Bob S. on 07.04.10 at 04:30

    Weer’d,

    We should care and use their argument against them.

    The “say” they want to make society a better place — let’s ask how.
    By disarming everyone?
    By making it harder for Aunt Martha to buy a shotgun or handgun to keep by the nightstand?

    They “say” they want to make life tougher on criminals — let’s ask how.
    By mandating handgun registration instead of spending the money on teaching handgun safety?

    How many millions of dollars have cities spend on trying to make ordinary people register private property?
    We teach swimming in public pools to keep kids safer — yet the antis would shriek when we start talking about opening public ranges.

    How do they make society a better place is a valid question?

    So — any antis want to step and answer that question — or are you still feeling faint from just seeing a place where firearms are used?

  5. Posted by Weer'd Beard on 07.04.10 at 04:30

    And you’ll notice that when directly asked, they’ll dodge every damn one of those questions. Why? Because they don’t care.

    We do, that’s why we win!

  6. Posted by Linoge on 07.04.10 at 04:30

    Dare I ask what your monthly/yearly dues are?

  7. Posted by Bob S. on 07.04.10 at 04:30

    Linoge.

    We have a graduated system for membership. All new adult members have to pay a $25 fee for a background check – nonrefundable.

    We have an application fee –1st adult is $300, 2nd+ Adult $100 each and Juniors (Under 18) is $50.

    That is a one time fee.

    After that dues are 1st Adult $75 per year, 2nd+ $10 each and Junior $5 each.

  8. Posted by Stephen on 07.04.10 at 04:30

    Nice! I’m still looking for a club. There are plenty around here, just haven’t taken the time to find the right one.

  9. Posted by Linoge on 07.04.10 at 04:30

    Yeah, I officially hate you. Our local club has half the amenities, but charges twice that a year. *sigh*

  10. Posted by Bob S. on 07.04.10 at 04:30

    Linoge,

    Just to rub salt into the wound — the dues also include the main course (Brisket, burgers, spaghetti, chicken, etc) at about 10 monthly meetings each year. The members bring side dishes and desert to round out the meal.
    In February, we have our Annual Awards Banquet so no meeting and in July everyone brings ice cream and the fixings for a desert only meal.

    But in July we do the same thing at our annual day long swap meet as we do at the monthly meeting. I think last year we have about 250 show up.

    I’ll have to describe the Annual Awards Banquet with its door prizes, give aways and raffles another day — afraid to see how far your rage meter can go today

    :)

  11. Posted by Linoge on 07.04.10 at 04:30

    Do not worry – I broke that earlier today. And, surprisingly (at least according to anti-rights advocates), I somehow managed to not shoot anyone.

    And, yes, suffice to say that your club is sounding significantly better than mine… Judging from the list, the only thing mine has on you is a 1000-yard range for high-powered use, but aside from that… *sigh*

  12. Posted by Aaron Spuler on 07.04.10 at 04:30

    BEAUTIFUL range!!

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