LAUREL SPRINGS-The Ashe County Wildlife Club will host its first pistol shoot of the year on Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m. at its pistol range at 3220 Big Peak Creek Road Laurel Springs.
The range is about 15 miles from Jefferson. Turn left onto Big Peak Creek Road off of N.C. 88 East in front of the Experimental Farm. Everyone, members and non-members, is welcome to shoot. Entry fee for shooting is $5 with the proceeds going toward buying more steel targets for the Club.
“We want everyone to come out and have a good time. Even if you don’t own a pistol, we will have some there to borrow so people can try all four of the events,” said Grant Mastin, pistol co-chairman for the club. “All we ask is that you bring your own factory-loaded ammunition. The four types of pistols we will provide will be in the following calibers; .22 Long Rifle, 9 mm, .38 Special and .45 ACP. If you are confused about the calibers and are brand new to shooting, just go to a store with this information and they will show you which ammo you want to buy.”
There will be four events during the competition:
Event 1 – .22 rim fire pistols shooting at small animal silhouettes with open sights from 15 yards. There will be two rounds worth 50 points maximum each for a combined 100 points maximum. (Target values = 3 points for the single ram, 7 points each for 2 pigs, 10 points each for 2 turkeys, and 13 points for the single chicken = 50 points total per round.)
Event 2 – .22 rim fire pistols shooting at paper targets (100 yard IBS type) using 10 targets with regular scopes limited to 4 power and red dot sights from the 25 yard rests. This will be one round worth 100 points maximum.
Event 3 – Center fire pistols shooting at 8” disks on a knock-down stand. Shoot at five disks in 10 seconds. There will be two rounds worth 10 points for each disk knocked down for 100 points maximum.
Event 4 – This will be sight-assisted center fire pistols shooting from 50 yards. The pistols will be limited to 4 power magnification on scopes. Red dot sights will shoot with the scoped pistols. We will be using five paper targets (300 yard IBS type) with one shot per bullseye target. There will be two relays for 10 shots total for a maximum of 100 points. We will allow five minutes for zeroing in and practice on the practice target and two minutes per relay to get off the 10 shots total.
A perfect score for the competition will be 400 points. No prizes will be awarded, but news of the winners will be reported.
This is the first of seven hosted pistol shoots by the Club in 2017. On Sunday, July 17, the Club will host an “Introduction to Firearms for Women” Day at the pistol range. Club members will bring rifles, pistols and shotguns to explain to women unfamiliar with firearms the differences between the types of firearms and how to handle all of them safely. There will be a shoot after the introduction that will be open only to women shooters, but men are encouraged to come out and help.
The Ashe County Wildlife Club has rifle, shotgun and pistol ranges. Membership is $175 for the first year and $125 for each year after that with lifetime membership plans available. It is an NRA Gold Member club and has received grants from the NRA to improve its ranges. The website is being rebuilt, but can be found at www.acwlc.org. The Club Facebook page can be found by searching for Ashe County Wildlife Club.
For More Information, contact pistol committee co-chairs: Grant Mastin 828-406-0543l or Tom Dickerson 803-367-2036.