News


Second F-Class Tournament

6/2/2024

Polk County Gun Club's F-Class competitors assembled on 25 May for the second F-Class tournament of the season, with a good turnout. See the results page for the story HERE.

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Memorial Day Remembrance

5/27/2024

We want to recognize all those members past and present who served in our Armed Forces and their sacrifices on behalf of us all.  All of us at PCGC say "Thank you for your service!"

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Shooting Milestones for PCGC Members

5/27/2024

Congratulations to our very own Dan Henk & Shawn Risdon for dominating the field to take the WIN in the CMP Vietnam Vintage (category B) Sniper Team match, and Steve Woods recently became the first to shoot a Straight 100 on the new Trap Field 1 at PCGC.  See the Member Awards page for photos and scores!

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Second HPR Match - May 18th, 2024

5/21/2024

Polk County Gun Club held the second match of the 2024 High Power Rifle Season last Saturday 5/18/2024. See the results page for the story HERE.

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Rain Delayed ASI Match - May 11th, 2024

5/16/2024

The rain delayed ASI May match went off without a hitch on Saturday May 11.   I want to thank you everyone for coming out to shoot. Great match. Great weather. Great competition. And excellent shooting except for the individual who creamed the no shoot and has no rhythm.

It is always a fantastic experience running these matches. I already have 4 more next month.  If anybody has a shopping cart lying around I know a match director that could use one. Let me know. Can always drop it off next to the stands. See the results page for the story HERE.

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First F-Class Tournament - April 27th, 2024

5/11/2024

Polk County Gun Club hosted its first F-Class tournament of the year on 27 April, with sixteen center fire competitors and ten small bore competitors on the firing line, a great turnout for the start of the F-Class shooting season. See the results page for the story HERE.

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First High-Power Rifle Match - April 20th, 2024

4/24/2024

Polk County Gun Club initiated the 2024 High Power Rifle Season last Saturday 4/20/2023. The morning dawned, partly cloudy temperature around 78 degrees. See the results page for the story HERE.

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First ASI Match - April 6th, 2024

4/16/2024

We had 16 shooters Saturday, April 6 with good weather for our latest Action Shooter match.   There were 4 new shooters too. It was a great crowd. We had some spectators who tried their hand too. See the results page for the story HERE.

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First Long Range Handgun Match - April 2nd, 2024

4/16/2024

Polk County Gun Club's dedicated pistoleers turned out on a sunny but windy Tuesday evening for the first Long Range Handgun competition of the year on 2 April.  Seven shooters braved the 15 mph gusts to eliminate all the (paper) groundhogs on the range - a substantial achievement given the gusty wind! See the results page HERE.

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The 17th annual Polk County Gun Club, Korean War Commemorative, Frozen Chosin Vintage Rifle Match

2/20/2024

The 17th annual Polk County Gun Club, Korean War Commemorative, Frozen Chosin Vintage Rifle Match was held February 17, 2024.Greg Ficklin did an excellent job as always calling the match in addition to shooting the match. See the results page HERE.

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Clay Busters and the Regional NRA Annual Meeting

1/13/2024

On February 9th, the Western North Carolina Friends of the NRA will host a fundraising event in Asheville at the Crowne Plaza Resort.  Our PCGC ClayBusters program benefits from grants awarded by the NRA Foundation.  Our ClayBusters coaches, Johnny Cantrell, and Ron Dethloff are serving on the committee for this event.  They ask for your generous support by attending and/or purchasing a package for the event.  Tickets to attend the event are $60 each and include dinner.  Couple packages are $500 and table packages start at $1000 and include 8 tickets to the event.  All packages include a firearm (see attached flyers for details).  In lieu of attending or purchasing a package, donations are welcomed.  Tickets can be purchased online or if you would rather, can be purchased from Johnny, Ron, or one of our ClayBuster shooters.

This is a great way to support the NRA Foundation while at the same time having an enjoyable, fun-filled evening with your friends and family. See the events page for more details HERE.

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Final Buffalo/Vintage Rimfire Rifle Match of the Year – December 30th, 2023

1/7/2024

Polk County Gun Club’s intrepid mountain men assembled on 30 December for the final vintage match of the year (and for that matter, the FINAL PCGC match of the year). Results are posted HERE.

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High-Power Rifle Match Schedule for 2024 Announced

1/7/2024

Polk County Gun Club announces it’s 2024 High-Power Rifle compettion schedule. Dates and entry information can be found HERE.

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Final F-Class Rifle Match Results – October 28th, 2023

12/2/2023

Polk County Gun Club hosted its last F-Class tournament of the season on 28 October, and this was the final of our seven annual F-Class tournaments.  Twelve precision rifle shooters competed on the high-power firing line and nine shooters on the small bore firing line.  Regrettably, some F-Class competitors had to make the difficult choice of F-Class competition or opening day of whitetail season. Results are posted HERE.

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Greg Chapa Takes Top Honors at 1000 Yards

11/2/2023

A very hearty congratulation to club member Greg Chapa for taking top honors as F-Open competitor at the NC State 1000 yd F-Class championship on 28 October at Burlington NC.  Kudos, Greg!   We’ve watched you practice faithfully and we’re all proud of your win!

Greg Chapa
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Final Long Range Handgun Match – October 3rd, 2023

10/9/2023

Nine dedicated Polk County Gun Club handgunners assembled on a beautiful early October Tuesday evening for a final (paper) groundhog cull in 2023.  The pistol shooting was fast and furious, and when the smoke and dust cleared, all the groundhogs were nothing but a memory. Results and photos are posted HERE.

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September F-Class Rifle Match – September 23rd, 2023

10/2/2023

Polk County Gun Club’s precision rifle competitors shot their sixth F-Class tournament of the year on 23 September.  Despite the hurricane conditions in the low country, the weather at our club for this event was exceptionally pleasant – perhaps the best of the year,  with sunny skies,  mild temperatures, and minimal wind until the third and final match (when it began to pick up). Results and photos are posted HERE.

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September Long Range Handgun Match – September 5th, 2023

9/18/2023

Seven of Polk County Gun Club’s long range handgunners assembled again on the evening of 5 September for the sixth Long Range Handgun (LRH) match of the year. The weather was warm and sunny with minimal wind – ideal match conditions but devastating for the poor (paper) groundhogs. Results and photos are posted HERE.

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August F-Class Match – August 26th, 2023

8/26/2023

Polk County Gun Club hosted its fifth F-Class tournament of the year on 26 August. Fifteen shooters took their places on the high-power firing line and seven on the small bore firing line. Results are posted HERE.

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August HPR Match – August 19th, 2023

8/15/2023

The day started out beautiful and lasted all day.  The temperature was no higher than 88 with a breeze from the Northeast in the morning, switching to the Northwest and ending the match from the Southwest as usual. Results are posted HERE.

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PCGC F-Class Shooters Cover Themselves with Glory in the Low Country

8/15/2023

Shooting against a large number of skilled shooters at the Palmetto Gun Club, Team Polk County distinguished itself once again in the F-Class match on 12 August.  Shawn Risdon established two new range records (and a personal best) with F-Open (FO) scores of 599-52X and a 200-19X.  Greg Chapa won second place in FO aggregate with a 599-42X.    Tyler Vojta took fourth place FO aggregate with a 598-32X.  Robert Risdon took third place in F-Target Rifle (FTR).  Roger Powell shot an impressive personal best in FO with an aggregate score of 597-28X.  These achievements speak VERY well for our club’s F-Class community.  We can imagine that shooters elsewhere groan in frustration when they see Team Polk County arrive on the firing line!

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August ASI Match – August 5th, 2023

8/15/2023

The biggest ASI match of the year took place on August 5th, with 17 shooters. See the results HERE.

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Fifth Long Range Handgun Match – August 1st, 2023

8/15/2023

Polk County Gun Club’s long-range handgunners competed in their fifth match of the year on the evening of the first day of August.  Seven hardy souls ventured out into the gloaming to protect our great land from predatory paper groundhogs. See the results HERE.

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Polk County Gun Club Featured in The Sixgunner

8/7/2023

The Sixgunner is the top national handgun hunting periodical.  Dan Henk recently submitted an article about our Long Range Handgun matches and they included it in their most recent issue.  The link to the magazine is given HERE and they also offered a FREE subscription to the magazine here:   subscribepage.com/thesixgunner.

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Fourth High Power Rifle Match – July 15th, 2023

7/16/2023

The morning of the fourth High Power Rifle match started overcast with a threat of rain. Temperature was in the mid 76-86. See the match results posted here.

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July ASI Match – July 8th, 2023

7/11/2023

The July ASI match was a hot one! See the match results posted here.

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Fourth Long Range Handgun Match – July 6th, 2023

7/11/2023

Seven of Polk County’s pistoleers assembled again on a quiet Tuesday evening to cull (paper) groundhogs at the club’s monthly Long Range Handgun (LRH) match. To see the results of how the groundhogs fared, see the match results posted here.

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Third F-Class Tournament – June 24th, 2023

7/2/2023

PCGC hosted its third F-Class tournament of the year on June 24th.  A total of twenty competitors completed the course of fire. Results of the match are posted here.

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Congratulations to Greg Chapa!

7/2/2023

Highest congratulations to Club member and F-Class shooter Greg Chapa, who won the F-Class (F-Open) State Championship at Camp Butner last week, a significant win against some very tough competition.  Greg modestly attributed his success to patience in challenging weather conditions.  Very well done, Greg!


Greg’s understated comments:  “Finished up Sunday with a 600.37x. Won by 6 I think.”  Photos of Greg’s targets are linked here.  Take a look.  They’re incredible.

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Third High Power Rifle Match – June 17th, 2023

7/2/2023

PCGC held the third High Power Rifle match on  Saturday 06/17/2023. The morning started sunny and bright and lasted all day. The temperature was in the mid-80s. Again, Greg Ficklin did an outstanding job operating the Silver Mountain electronic targeting system. The system and match ran smoothly. The Polk County Gun Club purchased 10 real Electronic Tablets that are a vast improvement over the “Kindles” the club previously supplied. Click here for results.