September Long Range Handgun Match - September 5th, 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.
August F-Class Match - August 26th, 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.
August HPR Match - August 19th, 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.
PCGC F-Class Shooters Cover Themselves with Glory in the Low Country
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!
August ASI Match - August 5th, 2023
Fifth Long Range Handgun Match - August 1st, 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.
Polk County Gun Club Featured in The Sixgunner
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.
Fourth High Power Rifle Match - July 15th, 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.
July ASI Match - July 8th, 2023
Fourth Long Range Handgun Match - July 6th, 2023
Third F-Class Tournament - June 24th, 2023
Congratulations to Greg Chapa!
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!
Third High Power Rifle Match - June 17th, 2023
N.C. Sheriffs' Association - Update: Important Gun Law Update (Article III)
June ASI Match - June 3rd, 2023
Polk County Gun Club's Long Range Handgunners celebrated the 79th Anniversary of D-Day with a bang by blasting a herd of obnoxious paper groundhogs to smithereens in the club's third Long Range Handgun match of the year. Eleven shooters turned out for the event. Click here for results.
June ASI Match - June 3rd, 2023
First and Second F-Class Matches - May 27th, 2023
Polk County Gun Club hosted its first F-Class tournament of the year on 27 May. In fact, the club hosted its first two tournaments of the year on that date. The Board of Directors had authorized the F-Class community to hold a second tournament as a makeup for the April tournament, cancelled due to inclement weather. Click here for results for both tournaments.
Second High Power Rifle Match - May 20th, 2023
Nora Ross Clinic Report
Bench Rest Spring Results - May 7th, 2023
Long Range Handgun Results - May 2nd, 2023
Nora Ross Trap Clinic May 6th and 7th, 2023
PCGC will be hosting a Nora Ross trap clinic May 6th and 7th, 2023. The fee is $450 for both days (Nora's website lists a 2022 price of $350, 2023 brings a price increase) plus $6 per round for nonmembers, and $4 per round for members, to cover club costs. PCGC has hosted this clinic several times and receives some compensation for hosting. One trap range will be reserved for the clinic both days and parts of the clubhouse as well. All participants have expressed their satisfaction w/Nora's instruction. Click here for full details.
First High Power Riffle Match - April 15th, 2023
Frozen Chosin Vintage Rifle Match - February 18th, 2023
1st Long Range Handgun Match - April 4th, 2023
The Tuesday evening calm in western NC was shattered on 4 April as seven eager handgunners took to the rifle firing line to shoot Polk County Gun Club's first long-range handgun (LRH) match of the year. Click here for a full report.
3rd ASI Match - April 1st, 2023
The NCRPA is proud to announce the latest success of our lobbying efforts in Raleigh
March 29, the House voted 71-46 to override Governor Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 41, a bill that recognizes law-abiding citizens’ right to self-defense while attending a church with a school attached and also repeals the redundant permit-to-purchase system. In addition, as part of the bill a "Safe Storage Law" was also attached to the bill. NCRPA thanks the Senate leadership of Senator Danny Britt, Senator Warren Daniel, Senator Jim Perry, Senator Phil Berger, and others for fighting to protect the rights of North Carolina’s law-abiding citizens. Also, on the House side, NCRPA thanks Speaker Tim Moore, Representative Destin Hall, and others for their tireless efforts to advance Second Amendment freedom in the Tar Heel State.
Further, NRA thanks the lawmakers who voted for the veto override and the North Carolina Rifle and Pistol Association for their leadership in ensuring the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens are protected throughout North Carolina. Gov. Cooper’s veto has shown law-abiding gun owners another reason why they must always be ready to vote to elect officials who will work to protect their rights.
The NC House then fast-tracked the bill, taking it up as its first order of business this week. Clearly, Speaker Tim Moore was in no mood to permit grandstanding by anti-gun Democrats as Rules Chair Rep. Destin Hall immediately offered a motion to “move the previous question,” a procedural maneuver that closes all debate and forces an immediate vote on the bill. With all House Republicans voting for the bill, SB 41 passed the House by a vote of 71-45, narrowly exceeding the necessary 6/10 supermajority.
It should be noted that Rep. Michael Wray (D- Halifax, Northampton, Warren), who was a co-sponsor of a similar bill and had voted for SB 41 the first time, apparently did not vote. It is not clear whether that was due to a deal with Republicans, or whether he sold out Second Amendment supporters. However, Rep. Shelly Willingham (D-Bertie, Edgecombe, Martin), who voted for SB 41 last time, reneged on his public statement that he would not change his position on the override. By voting “no” on the SB 41 override, he clearly betrayed gun rights supporters. Also unknown as of this writing is whether the other three Democrats who did not vote were present in the chamber.
This is an important ADDITIONAL message from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as a followup to the message below.
On November 13, 1998, ATF issued an Open Letter to All North Carolina Federal Firearms Licensees advising them that the North Carolina pistol purchase permit qualifies as an alternative to NICS. On March 29, 2023, North Carolina Senate Bill 41 overcame the North Carolina Governor’s veto and became law that same day. North Carolina Senate Bill 41 repeals GS 14-402, which required the pistol purchase permit to acquire a pistol from an FFL. Additionally, the North Carolina pistol purchase permit is no longer considered an approved NICS alternate permit.
Accordingly, effective March 29, 2023 , North Carolina pistol purchase permits – regardless of when issued - may not be used as an alternative to the NICS background check requirement.
North Carolina’s concealed handgun permits are unaffected by Senate Bill 41 and will continue to serve as an alternative to a NICS check requirement. Please contact your local ATF office if you have additional questions.
2023 WNC Junior Hunter Competition
The annual 2023 WNC Junior Hunter Competition was held at Polk County Gun Club on March 22. Thirty-one HS teams from all over the state competed in rifle, shotgun, archery, and orienteering. There were well over 700 people on the property and we counted 377 vehicles of all sizes in the parking lots. Under the supervision of the NC Wildlife and DNR officers and staff, all events were completed safely. It was a great crowd and, although the day started off very cold, it warmed nicely as the day progressed and everyone had a good time competing and mingling with friends and family.
ASI (Action Shooting) Pistol Match 1 Results
Mike Murph Retires From Junior Clay Busters
As many of you know, Mike Murph recently retired from his position as long-time Coach of our Clay Busters program of skeet shooters for our Juniors. Below is his note to members:
Long Range Handgun Discipline at PCGC
Polk County Gun Club introduced a new shooting discipline in 2022 – Long Range Handgun (LRH). This activity is for handgunners wanting to compete in matches at ranges that normally are considered “rifle” distances. Information about LRH can be found HERE.
ASI Pistol Match for Saturday, January 7th CANCELED
Drop Caton a note if you're planning to shoot so he has an idea of attendance. All shooters, members and non-members are welcome. Cost is $20 per person.
November 2022 election results favor passage of three important pieces of gun legislation in 2023
Dennis Allen, Director of Legislative Affairs provided a legislative update. In the past 2021-2022 North Carolina General Assembly session, North Carolina Rifle and Pistol Association supported House Bill 398 (Pistol Purchase Permit Repeal), House Bill 49 (Concealed Carry Permit Lapse/Revise Law), and Senate Bill 43 (Protect Religious Meeting Places). All three bills passed with bipartisan support in the North Carolina House of Representatives and North Carolina Senate and were vetoed by the Governor prior to being signed into law.
As a result of the November 8, 2022 general election, the 2023-2024 North Carolina General Assembly will result in a Republican supermajority in the Senate, and a Republican simple majority in the House of Representatives. It is important to note that Republicans are only one vote short of a supermajority in the House of Representatives and will require a single Democratic vote to create a voting supermajority to override the Governor's veto in the upcoming session.
Legislative priorities for the upcoming 2023-2024 North Carolina General Assembly session include reintroducing the Pistol Purchase Permit Repeal Bill and finding further bipartisan support to override the Governor's veto.
A motion was made by Ralph Carson, Board of Directors to retain the services of the current lobbying firm for 2023 and to pay associated lobbying and registration fees to continue. A second was made by Clark Hardesty, Board of Directors. The motion passed unanimously
New ASI Action Pistol Matches
ASI action pistol matches coming to PCGC in on the first Saturdays of January, February, and March. These will be test matches prior to the Board deciding to extend the events. Click HERE for further information.
F-Class Tournament Year-End Results
7th F-Class Tournament Results
6th NRA High Power Rifle Match Results
3rd Long Range Handgun Match - October 4th, 2022
6th F-Class Tournament Results
PCGC hosted its sixth F-Class tournament of the year on September 24th with a total of twenty competitors. Shooting weather was very pleasant, though with the usual tricky PCGC range winds to keep everyone on their toes. The detailed write-up and results are HERE.
2nd Long Range Handgun Match - September 6th, 2022
Polk County Gun Club hosted its second Long Range Handgun match on Tuesday evening, September 6th. Eight intrepid pistoleers turned out to shoot their handguns at long range: six rimfire shooters and two centerfire shooters. Interest in this match seems to be growing, and participants appeared to enjoy the relaxed evening atmosphere. The detailed write-up, photos, and results are HERE.
5th F-Class Tournament Results
5th NRA High Power Rifle Match Results
The August High Power Rifle match on August 20 was lightly attended due to some confusion with the 4-H event the previous week but it went smoothly and everyone had a great time. The detailed write-up and results are HERE.
Reminder - Long-Range Handgun Match
Our club's second long-range handgun match is scheduled for Tuesday evening, 6 September. ONE IMPORTANT CHANGE: Match will begin at 6:30 pm rather than 7 pm. The slightly earlier start time is intended to make sure we have enough light to shoot the match.
Format of the match remains the same: twenty shots for record on a groundhog target in a time period of fifteen minutes. Rimfire shooters will shoot targets on the 100 yard range. Centerfire shooters will shoot targets on the 300 yard line. Assuming there are more than three shooters in a class (rimfire or centerfire), first-place winners will receive a cash award. Registration fee for the match is $15.