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The Gopher Flats Sportsmen’s Club

The Gopher Flats Sportsmen’s Club (GFSC) is a great place for Shotgun, Rimfire Steel, Practical Shooting, and High-Power Rifle matches in a safe and enjoyable environment. The fourth Saturday of each month is a day of organized matches, informal target shoots, and a club barbeque.

Practical Shooting: Twice each month, GFSC and the Southwest Pistol League (SWPL) present practical shooting matches: On the second Sunday, an SCSA-sanctioned Steel Challenge match; On the fourth Sunday, a USPSA-sanctioned Handgun Match. The matches are open to members of all the clubs at our range, and to the public. For centerfire handgun fans (semi-auto and revolver) and rimfire enthusiasts (handgun and rifle) with a taste for running and gunning, this is the chance to experience the thrill of practical shooting on your home range.

High-Power Rifle: On the fourth Saturday of each month, GFSC hosts a morning rifle match in the NRA-Style National Match format…without the long journey to Camp Perry! Bring out the old battle rifles, iron sights, and leather slings. This is precision shooting the NRA way. Immediately following each match, the rifle range opens for solo practice, scope sighting for upcoming hunts, and the simple joy of long-range shooting.

Rimfire: On the fourth Saturday of each month, GFSC offers a non-competitive steel target shoot for .22 handguns and rifles of all types. The shoot is the opportunity for those with no previous shooting experience to learn safe gun handling and marksmanship under the careful supervision of veteran shooters. Then, once they’re ready, even the newbies can join in the fun of clanging steel!

Shotgun: For retirees, the idle rich, and anyone lucky enough to have a day off from work, there’s weekday morning trap. For daytime worker-bees and those who enjoy sleeping-in, there’s evening Trap and Skeet. And, on the fourth Saturday of each month, there’s all the Trap you can stand. Bring lots of shells and an appetite for lunch! On the fourth Saturday of each month, GFSC presents a multi-gun style shotgun fun match for absolutely any kind of shotgun. Long barrel, short barrel, pump action, lever action, semiauto, even double-barrel, if you dare. You’ll need bird shot for the steel targets, and buckshot or slugs for any cardboard targets that sneak onto the stages. There will be five, or six, stages of five targets each. The targets are a mix of knock-down, swinging, twisting, or swinging steel plates. If you never miss, you’ll only need one box of shells. But, maybe a few extra boxes would be in order?

May Steel Challenge Match – Sunday May 15, 2016

Due entirely to the clumsiness of your website editor, the date of the May Steel Challenge Match published in the newsletter was incorrect. The correct match date is Sunday May 15, 2016.

GFSC and the Southwest Pistol League (SWPL) present the monthly Steel Challenge match, held at the Lower Ranges. The Steel Challenge matches are an all-steel variant of the USPSA Handgun Matches, that is shot with either: a centerfire handgun; a rimfire handgun; or, a rimfire rifle. It’s fast, furious, and tons of fun. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have a range filled only with steel targets…that’s the Steel Challenge. To learn more about the matches, visit the Practical Shooting page or contact Steel Challenge Match Director Edrick Asuncion.

USPSA Handgun Match – Sunday April 24, 2016

The monthly USPSA handgun match will be held on Sunday April 24, 2016. As always, the match is presented by GFSC and the Southwest Pistol League (SWPL) and offers a plethora of moving steel and a tempting array of cardboard targets. Scoring has transitioned from paper to the Practiscore App , which runs on Apple iOS and Android devices. In addition to a smartphone or tablet, you’ll about 200 rounds to complete the match, and, as always, your most comfortable run-and-gun shoes. Visit the Practical Shooting page for details on the monthly matches.

If you’re consumed by a burning desire to become the world’s quickest and most agile handgun shooter, visit Handgun Match Director Dave Marcinkus and other GFSC members in the sign-in area at the Lower Ranges between 8:00am and 1:00pm. There’s never a charge to tour the stages and ogle the action. Remember to bring eye- and hearing-protection. If the action starts your blood pumping and you decide to shoot the match, Gopher Flats members receive a $5.00 discount on the $30.00 match fee.

Extra hands, feet, backs, and smiles are always needed to set-up and break-down the match stages. You’ll get club work credit for helping with the matches…and lots of free advice on gear and match strategy. If you can help, please chat with Dave before the morning of the match.

Monthly Range Day: Saturday April 23, 2016

This month’s club range day will be on Saturday April 23, 2016. With spring in full stride and the quirky El Nino storm schedule, it could be cold and wet…or, hot and dry. Come prepared for any eventuality by dressing in layers and bringing your favorite cold (or warm) weather beverages. Fling open your safe, haul out your old favorites or your latest acquisitions, pack your range bag, then usher your family and friends into the car for a day of Trap or Skeet, Shotgun Steel, Rimfire Steel, Centerfire handgun, and Rifle fun.

The monthly Trap and Skeet shoots will be in full-swing at 9:00am. (Depending on the availability of rangemasters.) These are completely informal club matches, with no barrel length or action-type limitations. You don’t even need to wear a fancy trap-shooting outfit. Bring any sort of scattergun you own and give those pesky clay birds something to worry about.

The Shotgun Steel shoot is in the style of the shotgun portions of multi-gun matches. Any kind of shotgun will do. Like multi-gun matches, you’ll need lots of ammo: birdshot for the steel targets and slugs or buckshot for the paper targets. The Shotgun Steel shoot is held on the Lower Ranges, in pistol bay 6, next to the restroom and storage buildings.

The Rimfire Steel shoot runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm on P3. New shooters can learn firearms safety and proper firearms handling from experienced shooters. Then, they can join the fun, blazing away at an array of steel targets.

The High Power rifle shooters host a 200-yard match from 8:00am-Noon. So, bring a centerfire rifle and join the fun. Iron sights (and nerves of steel) are all you’ll need for this kind of shooting. Or, meander over after the match for casual plinking.

At noon, the monthly BBQ lunch takes place at the clubhouse. Join your fellow club members for a sociable and tasty time under the shade of the old oak trees.

2016 Membership Renewal Dues Are…Due

It’s that time of year, again…time to send in your Membership Dues and Liability Waiver. As always, please renew soon to avoid a lapse in your membership privileges. This year, you’ll only need to complete one form: the updated Liability Waiver. If you didn’t receive a renewal reminder in the US Mail, don’t take it personally! The new membership committee is still learning the ropes. Please help by downloading a copy of the Waiver from the Members-Only page. Once you’ve completed the Waiver and initialed each page, send it with a check for the dues you paid last year.

Second Range Maintenance Day Of The Year – Saturday April 30, 2016

The second quarter Range Maintenance day of the year will be on Saturday April 30, 2016. As always, the work begins at 8:00am and runs to 12:00noon. Please plan to join your fellow club members in a morning of much-needed maintenance of our ranges, followed by a hot lunch, spiced-up with stories of incredible hunts, stellar match performances, and epic fishing tales…er, trips. Please read the Club News page for more information.