Due to the rising COVID rates and public meeting restrictions, we have decided to cancel November’s and December’s membership meetings. If you have anything you would like to talk with the Executive Board, please reach out to one of us and we will work something out. Have a great holiday season and enjoy your families.
This winter and early spring our Smallbore Program will be having practices from 11:30 am-3:30 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays when weather permits. During this time, the firing line closest to the road (spots 1-6) will remain open. The other end of the firing line, including the skeet thrower, will be closed. I apologize for any inconvenience.
We would like to take a moment and acknowledge the passing of one of the earliest members of the Putnam County Gun Club, Sandy Latimer. Sandy, was a past president of the club, a match director and a director of the WVDNR (just to name a few…he was so much more). Sandy dedicated much of his life to the shooting sports and growing venues to conduct matches throughout the state. As our current Training Officer Gary Holstein recalls “In the 80's and 90's he was at nearly every event. Even if it were a match that he might not shoot in he would be there to help with the stat office or concession stand.”
Putnam County Gun Club, the State of West Virginia, the NRA and shooting sports community have lost a great friend and advocate. Please remember to keep the Latimer family in your thoughts and prayers as they work through this difficult time.
The picture is of Sandy Latimer at Camp Perry in 2008. The silver bowl he is holding is a token of appreciation to him for his many contributions to the West Virginia Pistol Team. The shirt he is wearing was awarded to him for having one of the highest scores in the distinguished revolver match at Camp Perry in 2001. (Complements of Vernon Reichenbecher)
PCGC Executive board
Update as on 11/10/20
Arrangements are planned as follows:
Obituary - Attached.
Condolances - May be sent c/o the Latimer Family, 67 N. Abney Circle, Charleston, WV 25314.
Contact - Sue at 304-546-2490 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Mr. Latimer has requested that lieu of flowers, donations to either of the following charities be made:
Meals on Wheels (Provides food to elderly & shut-ins):Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Charleston WV, Treasurer-Sponsorship Fund, 5313 Pamela Cir. Cross Lanes, WV 25313 (https://casc.charityproud.org/)
Veteans Assistance Program
West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, attention: Veterans Benefit Fund (write this on the memo line of the check), One Freedoms Way, Clarksburg, WV26301
If out of state (WV), please consider a donation or service to a charity of your choice in your area in his name.
On November 17, 2019 Putnam County Gun Club applied for a grant from the NRA.
Thanks to the NRA/Friends of NRA our club received $8000.00 funding grant for materials and supplies associated with the new multipurpose building currently being built in front of the Liberty Range.
This building will be used for a verity of club functions, including club business and general membership meetings. It will be used as a centerpiece at our large club activities such as Youth Day and our annual club picnic. The building when fully completed will have power, water, a working restroom, and kitchen. This will provide a safe and convenient location for our guests to escape the elements during some of our all-day events. We foresee the facility being utilized by many trainers and departments that currently use our range to conduct classes. Putnam County Gun Club believes in responsible firearms ownership and training. This building will provide an additional resource to our civilian, local law enforcement and military departments that take advantage of our facility.
The above grant is only available to us thanks to those that support and make monetary donations to the NRA/Friends of NRA. Without those that support them, they would not be able to help support clubs like ours!
Sincerely, PCGC Executive board
This months membership meeting will be held on November 19th at 7PM. Meeting will be held at the Winfield Lions Club located at 4 Second St, Winfield, WV 25213
NEW COMBO GOES INTO EFFECT STARTING JULY 13TH.
In effort to give our members a transition period, we will not be changing over to the 2020-2021 combo until Monday July 13th. The 2019-2020 combo will remain in operation until end of business on Sunday July 12th.
Any questions please contact us at 304-760-9753.
After a lot of discussion, the Executive Board has made the difficult decision not to have our annual picnic this year. We will have the range open on June 20th from 10:00-2:00 for any current member that would like to drop off their renewal application and payment. We will also be conducting new member orientations that day for anyone that is interested in joining PCGC.
Rules and Application Form
Included with this newsletter is a copy of this year’s application form. The Board adopted new range rules last August and I have met several members since that were not aware. Our applications have a copy of the current range rules on the back and by signing the application each member is agreeing to follow those rules. Please take the time to read and become familiar with our rules. For clarification, below is a quick list of the biggest changes and most overlooked rules.
· You may now shoot rifle caliber ammunition anywhere except the Cowboy and Liberty Ranges.
· Steel targets must be at least 100 yards away to shoot at them with rifle caliber ammunition or shotgun slugs and at least 7 yards away to use pistols and birdshot throughout the whole range. If you are caught shooting steel closer than the allowed distances, your membership will be suspended indefinitely. It is not safe to shoot steel any closer than these ranges and it damages our steel.
· You no longer have to wear your membership badge while at the range, but you need to have it with you and present it if asked.
· All parties must wear safety glasses if they are anywhere near a range that is currently in use. Spectators are just as likely to get lead splatter or debris in their eyes as a shooter.
· We now allow both concealed and open carry at the range, but pistols can only be removed from a holster on the firing line or in a designated safety area.
· Guns must be transported to and from the firing line in a case or holster. You cannot remove an uncased gun from your vehicle and carry it to the firing line.
Please read and make sure you understand all of our rules before signing and returning your application. If you have any questions, reach out to me or another board member and we help any way we can.
The last year has been exciting at the range. The Executive Board was able to work with the Putnam County Commission to extend our lease until the year 2100. The Commission also approved the return of some of our previously paid lease funds to go towards a couple of capital projects at the range. We were able to extend Pistol Bay 3 to 50 yards, raise the berm to a safe height, and doubled the parking area. Pistol Bay 3 is the range most often used for law enforcement training and this has already been a big improvement for them.
Secondly, we have started and completed phase 1 of having our own Clubhouse/Training facility. We have a little ways to go, but we are excited about the progress we have had so far. We hope to be able to provide on-site training in the future and have a place out of the elements to meet for big events. If you haven’t been to the range in a while, you should definitely plan a trip to see it. Also, if you run into one of our County Commissioners make sure you let them know that we appreciate them.
To download a copy of the application or the 2020 Membership letter, click below
April Covid-19 update
Putnam County Gun Club Members,
Effective immediately all scheduled matches and the Membership meeting for the month of April have been canceled. The Club’s Executive Board discussed the Covid-19 situation and along with recommendations laid out by both the Federal and State authorities, believe that this is a necessary step to combat the ongoing epidemic. We will continue to keep the club open to members and guests, however we must adhere to the social distancing recommendations issued by health professionals. Our ranges can accommodate small numbers at each range, the rule is always to maintain 6 feet of distance to all members and guests while on club property. It is extremely important that we always maintain this minimum distance. Adherence to this will help us insure we are able to keep the range open during this trying time. For added assurance we have placed several sanitizing stations throughout the club property, including at the check-in hut. During this time all club rules and regulations will remain in effect. This includes the need to sign-in and out, and keeping the gate locked.
Please help us keep Putnam County Gun Club open for our members and guests! Follow social distancing guidelines, continue to wash and sanitize hands and report issues to a club officer as soon as possible.
For those familiar with Putnam County Gun Club, you likely have come in contact with Bill and Wanda Shank. They along with their many volunteers have ran the Smallbore program at PCGC for many years. Their program has introduced competitive, safe shooting to the youth of our area. This program has been the gateway for many of their members achieving scholarships at many noteworthy colleges and universities.
This week Bill (Mr. Shank) has announced the following....
Attached is the Junior Olympics 2020 Men's Junior Rifle Qualifiers List.
67 Smallbore and 171 Air Rifle shooters Nationwide invited.
2 PCGC shooters were invited for Smallbore:
Mitchell Nelson score 577 Now Shooting at University of Kentucky.
Bryce Ward score 566 Now shooting at Morehead State University.
5 PCGC shooters were invited for Air Rifle:
Mitchell Nelson score 581 Now shooting at University of Kentucky.
Bryce Ward score 574 Now shooting at Morehead State University.
Zachary Jackson score 579 In High School Still shooting at PCGC.
Grant Kimberling score 570 In High School Still shooting at PCGC.
Owen Kimberling score 562 In High School Still shooting at PCGC.
Walking on air
We would like to say THANKS to Bill, Wanda, and all the volunteers, families, and participants that make this program the success that it is! Best of luck to all those competing at the 2020 Junior Olympics!
If you would like to find out more about the National Junior Olympic program, visit their web page at: https://www.usashooting.org/7-events/njosc
Last November Putnam County Gun Club applied for a grant from the NRA.
Thanks to the NRA/Friends of NRA our club received $1500.00 grant along with an additional $1500.00 in safety and range equipment.
The $1500.00 grant has already gone into improvements in berm work on several of the bays at our club. It is extremely important that we maintain our berms in both height and thickness. The berms require constant upkeep and monitoring to maintain the safety of our facility.
Along with the grant mentioned above, we were also awarded approximately $1500.00 in range equipment and safety items. They include...
(6) Trauma Kits
(10) steel target stands
(12) Count of Shooting glasses
(600 pairs) of foam earplugs
NRA range safety officer vest
The above items were all requested to increase the safety of our club.
All of the above items are only available to us thanks to those that support and make monetary donations to the NRA/Friends of NRA. Without those that support them, they would not be able to help support clubs like ours!
Sincerely, PCGC Executive board