A Principles of Concealed Carry Course is being offered on Sunday, October 18th at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club. The class, held in the Clubhouse, meets the training requirements for a Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit application. The class will run from 1PM to approx 4PM. There is no live fire component to this course. So if you are considering a concealed handgun permit, this class will give you an overview of the process, guidance on handgun and ammo selection, a discussion of carry options, and the legal ramifications of your permit. You will leave with the required documentation for your CHP permit application. As mentioned, this meets the training requirements, but is also a great refresher if you already have a CHP.
Dan Lees and John McLaughlin, both NRA Certified Pistol Instructors, will lead the course. Contact Dan at Leesd44@gmail.com, or at 703-732-9545 for registration. The club discounted registration fee is $100, payable at class time.
October 4th, 2015 - Sunday Afternoon Winter Skeet (SAWS) League It is that time of year again - to begin planning for next year. Are you thinking about the Sunday Afternoon Winter Skeet (SAWS) League? The SAWS League will start on the first Sunday in 2016 - January 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm. Please sign up early on the roster posted on the bulletin board at the Club or call the telephone number listed at the end of this article.
The SAWS League Rules are posted along with the sign-up roster. This league is intended for shooters of ALL levels of experience. Beginners and the "Old Pros" are all welcome. Everyone can anticipate having a good time on these blustery winter afternoons. Just remember that a cold day shooting is always better than a warm day at work.
New shooters and those who have never tried a skeet league are especially welcome. The SAWS League also provides an ideal opportunity to introduce your spouse (there are several Husband/Wife shooters), children, friends and neighbors to the shotgun sports. Ladies are very welcome and all lady shooters will receive a free hot chocolate on the first day of League shooting. Teams are selected to provide the best mixes of experienced and new shooters. If you want to shoot with a specific person(s) it can usually be arranged - just be sure to let us know. Shooting scores typically range from the single digits to perfect rounds. However, the SAWS League uses a 100-percent handicap system with no cap.
It is not unusual for the new shooters to post handicapped scores greater than most of the "Old Pros" every week. Sign-up sheets posted on the Club Bulletin Board will be removed on Saturday, December 19, 2015. Each shooter is requested to grade their experience level - 1 through 5. With 1 indicating a beginner and 5 being someone who averages above 23 on a regular basis. Most shooters use a 12-gauge, but any safe shotgun is acceptable. There are plans to have a Shotgun Safety Course for new shotgun shooters at 12:00 on Sunday, January 3, 2016, before the League officially begins. (This is not the Safety Course required for Club Membership).
There may also be other side events depending on interest. The SAWS League will begin on January 3, 2016 and will end on or before April 3, 2009 (There will be bye weeks for club officer elections and Easter - March 27). SAWS will not run with more than 12 Teams and it is anticipated that it will be constructed as a 2-Flight/6- Field scenario with shooting times between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm (Fields 2 thru 7), depending on rotation.
If you have never shot skeet, but would like to try it out, contact Bob Myers, our Club's NSSA qualified instructor, and check on his availability for lessons (703-323-8321). After one lesson and several rounds of practice you will be ready to improve and achieve perfect scores.
If you have any questions about the SAWS League or wish to sign-up by phone please call 703-855-1156 and leave your name (including the correct spelling), home phone number, whether you are a club member, and your experience level.
John Feroldi SAWS League Director
firstname.lastname@example.org 703-855-1156 Cell 703-281-1155 Home
Tree clearing in the gully starts Thursday morning September 24th. Given that this will be the first day, I have asked Jamie to shut down the shotgun fields so that everyone working can have a chance to familiarize themselves with the site, position equipment, and walk the site. The fields will open back up at 6 pm to accommodate Thurs Night Skeet.
We will make every effort to minimize closures or at least complete closures, but they will be required from time-to-time, and we will provide as much advance notice as possible via the web and emails to the League (match) Directors. I will be distributing an overall project schedule at the next BOD meeting. Please spread the word.
"While volunteering at the recent World Police & Fire Games I noticed that there were only a few rifle racks on the Mann Range and that most of the ones there were too tall for the shorter barreled rifles preferred by many of the new shooters ... I took it upon myself to fabricate three (eleven gun) racks suited to the shorter rifles and have placed them as a donation to the club on the Mann Range."
May 27th, 2015 - Perhaps you've noticed the new range signs on the Lea Valley Range - these were made by member James Sejd, owner of American Stripping Co. here in Manassas, Va. They were donated by James and his company, and they are welcome replacements to the well used sign & mid-range flag combination which have been long overdue for replacement at the Club:
On behalf of all of the Club members, we thank you James & American Stripping Co:
March 7th, 2015 - During your recent visit to the Club, you may have noticed two new "members" hanging around the Clubhouse: Bert & Ernie Cushman. The two mounts were donated to the Club by member Larry Cushman. Larry has this bit of background info on them:
"I harvested them in The Free State Province of South Africa near Blomfontein about 10 years ago. The Kudu is one of the 'Spiral 5' of antelope species in Africa. The Gemsbok is a member of the oryx family."
Thanks Larry! These have made a stunning impact on the newly renovated dining area!
December 14th, 2014 - Who says drones are bad? Recording Secretary MK Tribbie was finally able to get his drone video of the most recent ATK/USO Shoot for military & their families uploaded to Youtube. Much of the video was taken with a GoPro video unit attached to a small remote control hobby-grade drone! Have a look:
Joe Blatter accepts the highly coveted 2014 Top Gun Challenge trophy from match director Alan Willard
The final match of the Top Gun Challenge was held this Saturday 11/15 on the Benson range the overall winner was club member Joe Blatter. Stage 1 of the challenge began with the AR15 service rifle, stage 2 was the M1A match, stage 3 was the Garand match and stage 4 was the '03 Springfield/Vintage bolt rifle match. Joe shot the high aggregate score of all 4 matches.
October 15th, 2013 - A new link to the Club Calendar has been added to the homepage! It is located on the right-hand side of the page, just above the NRA Seal. Simply click on the picture of the calendar, and your browser will be directed to the yearly calendar view. To see what's happening at the Club during any given month, click on the month, and you will see the monthly view, with all of the events for that month on their respective dates. For those members who prefer the older method of clicking on the "FRGC Events" link, that option still works in the same fashion, taking the user directly to the monthly view.
May 9th, 2013 - Special Use Permits are now online - as either a downloadable hard copy, which may be filled out and mailed to the club; or as an electronically submitted form here on the website. The hard copy form is located in the Document Library, in the folder titled "Member Forms". The eForm is located by navigating to the bottom of the Members tab, on the upper right hand side of the menu bar.
November 30th, 2012 - After several recent emails, and comments from various members around the Clubhouse, I have come to the realization that many members do not realize that our Calendar of Events is available at any time by clicking on the "FRGC Events" link on the right hand side of the website. The calendar has several options available to our members. When looking at the calendar, it will have the appearance of a desktop calendar. Match Directors have the ability to upload additional information for their respective events (for an example of this view a Bullseye Pistol or a Benchrest Rifle entry). By clicking on the name of the event, members can easily check for additional rules, requirements, fees, etc. associated with that particular event. When provided, the Match Directors phone number and email address are listed at the top of the event. A member can also synchronize the website calendar to their calendar program on their computer or smart device via a subscription. When you subscribe to the calendar through your program, the events will automatically update your calendar program as new evens are added or deleted. Never miss a Smallbore Rifle Metallic Silhouette Match or a Ram Bash again!
MK Tribbie and I are working on various methods of incorporating the calendar into the monthly club bulletin, with suggestions & input from many members over the last few months. We are beginning to arrive at an endpoint, and barring a few graphics-related issues, it is beginning to take on a new shape and format. The Club's Match Directors are listed on their own page for members; Guests must use the individual discipline's pages to contact the respective Match Director. The Match Director's also have their own section in the bulletins now - and the monthly calendar of events is a direct export of the website calendar. If any member ever needs assistance with the website, or has a question regarding site related content please do not hesitate to contact me. If any member ever has a question, or needs assistance regarding the bulletin, please do not hesitate to contact our Corresponding Secretary, Mr. MK Tribbie.
For Match Directors or members who wish to schedule an event, we have created a method to help automate the process - The Match Request Form. There are two forms located in the Members section. The Rifle & Pistol Match Request form was created by our R&P Chairman, Mr. Gary Jeter. The form will gather the information required to schedule a match, store that information into a database, and email Gary each time a submission has been made.
The Shotgun Match Request form was unceremoniously pirated from the R&P Form, and will gather the necessary information, and compile it into a separate database for shotgun events. It will also email Dave Eslinger, our Shotgun Chairman for each event entered. Events still require approval by the Board of Directors, at the monthly Board meetings held on the second Monday of each month.
Special Use Permits are still fielded by our Safety Chairman John McLaughlin. John and I are in the process of automating the Special Use Permit process by creating a form members can submit through the website, much like the Rifle & Pistol, and Shotgun Match forms. My sincerest apologies go out to any members who have had difficulty navigating the website, and again, please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble locating a page, form, or contact information.
January 13th, 2011 - Highpower Rifle matches & clinics are held throughout the year at the club. Many of these are open to non members, or active competitors needing to qualify. Please check the calendar for upcoming matches, or contact our Rifle & Pistol Chairman for more information.