Piedmont Handgunners Association, The Friendliest Shooting Club in North Carolina

Current News

25 MARCH 2017

PHA had its second “Vintage” rifle match of the year this past Saturday. There were 11 competitors there to try their hand with old and new rifles on a clear, sunny, and warm day.  We had several guys who were new to the game and a couple who had not shot High Power type matches in quite a while.

Some of the guys took the opportunity to shoot the course twice, either with the same rifle or a different one. There was 1 1883 Springfield Trapdoor shot, getting only 8 rds off in rapid fire, but the rest of the rounds were pretty accurate. There was a variety of rifles with 2 British .303 SMLEs, 1 1903 A4 with original scope, 1903 A3’s, and M1 Garands on the line also. Several people shot their AR 15’s as well.

Wayne and I have talked about trying to squeeze an extra 1 or 2 more of these matches in this year. Please check the web site for dates.

There has been a suggestion that PHA host a Tactical Match sometime during the year that incorporates the regular tactical courses and a High Power type stage of fire as well. That is being looked into and we will keep everybody updated if it is possible to work things out.  Several people thought it would be an interesting course.

Scores and results are listed below. Thanks to all for setting up and putting things away. Special thanks to Andy Askew for designing and making the sight-in target frames, as well as making all new target frames for us.

Neil Evans, Wayne Hemphill Match Directors 

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Election Information Request

For all members who are running for office for the upcoming year, we would like to invite you to send in a short bio to be included with the ballots when they go out in May.

All bios must be limited to 200 characters. The limit is to keep from significantly increasing our mailing costs. You may include things such as your length of membership in PHA, any past offices in PHA, shotgun volunteer time or match director time, shooting experience, membership in NRA or other shooting sports organizations, or any other pertinent information you wish to include. If any candidate wants to prepare a more extensive bio, we will make a link available on our web site for those and make sure they are easy to find.  Participation in this is not required, but can be very helpful to members when they vote this summer.

Please submit your short (and long if desired) bio to the recording secretary, Austin Cooper, or the president, Neil Evans, directly through our web site on the contact page.

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1. Elections:

Be aware that the nominating committee is going to be finalizing the names and ballots very soon. They will be mailed out at the end of May along with renewals for the upcoming year. Please return the renewals and ballots in a timely fashion. Ballots must be back by the August meeting date, 10 August 2017.

2. Bios for nominees:

For all members who are running for an office, we would like to invite you to send in a short bio, if you want. It should be limited to 200 characters, in order to stay within our mailing limits. If any member desires to have a more in depth bio available for review by PHA members, you may submit it to the Recording Secretary, Austin Cooper, or the President, Neil Evans, through the club web site. We will have a link on the web site to bring up the longer bios if we need to.

3. New Bays:

The new walls for the pistol bays are in place and the bays are open, with the exception of Bay #1- the bay adjacent to the 100 yd range. It will be opened as soon as we get the end closed in between it and the 100 yd range. It will be numbered Bay #1, and will be the training bay. We will be adding barriers at the end of each new wall, so please do not go to the berms beyond the end of any of the new walls to prevent any possible cross over of debris coming from an adjacent bay. We will add 3 new shelters in the new bays as soon as we get prices and order them.

4. Port-a- john:

There were several requests in the suggestion box recently asking about adding a port-a- john at the .22 range. There was a motion made and passed at our meeting Thursday night to do so.

5. Work Day Scheduled:

We will have a work day on Saturday, 22 April, beginning at 830am. We need to do some limb trimming, clean up around the ranges, stretch some wire on the 100 and 200 yard ranges, and a few other odd jobs to make PHA a great place to come enjoy a day at the range. Lunch will be served for those attending the work day. Chef Ruth McDonald will have hamburgers and trimmings for us. Please come out to help if you are able- the more help, the quicker it goes.

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Currently, PHA has about 800 members and holds, a Falling Plate match, a Just for Fun .22 rifle and pistol match, a .22 Precision Rimfire Match, a Two Gun Tactical rifle and pistol match, NRA High Power rifle, a Defensive Pistol match, Vintage Buffalo Shoots, and five stand and wobble shotgun shooting. Our ranges are available to our members daily from 8:00 a.m. to Sundown.

We donate thousands of dollars to local and national charities because we value the idea that all worthwhile organizations should contribute where there’s a need. Our original idea was to serve our community by providing a place to shoot for a reasonable cost and promote recreational shooting and marksmanship. We have come a long way since 1979 and we have a much larger footprint but these goals remain the mission of Piedmont Handgunner’s Association.

Ancient History

In 1979, Mont Mendenhall, David Motsinger, Jim Weaver, Woodrow Johnson, Glenn Shelton, Gary Wilson and Dick Jones met and formed Piedmont Handgunner’s Association with the idea of practicing together for the NRA Hunters Pistol matches held at Rowan County Wildlife Assn. Dick Jones was elected president, pha 30th 035Glenn Shelton, vice president, David Motsinger was treasurer and Jim Weaver was secretary. The goal was to promote shooting, have a place to shoot and compete as a group. Early practice sessions were held in Dick’s cow pasture. Annual membership dues we
re $25. Within a month, Mont volunteered the use of his property near Colonial Country Club as a location for a range where the club could hold its own matches. The club affiliated with NRA and NCRPA and began holding Hunters Pistol, Smallbore Hunters Pistol, and NRA Smallbore Silhouette Rifle matches. Entry fees for members were $3.00 and, for non members, $4.00.
In 1981, the club held the first ever North Carolina State Hunter’s Pistol Championships. The club began holding action pistol and bowling pin matches in 1982, the same year, Bob Clark affiliated the club with the Director of Civilian Marksmanship and formed a junior club. In 1983, we held the NRA Hunters Pistol National Championships, won by Charlie Davis from Georgia. Also that year, David Motsinger came up with the idea to form a corporation to sell stock and accumulate money to buy our own property. PHA Range was formed with 85 shareholders buying the current property for about $40,000. Since that time, those members get their dues paid by the club as rent for the property the club uses.
In 1984, the club sent its first team to Camp Perry for the NationalTrophy Matches and our newly formed club team beat both North Carolina state teams. The club branched out to host bench rest, high power rifle, bowling pin, and action pistol matches. In 2007, PHA put in a five stand shotgun range, making the club a true, full service shooting club.
Recognizing that there might be a need to expand in order to keep the club operable, PHA formed PHA Range II in 2010. PHA Range II has 100 stock holders who hold $100,000 in funds reserved to serve as an emergency fund for the purchase of critical additional land should it come up for sale.
In 2010, the Club added the five tactical bays above the High Power rifle range. Those bays now host the Two Gun Tactical and Defensive Pistol Matches. In 2015, the club added the Dedicated .22 Rimfire range that now hosts the Just for Fun and Precision .22 rimfire matches. That same year, we also purchased an additional 18 acres of land that borders the original 60 acres on the North side. Our current project is a building behind the 100 yard range. At over 800 members Piedmont Handgunners Association is growing to accommodate the growing interest in recreational, competitive, and defensive firearms ownership.

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