Piedmont Handgunners Association, The Friendliest Shooting Club in North Carolina

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PHA will have 2 non-NRA approved High Power matches to be held the 4th Saturdays of Feb and March.  Start time will be our normal time of 0930, with sign-up beginning at 0845.  We will try to begin range set up around 0830 or so.  The more folks we have, the sooner we can start the match.  Wayne and I got together at the range today to prepare targets and try to have things organized to smooth out our set up a little.  We discussed the match and decide to follow CMP Eastern Games format and have a 30 round course (10 standing SF, 10 rds prone RF, and 10 rds prone SF).  It will be open to all military rifles, with a “vintage” class, modern service rifle class, as well as “any rifle/any sight” type classes.  If we have enough participation we will give certificates out for each class.  The reason for the 30 rounds is to allow people to compete with 2 different rifles if they want, without taking too much time and a lot of ammo.  I would like to see as many come as can, and bring an old rifle and compete.  I have had an offer from one of our shooters to bring a couple of different vintage rifles to loan to people who don’t have one if they would like to shoot.  I think we will be able to find a couple of others as well for loan.  If we have plenty of shooters and time allows, we might be able to squeeze in 3 relays, but at this time, we are only planning for 2 relays.  All firing will be on the SR-42 targets (200 yd target) and will be walk and paste, so we do not have any target change over, which should save us some time also.  If anyone has any questions, please contact Wayne or me.  If you plan on coming, we would appreciate an email so we can have some idea about numbers.  It isn’t required, but will be helpful.  We are looking forward to seeing you in a couple of Saturdays.

If the weather does not want to be nice with really wet conditions predicted, we will email out a cancel notice as well as putting something on the PHA web site.  If you do not get a “cancel” email or see a notice on the web site, the match will be held.

Wayne Hemphill,  Neil Evans

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Shotgun range will now offer Saturday shooting from 10:00 to 1:00. We will be shooting wobble trap only.  The entry fees will remain the same; $4.00 for members & $5.00 for non-members.

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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