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Local shooter’s club growing

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

June 3, 2014

Coalfield Shooters Association, a NRA affiliate, is a relatively new non-profit shooting club in Logan Co. located along the highway between Logan and Williamson at the Earl Ray Tomblin Industrial Park.


Although the club only opened two years ago, it is growing consistently; they now have 36 members. To join the club, membership is $75 per year from January through December. That price helps pay for insurance costs for the range.


Membership includes a members only range that is available 24/7. The range is only closed for matches, law enforcement qualifications or maintenance, and all closures are posted in advance.


Membership extends to family that lives with you. You may have guest up on an infrequent basis.


“Your uncle from out of town is okay, but the second or third time you bring the same friend up is probably the time he should get a membership and help pay the insurance,” Jim Morrison, CSA President said on the group’s Facebook page.


Charter Members: Dave Counts, Daniel Adkins, Emil “Junebug” Gore had three objectives in mind when they started the club:to encourage organized shooting among citizens of the community with a view toward a better knowledge the safe handling and proper care of firearms as well as improved marksmanship; to forward the development of the characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance which are the essentials of good sportsmanship and the foundation of true patriotism; and to maintain an affiliation with the National Rifle Association.


“Shooting is a sport,” Roger Ramey, Treasurer/Chief Range Officer of CSA, said. “These guys have all fallen in love with the sport.”


The club, which is planning to reinstate monthly matches by June, is getting new match equipment, such as the trap machine or the new steel. They expect the quality of their matches to get better as well.


“I think we have done a good job bringing a shooting club to our area, and we will continue to get better,” Morrison said.


Ramey said that two years ago he was the only member of the club to travel for competitions, but earlier this year, the club was represented by 14 shooters at a competition in Putnam. Ramey, who is 61 years old, even won the competition.


Many of the men who participated placed well in the competition. In Production Ramey was one of 26 and 5th overall. David Miller was four of 26 and 12th overall. Bradly Perry was six of 26 and 21st overall. Ryan McGlothen was 10 of 26 and 30th overall.


In revolver class, Morrison did very well winning second place of seven wheel gun shooters. He beat a lot of guys whom were shooting automatics.