Lafayette Gun Club's Shotgun Range

Shotgun Range

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Shotgun Range Officer watching Shotgun game for safety. The Shotgun Range is a private range for use by LGC members and invited guests. The Shotgun Range is operated by a volunteer committee and Shotgun Range Officers. Guests and Junior shooters (under 18 years of age) must be physically accompanied by an LGC member.

Hours of Operation:

The Shotgun Range may be used only under supervision of a qualified Shotgun Range Officer (SRO). Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (or dusk) and Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (or dusk). SROs are not scheduled on major holiday weekends. As with all outdoor ranges, a qualified Range Safety Officer (RSO) must be on duty whenever firing occurs, in accordance with York County ordinance. A red flag flying on the flagpole by the SRO shack indicates an SRO is present and the shotgun range is in operation.

Fee Schedule:

Fees are $3 per round for LGC members, their spouses, and all youth (18 and under); and $5 per round for adult guests. A "round of birds" is 25 thrown clay targets. Fees are set to cover costs of operation, including maintenance and replacement of equipment.

Games:

The Shotgun Range is intended for clay bird shooting games. (The 50 yard rifle range is used for other shotgun activities involving slugs, buckshot, or other large shot). We have three basic games at the club. On a given day, the shooters present decide which game to shoot and they form up squads of up to five shooters among themselves. Successive squads may desire to shoot different games. The three basic games are:
Standard Trap. Up to five shooters take position on a marked set of concrete sidewalks, from 16 to 27 yards behind the trap house. All shots are at outgoing birds that the trap will throw at a fixed elevation angle but at random angles to left and right. The shooters call and shoot in turn until each has fired 5 shots. All shooters then shift one position to the right, and five more shots are fired. This sequence is repeated until each shooter has fired from all five positions and expended 25 rounds.
Wobble Trap. Up to five shooters take position on a set of elevated wooden platforms just behind the trap house. All shots are at outgoing birds that the trap will throw at random angles, both in elevation and to the left and right. The shooters call and shoot in turn, shooting a single bird on the first rotation through the squad and then report pairs on the second and third rotations. All shooters then shift one position to the right, and five more shots are fired. This sequence is repeated until each shooter has fired from all five positions and expended 25 rounds. This is a good game for beginner shooters.
Five Stand. Up to five shooters take position in a set of plastic pipe shooting stands. Birds may be thrown from any of 8 traps. There are crossing birds, incoming birds, outbound birds, and a "teal" that flies a parabolic trajectory. The trapper may throw a predetermined menu of birds or the shooters may call out what they want thrown. The sequence is generally for each shooter in the squad in turn to fire a single, a report pair, and a true pair. (A true pair shot has two birds thrown simultaneously from two different traps.) After 5 thrown birds, shooters rotate to the right and repeat the sequence until 25 rounds have been fired. This is our most challenging game.

Safety:

Standard safe gun handling is required and will be enforced by the SRO. A brief summary of rules is as follows: Load your gun/close the action only when you are ready to call the bird and fire on it. Only shot sizes 7 ½, 8, and 9 may be used on the Shotgun Range. Larger shot or slugs may be fired only on the 50 yard rifle range, under supervision of a Range Safety Officer. Actions must be open and muzzles pointed in a safe direction when moving about the range. The duty SRO has absolute authority to enforce range rules. His/her interpretations are binding on all shooters and onlookers.

Five Stand Shotgun Game in progress on the shotgun range

Shotgun Committee:

The LGC Board of Directors has chartered the Shotgun Committee to operate the Shotgun Range. The committee manages the operation of the range, procures consumable materials, arranges for range maintenance, provides training for Shotgun Range Officers, and sets the hours of operation and the fees for the range. The Shotgun Committee reports to the LGC Board of Directors monthly, including summary of operations and usage.