Jim Collins

Jim CollinsIt with deep regrets to inform you that our dear friend and founder of our Gun Club, Jim Collins, has passed away.

The arrangements for Jim will be on Monday, November 2nd at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.  Visitation starts at 9:00 am with Services to be held at 10:30 am. Interment to follow at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park on Old Birmingham Highway.  There will be no obituary in the newspaper and Kay asks that memorials be made either to Hospice of West Alabama or Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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300 Yard Range Now OPEN

The shelter has been completed except for the shooting benches and is OPEN again. Check out the updated photos under Range Progress link.

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Road Update

The Lake Harris road has recently been graded by the county and is now in great shape

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100 Yard Range is now OPEN

The 100 yard range is now open and at 100% as is the
50 yd range.

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Business Meeting at the Range

Please be in attendance this Saturday (06/13/2015) at our range at 11:00AM for our initial Business Meeting. We will elect our Board of Directors and conduct necessary business and your participation is strongly encouraged. This is an important meeting and for that reason we request you reply confirming your receipt of this notice. We will attempt to call those of you who do not respond as we must notify as many of our members as possible.


We should have our Bylaws posted on our website later today.  Please take the time to read over these and if you have any issues regarding them, you may bring that up at the meeting on Saturday.

We expect to erect the support posts on the 50 yard Pistol Range today or tomorrow and continue until we complete that pavilion as soon as possible. Therefore, it will be dangerous to be on that range during construction and it will be closed until the shelter is finished. Additionally, there are footers dug around the 100 yard Sight In Range; it is not closed but you must exercise extreme caution and not step in one of those holes!

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Gun Club Work & Updates

1. We got the concrete pads poured last Tuesday on the three main ranges – the 50 Yard Pistol Range and both the 100 Yard and the 300 Yard Rifle Ranges. The forms have been removed from the concrete but that leaves a “do it on your own schedule work project”. Rather than have a specific work day, we are asking that about a half dozen people individually help us by gathering the forms and stack them there on the range where we can then store those forms to use at a later date on our next concrete project. If you can do this please give me a call and I can tell you what you need to do and what if any tools you will need. We had two members do a segment this afternoon and they were through in reasonably short order and with the weather pretty pleasant this is not a lot of work for even a single person.

2. We hope to get started on the pavilions over the pads we just poured within the next week or two. We will most likely build the cover over the 300 Yard Rifle range first and that will give us a good measure for the time, effort and cost to do the other two. Somewhere in the course of that phase we need to plant grass on the ranges; there’s no hard date set on this but the time and weather is right to go ahead with that soon.

3. I sent an e-mail out last week about the gate combination changing because of some issues that needed resolving. Problem was solved, so gate combination is back to what it was. However, that combination is ONLY on our main gate – which is the gate we had at Moundville and is the gate closest to the cell tower on that side of the road. Any problems, call me (205-886-7165). The gate by the 300 Yard Rifle Range is a service gate that we will not typically use. Everyone using the ranges is responsible for insuring the ranges are always secure so when entering and leaving, lock the gate behind you!

4. Expect to see the old mailbox we had at Moundville reappear close to our main gate where we should all sign in and out when we come to shoot. I don’t have a hard date on this so when you see it, stop and put your name in the book.

5. To those of you (and me included) who have had a clock on the legal side of the transition to our new club, we have changed our attorney on this and expect to wrap all of that up within the next 2-3 weeks. This will give us a target date of 13 June to have a Business Meeting at the Ranges at 11:00 AM, so please plan to attend and hopefully nothing will come up to change this date. The monthly CMP .22 Sporter Match is scheduled for 9:00 AM and will finish by 10:00 and just be an extra game to play that day. Anyone wanting to shoot after the meeting has a thumbs up.

6. We NEED … plastic coated corrugated signboard like they use on political signs or real estate yard signs – big as we can find – 4’x8′ would be perfect. Seems like the sheets we bought cost $75-80 each (4×8′) so any of these we can locate for free or some eco-salvage price is the way we need to go. Ask around and see if you can locate any and we’ll take all we can get, if the price is right.

7. Need Firewood? My logger got down to the end of his timber work and had about a half of a truck load of hardwood that he couldn’t deliver to the mill, so it’s still on a loading deck on the property. It looks like it’s mostly 12″ Oak logs in a stack and has been drying for about 3 months so it should split fairly easily. This wood is very easy and safe to access where all you need to do is back up to the stack, cut it into lengths and load it up. It’s right where we will build our Trap & Skeet Range and access the Dove Field so I need to get this gone or will have to pay my bulldozer man to push it over onto the scrap pile to either burn or cover over. It’s free, call me if you’re interested.

To all of you – Thanks again!
Barry Fikes

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Gun Club Work Day

Hello all and I hope you all had a great Easter!

All of this rain has slowed us down in getting things done at the range so we’re hoping to get back to the job at hand. We went today and loaded a trailer with 2x4s to layout concrete forms at the range hopefully tomorrow – Wednesday (4/8) and we will start at 9:00 AM. You are cordially invited to come help. The areas where we will pour the concrete is prepared an all we need to do is put down the forms and stake them down. If you have a favorite sledge hammer, bring it. If you have a pick, hoe or shovel that fits your hand, bring it, may not need it but it’s no good at home if you do need it at the range. I want to have that finished on Wednesday where we can have the concrete delivered Thursday and finish it off then. Realistically, either of these jobs should only be a few hours and if we don’t have any problems we should be home before lunch.

Providing this concrete works out right, we should be able to get going on building the covers over the firing points next week some time.

We picked up a new member that has a portable welding trailer and while shopping today, we picked up a fair amount of 1×2″ steel tubing that we will make target holders with in the very near future.

Additionally, we have the post necessary to put together the rain water collection system to drive the toilet and hope to get that done right away.

All in all, things are coming together and with our steady growth things are looking great for all of us. Thanks for your continued support!


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Gun Club Notes

This seems like the right time to pass on some information, so here goes.

Our next SAFETY BRIEFING & ORIENTATION is scheduled for MARCH 8th @ 1:00 PM; this is just the Sunday after this coming one when we roll back to Daylight Savings Time so it will offer some time on the ranges too afterwards. If you couldn’t make the first one or this one, please contact me and I’ll see about another time of the week to schedule a make-up. The next briefings could be sometime in May to July. In addition to this James Hester has scheduled a 1st Steps Rifle Course for March 1st (1-4pm), a Range Safety Officer Certification on March 14th (8am-5pm) and a Handgun Instructor Certification March 30-31st (9am-5pm) – [the club will pick up these cost if you agree to teach classes for the club]. Check on these at www.gunlogic.com

After getting off to a roaring start and having all of the excavation completed back in late December, we now have all of them operational. They are all INCOMPLETE, however, there are tables & some target stands on the 50 yard Range as well as the Falling Plates are working in the bunker ranges. The 100 yard & 300 yard Ranges have the picnic tables there to use as shooting benches for now. With the great help of Ron Bolton we got started installing target boards on the 100 & 300 yard Ranges, however, after hitting bedrock close to the surface on some spots, I have a friend coming as soon as the weather breaks to bore the rest of the holes with a tractor and let us install the rest of the 4x4s and finish that project then too.

The weather has ground our rapid progress to a halt at this time but as soon as the rain clears out (maybe next week or the following week) we have the locations ready to put forms out and pour concrete on the 50, 100 & 300 yard Ranges. Hopefully within a week or two thereafter we should be moving on construction of the Pavilions on the 100 & 300 yard Ranges. Budget allowing, we may do one for the 50 yard Range as well. As soon as we have covers over the 100 & 300 yard Firing Lines, we will build some heavy shooting benches (2 for the 100 and 4-6 for the 300). We have been kicking around several different target stand designs and possible builders. Although this is a little bogged down at this time, it should resolve itself about the same time the pavilions are up. Hopefully we can acquire some additional steel targets as this has always been a most popular shoot, once we see where the budget is after the principal ranges are completed we will see how far we can go with this improvement. We need to run some soil test and figure the right fertilizer combinations and we will plant grass on most of the ranges & bunkers. The roadways are operation and in pretty solid shape for use, however, there is one area after you enter the main gate and take the left turn (going to the bunkers) that is not passable and requires some additional build-up of that roadbed. In rainy times the roads may be a little slick so caution is required but given some time, everything should mature into a gravel top roadway that will be good for rain or shine. I see no reason that we should not be 100% on these ranges before May 1st!

I want to start a club “GET TOGETHER”; this was a great suggestion by Corley Odom and let’s give it a shot TUESDAY MARCH 10th at Mr Bill’s @ 6:00 PM. We can meet then and maybe later try Thursday or Monday nights too and see which works best and try to do this perhaps once every quarter. This will be a very informal dinner (dutch) and allow us to do some bonding, talk about various issues and projects in a comfortable atmosphere and perhaps pull us together closer & have a better feel of the pulse of the club, so please plan of joining us. PLEASE R.S.V.P. TO ME ON THIS WHERE THEY CAN BEST ACCOMMODATE US – BY THE WAY, THEY ASK ON LARGE GROUPS TO LEAVE AT LEAST A $2 TIP AND THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE TO US. If this is something you want to do but can’t make this one, let me know the problem where we may be able to better schedule it in the future – thanks.

We are still in the process of rewriting and finalizing the club documents. This has been something we were serious about improving and in doing so seem to be “recreating the wheel”, but for a much better ride being the end product. Where the gun club has been like a neighborhood club, we are moving towards operating like a real organization with an elected Board of Directors overseeing the organization and appointing the officers to run the day-to-day issues. We in the Executive Committee are all open to talk with you about this but to cover it well would require an extensive message, so if you have questions please feel free to call me, Tim or Russ. As soon as all of that comes together we will schedule a Club Business Meeting, hopefully before mid-April.

I have just built 6 more target stands like the 4-H team built down at Moundville but they are spaced for two of the B-27 police silhouettes (23”x45”), left & right where you have two targets to shoot and don’t tear up the center post by stapling one over the center post.

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One other thing, there will be a small group training on the 50 yard Range and on the plates as well this Saturday (tomorrow morning) but should be finished by noon, so come on out after lunch and enjoy yourselves!

Finally, I am attaching a map of the range for you to print out to use when at the range. As you will notice it also shows what we are planning and I hope this helps you understand our future. Any thoughts or criticism are invited, I agree it needs to be better – help me help you by improving it.

If you run into a problem of any kind or I can answer any question, please feel free to call me. I am at the range almost every day and I’m there to help and ensure that what we are doing is as good and safe as it can possibly be. If you are shooting and I show up watching what you are doing, I’m not being nosy, just watching for potential problems.

Thanks again for your support,
Barry Fikes

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