First Time Visit at LMGC

July 31, 2020

Written by Hope Thompson, Range Supervisor

There are moments when we wish we could decide on something to do as fast as Phineas with a, “Ferb, I know what we’re going to do today!”. Well good news, there are plenty of options for you to spend your day up at Liberty Mountain Gun Club! Located directly across from Hydaway, LMGC is a recreational shooting venue available to current students, staff, and faculty and caters to both new and experienced shooters alike.

So, What Does a First Visit Look Like?

For new shooters or first-time visitors to the Liberty Mountain Gun Club, there are always friendly faces ready to help you learn about the ranges or any other questions you may have. The staff at LMGC strive to make sure every customer is comfortable and following the four main safety rules. When you first enter the facility to check-in, you watch a four-minute safety video and sign an Assumption of Risk form. After that, you will be all set to check out and start your range time or game! Liberty Mountain Gun Club typically offers a variety of different rental options if you don’t have your own firearms, which include Ruger Mark IV pistols (.22 caliber), Ruger 10/22’s, and Beretta over-under shotguns (12 & 20 gauge).  In addition to the various rental options, LMGC also has made a big effort to keep prices very affordable for users!

What Are the Four Main Safety Rules?

We’re so glad you asked! Here are the four main firearm safety rules:

  • Treat all firearms as if they are loaded at all times.
  • Muzzle Awareness: Always keep the muzzle of your firearm pointed in the safest direction possible.
  • Trigger Finger Discipline: Keep your trigger finger straight, out of the trigger guard, and off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
  • Know Your Backstop. Always be sure of your target, what is in front of it, and what is behind it.

If you aren’t quite sure what some of these mean, the LMGC staff will be happy to help further explain and demonstrate these rules to ensure your visit is as safe as possible!

Educational Classes

Insert advertiser voice, “But wait, there’s more!”. There are several residential classes that students can take for credit. These electives take place at the facility with our very knowledgeable and enthusiastic full-time staff. These classes are geared toward those who want to learn more about firearms, ammo, and how to handle firearms in general.

LMGC also offers a free General Firearms Safety class which is available to current students, staff, and faculty and immediate family members thereof. The class is an introduction to firearms safety—a perfect opportunity for new users to learn how to safely operate their firearms! It will also allow a Virginia resident over the age of 21 to apply for their concealed-carry permit once it is completed.  It can be useful for getting your Liberty University concealed carry permit, but is not required.  We will provide a firearm, eye-and-ear protection, and everything else needed to complete this course.

What are you waiting for?

Overall, it is definitely worth the drive up the mountain to the Liberty Mountain Gun Club. Whether it’s your first time up or your 100th, there is always something to do. But don’t just take our word for it, come up and see for yourself!