September 25, 2020
Written by Bill Crawford, General Manager of Liberty Mountain Gun Club
The morning started off with a quiet calm and just a bit of low-lying fog. Rumors of “record-breaking weather” were murmured until the lead edge of the cold front started to blow in. Now everyone is conceding defeat, but not you. You suspected the front would bring crazy winds, and you were right.
You’re at the 1000-yard Benchrest Shooting National Championship and surprisingly find yourself as one of the favorites. Who would have thought just few years earlier you had wandered up to Liberty Mountain Gun Club with no experience and no expectations whatsoever? The Range Safety Officers and staff there immediately made you feel comfortable and encouraged you to learn.
You quickly found your passion in precision rifle shooting. When you found out there was an academic rifle shooting class, you were pleasantly surprised. Who would ever have thought you could get two credits learning to shoot? So you became a regular at the range and your skills grew rapidly.
While LMGC offers 100, 200, and 300-yard shooting ranges (which are good distances to learn precision and some wind reading), your tastes grew to longer ranges—600 yards, then 1000. From contacts you made while studying at Liberty, you even got an opportunity to engage steel targets at over a mile away!
Back at the national championship, as you stare downrange, you notice the 200-yard wind flag blowing slightly to the left, the 400-yard flag blowing strongly to the right, and the 800-yard flag blowing up. UP?! You make note of this anomaly and wonder how on earth a flag can be blown straight up. This is going to be a fun and challenging day.
About then, one of the world’s greatest shooters and defending national champion walks up next to you. He looks to the flags and casually observes, “Our kind of weather huh?” You nod and say you sure hope so.
You find a sense of pride and are humbled at the same time that someone like him would make such a comment to you, like you were long-time pals—even equals! He knows you went to school at Liberty and learned how to shoot there, and he finds it intriguing that a university has such a rare facility within their campus recreation department.
After a friendly exchange, you wish him luck, shake his hand, and say you hope to meet him in the finals. Then, with one last look downrange, you head back to your car to prepare for the day of shooting, in the sport you grew to love those few short years ago.
To view hours and find more information, visit Liberty.edu/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!
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!
May 29, 2020
Written By Victoria Dissmore, Marketing Employee
LMGC is a full-service shooting facility located just minutes from main campus, offering a number of shooting opportunities for all skill levels. Whether you have never shot a firearm before or you are working toward an Olympic shooting medal, there is something for you. Read on to discover everything the Gun Club has to offer.
LMGC is proud to offer one of the nicest shotgun facilities on the east coast. Shooters can try their hand at:
- American Skeet
- American Trap
- Five Stand (at two nine trap 5-stand fields)
- International Skeet
- International Bunker (International Trap)
- Sporting Clay Course
The shotgun range is currently open to students, faculty, and staff Thursday–Sunday.
With ten bays ranging from 100 to 300 yards, LMGC gives rifle shooters the opportunity to shoot both steel and paper targets at each range. Any .22 caliber rifle will also be able to shoot targets at 50 yards.
Knowledgeable Range Safety Officers (RSOs) will be available to assist and provide safety for all rifle range shooters. The rifle range is currently open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
LMGC offers a broad array of shooting opportunities on our pistol range. With the capability to engage targets from 7 to 50 yards and offering steel and paper targets, the range offers a challenge to everyone, regardless of experience.
For new shooters, experienced and well-trained Range Safety Officers (RSOs) are on hand to provide both safety and guidance to shooters.
Pistol range amenities include:
- Steel targets
- plate racks, dueling trees, Rimfire Challenge courses, static steel targets, and “poppers”
- Movable paper target frames
- offers customized distances and target arrays
The pistol range is available for use on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
LMGC is not just a place for firearm practice, but also for students, faculty, and staff to develop their archery skills.
The archery range has:
- a large area with field targets for Olympic (FITA) style shooting
- a 10-lane 3-D range for 3-D shooting
- lanes available to rent by the hour
Shooters should note that broadheads and crossbows are not permitted; only field points and recurve or compound bows will be allowed.
The archery range is open Thursday–Sunday.
Competitions and Classes
Besides all the different shooting ranges, LMGC offers various shooting competitions, concealed carry classes for FREE, and gun safety classes throughout the year. If you’re a student, you can also join the Club Sports Shooting Team.
Visit the LMGC website for more information about these classes and keep an eye out for future gun club events, as well. You can also find out more about the range rules, firearm safety, age and personnel regulations, permitted firearms and ammunition, pricing, and range hours, on the LMGC website.
If nothing else, take the On-Demand ride up to the LMGC lodge for picturesque views and a quiet place to study.