Rifle & Pistol Club Accepting New Members
August 10, 2021
The mission of the GVSU Rifle & Pistol Club is to provide all students with the opportunity to participate in shooting sports, with an emphasis in three-position smallbore rifle, international air rifle, and air pistol. Regardless of skill or ability, all members can have a safe and enjoyable time interacting with fellow students and engaging in marksmanship. All equipment is provided, including guns, ammunition, and targets. Annual dues are $200. New members are welcome year-round.
The club meets Tuesdays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Thursdays 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM during the school year at the Grand Rapids Rifle & Pistol Club (1331 Nagel Ave SW, Wyoming). Practice attendance is not mandatory to be a member of the club; however, regular practice attendance is expected. In shooting, it’s persistence that pays the biggest dividends—constant, steady practice, week in and week out, all year long.
The rifle team is a member school of the Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference. In the regular season, the schools compete in monthly postal matches (October-January). A postal match is a competition in which competitors fire separately on their home ranges and exchange scores. Five shooters are predesignated by each team with the top four individual scores contributing towards the overall team score. The conference championship match is hosted by a member school in February. An intercollegiate rifle club national championship is held in March. The team participates in various other local, regional, and national matches hosted by the American Smallbore Shooting Association (ASSA), Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), National Rifle Association (NRA), National Rifle league (Vermont Winter Postal League), and USA Shooting (USAS) throughout the year.
The 2021-21 season will be the inaugural for the pistol team. The team will join Orion's National Air Pistol League. The 11-week league runs from January to April. All team members shoot the league matches with the top four individuals contributing to the team’s aggregate score. The team will participate in various other local, regional, and national matches hosted by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), National Rifle Association (NRA), and USA Shooting (USAS) throughout the year.
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National Shooting Sports Month Air Rifle/Pistol Match – Thursday, August 26 from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM at GRR&PC
The public is invited to stop out to the range and meet the returning Laker shooters. Additionally, novice to experienced shooters can participate in a 60-shot air rifle or air pistol match. All equipment, including rifles and pistols, will be provided. The event is being held in celebration of National Shooting Sports Month. Cost is $5. T-shirts will be provided to participants (while supplies last). RSVPs are requested but not required.
Campus Life Night – Sunday, August 29 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Parking Lot H (Allendale Campus)
Campus Life Night is GVSU's student organization fair! Learn about all the student organizations and campus departmental resources GVSU has to offer. Come be a part of one of the biggest GVSU student traditions on-campus! Learn about the 300+ registered student organizations on campus. Meet campus department staff and learn how you can benefit from GVSU's countless resources for students. Receive giveaways and freebies.
Club Sports Fair – Monday, September 6th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM in the library north lawn
GVSU offers more than 50 club sport teams in coed, men’s, and women’s organizations. These teams are registered student organizations, and all team operations are managed by student leaders and club members. Club sports are the doorway to community to many students who attend GVSU. Some seek out sport opportunities because they played the sport in high school and want to continue their love for competition. Others participated in one sport but want to try a new sport. Some students are just looking to try something new, meet new friends, and be active. Whatever one’s motivation, club sports offer an inclusive opportunity for all students.
Fall 2021 Kickoff – Thursday, September 9 from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM at GRR&PC
Students are encouraged to come down to the range to learn more about the club. After successful completion of the safety briefing, prospective new members will get the opportunity to shoot smallbore, air rifle, and air pistol. All equipment, including rifles and pistols, will be provided. The event is being held in connection with NRA Day. Cost is $5. T-shirts will be provided to participants (while supplies last). RSVPs are requested but not required.