Handgun Events

We have two monthly handgun events.  On the second Wednesday of each summer month is Intro to Handgun, and on the fourth Wednesday of each summer month is Competitive Handgun.

Intro to Handgun

This event provides an opportunity for new shooters to practice shooting a handgun, improve their skills, and talk to experienced shooters about handguns in a non-competitive environment.  Show up anytime that is convenient for you.  There is no fee for the event, but participants who are not members of the range must pay a $3 guest fee.  All handguns in any caliber are welcome.  Bring multiple handguns if desired.

For new shooters who provide their own gun, we can provide guidance on gun safety, proper grip, sight alignment, stance and related topics to assist in learning how to shoot a handgun effectively. 

For shooters of all skill levels we set up variety of steel targets including Steel Challenge plates, a plate rack, spinner, and an Idaho Star at various distances that you can use to practice and hone your shooting skills.

All caliber handguns are welcome, from rim fire on up.  In addition, pistol caliber carbines (PCC) and suppressed 300 Blackouts are allowed with some restrictions.  No projectiles with steel components are allowed.

Competitive Handgun

This event is open to all handgun shooters, including rimfire and revolver.  All skill levels welcome.  Stages will consist of 5 hanging steel targets at various distances, similar to national Steel Challenge events.  Participants will shoot each stage twice (not back to back).  During each turn, three strings will be shot and the two best times will be kept.  The four times that are kept from both turns will then be added for the score on that stage.  After all shooters have cycled through the stage twice, the targets will be reconfigured into a different stage.  If time allows, a third stage will be included.

A holster is not required as you will be allowed to start from the "low ready" position if desired.  If three stages are shot, 90 rounds will be fired if there are no misses.  A minimum of 120 rounds is recommended, more if you think you will miss a lot.  If you are shooting a pistol with single-stack magazines, please bring at least three magazines.  You will be firing three strings of five plus shots during each turn.  If time and light allows, shooters may practice with additional turns after the match if they desire, so bring additional ammo if you want to shoot more. 

Setup will start at 5:30 pm and the event will start at 6:00 pm.  If you want to shoot all the stages, you will need to arrive by 6:00.  Shooters who arrive after 6:00 will still be allowed to shoot, but would not be able to place or win in the overall match unless all stages were completed.  There will be a $3 entry fee for this event.  If you are not a member of the range, and additional $3 guest fee will apply.  The event will take place in Gulleyville (the old western town at the Oregon Trail Shooting Range).

For more information, contact Juel at