My fellow firearm enthusiasts I need your help. Most of you all know that I am a strong supporter and contributor to the Cloverlick Shooting Range here in Cumberland. It's a simple outdoor range. It has two pistol ranges with steel knock down targets, steel swinging headshot silhouette targets, IDPA style setup for cover shooting, and target stands for paper targets. It also has several varying distances for rifle shooting as well as a mounted skeet thrower. It costs $60 a year to be a member and pretty much all of that money goes towards paying the insurance for the range and for maintenance of the grounds. Members are welcome to shoot anytime they like and are welcome to bring guests. Granted the number of guests is within reason. To me, $60 a year is a small price to pay for a safe place to shoot.
The good news is that the range will be moving to old mine reclamation land come July. It will be right on Slope Hollow across from the college. This makes it more easily accessible and will host more room for a better setup and possibly some expansion. I want your ideas. I've worked hard this year helping increase membership and advocating this range. It's where I hold the shooting portion for my CCDW classes and donate one student's fee to the range each time we use it. With that said, it was reported to me that this was the first time in 10 years the range actually came out in the black.
The bad news is something which pains me to bring to attention. The man responsible for the oversight of the range for the past 10 years is Mr. Squeeze Davidson. For those of you who don't know him, he is an 82 year old veteran and long time enthusiast of anything firearm related. He has helped hand build a lot of the equipment used at the range. He's a good man and I take pride in the fact I've gotten to know him these past few years. He was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, (asbestos related cancer) which there is no cure for. I spoke with him for some time one day and he was troubled by the fact that he was uncertain about what might become of the range once he is no longer able to care for it. I gave him my solemn promise that I would continue my efforts to promote and hopefully grow the range. I reach out to you all and would like to say anyone interested in joining or even just donating to the range, please contact me. If anyone is interested in checking out the range and would also like to see where we will be moving I will be more than happy to give you all a tour. I also want your ideas. What would you like to have in a range? Hopefully, we can keep membership increasing and donations flowing in that we will be able to invest in some new equipment this summer. I personally plan to place some new equipment out of pocket. To quote Oliver Cromwell, "Keep your faith in God, but keep your powder dry." Thanks.