This page has information for the Baen Barfly shooting trip held prior to the start of the LibertyCon Science Fiction Convention in Chattanooga, TN. The shoot is not officially a convention event, and is not limited to convention attendees OR Baen Barflies, but it is held in coordination with the convention staff.
Date: June 30th, 2017
Time: 0830 – 1300 CST
Location: Elk Ridge Training Center, 4626 S.R. 50, Pelham, TN, 37366
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of “LibertyCon Shoot 2017”, please include the names, dates of birth, addresses, NRA membership numbers (if applicable) and phone numbers of all intended participants.
Like last year, we’ll have a mandatory safety briefing for all shooters from 0830 to 0900, then the range officers will take the experienced shooters to the range while the newer shooters attend a one hour safety class. Due to time constraints, anyone who is not present at 0830 will need to wait for a second safety briefing after the new shooter class.
Currently, we are confirmed for the use of the pistol/carbine range, which limits rifle calibers to .30 caliber and lower. We will attempt to utilize the rifle range again this year, it has been extended out to 400 yards.
I will have some firearms with ammunition available (but please contribute to the cost of it), but I recommend bringing some if you don’t have your own firearm. I’ll have pistols in 9mm, .45, and .38/.357, and .22lr, along with rifles in .22lr, 5.56mm, 6.8SPC, .30 Carbine, and .30-06.
I have a couple of range officers identified, but if any of the other Barflies want to volunteer, please let me know. We’ll probably try to have as many of the RO’s as possible arrive early to make sure the range is set up for our use.
Attached are the liability waivers for my training and the range, along with a diagram of how the range is laid out.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The only store near the range is a gas station at the interstate exit, pick up anything you need in the way of drinks, insect repellent, ammunition, sunscreen, etc in Chattanooga or South Pittsburgh, TN (there’s a WalMart near the interstate there, I believe). There aren’t many amenities out at the firing line, so folding chairs are recommended, we’ll have at least one canopy set up for additional shade, but my understanding is that a number of the canopies owned by the range were damaged recently and may not be available for our use like we had last year.
The shooting trip originated as a convention event for only some of the convention staff and major convention guests, with the Barflies holding their own shooting event afterwards so any of the guests who wished to could stick around and shoot with the Barflies as well. Due to other pressures, the convention discontinued their official shoot and asked if any guests who wanted to go shooting could go with us. Now there is again an official shooting trip, but it’s only for the guests of honor, the remaining guests are still invited to go with us.
Several years ago, I realized that the group shooting trip was getting too large to continue in an unorganized manner, so I obtained my NRA instructor certification and at least one Barfly got his NRA Range Safety Officer certification. In 2013, the size of our group, and the fact that we had certified instructors and RSO’s, caused some consternation for the Park Ranger at the Wildlife Management Area range we’d been using, in addition they had made changes to the range which made it less amenable to our activities, so I looked for an alternative range, the alternative I found was to rent a commercial training facility for our use, using my instructor credentials and insurance. It means we now have to pay to use the range, but we have control over who is present and how they conduct themselves.