Fernie Rod and Gun Club work on upgrades

The FRGC will be doing some major upgrades to its rifle range this coming week.

Fernie Rod and Gun Club doing upgrades at the rifle range.

Fernie Rod and Gun Club doing upgrades at the rifle range.

The FRGC will be doing some major upgrades to its rifle range this coming week.

After 26 years with the current benches and cover the club decided to upgrade its facilities to accommodate the nearly 600 members of the club.

A new fence and entrance way was built during the last few weeks and continuing this week will be the building of new shooting benches, new covered area, new 50 metre short separate range and the installation of a new, state of the art trap machine.  The new area will have six user-friendly benches to shoot from and the new short 50 metre range will have two covered benches to accommodate younger shooters and pistol shooters. All of the benches will be moved forward 15 yards and the covers will be constructed of cedar, similar to the archery cover. The new covered area will be 4-ft. wider than the original one, more room in-between benches and a cement slab covering the entire shooting area.

The trap machine is scheduled to go in at the end of the week and a trap shooting committee will be formed to schedule, run and maintain times for trap shooting.

The new mounds for the two shooting areas were built last weekend along with the drainage system put in for the trap machine area. Wednesday we started the new covers, Thursday the forms for the cement slabs and trap house will be built, Friday the cement will be poured and Saturday/Sunday the rest of the covers will be put up. And amongst these days the 50 metre range needs to be somewhat cleared, berm be built for separate the two rifle ranges and trap shooting area set up. It all started Wednesday morning and running through until Sunday.

The rifle range will be closed during this time and volunteers are needed every day from this week until Sunday. The more people we have helping out the faster it will get done. We are hoping for the majority of the improvements to be done by Sunday night but as anyone that has done renovations there are always setbacks and bumps in the road.

For more info please contact Kevin Marasco, Pierre Alleyn or Dave Fantuz at info@ferniergc.com