Ok, so maybe they aren’t quite that dramatic, but they definitely have a lot of fun! The Coalfield Shooters Association (CSA) is a shooting club focused not only on practical shooting, but all types of shooting and firearms safety.
The CSA has been around for a little over 3 years and has a private shooting range located right in the middle of the newly formed Tomblin Wildlife Management Area. The range isn’t part of the WMA, but it is definitely conveniently located with the WMA surrounding it on all sides.
The CSA and their range have been around long before there was talk of a new WMA in town, but they are hoping to grow with the new wildlife area bringing more awareness to their little corner of the wilderness.
They are located just off of Gaston Caperton Drive situated conveniently between Logan and Williamson so it is an easy drive to get to and offers some pretty neat shooting opportunities. The CSA range is one of only 3 United States Practical
Shooting Association (USPSA) affiliated ranges in the state.
In addition to having a regular shooting range, the club offers a USPSA match on the second Sunday of every month, rain or shine. Each match offers a variety of stages and no two stages or two matches are the ever the same.
If you aren’t familiar with practical shooting, it is a whole lot of fun. The point of practical shooting is to simulate real world or self-defense situations. It isn’t just your standard target shooting. They have all sorts of neat situations that not only require accurate and quick shooting, but they, also make you think about how to approach each stage.
Oh and did I mention that each stage is timed so that your accuracy and your time are combined to find your Hit Factor. The higher the hit factor the better you shoot.
All the matches are electronically scored so that you can see your score as soon as the match is over. In addition to USPSA matches the club also has several different types of matches throughout the year.
The range has several steel silhouette targets and has a couple of steel challenge shoots, where the range is set up with steel targets to knock over. They also have a zombie shoot, which I am told is a premier event to go to.
What could be more fun than burning gunpowder and taking down zombies? The way I see it, if the zombie apocalypse comes the more zombie shoots I have under my belt the better prepared I will be.
Probably the most important thing stressed at the range is safety. Everything about all the shoots, and the range in general, is focused on firearm safety. It is so important to the CSA that they currently have 7 USPSA certified range officers.
There are only 14 USPSA certified range officers in West Virginia and the Coalfield Shooters have 7 of them. So there shouldn’t be any questions about how safely the matches are run.
The range is also set up for trap shooting and the club has an Atlas trap thrower to chuck clay targets into the air so you can hone your wing shooting as well. You just never know what these guys might come up with to shoot at next.
The Coalfield Shooters Association has a Facebook page to keep everyone up to date on what they are planning next. If you like getting out and doing some target practice, by all means look them up. They are regularly posting some great videos of recent shoots so you can see what it is all about.
Several of the members even get together and travel all over the place attending USPSA matches with some of the top competitors in the world. One thing always remains the same, they are always having fun.
If you aren’t busy on October 11th, they are planning to have their regular monthly match beginning at 1pm, and then their famed Zombie shoot starts at dusk. Bring your weapon of choice, pistol or rifle (sorry no shotguns), lots of ammo, and your best flashlight and help rid the area of zombies.
Check them out on Facebook or give Roger Ramey 304-752-3623 or Jim Morrison 304-688-2439 a call to get more details. You don’t have to be a club member to come out and have a blast. What better way to celebrate our 2nd Amendment Rights than to get out for an afternoon enjoying the shooting sports?