Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

January 2, 2013

Sportsman Club completes move to Shorty Barnes Rd

CROSSVILLE — As of January 1, 2013, the Fairfield Glade Sportsman Club will complete the move of all club amenities from the club’s original site off Dartmoor Road in Fairfield Glade to the Shorty Barnes Road shooting complex.

Founded in September 1987, the club quickly outgrew this original location and after purchasing land on Shorty Barnes Road in 1995, began the initial transition of shooting amenities with the construction of trap fields in 1996, skeet fields in 1997 and 2005, a combined pistol/ 100 yard rim-fire rifle range in 2003 and finally the completion of the 300 yard rifle range in 2011.

Skeet and pistol range shelters were also built to house shooting materials and protect shooters during inclement weather.

In early 2011, our club completed our most expensive amenity with the addition of the Doug Server pavilion. This 3,000 square foot facility consists of a work shop/clay target storage area, a modern kitchen facility and an open pavilion area seating up to 125 guests. This building was designed to hold our summer steak fries and the scholastic clay target program’s shooting events.

Our latest amenity is the construction of the 1,000 square foot dry-fire shotgun training facility to be completed in early spring 2013. This virtual training tool, using sophisticated computer software, can simulate clay targets on a screen just 10 feet in front of the shooter whose own gun is equipped with an invisible laser that simulates an actual shot. Designed primarily for the scholastic clay target program students to enhance their shooting skills, it can be used by any shooter to improve their skills in any shotgun sport. With an expected savings of 25 to 50 percent in live ammunition costs, this facility is expected to pay for itself in three years.

Finally, it is important to note that with the completion of this move, the Sportsman Club will no longer be liable for any shooting activities at the club’s original location. Those shooting ranges are now closed and any unlawful shooting on those grounds will be monitored by Fairfield Glade security personnel.

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