According to its website, the Grand National Gun Club is “dedicated to involving the youth of Northwest Oklahoma in the sport of shooting, gun safety, hunting safety and to offer the citizens of Enid, Garfield County and Northwest Oklahoma a quality shooting range facility for sport shooting.”
Previously the Enid Elks Gun Club, in 1997 the GNGC purchased the building and began renovations. Located just a few miles north of Enid on Highway 81, the club now has a large dining area/reception area, multiple big screen televisions and some memorabilia from previous members and/or events.
The club hosts instructors who train Garfield County 4-H shooters and sponsor both Spring and Fall 4-H regional shoots involving generally 150 shooters or so. In addition to these shoots, the club offers a site for Hunter Safety Courses put on by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and supplies the instructors for the same.
The club has been involved with the National Rifle Association, sponsoring multiple events including the “Women on Target” event.
If you weren’t aware, the Gun Club is also open to the general public each Wednesday afternoon/evening from April to October. The clubhouse can be leased to host events as well. To shoot, you bring your own gun and shells (or they typically sell shells inside the clubhouse), hearing protecting and eye protection. The Club has several trap houses for those of you who like to shoot trap with voice command clay pigeon releases. It also offers skeet and 5-stand (my favorite).
So as the weather continues to warm, might be time to get out and knock down some clays. Shoot for practice; shoot for fun it doesn’t matter. It’s hard to be a good friendly competition with your friends (or your children if you are me) as to who is the better shot. See ya on Wednesdays!
Until next time friends, keep the barrels and let the pigeons fly. . .