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Black Wing SC: a five-star shooting facility

   Black Wing SC is located 3.5 miles west of downtown Delaware, Ohio, on Route 36, just 35 miles northwest of Columbus.

   Rex Gore, who has a background in banking, owned an indoor shooting facility across town for about five years before selling out to his partner. He and wife Suzanne decided to get back into the gun club business, and in 2002 they bought the former JMS grounds, which had been a trap and skeet club for 50 years. During the next two years Rex and Suzanne rebuilt the outdoor area, adding fields and a five-stand layout, and then built the current clubhouse. The club’s grand opening was in October 2004.

   The 140-acre facility includes eight trapfields (some with wobble trap), three combination skeet/trap fields and a five-stand sporting clays course. All are fully lighted, have automatic traps, and are equipped with voice release systems.

   The 20,000-square-foot clubhouse is air-conditioned. It contains a large pro shop; a café, available for hosting and catering large gatherings; a squadding room; three offices; and two classrooms. Also housed in the clubhouse are the indoor ranges—six 50΄ pistol lanes and six 75΄ rifle lanes.

   The pro shop is a Beretta Shop in Shop venue—one of several distributors throughout the world where the company personalizes display space for its four product lines. The large retail area houses more than 500 firearms, ammunition, reloading components, cleaning accessories, clothing, and shooting accessories from leading manufacturers. Members can sell their merchandise there on consignment. Demo guns are offered so shooters can try a gun before purchasing it, and rental guns are available for $10.

   On the club grounds are eight RV spaces with water and electricity, and there are other campgrounds within 15 minutes of the club.

   Black Wing will host four ATA competitions this year: March 30, April 13, April 27 and June 8. A concession trailer will provide food during these shoots.

   League competition is becoming popular at the club. Polar Bear shoots have been held on Sundays during the winter. Participants fire at 25 trap, skeet, wobble trap and five-stand targets. A Thursday-evening trap league will run from April 3 to June 5, with shooters divided into classes and firing at 25 singles and handicap targets each week.

   Many companies and organizations use the facilities for their outings. The café caterers can provide a variety of items, ranging from simple snack trays to elaborate hog roasts. The classrooms accommodate up to 40 people, and media equipment can be rented.

   Organizations which have used the club include the Boy Scouts and Salvation Army, which have held fund-raisers, and the Association of Remodelers. The club has even hosted bachelor parties. . .

See Page 108 of the March 2008 issue.

 


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