Q. What is the Pine River Sports Association, Ltd? (PRSA)
A. We are a “Members Only” club of like minded individuals who support:
The 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The Shooting, Hunting and Related Outdoor Sports.
The Teaching of Safe Firearms Handling of all types.
Providing Safe Firearms Training to the Youth and Adults of our Area.
Generally profess Patriotism and Community Awareness.
Q. What is the Mission or Purpose of the PRSA?
A. Our Mission Statement is: “To further the growth of the shooting sports, provide an outlet for shooting activities, to provide instruction and training in those activities, with emphasis on the young people of the area.”
Q. Where is the Pine River Sports Association located?
A. It is located at 1535 N Cedar Street, in Richland Center Wisconsin, approximately 65 miles NW of Madison Wisconsin. A link to the location is available on the Home page.
Q. Does the PRSA have a website and email address?
Q. What type of facility does the Pine River Sports Association have?
A. The PRSA owns a 9 point, Indoor Shooting Range and Classrom/Clubroom. Through arrangement with the Richland County Parks Department we also utilize the Richland County Outdoor Shooting Public Range for various outdoor shooting activities.
Q. Where is the Pine River Sports Association Indoor Range facility located?
A. It is located at 1535 N. Cedar Street, in Richland Center, Wisconsin. A “Location” map is shown as a link under the website “Home Page” as well as page “Contact Us”. A map will also appear when any “Calendar” event is viewed.
Q. What is the makeup of the Indoor Shooting Range?
A. The range proper is 45′ wide by 70′ long. Its maximum shooting distance is 50′. It has wood/steel baffles along the ceiling to stop and contain any errant rounds. The walls are concrete with sound deadening blankets attached. It has 9 firing points with divided lanes. Each lane is approximately 4′ wide and is equipped with an electric target carrier. Each target carrier is height adjustable. Each lane has a shooting table for holding your equipment and the table may be folded up out of your way if not needed. The firing line floor area is covered with a 3/8″ thick, high density, rubber material for your comfort. The range is equipped with an approved air handling system, has in-floor heating, high intensity lighting over the firing line as well as over the standard target distances down range. There are various receptacles for spent cartridges, cartridge boxes and general refuse behind the firing line. Used targets are to be placed in a red bin located in the building Clubroom. Brooms and dust pans are provided for cleaning up your area after shooting as well as a scraper to aid in cleaning up your spent brass.
Q. May anyone use the Pine River Sports Association Indoor Shooting Facility?
A. Maybe, however the facility is not open to the general public. Membership is required. However, if you are not a member you may be allowed to use the facility as a “Guest” of a member, on a limited basis. The Member is responsible for you and your actions. The number of times a person may be a considered a “guest” is limited. After three (3) visits per month as a guest, it is expected that person will become a member if he intends continued use the facility.
Q. Are there costs associated with using the Pine River Sports Association indoor range facility?
A. Yes, Members in good standing may use the facility at any time; however there are fee’s involved. These are levied to help defray the cost of utilities, insurance and maintenance. Members must pay a $3.00 per hour fee to use the range. The hourly range fee includes three (3) paper targets.
As an alternative, a member may pay a yearly “range use fee” of $100.00, in lieu of the $3.00 per hour fee. If a person intends to use the facility more than 33 times a year this becomes more economical.
All non-members, and guests of a member, must pay a $6.00 per hour range usage fee.
Q. Are there any times when the general public may use the facility?
A. (Open Shooting is currently unavailable)
Yes, usually weekly on Friday evenings. There is “open shooting” from 6:30pm until approximately 9:30pm , when the general public may use the facility. However, a certified Range Safety Officer (RSO) must be on the premises and is in control of all activity on the property. Shooters may supply their own targets but they must be pre-approved by the RSO. Only paper or thin plastic film targets are allowed. Reactive, metallic, glass, clay disc, exploding or “junk” type targets are not permitted.
Q. What are the firearms and ammunition restrictions?
A. Use of Smallbore (.22 rimfire) Rifles and Handguns are permitted. Hyper-velocity rimfire rifles and handguns and Magnum rimfire rifles and handguns are not allowed.
Handguns of all calibers, with power equal to or less than a .45 ACP, when using standard military ball ammunition or standard commercial ammunition, may be used. Any handgun considered or labeled as a Magnum, is not allowed unless it is fired with “mid-range” or “target ammunition”. Example: a .357 Magnum may be fired with .38 Special ammunition.
The use of “Handloaded” or “Reloaded” ammunition is allowed. The use of “frangible” and “plated” bulleted ammunition is permitted.
The use of Explosive, Armor Piercing, Incendiary, Tracer or other Specialty ammunition is prohibited.
Use of all “Air Rifles” and “Air Pistols”, of .14, .177, .20, .22, .25, .32 and .35 caliber are allowed.
Firing of any Centerfire Rifle; regardless of caliber, or Shotgun; regardless of gauge, is prohibited. Firing of fully automatic weapons is strictly prohibited.
Q. Are there “Time of Use” restrictions at the facility?
A. The facility is open to members with electronic access cards on a 24/7 basis. However, in deference to neighbors living in proximity to the range building, it is requested that shooting any firearm, which has a loud report, be curtailed between 11:00pm and 7:00am. The facility is not sound proof. While quite muffled, the report of a gun shot can be heard outside of the building. Standard .22 rimfire guns generally are not loud enough to present a problem and may be fired at any time.
Q. Are Firearms and Ammunition available for use, rental or purchase?
A. No, we do not offer firearms for sale, use or rental. We also do not sell or provide ammunition of any type.
Q. Does the PRSA sponsor competitions, shoots, or training sessions?
A. Yes, refer to the “Programs” menu page for a description. We sponsor regular shooting competitions, and safety & marksmanship training for both adults and juniors (youth). We also schedule “as needed”, Wisconsin CCW permit and DNR Hunter Safety classes.
Q. If I am interested in any of the PRSA programs how do I obtain more information?
A. You may initiate contact by using the “Contact Us” page of this website. After you submit your query someone will reply to you as soon as possible. You may use our email email@example.com to contact us directly. You may also contact any member, club officer, member of the Board of Directors, or shooting discipline director. They will forward your request to the proper person to provide an answer.
Q. Is the PRSA facility accessible to and usable by individuals with physical limitations?
A. YES, the building is wheelchair friendly and handicap parking is placarded.
Q. Does the PRSA offer activities for women?
A. Most definitely! We do not discriminate on any basis. We encourage women to participate is all our training programs and other activities. Our membership is open to women, beginning at age 8 through age 18 as Junior members and as Adult members from age 19 on. We have an affiliation with “The Well Armed Women” regional chapter.
Q. How do I join the Pine River Sports Association?
A. You may complete and submit the “Membership Application” under menu pages “About Us” / “Join Us”.
Q. What are the PRSA membership levels and their dues?
A. Currently we offer yearly memberships in four (4) categories.
* Full Annual Adult (FAA)……….$100.00/year
** Limited Annual Adult (LAA)…….$ 50.00/year
***Annual Junior (AJ)…………..$ 25.00/year
****Annual Husband & Wife (H&W)…..$ 150.00/year
* Full membership, including “Electronic Access Card”
** Full membership, but does not include “Electronic Access Card”
*** Full membership, no E-Access Card, maximum age is 18.
****Husband & Wife membership, includes (1) “Electronic Access Card” which may be shared between Husband & Wife or other family member over the age of 18.
The Electronic Access Card has a required 1 month probationary period before issuance and must be “requested” by the member, it is not automatically issued.
Memberships run from January 1 through December 31 of the year and, for new members only, may be pro-rated on a semi annual basis.
Q. Is the PRSA affiliated with other training or shooting groups?
A. Yes. The PRSA is affiliated with the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and Wisconsin Firearms Owners, Ranges, Clubs & Educators (Wisconsin FORCE), The Well Armed Women and Southwest Technical College Shooting Team. The RC Youth Division is also affiliated with 4-H and American Legion shooting programs. Direct links to these groups are provided on the “Links” page.
Q. Is membership in any of the preceding groups required to become a member of the PRSA?
A. No. Membership in any of these groups is not required.
Q. May the PRSA facility be used for other purposes?
A. Generally No. However, the facility has a Clubroom which is part of the structure, but separated from the range proper. This room is approximately 20″ x 30′ and has tables, chairs, environmental controls, a mini kitchen, rest room facilities and internet access. This room may be rented for small training classes, meetings or similar usage. Please use the Contact Us page for further information.
Q. May an individual “visit” to see the facility for themselves?
A. This can be arranged, please contact us to make arrangements. Occasionally we hold an “open house” so the general public may visit for this purpose. Please visit our Calendar page to see if any are scheduled in the near future. On days or evenings, when functions are scheduled, anyone may stop in and visit.
Q. Is the PRSA involved in other activities?
A. Yes, the PRSA sponsors two Gun Shows each year, in early February and early October. Please refer to our activities “Calendar” for scheduled dates and to our “Latest News” menu for additional details. These shows are open to the public and we invite many dealers, vendors and exhibitors to participate. These are also announced in regional print media and radio.
Q. Is the PRSA involved in community-based activities or organizations?
A. Yes, the PRSA is involved with many such entities and activities. Our training department is heavily involved with Richland Youth Shooting, the Richland Center School District, St. Mary’s Catholic School, 4-H, Wisconsin DNR Hunter Education, Wisconsin High School Rodeo, the regional chapter of The Well Armed Woman, etc.
Q. Is information about activities of the PRSA presented in the local media outlets?
A. Yes, occasionally we will have presentations on the Richland Center Cable Television Channel and also on the WRCO Morning Show radio program. We submit articles for publication in the local newspaper, The Richland Observer. During our Winter League shooting season, the “results”, including Team & Individual scores, are regularly submitted to the Richland Observer for publication. The Richland Youth Shooting Group also submits articles of their activities to the local media outlets. Many times Flyers are posted at local businesses announcing activities.
Q. May I store personal equipment, firearms, ammunition, etc., on PRSA property/facilities?
A. No, storing of personal equipment, firearms, ammunition, etc., on PRSA property/facilities is not allowed, unless prior written approval has been granted by the Board of Directors. Such approval, if given, requires specific conditions be met beforehand. These conditions and requirements are outlined in the PRSA Bylaws and SOP manual. Any personal equipment, firearms, ammunition , etc., stored on PRSA property/facilities without written approval, is done so at the owners risk. The PRSA has no liability for loss, damage or destruction to such equipment or property whatsoever.
Q. Do you offer training classes?
A. Yes, This is one of our main purposes for being. We offer training classes for obtaining a Wisconsin Concealed Carry permit, Basic Firearms Safety, Basic Pistol and Smallbore Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship, Firearms Safety in the Home, Firearms Safety Outside the Home, Wisconsin DNR Hunter Education, Etc. These are all taught by NRA, WI-DNR or WI-DOJ certified instructors. If you are interested in any of these – please check the club calendar for the next scheduled class. If you would like us to schedule a class, we prefer a minimum of 3-4 students per class. All classes are limited to a maximum of 10 students except WI-DNR Hunter Education. Cost for each class varies. Once announced or posted to the calendar, the fee for each course will be stated in the class description as well as the instructors name and contact information. Some classes may be linked to the NRA training website for information and registration.
Q. How often do you offer training classes?
A. Classes are offered on a “as needed or “as requested” basis. Classes are scheduled when at least 3-4 individuals have expressed interest or signed up. We try to offer a Wisconsin Concealed Carry Permit class approximately once each month, depending on the amount of interest.
Q. Do your classes include range time and actual live fire?
A. Yes. Most classes include some range time and live fire – under the direction and control of the class Instructor and a Range Safety Officer. You will need to provide you own firearm and ammunition. We do not rent guns or sell ammunition.
Q. Do you participate in Social Media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.
A. We do not have a Facebook page currently. We are looking for someone to create and maintain such a page. We do not participate in Twitter or other social media sites at this time. There is a “button” on our main banner which will take you to our Facebook page but it is currently inactive.
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