Mission: To educate members and the general public regarding the safe handling of firearms, and to promote a better understanding of firearm use.
Programs: At the end of 2016, membership stood at 1,563 members, down slightly from last year. During 2016, 7,128 people fired at the range, an increase from the previous year. Included in those numbers are 383 youth (a slight decrease from the previous year) and 1,863 ladies (14% more than last year). The ladies only night program continues to be successful. More classes have been provided and attendance is up. Over 1. 1 million rounds were fired at the range during the year. The junior team sponsorship has continued and members have placed highly in local and national competition. The classroom continues to be well used and has a high occupancy factor. Volunteer range safety officers, instructors, board members, and others provided over 8,600 volunteer labor hours to the organization at a value of $20 per hour for a total value of $172,000.
competitions and training classes were offered an average of twice per week. Over 435 people were trained in both formal and informal training classes. The classes given provided training from introduction to firearms through advanced personal defense and included range safety officer training, a reloading class, and refuse to be a victim training. A total of 48 classes were provided in 18 different courses. We continue to develop new classes to add to the offerings. The state of alaska hunter education program classes are offered. In 2016, 228 people attended that class.
a gun show was sponsored during 2016 to provide members and the public: 1) the opportunity to view new developments in the firearms industry, 2) the opportunity to upgrade personal and professional equipment, 3) to purchase new and specialized personal and professional equipment and supplies, 4) the opportunity to observe historically significant educational displays, and 5) to sell un-needed personal supplies and equipment. Over 100 vendors displayed and over 2,600 people attended.
Everyone at this place is a volunteer. Nobody gets any pay, even the Board of Directors. The rates are fair and the classes are the lest expensive you will find. Some of the safety officers seem rough at first but they are just beeing direct to maintain control. After you watch them for a while they are there to help and do a great job.