McHenry Shooting Facility
Fine tune your shooting skills. Whether you want to get more proficient with your bow, sight in a new rifle or hone your shotgun skills, McHenry Range is the place to go. It offers pistol ranges, rifle ranges at different distances, archery ranges, skeet range, trap range, and a 5 stand clay range.
MS Scholastic Shooting Program
The Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Program (MSSP) is a team-based, youth development program that uses the shotgun sports of 5-Stand, Skeet, and Sporting Clays to instill life skills such as discipline, safety, teamwork, ethics, self-confidence, and other life values.
** HANDGUN INSTRUCTION **
Handgun classes, including the Enhanced Carry Permit Class, are now being offered at our McHenry Range on the 14th Tuesday and Wednesday of every other month! What follows is our Class Schedule for our McHenry Range, then a listing of the type classes that we are offering. If you need more information or wish to sign up for one of our classes, please email Reno at Steve.Moore@wfp.ms.gov �or call us during our normal working hours at (601) 859-5164.
- 12/3/2019 Basic Handgun 200 Class: (Cost: $17.66)
- 12/4/2019 Enhanced Carry Permit Class: (Cost: $107.00)
- 2/4/2019 Basic Handgun 100 Class: (Cost: $17.66)
- 2/5/2019 Basic Handgun 200 Class: (Cost: $17.66)
ALL CLASSES WILL START AT 9:00 A.M. ON THEIR SCHEDULED DAY AND END AROUND 5:30 - 6:00 P.M.
Classes are in the Range Office. Please read the following class listings for information on the classes and what you are required to bring to your respective class.
BASIC HANDGUN 100 CLASS:
(6 hours of lecture/classroom work and 2 hours of work on the firing range)
This course of instruction is for the person who has “little or no experience with a handgun.” If you have just purchased a handgun, or would like to purchase one, but have no idea what to purchase, nor what you need for your purposes, be they self-defense, hunting, or recreational target shooting, then this is the course for you. We begin with a thorough safety lecture, and then familiarize you with two basic types of firearms – pistols and revolvers – and teach you how to safely and properly operate them. The basics of how to stand, how to hold the handgun, how to use the sights, and how to manipulate the trigger will be covered in both lectures and on-the-range exercises. What causes recoil, and methods of mitigating recoil, are also covered, in both lecture and on-the-range exercises.
Four handguns will be made available for the class to try. One will be a Browning HP, chambered in 9mm Parabellum (a.k.a. 9mm Luger or 9x19), a Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver, chambered in .38 Special, a Smith & Wesson Model 60 revolver, chambered in .38 Special, and a Glock Model 43 chambered in 9mm Parabellum. A limited amount of ammunition will be provided for students to shoot during this course, to determine what level of recoil that they can handle. If you want to shoot additional rounds, you will have to provide the additional ammo, yourself. This course will normally be limited to no more than 8 students, primarily for safety reasons, but also to be able to give each beginning student the necessary one-on-one instructor/student attention. You may bring your own handgun and ammunition, and are required to bring your own eye and ear protection, as well as any other personal gear that you deem necessary (such as bug repellent, sunscreen, water, lunch, etc.)
Students are required to bring: Eye & ear protection, as well as paper & pen to take notes.
BASIC HANDGUN 200 CLASS: Prerequisite – Basic Handgun 100 Class
(2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of shooting on the firing range, and 3 hours of learning how to take apart, clean, and maintain your firearm.)
This course of instruction is a natural “follow on” to the Basic Handgun 100 course. It gives you, the student, an opportunity to practice, under an instructor’s watchful eye, what you’ve learned in the Basic Handgun 100 course, with your own firearm, then, very importantly, you’ll be taught how to take down, clean, and properly maintain your firearm.
Students are required to bring: Your handgun, a minimum of 200 rounds of ammunition for your handgun, a rigid gun belt (that won’t flex and ride upward, as the firearm is withdrawn) and holster to fit your handgun, eye & ear protection, a staple gun (for hanging targets), and a cleaning kit that fits your respective handgun. The cleaning kit must include: a cleaning rod, a jag or slotted tip, a bronze bore brush, cotton cleaning patches, Q-tips, cotton pipe cleaners, a cotton cloth to wipe the gun down, a towel (at least 12 inches x 24 inches in size) or a commercial cleaning mat, bore solvent, and gun oil.
ENHANCED CARRY PERMIT CLASS:
(6 hours of lecture, followed by 2 hours of shooting on the firing line)
This course of instruction is to qualify an individual for the Mississippi Enhanced Carry Permit, as issued by the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Firearms Permit Unit. More specifically, the purposes of this course are to: a) expose you to the legal requirements, regarding concealed carry within the State of Mississippi, b) to verify that you are both safe and competent with your firearm, and c) to award you the certificate required for issue of a Mississippi Enhanced Carry Permit.
Students are required to bring: You must provide your own firearm, 100 rounds of ammunition, gun belt, holster, eye protection and ear protection for this course. At the conclusion of the morning lectures, you must pass a 50-shot qualification test, which will be fired from 3 yards and 7 yards. We require the additional 50 rounds, in case you don’t pass the initial qualification shooting test, and need to re-shoot the test.
A daily entrance fee of $15 is required to shoot.
We now accept payment with either a credit or a debit card, cash or a personal check!
If severe weather is in the area, the McHenry Shooting Range will close. For more information please call (601) 928-1645. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back periodically for status updates.
Summer Hours Begin March 1st
Thursday & Friday: Noon - 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Winter Hours Begin November 1st
Thursday & Friday: Noon - 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
*** RANGE CLOSURE NOTICE - NONE
The Pistol Range offers 20 shooting lanes with ranges from 5, 10 and 20 yards. Shooters will utilize target stands and frames provided by McHenry Range.
The rifle ranges offer two ranges with ten shooting tables per range. We provide movable target stands and shooters are able to engage targets out to 170 yards
McHenry offers one trap range that promises to challenge your shotgun shooting abilities.
McHenry Range has three Olympic style skeet ranges on the premises for shooters to hone their shooting abilities throughout the year.
The 5 Stand located in the heart of McHenry Range Facility offers the most unique shotgun shooting experience you will ever encounter. The 5 Stand is built on a pier overlooking a small lake surrounded by sporting clay throwers. Actual hunting conditions will ready you for hunting season or just to test your skills.
McHenry offers two archery ranges utilizing both known distance sighting-in targets and 3D animal targets at unknown distances.
Other Range Information:
We offer targets for sale for use on both rifle and pistol ranges.
- All shooters must check in-and-out with Range Officer.
- All shooters will be provided range rules and regulations upon check-in.
- All shooters will complete a "Daily Use Permit" each time they visit the McHenry Range Facility.
- Hearing and Eye protection is required while on the shooting ranges at all times.
- All firearms will be handled in a safe manner while at the range.
- When moving on and off the range, firearms should be cased, holstered,
or otherwise rendered safe.
- Shooters are responsible for policing-up their brass and targets.