McIvor Shooting Facility
4216 Davis Chapel Road
Sardis, MS 38666
** HANDGUN INSTRUCTION **
Handgun classes, including the Enhanced Carry Permit Class, are being offered at McIvor on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month. What follows is our Class Schedule for McIvor, then a listing of the type of classes that we are offering. If you need more information or wish to sign up for one of our classes, please email us (at Steve.Moore@wfp.ms.gov). Please do not delay, as classes are rapidly filling!
- April 7: Basic Handgun 100 Class: ($17.66) Cancelled due to COVID-19
- April 8: Basic Handgun 200 Class: ($17.66) Cancelled due to COVID-19
- May 5: Basic Handgun 200 Class: ($17.66)
- May 6: Enhanced Carry Permit Class: ($107.00)
- June 2: Basic Handgun 100 Class: ($17.66)
- June 3: Basic Handgun 200 Class: ($17.66)
ALL CLASSES WILL START AT 9:00 A.M. ON THEIR SCHEDULED DAY AND END APPROXIMATELY 5:30 - 6:00 P.M.
Classes are held at 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 (Ages 18 and Up):
(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 (Ages 18 and Up): 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 (Ages 21 and Up):
(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.
300-yard rifle range
100-yard rifle range (2)
50-yard pistol range
2 skeet/trap fields
Duck Flush (5-stand)
Sporting Clays Trail
Summer (starting March 1)
Thursday and Friday: Noon–6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday: 1–5 p.m.
Winter (typically begins Nov. 1)
Thursday and Friday: Noon–5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: 1–5 p.m.
Charles Ray Nix WMA
(Near Sardis, MS)
All shooters must complete the Range Rules and Regulations documentation. In the new system, shooters only have to enter the required information and acknowledge once that the rules have been read and understood. It will no longer be required to do this annually.
In Panola County near Sardis, take the Highway 315 exit at Interstate 55, then travel west on 315 to Old Panola Road. Go south on Old Panola Road to Davis Chapel Road and go west to the facility entrance. The range is located approximately 30 miles from both Oxford and the Hernando-Southaven area of DeSoto County.