URGENT – SRB Closed until further Notice

After careful consideration, the board has decided to close the Short Range Berm (SRB) until further notice due to safety concerns.  The wear and tear on the berm has finally exceed the allowable safety margins and we must close it until repairs can be made.  The board is currently looking to repair the berm while performing some improvements.  The board was working on some solutions, but this has accelerated the effort significantly.

The intent is to reach out to some contractors on Monday, while we draft up specifications for our needed scope of work.  The intent is to meet with folks in the beginning of Dec some time to walk through the modifications desired to establish quotes.  After that we are at the mercy of the contractor’s schedule once we select them.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but it is in all of our interest to stay safe and be a responsible gun range.

Tidewater Friends of NRA Banquet – This Saturday – Last Chance

Good Evening!  Saturday Feb 4th there will be a Tidewater Friends of NRA banquet at the Greenbrier Country Club in Chesapeake, VA.  Doors Open at 5:30.  If interested we need to get head counts to the Club by Tuesday.  Please go to the Friends of NRA website to purchase your ticket or better yet a Table (and get a gun!).  Our events average 1 gun for every 10 people.  This gives you a great odds to win a gun via raffle, game or live auction.  Dinner is included for your ticket price.

Virginia Friends of NRA just got done assinging grants to the amount of $405K.  The majority of our money goes to 4-H shooting programs, Boy Scout Camps and Councils, JROTC, youth shooting programs and even some college shooting teams.  We also have awarded money to police departments for ballistic vests for K9s and Eddie Eagle Costumes and more.  None of the money goes to salaries.  This is the non-profit side of the NRA so we can’t do any of the politics etc.  We simply raise money to help ensure our shooting sports remain alive.

Visit <here> to purchase tickets!  But don’t wait!!!

If you are interested in volunteering contact Scott Sampson at instructor@airfieldshootingclub.org.

Thank you!!!!!


January seventh defensive shooting match scores

The Scores for the January seventh defensive shooting match are in the attached pdf, The next defensive shooting match Is tentatively February fourth Depending on range repairs that may or may not be possible, When I have more solid information on the time of the repairs I will get a definitive time for the next match 

defensive shooting match scores –>Defensive shooting scores 1-7-2023

If you have any questions please contact me at  Strickland.Taylor71@gmail.com

Short Range Berm Update

Fellow members,

We wanted to give you an update and let you know we have been actively working the repairs to the range.  We worked throughout the holiday period and contacted several contractors most said they were not interested or didn’t call back.  We tried to meet with two contractors.  One did not show up the other did and had a great meeting and we received their proposal just before Christmas.

We are asking for some significant repairs and some upgrades, so the price tag is large.  We actually through the help of the Center got one more contractor to meet with us.  They were at the range on yesterday (Saturday) and will be giving us a bid soon.  At that point the board will be reviewing both and making a determination.

The work will involve replacing the SRB and lengthening it by 12′ to give us more shooting bays.  We are also looking at leveling the ground in front of the SRB and creating a better drainage and repairing both the 50 and 100 berms.  This level of repair is significant but in the end we feel is necessary to ensure our safety and continued enjoyment of the shooting sports.

Please rest assured that we are actively working this issue and take the SRB closure seriously.  We let you know more as things develop.

Shotgun Fundamentals Class – Jan 14th – Few spots left

We are offering a Shotgun fundamentals class January 14th  for 8 people – We only have a few spots left..  It will be taught by Dale Mullin. We plan on offering an advance class covering skeet and trap at some point in the near future and this class will be required to attend those classes.  If you don’t take this class you must be proficient with a shotgun and have participated somewhat regularly in shotgun sports (trap, skeet, 5-stand, sporting clays or hunt).

What to Bring:

  •  4 boxes of shells with a shot size of 7-1/2 or 8.
  • A shotgun. Keep in mind that a home defense shotgun is probably not the best choice. A semi-automatic or over and under field guns are desired. A pump action shotgun can be used but you will be at a disadvantage in the game of skeet.
  • Shell pouch to hold your shells
  • Eye and hearing protection
  • Dress for the weather

You need to register for this class by contacting Scott Sampson at instructor@airfieldshootingclub.org.  Once you have contacted Scott Sampson he will let you know if there is an open space at that time you can pay.

The Cost is $20.  You must get confirmation from Scott Sampson before paying.  There will be NO refunds regardless of reason.  Once verified you have a space you will pay online via the payment portal with “Shotgun Class” put in the payment description.

Class will start at 10 and run until 3/4.

Thank you!


Skeet/Trap Cards


Be advised that the machine the club uses to load the RFID cards with more birds and produce new cards for new members is broken.  ASC has ordered the part, but unfortunately it is on back order. We have asked when it will be available, but do not have an answer yet. As a result, there is going to be a delay for those members requesting refilled or new cards for the shotgun range. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this time. We will provide updates as they become available.

Moving the Firing Line Forward

Since the SRB is closed while we make repairs to it, I wanted to make sure that people knew how to move the firing line closer to the berm.  If you are interested in shooting at closer distances than 25 yds, you are able to move the line forward of the existing firing line.  To do so there are a few things that you need to do:

  1. All parties on the line must agree to it (including the RSO).
  2. The RSO would call the line cold (ie all parties must case their firearms or holster them).
  3. RSO announce we are moving the line down range.
  4. Everyone moves to the location as designated by the RSO.  It is great if there is a cone or something that people can see but if not the RSO will do their best to maintain a straight line so no one is forward of someone else.
  5. At this point the RSO can all the line hot and commence shooting.

It is imperative that any personnel that are moving behind the firing line have their guns cased or holstered.  There will be NO handling of firearms behind the Firing line only on the firing line.


  1. Bring a folding chair or small table with you to set the gun(s) on during a cold range (ie you are going to change targets etc).  The chairs can also help to mark the firing line.
  2. If you don’t have a chair or table then you should put your firearms back in a range bag (or pistol pouch).  I would not recommend placing the firearm on the ground.
  3. The RSO (and everyone else) should routinely look behind them to make sure that no one else is attempting to handle firearms behind them.

Otherwise range commands/procedures are the same.

If you have any questions please let me know at Instructor@airfieldshootingclub.org.

Scott Sampson

Chief Instructor
ASC #762


December Newsletter

Please find another great edition of the ASC Newsletter!  If you have any questions or suggestions or wish to contribute to future editions, please contact us to let us know!

Thank you to Don Aubuchon for putting this together and all the contributors!

You can see the December ASC Newsletter <Here>



Need a gift for that someone special?

Resending due some issues with server.  Apologize if duplicated.

Register now for Handgun Combatives Course Sept 23/24,  2023

ASC is hosting David Jenkins, founder of Rochester Personal Defense to put on Dave Spaulding’s Handgun Combatives Class.  Dave Spaulding retired and has only certified a few folks to continue teaching his course and Dave Jenkins is one of them.  I have known Dave Jenkins for several years and taken instructor classes with him as well as taken classes from him and can recommend Dave completely.

This class is something you won’t want to miss.

If interested please contact Scott Sampson at instructor@airfieldshootingclub.org.  Once you have contacted him you will be asked to pay on the ASC Payment Portal. Enter Handgun Combatives Class in the payment description.  Your spot is not held until payment is made.  Refunds will only be considered until 1 August.  After that refunds will not be granted as we have to commit.

The cost is $450 for Members and $500 for non-members.  Sorry immediate family who are not members are not eligible for the member price.  To pay the $450 price you must enter a valid membership number.  If paying for two members put that in the Payment Notes.


Here is the class description:

This course takes the handgun from a sporting, plinking, or recreational implement, to a tool of combat- to be ready and willing to fight if avoidance and evasion fail. The purpose of this course is to build solid essential skills (grip, trigger control, body position, holster skills, reloads, malfunction clearances, etc.) and put them in the fight! Students will be trained to anchor and improve these essential skills under set time frames established in six (6) standards that will be shot during the course combining speed and combat accuracy.

This is not a course for the brand new shooter. You must have a good foundation of skills (grip, stance, sighting, trigger operation) and a desire to become more efficient.

This course will show you how to effectively use your handgun for real-world combat in a life-or-death situation. This includes:

  • Fundamentals: grip, trigger control, sight alignment/picture, body position, etc.
  • Ready positions and their use
  • Holster skills
  • Reloading
  • Malfunction clearances

What you will need:

  • A quality defensive handgun (a spare is not a bad idea)
  • A quality duty or concealment holster
  • Three magazines (minimum) with pouches or two speed-loaders (revolver use) with pouches. More magazines if you have a gun that holds less than 10rds (5 mags)
  • Belt designed to support gear
  • 800 rounds minimum
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Billed cap
  • Clothing for weather conditions
  • Water for hydration
  • A folding or camp chair is recommended
  • A concealing garment
  • Good footwear
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