The Hancock County Gun Club was formed in 1950. It is located just north of Carthage on Rt. 94. We have an indoor pistol and small caliber rifle range, two trap houses, and a 300 yard outdoor range with target placements at 25, 50, 100, 200 and 300 yards. Archers are welcome, but you have to bring your own targets.
If you are new to guns and shooting please read our new shooter page and come to a shoot, even if you don't have a gun and want to watch. All we ask is you bring some ear and eye protection. Clear glasses and foam earplugs are fine.
Several different shooting events are held throughout the year and are open to the public. The most popular are the Winter Pistol League, Summer Trap League, Spring and Fall .22 Rifle Leagues. That last one is especially popular with the kids. Speaking of the kids, the club also hosts a once-a-month session to teach youth 7-17 years old how to shoot and do it sure and safe. The training occurs at 1:00pm on the second Saturday or each month. In order to reserve your spot fill out our online form. Mom and Dad, if you are wanting to learn, too, stop in and we'll see what we can do for you.
The Annual General Meeting takes place the 3rd Wednesday of March. It’s a pot luck dinner where families are welcome, and you never know what game food might be available to try. As a member you may bring family or friends to shoot with you. Guests must always be accompanied by a host member. Members also enjoy a discount when shooting at public events. Guests pay the nonmember rate. Member dues are $50 per year, seniors $35 and disabled veterans $25. Disabled veterans must provide proof of the disability.
The affiliated with the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the CMP. By being a CMP club, members can purchase surplus military guns and ammunition and other shooting supplies, books and clothing from the CMP. To purchase a gun or ammunition, participation in a shoot of more than 50 shots with a demonstration of safe gun handling is required. Any of our leagues and our Military Rifle Shoot qualifies.
A growing successful program is our sponsoring of the Illini West Chargers Trap Team, The Bird Busters, under the Scholastic Shooting Trap Program, (Formerly the Scholastic Clays Target Program). The team is now going into its fifth year of teaching Trap to students and producing winning shooters for competitions.
Our mission is encouraging the safe handling of firearms, having fun shooting and teaching others to know the fun sport of shooting.