The Mainville Sportsmen's Club was founded on January 1, 1967. During this time, with no building or land, we held our meetings in the Mainville Fire Hall. Early on, Homer Shuman donated the land for the club, and it wasn't long before we constructed the first benches for shooting. These were three wooden benches setting on top of a diversion ditch with one backstop at 300yds, (we were all great shots back then, YEA).
In the early years, after the clubhouse was built, we held many Dinner/Dances which were like old home days to the community. We held beef shoots, 6" black targets shot off hand at a 100yds, that were well attended (as high as 75- 100 shooters). Since 1968 we have held Hunter Safety courses, the first of these were in the basement of the Lutheran church in Mainville. Then, when we built the present building in either "1971 or 1972" the Hunter Safety courses were held there. The usual attendance at these classes ranged from 50 to as high as 80 future hunters, this is a proud record for our club.
Over the years we have had many people involved in the club and several that were outstanding enough to be mentioned, such as Conrad Eckrote, Marion Newhard, Randall Fritz, "Boob" Shell, Doc Slusser, "Punk" Derr, "Army" Armstrong, last but not least BOB HART of Robert W Hart & Son Inc (and many, many others). These guys were the hub at the start and took the time to give us expert advice in setting up the range. They were instrumental in obtaining our first National Championship as a "rookie" range.
Today, our club is composed of approximately 400 + members plus and we are once again active in expanding the range. We have recently purchased an additional 25 acres for expansion and have completed the construction of six firing lanes for the Cowboy Action shooters. These new lanes allow for permanent scenarios for the members to shoot from, and give us additional safety features that we now have.
Come spend a day with us at any of our activities events and join in to compete or to just have some fun or even to watch to support others in the events. Be sure to bring eye and ear protection along with you because safety always comes first.