Mailing Address
Club History
Safety Rules
Club Rules

Scott O'Brien

Vice President
Dave Osborne

Barbara Edwards

Jerry Dudley

Terri Pressley

Maxey Rifleman Gun Club, Inc.
P.O. Box 1091
Paris, TX 75461

The first meeting of the Maxey Rifleman's Black Powder Club was called to order on July 14, 1984 by acting chairman, Larry Jackson who was then elected President. Others elected were: Gary Jack Ingram, Vice President; Nancy Jackson, Secretary; Susan Thompson, Treasurer; and Murray Jackson, Tournament Chairman. There were 23 members as of the first meeting, and by March of 1985, the club's membership had reached 80.

Over time, Black Powder was dropped from the name of the club, and the club was incorporated in November of 2002 as the Maxey Rifleman Gun Club, Inc.

Shooting activities vary over time with the interests of club members. The monthly International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) matches are the most attended. Additionally, the club sponsors the local 4-H Club Shooting Team and conducts Women's Firearms Safety Classes.

As of September 21, 2019 the MRGC has 802 members.

The club's firing range is located 2 miles from Loop 286 on CR 32500 at FM 79 in Paris, Texas.

1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.
2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.
3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.

When using or storing a gun, always follow these NRA rules:

" Know your target and what is beyond.
Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. This means observing your prospective area of fire before you shoot. Never fire in a direction in which there are people or any other potential for mishap. Think first. Shoot second.
" Know how to use the gun safely.
Before handling a gun, learn how it operates. Know its basic parts, how to safely open and close the action and remove any ammunition from the gun or magazine. Remember, a gun's mechanical safety device is never foolproof. Nothing can ever replace safe gun handling.
" Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
Just like other tools, guns need regular maintenance to remain operable. Regular cleaning and proper storage are a part of the gun's general upkeep. If there is any question concerning a gun's ability to function, a knowledgeable gunsmith should look at it.
" Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
Only BBs, pellets, cartridges or shells designed for a particular gun can be fired safely in that gun. Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Ammunition can be identified by information printed on the box and sometimes stamped on the cartridge. Do not shoot the gun unless you know you have the proper ammunition.
" Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
Guns are loud and the noise can cause hearing damage. They can also emit debris and hot gas that could cause eye injury. For these reasons, shooting glasses and hearing protectors should be worn by shooters and spectators.
" Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs before or while shooting.
Alcohol, as well as any other substance likely to impair normal mental or physical bodily functions, must not be used before or while handling or shooting guns.
" Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
Many factors must be considered when deciding where and how to store guns. A person's particular situation will be a major part of the consideration. However, mechanical locking devices, like the mechanical safeties built into guns, can fail and should not be used as a substitute for safe gun handling and the observance of all gun safety rules.

Maxey Rifleman Gun Club Firing Range Rules

1. All Club Officers and Range Safety Officers must be obeyed.
2. Violations of any of these rules may result in termination of club membership.
3. Keep firearm unloaded until ready to shoot. No loaded firearms behind the firing line stations or left unattended (i.e., parking area, racks or benches).
4. THERE IS TO BE NO FIRING WHEN ANYONE IS DOWN RANGE ! Before going down range for any reason, notify all shooters on the firing line by calling a Cease Fire. It is mandatory for all shooters to unload their firearms before anyone goes down range and is considered a courtesy not handle them while anyone is down range.
5. No firing from behind the firing line which is the front edge of the concrete on both the rifle and pistol areas of the firing range.
6. No shooting in front of the firing line stations unless authorized by Match or Event Director.
7. No firing Rifles or Shotguns from the Pistol Range unless authorized by Match or Event Director.
8. Shooting 50 BMG Cal firearms is not allowed on the Maxey Rifleman Gun Club Firing Range.
9. Eye and ear protection are mandatory on the range.
10. Place targets on the backers so that any rounds fired will hit the berm.
11. Shoot in your lane only. Do not fire across the range.
12. Using GLASS as targets is prohibited.
13. No tracers, incendiaries or armor-piercing ammunition are allowed. No explosive or pyrotechnic devices are allowed, i.e., Tannerite.
14. Do not use target boards to test shotgun patterns.
15. Please keep the gate closed and locked at all times. This will be a small inconvenience to everyone but will help keep out all non-members. Also, please do not give out the gate combination to any non-members.
16. All shooters must have a membership card or be accompanied by a club member unless it is a shooting event open to the public.
17. Members are responsible for their guests. All shooters under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult at all times when they are on the firing line.
18. A member's dues cover their spouse and dependents only. Any guest may be invited to the range twice. However, the third time they must pay for their own membership.
19. Clean up your trash before you leave, including shotgun shell hulls and trash targets. Deposit all litter in the provided trash containers.
20. Killing of any animals within club boundaries is not permitted.
21. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed before or during any shooting session.
22. Any organization desiring to lease the range must have the club president's approval 21 days in advance.
23. When you arrive at the range, if your combination does not work, try a vigorous push/pull of the lock which often frees the action. If your combination is plainly wrong, call to get the correct code.