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DeSoto Rifle & Pistol Club


DeSoto Rifle & Pistol Club, near Como, MS in Panola county, is the MidSouth’s first choice for a safe place to experience the joy of the shooting sports. We are a private members-only range complex with facilities open to members 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. We also offer several training courses, clinics and competitions that are open to the public including IDPA, PRS, USPSA and we host the first A Girl & A Gun chapter in Mississippi.

Please read the information below to learn more about about the facilities available to members. Tours and orientations for prospective or new members occur on Saturday or Sunday only at the times listed below.

DeSoto Rifle & Pistol Club Range General Information

Our facilities, which are the largest in the state of Mississippi, feature the following:

  • A Range Safety Officer (RSO) is on duty Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting) to ensure safe shooting for everyone as well as to answer questions about our facilities. During Daylight Savings weeks, the RSO is typically on site from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Outside of Daylight Savings weeks, the RSO is typically on site from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Please note that new member orientations, including range tours, only occur Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to  2:00 PM so that the RSO can otherwise be attentive to the safety and operational needs of the range facilities.
  • 200 yard rifle range with target positions at 100, 150 and 200 yard distances and approximately 20 firing points. Approximately 2/3 of the firing line is covered, providing optimal shooting conditions in even the harshest of weather.
  • 3 pistol bays are used several days per month for competitions but otherwise are open to the general membership (check the Calendar for the dates and times of these matches). Two bays are approximately 25 yards wide by 25 yards deep while the other is approximately 50 yards wide by 50 yards deep. The current range safety and operation rules detail what sorts of firearms can be used in each pistol bay.
  • 600 yard long distance rifle range is designed to accommodate CMP and NRA rifle matches and has eight target positions. There are raised firing lines at 200, 300 and 600 yards. We are proud to host the Mississippi State Rifle Championships on this range.
  • 5 Stand is a shotgun sport similar to sporting clays, trap and skeet. There are 5 stations, or stands and six to eighteen strategically placed clay target throwers. Shooters shoot in turn at various combinations of clay birds.If you would like to try 5-stand, speak with any RSO on duty who will be happy to help get you started.

We are always working to grow and expand our range complex and its amenities so that our members will have the finest shooting facility possible to exercise their Constitutional rights.

DeSoto Rifle & Pistol Club Board of Directors

Listed below are the current officers serving on the Board of Directors. You can contact the Board by using the Contact page.

Name Board Role End of Term
Will Schmied Chairman  April 2021
Chris Simons Director of Membership  April 2022
Jimmie Neal Director of Activities & Training  April 2022
Robert Gambill Director of Finance  April 2023
Gene Pirani Director of Operations  April 2023
OPEN Director – at – large  April 2023
 

Events

We offer a variety of training and matches, including:

DeSoto Rifle & Pistol Club Coordinators

Listed below are the coordinators for specific disciplines, activities or other tasks.

A Girl & A Gun Coordinator: Chris Schmied

VaRMENT Steel Precision Rifle Coordinator: Chris Simons

IDPA Coordinator: Will Schmied

USPSA Coordinator: David Jackson

Club Steel Plate Coordinator: Donny Summers

Long Distance (F-Class) Coordinator: Robert Gambill

Appleseed Clinics: Ebben Reeves

22LR Precision Rifle Coordinator: Thomas Luttrell

Affiliations

DeSoto Rifle & Pistol Club is affiliated with the following organizations:

The National Rifle Association, #B3225

The Civilian Marksmanship Program, #35016

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, #88956

International Defensive Pistol Association, #C0558

United States Practical Shooting Association, #MS18

The Mississippi State Firearm Owners Association, #C006


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