Pine Tree Pistol Club readies for February shooting events

Local shooting sports club offers safe, enjoyable environment for area enthusiasts

In 1954, a not-for-profit corporation was established to serve shooting sports enthusiast with a safe, enjoyable environment to share with other enthusiasts.

Rockford’s Pine Tree Pistol Club (PTPC) is an organization involving people who share the same interests in shooting sports and the lawful ownership and use of firearms.

The organization’s building and activities are maintained by the members and are managed by member-elected officers and directors.

The club’s current executive committee includes Steven Stanislaus, president; Kip Jacobs, vice president; Bob Peterson, treasurer; Jeff Fischer, secretary; Bill Strong, membership; Greg Adrian, training; Doug Swanson, building; Jim Beck, SOC; Shaun Kranish, editor; and Donna Bunton, gun show.

According to the group’s Web site, the committee’s commitment states “the encouragement of organized pistol shooting among members of Pine Tree Pistol Club, with a view toward a better knowledge of the safe handling and proper care of firearms on the part of these citizens, as well as improved marksmanship. It shall be our further objective and purpose to forward the development of those characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance. …”

The facility contains three heated and well-ventilated ranges. The first range has six firing points, 25 yards in length. The second range has 12 firing points 50 feet in length, and the third range is 25 yards in length and has no fixed firing points. The third range is available for law-enforcement and holster-qualified use only. The facility also has a full kitchen and a meeting/class room.

PTPC is open for the members’ convenience. There are no set hours at the club, and certain ranges may be closed due to an organized shooting event.

Full-time members receive a key allowing them to use the facility when they have the time.

“Members have full access,” said Rich Grant, former president and member. “They can come in at 3 a.m. if they like.”

The club offers a bull’s-eye league that meets every Tuesday night through April, a junior bull’s-eye league every Tuesday night through March, an International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) league night where members shoot three courses of fire for practice, IPSC matches in various divisions, two-day IPSC match known as the WIIT, international practical shooting confederation, understanding bull’s-eye pistol shooting, a gun show and a junior rifle club.

Pine Tree Pistol Club offers the Basic Pistol Safety Course, which must be taken before any person may participate at the facility. Each passing student will receive a diploma documenting his or her participation.

Once the course is completed, the applicant can apply to become a member of the club and accept the full benefits of being a full-time member.

Membership requirements for Pine Tree Pistol Club include the following: a valid FOID card, if Illinois resident; successful completion of a Basic Pistol Safety Course; current NRA member; voted in by membership; and a completion of two hours service minimum at the club. Membership costs vary.

There will be an IPSC Match from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Pine Tree Pistol Club, 5454 S. 11th St. This match is a classifier match with four classifier stages.

The actual IPSC tournament is scheduled for the first week in February and has a highly anticipated participation level.

“It’s open for 72 shooters,” said Grant. “We usually have 30 on staff and a waiting list.”

Pine Tree Pistol Club is fully handicapped accessible and smoke-free. For more information about membership or club activities, call 815/847-7399 or visit

From the Jan. 4-10, 2006, issue

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