Join VRPC!

pistol-copyThere are many great reasons to join VRPC. In addition to cost savings (club members do not pay the gate fee and get a discount on clay targets), we’re a fun group and we welcome everyone – including beginners. We learn from each other and we have a good time together.

Membership applications are accepted at each monthly meeting, the first Thursday of the month. Simply show up at the VRPC clubhouse between 7:00 & 7:15 p.m. If the gate is locked just hang tight, someone will be there shortly to let you in. Your application will be voted on, you’ll fill out the necessary paperwork and submit the appropriate fees.

Annual dues are $96 per year. We operate on a July – June fiscal year and dues are prorated accordingly. There is also a one-time $25 initiation fee. And since we are an NRA affiliated club, current NRA membership is required, so bring your membership card, or you can join the NRA at the same time you join the club if not already a member.

A range orientation is required and will be given during this first meeting. A gate orientation will be scheduled soon after, and upon completion you will be issued a key-card for gate access.

longrangeVRPC History

John Sevier Range, the club’s current location, has a significant amount of American history associated with it. In 1879, the military began using this property as a rifle range and it was deeded to the U.S. government in 1907.

The range was used during the Spanish-American War for firearms training and as a prisoner of war camp during WWI. As military training continued at this location and the need for extended stays were frequent, it was formally referred to as “Camp John Sevier.”

The Tennessee Army National Guard operated and maintained a hunter education/firing range facility for public use. The property was annexed by the city of Knoxville on August 15, 2000 and zoned as A-1 General Agricultural. Today the range is managed by the TWRA.

The range consists of 123.1 acres entirely fenced. In addition to the VRPC, Smokey Mountain Archers has an actively chartered club with separate indoor/outdoor ranges and established shooting.