Parker County Today October 2016 - Page 55

A Ron Woods and Dr. George Eichenberg life skills. The PCSC Service Rifle Group (SRG) schedules three CMP sanctioned rifle competitions each year, with marksmen and sharp-shooting ladies traveling hundreds of miles to participate in the events. The Tarleton State University Rifle Team, under the direction of Dr. George Eichenberg, is a traditional ‘force to be reckoned with’ when attending and participating from Stephenville, Texas. Eichenberg is a Professor of Criminal Justice, Coach and Faculty Advisor and sponsor of the Tarleton State University Rifle Team. A former law enforcement officer, Eichenberg is now in his eleventh year of involvement with the Tarleton State University Rifle Team. “I have shot in competitions for a number of years and I saw the opportunity of working closely with students to build interest in the shooting sports to develop safety habits to develop strong leadership. The best part of the team for me is being able to work with the students on a oneto-one basis, teaching them the ideas of leadership, the American tradition of marksmanship, concentration. I PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY kind of ‘herd the cats’ as they say. We normally run about 1,000 to 1,100 members per year,” Woods said. “We are very involved with the Texas 4-H Club, the Civilian Marksmanship Program, (CMP) and very involved with offering individuals young and old to compete in our Service Rifle Group matches, we have eleven per year. We have 11 matches per year, all varying with the exception of what we had today (9-17-16), a sanctioned regional CMP match, where the rules are fairly strict, and the calibers and rifles shot within up to seven divisions.” The PCSC is a proud affiliate club of the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The CMP is a national organization dedicated to training and educating U.S. citizens in responsible uses of firearms and air guns through gun safety training, marksmanship training, and local, regional, and national competitions. The CMP is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) corporation that places its highest priority on serving youth through gun safety and marksmanship activities that encourage personal character growth and OCTOBER 2016 great Texas tradition is turning 60 but it still seems to be the best kept secret in “The Lone Star State.” You can find it just a short drive from Weatherford to Poolville in northwestern Parker County. It’s a place of tranquility for those that love the shooting sports. With the population of Parker County at 121,000, less than one-tenth of a percent of the community are members. The Parker County Sportsman Club, a private, non-profit organization, 501 (c)(7), incorporated in 1956, with four officers and eight directors volunteering for the club, is a place that offers fine rifle, pistol and shotgun ranges, all designed with safety first in mind. Some early members that are still active and have lifetime memberships awarded to them are Joe Pennington and George Mathis. They are veteran, tireless service members The PCSC consists of six shooting ranges for shotgun, pistol, and rifle engagement. A new ‘reactive steel’ pistol Range G is under construction scheduled for a fall 2016 launch. The PCSC offers exceptional rifle, pistol, and shotgun ranges for the member’s enjoyment and their continuous improvement of shooting skills; from beginners’ youth shooting instructions to accomplished firearm collectors, competitors, and seasoned sporting ladies and gentlemen. There is also a clubhouse and activities building. With shooting events and swap meets throughout the year there is always something going on. Ron Woods, part of the management team at PCSC said, “The purpose of Parker County Sportsman Club has been, for 60 years, is to allow citizens to become part of the club, everyone is pretty much a co-owner, an honorary range safety officer, to enjoy the shooting sports for pistols, rifles, shotguns, and also they may invest in a guest badge, of course they are responsible for their guests. “We have an excellent board of directors, officers and a lot of great, great volunteers. I serve as a co-manager along with Henry Harwood, and we coordinate and 53