Basic Pistol and Personal Protection
Courses For Ladies Only

Big Pine Gun Club is offering courses, and NRA certifications, in NRA Basic Pistol and NRA Personal Protection in the Home. This offering in January and February, 2020, will be for ladies only.

NRA Basic Pistol is designed as an entry level program, recommended for anyone who wishes to gain familiarity with handguns of all types. The course is not a prerequisite for the Personal Protection offering, but those lacking familiarity with handguns - or firearms in general - would be well-advised to take the Pistol course first. The Pistol course involves both classroom and range sessions.
Topics covered include:

Essential gun safety rules
Different types of pistols and which one is best for you
The basics of ammunition
The fundamentals of pistol shooting
Different shooting positions
The most common shooting errors
Proper gun cleaning and maintenance
How to maintain your skills

The course will be taught by NRA-certified instructors over four evening sessions. Dates are January 6, 9, 20, 23 2020. Start time is 6 PM each session. Expected session duration is 2.5 hours. Enrollees must be law-abiding citizens, and at least 18 years of age.

NRA Personal Protection in the Home is a more advanced program. It remains a prerequisite for anyone seeking to obtain a Maine Concealed Carry Permit. The Personal Protection course involves both classroom and range sessions. This course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and provides information on the law-abiding individual's right to self-defense. Those enrolling in this course are expected to be able to demonstrate mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm. Satisfactory completion of the NRA Basic Pistol course, though not required, fulfills those criteria. The NRA Personal Protection Course will be taught by NRA-certified instructors, and by a Piscataquis County Law Enforcement Officer. It will be held over four evening sessions. Dates are February 3, 6, 24, 27 2020. Start time is 6 PM each session. Expected session duration is 2.5 hours. Enrollees must be law-abiding citizens, and at least 21 years of age.

Pre-registration is required because class size will be limited to 20. The instructors need to pre-order instructional materials. The fee is $60 per course ($120/both courses). To register please send checks to Big Pine Gun Club, PO Box 6, Guilford, ME 04443. Registration deadline is January 6, 2020. Please make checks payable to Big Pine Gun Club. Please let us know which course(s) you wish to attend. Questions: please contact Rob Cody at
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Located in the beautiful mountains of west central Maine.
Big Pine Gun Club is home to all of your family shooting activities !
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,
the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Second amendment to the Constitution of the United States Of America.
"Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned." Maine State Constitution, Article 1, Section 16.

The Article Below is from The Gazette, October 5, 1978

Photo From The Gazette, October 5, 1978

Officers of the Big Pine Gun Club of Abbot, are, from Left,
President, Dave Armstrong
Vice-President, Bob Stewart
Secretary & Treasurer, Ted Brigham
Executive & Range Officer, Mac Hayes
Gun Club Formed

By Diana Bowley

ABBOT - The Big Pine Gun Club was formed following a challenge for a friendly duel between two Abbot men, Jack Leemen and Everett "Wink" Weymouth. The challenge was heard over CB radio and Guilford boys Mac Drummond and Rodney "Squeek" Edgerly presented themselves to the challenge also.

Since that time, the Big Pine Gun Club has an active membership of approximately 50 people. The Club is unique in that it caters to almost every aspect of shooting and is the only active gun club in Piscataquis County. There is a trap range, 20-50 pistol range, out to 100 yard rifle range, running deer shoot and a black powder range. The meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at the Guilford Fire Station at 7:30, but the range is located in Jack Clark's gravel pit in Abbot.

The present officers of the club are: Dave Armstrong, president: Bob Stewart, vice president; Ted Brigham, secretary - treasurer: and Mac Hayes, executive and range officer. Steve Hall is the instructor.

The club is affiliated with the National Rifle Association and some of the members just recently completed a Hunters Safety Course at the Guilford Fire Hall. The club also works in conjunction with the Sebec Lake Fish and Game Association.

Since its beginning, the Gun Club has run shooting events, held a sighting-in day, September 24, and featured a turkey shoot with trophies as prizes on October 1.

"The club is a good thing for this area in that it gives people a chance to sight their guns in and is a chance to meet with other people," remarked Armstrong. He also stated that anyone wishing to join may pick up an application from any Executive Officer and fill it out. Members vote prospectives in.

Incidentally, the Guilford boys won the challenge.

The Club Still Meets on the First Tuesday of the Month at 7:30 p.m.,
But, they now meet at the Club House.

Please see the Directions below for information on how to get to the Club House.

Directions To the Big Pine Gun Club :
Located 6.4 miles from Guilford, Me.
Take route 150 North,
look for our entrance sign
and the Sanborn Range building
located on your left.
GPS Coordinates :
N 45 degrees 14.902' Latitude,
W 69 degrees 25. 461' Longitude.
Physical address:
Big Pine Rd.
Willamantic, Maine
Mailing Address:
Big Pine Gun Club Inc.
P.O. Box 6
Guilford, Maine. 04443

club house


50 Foot Indoor, 9 Station, Pistol Shooting Range.

100 Foot, 6 Station, Youth, Outdoor, .22 Rifle Range.
Please, Only use the following Rimfire Calibers,
.22, .22 Long, or .22 Long Rifle

.22 Mag. OR 22-250 at this Range.
Thank You !

100 Yard, 5 Station, Outdoor Rifle and Pistol Range.

400 Yard, 8 Station, Outdoor Rifle and Pistol Range.

Outdoor Action Pistol Range.

Outdoor Cowboy Action Shooting Range.


Automated Skeet, Trap and 8 Stand Sporting Clays, 7 Traps.
Range is generally open Tuesday Evening, 5:00 p.m.
and Sunday mornings, 9:00 a.m., for Shotgun Shooting.

Club Membership dues are $75.00 per year.
This includes You, Your Spouse, and Your Dependents.

PRESIDENT: Steve Hartford 876-3777
VICE PRESIDENT: Mike McEwen 924-3464
TREASURER: John Armstrong 876-3507
SECRETARY: Rick Pellerin 876-4928
INSTRUCTOR: Rob Cody 564-2853


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