About the Mohave Sportsman Club
The Mohave Sportsman Club was formed to provide safe place for Mohave County residents to shoot. The Club was founded in 1936. Several ranges have been used in the Kingman area over the years. Movement of the range activities has been dictated by the encroachment of residential developments.
In 1969, the Mohave Sportsman Club and the Arizona Game and Fish Commission began to look for an alternative site which would serve Mohave County Residents well into the future the present range site, consisting of approximately 717 acres on the Oatman Road, west of Kingman, was chosen. This land was purchased by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission under Recreational and Public Purposes Agreement from the Bureau of Land Management. The property was then leased to the Mohave Sportsman Club for the purpose of providing a shooting range facility.
The Mohave County Board of Supervisors agreed to make County equipment available in the construction of the range, and to provide road maintenance. Mohave County provided the surveyors and equipment to do the initial range construction of the rifle, pistol and trap ranges over a period of approximately 10 years. Club personnel provided most of the labor of construction. The County continued to provide road maintenance until 1984. Arizona Game and Fish Commission provided funds for range development (city water line) in the form of matching fund grants.
The Mohave Sportsman Club has continued to develop the range by constructing a trap range with restrooms, a clubhouse with restrooms, rifle and pistol ranges, the 1,000 yard rifle range, septic tank and water facilities at the caretakers’ lot and a new rifle range cover. The Ford Motor Co. constructed the 1,000 yard range and the City of Kingman provided part of the funds for the new rifle range cover. Electric power is available to all of the range facilities.
Purposes and Objectives
The purposes and objectives of the MSC are:
1) To promote fishing, shooting, marksmanship and good sportsmanship, and to such end the MSC may: establish, operate and maintain shotgun, rifle and pistol shooting grounds and ranges, archery grounds and ranges and all types of gun and fishing sports, including the right and privilege of holding all manner and kinds of shooting contests.
2) To promote hunter safety, and to promote and defend hunting as a shooting sport and as a viable and necessary method of fostering the propagation, growth, conservation, and wise use of our renewable wildlife resources.
3). To promote and defend the right of American citizens to acquire, possess, transport, carry, transfer ownership of, and enjoy the right to use arms, in order that the people may always be in position to exercise their legitimate individual rights of self-preservation and defense of family, person, and property as guaranteed the Second Amendment the Constitution of the United States.
MSC Range Policies
Gross, unsportsmanlike or threatening behavior toward any other person will not be tolerated. Any person engaging in such behavior will be disqualified from the match and is subject to being ordered from the range and may also being subject to legal action.
Basic safety rules are posted at the rifle/pistol and trap ranges. Written safety rules are presented herein and an information sheet for new members is available to all members.
The range is open to hunter education classes which are conducted by volunteer instructors approved by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Classes for Concealed Carry Weapons permits are also held at the range. These classes are not sponsored by the MSC, but are conducted by independent instructor.
The MSC offers rental target stands and sells targets at the rifle/pistol range house.
The MSC does not conduct any business other than operation of the Seven Mile Hill Shooting Range.
MSC is Non-profit Cooperation
The Mohave Sportsman Club is registered in Arizona as a non-profit corporation under Arizona Corporation Department regulations.
The Mohave Sportsman Club is a affiliate of the National Rifle Association. It is the intention of the MSC maintain such affiliation with the NRA.
The Club bylaws defining the operating procedures, guidelines, policies, duties of club officers and non-member and member fee schedules are available to club members.
It is the policy that the range facilities shall be made available to members and non-members alike on a reasonable basis. The range is open in the summer from 7am until 7pm and in the winter from 8am until 6pm daily. Current range hours are posted at the entrance gate to the range.
Range Services Offered
The Mohave Sportsman Club offers covered pistol ranges to 200 yards, covered rifle ranges to 200 yards, an archery range, a trap range, a 500 Meter range and a 1,000-yard rifle range. Practical pistol, Cowboy Action, 1000-Yard, 500 Meter, Bullseye, trap shoots, USPSA, archery and ATA matches are held regularly. A nominal range use fee is charged match participants.
City water and electric power and flush toilets are available at the rifle/pistol range house, the club house and the trap range.
No guns or ammunition are sold at the range.
Eligibility for Membership
The following is extracted from the Bylaws of the Mohave Sportsman Club defining eligibility for club membership.
“Any citizen of the United States may become a member of the MSC after signing an application blank in the form prescribed by the Board of Directors of the MSC and upon paying of dues provided for in the bylaws set forth by the National Rifle Association (with which the MSC is affiliated)and who shall further promise to obey the game and fish laws of the State of Arizona and of the United States, and to assist in their enforcement, and to give active aid in the perpetuation and increase of the wildlife of the State and after subscribing to the following pledge:”
“I certify that I am a citizen of the United States of America and that I am not a member of any organization or group which has as any part of its program the attempt to overthrow the Government of the United States or any of its political subdivisions by force or violence; that I have never been convicted of a crime of violence, and if admitted to membership I will faithfully endeavor to fulfill the obligations of good sportsmanship and good citizenship.”
Location of Range
The Seven-Mile Hill Shooting Range is located SW of Kingman, approx. 2.8 miles west of Exit 44 of Interstate I-40 at 3275 W. Oatman Road.