|Action at the pistol range|
Mr. Touchton said the agency would like to add more ranges. A moving target system would allow more people to use the pistol range. The rifle range is constantly packed with shooters and could easily handle a tripling of stations. He would like to increase the distance of the range as well. The rifle range has flooding issues. He said he would like to clear the site, improve it, and grade the ground.
There have been no shooting accidents at Turcotte. Mr. Touchton said the biggest problem his staff faces is shooters bringing loaded guns to the range. He said "we have to be strict for obvious reasons." Bringing a loaded gun to the range can earn the would-be shooter a quick trip home as the range masters do not play when it comes to enforcing the rules. However, there have been no firearms related injuries at Turcotte. Minors can participate with a parent. Turcotte Range Director Jad Touchton runs this range with the help of five employees. Two range masters are certified NRA and law enforcement instructors. All employees are certified as range officers. They have to qualify annually with weapons and have emergency response training.
Turcotte also offers a variety of classes and shooting programs. MDWFP has a school shooting program. 120 students shot in the state shoot last year. Mr. Touchton said there are no public schools that participate in the school shooting program but that he would "love to change that". Home-schooled students are allowed to participate as well. More information is available at this link.
The shooting classes are popular. Enrollment usually fills up for each class at least a month in advance. A basic handgun class (think handguns for dummies) is available for $17. The instructor provides the guns and ammo. They fire 25 rounds. The enhanced carry permit class is $107. Participants bring their own guns and ammo. There are 15 slots per class. They start at 9:00 AM and finish by 5:00 PM. An advanced handgun course is offered for $200 as well.
Thursday & Friday: Noon - 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Annual Resident Range Permit - $42.29 (ages 16-64)
Annual Senior Range Permit - $22.29 (ages 65 and above)
Annual Non-Resident Range Permit - $84.29
Per hour if not purchasing an annual range permit: $5.50
$25 a person, $5.50 per hour, 25 cents a bird
From Madison County: Drive up the Natchez Trace. Get off at Hwy 43 exit and drive towards the Rez. A big brown sign will appear right before you begin crossing the lake. Follow the directions.
From Rankin County: Go to Highway 43, drive past Tommy's Trading Post and cross the lake. It will be immediately on your right once you cross over the Rez.