MCC Foundation Hosts Fourth Annual Shooting Clay Tournament

Community Events Foundation Gunsmithing Students

Ten teams comprised of 40 shooters headed down to Ellerbe on a gorgeous fall day for the MCC Foundation’s fourth annual Shooting Clay Tournament. DeWitt’s Outdoor Sports hosted the competition which featured 14 shooting stations with two shooting boxes at each station. The course, over a mile long, winds through wooded areas, fields and duck pond habitats. The annual contest also offers a flurry shoot, where all team members aim at clays released simultaneously from DeWitt’s state-of-the-art automated traps.

Members of Mac Watson’s team prepare for the flurry shoot.

“This event is one of our favorites,” explains Korrie Ervin, MCC’s director of Resource Development. “The weather is always spectacular, and after missing last year’s event due to COVID restrictions, it was so wonderful to reconnect with the companies and employees who support the College.”

First place honors belong to the Culp Lumber Company team from New London. Finishing second were the gentlemen from the D.R. Reynolds Company in Star.

In addition to the 40 shooting participants, over 20 of MCC’s gunsmithing students and faculty were in attendance as range guides and volunteers.

The annual event typically raises in excess of $3,000 with proceeds being split between the MCC Foundation the Gunsmithing Club to support their attendance at the annual SHOT Show. Plans are already underway for next year’s early November event.

MCC’s Gunsmithing Program has dramatically expanded and improved its facilities, equipment, and courses to meet national student demand. These changes have made it possible to train significantly more students and further improve the quality of the training. While there was once a wait list as long as three years, MCC Gunsmithing is now accepting applications for the spring 2022 semester.