Wallingford Rod and Gun Club

Skeet: no | Trap: yes | 5 Stand: no | Sporting: yes | FITASC: no | Other: yes | Birds: yes
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Located off Interstate 91, Exit 15. Wallingford, Connecticut Take Route 68 East to Durham. Approximatly 2 miles turn right on North Branford Road. If you cross the RR tracks on Rt68 at Tilcon Quarry, you've gone too far. Down North Branford Road, 1 1/2 miles, take second driveway into Club Grounds. Enjoy the view of our Twelve acre stocked Trout Pond, Christmas Tree Farm, 11 station Sporting Clays, Archery Course, Bird Pen, Trap Fields and Club House.

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Club Type: Public/Member
Location: 411 North Branford Road  Wallingford, CT 06492
Phone: (203) 269-9444
Website: http://www.wallingfordrodandgunclub.org/


13 Reviews

  1. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    every comment left on this club is old and lop-sided towards s.clays. not one was made for the game that put Wallingford on the map…trap.
    i visited last sunday and i had a safe, friendly, and enjoyable time. in the last 10 years since the last comment made, a new warm clean and organized clubhouse has been built just for trap. ranges have been upgraded with new cement and the people are very enjoyable to shoot with. visitors pay 6.00 a game. porta-potties are used. old fashion pullers in chairs are the way you get your birds. you shoot on a hillside and the back drop is wooded. I look forward to returning again.

  2. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    A nice, short course for practice. Hopefully they add more shoots as they’ve only one per month scheduled, way down from previous years. They also need to be more cognizant of safety issues (glasses, plugs, muzzle discipline) of the shooters, most of whom aren’t club members.

  3. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    I visited this club for the first time on Sunday, October 24, 2010. I have been a permit holder for pistols for over 20 years, but I never had the chance to shoot trap. I drove to the trap house and introduced myself to the safety officers and range master on duty. I explained to them that I had never shot trap or skeet before. The guys on duty were so helpful and informative. They took the time to answer all my questions, and make sure that I understood all safety precautions and how the range operates.

    During my range time they also shared tips and pointers that were very much appreciated. I played two games and shot more than half both times.

    Thanks for all your help, I had a BLAST!!!
    See you soon, Rob.

  4. Relationship to facility:
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    Apparently this website (claytargetsonline.com) has become the forum for people arguing over issues at the club. This is not a forum for such things. I appreciate your reviews of the club, and if you think a club has safety issues, that is certainly a legitimate part of any review.

    However, we will not have a running discussion of these issues here.

    Please address club management directly if you have safety concerns.

    David Pitts – Webmaster of claytargetsonline.com

  5. Relationship to facility: Member
    Number of visits: I work there

    The Wallingford rod & gun club is not creeping back in to safety violation. The two young boys in question were at the picnic table with eye and ear protection. 50 feet away from their father and 70 feet away from the shooting station platform. The safety official said the over and under shoot gun was open. And all trappers had eye and ear protection on. I WILL NOT RESPOND TO ANY MORE NEGATIVE COMMENT.

    Mike Sporting Clays Chairman

  6. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Just returned home from a shoot here and thought I’d share my opinion. I shoot here often, especially this year as they have addressed many of the safety concerns I had (see other posts). The course changes frequently and they are doing a nice job of maintaining it. The breakfast is a nice throw in.

    Unfortunately, I have noticed some of the safety violations creeping back in as today I witnessed a shooter walking around with his O/U closed, he even spoke with a safety officer who said nothing! I also witnessed two young boys hanging out with their father who was trapping, both had ear protection but only one had eye protection. Another shooter was mounting a closed gun in practice while not in the box. Also noticed a couple of trappers without eye/ear protection. As I wandered the course I noticed other shooters were aware of these violations as well. These are things that the WRGC had addressed with vigor earlier in the year–hope they’re not getting lax!

  7. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Well, I heard from a member with whom I work that many of the safety issues have been address so I decided to go to the first shoot last weekend. They have indeed addressed safety, and implemented many of the ideas listed on this site. Rules are clearly posted around the course, also handed out with score cards and a few members are roaming the course addressing safety issues. A big improvement! Breakfast was still great, too. They have changed the course yet again, and fancied up the shooting areas….nice job! I will gladly return and also would recommend that others try this course out, as long as the safety initiatives remain intact!

  8. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: More than 10

    I have been shooting this course for the past few years and have found it to be getting better each time i attended and the Target’s more challenging as time went on. Mike and his crew have done an outstanding job of refining the grounds and course to be much more user friendly as well as his helpers/Trappers they have been for the most part very friendly and helpful.
    The one main concern i have though is Safety. There have been many occasions when i have noticed persons, Adults as well as children not following proper Safety. For instance, i.e., walking with closed breaches, loading and unloading going in and coming out of box/stand. Failure to clear gun before stepping out of position with muzzle down range. Failure to properly instruct children etc. Anyone of these can spell Disaster and the end of a Great shooting club/course etc. Too many people at one time at one station, B.S.ing. Giving lessons/instruction to new shooters/children etc. Walking the course backwards and causing a cluster Mess at one point or another. These are the issues i feel need addressing especially SAFTEY which is paramount as we all know. I feel that they need to enforce the rule of Safety to all as well as Trappers if they see a Safety issue they need to call it right then and there and not worry about hurt feelings which we can live which opposed to an accident which the club and or shooter can not afford.
    My suggestions is that you Fully verse your Trappers about safety First and when they see a person or person,s acting unsafe to stop them immediately and caution them on the safety violation. If that person or persons fails to heed the warning then they should be asked to leave the course at once and be notified by the club that they are not welcome back. Also to eliminate back-ups at any station is to use Squadding as well as limits to it. Most courses i have shot limit it to (5) man squads. Secondly enforce the rule of one way on the course just like you have one way signs on streets.
    As for signs i would give everyone who attends and shoots the course to be given a preprinted copy of such rules especially safety and post a wooden sign at the first station in large lettering outlining them. As for new shooters weather Adult or children. I would offer free lessons on a Saturday perhaps at just the cost of targets so you will not have people going out completely unaware of what to do and expect once on the course.
    These are just a few of the most important issues i feel need to be addressed and or changed for a much more Safer and user friendly course. I would also suggest a pre registration form which would save a lot of time and congesting at the sign up table day of shoots. Most clubs offer this and it works out very well plus it’s guaranteed money for the club. Just some food for thought. looking forward to a New Season and a safer one.
    If i can be of any Help please feel free to contact me as i am and have been a NRA Certified Instructor for many years and teach all discipline’s, Shotgun, Rifle ,pistol & Personal Protection. I will be happy to assist you in anyway i can.
    Fraternally, Rick E. (NRA LIFE MEMBER)

  9. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Club is nice, people appeared friendly, good breakfast. Now for the course: Some challenging stations, good variety of shots BUT absolutely no adherence to safety rules! Many shooters not wearing eye protection, ear protection, shooters loading before entering shooting zone, guns carried unsafely. Also , many of the trappers had no eye protection and on some stations this is a real problem as the clays fly toward the trapper. Rules are clearly posted but no one is enforcing them, even so two kids (about 9-10) watching their dad shoot and neither had eye or ear protection. Another shooter gave them ear plugs and spoke to their dad. I know that the majority of shooters aren’t club members but the club needs to enforce the safety rules regardless. Until this is addressed I will not return and will not refer anyone to shoot here. Unfortunate because the course has potential.

  10. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Shot here on 12/9, FREE breakfast! Course was decent, some stations harder than others, some stations need a little work. I spoke with a member who stated that they are constantly tweaking the course so that is good. Club members were friendly and helpful. Could use a Port-O-Potty in close proximity to the woods. Overall a pleasant experience, I will return.

  11. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 2-5 Visits

    Updated sporting clays course, now 11 stations and difficulty has increased. Shoots are still $20.00 per round of 50 and this includes a decent breakfast. Each time I’ve been here the club members have been friendly and the shoots seem well organized.

  12. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: 6-10 Visits

    This club has public sporting clays fun shoots once or twice a month from March through December. The course is 50 targets usually on 9 stations. Most of the targets are thrown from manual traps with the level of difficulty on the easy side. Registration starts at 08:30 with an opportunity for a quick breakfast (Egg on a roll, meat, potatos, OJ or coffee for $2.50) and shooting starts at 09:00. Walking is easy except for 1 hill about half-way around. You can easily shoot 2 rounds in 2 hours although the stations get backed up 4-6 deep when you want to get going at 09:00.

  13. Relationship to facility: Visitor
    Number of visits: Once

    Nice small sporting clays setup. Reasonably priced!
    Was able to shoot the course 4X in three hours(50 target course).
    Well organized and lots of fun. Targets were on the easy side.

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