History of Unaka Rod & Gun Club

Unaka Rod and Gun Club was originally organized in Johnson City, Tennessee on August 12, 1948. The Gun Club was formed by a group of local World War II veterans who wanted to establish a safe place to enjoy shooting sports. The club has gone through many thousands of members, building projects, enhancements, and leadership. However, today some of the same traditions and spirit of what originally started the club have grown the club membership and made it a great, friendly, and youth-focused club focused on shooting sports.

About Unaka Rod & Gun Club

Unaka Rod and Gun Club, Inc. is designated by the Tennessee Department of State as a Nonprofit Corporation and by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) corporation, which is exempt from income taxes, but donations made to the corporation are not tax deductible to those making the donation.

To use the club's facilities you must have a current annual or lifetime membership, or be family members or guests of those individuals. Guests of members must be accompanied by the member at all times while on club property and the member is responsible for the safety and actions of their guests.

No club members are paid for their service to the club with the exception of reimbursement for funds disbursed in support of club projects or functions. Members who contribute their time and expertise, such as Volunteer Range Safety Officers (RSOs) and club officers and directors may qualify for a complimentary membership for each year they fulfill standard time and/or financial requirements. We make every effort to minimize charges for our members to utilize the club's facilities. Clay targets for the shotgun fields are charged per round of skeet, trap and/or 5-stand.

We provide shooting facilities for a 200 yard rifle range, a 50 yard pistol range, skeet shooting, trap shooting and 5-stand shotgun fields. The club supports junior shooting education and training programs for shotgun sports (skeet, trap and sporting clays) through affiliation with the Scholastic Clays Training Program (SCTP) and a National Rifle Association sponsored junior rifle training program. Unaka Rod and Gun Club is affiliated with the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and the National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA). The club also provides firearms education opportunities in Tennessee Hunter Safety, Tennessee Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit instruction as well as other safety and informational subjects relating to firearms.