GSC Shoots

Dr. Carmine Grieco

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There’s a new club in town –the Pioneer Shooting Club. This school sanctioned organization will offer the opportunity to learn gun safety, different styles of shooting, and competitive training. Faculty Advisors, Dr. Carmine Grieco and Mr. Louis Roy along with club President, Jonathan Massey are hard at work recruiting new members and designing a fun, effective, and most of all, safe club environment. Club members will meet other students with common interests, enjoy the camaraderie of a team, participate in competitions, and travel.

The team will be participating in competitions in and around the state of West Virginia with the International Defensive Pistol Association. While many schools have shooting clubs and teams, the Pioneer Shooting Club will be only the second in the nation to field a collegiate team competing in the IDPA. For now, GSC will compete in action pistol shooting for competition. This as a non-static, scenario based form of competitive shooting. Thinking fast while on the move is the name of the game. However, with time and training, the club will add rimfire (small caliber) competition, trap and skeet shooting, and others to their repertoire.

Dr. Grieco is an IDPA sanctioned safety officer and he, along with Mr. Roy, an NRA certified weapons instructor, will be responsible for safety, care, and use training. During practice access to the club guns will be limited and Dr. Grieco will be directly supervising the one student authorized to be holding a gun at any time. “Training, discipline, safety, safety, and safety are the main tenets of the club,” says Grieco.

The only requirements to join the club are that you be a student currently enrolled at GSC and have never been convicted of a felony. To vote or hold office, you must maintain a 2.0 GPA. Owning your own firearm or having any experience is not necessary. The club fee is $15 per semester and the IDPA fee is $45 per year. Joining IDPA is not necessary to be a part of the club. Fundraisers will also be held to help defray the costs of competition.

While there are many ROTC and law enforcement students interested in competitive portion of the club, the club is open to everyone. And ladies, please don’t think you will be the only female in attendance. There has been a notable increase in the number of women training for self-defense in the nation. Furthermore, faculty and staff are also encouraged to participate in the IDPA competitions along with the students.

If you are the least bit curious about the club, stop by a meeting or visit the club on Facebook at Pioneer Shooting Club. The next meeting will be Thursday, February 20 at 12:30 p.m. and the one following will be Wednesday, February 26 at 4:30 p.m. Both will be held in MCCC 315. The meetings will continue to rotate in the manner to accommodate multiple schedules.

Any questions regarding the team should be directed to Carmine Grieco at or Louis Roy at


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