Jim McNichlous and his nephew, Bill Taff, found 67 acres in Newton County (the original owner was Mr. Chester King). A corporation was formed by approximately 20 members and each member was asked to purchase stock in the corporation. Mr. T.E. Robinson from Jackson, Georgia financed the loan, which was paid off in September, 1975.
In 1968, the Club built the first shooting range, a 25 firing point bulls eye range with turning targets. Two skeet fields were also built this year. In 1969, two more skeet fields were added, and in October, 1969, the first registered skeet match was held. In 1971, a 300 rifle range and the fifth skeet field was added. The Clubhouse was built in 1971. This project was a joint venture of Club Members. Some members furnished materials and others furnished the elbow grease necessary to build it.
In 1972, the first trap field was added. In 1975, the combat pistol range (now a parking lot!) was added and eight more trap fields were built. The addition of the trap fields made it possible for the Club to host the Southern Zone ATA Trap shoot. At the time, Gate City was the only existing club in Georgia with nine fields. In 1977, the Club felt the need to hire a resident manager, purchased a house trailer and hired a full time manager.
In 1986, Mr. L.L. Evans, Jr., owner of Evans Tool & Die, Inc. of Conyers, Georgia (the present owners) bought the club from the stockholders of Gate City and renamed it to South River Gun Club. At the present time, South River Gun Club has broken all previous membership records with a membership list of over 900 members.
(Note: This material was reprinted from a document titled “The History of Gate City Gun Club, June 1984, Author Unknown; webmaster’s comments and additions appear throughout the article.)