Fifty Caliber Shooters Association

  • 1985 established in 1985 by a small group of dedicated individuals who set for themselves the mission to advance the sporting use of the .50 BMG Cartridge.
  •  FCSA is a non-profit organization
  • Registered in Tennessee and Utah
  • primary sport is 1000 yard shooting competition
  • mission to advance the art of extreme long-range accuracy with the fifty caliber rifle
  • 2009 NRA club of the year

FCSA has a sister organization, the Fifty Caliber Institute (FCI), whose role is education, media representation and political advocacy on behalf of .50 caliber owners and manufacturers.

Fifty Caliber Shooters Association (FCSA)
P.O. Box 1601 Theodore
AL 36590



 founded in 1982

  • 1982 founded by Ronnie G. Barrett in Christiana, Tennessee
  • 1982 M82
  • February 26, 2016, Tennessee named the Barrett M82 the official rifle of the State of Tennessee

Barrett Headquarters
P.O. Box 1077
Murfreesboro, TN 37133



Beretta USA

Since 1526
1977 Beretta USA was established

  • a tradition that has carried over, uninterrupted, through fifteen generations of Berettas
  • they bought FI Industries, inc
  • 1977 Beretta USA was established
    – Accokeek, Maryland
    – 115,000 square feet
  • Jan 1980 made small caliber pistols
  • May 2002 contract for US Air Force
    – 18,744 pistols (92 series)
  • September 2007  contract to  US Army and the US Air Force
    – 10,576 pistols (series 92)
  •  January, 2009 largest US military handgun contract since World War II
    – supply 450,000 model 92FS pistols
  • September 2012  US Army contract
    – 100,000 92FS pistols
  • 2017 New facility in Gallatin, Tennessee
    – 160,000 square feet
    – 100 acre

Beretta USA Corp.
Service Department
17601 Beretta Drive
Accokeek, Maryland 20607

Tiffany Johnson

  • Practicing attorney and legal research consultant.
  • Blogger – http://frontsightpress.com/
  • Handgun instructor credentials from the State of Tennessee
  • Handgun instructor credentials from the State of Mississippi
  • Handgun Instructor National Rifle Association
  • Handgun instructor Rangemaster (Advanced Instructor Certification)

Dixie Gun Works

founded in 1954
Union City, Tennessee

largest supplier of blackpowder shooting equipment, parts and antique guns in the world


  • 1931 Turner E. Kirkland began collecting guns
    – paid seventy five cents for a “dug up” 1849 Colt Pocket pistol
  • 1938 By the time Turner entered college he owned about one hundred guns
  • World War II two years in the Pacific
  • 1948 small ad in Muzzle Blasts magazine
  • Friday, April 10, 1954 arrived home from one of my jewelry selling trips to find that nearly all the guns and parts I had advertised had been sold
    – realized I just might be able to make a living at what had been a hobby
  • Dixie Gun Works started
  • 1954 Dixie Gun Works Catalog
    – 700 plus page publication
    – illustrates more than 10,000 items
  • 1955 Dixie Kentucky Rifle first production made muzzleloading rifle
  • 1955  purchased a 4000 square foot building
  • 1960 built a 12,000 square foot building
  • 1968 moved to its current location 30,000 square foot
  • 1974 added on 46,000 square feet
  • 1978 Dixie Gun Works Blackpowder Annual
    – 75,000 sent out
  • Dixie Gun Works Old Car Museum
    – 1850’s period log cabin gun shop
  • July 26, 1997 Turner Kirkland died (77)

Dixie Gun Works
1412 W Reelfoot Ave
Union City, Tennessee 38261

731 885 0440


Ida B. Wells

July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931

  • Investigative journalist, educator
  • Early leader in the civil rights movement
  • co- founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Born in Mississippi
  • moved to Memphis, Tennessee
  • moved to Chicago, Illinois

“A Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give.” – 1882

Joe Meigs

1840 – 1907

  • 1840 Joe Vincent Meigs born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • patented a breech loading firearm
  • patented a metal cartridge with an improved firing chamber
  • 1869 appointed Meigs agent of the U.S. Cartridge Company
  • invented a single-rail elevated railway system

Mary Fields

1832 – Dec 5, 1914

“Stagecoach Mary”

  • Born a slave in Tennessee
  • 1865 – freed when slavery was outlawed
  • 1870 – Worked on the steamboat Robert E. Lee 
  • 1884 – moved to Montana
  • 1885 – first African American woman to become a U.S. postal service Star Route mail carrier
  • 1885 – 1889 – 1st Star Route
  • 1889 – 1893 – 2nd Star Route
  • 1894 – opened a restaurant in Cascade, MT Fields would serve food to anyone, whether they could pay or not (closed in 10 months)
  • 1895 – at 60+ years old, Fields was hired as a mail carrier
    This made her the second woman &
    first African American woman to work for the U.S. Postal Service
    At 60 yrs old, she was the fastest applicant to hitch a team of six horses
    If the snow was too deep for her horses, Fields delivered the mail in snowshoes
  • hard-drinking, quick-shooting mail carrier sported two guns
    fended off an angry pack of wolves with her rifle
  • 1910 – When the local motel was sold, a stipulation to the transaction was that all meals for Mary Fields would be offered free of charge for the rest of her life
  • 1912 – her laundry business and her home burned down, the townspeople gathered and built her a new home.
  • 1914 – her funeral was one of the largest the town had ever seen
  • 1959 – actor Gary Cooper met Fields when he was a child, and wrote an account of his memories of her in Ebony magazine
  • 2015-2016 – AMC series, “Hell On Wheels”, featured in 5 episodes, Fields is played by Amber Chardae Robinson

“She drinks whiskey, and she swears, and she is a republican, which makes her a low, foul creature.”

schoolgirl’s essay writing about “Stagecoach Mary”

“Born a slave somewhere in Tennessee, Mary lived to become one of the freest souls ever to draw a breath, or a .38.”

Montana native Gary Cooper