Have you ever wondered what itís like to shoot a bow, rifle, handgun or shotgun? Have you been hesitant because you donít know anyone who owns a firearm whom you could ask? Do you hold back because you feel self-conscious being in front of a crowd?
Twenty-five people stepped outside their comfort zone May 6 to take advantage of the Lillooet Rod and Gun Clubís Introduction to the Shooting Sports event. Under the supervision of experienced shooters, young, old, male and female tried their hand at hitting various targets using different firearms. Judging from the smiles and comments, all participants had a wonderful time. Stephanie Witt was the lucky winner of the door prize, a Propane Campfire.
Throughout the event, the focus was on safety and having fun. Targets for the rifle and handgun events were not only on paper but balloons and metallic silhouettes as well. The trap was set for straightaway clays in order to provide the greatest chance of success for the shot gunners. Many of the participants had such a good time they decided theyíd like to pursue some of these events in the future.
The Rod and Gun Club has designated Wednesday nights for Fun Shoots. Each week a different discipline is featured. Shooting starts at 6 p.m. out at the gun range on Airport Road. You need not be a member to participate as you would be under the supervision of a licensed shooter and members are quite willing to loan firearms for the event. A schedule for each Wednesday until the end of October is posted at the range as well as at Winnerís Edge.
Why shoot? Shooting can be a lifelong fun family activity for all ages, skill levels and physical abilities. Many benefits are derived from acquiring shooting skills:
develops eye-hand co-ordination and fine motor skills
enhances visualization skills
teaches self-discipline and self-control
increases oneís sense of responsibility
provides an opportunity for goal-setting
builds confidence and self-esteem
develops safe handling habits in the use of firearms
Who knows, with the right desire, attitude and work ethic, maybe one of these new shooters will someday represent BC and Canada in international competition. In the meantime, letís have fun.