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Spokane Junior Rifle Team sets open house for new shooters

SHOOTING – The Spokane Junior Rifle Team, which has produced several world-class shooters since it was founded nearly 50 years ago, will hold an open house for prospective members on Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Spokane Rifle Club’s indoor range along the Spokane River.

 “Many Spokane kids have attended college on NCAA shooting scholarships and several have gone to regional, national and international competitions, including the Olympic Games,” said coach Michael Furrer.

He should know. His daughter, Amanda Furrer, shot her way from the Spokane junior team to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Boys and girls age 10-18 interested in marksmanship as a sport or hobby are invited to the informal introduction, he said.

Info: spokanerifleclub.com.

Spokane Olympian gets to the roots of good shooting

SHOOTING — Amanda Furrer, 23, flew into town this week to be with family and celebrate her silver medal from last weekend — a performance that won her a berth on the U.S.Women's World Championship Shooting Team.

Furrer's dad, Michael, who still coaches the Spokane Junior Rifle Team where Amanda got her start, snapped this photo of Amanda giving her niece and nephews a few pointers with the ol' Daisy BB gun in the family's back yard.

I'll bet that Michael has taken the little kids over to the garage in the background to show them the two dimples in the door where Amanda missed the target and backstop by two feet with her first two shots with a pellet gun when she was their age.

I'm also betting that Michael Furrer NEVER repairs those dents.

Spokane’s Furrer shoots way to world stage, again

SHOOTING — Amanda Furrer, a product of the Spokane Junior Rifle Team who shot her way to the 2012 London Olympics, continues to be on the world stage.

On Saturday, Furrer, 23, won a silver medal in the U.S. Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia, to claim a coveted slot on the 2014 U.S. World Championships Women's Three Position Rifle Team.

"It was a big try out for us," she said. "The medalists are the only ones that qualified for the world team. I shot well enough that I didn’t even need to shoot the last final to make the team."

In her sights now is the International Shooting Sports Federation World Championships in Grenada, Spain, Sept. 6-10.  

But first she'll represent the United States in the World Cup matches in Germany June 4-12 and in Slovenia June 13-21 followed by the Grand Prix in Spain July 11-21, and the Championships of the Americas in Mexico Oct. 11-20.

Furrer will compete in Women’s three position rifle which is comprised of Prone 20 shots, Kneeling 20 shots and standing 20 shots. All three positions are fired at 50 meters. 

Furrer began her shooting career at the Spokane Junior Rifle Club and graduated in the Mead High School class of 2009. She won a shooting scholarship at Ohio State University where she trained before winning her 2012 U.S. Olympic Team berth.

Furrer: Olympic Size Dream In Sight

For Amanda Furrer the dream started small. “I just wanted to win a medal,” she said. And she did. In 2007, she won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games. But that win only whetted her appetite for more and her dreams are now Olympic-size.Furrer, 21, is a member of the U.S. Shooting Team and will compete in the Olympics in London in August. … Furrer may have missed some social functions in high school, but she didn’t sacrifice her femininity. The self-described girly-girl said, “I love wearing glitter, high heels and make-up and I love shopping”/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (Colin Mulvany SR photo)

Question: For female readers: Are you a girly-girl or a tomboy? For male readers: Which type of woman are you attracted to?