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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.

Long-range shooting events at Rock Lake range

SHOOTING — Long-range shooting enthusiasts continue to test their skills in a four-event series at the new Rock Lake Rifle Range, 2356 Glorfield Rd., St. John, Washington

A the next shoot in the series is set for Saturday, July 26. Check in 7:30-8 a.m.

The Northwest Precision Steel Series Challenge has divisions for tactical and hunting class shooters, says organizer Doug Glorfield.

Tactical competitors will engage targets at distances of 175-1,250 yards in seven stations.  Hunting and youth shooters will do five stations at 150-600 yards.

Shooters will compete for cash prizes on Saturday and in the other series shoots set for June 28, July 26 and Aug. 30. 

"My dad and I built the range last year, Rock Lake Rifle Range LLC," he said, noting that the site is west of the south end of  Rock Lake. "We built it to host long-range rifle shoots to bang away at steel."

Info: (509) 939-7855.

Long-range shooting events at new Rock Lake range

SHOOTING — Long-range shooting enthusiasts can push away from the reloading table and test their skills in a four-event series that start Saturday, May 31, at the new Rock Lake Rifle Range, 2356 Glorfield Rd., St. John, Washington

A Fun Shoot to introduce others to the range will be held on Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The Northwest Precision Steel Series Challenge has divisions for tactical and hunting class shooters, says organizer Doug Glorfield.

Tactical competitors will engage targets at distances of 175-1,250 yards in seven stations.  Hunting and youth shooters will do five stations at 150-600 yards.

Shooters will compete for cash prizes on Saturday and in the other series shoots set for June 28, July 26 and Aug. 30. 

"My dad and I built the range last year, Rock Lake Rifle Range LLC," he said, noting that the site is west of the south end of  Rock Lake. "We built it to host long-range rifle shoots to bang away at steel."

Info: (509) 939-7855.

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.

High-tech shooting target revives old thrill of plinking cans

 

 

SHOOTING — This is a great idea, at least in the minds of those of us who honed our early shooting skills by plinking tin cans.

LaserLyte®, a company specializing firearms laser technologies, has released an entertaining Laser-Plinking-Can. When hit with a laser from any of the LaserLyte® training cartridges or other laser trainer tools, the cans react by jumping up and falling over just as a real can would.

This reaction is all powered by a 9-volt battery and a spring loaded plunger released by a solenoid. To reset the cans, simply stand them up and depress the plunger. The battery will last for about 8,000 shots.

The Laser Plinking Can Set provides hours of training and entertainment indoors or outdoors without the cost of ammunition, need for a special range — or the clean-up of cans after the session! 

Spokane Junior Rifle Team sets open house for new shooters

SHOOTING – The Spokane Junior Rifle Team, which has produced several Olympic team shooters over the years — including Amanda Furrer in the 2012 London Games — is having an open house for youths interested in the shooting program, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Spokane Rifle Club, 6411 Aubrey L. White Parkway at the end of Rifle Club Road. 
 
Coach Mike Furrer has helped develop an air rifle program to introduce youths to competitive marksmanship. 
 
Info: (208) 819-6904, email newfgoof@gmail.com.

Marksmanship clinics offered at Fernan Gun Club

SHOOTING- Another in a series of rifle marksmanship clinics is being offered at the Fernan Gun Club this weekend, Sept. 8-9.

The clinics are sponsored by the Revolutionary War Veteran's Association's Project Appleseed, which involves shooting instruction along with history about the impact of marksmanship in the American Revolution.

The clinics teach three rifleman shooting positions, use of the sling, six steps to firing, natural point of aim, how to zero your rifle using inches/minutes/clicks, and more.

The project also is designed to promote civic involvement.

Preregister: (208) 819-0866 or email ID@appleseedinfo.org.

Organizers say participants also will hear stories of the American Revolution surrounding the events of April 19, 1775, when marksmanship met history and American Heritage was born.

Appleseed Project sets marksmanship clinic at Fernan Gun Club

SHOOTING – Another in a series of rifle marksmanship clinics is being offered at the Fernan Gun Club on July 14-15.

The clinics are sponsored by the Revolutionary War Veteran's Association’s Project Appleseed, which involves shooting instruction along with history about the impact of marksmanship in the American Revolution.

The clinic teachdes three rifleman shooting positions, use of the sling, six steps to firing the shot, natural point of aim, how to zero your rifle using inches/minutes/clicks, and more.

The project also is designed to promotes civic involvement.

Cost for the two-day clinic: Men $70, women $10,  and $5 for  youths under 21.  The clinic is free for active military, law enforcement officers, and elected officials.

Pre-register: (208) 819-0866 or email ID@appleseedinfo.org.

Hot shots lead Take Your Daughter to the Range Day

SHOOTING —  Girls will rule Saturday, June 9, at a Take Your Daughter to the Range Day sponsored by the Bonner County Sportsmen’s Association.

The event is set of 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Sandpoint Outdoor Range off of Baldy Mountain Road with a heavy punch of female talent to work with participants:

Kathy Konek, a Sandpoint junior rifle team coach.

Hattie (Ponti) Johnson, a former Spokanite, member of the Army Marksmanship Unit and a participant in Air rifle in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Organizers say all family members are welcome, but emphasis will be on girls age 6-18.

Association members say they give the girls an opportunity to learn to shoot .22-caliber rifles and pistols in a fun and safe environment with certified instructors and range officers on hand to help.

Guns and equipment will be provided.

Sign up in advance go guarantee a spot: (208) 266-0141, email jcmalison@gmail.com.

Archery vs. long-distance rifle debated

HUNTING — I heard an interesting discussion at the Big Horn Show.

A firearms hunter said to an archer:  "More skill and dedication is required to shoot deer at 1,000 yards than to hunt deer with a bow at 25 yards."

I think he might be right while still being wrong.

What do you think?

Marksmanship clinics offered for adults, kids

SHOOTING — A two two-day rifle marksmanship clinic will be held March 3-4 at the Fernan Rod & Gun Club. This will be the first of six clinics to be held in the Coeur d'Alene area this year sponsored by Project Appleseed, an offshoot of the Revolutionary War Veteran's Association.

A Project Appleseed clinic also is set for May 5- in Medical Lake.

Clinic instructors will teach three shooting positions, use of the sling, six steps to firing the shot, natural point of aim, how to zero a rifle and more.

The program also features a few true stories of the American Revolution surrounding the events of April 19, 1775, when marksmanship met history and American Heritage was born. Read more about it here.

The Appleseed Project also promotes civic involvement.

The clinic will be held 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. March 3 and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 4.

The gun club is at 11600 E. Fernan Lake Rd.

Cost: Men $70, women $10, kids under 21 pay $5. Active military, law enforcement officers, and elected officials with ID can register FREE.

Info: (208) 819-0866, email ID@appleseedinfo.org .

Pre-register on the Appleseed website.