The Carmi Rifle Club recently sponsored their 13th annual Brownell’s NRA Day which was open to men, women, and youngsters aged 9 yrs. old and up. The Carmi club is proud to continue Southern Illinois’ rich heritage of firearm ownership and sport shooting.
The event, funded by a grant from the Friends of the NRA Foundation, provided a unique opportunity to learn about the importance of firearm safety and to participate in a wide variety of shooting sports.
The day began at 8:30 am with registration and included firearm safety orientation, instruction in the fastest growing sports in the nation – trap shooting with shotguns and steel challenge with .22 target pistols, bench shooting a wide variety of rifles and centerfire pistols. Participants had an opportunity to shoot paper targets, reactive targets such as spinners, steel plates and tannerite, as well as clay targets.
The Carmi Rifle Club, a not-for-profit organization, hosted the event as a community service and provided lunch, hearing and eye protection, all the firearms and ammunition. All activities were supervised by NRA certified instructors, range safety officers, and experienced club members. The event was held at the Carmi Rifle Club at the north edge of Carmi just off Hwy 1 on County Road 1250 E which is across the road from Vibracoustic Industries.
The club thanks all the volunteers who helped make the event possible: coordinator Valinda Rowe, range supervisors: Mike Rowe, Greg Webb, William Hunt, Jay Armstrong, Chris Sherrard, David Johnson, Roy Hardesty, Steve Griffin, Kevin Nelson, Jim Mitchell, Joe Albright and a special thank you to Sheryl Woodham, Dawn Williams, and Chris Armstrong for assisting with registration, photography, and preparing lunch for all in attendance.