First Posted: 10/21/2009
Area residents with a gun-related hobby in their sights have a new outlet available to trigger that activity, the Take Aim Shooting Club.
The group is in the organizational stages and already has met once, according to Tina Swaim, who is chairing its board of directors. Weve had a lot of interest, she said, with 20 to 25 members signed up so far.
Swaim recently has been involved with Women on Target and Women in the Outdoors clinics that encourage their participation in firearms-related and other activities not normally available.
However, the Take Aim Shooting Club is a co-ed organization open to men, women and children. Its something families can do together, Swaim said of a shooting hobby a relatively inexpensive pastime for a family compared to forking out 50 to 60 bucks on a movie for a couple of hours.
People are looking for activities that are close to home, she said.
The group will meet monthly at Rabbit Ridge Enterprises, a gun business just across the state line in Ararat, Va., where the facilities include pistol and rifle ranges. The clubs next gathering is scheduled there on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.
So far, the members range in age from the early 30s to mid-50s, representing a variety of experience and skill levels with guns, Swaim said. About six women are involved so far, including individuals interested in self-defense due to husbands working out of town.
Some of the women took part in the earlier clinics, while others are just out of the blue, Swaim said. The membership also includes men who simply like to get together with others to shoot, including in competitions.
Swaim stressed that the group allows the participants varying interests to be pursued in a controlled environment.
I am very excited about this new club, she added.
I feel this will allow us to open doors to a great number of people through educational and instructional sessions, as well as giving our more experienced members a chance to strut their stuff through tournaments and other fund-raising activities along with once-a-month member range days.
During the first gathering, the club was scheduled to discuss bylaws and potential shooting tournament dates. At the next meeting on Nov. 1, the developing group is expected to address additional business matters for a short time before adjourning to the range.
Most importantly, were going to have some fun and make some noise, Swaim said.
Firearms are available for members to use who dont have ones of their own.
The $85 fee to join the club also covers membership to the National Rifle Association, which includes a T-shirt, and discounted charges for the firing ranges. Swaim said sponsorship incentives packages also are being developed to provide further support for the groups activities.
Applicants must be approved for membership by the clubs board of directors. Anyone wanting to join can attend the next meeting or send an email expressing their interest to [email protected]
Swaim acknowledged recent nationwide controversies surrounding gun ownership, and said the Take Aim Shooting Club provides a wholesome avenue for area residents to exercise and support their Second Amendment rights.
The choice needs to be there, Swaim said. Thats the bottom line.
I feel this is going to be an organization that we will all be proud to be a part of, she added.
Contact Tom Joyce at [email protected] or at 719-1924.