Local club hosts demonstrations

The skills of local marksmen were on display during Open House at the Minot Rifle and Pistol Club May 31. About 75 people came through the gate to see the club’s outdoor facility and to be introduced to a variety of shooting disciplines.

Visitors were given the opportunity to practice their skills on an electronic shooting simulator. The simulator is used as a teaching tool by the club’s Junior Shooting program.

The first live shooting demonstration was Steel Challenge where a handgun shooter is tasked with hitting five steel targets at varying distances. The event is timed. During competitions the shooter hitting all five targets in the least amount of time is the winner.

Club member Cameon Eisenzimmer told spectators that Steel Challenge has proven to be of particular interest to female shooters who enjoy perfecting their aim and increasing their handgun proficiency. Steel Challenge shooting, for both men and women, is regularly scheduled at the Minot Rifle and Pistol Club.

A crowd favorite proved to be Cowboy Action Shooting where participants wear period dress and shoot firearms from the past. Lever-action rifles, six-shooters and double-barreled shotguns are used. Cowboy Action Shooting events are held monthly at the local club.

Two other popular shooting disciplines, Practical Shooting and Defensive Shooting, were also demonstrated. Both disciplines are designed for shooters who wish to participate in an entertaining shooting event while improving safety and shooting skills with their chosen handgun. Visitors heard local shooters explain the rules and purpose of the courses of fire and then watched live fire demonstrations. Following the demonstrations interested persons were invited to inspect the wide variety of handguns, over-the-counter or gunsmith-enhanced, that are used for either discipline.

The final demonstration of the day was multi-gun, or three-gun. Multi-gun shooters engage targets with rifles, handguns and shotguns. Local professional shooter Deane Graves explained the field of fire to open house participants and followed up with a live fire demonstration. Graves encouraged those in attendance to give the sport a try regardless of the type of firearms they own. He added that beginners were more than welcome to become involved and that veteran multi-gun shooters would welcome the opportunity to offer assistance.

The open house event is believed to be a first for the Minot Rifle and Pistol Club, which operates both indoor and outdoor shooting facilities west of Minot. Although no date has yet been set, club members indicated a second open house could be held later this fall at the club’s outdoor range.