Inaugural Youth Air Rifle Event

The Manzano Mountain Gun Club sponsored a free air rifle target shoot for Mountainair area youth this afternoon. Eighteen youth (8-17) participated. Parents were required to be present for the entire event.

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Targets galore (pre-shoot)!

After registration & safety briefing, participants each had several turns at one of four shooting stations, using club-owned .22 caliber break-action air rifles.

safety briefing

Taking the safety briefing seriously.

MMGC provided eye & ear protection for each participant.

break action .22 cal

Break-action .22 cal air rifle.

Club members served as coaches, supervising & assisting each shooter individually.

the line

The line.

coaching

Coaching.

taking careful aim

Taking careful aim.

each shooter has a coach

Each shooter has a coach.

instruction

Instruction.

Snacks & drinks were also provided by the club, but hitting targets was the real attraction of the day.

focus

Focus.

At the end of the afternoon, after many popped balloons, some participants were asking to have another shoot next Sunday.

That’s Super Bowl Sunday, so... no, not next weekend. Sorry kids!

But soon, very soon, as this is just the beginning of a happy Mountainair family tradition.

The Manzano Mountain Gun Club would like to thank the Town of Mountainair for allowing us use of the Dr. Saul Community Center for this youth event. It is an excellent space for air rifle marksmanship!

(photo credits: Nick Franks)

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