There’s a camaraderie among shooters that non-shooters, and especially those opposed to shooting, will never understand.
I’ve been on a firing line or two in four decades of shooting, and can only recall one or two ungentlemanly acts.
That said, I have never seen anything like the generosity and kindness displayed Sunday by the shooters taking part in the Ancient Oak Gun Club’s Roger Hill Memorial Shoot.
Sporting clay shooters are truly a different breed.
First some takeaways from the range: it’s beautiful, like a sculpted golf course. Since it’s designed by Schroeder-Manatee Ranch – not a firm known for taking half measures – it is a showpiece.
The views or flight paths (or whatever you call it) of the clays looked challenging – especially to someone used to shooting buckshot at stationary pepper-poppers or plates.
The guns are impressive. There were Krieghoffs and Perazzi’s, but there were also Winchesters, Rugers and Remingtons.
Sporting clay is certainly a sport for all ages and all socio-economic levels.
The weather was perfect Sunday, and the turnout impressive.
Here’s a link to the story – a gun story – that appeared in the paper about the shoot. It will be in in Monday’s print edition.
Thanks to all who helped out – especially SMR’s newest staffer Jim Chiaffredo.
Here are some pics from Matt Houston.