GALLERY: Ancient Oak Gun Club’s Harvest Moon Classic

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Ancient Oak Gun Club’s “Harvest Moon Classic” drew 242 shooters, some from as far away as England an Venezuela.

World Champion sporting clay shooter Bill McGuire, who is sponsored by the club, set a challenging course.

McGuire and others vied for a $21,000 Polaris ATV Thursday, at the start of the four-day tournament.

All they needed to do was shoot a perfect score – 100 straight. McGuire shot 99, and joked to a friend that he left a “$21,000 bird laying out there.”

The Polaris was the “single biggest purse for one event outside of Dubai,” said club manager Wayne Evans.

Sarasota attorney George H. Mazzarantani, a master-class shooter and one of the tournament sponsors, said he “wanted to have fun and support the course.”

“It’s all about bringing new people into the sport,” Mazzarantani said from behind the wheel of his cart. There were two new shooters also on board.

Legendary angler Roland Martin shot several rounds. “I haven’t figured it all

Legendary angler Roland Martin shot at the Harvest Moon Classic. Staff Photo/ Lee Williams

Legendary angler Roland Martin shot at the Harvest Moon Classic. Staff Photo/ Lee Williams

out yet,” Martin said.

The event drew a good amount of vendors too.

Rich Cole, of Cole Fine Guns and Gunsmithing in Naples, showed off a $91,000 Beretta O/U with Italian engraving.

His firm specializes in custom guns and custom-fitted guns.

“Sporting clays is a very dynamic sport, and the gun needs to fit the shooter,” he said. “Most shooters’ guns do not fit.”

Here are my pics from the event:

Vendors row - shotguns, shotguns, shotguns.

Vendors row – shotguns, shotguns, shotguns.

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No one won the $21,000 gator.

No one won the $21,000 gator.

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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