The Fourth Annual Florida Fun Shoot: supporting wounded veterans and First Responders

It’s back!

It’s the best event of the year, and there are only two weeks to sign up.AX011_4F94_9

The Florida Fun Shoot is a sporting clay charity shoot held each year at the Ancient Oak Gun Club in Lakewood Ranch. It supports wounded veterans, active duty military, law enforcement and First Responders.

It’s organized by Operation Patriot Support and Operation Second Chance.

Once you attend one of the shoots, you’re hooked. The camaraderie is unreal. The opportunity to meet veterans and their families is unrivaled. Last year, I shot a round with a Medal of Honor Recipient.

So far, the annual event has raised more than $140,000 for veterans, and each year this number grows by more than 30-percent. Let’s keep it growing.

This year, they’re honoring the 100th Anniversary of a very special unit:

The 82nd has a history of determination, bravery, and heroism; but one of the more colorful stories comes fromdownload the Battle of the Bulge in WWII: “A tank destroyer from the 7th Armored Division spotted a lone trooper from the 82nd digging a fox hole. The commander stopped and asked him if this was the frontline. PFC Vernon Haught looked up and said, ‘are you looking for a safe place?’ The tank destroyer commander answered, ‘Yeah.’ Haught then said, ‘Well buddy, just pull your vehicle behind me. I’m the 82nd Airborne Division, and this is as far as the bastards are going.”

In years past we have celebrated Medal of Honor recipients, wounded Special Operations warriors, and many others that have given so much to this country. This year we are honoring the 100th anniversary of the 82nd Division.

We hope to have several veterans representing the 82nd, along with many other of our country’s heroes at this years’ event. All of us at OPs hope that you will be a part of this great event, spend the day with some of our veterans, law enforcement officers, and first responders. Please remember a veteran, law enforcement officer, or first responder is available to participate with each team. We encourage you to leave a spot on each of your teams and spend time with a real hero.

Note: There are still sponsorship opportunities available.

Here’s the flyer with more info:




About Author

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.

1 Comment

  1. ernest Skip Rosa on

    Hi Lee
    Finally found you after you changed or deleted your prevous e mail address.
    Wish you every success. Is there a Fun Shoot also in Nokomis.

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