NJ: Two upcoming shooting events in New Jersey. FREE!!!


July 19, 2003, 09:12 PM
NJ: Two upcoming shooting events in New Jersey. FREE!!!

From: Terry Wintroub
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2003 13:42:43 -0400

Subject: NJ: Two upcoming shooting events in New Jersey. FREE!!!

Great introduction to the shooting sports.



2003 CRRC Women's Day At The Range

The Secret is Out
Shooting Sports Are Not Just For Men

You are invited to a FREE, fun-filled,
action-packed day at Central New Jersey's
finest indoor and outdoor shooting ranges.

Date: Saturday, August 2, 2003
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (rain or shine)
Place: Citizen's Rifle and Revolver Club, Princeton
Junction, in our air-conditioned facilities.

You'll receive free lessons by certified instructors in 3
shooting disciplines in a clean, safe, and friendly
environment. All equipment is provided at no charge,
as well as morning coffee and lunch.

For information, registration and directions
call 609-799-9890
e-mail bettegbarr@yahoo.com

SOUTH JERSEY, Rte. 40, 3 miles East of Exit 1 off NJ Tpke

The Salem County Sportsman Club and South Jersey Sportsman, Inc., will
host NRA Day - a free day of gun safety and recreational shooting
instruction for the entire family - on August 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00

The club is located on Route 40, three miles east of Exit 1 off the New
Jersey Turnpike.

"This event is an ideal opportunity for our community to learn what NRA
is all about - the safe, responsible use of firearms," said Bob Viden,
club spokesperson and NRA Board Member. "Parents and youngsters who are
new to shooting can learn gun safety and basic marksmanship from NRA
Certified Instructors. Those with shooting experience will get the
chance to try several different disciplines and socialize with other gun
owners and NRA members."

NRA Day activities to be held include rifle, handgun, and shotgun
shooting, plus a youth air gun range for children with adult
supervision. The South Jersey Arms Collectors will also hold a special
exhibit, Firearms of America, featuring a number of historically
significant firearms from the Kentucky Rifle to the M1. All firearms,
targets, ammunition, and eye and ear protection will be provided.

The event is open to the public and admission is free. Food and drink
will be available.

For more information, call Bob Viden at (856) 881-7575.

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July 20, 2003, 03:19 PM
Out here, girls just wanna have guns

Women find they're at home at the range


Sunday, July 20, 2003

Star-Ledger Staff

It was an otherwise quiet Saturday in the woods of Sussex County, when gunshots pierced the air. Again and again, all day long.

Girls with guns, females with firearms, women with weapons -- anyway you put it, there were a lot of armed women in the woods yesterday, and most of them had never touched a gun before.

Welcome to Cherry Ridge Range, northern New Jersey's largest rifle range, and backdrop for the annual "Women's Day at the Range."

Many of the women would never have pictured themselves holding a firearm, much less having a good time doing it.

Take Jennifer Herrera, for example. Though yesterday was only the second time on the range for the 20-year-old Staten Island resident, she looked liked a natural with the shotgun, disposing of two clay birds with a shot, a swift swing to the left, a pump of the firearm, and a second quick blast.

In a matter of seconds, the sky was filled with shards of the orange discs. The crowd -- Herrera's fellow shooters -- went wild.

Herrera, a student at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, was all smiles as her mother Lillia watched with equal parts horror and admiration.

Herrera first came to the range after some co-workers at her summer job invited her to check out the rifle range's Minority Day earlier this summer; she was hooked.

"I was hesitant at first, but once you start shooting it off, it's great," she said. "It's definitely something I want to get into. I'm waiting till I turn 21 so I can get my first gun. I just haven't decided which one yet."

It's for women such as Herrera that the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs organizes the annual event at Cherry Ridge Range in the Highland Lakes section of Vernon.

"It's an opportunity for women to learn the sport in a relaxed environment, without pressure from boyfriends or husbands," said Nancy Ross, a spokeswoman for the event. She said that about two-thirds of the 300 women at yesterday's event had never handled a gun before.

"When we began in 1999, it was considered such a guy thing," she said. "We wanted to say, 'Wait a minute, there are women who shoot, too.' And look how many we have."

Many of the women said their success at shooting -- traditionally, a male-dominated sport -- gave them a feeling of accomplishment. Yvonne Kellogg of Watchung is one of five members of a divorced women's recovery group that attended Women's Day.

"I can't tell you the sense of satisfaction I find here," said Kellogg, who picked up a shotgun for only the second time in her life. "It's really empowering to have a sense of control, especially when nothing else is going well in our lives."

The all-female environment was a key factor in some participants' decision to attend.

"It's definitely more comfortable without guys trying to take over," Kellogg said.

"It's awesome," said Theresa DiCandio, 34, of Rockland County, New York. "Since it's just women, it's less intimidating than when men are around. My husband won't argue as much with me any more."

Most of the women said they had never considered shooting as a means of recreation, and many approached with trepidation.

"I was a little intimidated at first because I started with the shotgun, but it wasn't what I expected at all," said Abby McCaw, 24, of Sparta, who was invited to the event by two friends who have memberships at the range. "It was really easy. I had so much fun today."

Almost all the women praised the instructors, who provided one-on-one instruction and safety tips for the first-time shooters. Most of the instructors -- who were almost all male -- belong to various New Jersey gun clubs, and all volunteered.

One instructor, Sarah Quinn, an 18-year-old riflewoman, is hoping to make the U.S. shooting team and head to the Olympics one day. The recent high school graduate, who hails from Somerset and trains in Bridgewater, has already won a full scholarship to University of Nebraska-Lincoln based on her shooting skills. But yesterday, she was an instructor at the rifle range.

"I enjoy helping out," she said. "It's great to see so many women involved." Like many of the instructors and organizers, Quinn is quick to point out the accessibility of the sport to women, who she said are on par with men when it comes to marksmanship.

"There's a misconception that it's a man's sport," Quinn said, "but I'm proof that women can succeed in the sport. I'm teaching women who are two or three times my age, which just shows that it doesn't matter who you are -- your size, height, age, body figure."

"I've always been interested," said Audrey Garcia, 50, of West Milford. Because of her husband's interest in firearms, she already had a gun permit from her local police department. But until today, she had never picked up a gun. The verdict? "I like it, and I'm going to join something soon," she said.

The presence of women like Garcia, who grew up in Harlem, is part of the National Rifle Association's attempt to reach out to minority groups.

"The message today is, we want to open up the sport to people who wouldn't otherwise be here," said Chuck Lehnert, one of the event's organizers. "If you're in the typical white male bastion, you'll run into people who shoot." Otherwise, he said, it's up to outreach events such as this to draw in these potential members.

And the NRA is interested, so much so that it may adopt similar programs nationwide. "As far as I know, this is the only event like it," Lehnert said.

Given the success of the outing, which has tripled in size over five years, it may work. "It's not so much an instructional event, as it is about fun," Lehnert said. "You won't find too any unhappy faces here today."
:D :cool: :cool:

Nathaniel Firethorn
July 20, 2003, 10:15 PM
Mrs. Pdmoderator went to the CRRC shoot lsat year and loved it. She'd do it again this year with a friend, but there's a church event scheduled right on top of it.

WAGCEVP, are you a PRNJ inmate too?

- pdmoderator

July 20, 2003, 10:32 PM
MS PD, Nope, only time I've lived north of the MD line was in MO, years ago.... living in semi free GA :neener: :neener: :p

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