Sportsmen’s Club Hosts Community Event June 10-11

Shotgun ranges at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club will be open for the public Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club is opening its shooting and archery ranges Saturday and Sunday to offer people a chance to learn the basics of how to safely handle, load, shoot and maintain their firearm or shoot their bow.

The event runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Club in Rendijo Canyon. Rendija Road is off San Ildefonso Road on Barranca Mesa.

Additionally, the Club is sponsoring a gun show in the indoor range and classroom area. Vendors include Los Alamos Ammo, Rick Starovsky, Robert Rael, Randy Crook and Steve Cole.

“This year we thought it might better serve local and nearby communities if in addition to the gun show, we offered the expertise of club members and answered any question folks might have about their firearms or archery equipment,” event coordinator Steve Porter said.

Club President Steve McKelvey says the event is a great opportunity to showcase all the Club has to offer to members. Visitors can speak to club members about whatever club activities interest them.

The shotgun trap and five-stand ranges will be open for youth and adults. Participants must provide their own shotguns, ammunition and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses and ear plugs. The cost of a round of clays is $4.

The pistol ranges will also be open and range safety officers will be on hand to assist new shooters. Participants must provide their own pistols, ammunition and PPE, which is mandatory for all shooting activities. Safety glasses will be available for $2 a pair and disposable earplugs for anyone who needs them.

“A big attraction at the event will be the opportunity to shoot a machine gun. Shooters can purchase ammunition from the gun show vendors and negotiate a price with the machine gun owners to fire the machine guns,” Porter said.

For those interested in archery, instructors and equipment will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days for adults and youth. The club offers a 4-H youth program for archery.

Admission to the event is $10 per person for adult non-members and $5 for club members with a badge. Non-member ages 11 to 17 are $5 and children of members with a badge are free.

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