The Pass It On Young Sports rifle range opened last night, Tuesday 23rd May, at 6pm and with nervous anticipation we opened the doors of the skittle alley at the Ring-O-Bells in Nailsea, to be met with a crowd of excited young faces accompanied by their mums & dads!
Each of the four range lanes was full in no time and we were off, the young sports using a selection of air rifles from our sponsors, Air Arms (410 TDR), Walther (AR20ft) and East Midlands Regional Range (Walther AR20) as well as our own selection of range rifles.
Our team of instructors were kept busy coaching the novice shooters basic gun safety and firearm use, helping them get to grips with air rifles and on target, quickly and safely, using the equipment and targets provided by Jack Pyke as well as the immensely useful Idle-back shooting chair, which provides fantastic support and comfort for novice, experienced and the less able shooter, whilst the more experienced shots were able to enter competitions and hone their skills with advice on technique and target acquisition to improve their skills whilst having fun.
As the youngsters and families departed for the evening with big smiles and some with Air Arms goody bags for first class shooting, Harrison Patience winning the Air Arms junior high score competition with a score of 200/250, the balance of the evening changed a little with the adult session beginning at 8pm for target practice, zeroing and friendly competitions with the instructors available for advice and coaching on all aspects of shooting, as well as offering shooters a chance to try the range of air rifles available in addition to using their own sub 12 FPE air rifles.
The smiling faces, complimentary comments and repeat bookings are truly rewarding and no small indication that we are on the right track in providing a family and junior focused shooting facility alongside the regular Pass It On Young Sports Taster Days, where we encourage and support youngsters into field sports, air rifle and air pistol shooting in a safe, fun and responsible way. The messages of support and encouragement continue to pour in and the upcoming dates will fill up fast, so early booking is advised for the next sessions, dates of which are published on the ranges Facebook page, contact the Pass It On secretary for bookings.
On behalf of Pass It On Young Sports, enormous thanks to our host, Dave Green at the Ring-O-Bells, and sponsors Jack Pyke, Air Arms, Walther, Solware Ltd., East Midlands Regional Range, Idle-back, Really Wild Adventures, Park Property Services and the volunteers who man this worthy venture, without all of their support we would not be able to provide this great facility to inspire the shooters and sporting ambassadors of tomorrow!
The youngsters are the future of the field sports we all love.
TOGETHER WE CAN INSPIRE.