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Sportsmen's club preps for Range Days

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Two-day event to feature gun show, demonstrations and more

By Phil Scherer

The Los Alamos Sportmen’s Club will be hosting its first ever Open Range Days this weekend, giving the public a unique look at what the club has to offer.

The event will include a gun show, along with demonstration classes, open gun and archery ranges and a barbeque lunch on both days.

In years past, the sportsmen’s club has hosted a gun show somewhere in the community each year.

This year, however, they felt it would be a better idea to combine all of the events they sponsor into a larger happening.

“We want to invite the public down to see what we have to offer,” club member Steve Porter said. “We want to increase public awareness of what we do and what we’re about, and hopefully increase membership.”

The Open Range Days will take place Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

As part of the event, the Sportsmen’s Club will have an archery range open, as well as three pistol ranges and two shotgun ranges.

One of the things the club is most excited to be offering is the opportunity to let the public test out machine guns at the event.

There will be multiple machine gun collectors set up on the rifle range with a large variety of machine guns available. The public will be able to observe machine guns being fired, and will even have the opportunity to fire them on the range.

Because of the setup of the event, people will also have the opportunity to purchase firearms and ammo in the Clubhouse at the event, and then immediately go out to them on one of the available ranges, adding a unique element to the show.

Throughout the weekend, their will be NRA certified Safety Range Officers available that will be able to answer any questions that attendees may have.

Porter said this would be especially important for people that have never shot a firearm before, and need extra assistance from more experienced participants.

The range masters will also be able to help people sign up for training classes that will be taking place both days.

Specifically, archery shooting will be available for children from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. both days, where they will learn the basics of the skill and test out their newfound knowledge on the range.

Inside the clubhouse, a gun show will take place in which both local vendors, as well as people from outside the community, will be selling firearms and ammo.

People attending the event will also be able to bring in things to trade to vendors throughout the weekend, as this is a buy, sell, trade show.

The Open Range Days will take place at the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club, located on Rendija Road.

Admission will be $10 for adults, $5 for current Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club members with their membership badge, $5 for people between the ages of 12 and 17, and those 11 and under will get in free.

For more information about the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club, as well as the event, visit their website at LA-SC.org.

Porter is hoping this event will be even more successful than the gun shows of the past, and that it will become a mainstay for the group.

He said, “We are hoping for a good turnout, and we hope that this will turn into an annual event if this year goes well.”