It is a first for the Minot Rifle and Pistol Club. The club in inviting the public to attend an open house at their outdoor range on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The range is located in Trestle Valley east of Minot.
Interest in the shooting sports continues to increase at the Minot club. Membership has been rising steadily for several years. Some of the reasons for the increase includes growing recognition of attractive facilities for indoor and outdoor shooting, added varieties of popular shooting disciplines and a marked interest by female shooters.
During the open house, the public will be able to observe shooters as they demonstrate several of the club's shooting disciplines. Visitors will also be able to visit with club members about the various activities and facilities of the Minot Rifle and Pistol Club.
A shooter at the Minot Rifle & Pistol Club outdoor range points to a target he is using to determine the accuracy of a new rifle. The public is invited to attend an Open House at the range Saturday.
While the club's two main outdoor shooting ranges will be closed during the event, open shooting for handguns only will be available in the club's three pistol pits. Several certified range officers will be on hand during the open house to answer questions and to ensure the safety of all participants and visitors.
From noon to 2 p.m., visitors are invited to tour several shooting stations that will later be demonstrated and take the opportunity to visit with those who actively participate in various shooting sports. In addition, the club will have two electronic shooting stations set up for public use. Those stations involve the use of target rifles that send a laser beam at an electronic target. Accuracy is instantly shown on computer screens. The training device is used during the club's Junior Shooting program.
Shooting demonstrations are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. with ladies shooting and Steel Challenge targets. Junior Shooting will be featured at 2:30 p.m. At 3 will be a demonstration of Cowboy Action Shooting, complete with shooters in period dress.
Minot Rifle & Pistol Club Outdoor Range
Public welcome - Noon to 5 p.m.
2 p.m. - Ladies shooting, Steel Challenge
2:30 p.m. - Junior shooting
3 p.m. - Cowboy Action shooting
3:30 p.m. - USPSA and IDPA
4 p.m. - Multi-gun
At 3:30 p.m., both U.S. Practical Shooting Association and International Defensive Pistol Association events will be featured. Both disciplines feature handgun shooting from behind barriers at a variety of standard and unusual targets. The shooting demonstration portion of the open house will conclude at 4 p.m. with a Multi-gun event. Multi-gun, sometimes referred to as three-gun, features the firing of rifle, shotgun and handgun at varying distances. All demonstrations will be preceded by introductory comments from designated shooting instructors and followed by an opportunity for the public to visit with demonstration participants.
Those interested in joining the Minot Rifle and Pistol Club will be able to do so throughout the open house. An instructor will be on location to provide the required orientation several times during the day for prospective club members.
Hearing and eye protection is mandatory. The club will provide noise-reducing earplugs and protective eyewear for those in need. Hot dogs and pop will be served. There is no charge for the event.