Through the assistance of firearms instructor David Ray, a new women’s social shooting club has been established in the Vandalia area.
Approximately 10 women attended the first meeting held Monday, April 2 at KA-TONKA Game Preserve and Sporting Clays, LLC just off Route FF in New London.
The group, which has yet to decide on a name, will meet every first and third Monday each month from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Ray said the purpose of the club is to provide members safety and firearms training, provide an opportunity to ask questions on topics of their choice, and to practice shooting at every meeting.
“We’re going to make this as cheap as we can but it will be a self-sustaining thing,” said Ray, who owns his own business called Close Quarters Firearms Concepts. “We just want to make it fun.”
During the first meeting, Ray taught members the basics regarding ammunition for clay and quail shooting. He talked about the uses of different types of shotguns and their relation to the ammunition and targets, discussed the proper way to hold a shotgun, emphasized safety, discussed loading and unloading, talked about the choke, and discussed the proper stance.
He then took the members out to shoot clays on the KA-TONKA course now owned as of March 1 by Dan Piel of Troy and his fiance Mindy Phillips.
Steve Sasek, of Pheasant Run Clays and Ammo in Madison, was also on hand and had a display of shotguns.
Ray said everyone who has signed up for the course were encouraged to list three topics they want to learn about. He said he will pick one at random for each meeting and provide instruction.
He said those interested in the club do not have to own their own guns to join.
For more information, contact Ray at 573-470-9069.
More on KA-TONKA
KA-TONKA is under new management and their hosting the location’s 1st Annual Shoot-All at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28 at the preserve located at 57290 Cumberland Trail in New London.
There will be 25 rounds to trap, 25 rounds of skeet, and 50 rounds of 5-Stand. The 5-Stand includes 10 traps throwing, including a rabbit.
Pre-registration for the event costs $50 per person by April 14 or $55 per person on the day of event.
For more information, contact Piel at 314-220-5935.