Magnolia had Air Rifle Where were the shooters?
I held NRA Outdoor Air Rifle Silhouette Matches after the Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Matches at Magnolia Rifle & Pistol Club in 2008, 2009, 2010 on the East 50. Check the Magnolia Match Schedule for those years. Where did the shooters come from? Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Monroe, LA. That's where. NRA Air Rifle Silhouette has three classifications for every kind of Air Rifle ever produced. I ran all three of those classes. Even folks with the cheapest break barrel pellet rifles from Wal-Mart could shoot in two of the Classes ie. Sporter and Open.
I purchased with my own funds rather expensive targets for these matches. Most of the time I only had one person locally who wanted to shoot theses matches besides myself so I could not justify taking up the Range Space to hold the matches.
Bill Temple has proposed for years to build a dedicated indoor Olympic 10 meter range at Magnolia similar to what Southwest Gun Club in McComb has but the proposal was never funded. That size project is difficult to fund when it may not be utilized due to a lack of shooter participation. It would be terrible to build a temperature controlled facility and have nobody willing to train and shoot in it. I am willing to go to Fort Benning and the NRA classes to qualify as a instructor if this building and program ever come to fruition.
Where are the kids in this area that are willing to train and live with their rifle everyday for four to six years? Dry-firing every day, shooting practice matches every day, lugging a ton of gear around all over the country, (also the cross-training=running, biking, strength training to keep the heart rate low).
Are the parents going to pay for all the equipment especially for precision rifle? What about the rifle($1500 if you can find a good used one), mass quantities of high quality pellets, coat, pants, shoes, mat, spotting scope, scope stand, kneeling roll, glove, Standing stand with rifle holder and pellet holder, scuba tanks, a pelican case and a big old rolling Stanley tool box to haul the stuff around in? Then there are the travel expenses?
The parents and kids who are willing to do this are truly rare people.
I tried the cheapest form of Air Rifle Competition and there was absolutely no local interest.
I agree it would be great to get the Youth involved but I tried it and it did not work in the Jackson Metro area.
Bobby R. Huddleston