The Pembroke Outdoor Sportsman's Club hosts annual open house
The sounds of gun fire peppered the sky on Saturday when the Pembroke Outdoor Sportsman's Club opened its doors to the public for its annual open house event.
Tons of individuals and families came to check out the different types of shooting sports that are available at the range.
“It's our annual open house and we open up to the public and people actually fire different weapons to get an idea about what the shooting sports are all about,” said George Tompkins, one of the club's directors and the chairman of the open house. “Especially hand guns. The average person never gets the opportunity to fire hand guns because they're so restricted. They're restricted to own and carry and use, so it gives them the chance to actually shoot some.”
In addition to the popular hand guns, other weapons available were a variety of shot guns, black powder guns, rifles and bows. Each of the ranges was run by qualified range safety supervisors, who would teach people who've never held a gun or bow the proper procedure to handling, holding and shooting that type of weapon.
While people using the hand guns, black powder guns, and rifles aimed at stationary targets, those who decided to try shot guns were able to experience firing at moving targets. The reason for that is the shot guns were used for trap and skeet shooting.
Finally, the people who decided to try using a bow and arrow learned the proper technique to holding and drawing a bow, as well as a bit about hunting with one.
During a normal week the different ranges are open at different times. The club is also open all year round, because they have an indoor shooting range in addition to their outdoor ones. On top of providing a safe place to practise the different shooting sports the club also supplies the required training needed to use the different guns safely.
The club was established 55 years ago in 1958. Today it has over 200 members, several who signed up after shooting a few rounds at the open house.
Christina Van Starkenburg is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist.