September 25, 2004
Marathon Skeet Shooters: Al Ego, Frank Stewart, Doug Steed,
The Orillia Gun Club and Knotty Pine Skeet Club in Ontario, Canada held a two club Charity event with all proceeds donated to the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital. A total of $17,000 was raised.
Browning Canada Ltd., Winchester Canada Ltd., Hummason Manufacturing of Ancaster, and Lawry’s Targets of Caledonia sponsored the event, which provided shooters and the non-shooting public with the opportunity to try Browning’s new line of firearms.
Approximately 250 people were given the opportunity to try rimfire rifles, centerfire rifles, handguns, and shotguns on the trap, skeet, and sporting clays fields while donating $5.00 to charity for each shooting discipline. The club was glad to see a large number of people attend who had never had the opportunity to shoot a firearm while raising public awareness of gun clubs and target sports in the Province of Ontario.
The event also included a raffle for a Browning over/under shotgun donated by Browning Canada, as well as a wild game barbeque of elk, deer, bison, and wild boar prepared by Meadow Meats of Brampton Ontario. It was easy to tell that people had a great time as they left with smiles on their faces and a shot up target under their arms for the trophy case. Thanks to all the club volunteers who gave of their time to make the event a big success, and congratulations to Mary Knight of Brantford who won the shotgun raffle.
A second event was also held. Since we were looking for more of a challenge, 10 NSSA shooters spent 3 months collecting personal sponsorship donations for the hospital while taking skeet shooting to the next level and beyond.
On Saturday September 25th, all 10 met at the Knotty Pine Skeet Club at 10:00 a.m. and started a 2-squad rotation, which redefined the word “Marathon”. After 24 continuous hours of shooting only a few of the 6,000 plus targets made it out alive.
After shooting all day and night through wind, fog, and dark of night that would make the mailman stay home, Michael Martin ended up HOA with an amazing score of 587 / 600. Wally Baumann and Rocky Eplett held runner up and 3rd place with 577 / 600 and 571 / 600 respectively. Wally and Rocky also took the 2-man combined team event with 1148 / 1200. Special Thanks to Frank and Sharon Stewart for use of the Knotty Pine Club and the soft pillows that were greatly appreciated.
Special thanks to Browning / Winchester for the guns and ammo, Richard Lawry for all the targets, Ontario Skeet Shooting Association, Canadian Shooting Sports Association, and Hummason’s Manufacturing for the marathon ammunition.
We would also like to thank the following Dealers and organizations for their gold level sponsorship of the event:
Hartley Bay Company, Williams Arms, Trombly’s Tackle Box, A.J. Hobb’s Enterprises, Police Ordnance, Sharon Gun Club, Orillia Gun Club, Target Sports Centre, Michipicoten Rod and Gun, Sydenham Sportsman’s Association, York Skeet Club, Toronto Gun Ltd., Peterborough Fish and Game, Lower Trent Valley Fish and Game, Custom Bullets and Ammunition, Mohawk Gun Club, Hamilton Angling/Hunting Association, The Gun Room, The Sportsman’s Club Galt, Courtice Auto Wreckers, and the Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario.
Photo provided by: Wally Baumann
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