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by Jim Nosker
Colfax Sportsmen’s Club has put seven new shooting bays into service at the Colfax/Dunn County Shooting Sports Complex.
While finishing touches are still needed, the bays are the culmination of a project that was started last fall and which involved moving tens of thousands of yards of dirt.
Participants got to try out the new range area during the club’s weekly Thursday evening Steel Challenge shoot June 6. The Thursday shoots are open to the public.
On June 8, the club ran a United States Practical Shooting Association registered match. That was followed on June 9 by a registered 3-Gun Match with 42 competitors on hand. In addition, the Colfax Scholastic Action Shooting Team and the Colfax Scholastic Trap Team, both sponsored by the club, were practicing for state competition at the same time, making it the busiest weekend at the publicly owned range to date.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 243, chartered by the club, helped set steel plates and paste targets during the 3-Gun match.
For Steel Challenge, competitors shoot at five steel reactive targets per stage. Each stage consists of five strings of fire at the targets, which are set up following Steel Challenger Shooting Association designated courses of fire. There are eight authorized stages. On Thursday nights the club typically runs from three to five stages. Competitors may use centerfire pistol, rimfire pistol, 22 rimfire semi-auto rifle, or a pistol caliber carbine. United States Practical Shooting Association matches are similar.
3-Gun is an action shooting sport that combines the use of rifle, a pistol and a shotgun in a course of fire that often involves all three guns and transitions between them. Stages are typically made up of paper, steel, and clay targets in various configurations with different barriers and obstacles that require a competitor to maneuver through the course.
News shooters and spectators are always welcome.
Information on upcoming shoots planned at the range may be found at the club’s website, www.colfaxsportsmensclub.com. More information is also available from George Richards, club president, 715-962-2238.