4-H Shooting Sports group gets $5,000 NRA grant
Milam County 4-H Shooting Sports Club, which was started in 1996, has been a small group of individuals who are committed to promoting firearm safety and shooting as a life-long sport. Much of the equipment that has been used was purchased when the club began or has been donated to the club through the years.
There have been minor equipment additions through the Milam County 4-H Council, but most of the equipment was in need of constant repair; furthermore, many members who wanted to be competitive at state contests would buy their own equipment because the club equipment was not always reliable.
As the club has grown over the past few years and the equipment has been well-used, the leaders realized that there was a need for more up-todate equipment.
In August 2009, the leaders met with National Rif le Association (NRA) representative Tommy Easterling about acquiring new equipment for the club. The grant process was explained, and it was decided that the grant would be pursued.
The grant was completed in October 2009, and the club had to anxiously await results. During the spring of 2010, the club was told that they received $5,000 in grant money. After the equipment was ordered through the NRA website in late summer, the boxes started to arrive.
At the December meeting, the club members and leaders were able to open the boxes and see the new air pistols and rifles, small bore pistols and rifles; spotting scopes; shooting stands; and safety equipment. It was the best Christmas present that anyone could have given the club.
Shooting Sports Club, which presently has about 45 members, meets twice a month on Sunday afternoons at the New Salem Building in Rockdale. Air pistols and rifles are shot inside the building and archery is shot outside. The next meeting is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23. For questions, email Susan Dean at sdean. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512- 429-1445 or 512-446-2845 and leave a message.