Ready, aim, and get fired up for one of the
newest groups on campus: the Shooting Sports Club.
“Many of the Shooting Sports Club
members grew up hunting and shooting recreationally with family and
friends, while others have only been shooting for a few years, or
have no experience with the shooting sports at all,” said Adam
Brustkern, assistant professor
of chemistry and advisor to the shooting club. “The Shooting Sports Club gives
these individuals the opportunity to continue in or be introduced
to the shooting sports in a safe and supportive environment while
they are here at Simpson.”
group aims to promote safe and responsible participation in the
shooting sports in a friendly and positive atmosphere.
high schools have clubs for those with a passion for the shooting
sports, and even the Summer Olympics has a category for
marksmanship. Simpson is now added to that list.
Similar to those who compete in the
Olympics, the Simpson Shooting Club is trying to branch out their
skills to compete.
“We hope to soon have the opportunity to not only
shoot in a recreational setting, but also in competitions,” senior
Sam Elsner said.
group is still trying to elect officers and work on a schedule of
“Since we are such a new club, we are
still working on all of the logistics of how this is going to go,”
Brustkern said. “In the near future, we will meet to elect officers
and put together a schedule of events. I would like
to see us meet as a group at least a couple of times a month at the
range for recreational shoots, while members with the desire to
compete would meet more frequently for practice sessions in their
regular time has not yet been set for the group to meet.
“Since our group is just
getting started we are meeting at random times that are best for
everyone,” sophomore John Greaves said. “As for a set time, that’s
still up in the air until we elect officers. That election is next
prior experience is needed for anyone interested in joining the
group. One goal of the shooting club is to introduce new people to
any of the shooting sports.
see this as a way of helping to ensure that the shooting sports are
available for future generations,” said Brustkern.
group intends to do this by offering events that are geared toward
individuals with little to no shooting experience.
Shooting Sports Club is open to students of all experience
levels,” Greaves said. “No matter if it’s your first time around
firearms or you’re a seasoned pro. As long as you share our passion
you are welcome to join us.”
According to USAShooting.org,
marksmanship has inspired competition for centuries. Contests
originated with projectile and spear throwing contests and have
advanced into a highly competitive sport that has about 20 million
target shooters that participate in the United States.