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GUNS Magazine September 2010 - Page 14
THe TRUTH aBOUT GUN FOLK What we do for each other counts. n event I recently participated in proved the truth about “gun A folk.” By “gun folk,” I mean we for whom shooting, hunting and studying firearms is an important part of our lives. We’re not “gun nuts” or some other pejorative term, as the leftist excuse for news media in this country commonly uses. We’re “gun folk” brought together by a common interest, and I can’t think of another group more honest, decent and willing to help one another. There are bad apples among gun owners. That’s for sure. The bullet holes in road signs and private property attest to that, as do accidents occasionally caused by some numbskull’s stupidity. They’re not my “gun folk.” Here’s what happened at the recent event. In this column over the past few years I’ve detailed how my friends Wally and Nicole Wines, living here in the upper Yellowstone River Valley, have raised their children, Morgan and Connor, in a hunting and shooting environment. Recently both a family member and a long-time friend of the Wines’ have become afflicted with cancer. In an effort to help defray some of their considerable expenses Nicole Wines decided a benefit in the form of a “turkey shoot” would fit the sort of people living in the Yellowstone Valley. Now Nicole Wines had never organized such an event as a turkey shoot before, and to the best of my knowledge, had never participated in one either. Be that as it may, people who know her also recognize that nothing intimidates her and she dives into any endeavor with boundless energy. Seeing that a considerable number of people would likely attend such a gathering, Nicole also used the opportunity to put on an auction. How she managed it I will never know, but the donated items she gathered included fishing trips, pack trips, horse and hunting accouterments, a pair of mules and even a free African plains game hunt. (The buyer has to pay his own air fare.) Somebody donated free food for everyone attending. (They could put a donation in a jar if it pleased them.) Will Freland picked the German MP40 to shoot as Grandpa Dave Gruhler stands nearby. nicole Wines’ brother, Rory Grenier, and his daughters, Sidney (left) and Lexi (middle), spent the entire day loading magazines for Duke. note the trap shooting group in the background. And there were even some musicians willing to strum their instruments for entertainment during the day. When Nicole called me about this project she had already gotten permission from a local rancher to use a pasture with high hills behind it for the shooting. So she asked me if I would help lay out some shooting points for the various types of guns to be included, and perhaps help devise some parameters for equipment rules. When we looked over the proposed shooting site, Nicole had already done most of the thinking. She had in mind places for archery, clay pigeon, handgun events and rifle shooting at both 100 and 200 yards. Looking over the lay of the ground I also volunteered to bring some of my World War II vintage submachine guns. Contests Here’s what we came up with for contests. Someone donated the use of an automatic clay pigeon thrower so trap shooters vied for frozen turkeys by who hit the most clay pigeons. Handgunners and rifle shooter groups were divided into eight people on a first-come, first-serve basis. (Eight bullet holes in a target were about 14 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER 2010