Parker County Today October 2016 - Page 58

OCTOBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Civilian Marksmanship Program prone position shooting tions for Certificates of Award and bragging rights while honoring these ‘Old Soldiers’ that served their specific militaries in the past. Modern military service rifles from the Korean and Vietnam eras, as well as Iraqi and Afghanistan conflicts compete during various scheduled SRG matches. A very popular event is the annual Vintage ‘Two-Man Sniper Team’ Match. This competition involves shooting authentic WWII sniper rifles and their commercial military replicas at long distance for score during a timed ‘window-offire’. Another is the ‘Open Division Sniper Match’ allowing participation of any rifle caliber center-fire cartridge up to .338 LAPUA (No .50 BMG), any optic, and any bi-pod or bag rest configuration, with timed fire in the prone position from a shooting mat. Annual SRG match events are opened to the public for participation. Go to www.parkersportsman. 56 com for monthly SRG events and match specifics and descriptions. The PCSC is active in Texas 4-H Shooting Sports programs and training. Participation in 4-H Shooting Sports activities prepares Texas youth to meet the challenges of childhood adolescence through young adulthood. Execution of a progressive series of proven continuous education experiences focusing on the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) of the individual youths, the PCSC 4-H Shooting Sports commitment helps enhance life skills and develop social, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies throughout each stage of their personal development. Woods said, “As of this month we have 1,030 members. We’re very comfortable. If we have more we have the matrix and the association and the orientation and the safety officers to be able to generally handle up to 1,300-1,400 members. We saw a small dip this last year because we had so many people that were involved in the oil and gas industry move on.” Financially the club is stable, because they watch their pennies. Of the $190 annual fee to join, $100 goes to an initiation fee, the rest is for that member joining, plus his spouse and any children under age 18 years of age living with him. After getting to know us and interacting in a few events the new members are allowed to invest $40 in a guest badge “Again, for any organization, profit or non-profit, dealing with shotguns, pistols or rifles, even highpowered rifles, to survive 60 years in our society, that’s pretty swell. The guys prior to me have done a great, great job. We’re just trying to take if from good to great,” Woods said. Henry Harwood, PCSC Manager,