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B'ville: New skeet field for club

Driving down Kingdom Road, travelers may hear the sound of a gun shots, but don't be alarmed. It's just the fine folks at the Baldwinsville Rod and Gun Club.

The club recently received a grant from the Friends of the National Rifle Association, an organization not affiliated with the NRA, but with similar goals. The approximately $3,000 grant was given to the club to help finance a new skeet field for current and new marksmen and women to exercise and sharpen their rifle skills.

The English-engineered design was originally devised for the clay disks to simulate a bird's flight, improving the skills of visiting hunters for their hunting excursions. The field now includes two new houses shooting clay disks, one traveling towards marksmen and the other traveling away. The shooter can also move in various positions between the houses to vary the angle at which the disk is shot.

A couple of members suggested building the extension and were able to get the ball rolling on the project.

Of course, the club isn't all about going out and shooting a gun. The club members' first concern is safety, as every new member is shadowed for the first couple of days by an experienced member and shown the ropes as they are instructed on safety details and proper procedure.

The Rod and Gun Club is also working with the Syracuse Department of Forestry to have a tree line planted along the road for aesthetic purposes and to buffer the sounds of gun shots. Furthermore, the club is often sought out after by local Boy Scout troops to earn a marksmanship badge.

This new skeet field will be another addition to the growing club, which already houses a rifle range, a sporting clays range and the rare 200 yard rifle range. The Baldwinsville Rod and Gun Club is open to the public and new members are always welcome to join. Current members stretch from all over Central New York including Clay, Manlius and other parts of Onondaga and Oswego counties.

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