Local councillor Lesley Rollings cannot be accused of not shooting from the hip, after a visit to a local rifle club.
The politician made a trip to Gainsborough Rifle and Pistol Club, based at Morton.
Members of the club’s committee took her around the club to show her the full range of shooting disciplines that are available at the club.
She was shown the outside range which is used for prone shooting and sporting rifles over 50 and 100 yards.
The club has been successful in getting a grant from Sport England to build a toilet block complete with disabled facilities.
This will help support the athletes who come and use the visually impaired and disability equipment that the club provides.
Councillor Rollings had a go at Olympic Pistol discipline and with the acoustic shooting equipment that is used by the club’s visually impaired members.
This works by sound which intensifies as the shooter aims near the bull on the target, indicating when to fire.
She said it was a worthwhile experience and promisd to return: “It is nice to visit clubs in the area and see what effort volunteers put in to support members of the community.”
“This club opens opportunities for all members of the community regardless of age or ability, and I have enjoyed the morning and will come back again for another go.”
Councillor Rollings was presented with the target cards she shot by Ian Morrison, who provided the equipment and coached the councillor on the day.
Gainsborough Rifle and Pistol Club was formed in January 1962, from the 11th Lindsey Civilian Rifle Club, when WH Bessant was the secretary.
It was accepted by the Home Office and the national governing body, the NSRA, in the same year.
In 1966, the Urban District Council approved the design of the club’s badge.
One year later the club acquired the land it now occupies and constructed its first rifle range, and had it approved by the Ministry of Defence.
Since then there has been a steady programme of improving the facilities for shooting – with plenty of success for club members, including international call ups.
Anyone interested in more information on the club should contact Mr Philip Levine on 01427 718675 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org