NEWS | Feb. 18, 2014

JB Charleston’s Skeet and Trap Range to hold Open House

By Airman 1st Class Clayton Cupit Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Ready your ammo and steady your aim, the Joint Base Charleston Skeet and Trap Range is hosting an Open House Feb. 22, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the range on Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C.

The Skeet and Trap Range building has been renovated and the range volunteers are inviting everyone to the Open House to see the improvements.

The renovations included a complete overhaul of the interior of the building. The carpet was stripped and replaced, ruined wood was replaced, and new furniture was added.

"The renovation process was completely fueled by volunteer efforts," said Larry Borowiecki, Joint Base Charleston Skeet and Trap Range volunteer.

Local home improvement stores offered discounts to the range volunteers to assist with the renovation process.

"With the help of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program, we also received shotguns confiscated in various ATF operations," said Jerry Wagner, Joint Base Charleston Skeet and Trap Range volunteer.

Participants may rent a shotgun from the range, but shooters must bring in their own ammunition.

The cost of a single round of skeet or trap costs $4.25, which gives you quite a bang for your buck. A single round entitles the shooter to 25 clay targets.

While skeet and trap may seem similar, both have different layouts and tactics.

Skeet shooting uses shotguns to shoot and break clay disks flung into the air at a high speed from two fixed stations that shoot at a variety of angles.

Trap shooting uses shotguns to shoot and break clay disks flung into the air at a high speed from only one station.

During the Open House, volunteers will be available to explain shotgun safety and proper skeet and trap shooting techniques. There will also be hamburgers and hotdogs served from noon to 2 p.m., while they last.

This is a family event so everyone is encouraged to come out and get hands-on experience in shotgun shooting and safety.

To find out more about the Skeet and Trap Range or to set-up a shooting time call 963-6137. Operating hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.