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Public Sight-In Day Draws Out Local Target Shooters

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The shots at this firing range in Galena, Kansas echo through the valley as shooters line up throughout the day to take their shot at distant targets. One such shooter, is Aaron Kesinger, who would not normally be here, since he's not currently a member of this shooting club, but he's taking full advantage of the day's public access.

"It's pretty handy, there's not a whole lot of ranges around from what I'm aware of that let you go out to a hundred yards. So it's really nice to be able to go out," said Kesinger.

Kesinger has been shooting since he was a young boy, and it's something he still enjoys today.

"I started going with my grandpa and he started taking me to learn, doing target shooting matches and such," Kesinger explained.

Eugene Spears, President of the Joplin Rifle and Pistol Club explains that hunting is a tradition for many people in the area, and Public Sight In Day allows shooters to test their gear for safety, as well as sharpen their aim.

"When they find the animal they wanna harvest, they can make a clean and humane shot and cut down on animals that escape wounded. We wanna make sure they have a rifle that they're familiar with," said Spears.

Spears says that preparing now can save time and trouble in the future.

"Nothing is more disappointing than to go out into the field after waiting patiently for a season to open and suddenly discover that something is wrong with your equipment, so it gives the shooter and the hunter the time and the opportunity to make sure that there's any bugs in this equipment that they get eradicated," said Spears.

This is something Kesinger appreciates.

"It is really handy to be able to do that," said Kesinger.

There are currently 300 members in the Joplin Rifle and Pistol Club.

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