We had a great turnout at this year’s Firearms Safety & Education Day for Massachusetts legislators and their staff.   This annual event is a fantastic opportunity for us to share first hand and real knowledge about firearms and give MA legislators and their staff members hands on experience with firearms and live ammunition in a safe and positive environment.

During the course of the day they handle all sorts of firearms and shoot a number of disciplines including; rifle (both rimfire and centerfire), shotgun, revolvers and semi-automatic handguns.  The different disciplines include trap shooting, precision rifle shooting and shooting steel targets with handguns.

At the end of the day the legislators conclude with a very popular “Steel Challenge” match.  The objective of this match is to hit 5 steel targets in the quickest time, speed and accuracy are paramount!

Thank you to Smith & Wesson, Kahr Arms, Auto Ordnance, Federal Ammunition, Vista Outdoor Products, NSSF, OSOK Industries, GemTech Suppressors, American Suppressor Association and especially everyone at Old Colony Sportsmen’s Association!

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Group photo, thank you to everyone who attended!

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A group gets instruction prior to beginning their rotation at the IDPA range.

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We were lucky to have such great instructors who worked all day long with many new shooters.

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The IDPA Range was a busy place!

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Rep. Angelo D’Emilia firing a revolver

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The Steel Challenge is fun and addictive, here’s a shot of the set up. How fast can you hit all five targets?

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Steel Challenge winner Rep. Tim Whelan in action.

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Rep. Joe McKenna slinging some brass on the Steel Challenge range.

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Steel Challenge winners and staff.

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The Steel Challenge top guns!

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Rep. Tim Whelan won the steel challenge match with a very respectable time of 2.44!

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Rep. Dave Muradian took second in the steel challenge.

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Rep. Joe McKenna took third in the steel challenge.

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Getting instruction on the trap range, we had a beautiful day!

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Rep. Steve Howitt getting instruction on the rifle range. He is pictured here with a Remington 700 which was fitted with a GemTech silencer, this rifle really opened the eyes of many in attendance regarding the many benefits of shooting with a silencer/suppressor.

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Jake McGuigan of the National Shooting Sports Foundation gives instruction to a participant using a Smith & Wesson .22 caliber AR15 style rifle.

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The Auto Ordnance Thompson is always a popular gun at the rifle range.

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Rep. Shaunna O’Connell takes aim on the trap range.

Firearms Safety & Education Day for MA Legislators