Old Hickory Rifle & Pistol Club hosts Relay for Life Shooting for a Cure benefit event
"Pull!" yell Bryson Smith and Tanner Toney as they aim their guns and await clay pigeons to be launched into the air at the Old Hickory Rifle & Pistol Club on Saturday afternoon.
Smith and Toney were two of the several participants supporting the inaugural Relay for Life Shooting for a Cure event.
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and Butler's Jewelry & Loan, along with the Old Hickory Rifle & Pistol Club, sponsored the event to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
The event included a handgun competition and a variety of shotgun trap games.
"I've enjoyed shooting skeet for several years, and it gives me more practice for when I'm actually out hunting," Smith said.
Smith and Toney tested their skills on the five-stand trapshooting course. Five-stand trapshooting is very similar to sporting clays in that a wide variety of targets are thrown. There are five "stands" or stations to shoot from and often somewhere between six and eight traps that throw targets. Five-stand trapshooting is designed to simulate field shooting.
"We are both on the shooting team at East Rutherford and we do the five-stand course, which is the most challenging," Toney said. "There are many different stations and you never know where the targets are coming from next."
"We are usually here practicing with the team on Saturdays, but today is just a fun day for us," Smith said.
Although the Old Hickory Rifle & Pistol Club holds many of its own handgun competitions, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office organized a head-to-head pistol competition during the event.
"This competition includes a horizontal steel plate rack, a vertical steel shooting tree and steel popper targets," said Lieutenant Kelly Aldridge of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office. "Basically, whoever clears the course first wins."
Aldridge and fellow shooter Ben Tielman challenged each other to a friendly pistol competition to see who could shoot the most targets.
"He and I have shot together for years," Tielman said. "I used to shoot at least twice a month, but since going through chemotherapy treatments for my lung cancer, it's been harder for me to shoot. I'm out here today to shoot for the first time in a long time and to support a good cause."