Open Range Day is the latest program offered by the National Rifle Association’s Disabled Shooting Services. Scheduled for April 11, 2009, at Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona, the day will focus on introductory shooting for people with physical disabilities. Open Range Day will offer shotgun, rifle, pistol, and air rifle instruction.
Disabled Shooting Services Manager Vanessa Warner expects around 80 participants for the inaugural event. “This is a pilot program for what we hope to expand to a national program,” Warner said. “The response has been huge, from folks who would like to participate to manufacturers who want to make donations or loans of equipment.”
Warner has secured the support of Colt Defense, Ruger Firearms, White Flyer Target, Remington, Kowa Optimed, Birchwood Casey, Davidson’s, Beeman, and Lapua. “We’re still accepting door prize donations,” Warner said. Warner can be reached at NRA Headquarters by calling (703) 267-1495 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is the first of its kind and will give participants the opportunity to fire a wide variety of firearms. NRAblog.com plans to report live from the event.