By Lars Dalseide | February 25 2012 09:36

Simulators like Laser Shot can start new shooters on the right foot


Students at the CPAC Conference in DC on NRA's Laser Shot range.

Washington, DC - You never know where a new shooter is going to find their inspiration. Maybe their parents hunt. Maybe their friends spend their afternoons at the range. Or maybe they attend a convention where there's an NRA Laser Shot booth on site.

Such was the case earlier this month during the CPAC Convention at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. While most approached the firing line with a touch of skepticism, many left with a sudden taste of confidence. Such was the case for Helene Lehr and Rashidah Burns. Taking time away from their studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the two were both excited and reluctant as their turn at double trap Laser Shot approached.

After a quick lesson in strategy and stance, the simulated clays began to fly. The experience was something to witness.

"I always wanted to go shooting but I never had the chance," Burns said with a smile. "Now I really want to go."

Although I promised not to reveal who shot what, I can tell you that one hit 24 out of 50 and the other went 31 for 50. The truly rewarding part, at least for me, was to see their thrill from accomplishing such a feat. For not only were they thrilled, but a little inspired as well.

"This was great," said Lehr. "I've been to the rifle range a couple of times but never shotgun. When we get back, we're going to have to go shoot with the club. Definitely."

A few more added to the ranks of the shooting sports. Beautiful.

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