Tonto Rim Sports Club Expo Showcases Shooting Range

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Visitors attending the Jim Jones Shooting Range Open House could try their expertise at handling a small-bore rifle, such as this AR-15. Forrest Switzer, safety officer with the Tonto Rim Sports Club (left), gives Bob Pierce some tips on the gun.

While the turnout of about 200 spectators was down from last year, the Tonto Rim Sports Club Outdoor Expo and Open House was a stirring success, attracting more than 30 new members to the club.

The event was held June 5 at the Jim Jones Shooting Range located south of Payson.

Popular attractions

“We had a lot of families, couples and children show up, and I think they really enjoyed themselves,” said longtime TRSC member Charlie Thompson.

“The children were allowed to shoot almost all the guns and the archery was also a big draw,” he said.

A pair of range officers was stationed at each firing line to instruct users in the safe handling of firearms and archery equipment.

Also popular among the attendees was a demonstration put on by the Payson Police Department’s Matt Van Camp of the SWAT team.

Spectators also were hooting and hollering at demonstrations staged by cowboy shooters and black powder, small-bore and large-bore silhouette target sharpshooters.

A number of the Rim Country’s archery experts also thrilled visitors with their skills and expertise.

Exhibitors were also on site to explain and demonstrate their products.

Admission to the annual event was free.

TRSC hosts the event each year to showcase the range, the club itself and the advantages of membership.

For more information about TRSC, call Thompson (928) 468-1521.

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