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Last Chance Handgunners' range still open amid COVID-19

Posted at 6:39 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 20:39:37-04

HELENA — With Governor Steve Bullock's stay-at-home order in place, the Last Chance Hand Gunner's Association was forced to cancel all of it's organized events for the first time in President Steven Egeline's near 10-year tenure.

"When we're having an event, one person has to run the timer right next to the person that's shooting, so you can't stand six feet away and still get a good time on the shooting. We thought that just to be prudent, we would cancel things until the stay at home order is lifted," said Egeline.

Despite canceling the events, the Handgunner's Association range in Boulder is still open to it's members as a way to provide an activity where people can still get outside and maintain a safe social distance.

As shots were being fired on different lanes across the range, Egeline noted shooting is just as viable now as it was prior to COVID-19.

"Shooting is a good sport to do in that kind of environment. You can stay six feet away from each other yell at each other, because a lot of us old shooters are about half deaf and still have a good time," said Egeline with a chuckle. "We kept the range open. As you can see, there's several of us here shooting today, and we figure that's a reasonable thing to do given the circumstances."

Though the Last Chance Handgunner's Association range is only open to members, those interested can find information on how to join here.