Trevor has been surrounded by firearms his whole life. Growing up in a gun friendly home, he learned to shoot and hunt from his father at a very early age. His university years cause some down time in his firearms activities, but once settled after school, Trevor updated his PAL to included both non-restricted and restricted acquisitions.
Although he intended to start shooting IPSC back in 2004, he was side tracked by archery until January of 2011 when he bought his first handgun. Since that time, Trevor has become an active member of two local gun clubs and has been shooting IPSC matches all over NB since the summer of 2011.
Growing up in both Ontario and New Brunswick, Matthew has experienced both the urban and rural aspects of gun ownership in Canada. Now residing in North-Western New Brunswick, he enjoys hunting in the thousands of square kilometers that the mostly uninhabited area offers. Pursuing mostly small game, he can most often be found tramping through woods during hunting season in search of Ruffed Grouse with his trusty Mossberg 500. Outside of hunting season, the range is where you’ll most likely find him, shooting home-made steel gongs with his .22s.
Matthew’s passion for shooting led him to the online Canadian firearms community where he became actively involved in the political aspect of legal gun ownership. Writing letters to his MP, the local newspapers, and maintaining an open invitation to anyone he meets for a trip to the range, are his ways of helping to ensure that the shooting sports retain their rightful place in Canadian history.
Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Adriel has been hunting all his life. He primarily hunts coyotes, whitetail deer, grouse, and gophers (Richardson’s ground squirrels) and started getting into action shooting recently. He competes in club-level 3 gun and is looking into other action shooting sports to hone his shooting skills. Adriel writes for The Hunting Gear Guy and runs the Hunting Gear Guy YouTube channel.
I am the epitome of the NEW SHOOTER.
I had grown up in a household that is pro gun. My father was military and with being a BRAT I have seen been around both personal and military firearms. Both my father and my brother are marksmen, they hunt and they are collectors. All of us girls in the family never went out to the range nor did/do we hunt. I was always more interested in sports, my job (I was a radio DJ at age 14) and boys. That and I had a hard time with thinking I was eating Bambi…
I went to the range when I was 18 and fired both centerfire 30/30, 12 gauge shotgun and pellet handgun. I was not overly excited by the experience (it did not make me want to continue). But I was not a bad shot, especially with the pellet handgun.
This last year I have been going to the range periodically, my boyfriend thought that it would be something we could do together. Kevin is into competitive shooting (CQB, IPSC, Precision Rifle) and has a variety of pistols and rifles and I was able to try a variety of caliber as well as actions. going with Kevin was enjoyable but I was not overly excited because it was mainly winter and when shooting I was not very accurate.
In March 2014 we were invited to Michigan to take part in an Appleseed event. Appleseed is a marksmanship and history shoot that is run in the USA (although the first Canadian one will be run in July in Bankcroft Ontario). I was leery of going, my skills were not great and I had not practiced to improve; I thought everyone would be experienced marksmen and there would not be any room for me as a new shooter. Nothing could be further from the truth, everyone was very welcoming. I had started the event with grapefruit sized spreads and ended the event with being able to have my groups almost all touch. I was happy to see that I was not the only female on the firing line and I came with a learning attitude; I learned about NPOA (natural point of aim), breathing, MOA (Minutes of Angle) for sight adjustment and was able to bring this back with me to practice on. I was excited about shooting and caught the fire at Appleseed; I had signed up for Mapleseed before leaving Michigan and even was thinking we could go to the range the next day to practice (not really thinking about getting back to Kingston at 4:00am). I did not get my rifleman patch (not even close) at Appleseed but when doing it on my own I was able to get the 210 score needed within 2 weeks of returning to Ontario. It is amazing how everything I learned can have such an impact on my accuracy; my inner competiveness to improve myself has been ignited. I look forward to going to the range, trying to beat my last score, improving my groupings and just having fun.
So my words of advice are this: Go, have fun, be safe, but have some coaching too; it will keep you interested and loving the sport. And for those who like me do not want to hunt: remember you do not have to be a hunter to enjoy shooting, paper targets are just as challenging and Bambi is still safe.
Kelly also hosts on New Shooter Canada.
Owen needs to hurry up and write his bio or get someone to do it for him so there’s actually some interesting info about him here instead of this non-sense that I’m writing right now just to take up some space.
If you think you can do a better job, send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe if Owen sees this, it’ll motivate him to stop gardening turnips long enough to actually send me something I can put here. We’ll see. (FYI, it’s May 12, 2013 – let’s see how long it takes…)