Monthly Archives: February 2012

Our First Pistol Match! 26 Feb 2012

We had our first Pistol Match Today!
Most of these people met for the first time here.  Soon a common interest brought about conversation and before you knew it, we were all friends.  The desire to defend themselves brought them together but the Sport of Shooting made it social.  Everyone shot well and I was proud of them… and resolved to practice more myself!
One thing stood out: these people were having fun.  Look at Laurie’s face… She was afraid of guns when we started.   That’s Don Enrique holding the timer.  He is the range owner and mentor for all of us.  
Here’s her husband, Bruce Beck, and winner of the match.  

We shot five stages and by measuring time against hits, came up with a score.  Here’s Stephanie, another new shooter, now with her Concealed Carry Permit test behind her, shooting very well…

… and this is her husband, Mike, taking second place.  

Scott Wollin shot consistently and would have finished better than I if the last stage hadn’t been thrown out… probably my fault, but no one seemed to be counting score as much as feeling good about themselves and having a genuine interest in improving.  These are heady days for all of us.
There came a point towards the end of the match, with a gust of wind, where we’d stopped all but one attacking target…

The score at the end of the day….

1- Bruce Beck 87.70%
2- Michael Karl Kruger  71.70 %
3- Paul Furlong 69.40 %
4- Scott Wollin 66.30%
5-  Laurie Beck 31.90%
6-  Stephanie Chacón 27.5 %
 If you haven’t joined, we’re just getting started, so jump in, give me a call and I’ll get you up to speed.  Next Club practice is Sunday, March 4th.  See you there, Paul

How to get to the Range

From Atenas, drive East through La Garita like going to the Airport.  When you arrive at the highway (where you’d take the ramp to the right if you were  flying that day) go straight over the highway bridge as if you were going to Zoo Ave or to Alajuela and Price Mart.  We are on the left, 3.6 kilometers from the overpass bridge and the Pan American Highway.  Here’s a picture of what you’ll see…. 
  It’s in the middle of a left hand bend in the road.  Notice the vet sign next door.  Enter and the guy at the gate will give you a peace sign and lift the bar for you.  You’ll drive maybe 500 meters.
….until you arrive at a gate on your right..
And there you’ll be… at Don Enrique’s Shooting Emporium and the home of La Garita Shooting Club.  If the gate is closed, it’s just to keep the cows out… don’t want to shoot a cow… right?
Please close the gate after entering and try not to park where the targets are.  Restrooms are available.
Remember…  In the beginning, we can supply eye and ear protection but you’ll want some ear plugs of your own and some cool shades to look cool in…  Speaking of cool, feel free to bring a cooler with water, soda or sandwiches. 
It’s 10,000 Colones to shoot for the day.
If you want to come and watch, it’s 2000 Colones.  
This money goes for the upkeep and improvement of the range as we grow. 
Questions: 8898-9398 
Welcome Aboard!

 Two New Graduates

In the interest of promoting Shooting as a Family Sport… we encourage couples to displace their fears with the confidence of knowing they can defend themselves.  … and of course, it’s FUN!  Look at these pictures!

Learning to use cover…

Take pride in new disciplines…

It’s hard to find something a husband and wife can learn together at the same rate.  This was one of those magic three day moments… Bruce and Laurie just shined throughout the course.  Bruce  had old habits to break and Laurie came from no experience at all. I believe they can defend themselves today… the day of graduation…  

 The La Garita Pistol Club
Formed 5 Feb. 2012

Just one photo taken by my daughter Andre with her cell phone, naturally of her Papi, but folks, we had our first Club Meeting Today!  We are officially called “La Garita Pistol Club,” and we had eight members including, Enrique Rodriguez, President and Instructor in attendance. 

One of the highlights of the day….three members of a San Jose SWAT Team were on  hand to offer tips and who allowed us to join them at their practice session.  They made us feel at home and I was proud of my students as they went through the various courses of fire.  

If you’re getting this and want to be a member…active or not, please call or email for details.  As far as owning guns or renting guns and the various changes of law… remember, it’s a tug of war…Gun owners and gun store owners against those who are afraid for you to have one…they don’t always win.  Much of what you think you might know is not the way it is…  Paul

Next Meeting…Pistol Match!
Sunday, Feb 26   8:00 a.m.