It is day two of the fundraiser to help erect a memorial honoring the Gold Star families. After signing in and while waiting for my name to be called, I walked over to the wall paying homage to all of my Brothers and Sisters. Some have come home and some have not. From there I went to the wall where the leader from day one of the shoot was posted. It was none other than Alan Ouellette, the brother of Corporal Michael Ouellette, in whose honor this shoot is being held. Alan’s score was 18.
When my name was called it was none other than Alan who was going to be scoring me. With the target set at 60 feet, 10 rounds were loaded into the 9mm Glock. It was now up to me. In a matter of a few minutes it was over and Alan was adding up my points. I got 20, beating his score by two. That put me on top; for now.
As of this writing there have been 10 shooters who have participated. I appeal to all you fellow Vets out there. It is not a matter of winning or losing. This is a great cause; one that honors all of our families. After all, they are the ones who make the greatest sacrifices.
This shoot runs the entire month, so get down there.
There is no greater honor than making the commitment to serve your country in the military. When we sign our names to that piece of paper we all know that there is always that possibility that we may be called upon to defend our country and possibly give our lives. This is a risk that we willingly take. After all, freedom is not free. While all of us some; some of us give all.
Some call us heroes, but that is a title that none of us has asked for nor want. The real heroes are those people who have stood, and still stand, behind us; our families. Without our families we wouldn’t be able to do the jobs that need to be done. Having served 12 years in the U.S. Army, I remember looking forward to mail call; to getting those “care packages” from home. Boxes filled with cookies and brownies that were shared with your brothers and sisters. These were the little things that kept me going. Thanks Mom.
Starting April 1st and running the entire month of April, Manchester Firing Line in Manchester, New Hampshire, is hosting a shooting contest to raise money to fund a monument dedicated to NH’s Gold Star Families. The event is being held in honor of USMC Corporal Michael Oulette who gave his life on March 22, 2009 saving the lives of his fellow Marines in Afghanistan. For his sacrifice Corporal Oulette was awarded Navy Cross (posthumously). Semper Fi, Corporal Oulette.
For a $20.00 entry fee shooters are given a Glock handgun, 10 rounds of ammo and one target, with the target set at 60 feet. The person with the most points at the end of April will be awarded a Glock handgun on 5/1/17. There is no limit to the number of times you can enter.
For more information go to www.gunsnh.com or call Manchester Firing Line at (603)-668-9015
By Dana Benner
To view this article on ODU Magazine website please follow the link to NH's Gold Star Families
Manchester Firing Line was featured in ODU Magazine "No matter how high tech an operation is it still takes great people to keep it going. The staff here is extremely professional; from the people behind the counter to those guys in the back that keep the range in tip top condition. If you have questions, there is someone there who can answer them. Perhaps this is your first time shooting. There are people there who can teach you the ropes. Maybe you want to try a firearm before you go out and buy it. This is the place to do it as they have many firearms available. In other words, this is a top notch operation and it is the people who make it this way..."
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Please stop in to support our TOYS FOR TOTS toy drive! It's our last couple of days to fill these boxes! Meet our very own LCPL Rick Dowd from Bravo Company 1/25. He has gifts from the Marines and Manchester Firing Line to give YOU as you drop off a new, unwrapped toy to ensure that one less child goes without a toy this Christmas. No purchase necessary, stop by, say Hi, and we thank you for your support!
Manchester Firing Line's first Annual Turkey Shoot CHAMPION! Graham's HIGH SCORE OF 88 won him two FRESH TURKEY'S from Raymond's Turkey Farm in Methuen, MA. One Turkey was donated to New Horizon's for New Hampshire Soup Kitchen in Graham's name and the other went home for Graham to enjoy this Thanksgiving! CONGRATULATIONS!
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