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Shootin’ it out for charity

Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 9:05 am

Two down and three to go - a shooter competes against others firing similar caliber weapons.

Two down and three to go – a shooter competes against others firing similar caliber weapons.

Shooters in Louisa County have contributed $38,790 to various charities over the past 11 years at Bowling Pin Shoots.  This Saturday is this year’s first opportunity to join in the fun and giving at the Bowling Pin Shoot sponsored by Day Lodge Number 58 and Mineral Lodge Number 311.

In 2004, Todd Freeman decided to offer his newly constructed shooting range to Day Lodge Number 58 for a bowling pin shoot. Freeman had participated in these shoots when he lived in northern Virginia and wanted to do something similar in Louisa County to benefit charity.

The event proved to be popular, it was repeated twice a year until 2011 when another shoot was added. Shoots are usually held between May and October at 5672 Bibb Store Road in Louisa.

The first shoot of 2015 is Saturday, May 2. All responsible ages are welcome, including young participants, as long as parents provide one-on-one supervision.  Since safety is paramount, no drugs, alcohol or pets are allowed at the event.  Guns must be carried in a zippered bag or secured in a holster.

Six shooters compete in each run to see who can shoot five bowling pins off a table in the fastest time.  There are different classes so that guns of similar caliber compete together.  This year, an open class was introduced for weapons with optics, iron sights, or recoil compensators to level the playing field.

While proceeds from the upcoming shoot will benefit Murray Lodge Number 175, many charities have been past beneficiaries.  These causes include Louisa Little League, Louisa County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, Boy Scout Troop #183, Louisa County High School Athletic Department, Relay for Life, the Knights of Columbus for St. Jude’s Hospital, Future Farmers of America and Mineral Lodge Number 311.

Freeman makes the final determination regarding each shoot’s beneficiary.  Before making that decision, “he talks to people in the community to see where there’s a need,” explained his wife, Tammy Freeman.  Other Masons also weigh in on the choice.

To read the entire story, see the April 30 edition of The Central Virginian.