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Cherry Point Skeet Club introduces SMP to shotgun sports Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom

Staff Sgt. Jared M. Sberal, left, instructs Sgt. Michael A. Whitaker on how to get a better shot at a clay pigeon during the skeet portion of the Single Marine Program Skeet Shoot at the MCAS Cherry Point Skeet Range, Friday. Sberal is a helicopter mechanic with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467, and Whitaker is a cable crewmen with telecommunication, information system directorate.

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — "Every Marine is a rifleman,” is a phrase every Marine knows and lives by, and in the case with some participants of the Single Marine Program, they can now claim themselves shotgun-men.

The SMP teamed up with volunteers from the Cherry Point Skeet Club March 2 at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Skeet Range, and the group shot clay pigeons from a variety of positions.

“We think the SMP is a great organization that does great things for the Marines of Cherry Point,” said retired Col. David L. Buland, president of the skeet club. “When they contacted us asking about the possibility of shooting here we took it one step further for them.”

The skeet club volunteers brought enough shotguns and clay pigeons for the Marines, and they started off with a full round of trap shooting.

A trap shoot is a shotgun competition where five shooters on a line fire at clay pigeons, which are fired in all directions and heights. The shooters fire five shells from a vantage point before shifting down the line to fire again. In total, the shooters fire 25 shells from five different points.

“I use to fire shotguns all the time but never at moving targets,” said Lance Cpl. Maxwell C. Bunnell, a switch technician with telecommunication information system directorate. “This was a great experience for me.”

The Marines then fired a round of skeet, which is another 25 shells fired at clay pigeons from eight different stations.

“I was asked by quite a few people about getting this arranged, and I thought it was a great opportunity to get the Marines out of the barracks and have some fun,” said Jen L. Krivoblavy, the SMP coordinator at MCAS Cherry Point. “The skeet club was very generous to us and allowed us to use the range for free. This was a great way to learn a new sport in a safe environment.”

The SMP will be conducting a skeet shoot every quarter, and with enough participation they will try to conduct them every month.

“It was great getting to shoot the shotguns and get this experience,” said Bunnell. “I hope more people take advantage of this opportunity because it gives you something fun to do other than sitting in the barracks playing video games.”


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This work, Cherry Point Skeet Club introduces SMP to shotgun sports, by LCpl Cory D. Polom, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:03.02.2012

Date Posted:03.09.2012 09:45

Location:MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, USGlobe

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