Two-day competition in northeastern Ohio features disabled shooters


GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Two of the most unique shooting sports events in the United States will take place April 19 and 20 at the Vienna Fish and Game Club in Vienna, Ohio.

Visitors to the indoor range will witness the top precision air rifle and air pistol marksmen from across the nation, displaying their skills in two days of high level competition. What makes these events so unique is that because of a physical challenge, all of the shooters will be performing from a wheelchair.

The Hillside Hospital Gift Shop 600 will be held April 19, with the Buckeye Nationals 600 conducted on the following day.

Each day’s competition events will begin at 8 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. Spectators are welcome, and admission to the range is free.

Experts available

In addition to the competition events, both days will see the appearance of the two most experienced adaptive shooting sports innovators in the nation.

Bob Robertson is a two-time United States Paralympic Shooting Team coach and past range director of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Dave Baskin is a member of the Wheelchair Sports USA Hall of Fame and founder of the National Rifle Association’s Disabled Shooting Services Department, which he managed from it’s inception in 1994 until his retirement in 2007. The two shooting sports experts will be available to answer visiting sportsmen’s technical questions on how to hunt and target shoot with a physical challenge.

For more information, call Dick Dietz at 440-582-8643.

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