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Free Air Pistol Program in Columbus, Ohio

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Post by TargetPistolGuy 9/12/2023, 8:54 am


The fall session of the City of Columbus’ Therapeutic Marksmanship Program (Air Pistol) kicked off last night and I’m hoping to get the word out to those in the area that might be interested.  Basically, this is a fun (mostly non-competitive) weekly program that goes on Monday nights from 5:30pm to 6:45pm.  The program is hosted by the city’s therapeutic recreation department at the Franklin Park Adventure Center (1755 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43203)

This program is supported primarily through VA Adaptive Sports grants but we’ve also received support from Red Feather Outdoors and PVA.  It is geared toward the adaptive community but all are welcome.  We’re really just trying to create a good marksmanship community.  The typical attendee is brand new to shooting so our evenings are mostly instruction and an abbreviated match of time allows.  This is perfect for people who have no experience but a willingness to learn.  Instructors are area coaches and shooters, including myself.  

There is no cost and all equipment is provided.  You can bring your own as well.  We currently shoot a mixture of Hammerlis, Walther, and Benelli.  Targets are fully electronic Sport Quantum SQ10s.  For those who want to compete there is money and equipment available to shoot CMP monthly matches in Camp Perry.  

Please share broadly.  Below is more information and the registration info.  

Hello All,
We are looking forward to another fun and exciting session of Therapeutic Marksmanship supported by the PVA Buckeye Chapter and extended weeks to hone your skills. If you know anyone who may be interested in participating, please share this email! 
New this year: 
Therapeutic Rec is aligning with Community Rec on city-wide participant registration processes and interested participants will need to register for Marksmanship on CRPD’s Activenet Registration site. Preferably before our first practice on Monday, September 11. 5:00 pm-6:45 pm.
Sign in or Create account | Columbus Recreation and Parks-Online (activecommunities.com)
Hover over Activities > select Therapeutic Recreation > select and enroll in the program
click http://apm.activecommunities.com/columbusrecparks/Activity_Search/98686
A leisure card will be issued at a late date. This will be used to check-in.
All volunteers assisting our programming must sign-up through Volunteerhub and pass a free background check before attending a practice or event. Just check the box.
Link: Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD) (volunteerhub.com)
2023-2024 Therapeutic Marksmanship Schedule 
Practice Session Location:
Franklin Park Adventure Center
1755 E Broad St. Columbus, Oh 43203
Monday’s 5:00 pm- 6:45 pm; Starting Monday, Sept 11
The center will close at 7 p.m., so please schedule transportation to be picked up before 7 p.m.
Competitions at Camp Perry may be available provided participants meet the qualifications.
Personal Equipment grants:
If you're in need of your own personal equipment and meet SCI requirements, consider applying for https://kellybrushfoundation.org/theactivefund/ It ends Sept 22.I'm happy to help you fill out and type a recommendation letter.
CAF Grant opens Sept 1 – Nov 3rd (generally gets awarded spring the next year)
I'm happy to help you fill out and type a recommendation letter.
Equipment sign-out:
Limited equipment is available to participants at no charge during sessions. If you need equipment for competitions and once you’ve registered for the program, contact jlfinton@columbus.gov to schedule a fitting provided equipment there is some available. The equipment must be returned at the end of the event and is your responsibility to transport to/from tournaments and general maintenance. If the signed-out equipment is lost, stolen, or damaged, it is the athlete's responsibility to replace the equipment.
We look forward to seeing you on September 11th!


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