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Westwood Gun Club celebrates 15 years of shooting sporting clays

  “Don Hamlin had an idea to bring sporting clays to the Lake Almanor Basin and in 1988, he hand-built 12 traps to throw clay targets,” course designer George Orloff said.

  The 12 traps throw a variety of clays, including standard, midi, mini, battue and rabbit targets.

  “The posts were installed in the wooded area of Westwood Gun Club by myself, Jess Bayer and Dave Gonyer,” Orloff added.

  May through October is the club season and, according to Orloff, the range sees a steady stream of dedicated shooters utilizing the facility.

  “Anyone is welcome to come to the range and shoot whatever shotgun he or she may have; however, most shooters use open chokes such as cylinder, skeet or improved cylinder,” Orloff said. He also said no larger shot than 7-1/2 is permitted.

  Shooters come from all parts of California and Nevada to the popular facility. The club even has one group that travels up each year from San Diego for the annual “Grizzle” shoot.

  “What really makes this club unique is that we have the ability to move the traps so each time the presentation will be completely different,” he said.

  The work detail for setting up the course is comprised of Chris Morgenroth, Bill Quadrio, Bill Dolphin and Orloff. Other club members help to close the course down in the afternoon.

  “This type of shooting is like golf with a shotgun. To find out more about the club and our schedules you can call me at 596-4116 or Chris Morgenroth at 258-3295,” Orloff said.

  Club schedules may also be viewed at alhooprange.org.

  Shooting starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. on weekends.

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