Fun Was the Target

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Ken Hashizume (holding shotgun) won a gold medal in his first experience shooting as a beginner. (Photos courtesy Lynn Wadahara)

Ken Hashizume (holding shotgun) won a gold medal in his first experience shooting as a beginner. (Photos courtesy Lynn Wadahara)

The inaugural Nikkei Games Shotgun Sporting Tournament was held Aug. 11 at the Triple B Clays range in El Monte.

Some 71 people signed up to shoot in the event, geared to the newcomer and those with little or no experience with firing a shotgun at a flying target.

A primary goal of the tournament was to introduce and teach gun safety to the Nikkei community. A safety course was held in the morning and basic gun safety was taught to all of the 200 in attendance, whether or not they had planned to shoot.

Ages ranged from as young as 14 to 88 years old, representing three Nikkei generations, standing next to each other learning how to safely shoot a flying clay target in the air with a shotgun.

In order to insure a safe environment and tournament, there were many experienced skeet and sporting clay shooters that volunteered their time and in some cases even brought extra shotguns for the participants to use.

The targets simulate the flight of different kinds of game birds and in one case a rabbit that bounces on the ground in front of you.

For information on this and future tournaments, call or email Mike Ishikawa at [email protected] or (310) 925-9604.

Roberta Luna gets a few tips from tournament committee member Keith Tsuchiyama.

Roberta Luna gets a few tips from tournament committee member Keith Tsuchiyama.

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