|Most guns available in marketplace today can be fired at 2011 Turner’s Outdoorsman Shooting Sports Fair at Raahauges.
BY JIM MATTHEWS
SPECIAL TO WESTERN OUTDOOR NEWS
Published: May 17, 2011
CORONA — You know the definition of a “cast-and-blast? That’s where you can hunt and fish on the same trip. The Shooting Sports Fair held each year at Raahauge’s Shooting Enterprises in Corona the first full weekend in June is a “blast-and-blast-and-blast... and then blast some more.”
The original hands-on gun show, the 2011 Turner’s Outdoorsman Shooting Sports Fair will be staged June 3-5 at Raahauge’s, allowing those who attend the show to see and shoot most of the firearms available in the marketplace today.
Yes, shoot. You can shoot them all.
From all of the latest pistols and revolvers, to the sleek semi-automatic guns that have become so popular with recreational and target shooters, to the more traditional hunting rifles and shotguns, they all are available to be fired. In addition, there is a wide array of historical and classic firearms and weaponry that can also be fired. You want to crank off a round through an historic howitzer, classic .45-70 buffalo rifle, or shoot a vintage Gatlin gun? This is your chance. Want to shoot a .50 BMG or .338 Lapua long-range target rifle? They’re at the Sports Fair.
The vast majority of the worldís sporting firearm makers are represented at the Sports Fair, with Smith & Wesson, Remington, Ruger, Marlin, Savage, Mossberg, Beretta, Benelli, Legacy Sports (the Howa, Puma, Verona and Escort lines), Taurus, Springfield Armory, Glock, ParaUSA, Stoeger, and many others represented on the main firing lines.
This show is the ultimate firearms test drive, where you can see, compare, and actually shoot the guns you may have been interested in purchasing. In the Polymer challenge, you can handle and shoot Glock, Smith & Wesson, and Springfield, 45s, 40s, and 9mms side-by-side to get a real world comparison of these three polymer pistols. Youíd like a hunting handgun, but wonder if the .500 S&W or .44 Desert Eagle recoil too much for you. You can shoot them here. It is pretty typical for over a half-million rounds of ammunition were fired over the three days of the event.
THE 2011 SHOOTING Sports Fair will run from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5. Admission is $12 person each day, with kids 14 and under free throughout the event. Women get in free on Friday. There are $2 off coupons available from a number of locations, including all Turner's Outdoorsman stores and Moss Brother car dealerships. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
While shooting has always been the main focus of the Sports Fair, there is a heavy emphasis on education this year, with a major slate of seminar speakers who will be giving hourly presentation in the new seminar tent right near the firing line. Here’s a brief line-up of the speakers and their topics:
Pete Schumacher, a 30-year veteran of hunting Southern California waterfowl on refuges, public land, and duck clubs, will give presentations each of the three days on when and when not to call, the different calls to use in specific situations, and decoy spreads and placement. He will teach beginning how to be successful immediately and give experienced hunters tips and tidbits that will help them become more successful.
Harold Horner, the only upland bird hunting guide in California’s Mojave Desert, will be providing information on how and where to hunt chukar in close-to-home spots in the West Mojave. Horner will have the latest information on this year’s bird hatch and give new and veteran hunters tips and advice that will make them more successful this fall. He will have seminars each day.
Jimmy Rizzo, a transplanted Southerner who makes a living killing problem predators in Southern California, will cover calling predators in Southern California. He will talk about how to call heavily pressured coyotes, stand selection and tactics, and firearms. He will also cover how to vary the routine to lure in bobcats, foxes, and bears. Rizzo will only be giving seminars on Friday and Sunday.
Deiter Kaboth is a national champion elk caller and varmint caller who works for Hunter Specialties. Kaboth will be covering the most important steps to become a successful elk hunter on public lands. He will also explain how important elk calling is for hunters throughout the season, not just during the bugle. He will also cover predator calling and hunting on Saturday (when Rizzo will be unavailable), and his elk seminars will be daily.
Paul Cacciatori of Starlight Kennels will again be giving hunters his demonstration on how simple and rewarding it is to train your dog to be a good field dog, focusing on discipline and retrieving. These seminars have been one of the most popular seminars at the Sports Fair since its inception, and they will be given all three days of the event.
The seminars will be held closer to the firing lines this year, so those attending the show don’t have to walk from one end of the fair grounds to the other to hear these speakers.
There’s even more you’ll want to see and do at the Sports Fair this year. If you have a field dog, you can bring it along and Natural Solutions Rattlesnake Aversion will be doing snake break training for dogs all three days. There will be daily demonstrations on cowboy mounted shooting from horseback — the kids really love this — and there will be a fishing lake, a rock climbing wall, air soft guns, and BB guns just for the kids. The latest in outdoor vehicles will be on display, and most of the nation’s major hunting conservation organizations will be on hand. Give yourself plenty of time, or plan on coming more than one day.