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Cherokee Rod & Gun Club offers free youth firearm safety programs

November 23rd, 2011 3:22 pm by Staff Report

Cherokee Rod & Gun Club offers free youth firearm safety programs

The club provides all the needed equipment, including rifles, bullets and hearing and eye protection.

Kingsport’s Cherokee Rod & Gun Club offers a free youth firearm safety and target shooting program every second and fourth Sunday of the month year-round. Children’s parents do not have to be club members to participate in the training session, which is held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The club provides all the needed equipment, including rifles, bullets and hearing and eye protection.


According to Club President Bob Camponovo, Cherokee Rod & Gun Club also offers a competition shooting program, called the Blue Dragons, for teens. The Blue Dragons currently stand No. 1 in the nation for their aggregate team score in competitive small bore rifle shooting. The team is coached by NRA-certified coach David Wortring, who explained that the team travels around the nation participating in competitions where both college and Olympic coaches are in attendance looking for upcoming talent. Growing up, Kingsport native Elijah Ellis participated with the Blue Dragons and was offered a scholarship to Ole Miss, which he declined in order to join the University of Kentucky program. Camponovo said Cherokee Rod & Gun Club’s Blue Dragons has produced several national champions.


Aside from the monthly youth program, the Club also offers two additional functions that are open to the public - a Kids’ Fishing Derby and Ladies’ Day. The Fishing Derby is normally scheduled on the second Saturday in June, and Ladies’ Day is always the first Saturday in May.


The annual membership to Cherokee Rod & Gun Club is $75, and allows members access to the range, shooting programs and tournaments. For more information on Cherokee Rod & Gun Club, contact Camponovo at 423-956-1230.

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