Press Release: Gazette-Virginian
The Halifax County Gun Club hosted the 2019 annual Portsmouth-Langley Open Shoot this past week-end. This distinct name of this event goes back some years when there was a very active gun club located on the Langley Air Base at Hampton, Va. Due to military expansion on the base the gun club was forced to close. Dedicated members of this club did not want to disband so they merged with the nearby Portsmouth, Va. club. Unfortunately, again due to urban expansion, the Portsmouth Gun Club was also forced to close. Determined to keep their name and tradition alive arrangements were made with the Halifax Gun Club to hold their annual event at the Halifax club. This has proven to be very, very successful and will be permanently hosted by the local club.
Near perfect shooting weather presented itself during the event which contributed to the excellent scores. Although a perfect score of 100x100 was not obtained during the event Pam Larrowe came very close in the 12 gauge and 28 gauge events. She scored 99s in both events and won both outright. Continuing on her dominating streak, she also won the very challenging .410 gauge event with a remarkable score of 97. That strong performance led to her also winning the coveted HOA (High Over All) for the shoot.
Shooters Jim Smith and David Sink prevented Larrowe from making a clean sweep of this year’s event. Both Smith and Sink finished the 20 gauge event with identical scores of 99. After a tie breaking shoot off Smith emerged as winner and Sink as runner up. Many of the visiting competitors already have plans to attend next year’s shoot.
Many compliments were received for the local gun club thanks to the great fellowship, food and hospitality. Halifax is known to be one of the top clubs in Virginia to compete even when facing much larger clubs in places like Fairfax, Richmond and Fredericksburg. Larrowe, who competes in shoots all over the country, stated Halifax is her favorite club to shoot registered targets.