POWELL, Wyoming — Gun and shooting sports enthusiasts can get in a little virtual target practice or feel some of the pressure a soldier endures during a lifelike scenario in war-torn Afghanistan all at a Northwest College student fundraiser Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, in Powell.
Students in the NWC Criminal Justice Club will open the college’s Firearms Simulator to the public from noon-9 p.m. both days. Participants can aim for speed and accuracy in a pepper poppers target practice scenario or work on their reflexes and judgment in a “Tour of Afghanistan” that features two scenarios.
In one scenario, the participant becomes a member of a patrol going through a village where townspeople and enemy combatants are both moving in and out of buildings while helicopters flying overhead and other distractions complicate the scene. The other scenario puts the participant in a green room defense position against multiple enemies.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female shooters in the target practice exercise.
Participants first receive a safety briefing and get acquainted with the Glock pistols and AR-15 rifles they’ll use in the scenarios.
$5 buys three rounds of target practice; the price is reduced to $2 for subsequent rounds. A $2 fee is added to use the AR-15 for targets. The “Tour of Afghanistan” costs $5.
The money raised from the event will help students in the NWC Criminal Justice Club pay for a trip to San Francisco to get first-hand experience in big city law enforcement practices through a tour and ride alongs with the police department, and of course, a visit to Alcatraz.
Raffle tickets will also be sold for a GoPro Hero3 Black Bundle, a Heckler & Koch VP 9mm pistol and gift cards from Cabela’s and Scheel’s.
The NWC Criminal Justice Club Fundraiser will be conducted in Room 125 of the Yellowstone Building. Parking is available off of Division St.
For more information, contact Tori Rootes, 406-740-1755, or Felipe Contreras, 208-571-5261.