Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
Tuesday, November 27, 2001
By Smokey Briggs
Friends of the NRA not
exactly what it sounds like
Pecos is going to have its first "Friends of the NRA Banquet" on March
Well, it's not exactly what it sounds like.
Friends of the NRA is a fund raising organization dedicated to raising
money to support youth shooting programs. What I like best about this outfit
is that all of the money raised flows into the programs it was raised for.
This year the Pecos Rifle and Pistol Club is working in conjunction with
our local 4-H Club to bring back the local youth marksmanship program that
ceased to exist a few years ago.
By hosting a "Friends of the NRA Banquet" Pecos becomes eligible to apply
for grants through the program.
Shooting, in all of its forms, is a great sport. What I like most about
it is that you can compete throughout your life, and generally, you get better
It is also a sport that demands and teaches discipline, responsibility
and the value of perseverance. Natural talent is less important in the shooting
sports than most other athletics.
As a child, and later as a young man, I spent many constructive hours
shooting _ hours that might otherwise have been spent doing less constructive,
or even destructive things.
Today, it is a sport that I can still compete in, despite rapidly approaching
the 40 mark. As a matter of fact, I'm better today than I ever was, not that
that is saying a lot.
If we can help some kids down that same path it will be a good thing for
them, for Pecos, for Texas and for America.
The banquet itself is a fun night for all. Half a dozen firearms, a dozen
numbered and framed prints, and a slew of other merchandise will be auctioned
and raffled off. Jim Allen with Texas Department of Wildlife will also be
on hand with what I call the world's greatest video game _ a big screen television
hooked to a computer that registers shots from a laser "rifle."
Kids will have a great time with this if they can get their dads to step
The night will start with chicken-fried steak and all the fixings and
should get better from there.
During the next few months Pecos Valley Friends of the NRA members will
be soliciting sponsorships for the banquet and selling tickets for that night.
So, when one of these guys drops by your office, please don't drop kick
them out the door without at least taking a look at the program. It really
is a good one, and the money really does come back to Pecos to support our
kids' shooting sports.
Anyone interested can contact me here at the Enterprise.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Smokey Briggs is the editor and publisher of the
Pecos Enterprise whose column appears on Tuesdays. He can be e-mailed at:
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