There's a shooting event this weekend in which
the targets tell the marksman when they hit it.
It's the sixth annual Boomer Shoot, and it attracted
95 marksman from all over the U.S.
Organizer Joe Huffman of Moscow says his targets
contain a pound or so of explosives. Some of them
also contain gasoline. Huffman says he started
making explosive targets after attending a dynamite
shoot in 1996.
"It's fun," he says. "To hit something the size of a
fist from four or five hundred yards and have it do
something gives immediate gratification."
He says his mixture of ammonium nitrate, potassium
chlorate and liquid fuel is cheaper than dynamite. He
has a high explosive license from the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms so he can store the ingredients and
charge the $50 average entry to his shoot.
One participant this week is a theater director from
Another, Lars Bertsch, is a former aerospace worker
from Lenore. He says hitting a milk carton full of
explosives is better than a simple paper target. "It's
more reactive," he says.
Huffman said Friday they used the 330
targets they made Thursday. His web site indicates
Huffman expects to use another 500 targets when the
shoot continues Sunday. In all, that's over 700 pounds
of high explosives and 70 gallons of gasoline.
Huffman says tomorrow, U.S. Army Soldiers from Fort
Lewis near Tacoma will hold a shooting seminar.
He says the entire event is sold out.
If you'd like to inquire about next year, you
can go to Huffman's web site at www.boomershoot.org
or call him at 208-301-4254.