Friday, August 15, 2008

Texas' Oldest Gun Club

This makes me wish I lived closer to New Braunfels.

From The Herald Zeitung:

By Andrew Martinez

Image by Laura McKenzie

In 1849, 14 local residents began the New Braunfels Schuetzen Verein (shooting club) and almost 160 years later the club is as strong as ever.

About 100 members belong to the Schuetzen Verein and meet twice a month to shoot .22 caliber rimfire cartridges at targets 100 yards away. The club’s calendar revolves around its participation in four annual competitions hosted by its members and other local shooting clubs.

What makes the club standout is not the competitions they have or the ammunition they shoot, it’s the Schuetzen Verein’s rich tradition and history.

“This club was formed on July 4, 1849, so we believe it’s not only the oldest gun club in Texas but the oldest in the nation,” said Scott McCash, the club’s president. “We also think it’s the oldest club of any kind in New Braunfels"....

...“We have members who shoot because their parents shot and their grandparents shot and now their raising their children to shoot,” Merkel said. “Many are shooting with the same gun that they got from their dad or from their grandparents; it’s very traditional.”
If the club is still together a century from now, those Martini's will continue to be putting holes in the black.

1 comment:

All-Mi-T [Thought Crime] Rawdawgbuffalo said...

couldnt get over how nice the stock on that rifle is