Olympic shooter to visit Thursday


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DALMATIA — Vincent Hancock, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in skeet shooting, will visit Keystone Shooting Park for an open house and meet and greet event from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at Keystone Shooting Park (KSP), 610 Game Farm Road, the Olympic-caliber facility that opened two years ago on the grounds of Martz’ Game Farm.
Hancock, part of Team USA, won gold at both the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and at last summer’s games in London. He is ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Sports Shooting Federation, the governing body for Olympic-style shooting sports. He is also a two time world champion and most recently won the World Cup Gold Medal in Acapulco, Mexico.
Hancock will have his Olympic medals on display and will be signing autographs and will be available for photos. He will also put on a demonstration of his skills on the Olympic Skeet range at KSP.
The open house and meet and greet are being supported by the Beretta USA Corp., which will have its “demonstration van” on hand through Sunday. It includes 20 shotguns of all models, configurations and gauges for use by the general public. Range safety officers will be on hand and all of these firearms will be available for use on both the KSP and Martz Game Farm shotgun ranges.
Beretta will also have a few rifle models as well as several of their handgun models available for viewing and handling. All aspects of this event are to encourage family unity and promote safe and responsible gun ownership. Use of the Beretta demonstration guns will be at no charge, and Keystone Shooting Park will provide ammunition and targets as well as food and beverages at no cost to all who attend.
On Thursday and Friday, Hancock will conduct clinics with future Olympic hopefuls from around the nation.
Allen Chubb, KSP president, welcomed young and old to meet “an Olympic hero.” He noted Beretta will have its new DT-11 shotgun in trap, skeet and sporting clay configurations, as well as the brand new model 692 that will arrive from Italy.
In case of inclement weather, tents will be erected.
On the Net: www.keystoneshootingpark.com

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