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Practical shooting at NMPSA Firing Range CDO

This year 2012 has been a year of many firsts for this Mindanao blogger. For the very first time, I was sent to the USA by the US Embassy in Manila for a really special leadership program. I was also given the chance to accompany US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas when he visited Mindanao last July. And on a less formal (but still very exciting) opportunity, I met a1, Blue and Jeff Timmons. I also have a new sport this year – boxing! Yup! Who knew I’d fall in love with boxing? 🙂

And now I have fallen in love with another sport – practical shooting.

Practical shooting is a sport which “challenges an individual’s ability to shoot rapidly and accurately with a full-power handgun, rifle, or shotgun.” Yes, folks, practical shooting is shooting with real guns and real bullets!

Now I’m not even going to try to lie. When I received the invitation to try practical shooting at NMPSA Firing Range in CDO, I had reservations. And for good reason. The mere thought of handling a gun (a loaded one at that!) scares the living daylights out of me! But I knew that was my chance to face my fearand conquer it!

nmpsa firing range cdo

But before tapping your inner Godfather, read these 4 cardinal rules of gun safety:

nmpsa firing range cdo

And pay attention to your range instructor:

nmpsa firing range cdo

My friends and I were oriented with the various types of guns, pistols and rifles at NMPSA Firing Range Cagayan de Oro – a .45 caliber gun, a .22 pistol, an MP5, a Ruger (my favorite!), a World War 2 sub-machine gun called a Thompson and a shotgun.

guns at nmpsa

.45 caliber gun

rifles at nmpsa

After tutorials on gun handling, bullet reloading and gun safety (finger out if you’re not ready to fire yet!), it’s time to fireeeee!

The moment of truth (*gulp*)

nmpsa firing range cagayan de oro

mindanaoan 22 caliber pistol

Don’t be fooled by my all-knowing stance in these photos. I WAS SCARED TO DEATH. I actually kept on screaming. I almost backed out. Good thing the rifle instructor was so patient with me and told me that there was really nothing to be afraid of.

He was so right.

When I finally fired that .45 caliber gun, I felt like as if years…no, DECADES…worth of stress got dissolved. I felt like a huge boulder was just lifted off my shoulders. I felt…ASTIG 😀

IT. WAS. AMAZING!!!

mindanaoan 45 gun

After that very first shot, I already felt so comfortable. I knew there and then that I liked practical shooting and I wanted to do this over and over again.

My favorite was the Ruger. I actually hit a metal plate! When I fired the .45 caliber gun, on the other hand, I also hit the “A” on the paper target. Yay! 😀

I conquered my fear, folks! And you can do it, too!

Give practical shooting a try. DO IT AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFE! You won’t regret it, believe me!!! Think of it as something new to do in CDO 🙂

The NMPSA Firing Range CDO is located at Zone 9, Anhawon, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City. For reservations and inquiries, please contact Rheinhart at (+63) 9177170209 You may also want to check out the NMPSA Firing Range CDO Facebook Page

Northern Mindanao Practical Shooting Association, Inc., by the way, is an accredited Gun Club with three (3) accredited firing ranges in Region X.

Here are the available packages:

Company Package

P500.00/person. (Minimum: 15 pax, Maximum: 25 pax)
Duration: half day(approx 4.5 hrs)

Package includes:

• Lecture of Range Instructor about the Rules of Firearm Safety, Fundamentals of Shooting, Dry Firing, Live Shooting and Unloading Firearms
• Use of 4 Firearms(Pistol, Sub Machine-Gun, Rifle, Shotgun)
• 10 rds pistol ammunition
• 15 rds sub machine gun ammunition
• 12 rds .22 rifle ammunition
• 1 rd shotgun ammunition
• 1 small target paper
• Free use of range and equipment
• For companies outside Cagayan de Oro, we will be having a free transportation service from specific pick up points.
• Additional P70.00 for lunch(food and drink)

Tourist Packages:

Barkada 1 Package (10 persons or more) P 6,000.00

• 30 minutes lecture of Range Instructor about the Rules of Firearm Safety, Fundamentals of Shooting, Dry Firing, Live Shooting and Unloading of Firearms.
• Use of 3 Firearms ( Pistol, Shotgun and Sub-machine Gun)
• 10 target papers
• 100 rounds of pistol ammunitions
• 100 rounds of sub-machine gun ammunitions
• 10 rounds of shotgun ammunitions
• Free use of range and equipments

Barkada 2 Package (5 persons or more) P 3,000.00

• 30 minutes lecture of Range Instructor about the Rules of Firearm Safety, Fundamentals of Shooting, Dry Firing, Live Shooting and Unloading of Firearms.
• Use of 3 Firearms ( Pistol, Shotgun and Sub-machine Gun)
• 5 target papers
• 50 rounds of pistol ammunitions
• 50 rounds of sub-machine gun ammunitions
• 5 rounds of shotgun ammunitions
• Free use of range and equipments

Small Group Packages

Sub- Machine Gun MP5 (1 or 3 persons) P 2,000.00
• Lecture
• 3 target papers
• 50 rounds of ammunitions
• With Range Instructor’s assistance

Pistol Classic 1911 (1 or 3 persons) P 1,250.00
• Lecture
• 3 target papers
• 50 rounds of ammunitions
• With Range Instructor’s assistance

Sub- Machine Gun Thompson (1 or 3 persons) P 1,600.00
• Lecture
• 3 target papers
• 50 rounds of ammunitions
• With Range Instructor’s assistance

Shotgun Pump Action P 750.00
• Lecture
• 1 target paper
• 10 rounds of ammunitions
• With Range Instructor’s assistance

Ruger 10-22 Rifle P 1000.00
• Lecture
• 3 target papers
• 100 rounds of ammunitions
• With Range Instructor’s assistance

Every tourist package will consume a maximum of 2 hours. NMPSA Firing Range CDO requires early bookings and reservations for the availability of the range.

Time Schedule for tourist packages:
• 8:00 – 10:00 AM Monday – Sunday
• 10:00 – 12:00 AM Monday – Sunday
• 1:00 – 3:00 PM Monday – Sunday
• 3:00 – 5:00 PM Monday – Sunday
• 5:00 – 7:00 PM Monday – Sunday

For reservations and inquiries, please contact Rheinhart at (+63) 9177170209

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