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EDITORS: Turner's Outdoorsman has obtained permission from Jim Matthews and Western Outdoor News to allow use of the following material. Matthews is the guns and hunting editor at Western Outdoor News and a syndicated outdoor columnist in Southern California. You can use the material with or without credit or as merely background information. If you would like general photos from last year's fair, or photos of any of the seminar speakers, please contact Andy McCormick at Turner's (909-590-7425).

The Shooting Sports Fair -- Norco, CA
June 1,2,3
Friday, June 1, noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 3. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to the show is $12 for adults per day, and parking is free this year. There are $2 off admission discount coupon at all Turner's Outdoorsman stores. On Friday, women are admitted free, and kids 14 and under get in free all three days. There will also be a National Rifle Association booth outside the show grounds, and if you sign up for NRA membership, you will gain free admittance to the show.

For more information or directions, call Raahauge's Shotgun Sports at (909) 735-7981 or (909) 735-2361
Parking is free this year. There is a $5 fee for preferred parking, with all of the proceeds for this parking fee going to the California Sporting Goods Association to battle anti-gun politicians.
You can pick up a $2 off admission discount coupon at all Turner's Outdoorsman stores. On Friday, women are admitted free, and kids 14 and under get in free all three days. There will also be a National Rifle Association booth outside the show grounds, and if you sign up for NRA membership, you will gain free admittance to the show.

Free seminars, demonstrations highlight the 2000 Raahauge's Shooting Sports Fair NORCO -- The seminar and exhibition slate at the Raahauge's Shooting Sports Fair is worth the price of admission, according to Mike Raahauge, organizer of the event. "You'd normally have to pay more than the price of admission to the fair to see any of these exhibitions or attend a seminar by these people," said Raahauge of the June 1-3 event held at his ranges here. Here's a listing of the daily exhibition and seminar slate:
-- John Cloherty will give shooting exhibitions that feature his rifle, handgun, and shotgun shooting skills. His claim to fame is the creation of the "half-acre salad" with his shotgun, and he set a record for the most clay targets broken in one hour at 4,451 at a previous Shooting Sports Fair.
-- Duane Adams, the king of monster mule deer and the man who perfected glassing for big game with high-power, tripod-mounted binoculars, will present daily seminars on big game glassing techniques and how he finds the biggest mule deer in the West.
-- The Safari Club will have its portable, hands-on moving exhibit called the "Sensory Safari" at the fair. The mobile trailer features an exhibit of donated animal mounts, skulls, skins, and horns and provides a unique opportunity for children and the sight-impaired to experience the size of a grizzly bear, the shaggy mane of a lion, or the teeth of an alligator.
-- Durwood Hollis, authors of books on elk hunting, game care, and outdoor knives, will give seminars on Saturday and Sunday on elk hunting and knife selection.
-- Paul Caccatori of Starlight Kennels will be giving daily seminars on hunting dog selection, training and care.
-- Jim Matthews, guns and hunting editor at Western Outdoor News, will be giving seminars on both hog hunting and upland bird hunting in Southern California and the resources available to hunters.
-- There will be a quail calling seminar put on by Quail Unlimited. The group will also show hunters how to make their own calls.

`Hands-On' Shooting Sports Fair to be held this weekend at Raahauge's
By JIM MATTHEWS Outdoor News Service NORCO --
We take it for granted that when buying a new car, there will be a test drive involved so we can actually see if the beast handles and has the pep that we like in our vehicles. We want to make sure the seat is comfortable while we're operating the car and not just sitting in the showroom. When buying a new firearm, a lot of us go through months of anguish worrying about whether or not a certain new gun is actually what we want. We drive our local gun shop dealer a little batty, showing up once or twice a week to get fingerprints all over the new shotgun or lightweight revolver, peering through the sights, checking its fit in our hands. If we could just step out back behind the gun shop and shoot a box of ammo, the deal would be cemented in our minds much quicker.
The 2001 version of the Raahauge's Shooting Sports Fair to be held June 1-3 at Raahauge's facility in Norco is your opportunity to test drive the gun of your dreams. The Sports Fair remains the largest hands-on gun show in the nation where you can actually shoot the firearms on display. This is the ultimate test drive because you can shoot dozens of different firearms at the same place. Virtually all of the nation's major firearms makers will be in attendance, and it offers gun enthusiasts a unique opportunity to not only handle the products, but also to shoot them under supervised conditions to see how the guns will perform on the range and in the field. New shooters can get practical instruction and learn the fun of the shooting sports. Just some of the reasons to attend the event:
-- You've read about the new .300 Winchester Short Magnum. You can shoot one at the Browning booth.
-- You've read about the new short-barreled Smith & Wesson or Taurus titanium and scandium handguns in .357 magnum or .44 Special and the idea of such a light, powerful gun appeals to you, but you weren't sure if you could handle the recoil or muzzle blast from such a light gun. Well, here you can shoot a couple of cylinders-full of ammunition and make an informed decision
-- You can shoot a round of Sporting Clays or Five Stand using the latest shotguns from Winchester, Browning, and others. And do it at bargain prices that include ammunition and targets ($10 for a round of 25).
-- You will want to stop by the California Sporting Goods Association's booth and spin the wheel of fortune a time or two. For every $5 spin you win a prize of that value and have a chance to win much more.
-- Pick up a copy of the Turner's Outdoorsman coupon book -- available only to fair goers -- that has more than $10,000 worth of savings on shooting, hunting, and firearm products.
-- Nostalgia freak? You might want to go just to shoot a genuine, restored Gatlin gun, cranking out a 20, 50 or 100 rounds. (We don't want to know what you're imagining when you do that.) Or Learn about Cowboy Action shooting and fire authentic guns from the old West, or watch the mounted posse show how the cowboys did it in the old days from the backs of their steeds.
-- Or maybe you just want to shoot the new Ruger .480, one of the most powerful handgun rounds in the world. Maybe you have an elk hunt scheduled for this fall and want to actually shoot one of the new Remington Model 700 7mm Ultra Mags before buying one. Or do you want to test the new Marlin .450 lever gun to see if it truly lives up to its billing as the ultimate bear and pig gun.
-- For sure, you'll want to visit the kid's Red Ryder air rifle booth. It is a blast for both kids and adults. Joel DePoli, who has run the booth, has expanded the booth size so the lines don't get too long and the kids can shoot even more at this free shooting booth.
From there take the family to the Turner's Outdoorsman Women's and Youth Shooting Booth allows women and youngsters an opportunity to shoot .22 rimfires and 20 gauge shotguns while getting instruction in gun safety and shooting techniques.
These two are good first stops for families before heading to other shooting stations. In addition to the opportunity to shoot just about any firearm made today, the Sports Fair will have a whole host of shooting related activities, seminars, demonstrations and displays that have made many visitors decide to come back for a second day when they found they couldn't do and see everything at the show in a single day.
Three top seminars for this year's show include:
John Cloherty, one of the most versatile trick shooters who uses rifles, handguns and shotguns, will put on daily shooting exhibitions that include creation of the half-acre salad in a dazzling display of shotgun shooting.
Duane Adams, the Arizona hunting guide known around the world for his glassing techniques that have allowed him to guide hunters to literally hundreds of trophy Kaibab mule and Coues whitetail, will be giving daily seminars on his hunting techniques.
Rob Leatham will knock down steel plates faster than you can move your eyes from one to the other. Leatham is widely considered one of the finest handgun shooters in the world.

John Cloherty sees the world through rose-colored glasses NORCO -- John Cloherty buys aspirin by the hundreds but he doesn't use them to ease the pain of headaches. In fact, he might give a few headaches as he shoots the aspirin out of the air with a .22 rifle. But he also likes to blast clay targets in flight with his revolver, and he prefers making his tossed salads with a shotgun. While some people might see this activity as a bit odd, Cloherty is seeing the world through rose-colored glasses -- both figuratively and literally.
The 46-year-old Pasadena resident has the reputation as one of the finest exhibition shooters in the West, reviving the era when all of the major firearm manufacturers had traveling road shows with trick shooters who used shotguns, rifles and pistols in their often incredible displays of marksmanship. It's like living a dream for the long-time shooter and hunter. "This career has developed well past my wildest dreams," said Cloherty, who will be returning the weekend of June 1-3 to the place where his career was launched 14 years ago. "I watched Dan Carlisle, one of the best exhibition shooters in the world, perform here. I was just amazed, and 10 minutes later I decided I wanted to learn how to do some of those tricks."
Cloherty had watched Carlisle, an Olympic medalist in shotgun shooting, at the Raahauge's Shooting Sports Fair. This year, Cloherty will return to the Sports Fair as the headlining exhibition shooter at this annual event. And he's adding some new twists to the succession of outstanding exhibition shooting programs that have been a benchmark of this show since its inception. "I'm trying to bring a wider range of guns into my act than has ever been done in recent years,'" said Cloherty of his daily performances.
"Using shotguns, rifles, and handguns hasn't been done since the 1920s and 30s." Cloherty, who set a world record at the Sports Fair for the most clay targets broken in one hour at 4,551, also sees his exhibitions as a benefit to the shooting sports and gun ownership in general. "This is a way for all people to see that those of us who like to use guns are not insane whackos in a tower some where. We are just people who like to go out with their guns and have fun," said Cloherty. He uses the booming growth of sporting clays shotgun shooting, as an example of a tremendously fun and safe sport that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
The Raahauge's Shooting Sports Fair, which was the first firearms show in the nation that was a hands-on affair, allowing those attending the show to both look at and shoot the latest in firearms, has never had an exhibition shooter that used anything other than shotguns in his program.
Cloherty uses a .22 rifle to break a succession of smaller targets in the air, finishing with Alka-Seltzer and aspirin tablets. He also uses a .45 auto handgun to break aerial targets. But shotgun shooting is his specialty. His trademarks are a brilliant-colored gun and an over-the-head shooting style. He can also break targets shooting between his legs like a football center, while holding the gun upside down. He calls this stunt the "quarterback's nightmare." The perennial favorite of his program is something all of the shotgun exhibition shooters call the "quarter-acre salad."
There is something about watching cabbages and watermellons explode that delights an audience. Attendees of the Shooting Sports Fair have watched Dan Carlisle, John Satterwhite, and Tom Knapp do their versions of the salad in the past. Cloherty says "I do believe that I'm 10 times messier than anyone who does it. It just has gotten messier and messier over the years. I go through a supermarket now and wonder, 'how would that blow up?' Everyone loves it."
Cloherty brings more than a visual element to the show. He has found that shotgun-exploded onions add a wonderful aroma to the program. In fact, it brings tears to your eyes. But for Cloherty, who wears rose-colored shooting glasses, they are tears of joy because it has allowed him to turn his avocation into a career.

Show hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday,
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information or directions, call Raahauge's Shotgun Sports at (909) 735-7981.

Note -- volunteers needed for the NRA membership recruitment effort and the .22 rimfire booth.

Volunteers -- please contact:
H. Paul Payne, NRA Liaison to the Executive Vice President,
(909) 683-4NRA Office, (909) 779-0740 Fax,
[email protected]
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