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10m air pistol competition held in Eau Claire

Eau Claire (WQOW) — A competitive sport is popping back up in the Chippewa Valley and it plans on sticking around. The 10 meter air pistol competition took place Saturday at Westgate Sportsman Club in Eau Claire.

The sport was really popular in the area decades ago and now that it’s back, the Wisconsin Air Pistol League organizers hope to continue to grow the competition and bring in new members.

“Well we started this a few years ago up in Bloomer and the first match we had like eight people, and then it slowly built up and in this match here, I’ve lost track, but I know we have over 30 people signed up for this,” said organizer Chip Eckardt.

This event provides competitors with their own air pistol to use and each participant shoots 60 rounds at a bulls-eye. Competitors involved in the Air Pistol League encourage everyone to come in and just give it a try.

Organizers say it’s a safe and easy sport that anyone can pick up. The competition included people who have been shooting air pistols for years and even some who are still rookies.

They say it’s a fun way to spend time socializing and have good conversation between rounds.

The current air pistol season ends at the end of this month, but you can still stop in on Sunday or Thursday nights before it ends. If you don’t get the chance to try it this year, the league will start back up again in the fall.

For more information on how to get involved, see here.

Carly Swisher

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