Event benefits the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program

Since 2001, Mid-Carolina Rifle Club, located at 3462 Fish Hatchery Road in Gaston, has been hosting it's annual Toys for Tots Action Pistol Match benefiting the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. The 9th Annual Toys for Tots Action Pistol Match will be Saturday, December 11. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and shooting will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. In lieu of a match entry fee, competitors are asked to donate a toy valued at $20 or more to the Toys for Tots program. Cash donations are also welcomed. All proceeds from this match are donated to the Toys for Tots program. Last year, the event collected enough toys to completely fill three trucks the Marines used to transport the toys. In addition, Mid-Carolina Rifle Club collected over $6300 in cash for the Toys for Tots program. All of these generous donations benefited local families.

This event has increased in popularity since its inception. The match resembles the action pistol matches seen on ESPN and the Outdoors Channel (sanctioned by the United States Practical Shooting Association). Based upon early inquiries, it appears that this will be the largest match to date. Mid-Carolina Rifle Club will cap the number of competitors at 120. The Club expects several National champions to be in attendance as well as a number of nationally ranked junior shooters. The match is a unique Toys for Tots event in that the Marines have an opportunity to compete in the match, which they thoroughly enjoy because they may not be able to participate in other TFT events. Competitors enjoy being with the Marines and having the opportunity to thank them for their hard work and sacrifices.

The match will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at 4:00 p.m. If you would like more information on the match or practical shooting, you can visit: www.southcarolina-uspsa.org or contact Mid-Carolina Rifle Club at 803.206.5917. The website will have a list of sponsors from the match as well as pictures from the 2009 Toys for Tots Match.