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Shooting range opens in Grand Couva

Monday, April 22 2013

A shooting range, under the aegis of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) was recently opened in Gran Couva, according to a press release from TSTT yesterday afternoon.

The shooting range is located on 15-acres of land in a valley in Gran Couva, just after Boissierre Trace, and features five shooting bay and the services of the association are not just limited to persons in the security profession, but to anyone with an interest in defensive shooting.

The release read, “The IDPA started as a small committee that provided training for all persons interested in the sport of defensive pistol shooting.

“Although the sport attracted a variety of individuals in the security profession including members of the Defence Force, the Trinidad and Tobago Rifle Association and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, its services are open to all with an interest in defensive pistol shooting. At present the association has a membership of 450 persons.

“The move to Gran Couva Shooting Range gives the IDPA an opportunity to create an environment that caters to a wider cross section of enthusiasts and their families given the growing concern for securing loved ones, homes and other properties. In that regard, the milestone launch was supported by TSTT’s flagship security alarm service BLINK Vigilance, the fastest growing local product of its kind.”

According to the release, Colonel Ricardo Garcia (Retired), executive president of the IDPA, said that he was extremely grateful to witness the new opening of the facility, as he believed his organisation was in need of its own shooting range, having previously used the Tucker Valley range.

He credited Executive Vice President Jethro John for having the vision to develop the Gran Couva land and following it through.

The association honoured John by naming the range after him, and noted that plans were in place to make the facility an eco-friendly spot to allow the families of IDPA members to relax or explore the expansive terrain, ponds and a nearby river while members engage in their sport.

Speaking at the launch, His Worship the Mayor of Chaguanas, Orlando Nagessar said training, in any discipline, was critical to a developing society. As a licensed pistol owner himself, the Mayor said he too could benefit from the IDPA training.

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