Outdoors Notebook

Shooting instructor has passion for teaching

CorrespondentOctober 23, 2013 

Students who attend a concealed carry handgun course offered by PC Shooting next month will notice the instruction is detailed and the instructors are passionate.

“If I'm going to do this, I’m going to do it right,” said Roger Pettit, 49, of Cary, who started the business in April 2011.

Pettit says he includes a lot of time on the shooting range at the Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center and keeps classes small – 15 to 20 students – so his combat-experienced instructors can spend plenty of one-on-one time with each student.

“We really do make an effort to get them up to a minimum level and make them comfortable,” said Pettit, a disabled Marine Corps veteran originally from Parkersburg, W.Va., who earned a degree in industrial engineering. “We really try to give them the fundamentals so they can go back home and practice.”

Class registration for PC Shooting recently moved online, and a website and a Facebook page keep students informed.

“About 60, 70 percent of students come word of mouth,” Pettit said.

The eight-hour courses start with 5½ hours of classroom instruction covering topics such as state laws that went into effect Oct. 1. The Nov. 3 course will be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Apex and the Nov. 24 course will be at the Marriott hotel in Cary. Sign-in is at 10:15 a.m., and instruction starts at 10:30. Range time will be at the county facility.

The $100 fee includes materials, use of pistol, ammo, ear and eye protection, range fees, targets, refreshments and lunch. To register, go to www.pcshooting.com and click “Classes.” For questions, call (919) 868-5609 or message through www.facebook.com/PCShooting.

Durham anglers win: The Durham duo of Bobby Matthews and David Matthews on Saturday won the last of eight qualifying tournaments in the Piedmont Bass Classics End of Year Team Tournament Bass Fishing Trail.

On a day that saw just 30 fish totaling 95 pounds weighed, the Matthewses bested 18 other teams for the $700 prize at the Ledge Rock ramp on Falls Lake, organizer Phil McCarson said. Their five fish weighed 22.81 pounds, including the event’s big fish, a 7.99-pounder worth $262 more. Their $400 top prize in the Tournament Within the Tournament made the day’s total $1,162.

Vernon Fleming of Raleigh and Glen Long of Henderson were second with 13.39 pounds to win $400. Third place and $400 went to Mark Herndon of Bahama and Jay Garrard of Durham with three bass weighing 10.61.

The trail championship will be held Nov. 2 at Jordan Lake’s Farrington Point ramp. Learn more at www.piedmontbassclassics.com.

Chimney Rock elevator reopens: Visitors who want to admire the leaves and hike the trails at Chimney Rock Park now have elevator access after the completion of a power upgrade to the 26-story elevator, according to a park news release. Learn more at www.chimneyrockpark.com.

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