Meridian Star

October 6, 2013

Shooting event takes aim at breast cancer

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Mike Street, a law enforcement officer for more than two decades, works with the Meridian Police Department, teaches teenagers how to drive safely, and leads classes on gun safety and ownership.

    As owner/operator of Battlefield Shooting Club in Collinsville, Street has been asked for quite some time to put on a shooting event. With this month being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Street decided to give his patrons something they have been wanting while at the same time raising money for a worthy cause.

    "This gives gun enthusiasts the opportunity to come out and shoot their firearms, learn additional safety and situational awareness techniques, and raise money for breast cancer research," Street said Friday morning. "This is the first year we are doing this and we hope to continue holding this event for years to come."

    The Shootout for Cancer event will be Oct. 12 and will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Street said those wishing to participate are asked to bring their firearms and no less than 60 rounds of ammunition. The cost to enter is $35 per person per round in the event with $15 buy-backs. Any weapon capable of firing .22 caliber ammunition and up is appropriate.

    Street said the rounds or scenarios will be set up using real world possibilities that he and other law enforcement officers see almost on a daily basis. Scenarios will include a broken down vehicle on the side of the road and the threat of violence by someone who stops as if they are going to help, or, an ATM scenario where a person is trying to get cash but is confronted by a criminal. Street said these play-outs will go a long way in showing the shooters what to do if they find themselves in a real-life situation where they are threatened.     

    "We want to make it as real as possible so the shooters can hone their skills," Street said. "We call it fun and learn. How to be aware of your surroundings and how to react, safely but decisively, to an event."

    All of the scenarios will be timed and winners will be decided on how they react and how much time it takes to do the correct procedures.

    The event will be held at the old Battlefield Raceway located at 512 George Road in Collinsville. For more information you can call Mike Street at 601-482-8892.