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VIDEO: Family fun day on target at Langley Rod and Gun Club

Annual tradition draws hundreds to open house

Six-year-old Jayme Kuyvenhouen from Langley City needed a little help holding her heavy six-gun.

It was provided by champion fast draw competitor Paula Murphy from the Thunderbird Fast Draw Club, who talked the Langley City girl through her target practice at the Langley Rod and Gun Club, and even helped hold up her arm when Jayme fired a wax bullet.

“You hit it!” Murphy said, as Jayme smiled.

Murphy is one half of a Langley couple that has dominated international fast-draw competitions for years.

Spouse Shawn Murphy, winner of the men’s open title this year at the world six-gun quick-draw championships in Forest Grove, Ore. last month, was also providing guidance to first-time shooters (Aldergrove’s Nicole Franks won both the women’s thumbing championship and the women’s open at the same Oregon event).

Sunday, Sept. 10 was Family Fun Day at the club, located at 3854 208th St.

Visitors to the free open house were able to try out fast draw, along with airguns, trap and skeet shooting with shotguns as well as doing some indoor .22 shooting with rifles – all in a supervised environment.

There was a free lunch that included hamburgers, hotdogs, and corn on the cob.

Den Robinson, the fast-draw director at the Langley Rod and Gun Club, described it as a long-standing tradition at the club.

“They’ve been doing this for decades,” Robinson remarked.

“And they get anywhere from 200 to 300 people out.”

He said the club often gets some new members as a result.

To learn more about the rod and gun club, visit the club’s website at

Thunderbird Fast Draw Club website is at

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