Media Alert 

P.O. Box 3745
Moscow, ID 83843-1916
(208) 301.4254


Mar. 29, 2005






Gun and explosives event attracts disabled shooters
Boomershooting, the extreme sport of shooting at exploding targets, is disabled-friendly

WHAT: Boomershoot 2005 : Precision rifle shooting at exploding targets



Long range shooting & explosions: Sun., May 1, 9am–3pm


WHERE: Cavendish, Idaho

Directions --


WHY: Boomershoot rifle shooting is disabled-friendly sport



Joe Huffman, Event Director,, 208-301-4254







Diverse shooters, including disabled sportsmen and women, will gather in the North Central Idaho community of Teakean-Cavendish at the 8th annual Boomershoot, April 29-May 1, 2005, for a weekend of precision rifle shooting at exploding targets.


”The sport of Boomershooting has no boundaries -- it’s disabled-friendly,” says Joe Huffman, Boomershoot Director, who has a license to manufacture high explosives.

At the May 1st shoot, 600 reactive targets containing over 1000 pounds of high explosives will be detonated -- enough to be heard over seven miles away, causing cars and houses to shake within two miles from the range.

”Boomershoot attracts a diverse crowd,” says Huffman.  “We’ve always welcomed those who are wheelchair-bound or faced with other physical challenges.” See photos from previous years:

Standing, walking, or running isn’t vital for participation in Boomershoot. Precision rifle shooters aim comfortably from prone or seated positions to hit their targets. Because the sport of shooting doesn’t require great physical strength, emphasis is placed upon mental strength and concentration, rather than physical ability.

”Most extreme sports disenfranchise the disabled,” says Huffman. “But not Boomershoot.”


Boomershooting is also an ideal sport for people who may be unable to hold a single position for long periods of time, such as those with spinal injuries or neurological limitations. Some shooters need only a few seconds of focus, in order to hit their targets located nearly 1/2 mile away.

Huffman notes the versatility of firearms, whether it’s on the range for sporting pleasures, or off the range for self-defense.

”Guns are the great equalizer. That’s why many disabled people rely upon hand guns for self-defense,” says Huffman, who is also certified firearms instructor, with a specialization in personal protection.


Disabled persons needing special assistance at Boomershoot are encouraged to contact Huffman in advance at:

(208) 301-4254, or via email at: Participants can park directly next to their shooting positions; portable restrooms are wheelchair-friendly.

Since the first event in 1998, Boomershoot has maintained an A+ safety record with participants adhering to strict standards of safe gun handling and operation. Spectators are welcome at this year’s event, and shooter positions are expected to sellout.

Visit Boomershoot’s website at ###