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News Release -- January 17, 2006           

Explosives, Guns and Fun in Idaho

WHAT: Boomershoot 2006 (Precision rifle shooting at exploding targets)

WHEN: Long range shooting & explosions: Sun., April 30, 9am–3pm
             Precision rifle clinic w/ Major Gene Econ: Fri. & Sat. April 28-29, 8:30am-5:30pm

WHERE: Cavendish, Idaho, Directions --

WHY: Recreational enjoyment of pyrotechnics & guns

CONTACT: Joe Huffman, Event Director,, 208-301-4254 or Stephanie Sailor, Range Safety Assistant,


The typically tranquil community of Teakean-Cavendish will be shaken up as nearly 200 people gather in North Central Idaho for a weekend of explosives and guns at the 9th annual Boomershoot, April 28 - 30, 2006. Exclusive spectator/participator slots, including the opportunity to shoot rifles and view the mixing of explosives, are available for media representatives.

"It’s a magical experience to see, hear, and feel an explosion,” says Joe Huffman, Event Director. “The Boomershoot is a Magic Kingdom for precision rifle shooters and spectators.”

At the April 30th 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.

”Our Fireballs put 4th of July fireworks to shame," says Huffman.

Exploding Fireball targets are created from a special recipe developed Huffman and Assistant Event Director Ry Jones. Upon detonation, Fireballs produce colossal blazing explosions. “So fiery hot, you can feel it on your skin, 50 yards away,” says Huffman. Photos:

Huffman, a software programmer, started Boomershoot in 1998 to give people a safe space in which to enjoy the recreational pleasure of guns and explosives. He is also a certified firearms instructor and has an ATF license to manufacture high explosives.

Boomershoot includes a precision rifle seminar that will be taught on April 28 & 29 by Major (Retired) Gene Econ, formerly an Officer in the US Army Special Forces. Econ is currently a marksmanship instructor for the 1st Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) at Fort Lewis. Details:

Diverse shooters and spectators from throughout the world are expected to attend Boomershoot, including law enforcement officers, scientists, engineers, computer programmers, and members of the Boeing Pistol & Rifle Club. Others are gun rights activists, such as Stephanie Sailor, three-time Illinois U.S. Congressional candidate (Independent), known for running cyber campaigns on a $0 budget.

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; shooter positions are expected to sellout.

For more information, please contact Joe Huffman at 208.301.4254, or Stephanie Sailor at Visit Boomershoot’s website at ###

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