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SMITHWICK — With Copperhead Creek Shooting Club as a backdrop Oct. 11-12, more than 150 professional target shooters from across the nation are hoping to walk away with the 3GN Southwestern Regional Championship.

And some people — competitors and spectators alike — could go home with a new pistol.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the club, which is located at Hidden Falls Adventure Park, 7030 RR 1431 East, about seven miles east of Marble Falls.

Along with the shooting competition sponsored by Bushmaster, the club is giving away more than $4,000 in firearms with all the proceeds going to Mission Marble Falls.

Mission Marble Falls is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure everybody in the community gets healthy meals. Volunteers routinely serve lunches Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Frederick Baptist Church in Marble Falls.

For a fee of $5 at the shooting event, people can try out the new Para USA 9mm pistol. Freedom Arms is providing the ammunition to help make sure all the proceeds go toward feeding the hungry.

“Many adults and children in Marble Falls go hungry,” said Thomas Cooper-Hicks of Copperhead Creek Shooting Club. “Children only eat when at school, and some seniors have limited abilities to cook meals. Mission Marble Falls provides Meals on Wheels for seniors, a backpack full of food for children to take home from school on Fridays and provides hot, home-cooked meals for lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from their central locations in town all year long.”

Jansen Jones of Freedom Munitions agreed this was a worthy cause.

“We are proud to be helping Mission Marble Falls with the side match at the 3GN Regional event,” he said. “America is the land of the free and home of the brave, but it is also a place where one in six people go hungry each day. Hunger is something that hits all segments of our country, large and small. There are tons of hardworking people who, despite working hard, still go hungry. Freedom Munitions is proud to donate to a cause that seeks to fight hunger alongside Para and Mission Marble Falls.”

One of the firearms that attendees can win is a Para USA Pro Comp 9.

This marks the inaugural season for the 3GN Regional Championship Series. The professional shooters are competing for more than $100,000 in prizes.

Cooper-Hicks said the club is encouraging people to come out and attend the event, watch the professional shooters, try out the new 9mm and, just maybe, take one home.

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