Shooting guns isn't something typically associated with the word 'quiet', but that's exactly what kind of year it was for the Griffith Gun Club in 2020.
The club's yearly major event attracts over 250 shooters from across the country, but with COVID-19 closing state borders, the club was forced to bite the bullet and cancel the event last year.
Club secretary Leigh Stokes said losing the event was a big blow to the club.
"Our larger shoot has a lot of shooters from Queensland and Victoria ... it usually covers our expenses for the whole year," Mr Stokes said. "Losing that hurt us, and definitely put a dint in our pocket."
This year, the major event is scheduled to take place in September, and Mr Stokes is hopeful the current situation will calm down, and it will be able to take place.
"We're just trying to get back on our feet," he said. "The plan this year is just to survive until the big event, and then hopefully we'll be able to hit the ground running again."
Another of the club's aims this year is to introduce more people to the "misunderstood" sport.
"We're definitely trying to to pick up a lot more," Mr Stokes said. "There's a lot of negative media on shooting, but I think it's really misunderstood."
"There's not many sports where you can have four generations of family out there together, all having fun and all having an equal chance of beating one another."
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The club secretary urged Griffith residents who may be moving away from more physical sports, to consider shooting as a way to scratch that competitive itch.
In the meantime, the club will continue hosting their bi-monthly local events, and will also introduce three somewhat larger events, where they will look to attract shooters from nearby towns like Hay and Leeton.
The first of these is set to take place this Saturday, January 16, with a total prize pool of over $2000.
Those looking to get into the sport can head down to the club and have a go shooting a gun, while under strict supervision, for up to three sessions before having to do their license course.