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Hernando Today Correspondent

Published:   |   Updated: June 28, 2013 at 10:32 AM

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If you are someone who likes celebrating the Fourth of July with a bang, then get ready for an eventful Independence Day!

To start off the holiday, the Hernando Sportsman's Club is sponsoring its annual July 4 machine gun shoot on Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Randie Rickert, president of the Hernando Sportsman's Club, said of the annual event, "It's just people celebrating the Fourth of July and having a good time. The independence of our country was founded on the use of firearms and the freedom to use them."

Several old trucks and cars will be hauled out onto the 200-yard gun range and used as targets where machine gun shooters will get the chance to test their mettle.

Attendees will get to see a wide variety of machine guns, including antiques, World War II era, and modern machine guns.

Rickert said more than 100 machine gun shooters and 1,000 spectators are expected to attend the event.

And if you've got a hankering to try out a machine gun for yourself, this is your day! Several machine guns will be available as rentals by vendors at the event. All machine gun shooters must be age 18 or older.

Admission fees are $20 per machine gun shooter, and $2 for spectators, with children under 15 free with an adult.

Be sure to bring both ear plugs and eye protection to the machine gun shoot, even if you are a spectator and especially for children. The event will be quite loud, but a lot of fun.

Hamburgers, hotdogs, sandwiches and soft drinks will be available for purchase in the clubhouse.

The Hernando Sportsman's Club is located at 16121 Commercial Way in Brooksville, just 9 miles north of Weeki Wachee.

Contact the club at (352) 597-9931 or visit for more information.

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