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Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show is March 16-17 at Quality Inn & Suites, Batavia

By Billie Owens

The 72nd annual Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show will be held the weekend of March 16-17 at Quality Inn & Suites in Batavia.

Times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The hotel is located at 8250 Park Road.

Admission is $5; children age 12 and under get in free when accompanied by adult.

More than 130 8-foot vendor and exhibitor tables will be chock full of items and there's plenty of free parking.

This event is sponsored by the Alabama Hunt Club, located on Lewiston Road in Alabama.

The show will feature collector, antique and investment firearms, swords and knives, Revolutionary War to World War II militaria, books, traps, pistols, gun parts, ammo and hunting accessories, black powder accessories, reloading equipment, archery, medals and more!

NOTE: All firearm laws MUST be obeyed.

Public participation is encouraged: bring items to sell or trade with dealers.

A National Instant Criminal Background Check MUST be completed prior to all firearm sales. The background check is free.

For more information, contact Dennis Davis at: or phone (585) 798-6089.

Former Batavia PD lieutenant shares championship performance in shooting competition

By Howard B. Owens

Former Batavia PD lieutenant Eugene Jankwoski sent over this video from his participation in May in the 2013 New York State International Defensive Pistol Championship. Jankowski won the stock service pistol division, high law enforcement, high senior and overall match. The event was held at Pine City Sportsmen’s Club, near Pine City, and involved 104 competitors.

Jankowski's explanation of the event:

One hundred and four competitors shot 12 challenging stages of fire over three days. Jankowski is sponsored by Metal Spinning Targets, CMC Triggers, Wolf Gun Springs and Tactical Command Industries. IDPA is the use of practical equipment including full-charge service ammunition to solve simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios using practical handguns and holsters that are suitable for self-defense use. The main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual. Competitors are required to wear a cover garment to simulate concealed carry and Stock Service Pistol firearms must conform closely to factory specifications.

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