[Posted Friday, October 12, 2012, at 11:15 a.m.] Nathanael “Teddy” Nappen, Troop 75 Bow, Daniel Webster Council, has completed his Eagle Scout Service Project, which was to help restore the historic Wilson Hill Pistol Club located at 1732 Lake Shore Road in Manchester. This indoor shooting club provides firearm safety training and marksmanship skills to the public and is a non-profit organization. Scouts can also earn their rifle merit badge at this club. The building was built in 1948, and the exterior was in disrepair.
Teddy was assisted in the restoration project by 24 volunteers, of whom the majority were scouts and scout parents from Troop 75. The Scoutmaster of Troop 75 is Andrew Richardson. Eben Herrick of Ciment Québec, Inc. sandblasted and epoxy painted the steel security grates at no charge. Richard Stelmach of Hooksett made the new wooden club sign at no charge. Teddy worked closely with Herb Edwards, a club member, in coordinating the work being done. The grounds were first cleaned, with rubbish and debris removed by the volunteers. Next the building was primed and the grates removed. Then painting began on the building and trim. The iron railings were also painted. The new wooden sign was painted by the scouts. The grates and the sign were installed.
Teddy has earned his rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, and archery merit badges. He is 16 years old and a Junior on the Honor Roll at Bow High School. He is also a Varsity Football player for the Bow Falcons. He plays as a Defensive Tackle. When asked why he chose this as an Eagle Scout Project, he said, “I have always loved to go target shooting at Wilson Hill with my Dad. When I saw that the gun club really needed some repair and restoration, I thought this would be a worthwhile service project.”
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Editor's note: This article was posted because of its many connections to Pro-Gun New Hampshire: PGNH Senior Advisor Richard Aldrich is the former treasurer of Wilson Hill Pistol Club; Richard Stelmach is a PGNH member; PGNH member Tony Lekas is an NRA Training Counselor who teaches at Wilson Hill; our friends the NH chapter of Second Amendment Sisters (http://www.2asisters.net/nh/index.html) sponsors a women's-only shoot once a month at Wilson Hill; and of course Teddy Nappen is the son of PGNH Director and General Counsel, attorney Evan Nappen. Wilson Hill Pistol Club's website is www.wilsonhillpistol.org.