The Adobe Shooters League

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Imagine working in Silicon Valley for a great company. Now, imagine if this company also paid for you to shoot recreationally. Well, there is such a company, and you probably recognize their name. Adobe Systems Incorporated, headquartered in San Jose, California has created many apps such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and Premiere.

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View of the campus basketball court. Photo by Ken Lunde.

Adobe has a recreational program called ESCAPE, an acronym for “Entertainment, Sports, Celebration, Activities, Party Planning and Events” (I can’t help but think of the “ESC” key). ESCAPE funds Adobe employees’ participation in multiple recreational programs such as volleyball, basketball, soccer and surprisingly, shooting. The Adobe Shooters League has been in existence for 12 years, founded and currently managed by Dr. Ken Lunde, a Senior Computer Scientist in CJKV Type Development.

 

Ken's favorite "collector" pistol is his Browning Hi-Power Renaissance made in 1972, which is fully hand-engraved, and wears Nill wood grips.

Ken’s favorite collector pistol is his Browning Hi-Power Renaissance made in 1972, which is fully hand-engraved, and wears Nill wood grips. Photo by Ken Lunde.

The Adobe Shooters League holds monthly, informal two-hour shoots at Reed’s Indoor Range in Santa Clara (I have taken many of my former Google colleagues there as well — it’s a nice, clean range with helpful employees. It seems like many Silicon Valley employees go there to shoot). ESCAPE funding pays for range fees, targets, and ammunition, and any Adobe employee is welcome to join the group. They internally broadcast their monthly shoots, and each outing is well attended with anywhere between one and two dozen Adobe employees, along with their guests, enjoying their time at the range. Ken tells TFB that there are usually spikes in attendance after relevant world events such as 9/11, and when the U.S. military campaigns began in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Ken also notes that

Safety is my number one concern. For new members, I immediately determine their level of experience, and those with little or no experience are required to watch a one-hour safety video, preferably more than once. I then monitor them closely during their first events, and instill good habits.

We’re actually the safest sports activity that is funded by Adobe. The first and only time I participated in Adobe-sponsored volleyball, I ended up in the ER.

Do you know of any other tech companies who pay for employees’ recreational shooting? Let us know in the comments, or you can email [email protected] to request a TFB write-up. Ken Lunde of Adobe can be reached at [email protected].

www.Adobe.com.

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.


Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and an NRA News Commentator. A self-taught amateur (and former Googler) turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.


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  • forFREEDOM

    Damn. Being a creative director and using Adobe software since their beginnings, I’m so jealous. But good for Adobe! And good for their employees.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

    I’ve known Ken for a good number of years. He’s been an avid shooter for some years as well as a great gun photographer. The photo in the article is one he took.

    He has a page of his photographs which are well worth looking at.

    http://lundestudio.com/firearms.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.mew.3 Nicholas Mew

    I still wish that Adobe Flash would be more reliable for me though. (Straight Face).
    Awww Hell, this is wonderful news.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      That it is!

  • http://twitter.com/ken_lunde Ken Lunde (小林剣)

    Many thanks, Chris! Managing the Adobe Shooters League has been one of my personal pleasures at Adobe, mainly because it involves educating employees about firearm safety, along with an opportunity to help them to improve their marksmanship skills. Many thanks also go to Reed’s Indoor Range for being a superb host for our league since January of 2004.

  • Brendan Gao

    Hopefully this keeps them occupied from all the Flash Player updates.

  • scw

    I don’t want to pan the Adobe guy but being in ER by playing volley ball clearly shows that you are do it wrong. The conclusion is that any sport, shooting or volley ball, require proper technique.

    • http://twitter.com/ken_lunde Ken Lunde (小林剣)

      In terms of not using proper technique with regard to by ER trip that resulted from playing volleyball, my wife can confirm that this is true. So, my takeaway is that I failed to watch the one-hour volleyball safety video prior to playing the sport. ☺

      • zardinuk

        Adobe just opened a big new complex in the Salt Lake metro area, it’d be a big hit if you got that going here, Utah loves shooting sports.

  • some programmer

    S***. I knew I should have called that Adobe employee that gave me his card when I got my Computer Science degree. I guess I could always jump ship from Intel (no hard feelings toward Intel mind you).

  • Frosty_The_White_Man

    Free ammo in California is like an open bar exclusively serving dry cocktails.

  • M. Galt

    Once upon a time, there was a small bore rim fire range on the property of PG&E (could be wrong company…) in an industrial area of San Francisco. There was a league of 3 position small bore rifle shooters, with 3 or 4 teams. Well, it didn’t last and the range was closed. I think they now shoot at the rimfire range of Pacfic Rod & Gun Club on Lake Merced. I’ve had the privilege of shooting matches at the now closed range, as well as awards banquet dinners with fresh venison stew.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.mew.3 Nicholas Mew

    Maybe Kel-Tec could update their Flash Player? It would certainly help their computers.

  • JayMoonz23

    That’s awesome. These guys are literally a stone’s throw from me.

  • TS

    OMG i’m totally applying here

  • http://www.facebook.com/erik.olsen.589 Erik Olsen

    It’d be pretty interesting if I could get something like this past ‘Currently Working’s lawyers. I tried to get a sponsored ‘range day’ and they said that the liability was too great to allow it.