We learned in TFB’s Adobe Shooter’s League post that there are tech companies who pay for their employees’ shooting hobby. TFB sat down with Rachel Scott, Marketing Manager for Quick Left out of Boulder, Colorado to learn about another tech company’s shooting club.
What is Quick Left?
Why did Quick Left decide to start a shooting league and how did the idea come about?
We have several CCW holders in our office and one of our employees is a competitive shooter and RO for USPSA who had been talking about getting a group together to shoot. I joined the team in December and have a personal friend who is a competitive 3-gun and Grand Master shooter. I put it out to the team to have a Quick Left outing at the range with James Casanova — 8th ranked 3-gun shooter and newest Team Noveske shooter, and more than half of the team agreed. Since then, we’ve added the Quick Left Gun Club (along with the Quick Left cycling club) and email list to coordinate matches, dry firing practice, clay pigeon shooting, gun cleaning opportunities, and other related activities as a group.
We aren’t limited to shooting in our interests, and all our subsets within Quick Left (QL) support the culture and ‘happiness’ initiatives we implement. Not only do we shoot together, we have team BBQ potlucks, home brew nights and more. As silly as this sounds, it’s all a part of the ‘department of happiness’ committee at work that is made up of a few Quick Lefters who meet monthly to determine how we can make QL a better place. We’ve had bicycling clinics, QL ski days, wine and beer tastings, and other things we dream up.
Where does the Quick Left Gun Club shoot?
We regularly head out for outings to the Boulder Rifle Club as guests (because the waiting list is about 12 years), and I will be competing in my first USPSA match soon as well too! Some of our QLers are also members to the Front Range Gun Club in Loveland and shoot trap at the Boulder American Legion.
What kinds of things does the league pay for?
Quick Left is going to sponsor our team by supplying jerseys and reimbursing for matches IF we hit a minimum number of matches as a group, and also contribute to professional shooters like James to help us out. Quick Left already supports a cycling team that is set up in a similar fashion.
What’s one memorable experience?
Our last outing was the largest and everyone got to shoot rifle, shotgun and pistol. We worked on self defense drills and even ran a few stages. Very fun to see some team members having never fired a gun have a pretty decent shot.
Any other things you’d like to note?
You can check out the photos from our February outing: http://www.flickr.com/photos/quickleft/sets/72157632799684200.
The guys are also jokers. They created my very own meme.
I continually harass them at work for blog posts per my job description as marketing manager and they returned with my own meme. It gets dropped in our chat bot often.
Thanks Rachel, for giving us some insight about the Quick Left Gun Club!
Do you know of any other tech companies who pay for employees’ recreational shooting? Let us know in the comments, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a TFB write-up.
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.