As a growing photographer I thought shooting with lenses is the best and beautiful but, when I came to know about his point of view, I was simply amazed and cannot salute enough to the creative and brave mindset of Rajkotians.
Chetan Gondalia, I’m Shooting Sport Enthusiast and air weapon shooter. And my dream is to make shooting sports as popular as cricket in India. I strongly feel that Rajkot has a lot possibilities for shooting sports. We have good young “untamed” talents laid, waiting to tame and training.
Shooting is a costly affair, it has less or no sponsors and awareness in Gujarat comparing to other states like Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana etc. But, it has a lot more job opportunities too like shooting ranges, shooting coaches, range managers, other staffs for shooting range, shooting sport shop owners, importers , custom agents etc. You will be surprised to know that we also have Saurashtra shooting academy in Rajkot.
I am not aware if I have done significant in the field but I will make sure that others won’t have to struggle like I did. My initial career was full of struggle and hard work where I had to leave my native where I breathed first, Rajkot. For enthusiasts, I am running a Facebook page for training, tips, and awareness. Looking at other countries’ gun shooting in public incidents, I would say, it is not a gun control issue, it is a cultural issue. Your genetics load the gun but your lifestyle pulls the trigger in particular directions. Shooting is really a creative and clear objective sport if you take it positively.
Keep shooting smiles!