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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012 | Vol. 14, No. 25 | 50¢

In pursuit of the hirsute

Brett Cihon/staff photo

Robert Carpenter, a Port Orchard resident, fires a handgun during the annual Liberty Volley celebration at the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club.

Embattled gun club celebrates Independence Day with ‘liberty volley’ Tentative legal future worries some members By Brett Cihon

Kevan Moore/staff photo

California resident Aarne Bielefeldt, left, and Matthew Fortin of Sumner, Wa. take a break during the North American Beard and Mustache Championships in Bremerton this past weekend. Judge H. Emily Moshy, below, and all her fellow judges gave Bielefeldt the day’s only perfect score. By KEVAN MOORE

Buffalo Bill, Summer Santa and the old man from Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea” were all on hand in Bremerton Saturday for the North American Beard and Mustache Championships at the Elks Lodge. Put on by the local Whiskers Club, the biannual event raises thousands of dollars for various charities and brings together guys with mustaches in categories with titles such as Natural, English, Dali, Imperial, Hungarian, Freestyle, Natural Goatee, Chinese and Muskateer. There’s no shortage of categories when it comes to full and partial beards, either. One of the zaniest is the freestyle beard group which See BEARD, A9

Randy Bragge stood smiling at the far end of the firing line at the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club as men and women along the line prepared for a “liberty volley,” a minute-long shootout. Bragge set up his gun, a LAR Grizzly BIG boar .50 cal. BMG rifle, and cautioned a few spectators not to stand too close. “Don’t stand near the shock waves,” Bragge said of the gasses that escape the flash suppressor at the barrel tip of the gigantic rifle. Bragge was part of the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club’s annual Fourth of July celebration. The celebration, attended by 40 to 50 KRRC members, featured a membership potluck, the hoisting of two new large flags up the club’s flagpole, the reading of the Declaration of Independence, the liberty volley and other events. Typically, the Fourth of July celebration has been one of the more popular events. But after two years of decreased membership and consistent problems with the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office and surrounding neighborhoods, attendance at the Fourth of See GUN CLUB, A11

Bremerton Patriot, July 13, 2012  
Bremerton Patriot, July 13, 2012  

July 13, 2012 edition of the Bremerton Patriot