Claremore Daily Progress

May 1, 2013

J. M. Davis Museum takes aim at Capitol

Tom Fink
Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE —

At Monday’s “Claremore Day” at the State Capitol, Claremore businesses, vendors and citizens turned out en masse in the halls, hoping to make a good impression.
Wayne McCombs, however, went to make a bang — literally.
McCombs oversaw the assembling and operation of a “shooting gallery” on behalf of the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum.
“We basically set up a shooting gallery inside the   capitol, with targets that visitors could take aim at with BB guns,” said McCombs, who is the executive director of J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum. “We ranked people on their marksmanship and it was a huge hit — we had legislators, their assistants, congressmen, state senators and representatives, and even two people from outside the country,  one from Brazil, one from France, who tried their hand at our gallery.”
The gallery was such a big hit at the capitol, McCombs said he was even told by one of the longtime capitol security guards he thought it was “the best exhibit he’d seen (at the capitol) in 15 years.”
“We’re glad everyone had such a good time with it,” he said, “and I expect we’ll be taking it back again in the future — the next time there’s a ‘Claremore Day’ at the capitol. 
“It was certainly a great day for us, and a great day for Claremore,” he said. “We really got the word out about the people of Claremore, its attractions, and all that we have to offer.”