'Shot Through the Heart' event proves popular with couples on Valentine's Day

Some local couples traded chocolates and flowers for guns and bullets this Valentine’s Day.

Sportsman’s Elite on Doniphan Drive held its fifth annual Shot Through The Heart event.

Co-owner Michael Perkins said the event is an alternative to traditional Valentine’s Day outings.

“We have a quick shooting contest for couples and comradery afterward with some cocktails and hors d'oeuvres,” Perkins said.

Cher and Mike Ryan have been attending the event for the past three years.

“We love coming here on Valentine’s Day. I get so psyched about it and it’s just fun. It’s more fun than going out and having dinner,” Cher said.

Perkins said the targets are heart shaped, making it more difficult to shoot them out.

“You have to shoot all of the red out and you have to work together as a team,” Cher said. She said it's for people of all abilities.

"I shot a 9mm, he shot a .45."

And even though Perkins said you don’t have to be a marksman to participate, Mike admits he likes a little competition.

“It makes it a little bit more interesting. I’m surprised every year with the people in terms their shooting ability,” Ryan said.

Perkins said the event is one of the most well-received events at Sportsman’s with about 40 couples going in to shoot on Valentine’s Day.

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