Youth Indoor Air Rifle

Youth Indoor Air Rifle

The DCC with the help of a grant from the FNRA made a significant investment in the future of shooting sports when it started its new Youth Air Rifle Program. In an effort to promote shooting sports and teach the next generation of shooters firearm safety and marksmanship fundamentals, the Air Rifle Program teaches youth between the ages of ten and seventeen 3-position target shooting at little or no cost to the participants. Because of the generous grant of $4,400 from the FNRA, the club was able to purchase most of the equipment necessary to make this program successful. The rest of the equipment was acquired through club funds and private donations. The Air Rifle Program has just finished its spring session. Eight youth participants signed up and completed a seven week program where they learned firearm safety, marksmanship fundamental and shooting in the standing and prone positions. Since air rifle shooting is normally a winter event, the club plans to start the program up again in the fall. For those youth who have completed the initial program, we will continue to develop their skills and start shooting matches outside the club. We also plan to run another initial program for new participants and then enroll them in a more advanced program as their shooting skills become more proficient. The Youth Air Rifle Program could not succeed without dedicated volunteers and the parents, grand parents and appointed guardians of the participants.

If you are a DCC member and have a child or grandchild between the age of ten and seventeen that would be interested in the Youth Air Rifle Program, we’d like to hear from you. You can contact John Burns at jbjburns5@gmail.com or Barry McCown at mccownsmith@gmail.com for more information.