The Junior Rifle Training Program benefits young and inexperienced shooters by developing their safety and marksmanship skills.  Our discipline is a basic level event, but, through diligent progress, any shooter can progress to the highest levels of NRA accomplishment – Distinguished Expert in Smallbore Rifle.

We shoot match grade, single shot, bolt-action .22 cal. target rifles with aperture sights.  Most of the equipment necessary is provided by the club, but the shooters should bring their own eye protection (safety glasses).

Shooting is a lot of fun, but there are many points one must learn and put into practice to become a good rifle shooter.

First, one must know how to handle a rifle safely. The NRA basic rules for safe gun handling are:

  •          ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  •          ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  •          ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

The new shooter starts from the bench-rest position and then progresses to prone, sitting, kneeling, and off-hand (standing) shooting.  The participant’s progress is recorded and upon achieving specified levels of accomplishment, the shooter will be awarded medals or patches indicating that level of mastery.

One will also learn the five elements that must always be in place to fire a successful shot, which are:  aiming, breath control, hold control, trigger control, and follow-through.

We have shooters working on many different levels of mastery; however, we have plenty of space and equipment for others, and new shooters may begin the program at any time.

A new junior may participate only when the South Bay Rod and Gun Club’s Authorization for Minors Participation in Shooting Sports form is read, filled out, and signed by a parent or legal guardian, and delivered to the match director at the time of the training event with the appropriate fees

COSTS:  Members: $10 for juniors and $13 for adults, Non-members: $25 for juniors and $43 for adults (includes non-member range day-use fee).  Memberships may be purchased online here Membership                         

If you are interested in safety and marksmanship training, we shoot at Range 3 on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month, from 8 AM sharp till 11.  For additional information, you may call Jeff Maynard at (619) 426-4108.

South Bay Rod & Gun Club, 1020 Marron Valley Rd., Dulzura, CA 91917
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