Kids These Days....

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  1. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    Most Saturdays WW has things for me to do. She had to work today so I was able to help out with the Junior Shooters Program at PGC.

    It was serendiptious. Bob Willard, the instructor, wasn't able to make it today, and Gerry, his assistant, would have been kinda swamped had I not lumbered in at the right time.

    The program started with 5 kids. Today, there were about 16. Some had their own shotguns, but most used rental 391s. Some of these were quite dirty, but only one had issues.

    The program provides instruction, use of a shotugn if needed and 50 rounds and targets a week.

    The personal shotguns ran to a mix of pumps,all 20s and one Browning Gold used by a Steely Eyed Target Shark in training.

    Ages of the shooters ran from maybe 10 to 17, and sizes from Pixie to almost adult near 6 feet.

    Abilities varied also. Some kids were in the program 2 years now, and some a month.

    Since the trap and skeet ranges are being rebuilt, the kids shot Sporting Clays.

    How, you may ask, do you get through a course of SC with 16 newbies?

    We didn't shoot the course. We camped on two stations and other shooters rotated around the kids. It should be noted that these were not gimme targets. These were the same that adults shot, same positions and presentations.

    The first one had a steep L-R crosser and an outgoing quartering target from the right. On pairs the outgoer had to be taken first and the crosser was launched into a headwind that made it jink hard and drop like a stone sometimes.

    The second station was feather and fur. The rabbit was about as straightforward as they get but ran downhill. The bird was almost like High 7 at skeet but 5 yards further and edge on for most of the flight.

    At the end, since all had repeaters, we did a slight variation in the program. Everyone loaded up three shells. That last bird was repeated as fast as the trapper could hit the button.

    The high point for me was watching a pre pubescent hammering that presentation thrice with a well worn 1200 with short Winchoke barrel sans bead. The grin afterwards was mirrored by mine.

    The only downside was on the trip to the stations. The kids schlepped past the two remaining trap fields and the regulars stood around shooting the bull as we passed.

    I noted one former state champ in the groups and knew some of the others. There was a couple centuries of accumulated experience there pretending the kids were invisible.

    Some of the kids will be able to vote in the next election. Most the one following.

    That is the future of shooting here, if there is one.

    Perform a political act. Teach someone to shoot....
     
  2. throdgrain

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    Well said.
     
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    That was an aw sum post Dave, and so true.
     
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    Well said, GEEZER! I didn't comment on your thread about "shottys" even though I don't particularly care for the term. The "Important" thing is, to get them interested. I'd call them "scatterthings" if that kept the interest. "You Da Man".......Charles, Charlie, Chas, ... whatever.... :)
     
  5. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    Thanks, folks.

    Chas, none of the kids call them "shotties" though one has referred to his as "Blaster". Star Wars fan, maybe.
     
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    Dave,

    Our club started a youth program this summer. We are shooting 3 position NRA/CMP Sporter Class Air Rifle at our indoor range. We intend to expand to Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun in the future.

    We started with the goal of introducing safety and marksmanship to our members children and grandchildren. The program has grown beyond that but is still relatively small.

    I am one of 6 board members that run the program. Having 6 instructors helps alot because no one can be there every Friday night. We have financial support from our club. It is currently free to the Athletes. We may travel in the future. If we do we will look to the NRA and local gun shops for support. Another club in our state has a program that we are mirroring. They even loaned us 4 rifles that they were no longer using.

    We have 27 registered in our program and 9 regular shooters (ages 10-17). 3 or 4 of the shooters show great promise and intend to compete.

    Our only real limit right now is our imaginations.

    It is a wonderful new program. The Athletes seem to love it and it brings me great satisfaction. I recommend it to anyone that wants to give back to our sport.
     
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    Good post Dave. I think I might get involved since I have not done anything with my NRA Coaching Certification since I went through the course earlier this year.

    Jaycee BB Gun was something that I enjoyed growing up which took me to USA Shooting and NCAA shooting sports. So much fun and it would not have been possible without the countless volunteers that selflessly gave up their weekday nights to be range officers, coaches, etc. It is just tough finding time in the current economic state of the workplace....as that eats 10-11 hours a day easy. :(

    Glad to see that someone is keeping up the good work. Those kids will never forget it either. When they get older they will appreciate it even more.

    :)
     
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    Outstanding Dave!!!!
     
  9. Dave McCracken

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    Thanks, and especially to those folks who do similar things.

    These kids are OUR future....
     
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    im 19 now and i thank god every day that someone was around and cared enough to teach me to shoot and how to be a responsable sports men... i hope i get the chance to have that kind of impact to some one
     
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    Teachin' folks to shoot and shoot well is one of the most rewarding
    acts a person can perform.

    Good job Dave.

    I hope some of you fellas get the chance to work with some of todays youth, instead of just sayin' "kids these days..........."

    Wheeler44
     
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    Dave, off topic but they are redoing the trap and skeet ranges but SC is still up and running? How long?
     
  13. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    3-4 weeks should see most of the ranges back up. When they do, Range 8 will have a wobble option trap as well as 7.

    They do have ranges 10 and 11 open for trap and a couple low numbers for skeet, but it can be crowded.
     
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    Nice Job Dave! You'll be happy to know I'm trying to keep what you taught me going with the boys. The youngest now wants a "barrel barrel shotgun". That's a double barrel for those that don't speak 2 year old.
     
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    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    Good to see you,anapex. You just made my night better.

    2? Man, time flies....
     
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    Hehe and that's just for the boys! My girl is 10 months now.
     
  18. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    Larry, I like that pic. Thanks.

    anapex, a girl? Didn't know. Now I gotta dig out another BA/UU/R button.....
     
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