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Juniors Rifle Program

As the SCVRC Junior Rifle Program, we intend to teach our community’s youth basic firearms safety, familiarization and operation. Programs may vary to maintain interest and variety, but we always keep a focus on these three basics. We will encourage each participant to advance as far as he or she wishes, and will challenge them to try new disciplines and techniques, all the keeping each session interesting and fun. A parent or legal guardian must stay with their child each class day. Ages are 10 through 18.

We cover such principles as trigger control, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, and proper support, among others. As each participant progresses, we will add more advanced principles, including the basic shooting positions, and will introduce them to basic shooting equipment. Everything is provided for the kids to use at the range: .177 caliber air and Co2 pellet rifles, .22 air rifles, ammunition, as well as shooting jackets, stands, mats, slings, and gloves. Juniors are welcome to bring their own preferred .22 or air rifle, as long as ammunition for that rifle is provided as well. Please let us know beforehand if you wish to do this.

Inexperienced youths that have not attended a certified rifle course are required to complete a First Steps class before enrolling. Pre-registration is required; First Steps classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, start at 8 am SHARP, and end around noon.  

We meet on the second and fourth Saturday of each month,  from 8 am to 2 pm.

Class description: NRA FIRST Steps Rifle is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific rifle action type for classes of four or fewer students. This course is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific rifle action type. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular rifle model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the rifle; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan, revised 01-09).

First Step Certificates

Leaning the basics at the bench                        One on one coaching    

    The kids can choose from a variety of sizes and makes of .177 pellet and .22 rifles, from Avanti to Anschutz

Eddie and Matthew Jaworowski                          THIS is a cartridge! Eddie shows the      explain basic rifle anatomy                     individual components: bullet, case, and primer

Gunpowder only burns, it does not explode

Boy Scouts also come down to participate and work on Merit Badges. Here, they are going through a First Steps Rifle class

First Steps Rifle also teaches proper care and cleaning of rifles
Above, a bore guide is being demonstrated, below, a jag

Time to clean up

The 10th St. San Jose Municipal Firing Range and the SCVRC Juniors' programs have benefited from multiple thousands of dollars in grants from the NRA Foundation over the past 7 years. These grants have enabled the SCVRC to upgrade the SJ-PRNS 10th Street Range Facility interior with new cabinetry, Troy Board™ acoustic panels and new shooting benches. The SCVRC Juniors' program has obtained critical teaching materials, shooting coats, spotting scopes, and competition-level air rifles. These improvements would not have been possible without the generous support of the NRA Foundation. The SCVRC, Inc. strongly encourages your support of the NRA Foundation by attending Friends of NRA dinners. Without your continued support, grants such as these would not be available.


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