BRC Junior Marksmanship ProgramDo you have a family member or friend who has a young person interested in shooting? As part of our mission, we are looking to grow our Junior program to introduce young people to the fun, challenges and responsibilities of the shooting sports. This is important to ensure our American shooting and hunting traditions remain intact for the future. Binghamton Rifle Club's Junior Programs provides a positive, responsible environment for promoting the safe handling and use of firearms. The Program helps young people develop confidence, self-esteem, personal discipline, concentration, respect, responsibility, teamwork, and sportsmanship; all important qualities which carry over to many aspects of school and life. The BRC, along with American Legion Post 1700 sponsorship, provides safe gun-handling training, marksmanship training, competitions and most importantly a program that recognizes shooting accomplishments and improvement made by each Junior. They participate in Club, local, state, regional and national matches. BRC's Junior Program is organized into two program groups; BB Gun and airgun/22 caliber disciplines. BB Gun is for Juniors between the ages 8 - 14 and airgun/22 caliber is for Juniors ages 12 - 18 or to the end of their senior year in high school. Shooters attending a junior college or college are welcome to continue as junior BRC members. All juniors are assessed annual BRC membership dues and fees of $29.00. Thanks to generous grants funded by the National Rifle Association and our local Friends of the NRA (FNRA), the BRC provides all the necessary safety equipment, shooting equipment and supplies necessary for junior participation. All junior program members are required to attend a safety orientation each year before any shooting activity will start for them. Shooting equipment used by the Juniors is primarily comprised of target and competition level BB guns, air rifles, air pistols and 22 caliber target rifles. We also have sporter class 22 rifles with telescopes. These firearms and air guns are consistent with equipment that supports state level, national level and collegiate level competition. The BRC Junior Program starts each year when school starts in the Fall and continues indoors at the BRC range through April. In May through June the older juniors get to shoot outdoors at the Broome County Sportsmen's Association 50 yard range. The BB gun program is currently conducted on Sundays in parallel with the airgun/22caliber program and both start their training or matches at 1:00pm ending at 4:00pm at the latest. A new Junior member can start at any time. See the BRC calendar for the Junior schedule on the main page of the BRC web site. The shooting activities for the above have incentive awards for developing and improving marksmanship skills under the coaching of a NRA certified rifle and pistol coach. Individual junior progression is self-paced and scores are challenging, but attainable. Study materials are also provided for any junior wanting to study at home. Performance is measured against established scores and any shooter who meets or exceeds the scores is entitled to awards for each rating classification. Each classification level has a skill rocker, medal, and certificate that recognize the achievement. The courses of fire in this qualification program will take a junior shooter from beginning skill levels, through intermediate levels up to the pinnacle skill level of Distinguished Expert. Interested parties should contact Coach Pete Matwey at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The BRC Juniors’ Golden Triangle for Safe Firearms Handling
- Always Keep you gun pointed in a safe direction
- Always Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
- Always Keep you gun unloaded until ready to use
Criteria for Shooting for Juniors & Minors:
The Executive Committee has had a discussion of what age groups should be allow to shoot what types of guns at the range during Juniors and during open range time. The Executive Committee, with input from members present, set the following policy in regards to Junior/minor members shooting at the club:
- BB guns: At least 8 years of age until 12 years of age under adult supervision at all times.
- Air rifle: At least 12 years of age under adult supervision.
- Rimfire (.22): At least 12 years of age under adult supervision
- Air pistol: At least 14 years of age under adult supervision
- Rimfire or center fire handguns: Per NYS law, at least 14 years until 21 years with a parent or guardian ONLY
For more information please contact Pete Matwey, Junior Coach.