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OAUSA Net – September 27, 2018 – Shooting Sports

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Post by toms » Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:54 am

SHOOTING and the SHOOTING SPORTS with Rick KK6CTT

Adventure, heritage, discovery and rugged individualism are part of the OAUSA theme and nothing says "Freedom" quite like the ability to mix all of these together and head out to a remote area and partake in some form of firearm use. Our fascination with personal firearm ownership and use is woven into the very fabric of this Nation's existence and I would like to celebrate that this evening by discussing the safe recreational use of personally owned firearms and a few of the many opportunities available for the average firearm enthusiast.

I am an old Infantry Soldier who has experienced many of the trends in civilian and military shooting techniques, tactics and procedures change over the years but I profess to being neither an expert or professional "shooter" in any one discipline. I would say I am an "amateur +" who knows enough and cycles through enough of the shooting world activities to talk sensibly about the topic with a healthy dose of "I did not know that tell me more..." as a core foundation to what I know and really, how much I don't know about most things; this subject being only one of many...ask my wife the expert! That said, I encourage participation and insight as we progress through the topic.

I would like to steer the discussion towards the novice firearm devotee, inactive sport shooter and the "interested" but "hasn't taken the plunge...wants to get started" enthusiast. Hopefully there is something for everyone and we have plenty of help from the group as we weave our way through the topic. This is not a shooting clinic, safety seminar or a class on "how to for beginners" so please understand that there is no substitute for formal instruction with respect to safe handling, proper care and maintenance of a personal firearm to include understanding your local, state and federal laws that will keep you safe and on the right side of the law. I am not legal counsel and I do not profess to know each and every statute but we might touch on "common practices" that help negotiate that minefield; again, this IS NOT legal advice.
See you on the Trail!
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Re: OAUSA Net – September 27, 2018 – Shooting Sports

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Post by lrsrngr » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:06 am

SAFETY

A good video from NSSF concerning "Range Safety and Etiquette" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COvFyw-6Fqs

The NRA's three fundamental rules for safe handling are:

1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.

You can find additional information about safe firearms use and operation at training.nra.org.

The National Shooting Safety Foundation (NSSF):
  • Hunting and target shooting are among the safest of all sports. This list is intended to help you make them even safer by emphasizing the basics of safe gun handling and storage and by reminding you that you are the key to firearms safety.
  • You can help meet this responsibility by enrolling in hunter safety or shooting safety courses. You must constantly stress safety when handling firearms, especially to children and non-shooters. Beginners, in particular, must be closely supervised when handling firearms with which they may not be acquainted.
  • Don’t be timid when it comes to gun safety. If you observe anyone violating any safety precautions, you have an obligation to insist on safer handling practices, such as those on this site.
  • Follow the safety procedures outlined here, develop safe shooting habits, and remember, firearms safety is up to you.
  • MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT!
1. ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION
This is the most basic safety rule. If everyone handled a firearm so carefully that the muzzle never pointed at something they didn’t intend to shoot, there would be virtually no firearms accidents. It’s as simple as that, and it’s up to you.

Never point your gun at anything you do not intend to shoot. This is particularly important when loading or unloading a firearm. In the event of an accidental discharge, no injury can occur as long as the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction.

A safe direction means a direction in which a bullet cannot possibly strike anyone, taking into account possible ricochets and the fact that bullets can penetrate walls and ceilings. The safe direction may be “up” on some occasions or “down” on others, but never at anyone or anything not intended as a target. Even when “dry firing” with an unloaded gun, you should never point the gun at an unsafe target.

Make it a habit to know exactly where the muzzle of your gun is pointing at all times, and be sure that you are in control of the direction in which the muzzle is pointing, even if you fall or stumble. This is your responsibility, and only you can control it.


2. FIREARMS SHOULD BE UNLOADED WHEN NOT ACTUALLY IN USE
Firearms should be loaded only when you are in the field or on the target range or shooting area, ready to shoot. When not in use, firearms and ammunition should be secured in a safe place, separate from each other. It is your responsibility to prevent children and unauthorized adults from gaining access to firearms or ammunition.

Unload your gun as soon as you are finished. A loaded gun has no place in or near a car, truck or building. Unload your gun immediately when you have finished shooting, well before you bring it into a car, camp or home.

Whenever you handle a firearm or hand it to someone, always open the action immediately, and visually check the chamber, receiver and magazine to be certain they do not contain any ammunition. Always keep actions open when not in use. Never assume a gun is unloaded — check for yourself! This is considered a mark of an experienced gun handler!

Never cross a fence, climb a tree or perform any awkward action with a loaded gun. While in the field, there will be times when common sense and the basic rules of firearms safety will require you to unload your gun for maximum safety. Never pull or push a loaded firearm toward yourself or another person. There is never any excuse to carry a loaded gun in a scabbard, a holster not being worn or a gun case. When in doubt, unload your gun!


3. DON’T RELY ON YOUR GUN’S “SAFETY”
Treat every gun as though it can fire at any time. The “safety” on any gun is a mechanical device which, like any such device, can become inoperable at the worst possible time. Besides, by mistake, the safety may be “off” when you think it is “on.” The safety serves as a supplement to proper gun handling but cannot possibly serve as a substitute for common sense. You should never handle a gun carelessly and assume that the gun won’t fire just because the “safety is on.”
Never touch the trigger on a firearm until you actually intend to shoot. Keep your fingers away from the trigger while loading or unloading. Never pull the trigger on any firearm with the safety on the “safe” position or anywhere in between “safe” and “fire.” It is possible that the gun can fire at any time, or even later when you release the safety, without you ever touching the trigger again.

Never place the safety in between positions, since half-safe is unsafe. Keep the safety “on” until you are absolutely ready to fire.

Regardless of the position of the safety, any blow or jar strong enough to actuate the firing mechanism of a gun can cause it to fire. This can happen even if the trigger is not touched, such as when a gun is dropped. Never rest a loaded gun against any object because there is always the possibility that it will be jarred or slide from its position and fall with sufficient force to discharge. The only time you can be absolutely certain that a gun cannot fire is when the action is open and it is completely empty. Again, never rely on your gun’s safety. You and the safe gun handling procedures you have learned are your gun’s primary safeties.


4. BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT’S BEYOND IT
No one can call a shot back. Once a gun fires, you have given up all control over where the shot will go or what it will strike. Don’t shoot unless you know exactly what your shot is going to strike. Be sure that your bullet will not injure anyone or anything beyond your target. Firing at a movement or a noise without being absolutely certain of what you are shooting at constitutes disregard for the safety of others. No target is so important that you cannot take the time before you pull the trigger to be absolutely certain of your target and where your shot will stop.

Be aware that even a 22 short bullet can travel over 1 1/4 miles and a high velocity cartridge, such as a 30-06, can send its bullet more than 3 miles. Shotgun pellets can travel 500 yards, and shotgun slugs have a range of over half a mile.

You should keep in mind how far a bullet will travel if it misses your intended target or ricochets in another direction.

5. USE CORRECT AMMUNITION
You must assume the serious responsibility of using only the correct ammunition for your firearm. Read and heed all warnings, including those that appear in the gun’s instruction manual and on the ammunition boxes.

Using improper or incorrect ammunition can destroy a gun and cause serious personal injury. It only takes one cartridge of improper caliber or gauge to wreck your gun, and only a second to check each one as you load it. Be absolutely certain that the ammunition you are using matches the specifications that are contained within the gun’s instruction manual and the manufacturer’s markings on the firearm.

Firearms are designed, manufactured and proof tested to standards based upon those of factory loaded ammunition. Handloaded or reloaded ammunition deviating from pressures generated by factory loads or from component recommendations specified in reputable handloading manuals can be dangerous, and can cause severe damage to guns and serious injury to the shooter. Do not use improper reloads or ammunition made of unknown components.

Ammunition that has become very wet or has been submerged in water should be discarded in a safe manner. Do not spray oil or solvents on ammunition or place ammunition in excessively lubricated firearms. Poor ignition, unsatisfactory performance or damage to your firearm and harm to yourself or others could result from using such ammunition.

Form the habit of examining every cartridge you put into your gun. Never use damaged or substandard ammunition — the money you save is not worth the risk of possible injury or a ruined gun.


6. IF YOUR GUN FAILS TO FIRE WHEN THE TRIGGER IS PULLED, HANDLE WITH CARE!
Occasionally, a cartridge may not fire when the trigger is pulled. If this occurs, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Keep your face away from the breech. Then, carefully open the action, unload the firearm and dispose of the cartridge in a safe way.

Any time there is a cartridge in the chamber, your gun is loaded and ready to fire even if you’ve tried to shoot and it did not go off. It could go off at any time, so you must always remember Rule #1 and watch that muzzle!

Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning firearms or handling ammunition may result in exposure to lead and other substances known to cause birth defects, reproductive harm and other serious physical injury. Have adequate ventilation at all times. Wash hands thoroughly after exposure.

7. ALWAYS WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING
All shooters should wear protective shooting glasses and some form of hearing protectors while shooting. Exposure to shooting noise can damage hearing, and adequate vision protection is essential. Shooting glasses guard against twigs, falling shot, clay target chips and the rare ruptured case or firearm malfunction. Wearing eye protection when disassembling and cleaning any gun will also help prevent the possibility of springs, spring tension parts, solvents or other agents from contacting your eyes. There is a wide variety of eye and ear protectors available. No target shooter, plinker or hunter should ever be without them.

Most rules of shooting safety are intended to protect you and others around you, but this rule is for your protection alone. Furthermore, having your hearing and eyes protected will make your shooting easier and will help improve your enjoyment of the shooting sports.


8. BE SURE THE BARREL IS CLEAR OF OBSTRUCTIONS BEFORE SHOOTING
Before you load your firearm, open the action and be certain that no ammunition is in the chamber or magazine. Be sure the barrel is clear of any obstruction. Even a small bit of mud, snow, excess lubricating oil or grease in the bore can cause dangerously increased pressures, causing the barrel to bulge or even burst on firing, which can cause injury to the shooter and bystanders. Make it a habit to clean the bore and check for obstructions with a cleaning rod immediately before you shoot it. If the noise or recoil on firing seems weak or doesn’t seem quite “right,” cease firing immediately and be sure to check that no obstruction or projectile has become lodged in the barrel.

Placing a smaller gauge or caliber cartridge into a gun (such as a 20-gauge shell in a 12-gauge shotgun) can result in the smaller cartridge falling into the barrel and acting as a bore obstruction when a cartridge of proper size is fired. This can cause a burst barrel or worse. This is really a case where “haste makes waste.” You can easily avoid this type of accident by paying close attention to each cartridge you insert into your firearm.


9. DON’T ALTER OR MODIFY YOUR GUN, AND HAVE GUNS SERVICED REGULARLY
Firearms are complicated mechanisms that are designed by experts to function properly in their original condition. Any alteration or change made to a firearm after manufacture can make the gun dangerous and will usually void any factory warranties. Do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others by altering the trigger, safety or other mechanism of any firearm or allowing unqualified persons to repair or modify a gun. You’ll usually ruin an expensive gun. Don’t do it!
Your gun is a mechanical device that will not last forever and is subject to wear. As such, it requires periodic inspection, adjustment and service. Check with the manufacturer of your firearm for recommended servicing.


10. LEARN THE MECHANICAL AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FIREARM YOU ARE USING
Not all firearms are the same. The method of carrying and handling firearms varies in accordance with the mechanical characteristics of each gun. Since guns can be so different, never handle any firearm without first having thoroughly familiarized yourself with the particular type of firearm you are using, the safe gun handling rules for loading, unloading, carrying and handling that firearm, and the rules of safe gun handling in general.

For example, many handgun manufacturers recommend that their handguns always be carried with the hammer down on an empty chamber. This is particularly true for older single-action revolvers, but applies equally to some double-action revolvers or semiautomatic pistols. You should always read and refer to the instruction manual you received with your gun, or if you have misplaced the manual, simply contact the manufacturer for a free copy.

Having a gun in your possession is a full-time job. You cannot guess; you cannot forget. You must know how to use, handle and store your firearm safely. Do not use any firearm without having a complete understanding of its particular characteristics and safe use. There is no such thing as a foolproof gun.
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Re: OAUSA Net – September 27, 2018 – Shooting Sports

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Post by lrsrngr » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:07 am

SHOOTING SHACK / PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

We are moving towards the nexus, "Should there be, should there not be, personal firearm ownership?" California, the trend setter that we are, has been the test bed of social design and strong influence of what is to come for the rest of the Nation for decades. If you want to make a difference please consider looking into any of the many Pro-Second Amendment groups that help to secure our freedoms.

For example:

On the national level, the National Rifle Association is the oldest and one of the most influential civil rights organizations in the United Sates. They directly support state associations like the California Rifle and Pistol Association and help to maintain a direct link between the national and state level groups. Support the NRA and your state association through membership or donation/funding.

Do not forget to register to vote and to cast your vote for firearm friendly candidates this November in the General Election. Need help, check out the NRA-PVF page for their "grades and endorsements" concerning the election guide for your area. https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/

New and innovative:

EDDIE EAGLE (not so new but relevant) (https://eddieeagle.nra.org/)
The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program is a gun accident prevention program that seeks to help parents, law enforcement, community groups and educators navigate a topic paramount to our children’s safety. Eddie and his Wing Team are on a mission to help you teach Pre-K through 4th graders what to do if they ever come across a gun…

Eddie Eagle video: https://d3ldmcwnurseh3.cloudfront.net/a ... e_ep01.mp4

SCHOOL SHIELD (https://www.nraschoolshield.org/)
School security is a complex issue with no simple, single solution. The NRA School Shield program is committed to addressing the many facets of school security, including best practices in security infrastructure, technology, personnel, training, and policy. Through this multidimensional effort, NRA School Shield seeks to engage communities and empower leaders to help make our schools more secure.

Video (w/LtCol Oliver North, NRA President): https://d3ldmcwnurseh3.cloudfront.net/a ... orth-5.mp4

CARRY GUARD (https://www.nracarryguard.com/about/)
NRA Carry Guard aims to be everything law-abiding gun owners need to carry firearms with confidence and competence. Our training program, featuring both in-person classes as well as a vast online video library, was developed by an expert team of military and law enforcement veterans and focuses on the unique legal, mental and physical circumstances you must be prepared to face before and after pulling the trigger. NRA Carry Guard teaches you how to avoid and de-escalate conflict situations. But should you ever have to defend your life, you could face serious criminal or civil liability—even when you are completely innocent. In those devastating circumstances, NRA Carry Guard provides access to important resources.

Training provided:

Training Catalog (https://www.nrainstructors.org/CourseCatalog.aspx)

Below is the list of NRA certified courses.

PISTOL
▶ NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Course
▶ NRA-NMLRA Basic Muzzleloading Shooting Course
▶ NRA Pistol Marksman Simulator Training
▶ NRA Defensive Pistol Course
▶ NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting
▶ NRA Instructor Pistol Shooting Course
▶ NRA Instructor Metallic Cartridge Reloading Course
▶ NRA-NMLRA Instructor Muzzleloading Shooting Course
▶ NRA Level 1 Pistol Coach School
▶ NRA Practical Pistol Coach
▶ NRA Carry Guard Level 1 Student Training


RIFLE
▶ NRA FIRST Steps Rifle Orientation
▶ NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course
▶ NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Course
▶ NRA-NMLRA Basic Muzzleloading Shooting Course
▶ NRA Instructor Rifle Shooting Course
▶ NRA Instructor Metallic Cartridge Reloading Course
▶ NRA-NMLRA Instructor Muzzleloading Shooting Course
▶ NRA Level 1 Rifle Coach School (Smallbore and Air) Course
▶ NRA Level 1 High Power Rifle Coach School

SHOTGUN
▶ NRA FIRST Steps Shotgun Orientation
▶ NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course
▶ NRA-NMLRA Basic Muzzleloading Shooting Course
▶ NRA Basic Shotgun Shell Reloading Course
▶ NRA Instructor Shotgun Shooting Course
▶ NRA-NMLRA Instructor Muzzleloading Shooting Course
▶ NRA Instructor Shotgun Shell Reloading Course
▶ NRA Level 1 Shotgun Coach School


SELF DEFENSE
▶ NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course
▶ NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home Course
▶ NRA Defensive Pistol Course
▶ NRA Instructor Personal Protection In The Home Course
▶ NRA Instructor Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home Course
▶ NRA Carry Guard Level 1 Student Training


SAFETY
▶ NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course
▶ NRA Home Firearm Safety Course
▶ NRA Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminars
▶ NRA Chief Range Safety Officer Course
▶ NRA Instructor Home Firearm Safety Course
▶ NRA Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor Development Workshop
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Re: OAUSA Net – September 27, 2018 – Shooting Sports

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Post by lrsrngr » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:07 am

LIFE EXPERIENCES THAT LED TO DECISIONS

Up to this point a lot of information was used from "sources." Sources that are reliable and bear a huge brunt of the weight carried by this topic. Why, because it is safe and it bears little reflection on the individual providing the information when the real work is homogeneously done by "industry." This will be our "jumping off point." I will describe a few opinions based on experiences that led me to this point. The pieces that have influenced my real world view of the shooting sports; those activities that are paramount to getting what you strive to achieve as a firearm enthusiast.

First, I'm not fond of the term "gun" and I have learned that "weapon" is hate speech so I am more incline to use "firearm, rifle, revolver or pistol" when I discuss this topic. However, I do refer to shotguns as "guns" more readily.

Second, opinions are like most things...everyone has them. I am not here to solicit approval or contradict someone else's experience(s) that provide their factual base. We will have to cover a lot of information so forgive me if we speed through some areas.

Third...this is the big one; my opinion and setup for the rest of the net:
    1. Firearms are a tool just like amateur radio has become a tool first, a hobby second. I have lived by the "sword" in another life and I continue to recognize this as my role in society has changed but my core beliefs and values remain the same.
    2. What we do as a hobby sometimes taints the way we use our tools and I always try to recognize poor and ill gotten techniques have no business becoming well formed habits or "muscle memory."
    3. My goal is to be technically and tactically proficient; "safely" is inherently part of that without spelling it out.
    4. I understand that time, money and effort must be part of the equation and sometimes many parts of this triad are lacking or missing altogether therefore being technically and tactically proficient will suffer; it is inevitable.
    5. Understanding points like this and working through these points will shape the way you address this topic as you move towards your end state; your goals. This becomes your unique and very individualistic "ideal" solution.
Further down the rabbit hole:
    1. "Muscle memory" - Repeatable performance but this can be both good and bad traits so we need to focus on "perfect practice" verses "practice makes perfect" there is a big difference.
    2. [u]Safe handling is the standard[/u]. [b]NOTHING[/b] can substitute for safe practices learned and committed to memory. Learned practices:
  • Muzzle up, muzzle down?
  • Holstered, ready and rest position verses presentation to firing position. Same goes for slung, carried over shoulder, cradled...
  • Cover sector; straight ahead, left, right, high, low to the rear?
    3. Manipulate the firearm the same way each and every time so that it becomes common practice, habit, if you will. For example, I use my firing hand as my "control hand" and my non-firing hand as my "working hand." I maintain control of the firearm with my "control hand" and under few circumstances does this change. Here are a few of those exceptions:
  • Working a bolt action rifle or charging some semi-autos.
  • Reloading a revolver.
  • Pulling magazines from my right hip when my primary magazines, on the left, are dry. This also makes me aware I am critical on ammunition.
  • Stopping the subsequent feeding of the next round when racking the slide of a pump shotgun.
    4. Placing reloads in the same location, using familiar gear, for repeatable performance. If you constantly change gear and change-up "how you gun" it will always feel awkward and unnatural.
    5. Reloading as you would behind cover, behind the bench, from the prone, in an indoor range...this is sometimes not feasible when in a controlled environment that will not allow you to follow your "normal or trained instincts." Realize it, minimize the effects, adapt and overcome.
    6. I hope this places the right emphasis on topics to come based on keeping it simple and to the point. There are principles that absolutely need to be part of your regiment and the sooner you realize that, the better off you will be. However, do not be afraid to change things up as techniques are presented. Your success as a shooter comes from adapting to positive gains and understanding your capabilities and sometimes more importantly your limitations.
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Re: OAUSA Net – September 27, 2018 – Shooting Sports

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Post by lrsrngr » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:10 am

STARTING OUT

The natural and possibly the most effective progression is an impressionable youth taken under the wing of a trusted and experienced marksman in the family. Outings with this individual(s) can foster the beginning of a life-long appreciation of this way of life. If you can be that mentor, please help the next generation take their position next to the rest of us.

A natural progression is fostered by organizations like the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, Law Enforcement Career Exploring, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), 4-H and other groups who help foster introduction into the shooting sports. Outside of the home I had the Boy Scouts, JROTC and the NRA Qualifications Program administered by my JROTC instructor, CSM Kenneth Klinger who also, before I knew him as CSM Klinger, was my Hunter Safety Course Instructor. This was where I learned 3-position rifle shooting to include "snapping in" with both an air rifle progressing to actual match shooting with the all time classic Model 52 Winchester Target .22 long rifle. This is an excellent way to start a child off and the program still exists as a partnership between the NRA and Winchester. Unfortunately, many JROTC programs have abandon hands-on air rifle and firearm training and if any still pursue hands-on training they are few and far between. The Winchester/NRA program, however, continues to provide marksmanship opportunities in several disciplines and not only for youth but adults as well.

Boy Scouts of America Shooting Sports & Activities: https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-progra ... ng-sports/
Girls Scouts of America Shooting Sports & Activities (a little different for the GS): https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2014 ... ould-know/
Law Enforcement Career Exploring: https://www.exploring.org/law-enforcement/
JROTC Matches: http://thecmp.org/air/jrotc-air-rifle-n ... mpionship/
Winchester/NRA Marksman Qualification Program: https://mqp.nra.org/
Winchester/NRA Marksman Qualification Program PDF: https://mqp.nra.org/documents/pdf/educa ... albook.pdf
National 4-H Shooting Sports: http://www.4-hshootingsports.org/
Hunter Education Course (CA): https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunter-education

From there several disciplines may result to include the following usual suspects:
  • Rifle
  • Shotgun
  • Handgun
  • Black Powder
  • Archery
Again, where you live, what assets are available to you and how friendly the "neighbors" are to the shooting sports can make a huge difference. Do not forget that for those exceptional youth who excel in their advancement through the shooting sports, there are benefits like scholarships available and I am sure going on to potentially represent the USA at the Olympic Games is another possibility. Set your sights high (again, pun intended).
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Re: OAUSA Net – September 27, 2018 – Shooting Sports

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Post by lrsrngr » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:12 am

AS AN ADULT

This is where things get fun. You have the ability to shoot just about any discipline you desire and the opportunity to keep that firearm in your very own lock box! What is available and trending right now here in my local area and hopefully some help from the group concerning their shooting discipline and favorite shooting area.

Google search "shooting area" to get started.

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Look for ranges that provide shooting events, training and seminars.

Look for certified instructors who can help you get started the right way.
  • For example, my suggestions for all the men out there looking to get their better half into the shooting sports but do not know where to start. The NRA's Women on Target has been very successful and one that I volunteer my time at whenever I get the opportunity to help.
Decide what your ultimate goal(s) are and work towards those goal(s) in a succinct manner.

Suggestions:
  • Shoot with someone you know that will be patient and take the time to teach you correctly. Have fun and be safe.
    Get a nice air rifle/pistol and practice when you can.
  • Move up to a nice .22 LR rifle/pistol; probably the most inexpensive way to start shooting and get started in firearms.
    Decision point: Target, competition or self-defense?
  • Continue to whittle down to your chosen discipline and become good at it. Branch out when you feel confident or remain loyal to your favorite shooting style.
Huge proponent of Project Apppleseed: https://appleseedinfo.org/
From their website:
  • Project Appleseed™ isn’t a gun club or a militia, nor is it a historical society. Instead, we are a non-partisan group of men and women (known as the Revolutionary War Veterans Association) who are committed to upholding the values and principles of America’s founding fathers. We use rifle marksmanship instruction as a gateway to help bring our nation’s history to life and to show that many of the values that our forefathers relied on to win our independence are still very much in demand today.
  • Through clinics and events, we teach rifle marksmanship and early American heritage to introduce individuals of all skill levels to the knowledge that was so crucial to the success of our nation’s founders. Aside from the fun and camaraderie of these events, the designed takeaway is a renewed sense of civic responsibility that each attendee can then implement in his or her own community. If we can reconnect enough people with the selfless civic virtue of our forefathers, we as a nation will all be better off.
  • Our goal is to create a nation of Riflemen. We’d love for you to join us.
NRA:
American Rifle Challenge: https://arc.nra.org/
American Rifle Match: http://arm.nra.org/
NRA Members' Council of California: https://www.facebook.com/NRAMembersCoun ... nG500S4gVg

More suggestions:
Single Action Shooting Society (SASS): https://wot.nra.org/
Weatherby Training for Women: http://www.weatherby.com/wow-blog/train ... ng-season/
United States Practical Shooting Association: https://uspsa.org/
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[b]HUA[/b] or "Hooah!" = Heard Understood & Acknowledged. In context: "Roger that sir, HUA!"

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Re: OAUSA Net – September 27, 2018 – Shooting Sports

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Post by lrsrngr » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:15 am

Conclusion
[b]HUA[/b] or "Hooah!" = Heard Understood & Acknowledged. In context: "Roger that sir, HUA!"

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Re: OAUSA Net – September 27, 2018 – Shooting Sports

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Post by KA9WDX » Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:37 pm

Check in - Thanks - Bernie

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Re: OAUSA Net – September 27, 2018 – Shooting Sports

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Post by KAP » Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:57 pm

Please check us in.
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Post by cruiserlarry » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:13 pm

Check me in, please Larry, W6LPB ;)
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