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Rifle Shooting - October 5 & 12, 2012

What: Rifle Shooting (.22 LR)
Where: Sunnyvale Rod & Gun Club (see below for map)
When: Friday October 5th and 12th (see below for times)
Who: All Scouts (parent volunteers needed!)
Cost: $10/Scout (covers the cost of ammo)

Want to learn how to shoot or already know and want to shoot some more?

  • Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot a rifle?
  • Have you shot a rifle at camp and want some more range time?
  • Interesting in earning the Rifle Shooting merit badge?
You are in luck!!  I am coordinating two evenings of supervised, safe, and fun rifle shooting at a local range.


This will be a fully supervised event.  The Sunnyvale Rod & Gun Club will provide a RangeMaster and a Range Safety Officer.  We have also contacted a Venture Crew who will be bringing their rifles and helping with instruction.  Myself and another Scouter will be the dedicated Range Safety Officers and Rifle Instructors.  I have secured the use of the entire rimfire side of the range on two separate Friday evenings for our use.  We will setup 10 lanes and both paper and reactive (steel) targets at 50 feet, 50 yards, and 100 yards.  Scouts will shoot single-fire, bolt-action, rifles.  Scouts who already have the Rifle Shooting merit badge will have a chance to shoot Ruger 10/22 rifles.

NOTE: All Scouts will be required to attend a MANDATORY safety briefing at the Tuesday meeting before they can shoot.


There are three options to choose from when you sign up
  1. I am interested in earning the merit badge (requires additional time)
  2. I already have the merit badge and want more range time
  3. I just want to try it out for fun

Time Slots

  • Friday October 5th - 5:00-7:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm
  • Friday October 12th - 5:00-7:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm

Signup Rules

  • Each time slot holds up to 10 Scouts
  • Scouts taking the merit badge can signup for 2 slots (1 slot on each Friday)
  • Scouts shooting for fun can only sign up for 1 slot (more if we have availability)

Safety Briefings

Scouts who are NOT taking the merit badge class must attend one of the mandatory safety briefings:
  • Tuesday October 2nd - 7:45-8:30pm
  • Tuesday October 9th - 7:45-8:30pm

Range Times

First Name Last Name Friday October 5th - 5-7pm Friday October 5th - 7-9pm Friday October 12th - 5-7pm Friday October 12th - 7-9pm
Andrew  Aguilar Yes Yes
Alexander Barnes Yes Yes
Ryan Biesty Yes
Jared Biesty Yes Yes
Gian-Andrin Coolen Yes Yes
Charlie Crane Yes Yes
Arjun Dhalla Yes Yes
Jacob Frank Yes
Nikolas Gibson Yes Yes
Drishaan Jain Wait
Kevin Kafayi Yes Yes
Kyle Kim Yes
Rahul Kiss Yes
Arron Liu Yes
Marcus MacLeod Yes
David McAllister Yes Yes
Trevor McGall Yes
Anthony Mein Yes
Devan Narog
George Poppitz Yes Yes
Steven Rutledge Yes
Matthew Schueren Yes Yes
Kevin Schultz Yes
William Stanley Yes
Vignesh Suresh Yes Yes
Austin Townsend Yes Yes
Chas Wilken
John Wilken
Nathaniel Wipfler

Rifle Shooting Merit Badge

For those Scouts who are interested in earning the Rifle Shooting merit badge I will be offering to teach a class.  This will require additional meetings to cover all of the material.  Scouts working on the merit badge can sign up for more than one shooting slot!  If Scouts need additional time to "qualify" we will work that out separately.

Class Times

  • Tuesday October 2nd - 5:30-7:15pm
  • Tuesday October 9th - 5:30-7:15pm
NOTE: Scouts must attend all classes in order to earn the merit badge.  Please sign up only if you are sure you can attend.

NOTE: Scouts must shoot five shots at 50 feet that can be covered by a quarter and do this five separate times, this takes practice and patience...

Class Outline

Classroom – Tuesday 10/2

  • 1a – why must BB/pellet guns be treated with same respect as firearms 
  • 1b – what if a friend asked to see firearms 
  • 1c – need for eye and ear protection 
  • 1h – proper hygienic guidelines in shooting 
  • 2a – identify three main parts of a rifle 
  • 2b – three fundamental rules for safe gun handling 
  • 2e – five fundamentals of shooting a rifle safely 


  • 1f – obtain hunting laws and read main points 
  • 1i – find a list of sources to contact for information on firearms and their uses 

Range – Friday 10/5

  • 2b – three fundamental rules for safe gun handling 
  • 2g – demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitude to safely shoot 
  • 2l – QUALIFY (fire five groups of five shots/group that can be covered by a quarter) 

Classroom - Tuesday 10/9

  • 1d – laws for owning and using firearms 
  • 1e – hunting and wise use of renewable wildlife resources 
  • 1f – explain hunting laws 
  • 1g – explain how to be a part of shooting sports activities 
  • 1i – sources for firearms and their uses 
  • 2c – identify two types of cartridges, parts, and function 
  • 2d – misfire, hangfire, and squib 
  • 2f – explain rules of safe shooting 
  • 2h – identify safety rules and materials for cleaning a rifle 
  • 2i – demonstrate how to clean a rifle 
  • 2j – discuss points to consider in selecting a rifle 

Range – Friday 10/12

  • 2b – three fundamental rules for safe gun handling 
  • 2g – demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitude to safely shoot 
  • 2l – QUALIFY (fire five groups of five shots/group that can be covered by a quarter)

Brent Browning
Troop 33 Scoutmaster
NRA Certified Range Safety Officer & Rifle Instructor


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This is the entrance to the club, don't stop here!  The gates will be open, go up the driveway to the parking lot at the top.  Drive to the end of the parking lot and park near the "Rifle and Pistol Range" and wait for us to come get you.

Brent Browning,
Sep 26, 2012, 5:38 PM
Brent Browning,
Sep 30, 2012, 10:37 PM