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Rifle Shooting - January 22 & 29, 2016

What: Rifle Shooting
When: January 22 & 29, 2016
Who: All Troop 33 Scouts
Cost: $30 (covers ammo and ear/eye protection)


  • Would you like to earn the Rifle Shooting merit badge?
  • Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot a rifle?
  • Have you shot a rifle at camp and wanted more range time?
You are in luck!!  I am coordinating two evenings of supervised, safe, and fun rifle shooting at the Sunnyvale Rod & Gun Club.  Sunnyvale Rod & Gun Club will provide a Range Master, Range Safety Officer, and several experienced club members.  A local Venture Crew will be bringing their rifles and helping with instruction.  I will serve as one of the Rifle Instructors for the evening.  I have secured the use of the range on two separate Friday evenings for our use.  We will setup 10 lanes with both paper and reactive (steel) targets at 50 feet, 50 yards, and 100 yards.  Scouts will shoot single-fire, bolt-action rifles.  Scouts 14 or older will have a chance to shoot Ruger 10/22 auto-loader rifles.

Brent Browning
Troop 33 Shooting Sports Advisor
NRA Certified Range Safety Officer
NRA Certified Rifle/Shotgun/Pistol/Muzzleloading Instructor



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

Safety Briefings

Scouts who are NOT taking the merit badge class must attend one of the mandatory safety briefings:
  • Tuesday, January 12th: 7:45 - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday, January 19th: 7:45 - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday, January 26th: 9:00 - 9:30pm (immediately after CoH)

NOTE: Scouts in the Rifle Shooting merit badge will cover this in class.

Range Slots

  • Friday, January 22nd
    • 5:00 - 7:00pm
    • 7:00 - 9:00pm
  • Friday, January 29th
    • 5:00 - 7:00pm
    • 7:00 - 9:00pm
NOTE: Parents MUST attend with their son  (the club requires one adult for every Scout)
NOTE: Scouts MUST show up 15 minutes before their slot starts for a mandatory briefing

Signup Rules

  • Each range slot holds up to 10 Scouts
  • Scouts taking the merit badge have priority and can signup for 2 slots
  • Scouts shooting for fun can  sign up for 2 slots
  • Scouts should not sign up for back-to-back slots (they need rest!)
  • Parents are encouraged to shoot (time permitting)
  • Parents must sign BOTH consent forms before the outing (see below)

Rifle Shooting Merit Badge

For those Scouts interested in earning the Rifle Shooting merit badge I am offering a class.  This requires 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, January 12th: 5:30 - 7:15pm
  • Tuesday, January 26th: 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 which takes practice, patience, and concentration.  Scouts who cannot complete this requirement will receive a "partial" which can be completed later.

Class Outline

Classroom – Tuesday, January 12th

  • 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, January 22nd

  • 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, January 26th

  • 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, January 29th

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


Parents are responsible for driving to the club.  Make sure you are on time!
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This is what the entrance to the club looks like.  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" then look for us in the clubhouse.  Do NOT enter the range!

Range Times


Brent Browning,
Dec 7, 2015, 10:45 PM
Brent Browning,
Dec 7, 2015, 10:45 PM
Brent Browning,
Jan 10, 2016, 7:23 PM
Brent Browning,
Jan 11, 2016, 11:57 PM