Educational Programs

4-H Club

A fantastic organization, the 4-H Club is one of the youth education programs supported by the VGCA. Training our young people in many shooting disciplines such as shotgun, muzzleloading, and archery, the club focuses on safety and proficiency with these disciplines and promoting responsible firearms handling and ownership. Every year the kids go to a shooting camp open to children between the ages of 9-19 where they practice and refine these skills and grow their knowledge. Lee Turner, a long time club member works directly with the club helping train and instruct the adults who work with the children.

Firearm Safety Education

Eddie Eagle Program for Children. A comprehensive guide for gun safety provided by the National Rifle Association for Parents to help teach their children gun safety as well as educating themselves.

 NRA Find a Course System. A tool for finding courses and instructors near you, focused specifically on your needs and interests.

In addition, some basic rules of gun safety from the NRA 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.


 

 

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