Lafayette Gun Club offers many juniors programs for students aged 5 to 18 from Air Rifles to Shotguns.

Junior Programs

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Lafayette Gun Club (LGC) proudly sponsors a Junior division of the Club. The division consists of shotgun, smallbore rifle, air rifle, and air pistol programs under the administration of the Junior Programs Committee. These programs are offered as a community service; therefore, membership with LGC is not a requirement.

Program Information

Introducing young people to the enjoyment and responsibilities of the shooting sports is an important factor to ensure our rich American shooting and hunting traditions remain intact. Lafayette Gun Club’s Junior Programs provide a positive, responsible environment for promoting the safe 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 other aspects of life.

LGC provides safe gun-handling training to more than 200 junior shooters annually, without regard to race, sex, religion, or national origin, and has more than 60 regular participants. They participate in local, state, regional, and national matches.

LGC’s junior shooting programs are open to boys and girls ages 9-20 with parental permission. A responsible adult must be in attendance with each junior participant, and stay in the near proximity during their child’s participation. Shooters older than 18, but younger than 21, may participate in the programs so long as they are attending school.

The LGC’s coaching staff for Junior programs is committed to offering a safe shooting environment where youth may enjoy the rewards of the competitive shooting sports. To this end, there will be no tolerance for deliberate or repetitive violations of safe gun handling principles

The cost for each program is $5 and $3 for children of LGC members. Each program waives the participation fee for first-timers. LGC provides coaches and ALL necessary equipment for participation in each program, with the exception of shotgun shells. All participants are required to complete a safety orientation for each program, and must demonstrate responsibility and maturity with respect to the safe operation of a firearm before formally participating in the program. Permission and participation forms must be completed by a legal guardian prior to the safety orientation. Parents need not be members of LGC for the Junior to participate.

For more information on LGC’s Junior programs, contact the Club office at 757-898-8854 or the Junior Programs Committee at

Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program

Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program A year-round shooting activity that provides incentive awards for developing and improving marksmanship skills. Progression is self-paced and scores are challenging, but attainable. Performance is measured against established par scores and any shooter who meets or exceeds those scores is entitled to the corresponding recognition awards for that rating. Each rating level has a skill rocker, medal, and certificate award that recognizes and highlights the achievement. The courses of fire in the qualification program are designed to take shooters from beginning skill levels (Pro-Marksman, Marksman) through intermediate levels (Marksman 1st Class, Sharpshooter, Expert) up to a nationally recognized skill level—Distinguished Expert—the pinnacle. By the time a shooter completes the Distinguished Expert rating, he or she has attained a proficiency level paralleling that of a competitively classified Sharpshooter. For Shotgun, these events will involve shooting Trap, 5-Stand, and Sporting Clays in accordance with Amateur Trapshooting Association and National Sporting Clays Association rules. All of LGC’s Junior Programs are based on the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.Junior Smallbore Program

Junior Smallbore Program

The smallbore program meets every Friday evening from 6pm to 9pm in the Clubhouse. Firing is done on the Indoor Range and is closed to LGC’s general membership during that time.

Regular Junior participants are encouraged to pre-register for firing points at 6pm, 7pm, or 8pm. Four new shooters are accepted on a first come first served basis each week. There is no new shooter pre-registration. The safety orientation begins at 6:00pm every Friday evening in the Clubhouse.NRA Air Rifle Program

Junior Air Rifle and Junior Air Pistol Program

The air rifle/pistol program meets every Thursday evening from 6pm to 8:30pm in the Homeland Security Solutions, Inc. facility located right in front of NASA Langley's main gate at 3130A Nasa Drive in Hampton, Virginia.

Junior Shotgun Program

The shotgun program meets the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturdays from 8am – 11am on the LGC Shotgun Range. Junior Shotgun ProgramThe preferred shot shells are #7 ½ and #8 shot, which each participant must provide. Each participant typically uses 100 shells during each practice. Since Junior shotgun program events occur primarily outdoors, scheduling of activities are subject to weather conditions.

General Safe Shooting and Firearms Handling Tips

  • Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
  • Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Keep your fingers off the trigger.
  • Don’t rely on your firearm’s “safety” device.
  • Always wear eye and ear protection.
  • Know your target and what is beyond it.
  • Keep the firearm unloaded when not in use.

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December 2010


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