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

Junior Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Program


  This open-to-the-public program is perfect for shooters of all skill levels, especially new shooters and runs year-round meeting every Friday evening from 5:30 to 9:00 P.M., with one-hour firing relays at 6, 7, and 8.  New shooters should arrive at 5:30 when the LGC gates open as capacity is limited to a maximum of 2 new shooters per week on a first come first served basis each week. There is no new shooter pre-registration.  New shooters will receive a safety and introductory breifing followed by first-shots nstruction from an NRA certified instructor/coach.

   The program provides incentive awards for developing and improving marksmanship skill using .22LR caliber,  bolt action rifles. Progression is self-paced with requirements becoming more challenging as skill improves following the NRA 4-Position Qualification Program.  New participants begin by learning safe handling of firearms and the basics of marksmanship under close instructor supervision while firing from a bench.  Progressive shooting positions include prone (laying on the floor), sitting, kneeling, and standing.  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.  As each level is achieved, medals and certificates are provided.

  Shooters need not bring any equipment.  All equipment is provided (gun, ammo, safety glasses, ear protectors) and the first night is free.  The weekly cost thereafter is $3 for LGC members and $5 for non-members.  Participants are welcome to attend as often as they like with attendance ranging from competitive minded shooters attending every week, to more casual recreational shooters attending once a month or less frequently.  Interested participants demonstrating developing marksmanship skills are invited to join the competition team.