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

Junior Programs

Lafayette Gun Club (LGC) proudly sponsors a Junior division of the Club open to all juniors age 9 to 18. The program offers several programs encompassing the shotgun, smallbore rifle, air rifle, and air pistol shooting disciplines. These programs are offered under the administration of the Junior Programs Committee as a community service; LGC club membership is not required as all programs are open to the public.

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Program Overview

LGC provides introductory safe gun-handling training to more than 200 junior shooters annually, without regard to race, sex, religion, or national origin. We offer four major programs including Rifle and Shotgun Marksmanship Qualification Programs, Competition Teams, and a Scouting USA and junior civic organization program.  Interested new shooters should begin with either the rifle or shotgun marksmanship programs.  See below for program specific information.

These programs are designed to safely introduce juniors to the enjoyment and responsibilities of the shooting sports, and to ensure our rich American shooting and hunting traditions remain intact. We provide a positive, responsible, environment for promoting the safe use of firearms, and participant growth. Through program experiences, participants develop confidence, self-esteem, personal discipline, concentration, respect, responsibility, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

LGC’s junior shooting programs are open to boys and girls ages 9-18 with parental permission.  A responsible parent or legal guardian must accompany new participants on their first night to complete permission paperwork.   Follow these links for additional program specific information:

All instruction is conducted under the auspices of NRA certified instructors or coaches. The instructor/coaching staff is committed to offering a safe shooting environment where participante may enjoy the rewards of the shooting sports.  To this end, there will be no tolerance for deliberate or repetitive violations of safe gun handling principles.

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.

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Fundamental Gun Safety Rules

  1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.NRA Coach
  2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Additional Safety Rules
  • Know your target and what is beyond.
  • Know how to use the gun safely.
  • Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
  • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
  • Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
  • Never use alcohol or mind-altering drugs before shooting.
  • Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.