Burt and Martin had the great pleasure to meet John Rice and his teenage son, Dan. In the last few years, we have seen John, Dan and other juniors at local USPSA matches. John has experience as a Marine combat weapons instructor, certified USPSA and NRA Range officer as well as being an avid USPSA competitor. John is a member of the board of directors for the El Dorado Rod and Gun Club and the mentor for the Hangtown Juniors, located in the beautiful sierra town of Placerville. Over the last two years years, John has dedicated his time, money and equipment, reaching out to junior shooters in his community. John along with his son Dan, help set up monthly clinics for juniors at the El Dorado Rod and Gun Club. The clinics focus on firearm safety and include various action pistol skills. This exposes the junior shooter to the excitement of moving and shooting as is often required in a USPSA match. In the last two years John has had over twenty juniors attend his pistol clinics. John has brought several of these juniors to their first USPSA match. In Johns effort to expose his son as well as other juniors to the skill associated with responsible shooting, he has often given the new shooters his firearm, equipment and ammunition to train and shoot. In 2009, John approached us about the use of airsoft and our targets as a means to acclimate new junior shooters. We gave John our support so he could use our targets for junior training. John began using Airsoft and really feels it gives him an advantage, with little cost, to do practical pistol training with new shooters.
BAM Airsoft wants to thank TechwearUSA, who made the shooting jerseys for the Hangtown Juniors. BAM Airsoft thanks them for their support of action pistol sports, especially junior shooting programs like the Hangtown Juniors. They made it possible for us to purchase extra jerseys for the juniors. The jerseys really add some “Esprit de corps” when they shoot. If you need awesome shooting jerseys, by all means use them.
John wrote this to us and asked that we post it.
I want to thank BAM Airsoft. They helped with the tools to take junior training to the next level. We operate in a small gun club, with a small budget. If it were not for Burt and Martin, training on a star would not have happened until the juniors would have shot a match. This also allows my youngest shooters to move and shoot through a stage and not be left behind. I ask you to please take a kid shooting and watch the smiles.
Well you heard him, go help a junior out. If you see us at a match we have Hangtown Juniors T-shirts for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go to the juniors. This excellent pdf, How to start a junior shooting team, will help anyone who wants to get started. You can also get more information from USPSA’s Junior’s page.
Warnings and Safety
- Always wear eye protection and other necessary protective equipment when shooting airsoft.
- It is your responsibility to understand and practice airsoft safety.
- Airsoft and target shooting can be dangerous. User assumes all risk and liability. BAM Airsoft assumes no responsibility for the use of its recomendations or use/misuse of its products.
- Keep safe distance from targets and position them in a manner that reduces ricochet.
- Falling targets can damage property – protect those items.
- BB’s can injure people and cause damage to walls, windows or other property.
- Know what is behind your target, do not point, display in public or shoot airsoft at people, animals, property or anything else that may be illegal or a serious public safety concern.
- Use common sense – if you don’t have any, don’t do it.