Junior .22 rifle signups to be available online

The Union Democrat Sports Department /

Signups for the Fall Mother Lode Gun Club Junior .22 Rifle Program will begin on Sept. 4 at 4 p.m.

Registration will be accepted online at www.motherlodegunclub.com .

Any boys or girls between the ages of 10-20 are welcome to join. A

parent or guardian must sign up on the website if the person is under

18 years of age.

With limited space, signups will be first come, first served till the class is filled. The cost is $25.

The goals of the program are to:

• Provide an opportunity for young people of all races, creeds, and sex to learn firearms safety and basic marksmanship.

• Use shooting sports as a vehicle to help young people develop

leadership, discipline, concentration, sportsmanship and responsibility.

• To develop participants ability to become successful competitive shooters as individuals or part of a team.

• Introduce shooting sports to community members and educate them about shooting.

The first class is Tuesday, Sept. 11 and will feature a mandatory

interactive lecture for juniors who have not participated in at least

two previous lectures. Payment will also be due.

This program is open to all youth from Tuolumne County. No previous

shooting experience is required. All juniors must be accompanied by a

parent or legal guardian. Parents are requested to attend the sessions

with their juniors.

The cost of the class covers all the supplies and equipment required

for the program including firearms, ammunition and targets.

This program is not associated with hunter safety classes.

The program will be held on the 50-foot indoor range, and will run

consecutive Tuesdays through Oct. 23. The final meeting (Oct. 30) will

be a special awards potluck night for all participants and their family

members at the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse building on Rawhide Road.

The class is directed by Roger Wilson, Junior Program Director and NRA

Range Safety Officer. He will be assisted by many members of the

California Grizzlies Junior Service Rifle team who started in the

junior program.

For more information, call Wilson at 586-7803 or Bob or Connie Taylor at 928-3745.

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