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February 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 166

Many of today's shooters and sportsmen grew up with an experienced expert shooter in their family. Decades of war and the peacetime draft coupled with the availability of firearms training and hunting from youth to adult left a legacy of most adult males being familiar with a long arm. Times have changed and firearms training opportunities are now much harder to find. While there are still good shots out there, it is important for every shooter to at one point or another in their life, get some actual firearm training down. However, to modify a popular saying, practice guided by certified instructors makes perfect.

Safety and Liability

If you are born before 1972 in Mississippi, you have to take the state-mandated 8-hour Hunters Education course. This course is a basic primer is safe weapons handling. However, many hunters have gone decades since their course and not done any follow-up training. Any firearms class you take will refresh and hopefully add to those long along hunters Ed classes.

For instance, is it better for safety reasons to walk in the woods with your rifle or shotgun muzzle up or muzzle down? What are the three fundamentals of firearms safety? What is a safe target to practice to hit? If you are fuzzy about any of these, get to a firearms course.

In the worst case scenario in which you are involved in an accidental shooting, what is going to happen when the victim's lawyer asks you, "how long has it been since you went to some sort of firearms training?"


There are a number of non-profit organizations and/or volunteer groups inside Mississippi that promote marksmanship and firearms training for adults and youth alike. These include the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and the Revolutionary War Veterans Association. The CMP is affiliated with no less than a dozen clubs across the state from Florence to Ellisville to Como and shoots M1 Garand matches, airgun matches, rimfire events and others. Participating inn CMP events also qualifies you to buy low-cost M1 Garand's and other surplus US Army firearms and ammunition direct from the government's arsenals.

The Revolutionary War Veterans Association is best known for their Appleseed program, which keeps alive the old Lexington and Concord tradition of American marksmanship by holding classes, clinics, and shooting events out to 500-yards with iron sights. The events are well run and well led as well as being free for women. They are set up across the state and extremely family friendly.

NRA Courses

Across the country, more than 60,000 certified NRA instructors teach over a million classes ranging from reloading to muzzle loading to rifles shotguns and pistols courses each year. To find a course near you, from basic to instructor-level you can visit the NRA's training website and search by zip code or state.

MDWFP Classes

Throughout 2012, the MDFWP is hosting a number of free basic and advanced shotgun shooting classes. Renowned shotgun guru, four time United States International Shooting Champion, and native Mississippian, Mr. John Satterwhite, teach these free classes. These classes are held at the Turcote Range in Clinton as well as remotely in Meridian and Starkville teaching hunting, Skeet, Trap, and Sporting Clays. The MDWFP secured an $8,500 grant from the National Shooting Sports Foundation to help conduct these classes, so please take them up on the offer. For more information on these classes, you can vist the states website or call 407-414-4264 to register.

Did I mention they are free?

MDFWP also administers a statewide Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) in which other state agencies, educational bodies, and non-profits can apply for funding for Mississippi youth to participate in hunting, fishing or conservation related activities. Last year more than $144,000 was provided to such groups. If you have a club or school that would like to participate you can contact the Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator Chris McDonald at 601-432-2044.

Other Courses

Organizations such as the NWTF also offer youth shoots. These shoots, called Jakes events, are held by different chapters around the state and can be found on the MCNWTF's website. More than 700 adult volunteer instructors help train young men and women across the state in firearms and safe shooting sports activities through the 4-H Shooting Program. Run through MSU the 4-H is an excellent way to get you and your children involved in safe and effective marksmanship development.

Let us face it, the kids that don't shoot today are the adults that won't shoot tomorrow.

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