/ Junior Pistol
Pistol Practice Resumes Friday September 9th
The Detroit Sportsmen's Congress sponsors a Junior
Pistol Team, which is comprised of youths 10 to 18 years of
age. Coaches Bill Malopolski, Doug Godwin and Mike Malopolski
ensure that safety and responsible firearm use is the first
priority. The goal of this program is to provide a safe atmosphere
for juniors to learn safe gun handling and shooting skills.
At the present time, the National Rifle Association's "Bullseye
Pistol - Stage Skill Course" is being used to train new
pistol shooters during the weekly sessions, which are held
on Friday's 6:00 to 7:30 pm. To take part in the qualification
course of fire, the shooter fires 10 shots at each target;
a minimum score on a set number of targets is required for
each rating stage (Pro-Marksman, Marksman, Marksman 1st class,
Sharpshooter, Sharpshooter bar 1 through 9, Expert and finally
Distinguished Expert). At each rating level, shooters are
awarded certificates, badges and medals.
Each shooter needs to provide hearing and eye protection.
At the current time, pistols are being provided by the club,
parents, and coaches, and ammunition is available for the
sessions. All team members are required to be members and
attend the NRA Basic Pistol Course and to pass the safety
test given at the end of the course.
The Education Committee at Detroit Sportsmen's Congress conducts
this course on a yearly basis. This annual class lasts for
6 weeks (one night a week for two hours). Safe firearms handling
is taught as well as proper use of firearms and marksmanship.
Basic Pistol Course attendees take part in "hands-on"
exercises, while supervised by NRA certified instructors.
Generally, our season runs September through May. If you are
interested or have young adults of either gender who are interested
in pistol competition, please stop by the DSC range building
(basement) on Friday evening between 6:00 to 7:30 pm or contact
Bill Malopolski at (586) 247-7266.