Helena offering basic rifle course this fall

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–Younger community members interested in learning basic techniques and how to safely operate a rifle will have the opportunity to sign up for an eight-week shooting course that begins Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Helena.

The NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course is designed for youth members primarily between the ages of 9-19.

The course will begin on Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Shelby County Shooting Sports Association located at 574 Elvira Road in Helena.

The class will last eight weeks and those who sign up will meet each Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. through Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Live fire during the course will be done with mainly air guns, and there will be an additional cartridge rifle range day on a Saturday at the end of the course.

Those wishing to sign up must do so by Sept. 4. The cost to register for the course is $65 with an initial deposit of $20.

The course is part of the Alabama 4H program and will cover all common rifle types, ammunition, rifle safety and marksmanship. The course also meets the requirements for the BSA Rifle merit badge.

The instructor for the course is Sam Richardson and for more information Richardson can be reached at 565-6104 or Scssa.office@gmail.com.

To sign up for the course, visit Nrainstructors.org. Once there, search for NRA Basic Rifle Course in Alabama.