By Kerrin Brinkman | October 3 2011 08:42
A young man aims his air rifle at the NRA Air Gun Range during the 26th Annual Joe Gibbs Youth For Tomorrow Country Fair and Auctions

Bristow, Virginia - Yesterday we showed you photos from this weekend's Joe Gibbs Youth For Tomorrow Country Fair & Auctions where NRA's Youth Programs Department brought back the popular Air Gun Range. Stocked with Crosman air guns and loads of pellets, the range featured 16 firing points where shooters could take aim at a variety of targets including animal silhouettes, falling plates, and swinging targets.

The Air Gun Range was free for attendees of Coach Gibb's youth charity event, and by the end of the day, hundreds of people had stepped up to the firing line. Helping NRA staffers Claudia Olsen and Sheri Judd were volunteers from Venture Crew 1150. From filling cartridges with pellets, to replacing air tanks, and offering tips to new shooters, the Venture Scouts helped make the Air Gun Range a major success.

"Venturing is one of our Youth Cooperative Organizations," said Bill Poole, Director of NRA's Education & Training Division. "Having this group of Venture Scouts out here to help is an example of how NRA helps promote the shooting sports among youth groups such as Venturing, Boy Scouts, and many others. Some of their leaders here with us today are NRA Certified Instructors who are leading the safety briefs and supervising the firing line. Hopefully, the young people and their families who visit the range today will want to continue learning how to shoot and we've already had a few people ask how they can get their children involved in a shooting sports program."

To learn more about how you and your child can be part of a Youth Cooperative Organization with a shooting sports program, or to find out more about youth firearms training, contact the Youth Programs Department at youth@nrahq.org. For more information on Youth For Tomorrow and this weekend's event, visit www.youthfortomorrow.org.

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