By Lars Dalseide | July 2 2013 15:44

Paradise Club receives Henry Rifle for Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program accomplishments

George Collins and Mark Myrdahl with the Henry Rifle presented to the Paradise Gun club by the NRA

The NRA recently recognized the achievements of one Paradise Rod & Gun Club in California with a little more than a certificate and a thanks. When we asked for their thoughts of our recognition, this is what they sent:

The Paradise Rod & Gun Club in Paradise, California, is a private membership club affiliated with the National Rifle Association. With more than 500 members and families members have access to our rifle, handgun, trap and archery ranges.

There is where our NRA programs take hold. One held in particularly high esteem is the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

The PRGC is very active in promoting the Winchester/NRA Qualification Shoots. So active, in fact, that we were recently recognized by the NRA for having the most Shotgun Distinguished Experts in the country. An achievement we don’t take lightly.

The Marksmanship Program is overseen by George Collins and Mark Myrdahl. Both NRA Triple Distinguished Experts, the two manage PRGC’s trap shooting program. As a reward for their hard work, the club was recently presented with a .22 caliber Henry rifle by the NRA.

In addition to the Winchester/NRA Qualification Programs in trap, rifle and pistol, the PRGC also explores a variety of ways for beginners to learn about shooting. This includes welcoming boys and girls from the California Waterfowl Association, the Boy Scouts of America and a youth program designed for the member's families and friends to learn about firearm safety and marksmanship.

The club also place special emphasis on teaching more women about firearms with events like NRA’s Women on Target. Women on Target programs include lessons on safe firearm handling and storage, how to shoot and teaches first time female shooters about a sport they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.

We currently have two women who have earned NRA’s Double Distinguished Expert Certificate. With a little luck, and practice, one of those ladies is on her way to becoming our first female Triple DX. The club also has a mother-daughter team who shoot rifle, trap and handguns with the rest of their family. They shoot it so well that they tend to outshoot many of the men.

The NRA Marksmanship Qualification program should be the corner stone of any club striving to establish a successful shooting curriculum. Not only does if offer fun for the whole family, but it’s an enjoyment that can last a lifetime. It also promotes fellowship while providing incentives for developing and improving shooting skills. In short, it’s a heck of a step up from a video game.

Whether you're a hunter, benchrest shooter or just an enthusiastic gun owner, the PRGC is dedicated to providing a safe, comprehensive environment to enjoy a broad range of shooting sports. While we are still building the club and developing programs, like the Winchester / NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program, we are always scheduling more and more events for our members and their guests. For additional information, please visit our website at


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