Welcome to the Junior Shooters page!
My name is Steven Martin and I am the Chief Marksmanship Instructor at the Forks Rifle Club. We offer a Junior Safety and Marksmanship program that normally runs from October to the end of March. We shoot on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm. You don’t usually get to shoot all three hours so I always recommend bringing homework along.
Our club supplies all of the equipment needed. This includes the rifles, ammo, mats, gloves, ear protection, eye protection, spotting scopes and any other equipment needed. We do this because there is a lot of specialized equipment and, if you had to buy all it immediately, it would be too expensive to get started. What I require from my team is that every kid that shoots sell $100 dollars worth of tickets to our yearly raffle. We usually set up a table at the Man Show and the G.F. gun show to show off our club and to help sell more tickets.
When I am teaching your kids you are welcome to watch. If this becomes a distraction and they keep looking over their shoulders at you, then I will ask you to wait in the clubhouse. Shooting is a sport where you don’t have to be tall, strong, fast or super coordinated. On the other hand, if you need a crowd of screaming people cheering you on or patting you on the back every time you do well then shooting isn’t for you. Ask yourself if you have the concentration skills needed and the willingness to see things through; if so, shooting is probably a sport in which you’ll excel.
We compete in several matches a year. These include matches at our home range, as well as Minot, Bismarck, Fargo, Ayr, Buffalo, ND, and Halstad, MN. Girls and Boys compete equally and shoot in these matches together. You might not be on the first team but you still shoot and compete with everyone else. I select my teams based on shooting scores. I do this by having practice matches the week before a match and whoever has the best scores are the ones that get on the team. It is also possible we might have more than one team for a match. Teams are merit and performance based; I stress that I do not select my teams based on who their parents are or by what other sports they play.
The cost for this program is a membership in the Forks Rifle Club, which costs $15. This mainly covers the cost of insurance.
I invite you to come out and take a look at our program. I feel that it is a worthwhile and valuable program to get your kids involved in. I hope to be hearing from you soon.
Thank You Steven R.Martin , Chief Instructor , Forks Rifle Club. NRA Certified Rifle Pistol and Shotgun Instructor. Level 2 USAS Shooting Coach, Certified 4-H Rifle Instructor and an NRA Range Safety Officer.