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FAQ, New Shooters

What will happen at new shooter day?
A typical new shooter day proceeds as follows:

    * Show up to 200 yard range, (top of the hill), at Field Sports Park, at 8AM
    * Pay and submit your member application form.
    * Receive a receipt for your ammo draw
    * Surrender your Drivers License (as collateral) and be issued a club rifle.
    * An instructor will take you up the hill to be trained on the use of club rifles and match procedures.
    * When instruction is complete, you will go to the target area to be trained on scoring and target preparation.
    * When it is your turn, you will go to the line and shoot the match.
    * You should be done by 1:00 PM

How long will it take?
You should be done by 1:00 PM.
 
What do I need to bring?
Your Picture ID, your fee, you. We have everything you need to shoot, however there are some things that will make the experience easier/better.

We provide loaner eyeglasses and earmuffs and we sell in-ear plugs for a dollar a pair. If you prefer a particular kind of eye and ear protection, go ahead and bring it.

The firing line is covered, but a hat can still help minimize glare and distractions.

No matter what time of year it is, you should bring a coat with some padding to it, or at the very least a sweatshirt. You will be wearing a sling on your off-arm (left if you are right-handed) and resting on your elbows for an extended period of time. The firing line is a dusty place; It should not be your favorite coat.

Wear pants. You will be sitting/lying on the firing line, which is an abrasive environment. Also, there are places for snakes, ticks, and other pests to hide around the range area.

Gas operated rifles will eject brass to the right and will often land on someone one or two positions over. Wearing pants and a long sleeved shirt/sweatshirt with elastic cuffs will help prevent hot brass from "distracting" you while you're shooting.

We try to provide water, but stuff happens. Bring a bottle of water just in case.

It could not hurt to bring a pen. There always seems to be a shortage...

Do I need to bring a rifle?
No. We will provide you with a club rifle at no charge and the required ammo for a nominal fee. You may bring your own rifle if you wish (see below).

I already have a Garand, M1A, or AR-15. Can I use mine for my first match?
Yes, if it is in safe working condition.

Can I use my own rifle for training? 
Yes, we are generally quite inclusive about what rifles are suitable for competition, we suggest that you bring your rifle and we'll determine if it is OK for use in the match, if it is not, we will let you draw a club rifle for the day.
 
For the clinic, we shoot the new-shooter match at a more relaxed pace to keep you from becoming overwhelmed.  The rapid fire stages of the course require a reload and some rifles are not magazine or stripper guide equipped and may have difficulties during these stages.  For the new-shooter match, we do allow you the time to reload so it will still be an educational and fun experience.
  
Do I need to make an appointment or call ahead?
No. Just show up at 8:00 AM

What if I am late?
If you arrive after training begins, You will miss part of the safety training. Since this is unsafe, you will not be allowed to shoot.