Trap on July 3rd

Please note that due to the July 4th holiday, regular Wednesday trap will be moved to Tuesday, July 3rd.

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3-Gunner Competition

Event: 3-Gunner Competition
Date & Time: Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3-gunner-competition-tickets-47515323612
 

Date: 
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Tuesday Night Archery on June 19th

We will be having Tuesday Night Archery tonight (Tuesday, June 19th) from 6-9pm.

If you would like to give archery a try come out and join us! We have bows you can use, and hamburgers and hotdogs will be available. This is for members and their families, kids welcome!

Date: 
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

May Community Relationships Report

The May meeting had John Ratka, director of the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, speak. John gave a brief outline of the work that the center does for our veterans.

Andover is once again having an Andover day to be held on September 8th. The club will be having a table. Last year we were very well received.

This year, due to the number of scholarship applicants the club is giving out 6 scholarships. This is in addition to the 4 that we give to local schools. The recipients are:

  • Natalie S.
  • Sarah S.
  • Christa F.
  • Elliot B.
  • Anthony C.
  • Ryan R.

All of the recipients have been invited to the June 14th membership meeting.

Recap of Steve Cioffi's NRA Counselors Training

In January I was invited to attend the NRA Training Counselors workshop.

The workshop is an intense 4-day training which is held at NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. To be eligible to attend a Training Counselor Development Workshop, you need to be an NRA Certified Instructor for a minimum of two years, have conducted a minimum of ten NRA courses (as the lead trainer), have taught a minimum of 50 students, and successfully reported your training activity at NRAInstructors.org. Meeting the eligibility requirements, I registered myself for the workshop. I was eager and excited to get started on my journey.

I met seven other excited candidates taking the workshop; all which are professionals in law enforcement or safety training fields from across the country. 8 registered candidates did not attend the workshop.

My eagerness very quickly turned to nervousness and stress. It become clear that being recommended for counselor by the training staff was not going to be an easy accomplishment. Being constantly evaluated by unemotional training staff was not a comfortable situation.

  • Day 1: Not one person passed safe handling of semi-auto, revolver and single-action firearms. I did however pass safe handling of both revolver and single-action. I came to find out that I did not pass semi-auto because I racked the slide in a different manner than the trainer.
  • Day 2: The shooting qualification, 6-inch group of 16 shots out of 20 with in a 9-inch circle. A very difficult qualification under enormous stress. I was only 1 of 2 people to pass.
  • Day 3: Defensive qualification, one candidate was actually removed from the workshop for being unsafe. 5 people reattempted the shooting qualification from day 1 and only 1 more person passed it.
  • Day 4: Half day of classroom and then exit interview.

Four days of intense classroom and role-playing with the above qualifications proved a stressful and mentally exhausting experience. It was eye opening and humbling. At the end of all exit interviews I found out that I was only 1 of 2 candidates that were being recommended to become an NRA Training Counselor. I am proud of my accomplishments and eager to be bringing a new level of training to Andover Sportsmen’s Club.

-Steve Cioffi, Director of Training

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