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4-H program teaches kids about safe air rifle use

Published On: Mar 26 2013 11:18:40 PM MDT   Updated On: Mar 27 2013 10:29:11 AM MDT
4-H program teaches kids about safe air rifle use

One local 4-H program is teaching kids the proper use of air rifles.

NBC Montana caught up with the club members in Stevensville Tuesday evening while they were practicing with their coaches.

The class teaches kids gun safety skills, proper shooting technique and prepares them to work with more powerful firearms.

We talked to some club members who say they wanted to take the class so they can learn to be good hunters.

“I wanted to learn how to shoot so that when I go hunting I can get an elk or something,” said member Dallin Jessop.

Others said they wanted to learn gun safety and to compete with others.

“I like shooting prone a lot,” said member Kaden Keith.  “I also really like doing contests.”

“I got really good at shooting and I was called Annie Oakley for a long time,” said member Nyssa Schairer.

Instructor Alex Hartless tells NBC Montana the class starts in January and runs through March.  He says this is the club’s second year.

“Some of the youngsters have never seen an air rifle to start with and others have had a little exposure to,” said Hartless.  “We've been able to take these kids with little or no experience and before they couldn't hit a sheet of paper and now we've got them to where they're shooting 50-cent sized groups and some are getting smaller.”

Classes are now over for the season but they will start up again in January.  For more information click here.