8 - Friday, Mar. 20, 1959 Redlands Daily Facts Tomorrow's Sportsmen Learn Safe Hunting Habits Today SAFE RIFLE STORAGE — Instructor Marion Chambers shows Michael Dolan, left, and Tony Powers how to store their rifles in the rack on the range with action open so that it can always be determined at a glance that the weapon is unloaded. All boys are required to keep their rifles in this rack except' when they are actually on the firing range. This hunter safety program for boys 11 years and up is sponsored locally by the Redlands Fish and Game association at their range off Sunset drive near Beaumont. It consists of three classroom sessions of hours each plus the final one-day safety class on the range. PROPER LOADING — Safe handling of a weapon, the major emphasis of the hunter safety class, starts with proper loading of the weapon. In photo at left Mr. Chambers is showing Gordon Soffel, left, and Fred Anderson how this is done. Boys are encouraged to bring and use their own rifles, but ammunition, except what Mr. Chambers gives them on the firing line, is absolutely forbidden. HOW AM I DOING? — George Ziscr checks his target after firing a few rounds in the picture above to see what is happening to his grouping. This is done only on command of the instructor who halts all firing before anyone is allowed in the target area. The instructor observes the targets through a scope to see if any of the boys are having trouble and need correction. POSITION FIRING — Boys in the hunter safety course must learn to fire from four positions— prone, kneeling, sitting and off-hand. Mr. Chambers is shown here helping (1 to r) Gordon Soffel, Fred Anderson, Gary Paxton, Benny Mercado, George Ziser and Leslie Willis get in the proper kneeling position. Note boy on far right has not yet had his position corrected and appears uncomfortable in comparison with the others. All, boys participating must pay SI to become junior members of the association for a year, but tfiis entitles them to free use of the range any time when accompanied by an adult SQUEEZE 'EM OFF — Some of the most accurate shooting can be done from this prone position as demonstrated here. Instructor Randle White is at left with Benny Mercado and Gary Paxton doing the shooting, instructor William Wright is on the right. California law now requires all youths under 16 to pass the hunter safety course before they can be issued a hunting license. On the firing range they shoot .22 caliber rifles with five rounds in each position to qualify. They must first pass a written exam after their 4f« hours of classroom study on safe handling of weapons and safe hunting habits. Youths may register at Stockton's Sporting Goods. ~ •> -, *• • «L>.> .*" YOU'RE PULLING TO THE LEFT — Targets are Examined after shooting at. each position, and the instructor explains the faults which caused a particular shot grouping to aid the students in the next round. Discussing a round here are (1 to r) Larry Wilke, Mr. Chambers, Jerry Wilke, Mike Hulsey, David Peterman, Ray Piper and Tony Power. FINAL EXAM — This represents graduation time for the monthly hunter safety classes. Instructor Chambers checks the targets at the end of the final round, and if they are satisfactory and the written exam was also satisfactory, the boys are given a certificate enabling them to get a hunting license. Mr. Chambers is the National Riflemen's asso ciation representative for the Redlands area. Boys in this particular class not seen in other pictures were Randy Ash, Mark Beaucamp, Mike Dolan, David Lee Eerkes, Gary Elder, James Fitzgerald, Tommy Hale, James Hoffman, Gary Montooth, Jim Mouw, and Russell Paxton.
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