Re: Rifle / Shotgun MB
Randy Finder (NARAHT@DRYCAS.CLUB.CC.CMU.EDU)
Fri, 17 Feb 1995 14:59:48 -0500
On Fri, 17 Feb 1995, Carey Probst wrote:
> In NY State, you must be an NRA certified instructor in the discipline
> you wish to teach, ie Rifle or Shotgun, muzzle loading certification is
> also required to teach muzzle loaders.
I'm surprised at this. While I would not be surprised if a consistently
conservative state like Wyoming or Mississippi had this rule, a state
with the Liberal history of NYS having this rule is a surprise to me.
> Other options are certification by FBI or State as a rifle or shotgun
> instructor. A hunter safety instructorship does not count by itself.
As long as there is a way to do it through a government class.
(politically liberal statement. :)
> In addition, in it's infinite wisdom, NYS has decreed that an Officer
> in the military may be certified to teach. This was a real shock to
> a friend of mine who was a captain in the AF who said his knowledge
> consisted of qualifying on a 45 in ROTC.
I know all military have a certain level of weapon skill required, however
in certain areas of the military, hard weapon skills are de-emphasized
considerably. Submariners, especially those in non-offensive disciplines
like engineering receive almost no refresher training in any hand weapon.
I'm sure that 150 years ago any officer could teach sword fighting,
however that has long since passed. The days of any officer being able to
teach individual gun usage appears to be passing as well.
> In addition, the scout must be at least 12 years old to participate in
> any shooting activity.
Are there any other merit badges that have minimum ages on them?
> My certs are rifle, shotgun, pistol, and muzzle loading rifle.
Then I'm sure you know a lot more about this topic than I do.
> Hope this helps. If you attend BSA shooting sports camp school, you
> will receive the rifle, shotgun, and muzzle loading rifle certs from an
> NRA Training Counselor.
Is the NRA responsible for reviewing the various weaponry related Merit
Badge? The USOC recently decided not to continue having the NRA help with
the atheletes in the shooting events any more, but I don't think that
you'd have that split between BSA & the NRA any time soon.
> Carey Probst, firstname.lastname@example.org
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