Our Training System
So, you have read the website, decided to join the club, passed the background checks and paid your joining and subscription fees. What happens next ?
We operate a training scheme for new members in accordance with the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) “Safe Shooter” system. Over the course of your probationary period we’ll teach you, first and foremost, how to handle firearms safely. Even if we achieve nothing more than that we consider it a success, but ideally we’ll also want you to enjoy yourself and be a good shot. Over a probationary period of 6 months we will require you to attend a number of range practices where we will progressively teach you how to handle and shoot firearms from .22″ rimfire target rifles at a range of 25m to centrefire hunting, target and military rifles at ranges of 300 and 600 metres.
Your first range attendance will introduce you to the essential elements of firearms safety and the rules to be followed on a shooting range. These are deliberately few and very simple, and this training element is mandatory for all those joining the club, even if you already have a firearms certificate and many years of shooting experience. After this, one of the club’s training officers will introduce you to the types of firearms the club holds for members to train with and talk you through how to use them, safely and confidently. After a short period familiarising yourself with a particular firearm, you will be taken onto the firing point under the supervision of a mentor and shown how to use it. This process is repeated over your subsequent range attendances, new types of firearms being introduced and training given in their use. The NRA training scheme provides a structured, progressive training routine, adherence to which will make you a safe and competent shot and qualify you for the “Safe Shooter” certification you will need to apply for your own Firearms Certificate (FAC) and shoot on military ranges.
The Staffordshire Phoenix Club differs from many in that we have a particularly high number of members who are fully qualified Range Conducting Officers, and also a number of instructors with a great deal of training experience, both civilian and military. We are therefore able to offer all our probationary members not only the basic tuition required by the NRA but a high level of individual coaching in the Principles of Marksmanship if they so desire it. We are very proud of the fact that it is not unusual for our our probationary members to be capable of a very high level of accuracy with full bore centrefire rifles at ranges of 300m long before they have finished their probationary period.
So, in a nutshell, that’s the training process. It’s quite possible to go from complete beginner to being able to place 10 consecutive shots in a 10cm circle at a range of 300m in under six months. Come along and find out for yourself.
Club Training Officer