Youth Rifle

Unaka Rod and Gun Club Youth Rifle Training Program

The Unaka Rod and Gun Club will be presenting a Basic Rifle Training Program for youth between the ages of 10 and 18, beginning in March. The program will have two parts. The first part of the program will be the NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course taught by an NRA Certified Rifle Instructor. Additionally, NRA Certified Range Safety Officers will provide individual shooting instruction and guidance. The goal of the Basic Rifle Shooting Course is to teach the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a rifle safely. Certificates will be awarded upon successful completion of this part of the program.

Additional information

The second part of the program will follow the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program for Rimfire Rifle Qualification with the goal of progressively improving the skill and accuracy of the shooter. There are several levels of qualifications in this program. Badges and Certificates will be awarded upon completion of each skill level. The badges and certificates through Marksman are included in the cost of the course, Sign up will begin on February 1, 2020. Registration completion and the first class will be held on March 7, 2020 at the Unaka Rod and Gun Club main clubhouse at 9 am. The class size is limited to 20 students. Sign up prior to the first class is required to insure a place in the class. The Basic Rifle Shooting Course will be conducted on the first and third Saturdays of March and April. (Course description - The cost of the class will be $50.00 and will include the use of single shot .22 rifles through both parts of the program, ammunition for the basic course, targets for the basic course, course materials and instruction for both parts of the program. Ammunition for the second part of the course can be provided by the individual participant or purchased from the Club for $5.00 for 50 cartridges. Students are expected to comply with the rules concerning the safe handling of firearms at all times.

Our goal is teach the students to enjoy shooting and to progress in shooting skill and accuracy. This course will not qualify the student to obtain a hunting license. Those desiring a Tennessee hunting license will need to complete the Hunter Safety Course.

For more information please contact Bill Whitley by text (423-429-4006) or e-mail at


March 7, 9:30am, 1pm if needed

March 21, 9:30am, 1pm if needed

April 4, 9:30am, 1pm if needed

April 18, 9:30am, 1pm if need

May 2, 9:30am, 1pm if needed

May16, 9:30, 1pm if needed

June 6. 9:30, 1pm if needed

June 20, 9:30, 1pm if needed

July 4 YRSP HOLIDAY, No meetings

July,18, 9:30am, 1pm if needed

Aug 1, 9:30am, 1pm if needed

Aug 15, 9:30am, 1pm if needed

Sept 5, 9:30am, 1pm if needed

Sept 19, 9:30am, 1pm if needed

Oct 3, 9:30am, 1pm if needed

Oct 17, 9:30 am, 1pm if needed (concludes 2020 program)

Final awards to be given Nov general Membership meeting.

1pm classes will only be held if we have a overflow from Morning class or for youth from shotgun youth program.