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Open Enrollment Begins September 28 at Holliston Sportsmen's Association Junior Rifle Club

by Erin Dowling Porter

Those who want to learn how to safely handle rifles and practice four position smallbore marksmanship are welcome, both beginners and experienced shooters. After learning the basics of safe firearm handling in a classroom setting, junior shooters begin practicing what they have learned while working on marksmanship proficiency. By firing targets with a minimum required score, youngsters move through the NRA Smallbore Rifle Four Position Qualification Ratings from Pro-Marksman to Distinguished Expert. At the end of each season, the Juniors enjoy an Awards Night and Pizza Party.

((L-R) Shooters Madison Porter, Madison Colantonio, Connor Gavini-Campbell, Chad Piepenburg, Daniel Leary practice Mondays at the Holliston Sportsmen's Association range.)

Coach Rich Girvin has been a shooter for more than forty years. He started shooting four position smallbore in 1963, and still competes locally. He has guided successful young Holliston shooters since 2002, and is hoping to grow the team this year to include some new faces.

(Holliston competitors Madison Colantonio (L) and Madison Porter (2nd L) compete in the off-hand position.)

Details on Signup:
A parent must accompany the junior for initial signup on September 28 or October 5 at 7pm. There is a $10 registration fee. The season spans from the last week of September until the first week of April. Practice is weekly on Mondays from 7–9pm at the Holliston Sportsmen's Association facility. There are no meetings on school holidays or during vacation weeks. Rifles and gear are provided. Competitions are held monthly on the first Saturday of December, January, February, March, and April.

( Madison Porter checks her shot during a competition in the kneeling position.)

Each shooter contributes $5 per week toward ammunition and expenses. Parents are encouraged to participate as there are many tasks associated with running a safe and successful program.

Further inquiries can be directed to Rich Girvin at

Comments (1)

Great Article Bobby!

Jack Nickerson | 2015-09-18 10:13:48