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What:  The Junior Marksmanship Program or "JuMp" is a summer program designed to educate young people in firearms safety, familiarization, and basic marksmanship.  The program is geared toward 10-17 year olds.

Who:  Any student in any surrounding county may fill any available seat.  Seats are filled on a "first come-first served" basis.  No vouchers of any kind are accepted.

Cost:  $1250.  The program is 1 week (non resident) and all inclusive.  Attendees will be fed onsite.  Parents that have children with special dietary needs will need to contact TDSC staff for details.  Attendees will only need to bring a great attitude!  Parents are encouraged to attend with prior coordination.  *Parents with more than one student receive a 50% discount for the second student.

What to wear:  Students should wear t-shirts, jeans, and comfortable "closed toe" shoes (No Crocs, Sandles, Flip Flops etc).  No dresses.  Students are encouraged to wear baseball style hats as these fit comfortably under hearing protection (which is provided).  Students are also encouraged to bring sunscreen.  We will let parents know when to bring rain gear for light showers.

Curriculum:  Daily Activities are from 0900-4:30 PM.
Drop Off at 0830-0900

What they will learn:


Day 1  (am):  Students receive the fundamentals of firearms safety including:

  1. Safe storage

  2. Safe handling

    1. Includes loading unloading etc.

  3. Safe transport

  4. Safe handling for Scholastic Action Shooting Program

Day 1 (pm):  Students receive fundamentals of:

  1. Proper grip (Dry-Non functioning training Gun)

  2. Proper stance(s) (Dry-Non functioning training Gun)

  3. Proper sight picture (Dry-Non functioning training Gun)

  4. Recoil management (Dry-Non functioning training Gun)


Day 2 (am):  Students readdress:

  1. Safety, handling, & transport

  2. Proper grip, stance & sight picture (Dry-then Hot-Functioning Firearm)

  3. Recoil management (brought into focus with actual recoil)

Day 2 (pm):  Students receive training on:

  1. Low ready, high ready

  2. Range commands


Day 3 (am):  Students readdress:

  1. Safety

  2. Range commands

  3. Low ready, high ready

Day 3 (pm):  Students learn:

  1. Low ready to tgt engagement (pistol, PCC: Pistol Caliber Carbine, Rimfire rifle)

  2. High ready to tgt engagement (pistol, PCC: Pistol Caliber Carbine Rimfire rifle)

  3. Rhythm drills (pistol, PCC: Pistol Caliber Carbine Rimfire rifle)


Day 4 (am):  Refresher (warm up):

a) Rhythm drills (pistol, PCC: Pistol Caliber Carbine Rimfire rifle)

b) Target transitioning (pistol, PCC: Pistol Caliber Carbine Rimfire rifle)

Day 4 (pm):  Target Transitioning (cont.)

  1. Fluidity practice

  2. Repositioning & Reengaging


Day 5 (am): Speed Drills:

  1. Speed Silhouette

  2. Speed Plates (all)

  3. Ocular acuity drills (Steel)


Day 5 (pm):  Culmination exercise and challenges (Group to group) 

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