Final Youth Shooting Session of the Season this Friday May 10th!

We’ll be wrapping up another successful season of our Youth Shooting program this Friday, May 10th @ 6:30pm. As always, new shooters please arrive @ 6pm for safety training and orientation. We’ll be having a pizza party following our shooting and Dan DeKruger will be awarding more of the youth shooting achievement awards.

It truly has been a good season. We really feel like we’ve got things set up and running smoothly as we complete our second full year. We’ve also had special sessions for Boy Scout groups, individual sessions for a group from Rochester, and now we’re learning that the Girl Scouts are ready to start to allow their girls to participate in the shooting sports as individual troops. We’re optimistic that starting in the fall we’ll be able to get the Girls Scouts active in our program.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of our instructors, other members who have helped us out, and the Board of Directors for their continued support of the […]

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Youth Shooting Update: April 15, 2019

Our session this past Friday the 12th was our most well-attended session in our history! We were joined by four young ladies from the Rochester area, as well as a couple of additional high-school competitive shooters. It says a lot about our program that we have kids coming a distance just to participate – there really are very few programs like ours anywhere in Western New York and the parents of the kids from Rochester were very complementary and grateful for our efforts. The club should truly be proud of what we’re doing for kids and their families.

One challenge we did have was that someone broke the white folding table in the upstairs range that we use as part of our program. Because of that we were limited to eight kids on the line, instead of ten. This resulted in kids having to take shifts for their shooting. We would have been able to let more kids put more rounds down range had we been made aware and been […]

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Ten X and the Youth Shooting program on TV!

For Spectrum cable subscribers in Erie & Niagara counties, tune in to channel 1303 (LCTV) on Wednesday, April 3rd @ 4pm when Ten X President Peter Vasilion and Ten X Competitive Team Coach Leif Johnson are interviewed on Outdoor Beat with Bill Hilts, Jr. Bill writes on outdoor sports and news for The Buffalo News and is a regular contributor on WBEN and WLVL radio. Peter and Leif will be discussing the youth shooting program at Ten X, the changes that have occurred in the NY State High School shooting sports programs, as well as how and why we started a youth program at Ten X. This is fantastic publicity for both the club and our youth program. Bill has already invited us to return as guests on the show later in the year. We also hope to have Bill come speak to a general membership meeting in the coming months, where he will discuss issues of interest for shooters, hunters, fishermen and general outdoor enthusiasts.

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Youth Shooting Program Update – March 17th, 2019

Lots happening with our Youth Shooting Program!

First, thanks to Walt Conley, Jim Wieberg and Tim Colf for assembling our new safe that we received from this year’s NRA Foundation grant. This is a major addition to our program, allowing us to safely store our growing collection of rifles, while also serving as an instructional tool for the kids in the proper and safe storage of firearms. Thanks again to members Dave & Doug Scranton from Scranton’s Thruway Builders for taking delivery of the safe for us at their loading docks. Thanks also to Charlie Fissler who picked up the safe from Scranton’s and delivered it over to the club. And thanks as well to those who were “volunteered” as they came into our March 4th General Membership meeting, to carry the modular safe parts into the club. Check out the photo of the assembled safe:

In other news, several of our shooters continue to receive performance awards for their marksmanship with both pellet rifles and BB guns. Shooters are […]

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Youth Shooting Program – News and Update – February 17th, 2019

We received some great news this past week for our program. Our grant request to the NRA Foundation has been awarded and we will be receiving a 36 gun safe for the program. This is our third NRA grant in three years and to receive an item as significant as a safe means that we’ll be able to continue to receive additional firearms that we are pursuing from some now defunct programs. We are extremely grateful to the NRA Foundation. We also want to give a special thanks to Ten X Member and Youth Program Instructor Dave Scranton, whose company Scranton’s Thruway Builders Supply has graciously agreed to take delivery of the safe for us and thanks to Charlie Fissler for delivering it over to the club. This saved us a significant out of pocket expense.

Our next youth shooting session will be this coming Friday the 22nd starting @ 6:30pm. Air rifle shooting and BB gun shooting in the upstairs range and 22lr smallbore in the lower range.

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Youth Shooting Program Update – January 21st

Our youth program runs again on Friday the 25th of January @ 6:30pm. Air rifle shooting AND BB gun shooting in the upstairs range (we now have BB’s that we can use indoors) and 22lr smallbore in the lower range. We have several young shooters who have achieved their required targets for their first NRA awards and Dan DeKruger will be handling those out this Friday.  New shooters for air rifle/bb gun should arrive @ 6pm for safety instruction and orientation.

Our combining of the air rifle and 22 shooting proved to be helpful back on January 11th – we had total attendance of nine, which is a nice increase over what we’ve been seeing so far this shooting season.

One other note now that we’re really into the winter weather – in the event of inclement weather please remember that we follow the Lancaster School District closing protocol. If you hear on the radio or other media that the Lancaster schools have cancelled activities for that evening (or if school […]

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Youth Shooting Update – December 30, 2018

Earlier this month I sent an e-mail to our attendee distriubtion list regarding our 22lr/smallbore “Instructional” program and the lack of attendance/interest so far this year. Based on feedback from both respondents and our instructors we have made the decision to combine the 22lr/Smallbore with the Air Rifle (Pellet)/BB Gun sessions on the second and fourth Fridays. This will be effective starting in the new year. Those who want to shoot 22lr will still be able to do so – the sessions will now be on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, rather than the first and the third. We will run both our upstairs and downstairs ranges simultaneously, with the Air Rifles & BB guns upstairs, and the 22lr downstairs.  As our program continues to evolve we may eventually return to having the 22 shooters come on the first and third Monday’s, but going forward we are confident that combining both groups in one night will be the best use of the club resources and provide our […]

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Youth Shooting – end of year update and thank yous

We wrapped up our youth shooting sessions for 2018 last night (December 14th). We had a good turnout, especially considering we’re into the holiday season. We are seeing an overall uptick in attendance for our Open Shooting sessions, which we’re glad to see as these are the new and youngest shooters. We resume shooting in the new year on January 4th with our Instructional Shooting sessions and January 11th with our Open Shooting sessions. Please be an advocate for our program to anyone you know with kids ages nine to 17. If you have kids or grandkids those ages, we’d love to have them (and you) join us.

As we complete the year, I want to offer a few thanks to people who have been helpful to the program. First, thank you to the board for their ongoing support. Second, thank you to our instructors who have been there from the start: Jim Weiberg, Tim Colf, Walt Conley, Rick D’Arcy, Chuck Metler, Charlie Fissler and Peter Vasilion. Thanks to Dave Scranton […]

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Youth Shooting Update – finishing up 2018 and looking forward to 2019

Our youth program started up again the first Friday in September. This year we are shooting all Fridays, with the first and third Fridays being our Instructional Program and the second and fourth Fridays being our Recreational Program (no shooting on the “fifth” Fridays). Both programs are off to a solid start. Fall activities and sports may have kept attendance down a bit more than we had expected and for next year we’re considering delaying the start of the program to October (still to be determined).

For November and December our schedule will vary slightly. In November, the Recreational Program will not shoot on the fourth Friday (due to the Thanksgiving holiday) and in December the Instructional Program will not shoot on Friday December 21st and the Recreational Program will not shoot on Friday December 28th. Starting in January we’ll be back on our regular schedule. Our upcoming shooting days are as follows:

Instructional Program:

November 2nd and 16th December 7th

Recreational Program

November 9th December 14th

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Youth Shooting Starts September 7th

I’ll skip the stuff about Summer soon ending and Fall being right around the corner. That said, September is just a week away and we’ll be resuming our youth shooting program on Friday, September 7th. Here are the updates and improvements we’re making/adding for this season:

We will shoot every Friday from September through mid-May (with a few Friday’s off for holidays and “fifth” Fridays) Start time is 6:30pm (for new shooters in our Open/Recreational shooting, please arrive @ 6pm for a safety orientation)

 

The second and fourth Fridays (when we shot last year) will be for ALL shooters ages eight and up, and will be our “Open/Recreational” shooting days. This year we’ll be adding in BB guns, along with Pellet Guns. This is for our youngest shooters AND those who are not looking for more detailed instruction. Ten X member Dan DeKruger will be coordinating our Open/Recreational Program this year.

 

This year we’re adding what we’re calling “Instructional” shooting on the first and third Fridays. This will […]

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