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Old 04-20-2012, 2:44 PM
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Default Guidance for getting started in Competitive Youth Pistol Shooting

My son and I are looking for some information about youth competitive pistol shoots that would be available in Northern California. Particularly the Sacramento and Bay Areas.

Info about my son:
He's 14 and a freshman in High School.
In the Boy Scout Program and has completed the rifle and shotgun merit badges which had peaked his interest in shooting sports.
He is currently nearing the end of his 2nd year on the Yolo Sportsman's Association Jr. Rifle Team and has just earned his NRA Sharp Shooter ranking.
The show "Top Shot" on the History channel is favorite TV program.
At the moment, he thinks he wants to go into the Marine Corp after he graduates. Last year it was Air Force. Teenagers!

I really thought he would continue on with the rifle as his competitive juices stated going, but they really didn't get moving once he started shooting some larger caliber guns.
He absolutely loved shooting trap with the 12 gauge and found he enjoyed it more than the 20 gauge. Then he tried pistols and liked that even more.
Needless to say, being the wonderful dad that I am, I have a 20 gauge shotgun and and very nice Savage Mark II at home that don't get much use. (Yolo rifle team provide a 22LR with peep sights for their shoots)

I take him to the two shooting ranges here in Vacaville to rent various pistols for him to try out and get the feel of. But since I don't want to start buying more safe queens for him this time, I figured I would post it to the CalGunners to see if anyone has some experience as to what competition shoots are out there (types of pistols/calibers), for someone his age, and what you have found as good starting points into this area of shooting that I can share with him for guidance.

Thanks for the advice in advance!

Last edited by Jackalope55; 04-21-2012 at 7:32 AM.. Reason: Just ranked up his NRA Marksmanship grase
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