Air Rifle and Air Pistol
Orientations and Practices
A mandatory orientation for returning members will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the exhibit hall at the McKee Building at the Ranch.
The mandatory orientation and shooters workshop for new members will be on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 12:30–3:30 p.m. in the exhibit hall at the McKee Building. (This also serves as a make-up orientation for returning members who could not attend on January 17.)
The last opportunity to complete your orientation for the 2019 4-H year will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 12:30–3:30 p.m. New members as well as any returning members who have not yet taken part should plan to attend.
Orientation is required for all members prior to taking part in shooting sports practices.
Practices take place every other Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the exhibit hall at the McKee Building.
Parents must stay at practice.
NEW THIS YEAR: Everyone, not just members, must sign in and out of practices.
No electronics on the shooting line.
Stay on the shooting line until the line is closed.
No caffeine before shooting. It hurts concentration and steadiness.
Follow the 4-H Code of Conduct.
If practices are to be postponed or canceled, an email will be sent via the Extension Office.
McKee Building at The Ranch
5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO 80538
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Shooting takes place from the bench position and two-hand standing for both Junior and Senior members, and the Seniors also shoot a one-hand standing position. The firearm shall be a .177 caliber, lead pellets only, single shot or revolver (single or double action), and only open sights are allowed.
|Firearm/Ammunition||Course of Fire||Positions||Required Equipment||Optional Equipment|
|Air Pistol||.177 caliber air pistol with open/iron sights. Use wadcutter pellets.||1 sign-in target page.
4 target pages each with 1 bull. 5 shots per bull at 10 meters.
|Juniors – sitting/bench, 2 handed standing.
Seniors – 2 handed standing, 1 handed standing
|Safety glasses, pistol case, clear bore indicator (CBI).||Pellet tray, binoculars or spotting scope, bench rest. (Juniors may use bench rest for shooting. Seniors for resting only.)|
Shooting positions include prone, standing, kneeling, and sitting. Extended capacity magazines protruding more than 1" below the firearm are prohibited.
Air Rifle Utility
Sights must be open. No peep-type sights are allowed.
Air Rifle 4P (4-Position 10-Meter Sporter)
Sights must be peep-type aperture, front and rear, no open-type sights. The weight of the rifle with sights may not exceed 7.5 pounds. Shooting gloves are allowed (Larimer County can provide). A sling may be used except when in standing position.
Air Rifle 3P (3-Position 10-Meter Precision)
Sights must be peep-type aperture. The weight of the rifle with sights may not exceed 12.2 pounds. Shooting coats/jackets and gloves are mandatory (Larimer County can provide). A sling may be used except in the standing position. Shooting pants and shoes are optional.
Air Rifle Off-Hand (Olympic 10-Meter)
Shooting coats, gloves, pants, and shoes are permitted. Sights must be peep-type aperture. The weight of the rifle with sights may not exceed 12.2 pounds.
|Firearm/Ammunition||Course of Fire||Positions||Required Equipment||Optional Equipment|
||.177 caliber air rifle with open/iron sights. Use wadcutter pellets.||1 sight-in target page.
4 scoring target pages each with 5 bulls. 1 shot per bull at 25 feet.
|Prone, Standing, Kneeling, Sitting.||Safety glasses, rifle case, clear bore indicator (CBI).||Shooting mat, kneeling roll, pellet tray, binoculars or spotting scope, rifle stand.|
|4P||.177 caliber air rifle with peep sights. Use wadcutter pellets.||1 sight-in target page.
4 scoring target pages each with 5 bulls. 1 shot per bull at 10 meters.
|Prone, Standing, Kneeling, Sitting.||Safety glasses, rifle case, clear bore indicator (CBI).||Shooting mat, kneeling roll, pellet tray, sling, shooting glove, binoculars or spotting scope, rifle stand.|
|3P||.177 caliber air rifle with peep sights. Use wadcutter pellets.||1 sight-in target page.
3 scoring target pages each with 5 bulls. 1 shot per bull at 10 meters.
|Prone, Standing, Kneeling.||Safety glasses, rifle case, clear bore indicator (CBI), shooting jacket, shooting glove.||Shooting mat, kneeling roll, pellet tray, sling, shooting pants, binoculars or spotting scope, rifle stand.|
|Offhand||.177 caliber air rifle with peep sights. Use wadcutter pellets.||2 target pages each with 2 sight-in bulls and 10 scoring bulls. 1 shot per scoring bull at 10 meters.||Standing.||Safety glasses, rifle case, clear bore indicator (CBI), shooting jacket, shooting glove.||Pellet tray, binoculars or spotting scope, rifle stand, shooting pants.|
Please see the State Contest Rule Book for full descriptions and information.
Eye protection is required.
County shooting sports waiver must be completed with enrollment and before practices.
Follow all safety rules as listed in the Larimer County Shooting Sports Handbook.
Anyone at the range can call a cease fire.
Muzzle control is important. Shooters can and will be pulled off the line for endangering themselves or other shooters, and incident reports will be filed with the Extension office.
All firearms must be cased and use a clear bore indicator (CBI).
Muzzle – pointed in a safe direction,
Action – open until done loading,
Trigger – finger off of the trigger until firing.
Members compete in two age groups: Juniors = 4-H age 8–13, Seniors = 4-H age 14–18.
Members do not have to compete at the county shoot to complete the project.
Orion Scoring System
Larimer County Shooting Sports uses the Orion Scoring System for county competitions. This tool greatly streamlines both the scoring process and tabulation of results.
For Air Rifle and Air Pistol, the targets are scanned and scored by the software.
State Shoot Requirements
Register for the Shooting Sports project and Air discipline by the March deadline.
Attend at least 4 practices. Rifle members who are doing both Air Rifle and .22 Rifle may meet this requirement by attending two Air Rifle practices and two .22 Rifle practices.
Complete hunter safety before county shoot, and upload a picture of your hunter safety card to 4HOnline.
Place in the top 6 in your chosen discipline(s) at the county shoot.
Earn at least a blue or red ribbon for your county fair project.
Pay the state shoot registration fees, $20 per person plus $5 per discipline, at the county fair project check-in.
2019 State Shoot Information
Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18
Southwest Motors Event Center
950 South Prairie Avenue
Air Pistol and Air Rifle are held on the State Fairgrounds on the west side (do not come in from the Beulah Avenue side). If the gate on Prairie Avenue is not open, there will be one Small Avenue (north side of the fairgrounds).
No on-site food, but fast food is nearby.
Pop-ups and chairs are helpful.
Projects and Record Books
County fair is not until August, but members should start keeping records now!
Members only complete and submit one shooting sports record book for fair, regardless of the number of disciplines they participate in.
Record books may be completed by hand or on the computer. If you choose to fill it out by hand, use your best handwriting.
Keep one record for all shooting sports. Do not include ammunition or consumables. After fair, keep track of this page to make next year easier.
Include scores from practices. (Members don’t have to list all scores from every practice.)
Notes on any particular skills worked on during practice.
Thoughts on how each practice went, factors that might have affected scores, etc.
Mileage to orientation night, to practices and trainings, to the store to buy supplies, etc.
Meals purchased due to practices, trainings, etc.
Costs to put together your Record Book and Project for fair.
Take them early and often so you have a lot to choose from for books, boards, etc.
Save your pictures to the cloud.
Must be done on a 36" x 48" trifold board. Click here for Display Board Guidelines.
Must be no larger than 3' x 3' to be displayed at State, otherwise a notebook can be used showing how and what was made.
Record Book and Project Workshops
For 2019, workshops to walk you through the record book and project are being held on Wednesday, June 19 and Wednesday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the McKee Building. These are very helpful presentations and you can ask all of your questions! The presentation PDFs are also available for you to download and review here:
Project Dos and Don’ts
Do choose one shooting discipline to feature for your Shooting Sports project.
Don’t create a project for each discipline you participate in.
Do include a minimum of four project-related photos with captions in your record book. Pictures of demonstrations and community service may be included as well.
Don’t include any photos that show violations of 4-H safety procedures.
Do spend a little time each week gathering ideas, photos, and materials for your fair project.
Don’t wait until the last week, or the last day, to complete your project and record book.
Do include inventory and expenses in your eRecords for all disciplines you take part in, as well as the log for each discipline’s activities.
Don’t include blank eRecord pages for the disciplines you do not participate in.
Do ensure that your record book information is legible and can easily be read by someone other than you.
Don’t bring dangerous items as part of your standalone projects (live ammunition, arrows with field tips or broadheads, sheet metal with jagged edges, etc.).
Do make sure that your display board is a non-overlapping, tri-fold, and is the proper size (36" x 48").
Don’t attach standalone projects to a display board. Generally display boards should consist of flat materials such as photos, paper, glue, or paint. Header panels across tri-fold boards are not allowed.
Do sign up for interview judging online and be prepared for your interview time.
Don’t be nervous during your interview. The judges are genuinely interested in your thoughts and experiences and want to hear your story.
Do remember to bring both your project and your eRecords book to interview judging.
Don’t forget signatures for you, your parent, and your leader on the front page of your eRecord book.