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Learn From the Best in Firearm Use and Safety Training at Beloit Rifle Club

By Marina I. Jokic

Chartered in 1925 and spread over 60 acres, the Beloit Rifle Club in Beloit, Wisconsin has become one of the most well regarded organizations of its kind with 1030 members. Featuring indoor and outdoor ranges as well as a field for archery, the club attracts guests even from other states.

Their main goal is to educate the public on the safe handling of firearms, and provide an excellent facility for recreation, competitions and numerous local organizations such the Boy Scouts, Young Marines, the Beloit Police Department, and Marine recruits.

Jon Nortemann, Membership Director at Beloit, says the main goal of the club is to teach firearm safety and proper use. With the controversies surrounding gun control in the U.S. and tightening regulations, the club has really made incredible efforts to follow new rules and ensure that their members are properly trained.

For instance, members are required to attend periodic orientation meetings as a condition of their continued membership. That way, they are apprised of any new rules and developments. "There are a lot of insurance and liability issues that are getting more prohibitive all the time," points out Nortemann.

The club offers classes for concealed carry permits, although classes for the general public are not available. One has to fulfil all the membership conditions before taking any lessons or training at the club. It's just a safety precaution that the club takes to ensure the highest safety standards. All individual ranges have clear operating and emergency guidelines displayed on signs accessible to everyone. Standard operating procedures are taught carefully to each member, ingrained in the staff, and serve as a sort of bible at the club.

Apart from individual range practice and training, the club also sponsors a myriad of activities ranging from local to state and regional competitions and youth events. Some of the competitive events include disciplines such as black powder cartridge, precision pistol, silhouette, trap shooting, bench rest, cowboy action, high power and 3-gun races.

As mentioned above, the facilities are available to various local youth groups practicing for regional and state competitions as well as to local law enforcement for their qualifications and training. It's a good way to stay connected with the local community.

Beloit Rifle Club's affiliation with the National Rifle Association, the Civilian Marksmanship Program, and the Black Powder Association among others, ensures that it stays on the cutting edge of discipline training and that it adheres to the highest safety standards.

Like any club, Beloit Rifle has its unique set of guidelines it follows such as accepting members once per year in March. The quickest way to find out if you are eligible, Nortemann says, is to contact him directly.

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