Discover the fun and challenge of learning the art of shooting pistols. Air pistols and .22 caliber small bore pistols may be used. The objective is to teach kids safety, responsibility, discipline, and good sportsmanship.
Air Pistol 10-18 yrs.
.22 Pistol 12-18 yrs.
Show Your Skills
- Poster exhibit of proper shooting positions
- Display actual paper targets shot with their scores displayed, and include sight alignment
- Poster display labeling parts of a pistol and ammunition
- Design an experiment that will demonstrate trajectory of a projectile
- Poster display of different types of actions pistols may have (bolt, revolver, break, etc.)
- Make a gun rack, gun safe, or gun case
Service and Leadership
- Volunteer at a local sportsman’s club or VFW event
- Contact your Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) volunteer safety coordinator to see if you can assist with a hunter safety class
- Explore volunteering at a local park or conservation organization fundraiser
- Lead a demonstration workshop
- Contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District to offer assistance at a program
- Help mentor younger 4-H members interested in pistol
- Make and sell leatherworking projects such as holsters and gear bags
- Custom build hard shell, lockable cases with padding
- Visit an indoor gun range with an automated target scoring system
Connecting with a Mentor
- Local police department
- IDNR conservation police officer
- Inquire at any local range to shadow a range safety officer
- Illinois State 4-H pistol competition
- National 4-H Shooting Sports competitions
Project Manuals & Exhibit Requirements
- 4-H Shooting Sports Air & .22 Caliber Pistol
Purchase manuals on the Shop Illinois 4-H Store.
View exhibit requirements and scoresheets on the Illinois State Fair page.
University of Illinois Extension staff and volunteers that contributed to this resource include Curt Sinclair and Kurt Willoughby, Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports State Instructor
4-H Spark Sheets are a collaborative effort of 4-H staff, volunteers, alumni and teens from across Illinois. A big thanks to the many contributors and reviewers!