Under the guidance of a certified instructor, youth will learn the responsible handling of firearms, and more specifically handling air rifles and .22 small bore rifles. Youth will gain knowledge and build life skills such as responsibility, decision making, discipline, goal setting, teamwork and safety. Ages 8-18.
Show Your Skills
• Make a poster of the parts of a rifle
• Make a poster or scrapbook of pictures of your shooting sports events related to rifle
• Interview a family member or a skilled person about their experiences with a rifle
Service and Leadership
• Volunteer to serve with local wildlife, sportsman’s or firearm safety organizations
• Participate in fundraising activities to help promote conservation and wildlife
• Give a talk or demonstration on a shooting sports project
• Serve as a role model to younger members about the importance of safety around firearms when participating in instructional classes and shoots (Note: only certified instructors are allowed to teach lessons)
• Research different scopes, range finders and video that can all be incorporated into riflery
• Visit a range with electronic scoring systems
• Connecting with a mentor
Connecting with a Mentor
• Local law enforcement
• Hunters and hunter safety instructors
• Inquire at any local range to shadow a range safety officer
• Illinois 4-H State rifle shoot
• National 4-H competitions
Project Manuals & Exhibit Requirements
- 4-H Shooting Sports Rifle .22 Caliber & Air Rifle
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!