The Delran Junior Marksman Club was founded in 1962 for the express purpose of teaching firearm responsibility, safety and marksmanship to youth from age 10 to 18 years.
Throughout each year, three Junior Programs are offered: Air Rifle/Light Rifle, Trap, and Archery. Sign-ups for the programs are held every Saturday in April from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the Delran Junior Marksman Range located off Taylor’s Lane in Delran, NJ. Juniors may sign up for one, two or all three programs. For information on fees, please visit our membership link and download our Junior Application. All instructors are NRA certified. As previously mentioned, our primary goals are to instruct youth and adults in firearm responsibility, safety and marksmanship. Instruction and practice, for Junior Members, is held on Saturdays from 9 AM through 12 Noon. The fee for each program only partially covers the cost of materials and supplies. Income from Senior Memberships and operation of the shooting range on weekends is used to offset the costs associated with the Junior Programs and helps to keep the programs affordable.
Air Rifle/Light Rifle is our basic program, where most junior members begin. It consists of the National Rifle Association Air Rifle Course, with classroom instruction covering firearms responsibility, safety, familiarization, proper handling, sighting and shooting positions. Target type air rifles and pellets are provided and utilized for our basic program. We do not use BB's as they ricochet too easily. Shooting mats are also provided for the prone position along with spotting scopes and other required equipment. Junior members are personally responsible for eye protection. Ear protection is not required for the Air Rifle portion of the program. Our basic Air Rifle Program is instructed mostly indoors. The Light Rifle portion of the program utilizes small bore, .22 cal. bolt-action target rifles. This program is taught and practiced at the Delran Junior Marksman outdoor range, off Taylor's Lane in Delran, utilizing our fifty-yard rifle range and shooting at paper targets. Again, ammunition, shooting mats, spotting scopes and other required equipment are provided. For the Light Rifle portion of the program both eye and ear protection is required and is the personal responsibility of the shooter or junior member.
The Service Rifle program is offered to Junior Members who have completed the Air Rifle/Light Rifle program. The program is taught at our outdoor rifle range. The club provides high power rifles, ammunition, spotting scopes, paper targets and other required equipment. NRA Certified Instructors provide individual, one on one instruction. Eye and ear protection is the personal responsibility of the shooter or Junior Member. Juniors who participate in this program are encouraged to participate in the CMP High Power Service Rifle Matches, which are held four times each year at our range. They are also offered the opportunity to shoot in state and national NRA sanctioned matches.
The Trap program is a modified trap-shooting program. Junior members learn to properly handle and shoot shotguns to break airborne clay "pigeon" targets. The club provides both 12 gauge and 20 gauge shotguns and ammunition. Eye and ear protection is the personal responsibility of the shooter or Junior Member. As always, responsibility and safety are paramount. Our NRA Certified Instructors provide safety training and individual instruction.