The Nemaha County (Nebraska) 4-H Shooting Sports Club was the recipient of four refurbished Daisy Model M853 Sporter Air Rifles at their monthly meeting on Feb. 12, 2017. The presentation of the rifles was made by Nebraska CMP State Director and Nebraska State 4-H BB Gun and Air Rifle Committee Member, Mike Jochum.
The club is a newer club, having received its charter in November of 2014. It is under the guidance of organizational leader Al Witte. The club currently has 10 members, with 50 youth from five other 4-H clubs in the county participating in club’s shooting sports program. Currently, the disciplines offered are archery, air rifle/air pistol, smallbore rifle/pistol and shotgun under the guidance of 10 certified instructors. NRA Hunter Pistol half-scale 100-meter silhouette is being introduced soon, as well as air rifle silhouette. All these disciplines are now offered as competitions at the county fair.
The Nemaha County 4-H Shooting Sports Club wishes to thank the Civilian Marksmanship Program and CMP State Director, Mike Jochum, for this generous donation.
May 30, 2017, letter from the Ohio CMP State Directors, Russ and Vickie Evans:
“We delivered a four Air Rifle Package to the Hubbard Conservation Club today. I had a long visit and am expecting to go back in September to help them start a 3P Sporter Air Rifle program at the club. HCC has a nice club room that is currently used only for Indoor Archery. The area would double very nicely for a 10-meter air range.
Club leader, John Arnaut, is excited that the Hubbard Conservation Club now has the equipment to provide the opportunity for their juniors to learn competitive shooting. We discussed the 3P Air Matches held at Vienna each year and will be inviting them to enter a competition. Mr. Arnaut will be sending the CMP and us a ‘thank you’ note for the CMP’s gift of a Club in a box.
As CMP State Directors for Ohio – Vickie and I also wish to thank the CMP for their generous support to help us encourage the local clubs to train junior shooters in safety and competition.”
About the CMP air rifle kit program:
Each fiscal year, State Directors are given a Special Fund of $400 to use towards programs within their states. At the 2011 State Director Workshop, the New Air Rifle Team Package was introduced, which consists of four Daisy M853 reconditioned pneumatic air rifles, four tins of pellets and a pack of targets. The State Directors can request one package per year in lieu of their Special Fund to donate to a new team just starting out with no equipment. Since its installment, many State Directors have taken advantage of the New Air Rifle Team Package for clubs in their states.