Important Range Rule and Bylaws Changes for 2014
We have made some significant and necessary changes to our Range Rules and our Bylaws for 2014. Please go to our Members Only area to view these changes or download the documents. These changes are now in effect, by unanimous vote of the Executive Board, and by unanimous vote of the General Membership present at the 2014 Annual Meeting, and will be enforced.
Click the "Member Login" link above to access our Members Only area.
If we find your email address in our files when you try to sign in the first time, you will be automatically registered, and immediately directed to our Members Only page. If we do not find your email address, you will be directed to a form you can use to register manually. Please fill out the form to send us the information we will need to verify your membership. After we receive and process it successfully, we will notify you by email that you have been registered and will now be able to access the Members Only area. Manual registration will take at least one day to complete. Please be patient while we process your request. If you have any problem using the registration and login process, please let us know by clicking the Contact Us link above.
Junior Rifle 2014
The mission of our Junior Rifle program is to properly train young people in firearm safety and marksmanship. We believe that a working knowledge of safe and responsible handling and competent use of firearms is essential to everyone. There is no safety in ignorance!
Our Junior Rifle program is available to all families who are US citizens. West Branch membership is not required. Our Junior shooters range in age from 8 to 18. They must have written parental permission to participate in our program, and must be accompanied at each session by a parent or other responsible adult. There are no range fees or other charges.
We provide the firearms (.22 caliber target quality rifles), ammunition, and other necessary equipment. Everyone should bring their own appropriate eye and ear protection, though we do have loaners available the first time you attend.
Our Junior shooters are trained by our team of NRA Certified Rifle Instructors and other experienced shooters. Their training begins with a thorough safety orientation, then they start out on the firing line in a carefully supervised bench rest position. Safety remains our primary concern, as our young shooters go on, at their own individual pace, to develop marksmanship skills in the four basic shooting positions. As they progress, they earn certificates and medals in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program. Over many years, we and those who passed this responsibility down to us have trained hundreds of young shooters in essential firearm knowledge and skills.
Our 2014 season begins Saturday, May 3rd, and will continue on the first and third Saturdays of every month through September, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. If you would like to attend, just request the required Parental Permission forms, using the Contact Us link at the top of this page. We will send you the forms and answer any other questions you might have.
Do not return the forms by mail or email. Just bring them with you to the first session you attend. Plan to arrive at least twenty minutes early to register and sign in. The safety orientation for new shooters begins promptly at 10:00 AM.
West Branch Membership
Membership Applications for 2015
We will be accepting applications for 2015 membership sometime in November of this year. We expect our current policies to remain in effect. We will be accepting only applicants who are sponsored by a then current member. Members will be limited to sponsorship of only one applicant. The reason for these restrictions is that we receive a large number of applications each year, and must balance the number we accept against the number of anticipated non-renewals, in order to help prevent overcrowding of our facilities.
Members, in the future, please do not copy and distribute our application forms. New applicants must request the forms directly from our website, or you may request the forms for them.
Other than sponsorship by a current member, another possible path to future membership is participation in our Junior Rifle program. Being an active Junior Rifle parent is a good way to get to know some of our members as possible future sponsors of your own membership. See the Junior Rifle section below for further details.