Training Special Interest Group
SIG HEAD: GREG ANDERSON   [Scroll down for TRAINING Calendar and Announcements]

The SMGC Training SIG's membership includes more than a half dozen NRA Certified Instructors, MDNR Hunter Education, and International Bow (Hunter) Education Program Instructors.

Collectively we hold certifications in Basic Pistol, Basic Rifle, Basic Shotgun, Home Firearms Safety, Personal Protection In The Home, Personal Protection Outside The Home, Metallic Cartridge Reloading, Shotshell Reloading, and Chief Range Safety Officer.

Among the Instructor group we also have multiple instructors who volunteer their time and efforts teaching for the Law Enforcement Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as Hunter Education and International Bow hunter Education Program Instructors. We also have as a member of the Training SIG the Kalamazoo County Hunter Education Instructor Coordinator overseeing all H.E. instruction in Kalamazoo County.

Currently we offer annual MDNR Hunter Education and IBEP classes in August and September each year, watch your club calendar and newsletter for sign up information.

We also offer NRA First Steps (very basic) classes, Basic Pistol, Personal Protection In The Home - PPITH(otherwise known as CPL) and Personal Protection Outside The Home -PPOTH (advanced CPL).

We have offered a 'try before your buy' program, led by a couple of the instructors, which allows for the person who is new to the shooting sports an opportunity to handle and try various handguns before they make the investment in their first handgun. These efforts may not or may not be held on SMGC properties based upon availability of classroom and/or range time @ SMGC.

We also have offered, periodically, hand loading classes both at SMGC and non SMGC properties, again depending upon the availability of classroom scheduling @ SMGC and other venues. Hand loading classes require the movement and setup of multiple pieces of equipment which makes it quite time consuming for the instructors, making locations other than SMGC easier to accommodate.

We offer CPL and CPL Renewal classes periodically, watch your club calendar for training offerings, again depending upon the availability of classroom and range time these classes maybe scheduled @ SMGC and other local venues.

For the past few years we have been fortunate enough to have two NRA Training Counselors from Watervliet Rod and Gun Club providing the NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) classes on SMGC property. The NRA BIT class is the first step in becoming an NRA Certified Instructor in any discipline.

These same NRA Training Counselors also offer additional Instructor training opportunities on their Watervliet Rod and Gun Club property, check the SMGC website calendar for classes and dates.

We are also considering a 'deer hunting with handgun cartridges' event during the summer 2015. Based upon the change to Michigan deer hunting regulations, firearm deer hunters in zone three (basically the southern half of the lower peninsula of Michigan) may now use straight walled handgun cartridges in a rifle format or platform. Think .44 magnum in a lever action or bolt action rifle. While the current rules do restrict minimum diameter of bullet and maximum length of the case, there are some 'interesting' options for use by deer hunters in zone 3.

In conjunction with the handgun cartridges in a rifle event, we are also considering a 'handgun hunting' for deer event which will address the limitations of hunting with a handgun and what the current MDNR regulations provide for.

For additional information as classes are scheduled, please check the club calendar for class type and contact information for questions.

Click the CALENDAR link above to see the full club calendar.


Note: Special, non-conventional shooting events require Board of Directors' approval.