…and we think that’s a fine idea.
BSA’s Pine Tree Council has partnered with Gem-Tech to use suppressors in their firearms program (which is based on the NRA’s teaching program First Steps). This summer Scouts at Camp William Hinds will be able to shoot 25,000 rounds of sub-sonic ammunition through eight .22 caliber suppressors donated by Gem-Tech when they go to summer camp. Those suppressors will be attached to 8 All American .22s donated by Sturm, Ruger & Co., facilitated by legal transfers courtesy of Furlong Custom Creations; they’ll be using a new range built at Camp Hinds. To make things even better, it looks like SilencerCo is kicking in with two Salvos for use.
Tom Collins, CEO of Gem-Tech, advises,
“The Boy Scouts of America is one of the few organizations that instill excellent core values in young men today. We are very excited to support them in their efforts to teach firearms safety and responsibility with the use of suppressors. Suppressors have become more popular in all aspects of shooting and using them to help protect hearing and avoid noise pollution is the focal point.”
That’s about the smartest thing we’ve read all damn week.
Knox Williams of the ASA echoes the sentiment.
“Using suppressors makes the shooting experience safer. By using suppressors, the Scouts at Camp William Hinds will be able to focus on the fundamentals of shooting. This is especially important for the many young Scouts who are learning to shoot by taking the rifle and shotgun shooting merit badges. Instructors will have an easier time delivering
“Using suppressors makes the shooting experience safer. By using suppressors, the Scouts at Camp William Hinds will be able to focus on the fundamentals of shooting. This is especially important for the many young Scouts who are learning to shoot by taking the rifle and shotgun shooting merit badges. Instructors will have an easier time delivering range commands, and the Scouts will be able to more effectively protect their hearing, and, by reducing the noise pollution, become better stewards to their neighbors.”
This is apparently the first time the BSA has formally used suppressors in its firearms program (at least on a large scale). We here at Breach-Bang-Clear are happy to see this not just because we think a Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Merit Badge are fine ideas, but also because it will help educate a whole new generation of young shooters that no, suppressors are NOT just for hitmen and sicarios. There will be crayon-eaters who decry this decision by the BSA, but there’s no way around that – they’re probably the same sort of Windex poisoned chucklehead who’d find fault with the entire Boy Scout program anyway.
In addition to the merit badges, the BSA has a Scholastic Pistol Program for Venture Scouts and Cub Scout Biathlons.
The ghost of Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell (1857-1941, and one of our heroes here at Breach-Bang-Clear) was immensely pleased at the news. Said B-P,
“This is superb news. Get them in the woods, get them in the range, teach them to find their way by the stars or map, accustomed to notice all tracks and signs and to read their meaning, to shoot straight and be able to fend for themselves. A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.”
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Emergency: Activate firefly, deploy green (or brown) star cluster, get your wank sock out of your ruck and stand by ’til we come get you.
Swinging Dick Approved.