Founded in 1883, the Harvard Shooting Club (HSC) was one of the oldest student organizations at Harvard and among the earliest collegiate organizations to provide students with the opportunity to participate safely and competitively in the shooting sports. In 2003, the HSC became inactive after the graduation of the leadership. For the next six years, no undergraduate student organization at Harvard provided any opportunities for firearm safety education and training in the shooting sports.
In the fall of 2009, a group of enthusiastic Harvard undergraduates revived the inactive Harvard Shooting Club. With help from the leadership at the Harvard Law School Target Shooting Club, the undergraduates organized an executive board, drafted a constitution and bylaws, successfully sought out two faculty advisers and a head coach, and set forth a concrete plan for reviving and expanding the presence of safe and competitive shooting sports at Harvard. Over the next academic year, the HSC and its officers worked with the university to obtain official recognition, applied for funding from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, publicized its presence on campus via a variety of media outlets, and organized numerous diverse events for both recreational and competitive shooting sports.
Today, the Harvard Shooting Club consists of nearly 400 affiliates from a variety of backgrounds. At its core is the Harvard Shooting Team (HST), with over 50 dues-paid members who regularly participate in team practices and state/national competitions. We host regular shotgun trap/skeet outings, as well as pistol/rifle target shooting events and the occasional recreational paintball brawl.Mission Statement
Our mission is to promote and expand the collegiate shooting program at Harvard University. We aim to help establish various shooting sports as lifelong passions both recreationally and competitively. We seek to reach out to the entire student body and enable active participation for the largest possible number of students in a safe and informed setting. We strive to promote firearm responsibility and develop clubs and teams that will foster ongoing relationships within the college community and beyond.The Team
Safety Rules and Disqualification
8.1 Disqualifications: General Principles: Persons who have been disqualified may not shoot during the remainder of the event. However, completed match scores will still count. (For example, if a person shoots a complete score in "Open Revolver" then disqualifies while shooting "Stock Revolver" that competitor's "Open Revolver" score still stands.)
8.2 Disqualifications: Safety violations: The following will be grounds for an automatic disqualification from the event.
8.2.1 Unsafe gun handling
126.96.36.199 Pointing a firearm up range (breaking the 180 degree line).
188.8.131.52 Dropping a firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, at any time during a course of fire.
184.108.40.206 Leaving the firing line with a loaded firearm, or possession of a loaded firearm anywhere other than on the firing line.
220.127.116.11 Retrieving a dropped firearm. Dropped firearms must always be retrieved by a Range Officer who will, after checking and/or clearing the firearm, place it directly into the competitor's gun case, gun bag or holster. Dropping an unloaded firearm or causing it to fall outside of a course of fire is not an infraction; however, a competitor who retrieves a dropped firearm will receive a match disqualification.
18.104.22.168 "Sweeping" or pointing the muzzle of a firearm at any part of any person's body.
22.214.171.124 "Moving" (taking more than one step) with finger inside of trigger guard.
8.2.2 Accidental discharge
126.96.36.199 Any discharge while loading/unloading/reloading or lowering the hammer.
188.8.131.52 Any shot fired outside of a timed string.
184.108.40.206 Any shot fired into the holster or into the ground within 10 feet of the contestant.
8.3 Disqualifications - Other Violations: The following will be grounds for an automatic disqualification from the match.
8.3.1 Prohibited Substance(s):
220.127.116.11 SCSA considers the abuse of alcohol, non-prescription and non-essential drugs, and the use of illegal or performance enhancing drugs, regardless of how they are taken or administered, to be an extremely serious offense.
18.104.22.168 Except when used for medicinal purposes, competitors and officials at Steel Challenge matches must not be affected by drugs (including alcohol) of any sort. Any person who, in the opinion of the Match Director, is visibly impaired or under the in?uence of any of the items described will be disqualified from the match and may be asked to leave the range.
8.3.2 Unsportsmanlike behavior:
22.214.171.124 Competitors will be disqualified from a match for conduct which a Range Officer deems to be unsportsmanlike. Examples of unsportsmanlike conduct include, but are not limited to, cheating, dishonesty, failing to comply with the reasonable directions of a Match Official, or any behavior likely to bring the sport into disrepute. The Range Master must be notified as soon as possible.
126.96.36.199 Other persons may be expelled from the range for conduct which a Range Officer deems to be unacceptable. Examples of unacceptable conduct include, but are not limited to, failing to comply with the reasonable directions of a Match Official, interference with the operation of a course of fire and/or a competitor's attempt thereof, and any other behavior likely to bring the sport into disrepute.
188.8.131.52 A competitor who is deemed by a Range Officer to have intentionally removed or caused the loss of eye or ear protection in order to gain a competitive advantage will be disqualified
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Shooting is a very expensive sport and receives a very limited budget from the University each year. The cost to field a team is well over $15,000 a year. In order to prevent prospective members from being unable to joing because of financial reasons, the club subsidizes most of the transportation, ammo, and other fees. Any amount of donations help us immensely. Your money helps us to pay for these costs and prevent students from bearing the bulk of the burden.
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