Vail rec offers firearms lessons |

Vail rec offers firearms lessons

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – The Vail Recreation District is once again partnering with Mathew Bayley, owner of On Target and Vail Academy of Martial Arts, to offer shooting instruction for rifle, pistol and shotgun at the Minturn shooting range.

Classes are for ages 8 and older and will include instruction by Bayley on safety information and safe handling of firearms, plus beginning, intermediate and advanced firearms instruction. Students taking lessons in rifle and pistol will use target shooting, while shotgun students will have an opportunity to practice with sporting clays.

When properly taught, firearms training is one of the safest of all organized recreational activities, says Bayley, who is a National Rifle Association basic pistol and personal protection instructor.

“Unparalleled safety in firearms handling is a fundamental trait of a true master hand or long gunner,” said Bayley. “Unfortunately it is almost a lost art when teaching the art of firearms accuracy. I teach each student the true art of safe firearms handling.”

Costs are $150 per hour for individual instruction, $200 for an hour lesson for two students and $50 per hour for each additional student up to six students. Firearms are included or participants are welcome to bring their own. Ammunition is not included.

For more information, visit or contact Bayley at or 970-949-8121.

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