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Old 20.04.2015, 11:10
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Learing to shoot

I'm interesting in learning to shoot with a pistol and am wondering if there is any where someone from this forum would recommend. I see that there are a few shooting ranges around Zurich, I'm looking for one which offers individual courses.
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Old 20.04.2015, 11:25
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Re: Learing to shoot

First thing you will need to do is to get the paperwork going - you will probably need a proof of no criminal record in your home country among other things to be able to do the course (this, of course as always, differs according to Kanton and your country of origin).

Are you looking for a continuous use, or simply a one time thing?

Most guilds have individual courses for newbies. They even have a year event in which everyone and their grandmothers are invited to try out the local shooting range (for a minimal fee). If you are looking to learn and keep a continuous practice, inscribe yourself in a shooting guild - the members are rather friendly and they have people from 8-80.

The trick is to chose the place that is the most convenient to you, since you will basically have to go regularly so you keep accurate for the guild shooting competitions (which are rather fun, in a redneck farmer party way).

You can check this link:

http://www.zhsv.ch

Be warned that certain shooting ranges only allow people which belong to a shooting club to enter.

Just give your local club a call and ask for info. They will probably be happy to accept a new member.
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Old 20.04.2015, 11:47
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Re: Learing to shoot

There is an English person on that other website in Geneva (you know the one) that organizes 1/2 day introductory courses from time to time in Yverdon. You might want to contact him to get details about group outings or how you could organize a one-on-one training. His user name is Firemat.

If you are interested and need someone to act as a go-between on the other website, let me know and I can pass on your details.
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Re: Learing to shoot

Reviving this thread. I'm haven't fired a gun since I moved here. I'm rusty. I'm thinking of taking lessons at a shooting range. I live in Zurich.

I searched previous threads on this. I'm an American citizen. What exactly is this document that I need to get that says that ok to receive gun training? Any US citizens here done this before? This document is needed to get a gun permit also in order to buy a gun. Eventually I would like to buy a pistol.

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Re: Learing to shoot

Your best bet is probably to join a shooting club, there are oodles in Zurich city, probably more than one close to you. This club list is grouped by shooting range on city ground, try google or tel.search.ch (phone register) if URL is missing.

Finding a club with an english speaking instructur/tutor shouldn't be that much of a problem, and if you understand some german you should be fine. I'd expect for clubs even today to provide the training weapon (probably can't be taken home though) if needed. Back in the day I did a training on the swiss army rifle as a 15-year old, the gun was provided by the shooting club.

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You also get to know people from your area with at least one common interest, a good starting point if you want to find friends. Chances are many pro-gun people are also pro-US.

I think you need a C residence permit in order to get a license to buy a gun, club members will know with certainty. Being a shooting club member, perhaps with a couple/few years membership, will definitely help getting a purchase license as club board members can be expected to act as reference, and probably will do so gladly.

I would expect for you to be admissible in most clubs, though perhaps not all, each club defines its own admission rules. http://www.sgz.ch explicitly says every person above 10 year age can join, while another says the kantonal military commission must give the OK for foreigners (which I'd guess is just a formality if you have C permit and a clean criminal record). Additional conditions, if any, are on the level of "should be a good sport and must be careful with the weapon".
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