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November 2020 Update

The start of the 2020/21 school year has been full of twists and turns, missed shots and bullseyes. With some clubs completely barred from having events, and others having no problem, events have been sporadic across the country. We were able to run 4 successful events in partnership with Project Mapleseed, an awesome organization dedicated to teaching marksmanship the right way.

Know a student? You are a student? Well it sounds like you need a firearms club at your campus! We are having a big push to establish both on and off campus clubs. What better way to social distance than over a rifle and the smell of gunpowder. With the CUSF's resources, we make it COVID safe, fun, and easy to get going. Reach out to us today for more info on how to get started!

Field Officer Program Launched!

Interested in helping young men and women learn how to shoot? Join our Field Officer Program! This newly established initiative links members of the community with local clubs to help facilitate events, run CUSF sport shooting and conservation programs, and engage young people in the realm of firearms education.

Sign up today at cusf.ca/volunteer and make a difference in your local community!

2021 Markmanship Competition

This year the annual CUSF rifle competition is being expanded to a broader array of calibers from just smallbore. Running from the start of January to the end of February, students will be able to submit targets for their chance at the prizes, including a brand new rifle. More information to come soon!

New Giveaway

How would you like to both support firearms education and get a badass tack driver at the same time? Look no further than our decked out Savage B22, (kindly donated by Savage Canada) with an awesome camo cerakote job (kindly donated by Dead Sky Customs).

Head on over to cusf.ca/giveaway for full details and your chance to win!

Partnership Highlights

Big news in the sponsorship world. Both Beretta and Vortex have come onboard to help support the next generation of shooters!

Beretta has stepped up to sponsor the CUSF and support the next generation of shooters in Canada. Since 1526, firearms have brought the trademark of this historical gun manufacturer to the world. Generous support from the industry is what enables the CUSF and our member clubs to lower the barrier of entry and grow the shooting sports. Big thanks for the support!

Vortex is a Veteran owned, family business out of Wisconsin, USA. Since 1986, Vortex has worked day in and day out to give you the best products and service in the optics industry. They are supporting the Canadian University Shooting Federation to ensure that all students can experience our great sport and passion. Thank you!
 

Club Spotlight: U of T Target Sports

While I don’t remember the exact moment I decided to start a CUSF club, I know why I did it – when you live in a big city, you don’t have friends to enjoy shooting with unless you put in the work to foster that community yourself. I started the club at U of T because community was what I really wanted: friends to have fun with, compete with, and to teach and learn from.
If you’re a student at a school that doesn’t have a CUSF club – or any other club you’d want to see – start one! It’s fulfilling and fun, and if you haven’t led a club before you get to see the other side of how student organizations work. As a student in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), it was also eye-opening seeing how clubs work from the perspective of a leader. From constitutions to student union meetings to figuring out how to structure a club, it’s a ton of fun and probably a different challenge to what you’re used to.

Admittedly, it hasn’t been all fun and games. We ran into issues early on, with our request for recognition (effectively, approval) from the club regulation organization at our school being declined. Appealing that decision, we were shot down, and forced to appeal to the next level up. Thankfully the administrators listening to our second appeal heard our point and granted us approval – but with months of delay in making their decision! While I hope that most of that was their due diligence, I can’t help but suspect that that’s just the pace bureaucracy moves at.

Lessons learned: if you’re interested in seeing a CUSF club at your school and building a community in target sports, do it!

- Andrew, Founder of U of T Target Sports
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