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Jim Porter Shotgun Instructor So Cal Top Guns
Jim Porter is the Chief Shooting Instructor for So Cal Top Guns Inc. a non-profit 501(c) 3 California Corporation whose goal is to promote firearms safety and develop a competitive shooting program for the youth in Southern California. He is an NSCA Level III Certified Instructor and is rated among the top instructors in the country.

Jim founded and maintains the So Cal Top Guns’ weekly youth shooting program and was the California State Director for the National Scholastic Clay Target Program. The emphasis of the weekly practice is to introduce new youth into the shotgun shooting sports, while instilling safety and sound fundamental shooting habits. Advanced shooters are challenged to a higher level.

As Coach of the So Cal Top Guns’ competitive youth shooting program, he and the team travel throughout the country competing at major shooting events. Jim’s coaching philosophy is based on good sportsmanship, good manners, and respect for the game. So Cal Top Guns’ shooters are known for their outstanding attitudes and their shooting etiquette throughout the country. Jim has mentored 23 of his students to achieve All State, All Zone, and/or All American team selections, as well as Team USA. Six of his students have earned Master Class status.

Jim is a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor and educates over one thousand scouts per year through his shooting program. He also supports the kids getting involved in the California Hunter Education and Safety program.

Jim conducts Level I and Level II Instructor Training Courses during the year to certify new NSCA instructors and advance experienced instructors to a higher level of expertise. Jim has instructed for the Remington Shooting School throughout the country and has served on numerous local, state, and national boards and committees.

Jim shot competitively in Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays. In 1985 he shot the second high score in the Grand American Handicap event in Vandalia, Ohio. Missing HOA by one target.

In 1995 Jim was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and was given six months to live. After fifteen years of living with this terminal muscle deteriorating disease Jim still maintains a positive uplifting attitude about life. He quit shooting because of the disease, but continued to be involved in promoting his youth shooting program. After some coaxing from his youth students, Jim started shooting again. The kids load his gun, place it in his shoulder, and take it away as soon as he has fired because he doesn’t have the strength to do it himself. Through the support of his team and their parents, Jim has been able to continue shooting and has won the National Wheelchair Championship five times.

Jim's other service awards:
  • 2001: Jim was presented the “Sportsman of the Year” award at the Homestead Cup in Virginia.
  • 2004: Inducted into the NSCA National Hall of Fame for his dedication to promoting youth in the shotgun shooting sports, receiving the Hill-Adam Trophy.
  • 2009: Seven Springs Sporting Clays in Pennsylvania named their five-stand in honor of Jim for what he has given to the sport.
  • 2010: Jim was inducted into the California Hall of Fame as the first recipient of the State Sporting Clays Association’s Service Award. The award has been named the Jim Porter Service Award”.
Although Jim works with adults, he believes our youth are the future of shooting sports. One of Jim’s mantras is “Never-Never-Give-Up” in shooting and in life.

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