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Jim Porter's Biography
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
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. Jims 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 Gehrigs 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 doesnt 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.
Jims 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 Associations
Service Award. The award has been named the Jim Porter Service
Although Jim works with adults, he believes our youth are the
future of shooting sports. One of Jims mantras is Never-Never-Give-Up
in shooting and in life.