To continue our series of tech companies (such as the Adobe Shooter’s League and the Quick Left Gun Club who sponsor shooting clubs, here we’ll be covering Qualcomm’s QShooters club. Qualcomm is a chipmaker in San Diego, CA whose chipsets end up in many of our daily electronic devices, as well as other technologies.
The QShooters Club was started four years ago by a handful of employees, one of them named Jim Corona who works in Qualcomm’s R&D division. Jim tells TFB that:
The club has since grown to over 200 members, mostly in San Diego. As is true for other clubs, Qualcomm provides us with a yearly stipend for club expenses, although our charter specifies that none of the club funds would be used to buy ammunition or firearms. We’ve negotiated discounts with several local merchants and shooting ranges, organize classes, fun shoots, workshops, and individualized lessons for beginning and advanced shooters.
Many club members have since gone on to become certified firearm instructors. The major emphasis for our club is firearm safety and training.
The QShooter club funds are typically used to rent shooting ranges and provide food for range events. The QShooters have a periodic event called “Beginner Range Day” where members and/or guests who are beginners can meet an instructor for an hour or so for free individualized instruction. They only pay for their range fee and for ammo larger than .22LR (Individual club members pay out of their own pocket for .22LR ammo). Additionally, as a service to the community, individual instructors pay for all ammo if the guest is a K-12 public school teacher.
They’ve met up to shoot on BLM land, as well as the P2K range in El Cajon, CA which is near Qualcomm headquarters. They are a very diverse group with about 100 unique job titles held; ranging from Administrative Clerks up to VP of Technology. There are engineers, directors, IT, Security, Legal, Maintenance people, Layout designers, Business Analysts, Programmers, Project Managers, Senior Directors, Executive Secretaries, Consultants, Staffing Specialists, Analysts, and Technical Writers.
When TFB asked Jim what advice he could give to employees at other companies interested in forming their own shooting club, he gave this advice:
Qualcomm has many clubs. They all get the same yearly stipend. We had to write a club charter (link here). It’s key that you emphasize safety; that it’s an activity that many employees enjoy and will continue doing whether the club exists or not. By emphasizing safety and training, employees would have fewer accidents and be more productive.
Do you know of any other tech companies who pay for employees’ recreational shooting? Let us know in the comments, or you can email [email protected] to request a TFB write-up.
The QShooter’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/QShooters.
Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.