Qualcomm’s “Qshooters” Club

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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.

A QShooter takes aim during a “Precision Rifle Camp” event on BLM land near Ocotillo Wells, CA.

An active Marine guest takes aim during a “Precision Rifle Camp” event on BLM land near Ocotillo Wells, CA. He is shooting a McMillian .308 with a NightForce 3-15x50mm scope, along with a Harris Bipod.

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.

Qualcomm holds a "club rush" on campus to recruit new members. At left is John Woolfrey who has a number of his USPSA & IDPA videos on YouTube.

Qualcomm holds a “club rush” on campus to recruit new members. At left is John Woolfrey who has a number of his USPSA & IDPA videos on YouTube.

A new shooter with an FNH FLP MK1 shotgun. Supervising next to her is club member and NRA Certified Instructor Steve Haehnichen.

A new shooter with an FNH FLP MK1 shotgun. Supervising next to her is club member and NRA Certified Instructor Steve Haehnichen.

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.

Not only is shooting a fun sport, but it is also a great opportunity to bond with colleagues, friends, and family.

Not only is shooting a fun sport, but it is also a great opportunity to bond with colleagues, friends, and family.

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.




Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion, author of “Shoot to Win,” and an NRA News Commentator. A self-taught amateur (and former Googler) 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.


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  • SoCalSadGuy

    I live in So Cal and hearing about these clubs is awesome but with the proposed legislation making its way though, I can’t help but wonder what will happen after these incredibly ignorant laws actually gets passed.

    I enjoy range days with my friends that I don’t see much of because we all work insane hours and have families with children that come first in the little time we have free. We only meet up once or twice a year, but its some of the best times I have ever had with my friends and means more and more to us as we grow older and more appreciative of our short time on the planet. Its a shame what I’ve seen happen to our politicians through the years, especially in this terrible state. I can only hope one day the rights they continue to take away from us are given back in my lifetime because its one thing to pass a law based on protecting us, but it never ends up being about that at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuckr Chuck Rossi

    Man, I have to get our Facebook Gun Club a bit more motivated. We have about 100 members and alumni, and I’ve done over 15 FB offsites at a local range for a number of our Facebook groups. Lots of beginners at the start, but by the end of the day we’re doing head to head steel dueling trees and having a great time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=767053319 James Patrick

    Bravo for doing this in CA.