The Hong Kong Shooting Association (HKSA) is looking for new recruits - and younger ones. The Urban Council youth shooting scheme for air pistols starts this summer. It is aimed at introducing youth to the sport of target shooting, informing them it can be a fun- filled recreational pastime. Equally important, shooting is a personal challenge and can lead to opportunities for travel through representing Hong Kong at international events. It is a sport which can be practised throughout one's life and can be undertaken by both male and female competitors. It is relatively cheap and shooters come from all walks of life. Of course, shooters must learn the safety aspects of the sport. Any youth taking up the sport will be taught the basic skills required to become a good marksman. On completing a course, shooters will be expected to decide what they want to achieve in the sport - relaxation, taking part in competitions, or social benefits. The course will be held at the South China Athletic Association Indoor Shooting Range in Caroline Hill Road, starting mid-July and running until late August. Shooters must be aged between 15 and 21. Those wishing to take part must join the Athletic Association's shooting range - annual membership $1,000. The HKSA is promoting air- pistol shooting because the cost of this particular discipline is much lower than free-pistol or rapid-fire shooting in which live ammunition is used. Air pistol pellets are much cheaper, costing only $55 for 500. In free-pistol shooting, it costs between 80 cents and $1 for every .22 calibre bullet you fire - hardly inexpensive if one is practising for the Olympics. A rental fee is also charged at the Athletic Association's range - about $50 a lane. A rough guide is about $80 for an hour's lane rental and about 300 rounds of ammunition. Those over 18 who want to try other forms of shooting are in luck because there are three other excellent shooting facilities in the territory. For rifles, there is the Kau Wah Keng Shooting Range in Cheung Hang Road, Lai Chi Kok (phone 2742 0616). This has an outdoor 50-metre pistol and 25 m pistol range as well as an indoor (10 m) air-pistol and air-rifle range. The Hong Kong Gun Club (10.5 Mile, Route Twisk, Tsuen Wan, New Territories - phone 2493 0514) has a trap and skeet range as well as an outdoor pistol and rifle range (25 m and 50 m). The Target Shooting Club of the YMCA (2nd floor, YMCA Building, 41 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui - phone 2369 2211) has an indoor 10 m air- pistol range. For information call the HKSA on 2504 8138.