Just across the state line from NRA Headquarters here in Fairfax, Virginia, the air pistol team at Patuxent High School in Maryland is in the news:
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The Patuxent High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps air pistol team was once considered small but mighty. Now it's just mighty: Four members are heading to the National Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs next month.
There was a time when only about four students showed up for the team's practices, said its coach, retired U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Chris Konicki.
"Lately, I've had about eight, which is a lot," said Konicki, who coaches the team voluntarily and is the parent of three Patuxent High graduates.
The air pistol team is an entity of Patuxent's NJROTC program, which, Konicki said, "is programmed to develop junior leaders in high school" and promotes higher education, community service, service to one's country and pride in the U.S. military.