The Washington Post Magazine recently had a great article by Amanda Long on Bob Hardy, rifle coach of nearby Robinson High School. Hardy has volunteered his time to help students discover, and get better at, the world of competition shooting for 31 years. The Robinson team is in the Potomac High School Rifle League, an association of high school rifle teams in the Washington Metro area. Like all rifle teams, shooters train with smallbore rifles, air rifles or both.
From First Person Singular: Bob Hardy, coach for Robinson High School rifle team:
The biggest surprise for laypeople is that we’re not in the gun business. A target rifle is just a device you use to get a score to win an athletic letter to be offered a scholarship. It’s the same as a tennis racket, hockey stick, a pompom. So all that mystique about firearms goes away. They just want the thing to work mechanically to put a hole where they’re aiming — safely.
Read the rest of this article over at The Washington Post's website, here.