By James Poole | November 24 2012 15:01

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A Virginia college student shoots shotgun during trap outing in Virginia
A Virginia college student shoots shotgun during trap outing in Virginia

It appears that our summer intern just can't let go.

After bringing his some friends up from Virginia Commonwealth University for an afternoon of shotgun lessons, our Mister James Poole filed this report with NRAblog.

Centreville, Virginia - As the fog cleared that morning, blazers and bowties were turned in for shooting vests and 12 gauge shells. The students of Virginia Commonwealth University were on “Fall Break. With their new found free time, they took the opportunity to participate in a private Trap Shooting Clinic hosted by NRA Education and Training.

brother hits his mark on the trap stage at shotgun lesson by the NRA The friends started the day with a safety briefing on shotguns and proper Trap Shooting etiquette. The brothers then took positions on the shooting line where they were given 1-on-1 coaching from NRA staff. When everyone was ready, the clays started flying. Cheers roared out as they began breaking target after target, it was obvious they were fast learners.

After two rounds the novice shooters had become pros (even if only in their own minds). Comparing scores and bragging about shots they crushed; you would never believe some of them had never handled a shotgun before.

Bill Poole of NRA Education and Training had this to say. “NRA appreciates having the opportunity to work with this great group of young men. These guys are amazing, they took to trap shooting like they’ve been doing it their entire lives.”

One shoots while the others watch during SigEps NRA shotgun lessons in Northern Virginia

As luck would have it, the George Mason Shotgun Team was practicing at the same time. Mason Team Captain, Sean Renfroe informed them of future opportunities should they decide to form a Shotgun Club at VCU.

There are currently only six colleges in Commonwealth of Virginia with shotgun teams, but they better lookout — these VCU students have been inspired.

Thanks for the update James!

If you'd like to take a turn at trap shooting, check out the NRAInstructors.org website for a Basic Shotgun course.

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