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Guns on Campus 50 years ago - No big deal

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Sagetown, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. Sagetown

    Sagetown Well-Known Member

    Dug out my old 1959 -1962 TUHSchool Annuals.
    Pictured here, our team won the State Championship in "Smallbore Rifle Competition" in 1959 and 1960, held in Sacramento, CA. Clyde Claunch (standing on the left) also took the "High Individual" Trophy one year.

    In 1961 half our team graduated the prior year, but we still took 5th Place in the 5 man team, and 6th Place in the 10 man team of the "Class A Regional Division".

    In 1962 we took the "All Regional .22 Rimfire Competition Trophy", and 6th Place in "California State Championship Competition".

    All the rifles used were Remington. The newer ones with the shiny adjustable butt plates and long front sight tubes are the Model 40-X. We competed in indoor and outdoor Target Matches up and down the San-Joa Quin Valley, California.
    That's Gene on the left and I'm on the right.
  2. gidaeon

    gidaeon Well-Known Member

    neat pictures, thanks for sharing.
  3. 2RCO

    2RCO Well-Known Member

    I graduated HS in SWMO in the 90's we still had gunracks in our trucks. I'd often keep a 12GA in the trunk of my car for Dove hunting after school. Times have changed since then!

    Now you would go to jail for the simple idea of it.
  4. husker

    husker Well-Known Member

    i grad in 1987 same thing we would take our guns in the morning to check traps or a few distress calls then to high school with our guns we went no big deal. we also said =one nation under god. they dont say that part at school during the pledge of ale gents. not at public schools any way. what happened? did i miss something. i thought this country was based by our four fathers on god and country. and justice for all. ya right! you would go right to jail thats a fact. the morel fiber in this country has been missing for some time now. HOW SAD HOW SAD
  5. Pine Cone

    Pine Cone Well-Known Member

    My high school had an indoor pistol range in the basement of the administration buiding, underneath the school store.

    I think it was still open and used by ROTC in the early 1960's when my brother went there. By 1967 when I started they had closed it down. I bet no one who has gone there in the last 35 to 40 years even knows it was ever there...

    I hope everyone appreciates how much safer it is now that most of the ranges are closed down and the days of going to Sears to get a mail order rifle or pistol are long gone...

  6. RonE

    RonE Well-Known Member

    I built a varmet rifle (.218 Bee) from a BSA Martini Cadet rifle after school in Auto Shop with the help of the auto shop teacher. Cupertino High School, Cupertino, California in 1961.
  7. jpatterson

    jpatterson Well-Known Member

    We've got a pistol range in the basement of the Military Science building at KU, but you can bet your buttons it will never again be used. It's a shame.
  8. porterdog

    porterdog Well-Known Member

    Those pictures are sweet! Are there more?
  9. Sagetown

    Sagetown Well-Known Member

    Let me dig around in here Porterdog; oh yeah, here's one. Now we were only posing for this pic, so were not really equipped as in an actual match. For one - we always wore the shooting jackets and used a sling, and a heavy padded left handed glove. The new rifles came with a wood Palm extention that screwed in under the forearm. It looked like a doorknob. We never adapted to it. Same with the Butt Plate extentions. We were so used to the standard rifles that they meant nothing more than a novelty to us. ;)

  10. Dienekes

    Dienekes Well-Known Member

    I have a picture around of me as a senior in HS (boy's boarding school) in 1959, with my desk top open. I kept a Ruger .22 autopistol in a small lock box in there. It was no secret--the teachers and anyone else that cared knew about it. Zero problems. Believe it or not.

    That tells you that it was a different world then.

    A damn sight better, too, IMHO.
  11. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm member

    My mother was on the grade school shooting team in the mid to late 60s when she was in school.

    The local college here is one of two colleges that has a live firing range on campus.
  12. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Thanks for sharing the pics.

    Amazing what the Libs and the drug culture has done to our society.

    Of course no one is really responsible for this downfall.
  13. Eb1

    Eb1 Well-Known Member

    Awesome pics, and you guys stop bragging. :)
  14. Rancho Relaxo

    Rancho Relaxo Well-Known Member

    I had a girlfriend from back east that went to a HS with an active smallbore team that practiced in the range under the gym, it was still hoppin' when she graduated in the late 90s.
  15. Tinpig

    Tinpig Well-Known Member

    When I was in college 1965, my Dad sent me $100 as a 21st birthday present. He knew I wanted a duck gun. I bought a like-new 12 ga. Belgian Browning A5 at a local pawn shop and openly took it back to my dorm, where it stayed until I next went home. No one cared. This was in Massachusetts. God help you if you did that today.

    Well, My Dad's gone, but I still use that A5 he gave me.:)
  16. aka108

    aka108 Well-Known Member

    Used my K-22 as part of a public speaking class in 1953 at high school. Passed it around to all the class members so they could handle it. No problem. When I was in college all the guys who were shooters kept their arms in their dorm rooms.
  17. Noban

    Noban Well-Known Member

    I attended St. Joseph's school in York PA in the early 1960s. I asked the nuns if I could bring my .22 rifle to school for show and tell and got the green light. I rode the school bus with it, bolt removed and safely in my pocket. Of course, all the guys loved it; the girls couldn't have cared less. No one had an issue.

    We also used to throw our rifles across the handle bars of our Sting-Ray bicycles and ride a few miles to the sand quarry. A sheriff's deputy lived on my street and would see and wave to us all the time. Never once told us to be careful; he knew he didn't have to.

    What's happened to this Country of ours?
  18. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    What's happened to this country of ours?

    See post # 12.
  19. erict

    erict Well-Known Member

    I grew up in rural upper peninsula of Michigan and we still had our deer rifles in the rear windows of our trucks at school. This was in the mid 1990's.

    We also rode snowmoblies and dirt bikes right to school and parked in the parking lot.

    Even though this was 13 or so years ago, I'd bet things are still pretty relaxed up there. My wife thinks we are traveling back in time 40 years when we go visit my family in the U.P.
  20. SHvar

    SHvar Well-Known Member

    The junior high school I went to used to have a bomb shelter that doubled as a competition rifle range. They had some very expensive rifles there, bolt action .22 target rifles.

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