Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Solomonson, Dec 27, 2020.
My Grandmother had to come up to my jr highschool to pick up a rifle and shotgun I won in an FFA cheese and sausage sale.
Yeppers...we had a tornado warning, and tried to chase everyone into the basement and range (the range was under the swimming pool). Most the teachers did not know they existed, let alone where they were. Fun times.
Shot with the family, Boy Scouts, and HS ROTC rifle team. Not a great shot, but generally good enough to be at least drop man....
My high school is just a few miles further on, same district and AFAIK never had a range. I saw some odd innards of it back when (cool stuff, wish I had photos!), no evidence of a range but no idea why; I guess you just had to go to the other school to get the extra features, even though: not allowed, strict region lines on the map.
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I shot there for years long ago, surprised really it lasted this long as it was sorta marginal on safety all in all. Behind the backstop was... an elevator! So, very low power limit, mostly a .22 range.
We were also instructed in .30 caliber machine gun, bazooka, and 102mm recoilless rifle.
Didn't get to fire them or the M1 rifles we carried.
Was on the team with my younger sister,(who was a better shot),for a couple of years, there were only 6 or 7 of us.
The instructor was a science teacher. He (or the school) provided very nice rifles of which I can not recall their make. Single shot bolt actions.
We went to a state meet in 1973! I would have been 15 or 16 years of age then.
It was FUN!
That really is awesome. Is the armory right in Manhattan?
Your comments spurred a memory. One morning as a college undergrad, I was preparing to go to class. It was pouring out and I had to take some rather large mechanical drawings to class. My drawing tube was cardboard -- it would have gotten swamped. So I zipped the thing up in my (empty) shotgun case and headed to campus.
I walked across campus (parking was difficult) and no one said a word or even looked at me. I finally got to class and some smartass said "hey, you going to go postal, today?" The professor actually said "that's not a bad idea." I imagine today the entire campus would be locked-down if I did that.
None of the schools that I attended had ranges (graduated from high school in early 2000s). One high school that I considered attending had a shooting team, but I think it was defunct when I applied.
Edited to add: it looks like that school still has a rifle team. Not sure if it is .22s or air rifles.
One of the schools at which I taught had a number of students who shot clays competitively, but their club was not affiliated with the school.
Then someone pointed out that their charter forbade firearms on campus... .
Last I checked, the gunsmithing building served as an electronics and welding school... .
She has shot when hunters in their camo gear would put up their foam deer on the target rack and back up about 10-15yds to shoot with their compound bows.
I've watched her put up her standard target, back up 35-40 yds, assemble her Hoyt recurve and start dropping arrows into the gold. The "deer" hunters never lasted past 2 sets of 3 arrows, before packing up.
Now, the area behind Deer Valley HS has homes where I hunted for lost arrows.
There were a bunch of us that during our senior year would get together on Friday or Saturday nights to go shoot. Someone with a car would drive around to our various houses and pick us up with whatever guns were available (parent permitting). We would then drive across the Missouri/Kansas state line to go shoot at the Bullet Hole Range that was built by the Hodgdon Powder Company next door to their offices. We would shoot to our hearts content for a couple of hours, sometimes renting guns from the range. Then we would head to the A&W across the street to slake out thirsts (and brag). Then we would drive back across the state line, and be dropped back off at our homes. A good time was had by all, and there was never any trouble.
Times have changed.
Had archery range built into earthen berm / backstop where targets were arranged.
Just got back from visiting daughter in Ga and noticed the post.
Yes the armory was in NYC. On West 14th ST between 6th and 7th Aves.
I went to HS on East 15th near 2nd Ave.
Those who had guns (unfortunately not I), would take the bus across town to the armory.
And then subway home!
Imagine carrying on public transportation now!
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