A neighboring school district seems to be building an air rifle range:
Bensalem High School will soon have a marksmanship training site for the school’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
The Bensalem school board agreed Wednesday night to allow the site to be established in a vacant area above the high school pool.
Currently, officers’ training corps students go off-site to train with the air rifles, but transportation has been an issue because the kids had to get there on their own after school, district officials said.
The on-site training area will enable students to train with the 1.77-millimeter air rifles five days a week, Superintendent James Lombardo said. The more time they have to practice, the more competitive they can be during marksmanship competitions, he said.
Well, OK, they got 1.77mm wrong, it’s .177 caliber in English units, or 4.5mm in metrics. You can’t expect too much of reporters on guns. But I’m happy to hear the local high school will have an airgun range. Hopefully they won’t have any people objecting like they did in San Diego.
Air guns are a great way to get people into the shooting sports. The equipment to get started is inexpensive, ammunition is cheap, and you can easily practice in your basement if you have one (which I don’t, unfortunately). I got my start on air guns as a kid. I didn’t own my own firearm until I was 26, and that was only because I was pissed off at Bill Clinton trying to ban them. Then I remembered I used to enjoy shooting, and it was trouble for my bank account from that point forward.
If we are to have a new generation of shooters, we should be working to help get airgun teams at our local schools.