This is how you keep a sport alive

When I was a kid, there were lots of ways to participate in the shooting sports in school. In elementary school, there were Cub Scout and Boy Scout units affiliated with the campus and both types offered marksmanship badges in various disciplines at camps. Later, as an adult and certified instructor, I pitched back in on this same program to pay it forward. Besides Scouts, there was 4-H, regular hunter’s education classes (which I also teach now for the same reason), and lots of chances to go hunting with classmates. Then in high school, there was JROTC, where we shot Remington 40X .22s in class every Friday (on campus!) while we used M1903A3 drill rifles to learn the manual of arms.

Sadly, a lot of those opportunities are not around for today’s kids. Which is why I thought this piece of news was exciting.

In The Show Me State in 2013, the Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance established the Student Air Rifle program, which uses school-aligned units with standardized equipment and training to introduce youth to target shooting. In short, the program supplies the air rifles, pellets, targets, et al to teachers interested in establishing a program at their school then certifies said educator as a Basic Air Riflery Instructor through a workshop and supports them in their efforts.

The popular National Archery in the Schools Program, which has instructed around 3 million youth in archery since 2002, has a similar format.

The SAR program has expanded to Iowa and now to Pennsylvania.

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Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

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