The Art of Shooting
by Hap Rocketto
The Elusive Art Jackson and Me
As a young lad in the early 1950s I became interested in rifle shooting when my brother Steve was a member of the New London High School Rifle Team. Our father had done some shooting in his youth and passed the interest on to us. From time to time Steve would bring home things that only served to stoke the fires of my curiosity. An empty dark green pasteboard box that once held Director Of Civilian Marksmanship issued Remington Kleenbore, a few expended cartridge cases, or a tattered target were like trash to some, but to me they were the wonders of Aladdin’s cave. The real treasure was the tattered copies of The American Rifleman Magazine that Coach George Gregory would allow members to check out for a few days.
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About the Author: Hap Rocketto is a Distinguished Rifleman with service and smallbore rifle, member of The Presidents Hundred, and the National Guard’s Chief’s 50. He is a National Smallbore Record holder, a member of the 1600 Club and the Connecticut Shooters’ Hall Of Fame. He was the 2002 Intermediate Senior Three Position National Smallbore Rifle Champion, the 2012 Senior Three Position National Smallbore Rifle Champion a member of the 2007 and 2012 National Four Position Indoor Championship team, coach and captain of the US Drew Cup Team, and adjutant of the United States 2009 Roberts and 2013 Pershing Teams. Rocketto is very active in coaching juniors. He is, along with his brother Steve, a cofounder of the Corporal Digby Hand Schützenverein. A historian of the shooting sports, his work appears in Shooting Sports USA, the late Precision Shooting Magazine, The Outdoor Message, the American Rifleman, the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s website, and most recently, the apogee of his literary career, pronematch.com.