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Circa Mid 1920s. Action on the 22 caliber range, Camp Perry. Girls from a Washington DC high school shoot smallbore at Camp Perry.

By 1923 smallbore was no longer viewed as a sideshow to the military matches and the smallbore shooters were delighted to be greeted by a new centrally located shooting ground.  For the past three years it took a hike of about a mile to reach the smallbore facility then located at the extreme western reaches of Camp Perry.  Competitors found an innovative target carrier system instead of the traditional wooden frames upon which targets had been tacked.  They were replaced by six small gauge railway type tracks that ran down range.  Upon these were fixed wheeled trucks holding the target frames that were moved to the required distance by a rope and pulley arrangement similar to that found at indoor shooting galleries.  It soon became apparent that the new facilities would be inadequate for the unexpected large number of contestants so Captain G.L. Wotkyns, smallbore range director, doubled the range capacity by adding six more sets of target carriers to meet demand.

About Hap Rocketto

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,
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