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School Shooting in the '20s...

 Yanno, back in the day when rural school parking lots were full of deer rifles and shotguns (true at my non-rural high school in the 70's, too) and a lot of schools had indoor rifle ranges and teams.



November 2, 1922, Girls Rifle Team, Central High." Wanna guess where the team was?  Or this one, at the Drexel Institute,  of the young ladies of the Drexel Institute rifle team?



Both of those girl's rifle teams were in... Washington, DC [when the pictures were taken.] No, really. Leavenworth High School still has it's indoor range, and had an active rifle team until the Army decided to stop letting ROTC cadets (junior or senior) shoot competitively because of a fatal accident. Suspend and review procedures, certainly. Just give it up? Moral cowardice on the part of the leadership. A decision later reversed, but JROTC kids had to go to air rifles.

Now, for our mutual amusement - identify the various rifles in the pictures!

H/t to Heartless Lib for planting the seed for this post.

[N.B. I see the source of the problem with the Drexel photo (after poking around some more based on J(NTA)'s comment). The proper full caption for the picture makes it clear that the pic of the Drexel team was taken in DC. As it has morphed around the web,and, like this use here, appropriated for partisan purposes, the caption has morphed into Drexel being in DC. The central thrust - school-girls with guns in DC, still stands. -The Armorer]

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Mary Hopkins is getting a workout lately, eh?  During high school in St. Louis, class of 71, I was Brigade Armorer for almost 3 years. My school was usually the St. Louis Rifle league champs most years.

I was responsible for 50 M1 Garands minus firing pins for the drill team. The M1s were replaced by demilled '03 in my sophmore year IIRC. I also had about 30 functional .22 cal rifles, mostly Winchester 52C & D models with about 6 Remington 516T's.

Also any firearms that came into the school had to be checked into the Arms Room. At various times I had an SKS, a Nylon 66, a BAR, A M1A1 Thompson as well as various sporting arms.

Try that today when the ninnies are complaing abou the JROTC color guards with the demilled '03s.

Aye carumba

Regards

Rich in KCK
 
 1977, 7th grade in SE Idaho.  1 week of hunter safety education, as required by state law.  Taught by fish & game instructors.  Friday was range day, in the gym.  Single shot .22's.  I can't imagine the horror that would cause today!
 
The ladies from Central High are using Savage 1919 target rifles.  Decent rifles, but outclassed by most  of the later designs.  We still had one with our High School team 1960-62, but no one ever wanted to use it, so it never got shot much.

The Drexel ladies are NOT from Washington, DC, despite what some of the photo sources say.  In fact, Drexel Institute was located in Philadelphia, PA, and had a rifle club with a range in the attic until the early 1990s when PCness shut it down.

The ladies in the Drexel photo have two Springfield Model 1922 rifles (almost certainly the original M1922 NRA sale style, as the M1922M1 was not introduced until 1925.  Two have Winchester Model 52s, which would have been the "pre-A" version since the Model 52A did not appear until around 1936.  The other two are using the John M. Browning designed M1885 single shot in the "Winder Musket" variation which saw limited use as a military training rifle.  Likely these were ones provided via the ROTC program, and probably got shared use by the boys and girls rifle teams.

Yup, HS Rifle team was the highlight of my HS years, although LONG after these photos were taken.  Participation there, and in college, was usually about 80% male and 20% female, and shooters competed equally with no special "Title IX" mandates to favor females.   And, we did not have any school shootings, despite the guns and ammo being in the building, and many of us hauling rifles back and forth on school buses.  And, in college, we kept guns in our rooms- both target, hunting and collectible.
 
 I see the source of the problem with the Drexel photo (after poking around some more).  The full caption for the picture makes it clear that the pic was taken in DC.  As it has morphed around the web, having been truncated, and, like this use here, appropriated for partisan purposes, the caption has morphed into Drexel being in DC.  The central thrust - school-girls with guns in DC, still stands.

And I will now mod the post a bit to reflect the changes.
 
Looks like teh girls from Central were pretty darn good Onote trophy), and many went on the George Washington University and their girls rifle team.  They won the National Intercollegiate Championship in 1927, and are shown in a [crappy] photo taken near the Lincoln Memorial.

Check out the GWU chicks with guns at http://ghostsofdc.org/2012/08/22/gwu-girls-rifle-team/

 
 OMIGOD!  Armed citizens on the Mall!  Near the White House!  AIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

 
 For some reason I've been noting how attractive many of these young ladies are. I would imagine the girl in the leapordskin coat might have been trouble, in any of several ways. Pretty girls and guns, whooda thunk it?
 
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