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Ronnie Harms of Lone Star Guns Gallery and Gear participating in the 4-H Clay Shoot tions those scores are under.” Shooting also goes with Russell’s roots. “My mother is from Texas” Russell said, “and she brainwashed me in Texas, southern tradition, and it was always a dream to come here. And I’m living my dream.” In addition to the aforementioned three annual sanctioned CMP matches, PCSC Service Rifle Group (SRG) competitions are scheduled to be inclusive of all functional and safe rifles from throughout the world. Authentic WWI and WWII restored military service rifles originally serving from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, India, Germany, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and the United States compete in various competi- PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY sport.” Bailey Russell, from central California, told how she got involved with shooting. “I got into it,” Russell said, “I’m from California. I got here not knowing anybody, I’ve shot my whole life, but not competitively, so I looked up all the organizations at the school and found the rifle team and went and interviewed with Dr. Eichenberg and it’s been love ever since. “ What she likes best about shooting is “the competiveness, but also the personal competiveness. You’re not only competing with other people for pens or little awards or prizes, you ’re competing with yourself, getting better scores and better scores every time, and knowing what condi- OCTOBER 2016 have found that over the years the students I have on the rifle team are amongst the finest men and women we have on the campus, they’re just really good people overall.” Woods is also involved with Tarleton State University. “I work pro-bono with Tarleton as “Associate Director of Training” for the rifle team,” Woods said. “We meet at TacPro, which is owned by Bill Davidson, outside of Mingus, because it is convenient for the Tarleton team. We meet with the team, we work with the young people on Friday afternoons to teach them range safety, maintenance, everything required to be competitive in the Service Rifle Division, and each spring in April at the large regional Civilian Marksmanship Program competitions north of Oklahoma City at Oklahoma City Gun Club, we always take two or three of our finest shooters who want to participate. “It is a non-college affiliated college rifle team with Tarleton, although it is called the Tarleton State University Rifle Team, we draw from their students who want to participate. The team itself is self-funding. We pay for our ammunition and our firearms through the NRA, Friends of NRA Foundation and other grants that we apply for.” Three Tarleton State University Rifle Team members participated in the CMP match in September and told why they got involved in the shooting sports. Allycenn Elliott, from Comanche, said, “I got into shooting ‘cause my dad is in law enforcement, and it’s one of those bonding things. It’s one of those relaxing things to do. There’s not a better way to wake up on a Saturday. “ Ryan Hussey, the newest member of the Tarleton team said, “I’ve been shooting for a little over six years. I got into it with my dad. He started me out with shotguns and slowly moved into rifles as I got older and got into deer hunting more. I just really like the excitement of it, the challenge, trying to push yourself to make yourself better. The constant improving that comes along with the practice that is involved with this 55