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Aim Low: 1925

Aim Low: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Girls' rifle team, George Washington University." Clearing the campus of those pesky squirrels. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 
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Uncommon today

I vote for numbers two, five and seven from the left being Winchester Model 1885 single shot falling-block "Winder Muskets":
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winder_musket

The girls were also quite successful in their day:
http://gwuarchives.tumblr.com/post/76646884811/the-unbeatable-team-gwu-w...

Rifle ID

At least three of those rifles are Winchester model 1885 single shot falling-blocks, the shooter on the right, shooter 2nd from the right and shooter 2nd from the left.

Who knew there was an official flapper rifle team?

A lot of showing of leg going on there, but I'll bet the guys were respectful around these girls.

Nice lot of Winchesters

Some model 52s, some low walls... anyone recognize the rifle held by the third young woman from the left?

Rifle Identification Guesses

From left to right:

!. Savage 19 NRA Target Rifle .22

2. Savage 19 NRA Miltary Style .22

3. Winchester 52 (pre A Model) .22

4. Winchester 52

5. Savage 19 Military

6. Winchester 52

7. Savage Miltary

Dark Horse possibilities:

Lee-Enfield .22 RF MKIII
Mauser 1925 Special Range Rifle .22 caliber training rifle

Winchester and Savage .22 were popular Rifle Team choices for this period.

Awkward

I learned to shoot from this position in basic training. I thought it might be useful if, and only if, no one was shooting back.

 
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