Rifle team spends $3,500 NRA grant on needed accessories
December 9, 2020 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's shooting sports rifle team has sharpened its sights on local, regional, and national titles after accepting a $3,5000 National Rifle Association (NRA) Grant to purchase equipment to upgrade its four 9015 Anschutz Club Air Rifles, granted by the NRA in 2019.
This year's grant, which the team received at the Lynchburg Chapter of the Friends of the NRA banquet on March 8, covered the costs of 4 adjustable butt plates, 4 sight risers, and 4 adjustable front irises.
In addition, the rifle team purchased four Alum air cylinders so each student-athlete will have a full back-up cylinder for practice or competition days. In order to fill these air cylinders, the Flames bought an Air Venturi PCP Tank with a 4500 pounds per square inch (300 bar) and a 74 cubit-foot capacity with adapters and a tank carrier with handle straps.
|The equipment purchased with the grant money makes the four rifles Liberty received last year more accurate.|
"This will allow athletes to have a more custom-fitted air rifle by granting these adjustable options," Liberty rifle team Head Coach Marlene Gray said. "The four student-athletes that are using the four 9015 Anschutz Club Air Rifles with the added accessories are seeing improvements in their scores."
Liberty recently completed its series of postal competitions for the fall semester and is awaiting results from the other teams around the Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference (WIRC) to see how it placed. The Flames and Lady Flames fared well in their October postal shoots.
Gray said the rifle team offers up to 10 male and female students the opportunity to participate in smallbore and air rifle events as a platform to teach basic shooting fundamentals, good sportsmanship through competition, and life skills such as responsibility, decision making, and leadership.
"Our long-term goals are to increase opportunities for college students who may not have rifle experience, or who come to college with borrowed equipment from their junior clubs, to participate on the rifle team and develop the skill sets necessary to compete while also learning life skills," Gray said.