Ah, for yesteryear and the chance to shoot a real .22 rifle at the county fair.
“The slide-action gained rapid popularity through the early twentieth century. In carnival and amusement park shooting galleries, the slide-action became the “gallery gun.” These were chambered for the .22 Short and provided many a young shooter his first live-fire experience. Television, and later gun control, reduced and soured interest in gallery shooting, with the video-game arcade finishing the job.”—C. Rodney James, Gun Digest Book of the .22 Rifle, from the chapter “What Kind of Rifle?”
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About the Author: Jennifer L.S. Pearsall joined Gun Digest in summer 2011 as a books editor. She began her career selling guns in a retail gun shop and handgun range in Northern Virginia in the early 1990s. Recruited by the NRA to join its editorial staff in 1999, she then went on to succeed as a freelance writer and photographer. She's been a competitive shooter in many disciplines, including sporting clays, IPSC, and metallic blackpowder cartridge silhouette, and she has been an avid hunter for many years.
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