Sub-Target Machine Gun
In recent years, but especially during the past year, there has been a great deal of interest shown in teaching schoolboys how to shoot. To make this possible the rifle and machine shown in Fig. 58 and which together are called a sub-target rifle has been largely used, at least in New York City.
The sub-target rifle does not shoot a bullet, hence there is no noise, but both the gun and the target are worked by electricity, so that when you aim the gun at a little paper target and pull the trigger a pointer instantly punches a small hole in the subtarget and in this way the exact spot is shown where the bullet, had one been used, would have struck the real target which you aimed at.
More than this, every movement of the rifle while you are aiming it is traced on the target, and any fault which would affect the flight of a bullet, had the rifle been loaded with one, can be seen and the defect of your aim and pull-off can then be corrected.
Any rifle can be fitted to the sub-target machine from a .22-caliber to a U. S. Springfield, and it will operate just the same. The weight of the rifle is held entirely by the shooter, whether standing, kneeling or lying down. The whole thing is at once easy, natural and simple to use and it's mighty interesting too.
The sub-target machine rifle can be carried out in any schoolroom or other place where a space 20 feet wide and 35 feet long can be had. It is largely used in the Public Schools of New York City at the present time, having been installed by the Public Schools Athletic League,
Rifle Practice in the Armories Schoolboys who belong to the above League and who have shown themselves to be good shots with the sub-target rifle are allowed to practice real rifle shooting at the ranges of the various armories throughout the city, and it is my best wish that this fine work and spirit of good will toward the boys, in and out of school, will be extended to all the other cities in the United States.
Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.
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