Waynedale Legion Post Teaches Junior Marksmanship (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Kent Hormann - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

March 26, 2014 Updated Mar 26, 2014 at 9:31 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - A local American Legion Post is showing young people the proper way to handle and shoot a gun.

The Junior Marksmanship program at American Legion Post 241 in Waynedale teaches kids up through age 18 how to handle, aim and shoot rifles.

"My breathing is what I'm working on," junior marksman Samuel Bouthot says. "When to do it, how to do it, just keep my eye on the target and not look away."

The young competitors shoot BBs, while the older participants shoot pellets. The team has been together for just a few months.

"The most important thing is consistency," shooting coach David Miller says. "We teach our shooters to start from the bottom up, we talk about foot position, we talk about locking in their hips, we talk about breathing, we talk about focus."

All the instructors are certified by the National Rifle Association and have military backgrounds.

"I believe i'm a good shooter because I'm getting odd groups. My biggest challenge is trying to hit the bulls eye," junior marksman Patrick Vanlandingham says.

"I wanted to learn gun safety so I could be a better shooter," Zeke Hunsacker says. "I have improved a lot, I have been getting closer to the bullseye."

"We started to learn safety and now I'm trying to beat my brother, now I'm starting to get a lot more bullseyes," Josh Shutt says.

The Screaming Eagles of Post 241 recently placed four shooters in the Top 25 at a state competition.

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