As I grew into adolescence I started to focus this interest into more formal shooting associations through my dad, local gun club and sponsors. Our local gun club partnered with the Boy Scouts of Canada to instil the principles of target shooting in the community’s youth. We had affordable 22 Rifles with peep sights installed. It doesn’t have to be expensive to be fun right!
Before I knew it I was 15 years old and I was an accomplished marksman but I was also starting to lose interest in the sport. I did not entirely appreciate the coaching or skill base I had developed back then until I was an adult and started to compete again. My father was a good teacher and his fundamentals of shooting technique and method were very solid. I stopped competitive shooting for fifteen years to obtain a useful education and establish a career path.
· I know where almost every scrape, bruise or blemish on this rifle came from;
· We have hiked and beat our way across some of Canada’s most difficult and extreme remote wilderness locations together;
· This Lee Enfield has been relied upon to provide sustenance;
· This Lee Enfield has won trophies in competitions;
· I rely on this rifle to protect me from dangerous animals;
· This rifle may have served Canada in the Korean War and;
· This rifle has also helped me accumulate and demonstrate the experience required to bridge the gap from student to teacher.
Sufficient to say that I advocate the Lee Enfield rifle every chance I get. I have only one problem with this worn and tired 1950 CNo4Mk1* Lee Enfield rifle. Of all the expensive and modern rifles in my gun safe my favourite rifle is the Ranger issue Lee Enfield - the only rifle I do not own. This favourite rifle belongs to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second; Queen of Canada whom has loaned it to me for my service with the CF.