By Colleen, age 12
I recently acquired a 1970 Marlin .22 rifle. The thing is, it was in pieces and bad shape. I’m fixing it up for a 4-H project. Uncle Rick is helping me since Mom and Dad don’t know anything about guns. He took me to a shooting range once and said I’m a pretty good shot.
I had to sand the barrel for 2 hours just to get it clean! Then I took gun cleaner over it three times and rinsed it three times. After that I put bluing on the barrel, let it dry. Put another coat on, let it dry. It took three coats!
This week I also started 4-H Rifle Club. We haven’t done much yet but I think it will be fun. I did learn what my dominant eye is, though: My left one, which isn’t surprising since I’m left-handed. Some people’s dominant eye doesn’t line up with their hand and then that’s a problem they have to adjust to. I’m glad I don’t!
Here is a video that shows how to figure out your dominant eye.