Saturday, September 10, 2011

Orville & Wilbur Wright: Gun Nuts

When they weren't tinkering with airplanes, they were engaging in competitive target practice with .22 rifles.

Maybe the Outer Banks weather turned foul, or the airplane's engine wouldn't start, or learning to fly got too tedious. But whatever the reason, the Wright Brothers liked to relax with a .22-caliber rifle and a hand-drawn target.

The famous pair of Ohio aviators would draw concentric rings on a piece of paper or a chunk of cardboard and prop it up 50 yards away. They fired standing up and initialed each hit with a pencil mark - W for Wilbur, O for Orville.

Here's a photo of one of their targets:

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