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Sport Shooting

Making guns cool: High schools embrace shooting as hot new sport

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. The giddy 13-year-old boys oohed and aahed as they stared down the black shotgun barrels and aimed at clay targets they imagined whizzing through the air. "You guys are welcome to test any of these out," said Dusty Minke, a sales agent for Browning, as the teens elbowed each other for spots at his kiosk. "We've actually had a couple of kids who did so good on the test range that they were like, 'Can I use this for my rounds?' We let 'em, and their scores went up and they'll hopefully go and buy one." It was day six of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League championship, the world's biggest shooting-sport event....