So that gun? That competition air rifle we rediscovered collecting dust in our crawl space for the past 2 and a half years? It's back home!
As I mentioned, for lack of any other ideas, I sent an email to usashooting.org into what I thought might be a big old void. But lo and behold, I got a response! "Shooting Girl" called me, quite interested in following up, understandable because it is a rather expensive piece of gear. Pretty, no?
We were able to track down the gun's origin, and sho'nuff, it had been checked out by "AirRifle Guy" in April of 2017 and never signed back in. I texted Wolfgang:
"The name "AirRifle Guy" sound familiar?"
He texted back: "Yeah, that's Air Rifle Guy" (maybe I need less confusing code names?)
ANYhoo, I made arrangements to trek it down to the Olympic Training Center here in Colorado Springs. Shooting Girl instructed me to enter through the "Athlete and Employee" entrance, thus making the trip the closest I will ever be to being an Olympic athlete.
I pulled up in my Toyota Echo and was stopped by a guard:
Him: Can I help you?
Me: I'm here to see Shooting Girl. (I figured that'd be better than saying, "I've got a gun")
Him: What about? (Oh, sheesh)
Me: I'm returning an air rifle (still better than saying, "I've got a gun")
Him: Oh yeah, I remember the memo...
So, after giving the guard something to do for a minute, I was directed to a parking lot. I've never been the Olympic Training Center, even as a visitor. Naturally, it is open to visitors and tours are provided, but I just never went. I think each of our kids has been there for school field trips, and I recall a former tutee, who was a competitive swimmer, telling me about going there and seeing his idol, Michael Phelps.
There wasn't a whole lot of activity while I waited outside for Shooting Girl, so I snapped a couple of non-exciting shots of buildings. *YAWN*
We exchanged some pleasantries as well as the gun. She asked a little bit about Wolfgang's project, and I explained very little - the extent of my knowledge.
I'm glad the gun's back home. Maybe it will podium.