The Ammo Rush of 2013 made .22 rimfire hard to come by. Finding just one box for plinking was tough in some places. Buying enough to run a Boy Scout summer camp shooting program seemed impossible, especially if you tried to order it early this year when the frenzy was peaking.

In March, leaders of Nebraska’s Cornhusker Council, headquartered in Lincoln, couldn’t find a source of ammo. Facing the possibility of running their summer shooting program with BB guns only, they called on local gun owners to donate rimfire ammunition.

Donations came slowly until word got out nationally. Ammo started coming in from as far away as Florida. By the time the last cartridge arrived, the Cornhusker Council had 65,000 rounds — enough for three summer’s worth of shooting. It was almost like the end of It’s a Wonderful Life but with ammunition instead of money.

In fact, it’s impossible to estimate how many American boys would have never fired a gun if Boy Scout shooting programs didn’t exist. Scouting draws kids from every political and socioeconomic background and puts .22 rifles, airguns, shotguns, and bows in their hands every summer. Time at the range is always one of the highlights of scout camp. Thanks to generous shooters from across the country, some kids in Nebraska are shooting this summer.

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