ri·​fle·​ry | \ ˈrī-fəl-rē How to pronounce riflery (audio) \

Definition of riflery

: the practice of shooting at targets with a rifle

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In no way is riflery class a complete solution to America’s problem of boys turning deadly. Daniel Lee, WSJ, "The Best Way to Learn Gun Safety Is With Real Guns," 30 Mar. 2018 Under his leadership, the Nanooks have produced two individual NCAA championships (Bente Heller in swimming and Tim Sherry in riflery), 57 All-Americans and 31 Academic All-Americans. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Gary Gray leaves job as UAF athletic director," 21 Dec. 2017 Wigger graduated in 1960 with a degree in agronomy, became an Army officer and rose to lieutenant colonel, mostly based in Fort Benning, Ga., as a riflery instructor. Frank Litsky, New York Times, "Lones Wigger Jr., ‘Best Ever’ Rifle Marksman, Is Dead at 80," 18 Dec. 2017 On the front, riflery medals clinked against each other. Town & Country, "Camp Tales," 10 Dec. 2012 Led by a 288 by Grace Fernandez and a 287 by Ashley Peters, South swept East 7-0 in a CIC riflery meet Friday. Alaska Dispatch News, "Prep riflery: Victories for South, Eagle River, Dimond," 30 Sep. 2017 Dimond's Jasmine Kobayashi broke the long-standing Cook Inlet Conference riflery record Friday by scoring 297 out of a possible 300 at the Chugiak High range. Alaska Dispatch News, "Dimond shooter breaks 14-year-old region record," 5 Nov. 2017 South newcomer Justin Augustin shot a personal-best 289 and teammate Davis Schwarz fired a 282 with a bruised hand Friday, leading the Wolverines past West in a Cook Inlet Conference riflery meet. Alaska Dispatch News, "Prep riflery: South, Dimond, Eagle River score sweeps," 7 Oct. 2017 Rare is the Marine who does not wish to shoot better; a culture that celebrates riflery bestows credibility and respect on those who shoot best. C. J. Chivers, New York Times, "The Fighter," 28 Dec. 2016

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1861, in the meaning defined above

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