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Not your average teenage girl

Lilli Price, 15, of Contoocook isn’t your average teenage girl. She started rifle shooting when she was 7 and recently won top shooter overall with a score of 97 out of 100 at the Hudson Junior Rifle Team clinic/competition held Sept. 4 and 5. We asked her more about her passion:

WHAT MADE YOU GET INTO RIFLE SHOOTING? DO YOU SHOOT OTHER GUNS BESIDES RIFLES?

I started rifle shooting when I was 7. I shot in my yard with my dad and my grandfather; they both love to target shoot and hunt. My grandfather, David Price Sr., makes custom built flintlocks. He made all four of his grandchildren flintlock rifles. He made me a flintlock rifle the year I was born, hoping that I would be interested in shooting.

HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE HUDSON RIFLE CLUB?

I learned about the rifle club after my mom had been looking for other opportunities for me to shoot. We got in touch with Bill Dutton, the man in charge of the junior rifle team, and it just so happened to be that it was the same day as the second night of the shooting clinic.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE CLINIC/COMPETITION?

My favorite part of the clinic was shooting a new gun. I had only shot with peep sights once or twice, because flintlocks only have open sights. Meeting new people that also shoot was really nice. The best part was the that only girls won first, second and third place.

WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT YOU WON? WHAT DID YOU WIN?

I was pretty surprised that I won, but my coach told me that I was doing amazing and he thought that I would win. I won a plaque and a pistol crossbow.

HAVE YOU EVER PARTICIPATED IN ANY OTHER COMPETITIONS OR WON ANY OTHER AWARDS?

When I was 10, I started shooting in the sub-junior division and the junior division with the rifle that my grandfather built me. I went to Friendship, Ind., for the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association nationals when I was 12. I did pretty well, considering my rifle was a little small and it was close to breaking because I had been shooting it too much. My grandfather built me a new rifle, which is the one I shoot now. I have been out to Indiana three times and won many titles. I also shoot in other flintlock competitions in Canterbury, Vermont and Maine. I also won junior top gun in 2011, which is top junior shooter in all of the states that have black powder shoots. I also won second for junior pistol and second for junior silhouettes out at nationals in June. This summer, I won the New Hampshire Junior and New Hampshire Womans title in Canterbury.

Noelle Stokes

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