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Joe Dolce: Shooting Beryl and Song of Nestor

Shooting Beryl Women had been banned from the Australian Rifle Club since 1936. Undaunted, Beryl Drynan Rogers, née Quinn, born 1915,  sights down the buckhorn sight of her pre-World War I Winchester Model 94 carbine, special lever-action repeating rifle, the first to use a smokeless powder round (the Winchester Center Fire).   After the Depression, short on funds, Army Defence discouraged women shooters— a waste of ammunition on non-combatants for practice, but many riflemen protested—women sharpshooters were part of Australia’s second line of defence— in any invasion, they would play a key role, no less important than men. Shooting Beryl…

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