His trigger finger is so smooth it barely appears to move when his rifle fires.
"The best shooters are the ones who can block out the 'extras' and focus on the target," said Bell's teammate Zach Byers.
Bell and Byers are members of the Oil City Junior Rifle Team. They train at the Isaak Walton League on Deep Hollow Road. There they work with coaches and more importantly, hone their abilities.
The rifle program is feeling the effects of COVID with lower numbers participating. So on Fridays, they offer a youth shooting program to pique local interest at a low cost, Byers said. Those interested have to pay $5 for their first visit and only $1 after that.
The club has all the necessary equipment for them to use during these visits. "It's the best kept secret in Pennsylvania," team coach Steve Knight said about the junior rifle program.
The Oil City competition squad does quite well. Competitors are scored individually and also contribute to the team's overall result. Over the weekend, the squad competed with several members shooting well with two members, Hayden and Jack Ogoreuc scoring in the top 25 of 162 competitors, according JR Byers.
They've taken aim at advancing to the national competition in Camp Perry, Ohio in July. The team is currently in 15th place in the national standings.
To make it to national, they must be in the top 20. That will not be officially determined until after the results of a competition held on the West Coast.
As the kids advance and get more serious, the more they see the benefits of the program and the more they invest in their own gear. "It's an investment for a lifetime," said Bob Ogoreuc, whose son Jack is one of the top shooters on the team. He compared it to youth hockey, which his son also played, where the likelihood of using the same equipment for many years is slim. "That rifle, he could have his whole life"